Dream of: 31 July 1984 "Government Censorship"

I had been put in a prison, and while there, about 30 women prisoners were brought into a courtyard of the prison. The women were lined up, and the guards were lined up in front of the women, although there were probably only about 20 guards. The women closest to me didn't have guards in front of them.

Some guards told the women in front of them to turn around and the guards then began to frisk the women. I was uncertain what the guards were searching for, but I thought the way they were searching the women was very offensive. The search only lasted for a few minutes, however, and the women began dispersing.

I walked over to one woman and asked her why she put up with the searching. I suggested the women should protest against being frisked that way, especially since I thought the women weren't actually prisoners.

I saw Stanford (a law professor) who was one of the guards, standing nearby. I thought he might be sympathetic to what I was saying and I walked over to him. When I told him how offensive I thought the frisking was, I could immediately tell he was in favor of what had just happened. I began thinking it was unwise for me to be telling him what I was thinking. Moreover, another guard was nearby listening to me, and I could tell it was dangerous to be speaking there. But I could tell I had snared the women's attention.

The following day I was given a paper with some new typewritten rules on it. I knew the new rules were a result of what I had done yesterday. The rules concerned people who had been writing anything, including dreams. In the future such writings would be strictly controlled. No writings which dealt with certain aspects of prison life would be allowed to be taken out of the prison when the prisoner was released.

I realized I had brought all my written dreams to prison with me when I had come. I began to become concerned about how I was going to get them out of the prison. I realized I had recently given a fellow in Waco named Don a copy of my most recent dreams and I thought perhaps I could get those back from him. But I had recently written several dreams which he didn't have.

The new rules also contained a statement by Alexander Haig, who was the director of the prison. Haig stated that he was in favor of limiting the freedom of expression in the prison. I thought it was deplorable that the United States government under Ronald Reagan had reached such a state that freedom of expression was being controlled like that. I thought of the current control of television shows and their low quality. The best thing that could happen would be for people to rise up against the low quality of television shows caused by government censorship and control.

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