Al-Qaeda Tried To Use Sega Cartridges In Terror Plot

by Phil Kollar on Apr 25, 2011 at 03:50 PM

And here's your daily dose of "WTF" news to end the day.

GameSetWatch reports that according to the Detainee Assessment record for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (released to the public today by Wikileaks), the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda attempted to hide remote-controlled firing devices inside of old Sega game cartridges. Here's the relevant entry:

"Detainee discussed remote-controlled firing devices (RCFDS) which were found during raids in Karachi in September 2002. These RCFDS were built inside black Sega videogame cassette cartridges to protect the RCFDS and to make them appear innocuous."

As the name implies, a remote-controlled firing device could be used to set off an explosion from a distance. Presumably the RCFDs were to be hidden inside the game cartridges to allow for easy transportation until their use.

So...anyone else happy that we've made the switch to disc-based media?