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Welcome to Freedom Fries Radio on Radio Zuckervati. This station came into being after perusing the list of songs banned during the Gulf War, and 9/11.

Yes most of these songs and bands were banned by some authority or another. But why were they banned? Some, such as Yusuf Islam's (Cat Stevens) "A is for Allah" might be considered inappropriate, since the US and UK are dealing with Arab "terrorists", and trying to institute "Regime Change*" in many Arab countries.

Others, such as John Lennon's "Imagine", advocate peace.

Some, such as the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian" are just plain stupid, and who would want to listen to them anyway?

But am I any authority on music? Indeed, who are these "authorities", and what business do they have banning songs for any arbitrary reason? Why ban songs which denounce war, or offer an alternative religious view than the predominant Christian one?

Well, that's why I'm here. I'm playing the songs which were deemed inappropriate -- the songs which were too suggestive after 9/11. Should these songs be banned? You decide -- at least now you have an opportunity to hear the "bad" songs.

Check out the song list and follow the links to the truth behind banned music and "questionable" songs -- all deemed unsuitable for stupid reasons, often because they advocated peace.

Oh, and check out the gallery of Canadian soldiers offering assistance in the Middle-East. Notice how you don't necessarily have to support a war to participate in it. Or be affected by it.

Washington is a new kind of place for Bush now, meaner, with less slack being cut. It's the kind of place where the merest hint of blood in the water alerts the sharks.

Last week, the same week he was grilled by lawmakers on the $75 billion (U.S.) in supplemental spending the administration needs for the first phase of the war, his $726 billion tax cut plan was chopped in half by a Senate in which Republicans hold a 51 to 49 majority.

"Even appeals to Republicans' patriotism have failed to win backing for the president,'' noted the Washington Post.

The Senate also defeated his controversial plan to open up the Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to oil and gas drilling.

And, in the coup de grace, lawmakers gutted his faith-based proposal to pump money into church-supported social agencies, such as drug-counselling centres.

These are serious portents. And Bush still has to go back to Congress for more money if the war drags on.

To make matters worse, a member of his own party, Republican Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota, criticized Bush last week for not using "strong-arm tactics'' to bring rebel Republicans in to line on the defeated legislation.

President George W. Bush has authorized American military forces to use tear gas in Iraq, the Pentagon says, a development that some weapons experts said could set up a conflict between American and international law.

When NBC -- which is owned by General Electric, a prime military-industrial complex contractor -- decided to fire Peter Arnett for the thought crime of plain speaking, it was undoubtedly responding both to pressure from the White House (which accused Arnett of "pandering" to the Iraqis) and to the imperatives of its MSNBC ratings chase against the gung-ho, pro-war frothers of Fox News.

What provoked Arnett's defenestration? In an interview he accorded on Sunday to Iraqi television (which an MSNBC spokesperson initially described as a "professional courtesy"), Arnett allowed as how media reports of civilian casualties in Iraq "help" the "growing challenge to President Bush about the conduct of the war and also opposition to the war. The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are trying to write another plan."

"The Americans don't want the independent journalists in Iraq."

The Bush administration and British government have repeatedly blamed France's threatened veto for the failure to secure a second UN resolution authorising military action against Iraq.

What Washington has failed to mention is its own veto over many years to block initiatives such as opposition to apartheid South Africa, and even the prohibition of chemical weapons. Below is a partial list of UN resolutions vetoed by the US since 1972.,3604,917834,00.html

The United States has mistakenly named Slovenia as a partner in its war against Iraq - and even offered it a share of the money budgeted for the conflict.

Counter-Propoganda Posters in full color, perfect for protest signs or mass photocopying.


  The Flaw in Shock and Awe

Officials from President Bush on down are scrambling to say they never claimed the war would be won quickly. But this was precisely the message from officers involved in planning the war. It was, in fact, the premise underlying the whole war plan.

