The mind boggles!
According to todays Dompost,Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) was barred from entering the USA because there was "some other Youssuf Islam" on a no-fly terrorist name list. Now Islam may not be quite as common a surname as Mahommed but it's still pretty common. Is every Yusuf (however spelt) Islam in the world to be denied entry to the USA because one person of that name is allegedly a terrorist? Or should middle initials be compulsory?
Would the Americans attempt to keep out all Fred Smiths if that name had appeared on the list? Or is Smith "not a terrorist name".
Or is this part of a cunning plan? Surely out of all the John Kerrys in the world there must have been at least one or two in the IRA.
The Dompost article was sourced from Time. The original article seems to be ambiguous as to whether the listing was really meant to be Cat Stevens (albeit spelt differently) or someone else. I still don't understand how a 19,000 name list can fail to hit an awful lot of people who just happen to have the same name as a "terrorist suspect". Names like Mahommed, Ali, Ibrahim are very common in Islamic countries and names like "Mahommed Ibrahim" must be so common they're almost bound to be on the list and will affect hundreds of innocent travellers if they are.
It appears reality has already trumped my speculation about other names on the list (OK Edward Kennedy not John Kerry but..)