- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 23, 2002

U.S. enemies exploit immigration loopholes
The U.S. immigration system is so full of loopholes and so weak on enforcement that it offered little defense against Muslim militants involved in plots against the nation, according to a report issued yesterday.
The report by the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank that favors reducing immigration, studied the cases of 48 foreign-born Muslim militants involved in a series of operations, including the suicide hijackings last September 11.
The individuals used a wide variety of legal and illegal methods to enter and remain in the country from sneaking across the Canadian border, to contracting fraudulent marriages in order to get legal papers, to just simply arriving as tourists and staying.

Hormone makes dieting difficult
A hormone thought to boost the appetite rises in the bloodstream after dieters lose lots of weight, possibly explaining why it's so hard to keep weight off long-term and offering a new target for a diet drug, researchers say.
Their small study of severely obese people found much higher levels of a recently discovered hormone made by stomach cells, ghrelin, in the blood after the patients had lost significant weight.
Ghrelin is thought to be nature's way of making people fatten up when food is plentiful to increase survival during cycles of famine, a protective mechanism now harmful when plenty of high-calorie food is available.

Relatives say Skakel not near murder scene
NORWALK, Conn. Two relatives of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel testified yesterday that he was with them the night Martha Moxley was beaten to death.
As he began presenting the defense's case yesterday, Skakel attorney Michael Sherman tried to show that Mr. Skakel was at cousin James Dowdle's estate in another part of Greenwich between 9:30 and 11 p.m. the night his neighbor was killed.
Mr. Skakel, 41, is charged with fatally beating Miss Moxley with a golf club that was traced to his family. Both were 15 at the time. Mr. Skakel is a nephew of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel.

CIA appoints veteran to new security unit
The CIA has appointed a longtime counterterrorism official and senior analyst to head up its new homeland security division, the agency announced yesterday.
Winston P. Wiley, the deputy director of intelligence, will move into his new role as associate director for central intelligence for homeland security on May 28.
The new office, which was announced earlier this year, will communicate intelligence on terrorist threats to the Office of Homeland Security.
Jami Miscik, Mr. Wiley's associate director, will replace him as the head of the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence, the agency's chief analytical arm.

Dog killer charged with animal cruelty
LILLIAN, Ala. A former Florida dog track security guard was charged with animal cruelty yesterday after the remains of as many as 3,000 greyhounds were found on his property.
Robert Rhodes, 68, said he profited for more than 40 years by killing the injured or aging dogs with a gunshot to the head at the request of racing- dog owners, but is no longer in the business. Mr. Rhodes told the Associated Press in an interview before his arrest that he sometimes received $10 for shooting a dog and that he believes track officials had turned him in.
"I don't condone cruelty to animals in any way," Mr. Rhodes said. "I'd swear on a stack of Bibles that the dogs didn't suffer."


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