The shameful deportation of Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has received a good deal of press in the UK. Curious to know more about how this could have happened in the former Land of the Free, I read the Washington Post article on the event, then took a look at the man's web site. For those interested in his comments, they can be found at http://www.yusufislam.org.uk/pressreleasesept04.shtml

This is a portion of the press release:
After the experience of my dramatic deportation from the U.S.A. it feels like I am on a different planet from the one I was on a couple of days ago; certainly the world has changed, not for the best. Two days beforehand, I had started a journey with my daughter to Nashville, intending to initiate work on a new recording project. Suddenly, our aeroplane was diverted 600 miles to Bangor International Airport and I found myself surrounded by six uniformed officers and handed over to the FBI for questioning.
The most upsetting thing at this point was being separated from my daughter, Maymanah, not knowing how she was or when and where we might be united. And since my phone was confiscated I couldn't contact my family (nor could they ring me) and they were relegated to watching the whole frightening episode on TV and surviving on scraps of information shown by the media.
My interrogators repeatedly wanted to know how my name was spelt; it sounded to me as though they had it mixed up with someone else's. Security officers finally told me that my name was on a 'No Fly List', I was classified as 'Inadmissible', and sent back to London.

The amazing thing is that I was not given (and have still not been given) any explanation whatsoever as to what it is I am accused of, or why I am now deemed an apparent security threat - let alone given an opportunity to respond to these allegations. I was simply told that the order had come from 'on high'.

Charles Riggs
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The shameful deportation of Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has received a good deal of press in the UK.

Was he really deported? Newscasters here aren't saying that at all: they're saying he was refused admission. Not every noncitizen of a country qualifies for entry into that country.
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The shameful deportation of Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has received a good deal of press in the UK.

Was he really deported? Newscasters here aren't saying that at all: they're saying he was refused admission. Not every noncitizen of a country qualifies for entry into that country.

It's perfectly true that refusing admission is within the competency of any state, but he had been to the USA previously on many occasions, including this May, and he was publicly accused of being too dangerous to be allowed to fly over the US Eastern coast, which sounds like it's open to a charge of defamation.

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The shameful deportation of Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has received a good deal of press in the UK.

Was he really deported? Newscasters here

Sorry, where is "here"?
aren't saying that at all: they're saying he was refused admission.

What, do you think "deportation" requires a minimum stay in the country or something? I'm really having trouble thinking what unusual meaning of 'deport" would not fit these events. He got to the US (although they diverted the plane from the intended destination) and he was sent back to the UK on another plane. That is being deported.

M-W: deportation
the removal from a country of an alien whose
presence is unlawful or prejudicial
Not every noncitizen of a country qualifies for entry into that country.

So they're either locked up in jail indefinitely (unfortunately true) or they're put on a plane home (deported). Assuming we're not talking about land travel.
Is there some new meaning of "deport" being formed?

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Charles Riggs wrote on 26 Sep 2004:
The shameful deportation of Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has received a good deal of press in the ... took a look at the man's web site. For those interested in his comments, they can be found at http://www.yusufislam.org.uk/pressreleasesept04.shtml

This is how Americans have been treated by the warriors in the War on Drugs for the past 20 years since Reagan created a drug czar in the Cabinet presumably to leaglly get him the uppers he needed to stay awake during Cabinet meetings.
It's no big deal that Cat Stevens got hassled the way he did. He deserves what he gets for converting to the religion of terrorism and for endorsing Kohmeini's fatwa ordering the execution of S. Rushdie for blasphemy because Satanic Verses "insults God and his prophets". Here is what the twisted bugger said in 1989:

http://catstevens.com/articles/00013/index.html
"Under Islamic Law, the ruling regarding blasphemy is quite clear; the person found guilty of it must be put to death. Only under certain circumstances can repentance be accepted."

"The fact is that as far as the application of Islamic Law and the implementation of full Islamic way of life in Britain is concerned, Muslims realize that there is very little chance of that happening in the near future. But that shouldn't stop us from trying to improve the situation and presenting the Islamic viewpoint wherever and whenever possible. That is the duty of ever Muslim and that is what I did."
He's a censorious ***. He endorses death for those who speak their mind, as permitted to Americans under the First Amendment. He believes in twisted values. Read what he has to say on his Web site and vomit in response to his inability to speak rationally about his beliefs. You can see for yourself that what he wants is a "full Islamic way of life in Britain", a way to allow the Islamic community to execute adulterers and insulters of God and his prophets. What a laugh! He wants to go back to days of the Inquisition. Kepp the bugger out of the USA.
But I have no respect for the immigration agents who ordered his deportation either. They were obviously goons enforcing the current Patriot Act's provisions. If they had been even slightly informed about the name "Yusef Islam", they could not have believed for a second that Cat Stevens was the Yusef Islam that what supposed to be on a "No Fly List".
As much as I detest the man, I wouldn't have done to him what they did to him. My wife was threatened with the same thing (deportation) a few years back at SFO for some stupid technicality that a small- peckered immigration agent thought would increase the size of his little hard-on. I empathize with Cat Stevens and sympathize with him on this issue, but I think he ought to be institutionalized until he learns how to think straight.

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J. W. Love typed thus:

Was he really deported? Newscasters here aren't saying that at ... noncitizen of a country qualifies for entry into that country.

It's perfectly true that refusing admission is within the competency of any state, but he had been to the USA ... to be allowed to fly over the US Eastern coast, which sounds like it's open to a charge of defamation.

RIP Land of the Free.

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Aren't airports though considered a special case? Like you are sort of not yet in the country? In the case of most other aliens, like illegal Mexican immigrants, they are usually not within a restricted area, like an airport.

Also, on one occassion in "You Only Die Twice", Bond's "body" is buried at sea, only to be retrieved alive by a Bristish sub and when it's unwrapped, he salutes the captain and requests permission to come aboard. Note, he is physicially on board the sub.
don groves wrote on 26 Sep 2004:
J. W. Love typed thus: It's perfectly true that refusing ... which sounds like it's open to a charge of defamation.

RIP Land of the Free.

There never was a Land of the Free. It's as much a myth as the Garden of Eden.

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John Seeliger wrote on 26 Sep 2004:
Sorry, where is "here"? What, do you think "deportation" requires ... travel. Is there some new meaning of "deport" being formed?

Aren't airports though considered a special case? Like you are sort of not yet in the country?

No.
In the case of most other aliens, like illegal Mexican immigrants, they are usually not within a restricted area, like an airport.

Only some countries have transit areas which one may enter without checking one's luggage through customs while waiting for a connecting flight. And maybe that's only if the flight is on the same airline from the previous point of debarkation to the next point of embarkation. When I fly from SFO to Vancouver to Taipei or Tokyo, I have to check my bags through Canadian customs. The same is true when one makes such stops in the USA. The only country I know of that has no requirement to check one's luggage through customs when in transit is Japan. There are probably others, but I'm not a world traveller, so I don't know them. Others will, I'm sure.
Also, on one occassion in "You Only Die Twice", Bond's "body" is buried at sea, only to be retrieved alive ... it's unwrapped, he salutes the captain and requests permission to come aboard. Note, he is physicially on board the sub.

Yes, but being on board without permission is the same as being a stowaway.

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