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    Default Teen Calls Bush on His 'Private Line'

    Vífill Atlason, a 16-year-old high school student from Iceland, dialed a "private, direct line" to the White House. When the White House answered, Vífill says he claimed to be Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the actual president of Iceland, and was quizzed by several different staffers on President Grímsson's date of birth, hometown and the date he entered office.


    Vífill recently got his practice licence. The photo is taken on road number 1, between Akranes and Borgarnes, on Easter day when he drove to Efri-Hreppur.

    According to Vífill, this was not a problem. "It was like passing through checkpoints," he said. "But I had Wikipedia and a few other sites open, so it was not so difficult really."

    He eventually reached the President's private secretary, who told him to expect a call back soon.

    Though the White House denies the boy had actually accessed a private line, they nevertheless sent the Secret Service to his house in Akranes, a fishing town about 35 miles from Reykjavik, to arrest him. The agents grilled Vífill for several hours, trying to find out where he got that number. According to the boy, he couldn't remember exactly how he got it. "I just know I have had it for a few years," he told ABC. "I must have gotten it from a friend when I was about 11 or 12."

    Vífill was eventually allowed to go home with his mother, and no charges were brought against him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    Vífill Atlason, a 16-year-old high school student from Iceland, dialed a "private, direct line" to the White House. When the White House answered, Vífill says he claimed to be Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the actual president of Iceland, and was quizzed by several different staffers on President Grímsson's date of birth, hometown and the date he entered office.


    Vífill recently got his practice licence. The photo is taken on road number 1, between Akranes and Borgarnes, on Easter day when he drove to Efri-Hreppur.

    According to Vífill, this was not a problem. "It was like passing through checkpoints," he said. "But I had Wikipedia and a few other sites open, so it was not so difficult really."

    He eventually reached the President's private secretary, who told him to expect a call back soon.

    Though the White House denies the boy had actually accessed a private line, they nevertheless sent the Secret Service to his house in Akranes, a fishing town about 35 miles from Reykjavik, to arrest him. The agents grilled Vífill for several hours, trying to find out where he got that number. According to the boy, he couldn't remember exactly how he got it. "I just know I have had it for a few years," he told ABC. "I must have gotten it from a friend when I was about 11 or 12."

    Vífill was eventually allowed to go home with his mother, and no charges were brought against him.

    man...kid lucked out he wasn't here in the states...had that kid been from ohio or something he'd have been put in jail under suspicion of terrorism and most people would have had no problem with it...i can hear limbaugh now..."in this post 9/11 world, you just can't go around calling the white house!"

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    So the SS went to Iceland, eh? BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeL View Post
    So the SS went to Iceland, eh? BS.
    No two accounts of this "story" are the same. In some it is stated that the president would call back later in the day, two days or a week later.

    It is said that the SS visited him in a few write ups, in others that the SS merely alerted local authorities.
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    Those darned kids!

    So much for accessibillity eh? Open door policy and all that. Kids are getting too smart for their own good.
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    i suspect we'll see a report on snopes in a few days....

    but again, if a kid ever DID get a hold of a direct line and basically prank call the pres...I'd expect him to go to jail...

    now if I'm a betting man, a head of state wouldnt call up the white house himelf...i'm guessing he'd have a secretary or an assistant or whatever that would set up appointments via appointments...something tells me your days of dialing your own phone calls end somewhere around the time you're given the keys to a nation...

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    You'd think the White House would have Caller ID...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yesterdays View Post
    You'd think the White House would have Caller ID...
    For real...i aint no political dignitary, but ma bell gives me caller ID for free on the cell, youd think she'd be as kind to the clowns in warshington

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yesterdays View Post
    You'd think the White House would have Caller ID...
    I imagine the Air Force was hip to it, firing up the 52's as they spoke.

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    If this is true, the reason that they didn't hang up on him was because they could see that the incoming call was from Iceland.

    The Secret Service wouldn't arrest someone for calling the President's personal line, they would want to know how you got it and the kid saying that he doesn't remember is bullshit because who would forget the person who gave you a world leader's private line? I have Bush senior's personal assistant's number and I can not only tell you the names of the people who gave it to me I can tell you the date and what the inside of their kitchen looks like.

    The Sercet Service would only arrest someone if the call turned into a death threat. Calling up to say "Hi"sn't illegal and it's actually hapened a couple of times by accident in the past. The best true story I know is about a US Navy SEAL who's team was returnig from Vietnam and they got stuck in Hawaii at the airport and the next flight out was at least two days away. So this Navy SEAL goes to a payphone and called the White House, identified himself as Chief Petty Officer So&SO and demanded to speak to the President about an urgent situation. Confused, the operator put him through directly to LBJ, and the SEAL launching into a tyrade about "Why the hell do combat veterns have to be stuck at an airport for no good reason?" and just vented. The President listen politely and then he said he'd see what he could do and hung up. About ten minutes later an Admiral walks up to the raggedy SEALs and blurts out "Which one of you CALLED THE WHITE HOUSE?", the SEAL raised his hand and the rest of his team looked at him and then the Admiral (who's face was bright red and every vein was sticking out above the neck) and stood up. The Admiral says "Come with me", and they grab their gear and follow the admiral to this Air Force 727 and they get on board and the plane flew them back to San Diego.

    The SEAL story is now legend at Coronado.

    If anything he might be in trouble for contacting the White House pretending to be the President of Iceland, but then again it's Iceland and he'll just end up shoveling snow anyway.
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