On March 19, the day the airstrikes got under way, U.S. Air Force Col. Gary L. Crowder, chief of strategy, concepts, and doctrine for the Air Combat Command, told reporters that the war would be an "effects-based" campaign. "The effects that we are trying to create," he explained, will be "to make it so apparent and so overwhelming at the very outset of potential military operations that the adversary quickly realizes that there is no real alternative here other than to fight and die or to give up." Once the Iraqis realize this, Crowder added, "[T]here will be a greater likelihood that they might choose not to fight for the regime." (Italics added.)

The CIA covers its ass today in both the Washington Post and the New York Times, further distancing itself from the forged documents the Bush administration forwarded to the United Nations to support its case that Iraq had attempted to purchase uranium. News that the documents were forged has given succor to Bush administration critics, who accuse the government of ginning up evidence against Iraq to justify war.

The story behind the forged documents and how they made their way from the United States to U.N. inspectors is important because it suggests the Bush administration is 1) incompetent; 2) stupid; 3) corrupt; or 4) all of the above.

Three days ago, this column asked: Who forged the documents the United States and Britain submitted to U.N. inspectors as proof that Iraq had purchased tons of uranium.presumably for nuclear weapons.from Niger? And what were the forger's motives?

The "Press Box" directive to his press corps colleagues to smoke out the forgers and their designs was prompted by a March 13 Washington Post article, "FBI Probes Fake Evidence of Iraqi Nuclear Plans." The story, which was underplayed on Page A-17, indicated that the U.S. government knew who had forged the Niger documents but wasn't telling. The Post also reported that the United States and Britain received the documents from a third country's intelligence agency, adding, "The FBI is looking into the forgery of a key piece of evidence linking Iraq to a nuclear weapons program, including the possibility that a foreign government is using a deception campaign to foster support for military action against Iraq." [Emphasis added.] The third country in the handoff was not Israel, CNN reported on March 14.

The Bush administration could bake an omelet large enough to feed a small city with the egg deposited on its face in the last week.specifically, news that the United States was duped by poorly forged documents that allegedly proved Iraq's nuclear ambitions. The administration and the British government presented the documents to U.N. inspectors as proof that Iraq shopped in Niger for uranium, presumably for a bomb. The inspectors noisily dismissed the docs as crude forgeries.

Forged by whom? And for what reason? That's the story I'd like to see the pack chase.


Why did the Administration endorse a forgery about Iraq.s nuclear program?

Last September 24th, as Congress prepared to vote on the resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to wage war in Iraq, a group of senior intelligence officials, including George Tenet, the Director of Central Intelligence, briefed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Iraq.s weapons capability. It was an important presentation for the Bush Administration. Some Democrats were publicly questioning the President.s claim that Iraq still possessed weapons of mass destruction which posed an immediate threat to the United States. Just the day before, former Vice-President Al Gore had sharply criticized the Administration.s advocacy of pre�mptive war, calling it a doctrine that would replace .a world in which states consider themselves subject to law. with .the notion that there is no law but the discretion of the President of the United States.. A few Democrats were also considering putting an alternative resolution before Congress.

According to two of those present at the briefing, which was highly classified and took place in the committee.s secure hearing room, Tenet declared, as he had done before, that a shipment of high-strength aluminum tubes that was intercepted on its way to Iraq had been meant for the construction of centrifuges that could be used to produce enriched uranium. The suitability of the tubes for that purpose had been disputed, but this time the argument that Iraq had a nuclear program under way was buttressed by a new and striking fact: the C.I.A. had recently received intelligence showing that, between 1999 and 2001, Iraq had attempted to buy five hundred tons of uranium oxide from Niger, one of the world.s largest producers. The uranium, known as .yellow cake,. can be used to make fuel for nuclear reactors; if processed differently, it can also be enriched to make weapons. Five tons can produce enough weapon-grade uranium for a bomb. (When the C.I.A. spokesman William Harlow was asked for comment, he denied that Tenet had briefed the senators on Niger.)

