Now, I am not about to profess that I know anything about the "no-fly list," or the "watchlist" as I've also heard it called, I'm sure it has something to do with John Ashcroft and the Patriot Act, but Cat Stevens...GIVE ME A BREAK!
So it was reported in the USAToday that Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens, one of the greatest songwriters of the late 60s, early 70s) was aboard United Airlines Flight 919 yesterday when the plane was grounded and Yusuf Islam was taken into custody for interviewing. The USAToday even says that "officials had no details about why the peace activist might be considered a risk to the United States." It seems to me a peace activist, note the word PEACE, wouldn't be interested in any terrorist activity while aboard that airplane.
Yusuf Islam was denied admission to the United States and sent back to London. A man who is known for his devotion to the ideal of peace is being compared to Osama Bin Laden today because?!!?!??!?! He belongs to the Nation of Islam!! That's the most far reaching accusation I've heard all week...and I've been reading conspiracy theories for two days!
I'd like to know what exactly the Homeland Security Department has against this man. I don't know how a man who once wrote, "Trouble, Oh trouble can't you see. You're eating my heart away And there's nothing much left of me," and "you know I've seen a lot of what the world can do and it's breakin' my heart in two," could be a terrorist, I'm going to need some hard facts to change my mind on this one!
(*Lyrics taken from Stevens' albums "Tea For the Tillerman" and "Mona Bone Jakon")