“According to aviation sources with access to the list, there is no Yusuf Islam on the no-fly registry, though there is a “Youssouf Islam.” The incorrect name was added to the register this summer, but because Islam’s name is spelled “Yusuf” on his British passport, he was allowed to board a plane in London.” (emphasis added)
the gang that couldn’t spell strait!
Update (8 PM): Dan Carlson of the Indianapolis Star has an interesting column today, titled “Followed by a goon shadow.” Carlson says
“They can’t find Osama bin Laden, but they’ve saved us from Cat Stevens.”
“Tied to terrorists? Well, “ties” can be about anything when the government doesn’t have to spell them out.”
“Is this the world’s mightiest force for liberty going about its noble work, or is this Colonel Klink of Stalag 13 with computers and opinion polls?”
p.s. to UCL: I promise not to gloat about this until all (or enough of) the facts are in.
from Kobayashi Issa:
the stray cat also
picks this inn…
bush clover blooming
I sing the praises
of my fly-catching
translated by David G. Lanoue
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