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FBI and special branch take Morrissey in for questioning

rot | 26.02.2006 13:42 | Anti-militarism | Culture | Repression | World

Hot on the heels of news about actors being questioned for potential thought crime after playing terrorists in a film, now we have the Smiths front man being quizzed by thought police after comments denouncing the war in Iraq.

Former Smiths frontman, says he was interrogated by the FBI and Special Branch over his outspoken criticism of the US and British governments. Morrissey had previously named Bush as a terrorist and denounced the war in Iraq.

In an interview with the NME he said, "The FBI and the Special Branch have investigated me and I've been interviewed and taped and so forth.". He also said that the experience showed that neither country was a democratic society.

Explaining what he thought had prompted the move, the 46-year-old said: "My view is that neither England or America are democratic societies. You can't really speak your mind and if you do you're investigated even though it's just a basic process that must be done."

In 2004 Morrissey urged American voters to get rid of President Bush, saying he had turned the US into the most "neurotic and terror-obsessed country on the planet".



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  2. Ah but — Observer
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  5. After all — Amused
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