I am putting this in the off-topic section because it doesn't relate in any way to Morrissey other than in the name "Billy Budd".
I was scanning through the radio dial last night while driving home and came across a talker. He was into politics and such and he said something like "...the Crucifixion of our Billy Budds by the suits..." (or generals, I don't remember exactly." He was talking about a number of Marines that are being held in Camp Pendleton for shooting Iraqis.
Shortly thereafter I arrived home and turned it off.
That's all...just the Billy Budd mention. Never heard it before other than old Mogsy's song.