Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Misc: That'll Teach You to Re-Release 'Peace Train'...

Thank God, Homeland Security is keeping us safe from '70s peace activist, easy listening musicians! A flight from London to D.C. was diverted to Maine when DHS found out Cat Stevens was on board. The name Yusuf Islam (as Stevens is now known) is on the Watch List (seemingly along with any other possible combination of those or similar names--I'm no expert on Islam, but that sounds like the Muslim equivilent of John Smith to me...), so the plane was diverted to the nearest airport en route.
`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.

Care to elaborate on that? He's a national security threat? Were his papers not in order? Is he a U.S. citizen? What the hell?

Go read up on the insane ravings of this US-hating threat to civilization as we know it...here

UPDATE: Even the presumably "non-partisan" AUDIO/VIDEO REVOLUTION magazine is fired up about this. they regurgitate the same old story/bio on Islam (Stevens), but throw this bit of op-ed in at the end:
Questions about security on planes still abound. If Islam was on a terrorist watch list for whatever reason – right or wrong – how the hell was he able to board a United flight? Three years after 9/11 and just months after terrorists took out two planes in Russia, airport security is still a pathetic joke that allows terrorists easy access to $50,000,000 missiles filled with fuel and loaded with innocent people. With over 300 billion dollars a year going to fight a war that is proving to be hard to win in Iraq, one wonders what a small fraction of those funds would do to improve airport security and international intelligence?

Pretty much sums up my position. I don't know the particulars with Stevens and any connections he might have to the wrong people, it doesn't matter. The "no-fly list" is a crock. If he's got ties to terrorism, arrest him. Don't just ground him from flying. And if he's on a no-fly list, why the hell did he get to fly? They want to act like this is an example of our bad-ass DHS cracking down, but it really demonstrates what a joke our porous security is.

4 comments:

Dude Quixote said...

Personally I'm glad they kept Cat Stevens (I refuse to call him Yusuf Islam so long as he gets royalties from Cat Stevens albums)out of the U.S. I do think the mere possibility of him getting on stage and signing Morning Has Broken is a threat to security. Maybe not national security, but his. I would have to kill him. It's the worst song ever by anyone not named Elton John and makes me furious every time I hear it.

Mr Furious said...

Good thing you didn't go to my Middle School. We had to sing it in Chorus...

Cappy said...

Yusuf Islam supports terrorism. The only U.S. territory he should visit is Gitmo.

Anonymous said...

If that's true, Jim, show me some proof. Seriously, I'm willing to believe it in a heartbeat if it's true. And if it's true, it further makes my point -- flying him back to London is not an effective way to deal with this.

I remember the furor over Salmon Rushdie fatwa or whatever it was. I'm not saying Islam/Stevens is a sympathetic figure in this story. I'm saying this Homeland Security stuff is a crock of shit, and fixing this, and dealing with this as the criminal issue that it is, might not be as macho for the Administration, but it would actually make our country safer than invading Iraq.