Man Detained as Terrorism Suspect After Singing to Cab Driver

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In London this week, a taxi driver (always the first line of defense in the War on Terror), alerted police to what he believed was suspicious behavior by his passenger, who he was taking to the airport.  The driver had become alarmed when his passenger sang a song that contained the language "war is declared," "meltdown," and "battle."  After he dropped the passenger off he called police, who escorted the man from the plane.

Turned out the guy liked The Clash.

The passenger, Harraj Mann, told police that the taxi had a music system that allowed him to plug in his MP3 player, and he had been playing music by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and The Clash, among others.  He had been singing along to "London Calling," the 1979 song that contains the lyrics "London is burning," "Now war is declared, and battle come down," and "meltdown expected," along with a variety of other angry-type punk lyrics.

It is not known to have become an anthem for Muslim terrorists.  Who, it seems to me, are probably smart enough not to announce themselves by loudly serenading their taxi driver about their plans on the way to the airport.

Mann was released after questioning, although he missed his flight.  "He [the driver] didn’t like Led Zeppelin or The Clash, but I don’t think there was any need to tell the police," Mann told reporters.

Link: Reuters via My Way News.