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After Bloomberg first reported the news of Mr. Aboutalebi’s involvement in the Iranian hostage crisis this past weekend, bipartisan opposition quickly mounted in the Senate against allowing Mr. Aboutalebi to enter the United State, and the former Iranian hostages are also speaking up. The Christian Science Monitor reported this comment from Tom Lankford, the hostages’ lead attorney:

“At a time when the 52 American hostages and their families remain without reparations and relief, the idea that one of their self-styled kidnappers and torturers would be allowed to receive a visa, enter the United States and then hold himself out at the rank of U.N. ambassador makes a mockery of the horrific acts he and Iran perpetrated.

“It is yet another slap in the face of the brave Americans who were mentally and physically abused for 444 days. The president, the secretary of state and the Congress should not permit this to happen.”

Indeed. But don’t worry, the State Department seems to be toughening up when it comes to whom we let into the country. As they’re struggling with what to do about a visa for a terrorist, we know for sure that British TV chef Nigella Lawson isn’t getting anywhere near American soil.

The Daily Mail out of London reports she is now barred from the U.S. because of past drug use, and was recently forbidden to board a flight at London Heathrow Airport to New York.

Too bad. If Ms. Lawson had just taken a bunch of American hostages and threatened to annihilate Israel, she would have had a lovely flight.

Tammy Bruce is a radio talk-show host, New York Times best-selling author and Fox News political contributor.