Aussie Comics Penetrate Tight Sydney Security

Fake Osama, other pranksters mock Bush, embarrass police
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2007 2:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Only one was dressed as Osama bin Laden, but all 11 eleven members of an Australian comedy troupe were arrested in Sydney today after they posed as a Canadian delegation and drove through two security checkpoints near President Bush’s hotel. The stunt was an embarrassment to Sydney police, who have tightened security drastically for the APEC summit, the AP reports.

The "Chaser's War on Everything" cast members are famed Down Under for their wild antics, which often target Bush and Australian politicians. And the foreign minister says the incident proved security was working. “They were clearly not going to harm anybody in a physical way,” said Alexander Downer, but were "aiming to humiliate a lot of well-known people."