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    Boy snagged by FBI web

    Boy's Internet research snags him in FBI web
    This fall, Dorsey Boyle, a middle-school teacher at Boys' Latin, the venerable Lake Avenue private school, assigned his classes a series of research papers. The first, on some famous individual. Seventh-grader John McLean picked Abner Doubleday, the baseball legend. The second, on some famous structure. McLean picked the Bay Bridge.

    "He went to the Internet to research as much as he could," Bruce McLean, John's dad, was saying last week. He laughed a little ruefully. "He wanted to know how it was built and financed, how much concrete and steel went into it. But he was having trouble getting information. So Mr. Boyle told him a couple of Web sites where he could ask questions."
    One was a Bay Bridge Web site. The other, the Maryland Transportation Authority's.

    Several days later, John's mom, Rosemary McLean, arrived at Boys' Latin at the end of the school day. Boyle spotted her on the parking lot.

    "You're John McLean's mother, right?" he said.


    "The infamous John McLean?" he asked. The words were a little surprising, but Boyle had a twinkle in his eye. "Are you here because of what happened?"

    John plays on the seventh-grade football team. His mother thought maybe he'd been hurt at practice that day.

    "I'm just here to pick him up," she said. "What's happened? What's he been doing?"
    Just writing a little paper about a bridge, that's all - and getting red-flagged by the government because of the questions he was asking.

    When the McLeans talked about it that evening, they still had very little information. As it happens, John McLean shares a name (though not the same spelling) with the Bruce Willis character in the terrorist movie Die Hard. Did some FBI investigator stumble into this and think it was a terrorist's taunting alias?

    As it also happens, Bruce McLean, who works for Mercantile Trust, coaches baseball. "I put the kids through a pretty good regimen," he says. "I go back to the old Oriole way." Discipline, hard work. A friend, photographer Harry Connolly, gave Bruce McLean a nickname, which has been used in light-hearted e-mail messages: Saddam. Did the FBI add that comic moniker to their list of suspicions?

    "But the truth is," says Bruce McLean, "we were laughing about the whole thing. In fact, I said to John, 'I have to talk to you.' He said, 'What did I do wrong?' I said, 'I want you to be perfectly honest with me, son. Do you know where Osama bin Laden is?' We made it a whole joke. Because you have to laugh at it."

    So if you think they’re not watching… ;-)
    Bukhari:V3B48N826 “The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.’”

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    ther is a difrence between watching and being aproched, he was asking questions on a goverment web site, its not like they had his computer bugged or anything.
    Who is more trustworthy then all of the gurus or Buddha’s?

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    bballad dont get me wrong. i dont see this as anti-fbi story or anything. its just a "cute" story...do you know where osama ben laden is. now that was funny...and in good taste.

    i added a smilie to clarify...sorry!
    Bukhari:V3B48N826 “The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.’”

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    Yes i agree with tedob on he's point.

    And also i would like to point out i have got a brand spanking knew Avator.
    It was made for me by a old friend and i hope you all like it as much as i do


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