That Marching Plague made its way into print, and performance, at all is something of a triumph for anti-warfare-state defiance in the face of considerable odds. Its appearance, originally due in the United States in the late autumn of 2004, had to be deferred because the Federal Bureau of Investigation held all the authors’ materials, so that they had to reconstruct their research. The associated legal case became another strand in the story to be told, reinforcing their perceptions about the administration’s paranoia and persecution of dissent. Details may be found in Appendix I, ‘When Thought becomes Crime’, and at the defence fund website: <www.caedefensefund.org> (accessed 02 February 2007). Appendix II continues with reflections on the case and how it relates to the wide swathe of crimes considered terrorist, with dire implications for critics of the present regime in the United States.
Around the same time the Incident was included in a TV programme, in a BBC4 series produced by Windfall Films, and the story was taken up in the press. See Trawler steamed into germ warfare site and no one said a word, by Ben Fenton. Filed:
|Cellar Head, site of the Carella incident, is marked|
|Not that remote really|