Queen guitarist Brian May has weighed in on the child porn charges surrounding The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, and he is decidedly on Pete’s side. “This is really in danger of getting deeply out of hand–remember McCarthyism in the U.S.A.?” May wrote. “Well, maybe we’re too young, but if you read Orwell’s 1984, it’ll do the trick. The Thought Police seem to have materialized again in 2003. Surely the police conducting this investigation into pedophilia must realize that loads of people must go into areas of the Internet purely to see what is there? And are you going to tell me journalists don’t do this in order to be informed enough to write their stories? Oh, I guess journalists will turn out to be exempt from this kind of investigation into THEIR private lives. But of course it is these very harpies who as usual can’t wait to smear a great artist like Pete Townshend. It made me feel sick to see newsreel footage of these parasites camped outside Pete’s house. Grow up guys. And own up.” The full story at yahoo.com has since been removed.