- The Washington Times - Monday, May 20, 2002

Axis of evil
"Our challenge is much more pervasive than it would be if we were just facing one enemy in one place. [Instead there is] the Middle East, Iraq, North Korea, Iran. There's a relatively long list that we believe are linked to the al Qaeda network in the Philippines, in Indonesia and in Yemen and other places. That makes it very clear that this is a global network."
Hillary Rodham Clinton, borrowing a page from President Bush's "axis of evil" speech, during a weekend address in Dix Hills, N.Y.

Lawful terrorists
As if U.S. intelligence agencies weren't already in hot water, a new study to be released Wednesday finds that contrary to claims that major foreign terrorists were in this country as "temporary visitors," they instead manipulated almost every means of admission to the United States.
"Some have indeed come as students, tourists, and business travelers; others, however, have been 'Lawful Permanent Residents' and 'Naturalized U.S. citizens'; while yet others have snuck across the border, arrived as stowaways on ships, used false passports, been granted amnesty, or been applicants for political asylum," concludes the study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
It examines the immigration status not only of the September 11 hijackers, but all 48 foreign-born radical Muslim terrorists almost all of them linked to al Qaeda who have been charged, convicted, or admitted involvement in terrorism in the United States since 1993.
"The Open Door: How Foreign-born Militant Islamic Terrorists Entered and Remained in the United States, 1993-2001," will be released at a National Press Club forum by Steven A. Camarota, CIS' director of research and author of the report.
Weighing in on the findings will be Jan Ting, former assistant commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and Mark J. Miller, managing editor of International Migration Review, whose research focus is on Arab/Israeli politics and political terrorism.

Our foreign land
Hundreds of thousands of "refugees" from State Department-classified "terrorist nations" have resettled in the United States in recent years.
To bypass standard immigration procedures and gain entry to the United States, a refugee must state that he fears persecution in their homeland because of race, religion, membership in a social group, political opinion or national origin. (In 1998 alone, 133,000 foreigners entered the United States as refugees.)
According to Immigration and Naturalization Service statistics contained in the National Immigration Forum's just-published "Immigration Policy Handbook for 2002," the top 10 places from which refugees arrived in 2000 alone: Bosnia-Herzegovina, the former Soviet Union, Somalia, Iran, Vietnam, Sudan, Cuba, Iraq, Croatia and Liberia.
As for "immigrants," the handbook says 75 percent are in the United States legally. Finally, as of March 2000, 10.4 percent of the U.S. population was foreign-born.

Who better than Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on Public Health, to convene hearings this week on the nation's "obesity epidemic"?
The big question: Are Americans actually that fat?
The Senate's hearings come on the heels of Uncle Sam raising his BMI (Body Mass Index) standards. As a result, 30 million Americans overnight went from being government-approved to "overweight" or "obese."
Coinciding with the raising of BMI standards, the surgeon general's office issued a warning that an "obesity epidemic" was threatening public health. Those Americans who enjoy their food fear this could give added weight to "Twinkie tax" proposals on sodas, snack foods and restaurant meals.
"Ever since the surgeon general's call to action on obesity, food cop activists are seeing dollar signs and are pushing for everything from 'fat taxes' on soda and other foods," warns Mike Burita, spokesman for the Center for Consumer Freedom. (We can't help but recall fat-tax advocate James O. Hill once saying in this column: "Americans have too much food available.")
As for the raised BMI standards, seemingly fit athletes like Michael Jordan and Cal Ripken Jr. are now classified as "overweight" in Uncle Sam's book, while Hollywood hunks Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe are officially "obese."
Come to think of it, this columnist broke bread with Mr. Kennedy during one dinner last week, and I wouldn't be surprised if the senator ranks right up there with the other hunks.

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