This is the stuff April Fools stories are made of, but I don’t think this is one of them.
Congress held a hearing on April 1. The subject: Second Life.
From what I read in Reuters’ web site (link at the bottom), I gather that congress is interested primarily in tax income, but as has become customary nowadays, terrorism was also an issue.
Jane Harman, a representative from California wondered “what we can to to make certain that these glorious tools are not … changed into tools that facilitate the use of terror attacks on innocent civilians around the world,”
Actually, I have no answer to this question, but as a very concerned citizen I can’t help but suggest that congress looks into regulating the use of paper. Terrorists have been known to use this medium hundreds of times to plan their attacks. Maybe Crane, Georgia-Pacific, and other paper manufacturers should also be called in to hear what they have to say on the subject.
And what about phones? And CELL PHONES?!!?!?!? If all else fails, you can definitely kill someone with a well aimed throw of a 15-year-old motorola brick (hell, the battery alone might suffice).
Ahhhh the wonder that are politicians in the wild (Animal Planet should put together a [very interesting] documentary one of these days).
On the up-side, at least they’re not using our tax dollars to kill people around the world on this one.
And here’s the link to the original article: http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/webdev/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=VGIE2WBNVA1CGQSNDLRSKHSCJUNN2JVN?articleID=207001146&_requestid=355680