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Vulture Arrested For Being An Israeli Spy  
User currently offlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1253 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

I wish I was making this up!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ies-Saudi-Arabia-arrested-spy.html

Quote:
Vulture tagged by Israeli scientists flies into Saudi Arabia ... and is arrested for being a spy
By Michael Theodoulou
Last updated at 9:06 PM on 4th January 2011

A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University has strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, where it was promptly arrested on suspicion of being a Mossad spy, Israeli and Saudi media reported Tuesday.
The bird was found in a rural area of the country wearing a transmitter and a leg bracelet bearing the words 'Tel Aviv University', according to the reports, which surfaced first in the Israeli daily Ma'ariv.
Although these tags indicate that the bird was part of a long-term research project into migration patters, residents and local reporters told Saudi Arabia's Al-Weeam newspaper that the matter seemed to be a 'Zionist plot.'

If convicted, will this bring whole meaning to the phrase 'tarred and defethered'???


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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

Reminds me of the Goon Show story about the Flea

Seagoon:
[shouting again] My lord! I object! I move that the flea's nationality be proven before this case proceeds!
.....
Lord Chief Justice Spriggs:
Ah ha, will the flea, will the flea raise his right leg, and swear to tell the truth.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19735 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

I wonder how the vulture will plea.

Is there any other country that allows an animal to be arrested?

I don't mean captured and put in a shelter/pound, but actually ARRESTED and charged with a crime? How do you try a vulture? What's it going to plea?


User currently offlinejwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Egypt accused a shark in the Red Sea for being an Israeli spy sent to destroy the tourist industry.
Don't know if they tried to arrest it though.



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1875 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2636 times:
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Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
Is there any other country that allows an animal to be arrested?

I think a while ago India "apprehended" a dove and accused it of being a Pakistani spy? (It might have been vice versa) I hope the Vulture will get a state appointed lawyer and a fair trial.

IMO news like this really ruins the credibility of a country..

Martijn



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User currently onlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3108 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

Wow...may we have a repeat of the Greece-Bulgaria war back in the 1920s when a stray dog crossed the border into Bulgaria? It seems a bit ridiculous that:
1. An animal is arrested
2. Just because it's from "enemy" country, it automatically means it's a spy. Let's face it, Israel could pummel Saudi Arabia to the ground if it could, except black gold flows from it and it would mean an end to the comfy way of life as we know it, not to mention a lot of unnecessary turmoil in the Middle East.

A good gesture would be to dismiss the "spy" thing, release the bird by the border, and send Israel a message (either directly or through third parties) that the next time, the animal won't return. In the mean time, either confiscate the bird's tag or make sure to reveal nothing.



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2581 times:

Just been onto the Al Weeam site (Arabic only) and it states that villagers handed the bird, which appeared to be injured, over to the authorities. The article neither states that the bird has been charged with spying nor that it is going to be.

However, some of the comments posted are a bit daft and vitriolic, while a number of others point out that devices are regularly attached to birds and other animals to study them in the wild. Comments posted also point out that if Israel wishes to spy on Saudi Arabia it has far more sophisticated means that using birds.

The article was originally posted on Tuesday, 22 Muharram 1432 H - corresponding to December 28, 2010 - so this is old news.


User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2370 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2564 times:
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Quoting jwenting (Reply 3):
Egypt accused a shark in the Red Sea for being an Israeli spy sent to destroy the tourist industry.
Quoting JakeOrion (Thread starter):
Vulture tagged by Israeli scientists flies into Saudi Arabia ... and is arrested for being a spy

What the hell is wrong with these countries? Why did education and common sense did not struck them ... ACCUSE ANIMALS? I can't take these countries seriously!



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User currently offlinehka098 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

I am actually not surprised at all, given the country and what I know about it's culture. Reason and logic have been directed to the back of the bus in The Kingdom.

User currently offlinenonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2485 times:

I think the real problem with the trial is the need to hire an interpreter that speaks Vulture. Where is Dr. Doolittle when you need him?

User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

Given the subject matter, shouldn't this be in the Military Aviation section?     

Especially so if it gets convicted.


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7957 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

Quoting LH526 (Reply 7):
ACCUSE ANIMALS? I can't take these countries seriously!

They don't accuse animals.
They accuse Mossad to use animals to spy on Arab countries (vulture) or scare off tourists (shark).



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19735 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 11):

They don't accuse animals.

If the animal is not accused, then why has it been arrested?

Also, how does a vulture spy? Did they find a camera or other device? Did they expect the vulture to fly back and speak Hebrew to the Israelis?


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):
If the animal is not accused, then why has it been arrested?


Er, it wasn't arrested but handed over to the authorities after being found injured because it had electronic devices attached.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):
Did they expect the vulture to fly back and speak Hebrew to the Israelis?


Why ever not? Remember Francis the Talking Mule who not only served in the navy but also joined the WACS?  


User currently offlinejwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

Quoting LH526 (Reply 7):
What the hell is wrong with these countries? Why did education and common sense did not struck them ... ACCUSE ANIMALS? I can't take these countries seriously!

Does the Quran state you should get an education and common sense?
If not, you're not allowed to have it as it's not in line with Islamic teachings.
That's how a strict Islamic society works.

Now, most of these countries aren't that strict, but all have their groups of people who do live along those lines.
In the Egyptian case, the accusation was voiced by a rather radical immam, in Saudi it apparently was a remote tribe that I doubt ever saw a schoolhouse let alone looked inside.
Of course the Saudi religious police enforce Sharia law strictly, when it doesn't interfere too much with the royal family making money.



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