As it turns out. His Islam name – Yusuf Islam – was not on the list. But a similar name – Youssouf Islam – was on the list.
None the less – the Bush administration still insists that Cat Stevens is a terrorist supporter and that the acted properly in deporting him for having a similar name to someone else on the list.
The solution – people with common names or names spelled similar to those who might be on a terrorost list – names like David Nelson – should change their name, or maybe just move to some other country and stay out of America. I don’t know why people from free nations would want to visit this country anyway.
Earlier this week Colin Powell defended the deportation:
NEW YORK (AFP) – US Secretary of State Colin Powell defended a US decision to deny entry to British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.
“We have no charges against him,” Powell told reporters at the foreign press center here. “We have nothing that would be actionable in our courts, or in the courts in the United Kingdom, I’m sure.
“But it is the procedure that we have been using to know who is coming into our country, know their backgrounds and interests and see whether we believe it is appropriate for them to come in,” he said.
“With respect to Cat Stevens … our Homeland Security Department and intelligence agencies found some information concerning his activities that they felt under our law required him to be placed on a watch list and therefore deny him entry into the United States,” Powell said.
“In this instance, information was obtained that suggested he should be placed on the watch list and that’s why he was denied entry into the country,” he said.
This is what happens when you suspend the constitution like the Bush administration has done.
So – now that we know that the problem was a spelling error – will they let Cat Stevens in now?