Sunday, October 03, 2004
U.S. Judge Orders Release of Lennon FBI Files - hello Google?
October 9th will be John Lennon's 64th birthday.
(Will you still need me,
Will you still feed me, when I'm 64)
I wonder if he would have considered this an appropriate gift?
Fri Oct 1, 1:25 PM ET Reuters
I went to see John Lennon in 1969 in Toronto, Canada where he was waiting for permission to enter the U.S. American authorities were balking, ostensibly because of a marijuana possession conviction in U.K. I and other writers campaigned heavily to allow him to come to the U.S. and eventually he and Yoko got their visas.
Y'know, I think the government has a lot more important things to do in the next 60 days.
Eventually these records will be released. Even though it gets scrappy sometimes, in America, the truth, if the people want it, eventually comes out. Freedom of information is a hard won and deeply principled right - that's correct, right, not privelege - which is why some of us are having a hissyfit because Google is conceding to filtering (censorship) of news sources in its Chinese language news search. I think their excuses are lame and self-serving and even though they were not likely to have prevailed, they could have taken a stand. See stories and posts at China Digital News, The Peking Duck, Brainysmurf and Techweb
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