- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 2, 2003

Not guilty
This columnist was as surprised as former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr to pick up yesterday's newspaper and see the usually mum Clinton Whitewater figure commenting on the new Talking Slick Willie Presidential Massager.
Owing to an editing error, a statement made by "a former Starr prosecutor," as was originally written, was incorrectly attributed to Mr. Starr.
The statement read: "I wish he'd [President Clinton] been this forthright and entertaining during the impeachment trial."
And rest assured, Mr. Starr has not purchased one of the vibrating toys. The Washington Times regrets the error.

Law and an order
Several groups are monitoring the U.S. government's new anti-terrorism order to register and fingerprint men from selected countries, among them the Council on American-Islamic Relations, American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Immigration Law Foundation and the National Immigration Forum.
Like it or not, the Immigration and Naturalization Service initiative intended to more closely track visitors to this nation has led to the arrest or detention of hundreds for having expired visas, among other infractions.
The above groups are now gathering the experiences of those who have registered with the INS, via a written questionnaire being disseminated within this nation's Arab and Muslim communities.
The questionnaire seeks to identify problems and potential violations of rights during the registration process.

Speaking of more closely monitoring those who cross our nation's borders, the immigration watchdog group ProjectUSA is giving a thumbs down to incoming Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, who "will not likely be the champion of responsible immigration policy."
Another group, Americans for Better Immigration, claims Mr. Frist is "even worse" on immigration than former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, the man he is replacing.
"Even more ominous," adds ProjectUSA, Mr. Frist shares the immigration philosophy of the Bush White House, an administration "that has shown itself to be anti-borders."

Fighting back
Defending the homeland begins at home. Or so opines Chris Weinkopf in the American Enterprise magazine.
"For all the nation's much-trumpeted beefing-up of security at airports and on planes, terrorists will most likely shift their attacks elsewhere supermarkets, amusement parks, sporting events the list of potential targets is endless," he warns.
"Because it's unclear where or how terrorists will strike next, it's also virtually impossible for the government to develop the appropriate safeguards for any potential attack."
So what's an ordinary American to do?
"Terrorists with guns can only be stopped with other guns," writes the Los Angeles Daily News editorialist and columnist, who cites the July 4, 2002, shootings at Los Angeles International Airport by heavily armed Egyptian Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, who only managed to kill two and wound five before guards fatally shot him.
"Our world has changed over the last year, and with it our moral responsibility to defense ourselves," he says. "Effective homeland security is not a political abstraction, but an individual duty a duty to be alert, to be prepared to strike back, and to be willing to do so when called."
As the scribe puts it, who wants to be quivering behind a potted plant as a terrorist unloads his rifle into a crowded theater?

Double standard?
So much for rewarding whistleblowers.
Clinton "Sexgate" whistleblower Kathleen E. Willey has just granted an interview to WABC radio in New York on the heels of Time Magazine naming FBI agent Coleen Rowley, ex-Enron employee Sherron Watkins and WorldCom worker Cynthia Cooper "Persons of the Year."
"I found it very interesting that all of a sudden we're looking at the 'Persons of the Year' and there are three female whistleblowers," Mrs. Willey told the station's "Batchelor & Alexander Show," as reported by the Internet site newsmax.com.
"I guess that if you blow the whistle against somebody that Time magazine doesn't like, it's OK to be a whistleblower," she said. "[Time magazine] really, really trashed me. Their writers were just brutal to me and about me."
Perhaps referring to one particular magazine issue in which Time scribe Margaret Carlson suggested former President Clinton not Mrs. Willey was the real victim of their November 1993 encounter. During the Oval Office visit, Mrs. Willey claims, Mr. Clinton suddenly tried to fondle and kiss her.
In fairness to Mr. Clinton, we pulled up his response to the unwanted sexual advance accusations leveled by Mrs. Willey.
"I have a very clear memory of that meeting," Mr. Clinton told inquiring reporters, one of whom pointed out, "You can't both be telling the truth, can you?"
"I have said that nothing improper happened," replied Mr. Clinton. "So, I you'll have to find the answer to that riddle somewhere else."

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