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Wednesday, April 05, 2006


I really do have trouble believing that this happened, but according to this Daily Mail story, found via the Drudge Report, it really did.
A mobile phone salesman was hauled off a plane and questioned for three hours as a terror suspect - because he listened to songs by The Clash and Led Zeppelin.

Harraj Mann, 24, played the punk anthem London Calling and classic rock track Immigrant Song in a taxi before a flight to London.

The lyrics to both tracks made the driver fear his passenger was a terrorist...

...Mr Mann said yesterday: 'The taxi had one of those tape deck things that plugs into your digital music player.

"I played Procol Harum's Whiter Shade Of Pale first, which the taxi man liked. I figured he liked the classics so put on a bit of Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song - which he didn't like. Then, since I was going to London, I played the song by The Clash and finished up with Nowhere Man by The Beatles."
It's hard enough to believe that a taxi driver would think a man's a terrorist for playing "London Calling", but what really boggles the mind is that the police would pull a man off a flight and question him for three hours based on the taxi driver's suspicions.
Mr Mann said he was 'frog-marched off the plane in front of everyone, had my bags searched and was asked 'every question you can think of'.
If this is how the police spend their time, how are they ever going to catch a real terrorist?


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