Yusuf Islam was formerly known as Cat Stevens, the former pop star of the 1970s who sang million selling songs such as "Matthew and Son", "Morning Has Broken" and "Moonshadow".
Why was his presence on a flight from London to Washington considered to be such an immediate security risk that the flight was forced to divert to an airport in Maine ?
Even if the USA authorities did not wish to let him into the country, why did they not make this decision before he boarded the plane, or at least after he landed in Washington ? Why the panic in mid-flight delaying and worrying all the other passengers ?
Is Yusuf Islam a terrorist or is it just his charitable fundraising which has drawn the attention of the Israeli and USA authorities ? Even if he was a financer of terrorism, then surely it would be better to keep a close watch on him and his contacts, rather than to exclude him or to panic whilst his flight is in mid air ? If there is evidence of Yusuf Islam doing anything illegal, then he should have arrested and charge and tried in court.
We seem to be back to the insane transatlantic "watch list" policies exhibited around last Christmas and the New Year.
This sort of "war on tourism" incident further damages any remaining public confidence that the UK and USA transport security bureacracy is at all competent. Which official or politician is willing to take public responsibility for such panic measures ?