Latest censorship incident:

Radio stations across the country remove songs by the Dixie Chicks from airplay because of a common made by the group's singer saying she was embarrassed that U.S. President George W. Bush was from her home state of Texas. Even though she later apologized for the comment, the ban is still being aggressively enforced

All these recordings were banned during the gulf war in 1990:

  • Jose Felicano & The Doors, "Light My Fire"
  • Something Happens, "Parachute"
  • The Cure, "Killing an Arab
  • Little angels, "Bone yard"
  • Massive Attack had the word "attack" dropped during the gulf war
  • Bomb the Bass also suffered during this period

'The Word' listed 64 songs on its February 1st program that BBC Radio have deemed "unsuitable" to play during the first Gulf Crisis:

  • Abba, "Waterloo"
  • A-ha, "Hunting High And Low"
  • Alarm, "68 Guns"
  • Animals, "We Got To Get Out Of This Place"
  • Arrival, "I Will Survive"
  • Joan Baez, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
  • Bangles, "Walk Like An Egyptian"
  • The Beatles, "Back In The USSR"
  • Pat Benetar, "Love Is A Battlefield"
  • Big Country, "Fields Of Fire"
  • Blondie, "Atomic"
  • Boomtown Rats, "Don't Like Mondays"
  • Brook Bros., "Warpaint"
  • Arthur Brown, "Fire"
  • Kate Bush, "Army Dreamers"
  • Cher, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
  • Eric Clapton, "I Shot The Sheriff"
  • Phil Collins, "In The Air Tonight"
  • Cutting Crew, "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight"
  • Skeeter Davies, "End Of The World"
  • Desmond Dekker, "Israelites"
  • Dire Straits, "Brothers In Arms"
  • Duran Duran, "View To A Kill"
  • Jose Feliciano, "Light My Fire"
  • First Choice, "Armed And Extremely Dangerous"
  • Roberta Flack, "Killing Me Softly"
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Two Tribes"
  • Eddie Grant, "Living On The Frontline"
  • Eddie Grant, "Give Me Hope Joanna"
  • Elton John, "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting"
  • Johnny Hates Jazz, "I Don't Want To Be A Hero"
  • John Lennon, "Give Peace A Chance"
  • John Lennon, "Imagine"
  • Jona Louis, "Stop The Cavalry"
  • Lulu Boom, "Bang A Bang"
  • McGuinness Flint, "When I'm Dead And Gone"
  • Bob Marley, "Buffalo Soldier"
  • Maria Muldaur, "Midnight At The Oasis"
  • M*A*S*H, "Suicide Is Painless"
  • Mike And The Mechanics, "Silent Running"
  • Rick Nelson, "Fools Rush In"
  • Nicole, "A Little Peace"
  • Billy Ocean, "When The Going Gets Tough"
  • Donny Osmond, "Soldier Of Love"
  • Paper Lace, "Billy Don't Be A Hero"
  • Queen, "Killer Queen"
  • Queen, "Flash"
  • Martha Reeves, "Forget Me Not"
  • B.A. Robertson, "Bang Bang"
  • Tom Robinson, "War Baby"
  • Kenny Rogers, "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town)"
  • Spandau Ballet, "I'll Fly For You"
  • Specials, "Ghost Town"
  • Bruce Springsteen, "I'm On Fire"
  • Edwin Starr, "War"
  • Status Quo, "In The Army Now"
  • Status Quo, "Burning Bridges"
  • Cat Stevens, "I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun"
  • Rod Stewart, "Sailing"
  • Donna Summer, "State Of Independence"
  • Tears For Fears, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"
  • Temptations, "Ball Of Confusion"
  • 10 CC, "Rubber Bullets"
  • Stevie Wonder, "Heaven Help Us All"

See for other banned and "questionable" songs.

