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February 23, 2007

In rejecting legal challenges to the years-long imprisonment of hundreds of Guantanamo Bay terrorism detainees, a federal appeals court in Washington this week applied what might be called the Las Vegas doctrine.

In effect, the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals said what happens in Cuba stays in Cuba.

That's where any similarity to Vegas ends, though - or to any other place on the American mainland where core values of justice are guaranteed. The 2-1 legal ruling is an affront to those values.

- The Philadelphia Inquirer

Hundreds of workers at a Smithfield Packing Co. plant in Tar Heel have left their jobs or stopped showing up for work following a crackdown on illegal immigrants employed at the world's largest hog slaughterhouse. ...

In November, Smithfield Packing sent letters to between 500 and 600 employees whose Social Security numbers, names or other personal information couldn't be verified. The company also fired about 50 workers for providing false information.

Good. If those are not here legally, they shouldn't have those American jobs.

That's not to say we shouldn't have a guest worker program that would allow some of those people to work here legally. But we'll never effectively deal with the problem of illegal immigration without the cooperation of employers. When a company hires an illegal alien, that means an American is still out of work.

So Smithfield Packing is to be commended for firing those workers it now knows lied. But how could the company as of November still have 500 to 600 workers with questionable information? It would not be unreasonable to suppose the company didn't look too closely as it was anxious to find workers.

And if the company employed that many illegal aliens, it adversely manipulated the job market to the disadvantage of Americans seeking work. That's exactly what immigration laws are designed to prevent.

- The Daily Record (Dunn, N.C.)

A bill in Congress would regulate the sale, distribution and marketing of cigarettes and give the FDA the power to restrict any marketing practices that might influence young people and children to smoke. The legislation also bans vending machine and other sales where the age of the cigarette buyer cannot be verified and mandates better disclosure of the ingredients in cigarettes and the health risks. All claims made by cigarette makers would have to rely on scientific evidence to support them.

In other words, the industry would be forced to scrub itself clean of the deceptive marketing and advertising that have been its hallmark.

- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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