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Britain Lifts Ban on Michael Savage

Sunday, 19 Jul 2009 03:25 PM

Radio host Michael Savage can travel to England again, after Britain's home secretary scrapped the country's "least wanted" list of foreigners, ending a ban preventing them from entering the nation.

Savage was one of 16 people in the list, along with former a Ku Klux Klan leader, a skinhead gang leader and a member of Hezbollah. They were accused of "stirring up hatred and promoting extremist views."

That prompted him to file a libel lawsuit against then-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for more than $100,000.

"I'm not a terrorist. I'm one of America's most popular radio hosts and a happily married father of two," he said at the time. "Maybe Jacqui Smith just plucked my name out of the hat because I'm controversial and white - to counter-balance all the Arabs named on her list."

Smith was subsequently replaced as home secretary by Alan Johnson, who announced the lifting of the ban to England's Daily Mail newspaper.

Although the British government says it never consulted with the U.S. before placing Savage on the list, it has acknowledged that U.S. and British officials discussed the list after the Savage controversy erupted.

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