Friday, November 12, 2004

Does the USSS need an attorney to read them the 1st Amendment or the lyrics of 'Masters of War'?

Out of the sweet land of Boulder CO...

Band cleared after Secret Service probes alleged Bush threat via the Casper Star Tribune

School Talent Show Draws US Secret Service via ABC with interviews of some participants

After reading the first story I was grossly disturbed. It concluded that a high school band was visited by the USSS for wanting to play 'Masters of War' by Bob Dylan. The USSS thought that "And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon" constituted a threat of the life of the President. Now with all due respect that the USSS deserves in protecting the President against ANY 'willful' threat, their interpretation/investigation of these students seems like a deprivation of the student 1st Amendment rights. Here are the lyrics, you decide if this is a 'willful or knowing threat'


Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead

Get the song from your local retailer from Dylan or Pearl Jam.

The ABC seems to hint that something happened during a radio appearance, but does not say what. Although the students could have said something that the USSS could conceive as an actual violation of the law, I'm thinking that this seems to be a gross abuse of power.

PS
It shocks me to think that the USSS believes that 'Masters of War' has anything to do with Bush. Aren't we liberating Iraq and hasn't Jesus already forgiven our great leader?

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Me2Me

Great article at corante
His hypothesis is that INDUCE is overly-broad so as to include applications that would allow future users to form personal area networks.