Here is the list of songs deemed "lyrically questionable" by Clear Channel after 9/11:

  • Alice In Chains, "Rooster"
  • Alice In Chains, "Sea of Sorrow"
  • Alice In Chains, "Down in a Hole"
  • Alice In Chains, "Them Bones"
  • Beastie Boys, "Sure Shot"
  • Beastie Boys, "Sabotage"
  • The Cult, "Fire Woman"
  • Everclear, "Santa Monica (Watch the World Die)"
  • Filter, Hey Man, "Nice Shot"
  • Foo Fighters, "Learn to Fly"
  • Savage Garden, "Crash and Burn"
  • Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"
  • Bangles, "Walk Like an Egyptian"
  • Pretenders, "My City Was Gone"
  • Alanis Morissette, "Ironic"
  • Barenaked Ladies, "Falling for the First Time"
  • Fuel, "Bad Day"
  • Korn, "Falling Away From Me"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Aeroplane"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Under the Bridge"
  • Smashing Pumpkins, "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
  • Peter Gabriel, "When You're Falling"
  • System Of A Down, "Chop Suey!"
  • Lenny Kravitz, "Fly Away"
  • Tom Petty, "Free Fallin'"
  • Bruce Springsteen, "I'm On Fire"
  • Bruce Springsteen, "Goin' Down"
  • Phil Collins, "In the Air Tonight"
  • Limp Bizkit, "Break Stuff"
  • Green Day, "Brain Stew"
  • Temple Of The Dog, "Say Hello to Heaven"
  • Sugar Ray, "Fly"
  • Local H, "Bound for the Floor"
  • Slipknot, "Left Behind, Wait and Bleed"
  • Bush, "Speed Kills"
  • 311, "Down"
  • Stone Temple Pilots, "Dead and Bloated"
  • Soundgarden, "Fell on Black Days"
  • Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun"
  • Metallica, "Seek and Destroy"
  • Metallica, "Harvester of Sorrow"
  • Metallica, "Enter Sandman"
  • Metallica, "Fade to Black"
  • Nine Inch Nails, "Head Like a Hole"
  • Godsmack, "Bad Religion"
  • Tool, "Intolerance"
  • Soundgarden, "Blow Up the Outside World"
  • Nena, "99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons"
  • AC/DC, "Shot Down in Flames"
  • AC/DC, "Shoot to Thrill"
  • AC/DC, "Dirty Deeds"
  • AC/DC, "Highway to Hell"
  • AC/DC, "Safe in New York City"
  • AC/DC, "TNT"
  • AC/DC, "Hell's Bells"
  • Black Sabbath, "War Pigs"
  • Black Sabbath, "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
  • Black Sabbath, "Suicide Solution"
  • Kansas, "Dust in the Wind"
  • Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"
  • The Beatles, "A Day in the Life"
  • The Beatles, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
  • The Beatles, "Ticket To Ride"
  • The Beatles, "Obla Di, Obla Da"
  • Bob Dylan/Guns N Roses, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
  • Arthur Brown, "Fire"
  • Blue Oyster Cult, "Burnin' For You"
  • Paul McCartney & Wings, "Live and Let Die"
  • Jimi Hendrix, "Hey Joe"
  • Jackson Browne, "Doctor My Eyes"
  • John Mellencamp, "Crumbling Down"
  • John Mellencamp, "Paper In Fire"
  • U2, "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
  • Boston, "Smokin"
  • Billy Joel, "Only the Good Die Young"
  • Dio, "Holy Diver"
  • Steve Miller, "Jet Airliner"
  • Van Halen, "Jump"
  • Queen, "Another One Bites the Dust"
  • Queen, "Killer Queen"
  • Pat Benatar, "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
  • Pat Benatar, "Love is a Battlefield"
  • Oingo Boingo, "Dead Man's Party"
  • REM, "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
  • Talking Heads, "Burning Down the House"
  • Judas Priest, "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"
  • Pink Floyd, "Run Like Hell"
  • Pink Floyd, "Mother"
  • John Parr, "St. Elmo's Fire"
  • Barry McGuire, "Eve of Destruction"
