Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Punk Song: Terror Code?

Amidst the craziness, a moment of lunacy, thank god. Yes, I admit it: the doom and gloom has got to me, again. There are times when things are so whacked that I get desperate for something truly stupid. Lucky me, I found it for this week—I better not be too pessemistic, I guess, so I'll say I found today's selection.


Man held as terrorism suspect over punk song
Wed Apr 5, 2006 09:15 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - British anti-terrorism detectives escorted a man from a plane after a taxi driver had earlier become suspicious when he started singing along to a track by punk band The Clash, police said Wednesday.

Detectives halted the London-bound flight at Durham Tees Valley Airport in northern England and Harraj Mann, 24, was taken off.

The taxi driver had become worried on the way to the airport because Mann had been singing along to The Clash's 1979 anthem "London Calling," which features the lyrics "Now war is declared -- and battle come down" while other lines warn of a "meltdown expected."

Mann told British newspapers the taxi had been fitted with a music system which allowed him to plug in his MP3 player and he had been playing The Clash, Procol Harum, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to the driver.

"He didn't like Led Zeppelin or The Clash but I don't think there was any need to tell the police," Mann told the Daily Mirror.

A Durham police spokeswoman said Mann had been released after questioning -- but had missed his flight.

"The report was made with the best of intentions and we wouldn't want to discourage people from contacting us with genuine concerns," she said.

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