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Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Condi

Insect irks State Sec.

WASHINGTON (XF) - In what looked at the time to be a light-hearted annoyance on national television soon turned into a potentially life threatening incident. The Xsociate Files has learned that a fly which pestered Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during an interview has been detained by Homeland Security on suspicion of links to terrorism.

According to security officials with knowledge of the incident, during a taping of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, a seemingly ordinary house fly continually interrupted Rice's interview to such a degree that the Secretary's personal security detail was brought in to subdue the errant insect. It escaped but was later apprehended while dinning on a sandwich belonging to a member of the ABC staff. The sandwich was also taken into custody.

This isn't the first time winged suspects have been apprehended. A bird which flung droppings on President Bush during an out door press conference was detained shortly thereafter. As with both incidents, the main concern was for the safety of White House officials.

"Secretary Rice's safety was paramount and that is why security was called in to intervene," said one of her aides on condition of anonymity, "I mean any preschooler can tell you what happened to the last lady that swallowed a fly."

(Filed at State of the Day and All Spin Zone)

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