Haggard Blasts America's 'Anti-freedom' Laws
Country legend MERLE HAGGARD has blasted anti-smoking laws and street surveillance cameras in the U.S. - insisting prisoners enjoy more freedom than the general public.
The Okie from Muskogee singer spent three years in California's notorious San Quentin prison in the 1950s for attempted burglary.
And he is adamant creeping social reform in the U.S. is impinging on citizens' freedoms and civil liberties.
He tells Uncut magazine, "I hate to say this, but politically speaking, there was more freedom in San Quentin when I was there than there is in the streets of America now.
"Everything you did this morning has been recorded on film. That wasn't the case in prison when I was there. They might as well put a wall up: they've got us all under surveillance. In jail at the time, you could play poker 24 hours a day if you wanted to. Now, you can't even smoke. What a world we live in. You can't smoke in a pool hall. What has happened?"