one nation, under surveillance
number 11      
Domestic Spy Unit Sparks a Fusion of State and Federal
interpreting the constitution

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The California National Guard has
created an intelligence unit to
conduct surveillance of citizens
participating in anti-war activities.  
The guard unit is referred to as
the Information Synchronization,
Knowledge Management and
Intelligence Fusion Program.

The unit became known due to
the leak of an e-mail that revealed
the group’s intention to “monitor”
an anti-war rally organized by
families of slain US soldiers.  The
organizers of
the event have protested the guard
unit’s surveillance of the rally.  The
Peninsula Chapter of the Raging
Grannies issued a statement
accusing the guard of “over stepping
their bounds in a very dangerous

California State Senator Joe Dunn,
who heads the subcommittee that
appropriates funds for the National
Guard in the state, has initiated an
investigation into the unit and is also
seeking an expansion of federal laws  
banning the National Guard from
carrying out domestic spying. The US
Army has also announced its own
investigation into the California
Guard unit.

Stan Zezotarski, the Chief of
Command Information for the
California National Guard said that
the military would be “negligent” to
not spy on legal war protest rallies.  
Speaking of groups like the Raging
Grannies who organize such events,
Zezotarski asked, “who knows who
could infiltrate that type of group and
try to stir something up?”
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Obeying the Law
No Excuse on
State Highways
Pharmaceutical Industry Hands May Be Too Clean
Independent research performed
in Minnesota has demonstrated
the possible negative health
consequences of using soaps that
contain triclosan and marketed by
sellers of household products as
“antibacterial”.  The independent
research group that came to the
startling conclusion is known as
Junior Girls Scout Troop 2173
from St. Paul.  There are more
than 700 household products on
the market that contain triclosan.  

Troop member Hannah Nesser
found that antibacterial soap did
not kill the bacteria she had
cultured in a science fair project
for her third-grade class.  She
convinced troop 2173 to do
further studies on the
products so that the troop could
compete for the highest award
Junior Girl Scouts can earn, the Girl
Scout Bronze Award.

The troop, made up of 10 and
eleven year olds, discovered that
regular hand soap was successful
in killing 99.4 percent of germs and
soap that contains triclosan killed
99.6 percent of germs.  A press
release from the Girl Scouts stated
that “based upon these findings,
the girls argue that antibacterial
household products, by not killing
all bacteria, could actually create
super-germs that are more resilient
to antibiotics and may pose a threat
to public health.”

State Senator Ellen Anderson has
taken up the girl’s cause and
brought them
State police in Montana have
been ordered to stop at least one
vehicle every hour on Montana’s
highways, regardless of whether
the targeted motorists have
violated the law.

State police officials justify the pull-
overs due to the state’s record for
having the highest number of
alcohol-related deaths per miles
traveled in the nation.  The
statistic was reported in a National
Highway Traffic Safety
Administration report in 2003.

The Montana State Police had
previously attempted to establish a
quota of arrests for each trooper
on the road, but were blocked by
a state law that prohibits quotas.  
Col. Paul Grimstad, Chief of the
Montana State Police, said the
new stop-one-motorist per hour
rule steers clear of the anti-quota
rule.  The law allows “generally
accepted management
techniques that employ
performance objectives as a part
of an overall employee

Montana’s state police believe
that the requirement that troopers
stop drivers who have not violated
the law can be defined as a
“generally accepted management
Fox Anchor Bullish After Bombings
Fox News Washington managing
editor Britt Hume advised viewers,
during a live broadcast reporting on
the terror bombings in London on
July 7, that the attacks may signal an
opportunity to invest in the stock and
futures markets.

Hume told the audience that his “first
thought” upon hearing the attacks
negligible effects on America’s
markets was to invest in stock futures
to cash in on the terror attack’s

“I mean, my first though when I
heard—just on a personal basis,
when I heard that there had been this
and I saw the futures this morning,
which were really in the tank, I
thought, ‘Hmm, time to buy.’  Others
may have thought that as well,”
Hume observed during Fox’s live
coverage of the bombings.

