- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Alien checks
Much has been written since September 11 about immigration, legal and illegal, and how it has swelled beyond a social debate into a national security issue for America.
But an often-overlooked dimension concerns taxpayers, says Jim Tyrell, associate policy analyst for the 335,000-member National Taxpayers Union, which presses not only for lower taxes, but government accountability.
Mr. Tyrell tells us that from 1997 to 1999 alone, the Internal Revenue Service "issued some $2 billion in erroneous Earned Income Credit payments to 'non-work' Social Security number holders, most of whom are in America illegally."
Yes, illegally.

Terrorism summit
World and national leaders will descend on Norfolk's Old Dominion University next month to discuss a "global" approach to combatting terrorism.
NATO's Supreme Allied Commander (Atlantic) Gen. William F. Kernan, Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S. Nabil Fahmy, German Ambassador to the U.S. Wolfgang Ischinger, former ambassador and Brookings Institution President Michael Armacost, and Carl Bildt, former special envoy to the Balkans and past prime minister of Sweden, are several participants in the two-day symposium scheduled for May 13 and 14.
Also addressing the group will be Rudy Washington, New York City's deputy mayor and September 11 rescue coordinator, who will discuss new security challenges faced by the city.

Rated PG-13?
The National Press Club is site of a forum tomorrow surrounding the highly controversial book "Harmful to Minors" by feminist author Judith Levine.
Among other points, the author argues that sex is not harmful to children, but rather is a vehicle to "adventure" and "aliveness." As for pedophilia and other molestation, Miss Levine says such crimes are exaggerated in America (she should try telling that to the press covering the church sex-abuse scandal).
Not too surprising, perhaps, is that the foreword of the book was written by former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who was overheard telling Fox News host Bill O'Reilly recently that sex is "really about feeling good about your body."
Miss Levine who, for the record, has no children declined an invitation to participate in tomorrow's forum, which begins at 1 p.m. in the First Amendment Room.
However, Sandy Rios, president of the Concerned Women for America; Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute; Tim Daily, senior analyst with the Family Research Council; and Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor for The Washington Times, have all agreed to participate on the panel.

Governing space
While she's on the right track, questions are being raised over legislation introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, that would create a virtual red-light district on the Internet, moving pornographers from .com to something like .prn.
Mrs. Landrieu's bill gives owners of adult sites 12 months to transfer all pornographic content to the new domain. One immediate problem, however, is that a great deal of Internet porn is foreign-owned and operated.
"Nice sentiment," a top Internet industry insider tells Inside the Beltway, "but how would more than 200 countries attempt to agree on the definition of pornography? How would you enforce it? How could the U.S. Congress tell the world to push soft/hard pornography into one area of the Internet?
"If you can't attempt to regulate content internationally on the Internet," says the insider, "certainly you can't regulate it by using domain names."

Republidems?
The chairman of the House Republican Conference is accusing his Democrat counterparts of swiping the HRC's official slogan, created but not copyrighted in 1999.
"I am glad to see Democrats are finally looking forward to 'Securing America's Future,'" says House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts Jr. of Oklahoma, who implemented the slogan, which appears on everything from HRC letterhead to placards, after being elected chairman.
The New York Times this week published a story focusing on the new message being crafted by Democrat leaders, who it said were "struggling to find their voice."
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," says Mr. Watts, who leaves open the possibility that Democrats might finally be embracing Republican ideals. "But I'd rather Democrats imitate our votes, not just our slogans. Perhaps I should change the House Republican Conference letterhead to read: Securing America's Future ."

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