- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 9, 2003

Judge orders Jordanian deported
DALLAS A federal judge has ordered the deportation of a Jordanian graduate student who acknowledged that he had considered becoming a suicide bomber if the United States invades Iraq.
"I was looking at America as my enemy. If someone would have approached me and asked me to do something against the country, I was willing to do it," Tahir Ibrihim Aletwei said at his deportation hearing Friday.
Mr. Aletwei, 30, said he has changed his views and confessed to help U.S. authorities better guard against people like him.
Immigration Judge D. Anthony Rogers ordered Mr. Aletwei deported by the end of next week.
"I abhor the thought processes that you acknowledge," the judge said. "The issue we have in this nation since September 11 is we want to act on the side of caution, and it will be necessary to send you home."
Mr. Aletwei, a student at the University of Texas at Arlington, arrived in the United States in August 2001 as part of a Jordanian-sponsored student-exchange program. He is three months shy of earning a master's degree in software engineering.
The FBI and INS have refused to say what led them to Mr. Aletwei, who was arrested Jan. 31 and charged with violating provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Violators are subject to deportation.

Terror alert raises vigilance nationwide
NEW YORK Police stepped up security at airports, subways and hotels yesterday, one day after the nation was put on heightened terrorist alert and law-enforcement officials indicated New York was a target.
City officials told residents to be vigilant but to go about their business. Many New Yorkers did just that.
"You've got to live your life," said Jonathan Marlow, 23, walking to his job at a midtown Manhattan investment-banking firm.
But city streets and traffic aboard subways were sparse.
"This is amazing to me how empty it is," said Elizabeth Bohlen of Mystic, Conn., waiting at Times Square to board a train.

Democrats criticize Bush budget
Democrats attacked President Bush's budget yesterday, saying it shorted priorities such as education and would do little to boost employment or economic growth.
In the party's weekly radio address, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said Mr. Bush's $2.2 trillion 2004 federal budget offered little help to states struggling with record budget deficits that many are trying to close by slashing social spending.
"The dreams of America's children are being jeopardized by budget shortfalls that threaten to reverse the real educational progress many states have made," he said.

Two men accused of trying to sell stamps
NEW YORK Two men have been arrested in connection with attempts to sell part of a $2 million stamp collection that vanished from the trunk of a Florida rental car four years ago.
The men, Ulysses Cheda and Jose Palmer, were charged Friday in U.S. District Court with transporting stolen goods. They were arrested Thursday after they sold some of the stamps to a gallery owner, prosecutors say.
The stolen collection included extremely rare stamps such as New York State five-cent stamps issued in 1845 as well as Confederate stamps worth $400,000.
The collection disappeared in February 1999 in Sarasota, Fla. Dealer Stanley Piller, in town for a stamp exhibition, said he left his car to get directions and returned a few minutes later to find the trunk open and the stamps gone.


Boy missing from care found unharmed
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. A 2-year-old boy missing from Florida's troubled Department of Children and Families' care for more than a year has been found and taken into state custody.
Police picked up Keontae Rattray in good condition Thursday. The child was with his 19-year-old mother, Tracy Rattray, authorities said.
A judge had ordered the child welfare agency to take the baby into custody in October 2001. Department spokeswoman Leslie Mann said she did not know why the judge acted.

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