UK National Security Priorities Similar To Ours–Oh Baby!

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A terrorist can look like this. Or this. Or maybe even this.

Four-month-old Eden Lurie of Manchester tried to get a passport, but her photo was rejected because her hair was judged “too spiky.” The rules require that hair and eyes are clearly defined and that the face take up at least 65% of the photo. The British Passport Service says it makes allowances for children in that they may be facing away or have their mouths open, but no spiky hair. Eden was given a really bad “virtual haircut” for her photo.

In other news, it turns out that the British Home Office issued nine passports to Dhiren Barot, Osama bin Laden’s “U.K. General.” Barot was planning to murder thousands of people in a series of terrorist attacks. Barot, you can see, had a good passport photo, but because of his passports, Baby Eden looks like a wind-blown Marine.

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