Update: Cat Stevens Still Barred from Entering U.S.

January 6, 2005

Source: Times Leader

Wire Service: AP


On January 6, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens is still barred from entering the United States because of terror intelligence that identifies him as a security threat. 'The intelligence is the same. The reasons we rejected him several months ago still exist in my mind,' Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday of Yusuf Islam, the 'Peace Train' singer who largely gave up music after converting to Islam in the late 1970s. Yusuf Islam was removed from a London-to-Washington flight in September because of suspected links to terrorists - a claim he has strongly denied."