Monday, April 04, 2005


Apes used in Belgian police training manual

Front page of Het Laatste Nieuws
This was the front page of the Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on March 31. The paper had discovered that a Belgian police training manual contained photos of George Bush side by side with a chimp.

According to Expatica,

They showed a series of Bush's facial expressions next to those of a chimpanzee making similar faces.

The idea behind the pictures was to make police officers aware of the importance of body language.

The revelation was doubly embarrassing for [Belgian Interior Minister] Dewael as he had signed a letter to Belgian police chiefs urging them to use the manual.

The pictures were apparently taken from, which has posted a wonderful selection of simian look-alikes.

Interior Minister Dewael has issued an apology to the American embassy. I don't know why. The resemblance is undeniable.

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