September 21, 2004

On this day in 2004, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), was denied entry into the United States when he showed up on a terrorist watch list, accused of funding terror groups. Islam was aboard a plane headed from London to Washington, DC when it was learned he was on the list; the plane is diverted to an airport in Maine and Islam sent back to England the next day.

A week later, the Los Angeles Times publishes a scathing editorial from Islam, who deplores the “indiscriminate” screening process.

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