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    Henry's terror flight

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    February 16, 2006


    US rocker and writer Henry Rollins was reported to the National Security hotline during his recent Australian tour because of a book he was reading on flight to Brisbane.
    A furious Rollins was informed he was "nominated as a possible threat" for reading Jihad: The Rise Of Militant Islam In Central Asia. The incident happened on a flight from Auckland on the recent Big Day Out tour.
    Rollins told Australian fans during his tour that he received a letter from a "nice woman" who worked "in one of those government areas that deals with anti-terrorism matters."
    He posted the letter on his website.


    "Please tell your Government and everyone in your office to go f... themselves. Baghdad's safer than my hometown and your PM is a sissy," he wrote. (from news.com.au)

    And from his site(http://21361.com/site_2004/dispatchs.../01-30-06.html)
    #30. 01-30-06 Melbourne Australia: 2139 hrs. I just got a letter from a nice woman who told me the man I sat next to on the flight from Auckland to Goldcoast Australia reported me to the Australian Government because of the book I was reading.

    I hope this finds you before you leave Australia as I think its something that wont surprise you but might give you a smile when you are sitting in a hotel room. I work in one of those Government areas that deals with anti terrorism matters. A fine service is provided but unfortunately we get to read a lot of things submitted by lunatics. The Australian Government set up the National Security Hotline to report terrorists.
    The person who sat next to you on the flight from New Zealand does not agree with your politics or choice of reading and so nominated you as a possible threat. As they were too cowardly or stupid to leave their details I cant call them to discuss their idiocy with them.


    Interesting that he and I exchanged nothing but polite hellos. I was reading Ahmed Rashids book Jihad: The Rise Of Militant Islam In Central Asia. Hes a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the book is on the Yale University Press. Didnt Bush drink beer at Yale? Didnt he not seem to learn much at Yale?
    Of course I wrote the nice lady back.

    I was reading a book called Jihad by Ahmed Rashid which is a history of Central Asia. I didn't speak to the man next to me past how do you do. I think Ahmed Rashid is published by Yale University Press. Bush's alma mater. Please tell your government and everyone in your office to go fuck themselves. Tell them twice. If your boss is looking for something to do, you can tell him I suggest he go fuck himself. Baghdad's safer than my hometown and your PM is a sissy. You have a nice night.

    I really dont take kindly to that kind of shit. I like it though. Love it. Confrontation. Tension. Adversarial relationships. More please. Its the only time it gets real.
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    Default Re: Henry Rollins a terrorist for choice of reading matter?

    Even I know who Henry Rollins is. This guy must be a really old
    fuddie-duddie.

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    I <3 Henry Rollins

    It does sound like the person who called it in was nuts. Especially since he did it anonymously.

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    I love Henry Rollins and I think it's great this happened to him. He's such a well-spoken big mouth that this will get huge amounts of publicity (I hope). Then maybe one of us won't be tagged a terrorist for reading a fucking book.
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    Default Re: Henry Rollins a terrorist for choice of reading matter?

    ^^ Tell that to your local library.
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    Default Re: Henry Rollins a terrorist for choice of reading matter?

    My local library carries his spoken word cd's. I haven't looked for his books there because we own them.

    Supposedly, once you check in your books and media, the record of what you'd had checked out is wiped out. I know that the community college library system made sure that there were no records that could be accessed by homeland security once the material was returned.

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    Love librarians! They are right on the front lines fighting all this snooping, etc. And I love them for it.
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