It would appear that UK-based latest Sumerian-signees The HAARP Machine were denied entrance into the USA this Labor Day weekend as they were coming over to prepare for their supporting gig for Decapitated. Now, there’s typically problems that arise every now and then when a foreign band tries to come over to tour and get denied, but this time it seems that there COULD be a deeper sociological issue at play here.

Let’s just cut straight to the issue here. It’s nearing the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and since then, anyone who looks even remotely of Middle-Eastern descent have been getting the short end of the stick when it comes to traveling in the United States. The community seems to be abuzz with trickling claims of racial profiling, and I can see how it would appear to be the case in The HAARP Machine’s instance.

The band’s guitarist is Al Mu’min, seen upper left in the above photo. Unfortunately, coming to America for him may be problematic for obvious reasons, all of which are—obviously—a complete and total bullshit product of senseless fear and racial profiling. Add that to the fact that it’s a week before 9/11’s tenth anniversary, the band are hauling large boxes of electronic equipment, gear, and instruments and that the band’s name itself references a conspiracy theory involving The US Government (hell, their equipment probably has “The HAARP Machine” written on it)… it’s just a terribly unfortunate coincidence that the ever-paranoid TSA and US Government are naively reading too much into.  The fact that they’re a death metal band doesn’t help much either, I’m sure.

Of course, there COULD be a reasonable explanation, but I don’t hold much hope for reason. It’s senseless fear at play here, I’m sure. We’ll follow up with official word if/when we get it.

– JR

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