- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 23, 2002

'Open borders' a losing cause

Three cheers for Rep. Tom Tancredo for publicly voicing the root cause of our immigration problems ("Bush's 'open door' slammed," April 19).

Open-border advocates such as President Bush, Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner James Ziglar and many members of both parties are more concerned with their own personal agendas than they are with this country's security and the preservation of our environment, language and culture.

Mr. Bush's willingness to capitulate to Mexican President Vicente Fox, who clearly is interested in saving his own neck at our expense, is mind-boggling. Mexico not only encourages illegal immigration, but makes no effort to check the background of those who travel through it to get across the U.S. border.

Mr. Bush and others looking for a couple of stray Hispanic votes continue to ignore the serious implications of open borders and the far larger and infinitely more important American voting block. Fed up with business as usual in Washington, Americans will be only too anxious to prove just how disgusted they are with out-of-control immigration when election time rolls around again.


Williamsburg, Va.

;Civilian access to U.S. space positioning system can't be 'turned off'

Though we found Arnold Beichman's April 8 Commentary column, "Space wars," interesting, we were struck by an inaccuracy.

Mr. Beichman states: "The United States can selectively turn off civilian access to GPS [Global Positioning System] as it did in Afghanistan; will Galileo be similarly designed so it can be turned off in a time of crisis?"

The statement misrepresents "Selective Availability." GPS satellites transmit ranging signals on two frequencies, L1 and L2. The "civilian signal" known as Coarse Acquisition (C/A) code is transmitted only on L1. Selective Availability refers to the ability of the GPS satellites to induce an error in the "civilian signal" on L1. Selective availability decreases accuracy, but in no way denies service, as Mr. Beichman incorrectly contends.

On May 1, 2000, President Clinton directed that Selective Availability be turned off, as it has been since that day. Presidential authorization is required to implement Selective Availability.

In summary, the U.S. military does not have the authority nor the ability to turn off civilian access to GPS selectively. We do have the capability to degrade the signal in order to affect the overall accuracy of civilian GPS receivers (Selective Availability). However, that capability has not been employed at any time since May 1, 2000.


U.S. Air Force

Director of public affairs

U.S. Space Command

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Pro-Palestinian protests less 'hateful' than Israeli assault

The April 22 editorial "Hatefest on the Mall" seemed more like a hatefest against the First Amendment. It is amusing and yet tragic that your right-leaning newspaper claims to uphold individual liberties but is livid when people express themselves. Worse yet is your editorial support of a state (Israel) that denies liberties to others (the Palestinians).

In recent weeks, the Israelis have destroyed the infrastructure of a quasi-government, imprisoned its president, bulldozed homes with people still inside them, prevented food and medicine from reaching people, placed the Church of the Nativity under siege and attack, and refused entry to journalists and relief organizations. You are upset, however, that people are expressing their anger on signs or through words.

If only Israel's actions were so minimal.


Mason, Mich.

University does not endorse speaker's support for pedophilia

The April 19 story "College hit for transsexual speaker" may have created a misleading impression regarding a presentation at Pennsylvania State University in mid-March.

Penn State emphatically repudiates any endorsement of pedophilia. Such behavior and any statements that would encourage pedophilia are unacceptable to the University administration, and Penn State would never endorse or support the appearance of anyone advocating such abhorrent behavior. Although the First Amendment protects the rights of individuals to express any views they wish, we would repudiate such expressions.

Student Affairs staff met with the students who were organizing the Conference on Women's Health to ensure that the conference sessions adhered to the university's policies prohibiting obscenity or any activity that violated university procedures. In the session in which Patrick Califia Rice was involved, pedophilia was not the subject, and there was no discussion whatsoever about this topic.

No one should be misled by the impression created by the article. All university procedures were followed. Moreover, no tax dollars were involved in the student-organized event.


Vice president for university relations

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, Pa.

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