The Lady Speaks

Singing = Terrorist?

Attention! From now on, there will be no singing along with the radio, MP3 player, or CD! You could be mistaken for a terrorist if the lyrics contain certain words.

Think I'm kidding? A man was detained by police in London after a taxi driver reported him for singing The Clash's 'London Calling'.

From CNN:

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.

I could be wrong, but do you really think a would-be jihadist is going to be singing along to The Clash?!

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April 6, 2006 - Posted by | Law Enforcement, Music, National Security, Terrorism

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