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The Witchhunt Tendency

Author: joe

Thursday, 29 September, 2005 - 06:50

Watching Scorsese's biopic of Bob Dylan, 'No Direction Home', one thing stuck out was the fact that guidelines issued to the FBI on recognising communists was that they might be carrying guitars.

This pattern - that a person's use of technologies of communication sifgnifies their nefarious intent - is repeated endlessly, most recently in the case of a man with an interest computers and telecoms who became a suspected terrorist.

And today I hear that a man who heckled Jack Straw, the British Foreign Secretary, at the Labour Party conference, was held under the Terrorism Act.

Guitars, amateur radio kit, and now your very voice, are all weapons of dissent which you may want to think about twice before using.

Categories: terror, technology, media, witchhunt,
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