Cat Stevens Still Barred From U.S.

ASHINGTON - The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens is still barred from
entering the United States because of terror intelligence that identifies
him as a security threat.

"The intelligence is the same. The reasons we rejected him several months
ago still exist in my mind," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said
Thursday of Yusuf Islam, the "Peace Train" singer who largely gave up music
after converting to Islam in the late 1970s.

Yusuf Islam was removed from a London-to-Washington flight in September
because of suspected links to terrorists - a claim he has strongly denied..


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