AMERICAN hard rocker Henry Rollins says a fellow passenger on his flight out of Auckland reported him to Australian anti-terrorism authorities for reading a scholarly work on the rise of militant Islam.
Rollins, who flew to Melbourne soon after performing at Auckland's Big Day Out on January 20, described the experience in a blog he runs on his website.
Rollins wrote that he received a letter from an Australian government worker informing him that the passenger sitting next to him during the flight reported him to a national security hotline.
The book, Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia, by Ahmed Rashid, was published by Yale University Press.
The official told him that though her department did good work, it also received a lot of letters "submitted by lunatics".
Rollins replied: "Baghdad's safer than my hometown and your PM is a sissy."
What a joke. I read those kinds of books too.