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20-Feb-2006, 11:16 PM
AMERICAN 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 a 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, writes Kathy McCabe.
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.
20-Feb-2006, 11:17 PM
#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.
ďI hope this finds you before you leave Australia as I think its something that wonít 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 canít call them to discuss their idiocy with them.Ē
Interesting that he and I exchanged nothing but polite hellos. I was reading Ahmed Rashidís book Jihad: The Rise Of Militant Islam In Central Asia. Heís a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the book is on the Yale University Press. Didnít Bush drink beer at Yale? Didnít he not seem to learn much at Yale?
Of course I wrote the nice lady back.
ďI 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 f*** themselves. Tell them twice. If your boss is looking for something to do, you can tell him I suggest he go f***himself. Baghdad's safer than my hometown and your PM is a sissy. You have a nice night.Ē
I really donít take kindly to that kind of s***. I like it though. Love it. Confrontation. Tension. Adversarial relationships. More please. Itís the only time it gets real.
21-Feb-2006, 12:55 AM
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