The Airing of Grievances
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Cat Stevens the Terrorist
Huh, you say. Yup, the same man who brought us "Moonshadow" is now on the U.S. watch list for terrorists. You see Cat has converted to Islam and now goes by Yusuf Islam. Apparently this has him in some hot water with the feds:

A plane bound for Washington from London was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after passenger Yusuf Islam — formerly known as pop singer Cat Stevens — showed up on a U.S. watch list, federal officials said.

"He was interviewed and denied admission to the United States on national security grounds," said Homeland Security spokesman Dennis Murphy. He said the man would be put on the first available flight out of the country Wednesday.
Tellingly, from the article it appears that the only thing that got him grounded and booted was his name. Let's please hope that there is something more than garden-variety discrimination at play here.

( Hat Tip to the Swamp's Briandtw for the heads up.)

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