Saturday, September 09, 2006
The U.S. vs. John Lennon
The above is from an ad in The Nation's September 18, 2006 issue, page 5 (full page ad). The film is The U.S. vs. John Lennon which the Independent of London wrote about recently.
ABC World News Tonight reported on Lennon this week (an interview with Yoko Ono and you can watch it or read their summary online):
Lennon's rebelliousness may have come at a price. In the 1970s, Lennon was convinced that government agents were watching him. As it turns out, he was right.
Almost 20 years after his death, the government released the FBI file on Lennon, which included nearly 300 pages of text. One document that went from the FBI to the CIA reports that Lennon planned to take part in a protest at the 1972 Republican National Convention.
Read the above again. Are you left with the impression that Lennon's FBI file was released? In whole? It wasn't. Even taking account the "need" to redact, it wasn't released in whole. (Gordon Brown, desperate to be prime minister, might want to explain the whys of that.) Possibly if watchdogs barked, as opposed to cackled, this could have been addressed this week because it is part of this nation's history and it matters -- only more so as a result of the Bully Boy's recent actions. (See "On the Dangers of an Unchecked Bully Boy.") It mattered back then and it matters now -- though cackles may be in short supply.
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the u.s. vs. john lennon