Thursday, April 24, 2008
The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)
I think Tariq Ali put it best when he said "the notion that the world's largest, most powerful imperial nation, the United States of America, could be seriously threatened by a writer, an intellectual, a singer, a painter, is laughable . . . but it indicates how nervous they were." And what did the government think it was going to find out - by conducting surveillance and wiretapping - that he wasn't already saying in front of the cameras on a daily basis? We can debate the question of whether or not John and Yoko saved any lives (as they claimed) or helped end the war in Vietnam. But that our government viewed Lennon as a real threat to its foreign policy and to peace, prosperity and patriotism at home there is no doubt.