  • Steam, "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey"
  • Drifters, "On Broadway"
  • Shelly Fabares, "Johnny Angel"
  • Los Bravos, "Black is Black"
  • Peter & Gordon, "I Go To Pieces"
  • Peter & Gordon, "A World Without Love"
  • Elvis Presley, "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
  • Zombies, "She's Not There"
  • Elton John, "Bennie & The Jets"
  • Elton John, "Daniel"
  • Elton John, "Rocket Man"
  • Jerry Lee Lewis, "Great Balls of Fire"
  • Santana, "Evil Ways"
  • Louis Armstrong, "What A Wonderful World"
  • Youngbloods, "Get Together"
  • Ad Libs, "The Boy from New York City"
  • Peter Paul & Mary, "Blowin' in the Wind"
  • Peter Paul & Mary, "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"
  • Rolling Stones, "Ruby Tuesday"
  • Simon & Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
  • Happenings, "See You in Septemeber"
  • Carole King, "I Feel the Earth Move"
  • Zager & Evans, "In the Year 2525"
  • Norman Greenbaum, "Spirit in the Sky"
  • Brooklyn Bridge, "Worst That Could Happen"
  • Three Degrees, "When Will I See You Again"
  • Cat Stevens, "Peace Train"
  • Cat Stevens, "Morning Has Broken"
  • Jan & Dean, "Dead Man's Curve"
  • Martha & The Vandellas, "Nowhere to Run"
  • Martha & The Vandellas/Van Halen, "Dancing in the Streets"
  • Hollies, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
  • Sam Cooke/Herman's Hermits, "Wonderful World"
  • Petula Clark, "A Sign of the Times"
  • Don Mclean, "American Pie"
  • J. Frank Wilson/Pearl Jam, "Last Kiss"
  • Buddy Holly & The Crickets, "That'll Be the Day"
  • John Lennon, "Imagine"
  • Bobby Darin, "Mack the Knife"
  • The Clash, "Rock the Casbah"
  • Surfaris, "Wipeout"
  • Blood Sweat & Tears, "And When I Die"
  • Dave Clark Five, "Bits and Pieces"
  • Tramps, "Disco Inferno"
  • Paper Lace, "The Night Chicago Died"
  • Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York"
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Travelin' Band"
  • The Gap Band, "You Dropped a Bomb On Me"
  • Alien Ant Farm, "Smooth Criminal"
  • 3 Doors Down, "Duck and Run"
  • The Doors, "The End"
  • Third Eye Blind, "Jumper"
  • Neil Diamond, "America"
  • Skeeter Davis, "End of the World"
  • Ricky Nelson, "Travelin' Man"
  • Chi-Lites, "Have You Seen Her"
  • Animals, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
  • Fontella Bass, "Rescue Me"
  • Mitch Ryder, "Devil with the Blue Dress"
  • James Taylor, "Fire and Rain"
  • Edwin Starr/Bruce Springsteen, "War"
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Tuesday's Gone"
  • Drowning Pool, "Bodies"
  • Mudvayne, "Death Blooms"
  • Megadeth, "Dread and the Fugitive"
  • Megadeth, "Sweating Bullets"
  • Saliva, "Click Click Boom"
  • P.O.D., "Boom"

See ABC News for this article:

  Number one with a bullet?

Even before the first bomb fell in the United States' war in Iraq, musicians had taken up positions on both sides of the issue. Now they are verbally firing at each other from across this musical Maginot Line.

The anti-war movement has already heard from a range of artists -- Madonna, John Mellencamp and the Beastie Boys among them -- who have made statements both in the recording studio and in action. Peacekeeper, the new Fleetwood Mac single, has been appropriated as an anti-war song and this week has broken through to the Billboard Hot 100. Even Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, has entered the fray by recording Angel of War, his first pop song since 1978.

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