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The Times reported this morning on the U.S. government's efforts to resist the spread of international folksinging, saying that the deportation of the former Cat Stevens has pissed off the British government, with foreign minister Jack Straw protesting to Colin Powell. U.S. officials persisted, saying,
"The intelligence community has come into possession of additional information that further raises our concern," Mr. Doyle said, adding, "It's a serious matter." The department declined to give details.

One official in London wondered why American officials did not act on the intelligence information by arresting Mr. Islam or share it with British authorities if they regarded Mr. Islam as a potential threat.
Meanwhile a few pages away in the same section of the paper, an (ahem) unrelated article said that government testing had revealed that airport screeners are "still missing some knives, guns and explosives carried through airport checkpoints."

This administration is not just soft on terrorism. It's soft in the head.

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bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: September 24th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
As I said elsewhere, if they're going to deport Cat Stevens for supporting charities linked to terrorist organizations, they should start thinking about what to do with millions of Irish-Americans, especially in New York and Boston, who've contributed wittingly or un to the Irish Republican Army. Will the TSA turn back British citizens who've contributed to Protestant charities that funnel money to the outlawed loyalist paramilitaries? It seems unlikely, doesn't it?

This truly is the Holographic Administration: any part of it you sample is a representative whole of the corruption and incompetence that infects the larger body.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: September 24th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
It's all ludicrous. I mean, what about all the people who contributed to the African National Congress in the 80s? Is someone going to stop me from flying? Are Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki allowed to fly to the United States?

For that matter, is Oliver North on a no-fly list? How about Henry Kissinger?
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