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Thread: Punks Beware! Listening to The Clash can get you arrested as a security threat

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    Partridge Guest

    Punks Beware! Listening to The Clash can get you arrested as a security threat

    Terror fear over Clash fan's song
    BBC


    A phone salesman was hauled off a London-bound plane by police after his taste in music aroused terrorism fears. Harraj Mann, 23, asked a taxi driver to play The Clash's London Calling through the vehicle's stereo.

    But the cabbie rang police after he heard the song which includes the line: "War is declared and battle come down"

    Police said Mr Mann, from Hartlepool, was released without charge after his arrest on board a Bmi plane at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

    Durham Police said a security check revealed he did not pose a threat.

    A spokeswoman also said that it was not just the music Mr Mann requested, but the "overall impression" he gave that aroused the taxi driver's suspicion.

    She said: "By the time it was established the man did not pose a security risk, the plane had taken off.

    "Safety is paramount and we respond to concerns from members of the public in the way they would expect us to.

    "In this case the report was made with the best of intentions and we would not want to discourage people from contacting us with genuine concerns regarding security."

    Mr Mann, a mobile phone salesman of Indian origin, missed his flight to Heathrow last Thursday because of the security check and took a taxi back to Hartlepool. He said he was questioned under the Terrorism Act.

    He told BBC Radio Five Live: "I said to staff you've taken me off my flight due to my taste in music, in a more colourful way.

    "I mean where does it stop? What if I was wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt, what if I was wearing odd socks, you know.

    "I mean obviously the political climate these days is like walking on egg shells, but I mean there's caution and then there's taking it to the point where it's absurd and ludicrous."

    The contentious lyrics by the 1970s Clash song include the lines: "London calling from the faraway towns, now war is declared and battle come down.

    "London calling to the underworld, come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls."

    In June 2004, Mike Devine, 35, from Bristol, was questioned by Special Branch after he had sent text messages of the lyrics from The Clash's song Tommy Gun. They included the words "gun" and "jet airliner".

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    Partridge Guest
    Still, its good to know that The Clash are still the most dangerous band in Britain.

    God help anyone who dares listen to 'London's Burning', 'Spanish Bombs' or (heaven forbid) 'Know Your Rights'!

    -----------

    Know your rights all three of them

    Number 1
    You have the right not to be killed
    Murder is a crime!
    Unless it was done by
    A policeman or aristocrat
    Know your rights

    Number 2
    You have the right to food money
    Providing of course you
    Don’t mind a little
    Investigation, humiliation
    And if you cross your fingers
    Rehabilitation

    Know your rights
    These are your rights

    Know these rights

    Number 3
    You have the right to free speech
    As long as you’re not dumb enough
    To actually try it.

    Know your rights
    These are your rights
    All three of ’em
    It has been suggested
    In some quarters that this is not enough!
    Well..............................

    Get off the streets
    Get off the streets
    Run
    You don’t have a home to go to
    Smush

    Finally then I will read you your rights

    You have the right to remain silent
    You are warned that anything you say
    Can and will be taken down
    And used as evidence against you

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    Never liked the Clash, so I'm safe.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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    Partridge Guest
    Heathen!

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    I'm very selective with the "Punk Rock" that I like. The Ramones, the Police (live), Dead Kennedy's, etc...
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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    PhilosophyGenius Guest
    For singing in public he deserves to be arrested on general principle.

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    jetsetlemming Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by PhilosophyGenius
    For singing in public he deserves to be arrested on general principle.
    Glad to see you can read the article, PG.

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    PhilosophyGenius Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by jetsetlemming
    Glad to see you can read the article, PG.
    Thanks. Also I think these standards should apply to rappers and people who use there lyrics so everytime they rap they can be arrested right on the stop.

    Holla!

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