In an interview with the NME he said, "The FBI and the Special Branch have investigated me and I've been interviewed and taped and so forth.". He also said that the experience showed that neither country was a democratic society.
Explaining what he thought had prompted the move, the 46-year-old said: "My view is that neither England or America are democratic societies. You can't really speak your mind and if you do you're investigated even though it's just a basic process that must be done."
In 2004 Morrissey urged American voters to get rid of President Bush, saying he had turned the US into the most "neurotic and terror-obsessed country on the planet".