Black Magic Blues

Noah, Sharon, and everyone else over at Wired’s Danger Room are fond of the far-out defense and intelligence news, and who wouldn’t be? After all, these days, it seems like most government agencies will try anything two or three times, and the strange and bizarre are rapidly becoming blase.

Some months ago, I produced a satirical DHS presentation on the use of witches, Wiccans, and neopagans to defend America’s borders. In it, I made a couple cracks about seemingly far-fetched things like disaffected voudoun priestesses and state-sponsored witch-doctors being potential threats.

Well, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched now, in the wake of news reports that Indonesia’s intelligence agency used “black magic” against a human-rights activist. Reportedly, the activist had a magic talisman and his own magical powers, which protected him from the psychic attack… but not from the huge dose of arsenic later slipped into his drink.

Sometimes, the truth really is stranger than fiction.

Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on August 19th, 2007| Comments Off on Black Magic Blues

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