Dylan's 'W.W.I.' (Walking Without ID): The John Lennon Treatment?
• Is folk-rock icon "Only a Pawn in Their Game" -- a covert war against "dissidents," intellectuals, journalists and the cultural vanguard?
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In America, even at the Jersey shore, a "W.W.I." -- walking without ID -- isn't supposed to get you held by the cops. Even if you are Bob Dylan.
The young female cop who confronted Bob Dylan while he was walking down a Long Branch, N.J. street last month called his story "fishy" -- that he really was Bob Dylan, and he really was playing a concert that very night at a nearby ballpark with the music legends Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. She said that the 68-year-old singer didn't look like the younger Dylan she remembered seeing in photos.
Bob Dylan never faded from the scene. He's still a huge star, recently decorated with various prestigious awards and honors. Doesn't the Long Branch police department have a computer? Couldn't they have retrieved a recent photo of Dylan and sent it to the officer? Or any we to believe that conjuring up a photo or even a description of the singer was beyond the capabilities of Long Branch police?
And this passes for professional police work? Or were the locals, perhaps provided with information gleaned from so-called "intelligence-based policing," pursuing another theory -- a theory that presumed the musical poet's evening stroll would lead them to evidence of wrongdoing?
The young officer -- conveniently made available by her unabashedly unembarrassed department for media interviews -- described Bob Dylan thusly: He wasn't "delusional" but was acting "very suspicious."
Is this what gumshoe psychologists call "neuro-linguistic programming?" Are we supposed to now wonder aloud just what Bob Dylan was doing, walking alone, supposedly mistaken for a homeless man in what many mainstream media outlets described as a "predominantly minority" neighborhood?
Was the real intent to possibly catch Bob Dylan on a personal dope run to the closest ghetto? Was that the stereotypical mentality at work here? Or was there another agenda at play -- a centrally orchestrated smear campaign against the greatest protest singer of all time, unjustly and (to borrow an appropriate adjective) "stupidly" targeted as a "dissident," as was John Lennon, the former Beatle who took up residence, and social activism, in the U.S. back in the '70s.
Is it "Show Me Your Papers!" time in America? Does our personal freedom hinge upon the ability to produce "official" identification -- even if, by our actions, there is absolutely no evidence of probable cause for detention by police?
Is this incident really "local" -- or is there more to it than just a case of a young cop who refused to believe that Bob Dylan might actually look his age and be who he says he is?
Bob Dylan is hounded by fans. He often wears disguises. He's also a unique personality. So it wasn't really out of character for him to be dressed in black sweat pants tucked into black boots, and two raincoats (it was raining heavily). And he also has a habit of visiting the early homes of other music legends such as Neil Young and John Lennon, perhaps to pick up the vibe that inspired them; in America, individuals possess the right to be eccentric. The fact that Bruce Springsteen wrote much of his classic album Born to Run in a nearby Long Branch house could very well explain what he was doing in the neighborhood.
But the fact is, it was no business of the police what Dylan was doing in the neighborhood. He owed police no explanation. He was walking down the street in the rain. Period. He didn't have ID on him. In America, that does not constitute probable cause for detention -- just because a neighbor called to report a "suspicious" looking older man looking at a house with a "For Sale" sign.
Interesting... a supposedly concerned neighbor led to Bob Dylan's Long Branch confrontation with police -- just as happened in the case of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr., arrested for disorderly conduct in his own home after he tried to tell police it was he who was trying to enter after a front door lock jammed.
Ring any bells?
Is Dylan getting the John Lennon treatment -- targeted for his cultural orientation, his politics, perhaps even his ethnic heritage, using a (generated?) report from a suspicious neighbor as a pretext for harassment?
And if so, is a secret war against "dissident" intellectuals and cultural icons a key "psy op" (psychological operation) of "Gestapo USA"? And are journalists -- including the one writing this article -- also unjustly targeted, their lives taken apart by "community stalkers," covert, tortuous electromagnetic radiation weapons attacks, and covert programs of personal financial destruction?
Are democracy and the rule of law being stolen at the grassroots?
Read the article linked below and contemplate a frightening reality.
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"