Statements made by both George
Bush and Tony Blair from the G8
Summit in Gleneagles Scotland in
the immediate aftermath of the terror
attacks praised the rescue workers
efforts, advised calm and expressed
sorrow over the loss of life but did
not specify the leader’s thoughts on
suggested investment strategies.





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Corporate Sponsorship Changing Face of Professional Sports--
When the underdog New England
Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams
to win the National Football League's
Super Bowl title in January 2002,
one of the biggest winners should
have been a an internet technology
company called CMGI. The company
had signed a sponsorship deal in
excess of $100 million to acquire the
"naming rights" to the Patriots' newly
constructed stadium in Foxboro,
Massachusetts. CMGI Field was to
open in the summer of 2002, and the
team's unexpected status as
defending champions would mean a
valuable increase in exposure for its
cortporate partner.

But before the season began in
September, CMGI had abandoned
the deal in the face of major financial
troubles. In less than three years the
company's stock had dropped from
$160 to 40 cents a share. In a series
of events that proved both sports
and business analysts wrong, the
Patriots turned out to have staying
power, winning two further titles in
three seasons. It was the growth of
the high tech stock market that was
a fluke.

A wave of bankruptcies and scandals
has forced several information
technology companies to pull out of
high profile naming rights deals.
PSINet  removed its logo from the
Baltimore Ravens' home field just
before declaring bankruptcy. For the
Tennessee Titans, the collapse of
their deal with Adelphia
Communications brought unwelcome
publicity as several Adelphia
executives were arrested and
charged with fraud.

The trend isn't limited to the IT
sector, or to professional football.
Remember Pro Player Stadium in
Miami? It's now Dolphins Stadium
after Pro Player's parent company,
Fruit of the Loom, filed for  
bankruptcy protection. Baseball's
Houston Astros now play their
games in Minute Maid Park after it
became a public relations problem
to be playing in Enron Field. In fact,
the three largest bankruptcy filings
in US history--   WorldCom, Enron,
and Conseco-- all had ramifications
for sports stadium naming rights
agreements. Over half of all
franchises in the major professional
sports have such deals, worth a
combined $3.6 billion.

Financial failures and corporate
corruption aren't the only business
activities that affect naming rights
deals. The arena in Philadelphia that
hosts games for basketball's 76ers
and hockey's Flyers is now known as
the Wachovia Center, after a series
of mergers and acquisitions led to its
being renamed three times in six
years. It was previously the First
Union Center and the CoreStates
Center. Fans of baseball's  San
Francisco Giants have seen their
team leave the evocatively named
Candlestick Park for the newly built
Pac Bell Park, which has now been
renamed SBC Park.

Proponents of municipal ownership of
sports franchises decry the current
situation, pointing out that taxpayers
fund the bulk of new stadium
construction, but private ownership
reaps the benefits of marketing
contracts. The Green Bay Packers of
the NFL are often highlighted as an
example of stability and
competitiveness, both as a business
entity and as a sport team. The
Packers have been publicly owned
since 1923, and are one of the most
successful teams in football. Their
newly remodeled stadium has been
named in honor of Curly Lambeau
since his death in 1965.
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"The world's terrorists have
now made Iraq a central front
in the war on terror…
…Our troops are fighting these
terrorists in Iraq so you
will not have to face them
here at home."
                Washington DC   06.19.05
before a senatorial panel to discuss
their findings.  Anderson has
proposed a ban on the sale of
products that contain triclosan in
Minnesota.  The law would allow the
use of triclosan products in
healthcare settings.  

Studies by the pharmaceutical
industry defend triclosan’s safety, but
the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) advise that triclosan is
both a health and environmental
danger.  The EPA reports that
triclosan “belongs in a class of
chemicals that is suspected of
causing cancer”, and the CDC
cautions “prudent use of these
products is urged.”
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