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number 13      
Disney to Require Finger Prints to Ride Tea Cups
interpreting the constitution

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Visitors to Disney World are being
subjected to a new level of
scrutiny upon their entry into the
Magic Kingdom: fingerprint-
scanning. Using a system that
photographs several points on
each visitor’s index and middle
fingers, Disney hopes to thwart
ticket shares and catch ticket

Disney uses a system called
‘Ticket Tag’ that assigns a
numeric value to points on a
photograph of a visitor’s
fingers that is linked to specific
tickets.  The company reports that it
does not save the data after the
expiration of the ticket.

Privacy advocates have criticized the
move fearing it will increase the
public's acceptance of the intrusive
collection of  data for reasons related
only to commerce.

Disney officials said customers
should not be concerned about
invasions of
their privacy because the finger print
information is stored as a numeric
value. If a crime is committed in the
park,Disney says, the finger-scaned
numeric equivalents could not be
used to find the thief.

Disney had previously used
fingerprint scanning to identify
season ticket holders as is done at
Florida’s Sea World theme park.
Universal Studios also plans to use
fingerprint-scanning technology to
track its visitors within the year.
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Irish Consent to
Strip Search
Anti-Choice Legal Challenge Stops Medical Progress in its
The California state project to fund
research into the medical benefits
of stem cell research to help
patients with long term disabling
conditions such as Parkinson’s
disease and Alzheimer’s diseases
has been halted by a legal action
in the state’s court.

A coalition of anti-tax groups has
brought the action but the legal
team hired to file the suit is the
anti-choice activist Life Legal
Defense Foundation which
recently fought the unsuccessful
court battle to maintain the life of
the severely brain damaged Terry
The lawsuit alleges that the agency
that was created when the citizen’s of
California voted to provide public
funding for stem cell research does
not have sufficient governmental
oversight to protect the state’s

The special finance committee was
established when proposition 71 was
passed as a ballot initiative in 2004
and is charged with over-seeing a
fund of $3 billion and awarding $300
million in research grants yearly to
explore stem cell technologies.  The
committee met for the first time last
week, but the
legal challenge is likely to halt the
distribution of research funds for
at least one year.  

California State Treasurer Phil
Angelides says the committee is
currently exploring other funding
mechanisms.  Angelides
characterized the group that filed
the lawsuit blocking the funding as
“a narrow set of anti-choice
activists who have an idealized
zeal to stop stem cell research.”
An agreement executed last
week by representatives of the
United States and the Republic
of Ireland will allow US agents
to operate with broad
discretion in Irish territory.  
Nominally a reciprocal
arrangement, in Ireland the
treaty is being criticized as a
surrender of sovereignty to US
authorities engaged in a
controversial “war on terror”.

An editorial in last week’s Irish
Examiner called it
“unacceptable that an
agreement which effectively
gives far-reaching power to
CIA agents to operate on Irish
soil  has been clinched without
affording the public an
opportunity to discuss the
issues involved”.  

The editorial goes on to
mention the notorious
Guantanamo Bay prison facility
that has received widespread
international attention.  Indeed,
even straight news coverage
of the mutual assistance
accords in the Irish press has
made reference to the more
controversial aspects of the
Bush administration’s “war on
terror”, such as the detention
of foreign nationals without
charge and the so-called
“torture memos” of former
White House counsel and
current Attorney General
Alberto Gonzalez, as well as
Guantanamo Bay.

US officials hope to enter into
similar arrangements with
other countries.  The CIA
routinely operates on foreign
soil; usually without the
invitation of the host
A federal appeals court has ruled
that the Environmental Protection
Agency is not required to regulate
emissions of gases linked to global
warming.  In a 2-1 decision, a
panel of the US Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia ruled
that the EPA’s refusal to regulate
carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous
oxide, and hydro-fluorocarbons-
gases thought to contribute to
climate change- was justified on
narrow policy grounds.  The
decision did not address the Bush
administration’s two main
arguments against EPA controls:
that the agency lacks the legal
authority to enact such
regulations, and that evidence of
global warming is unsubstantiated.

The court also sidestepped the
central  argument of the plaintiff’s
case. Twelve states, three cities
and a
coalition of environmental groups
asserted an obligation on the part of
the EPA to regulate the pollutants on
public health grounds.  In a
dissenting opinion Judge David Tatel
agreed that such an  obligation
exists.  Tatel also wrote that
emissions of the “greenhouse gases”
were in fact pollutants under the Bush
administration’s Clean Air Act.

The ruling was seen as a victory for
the administration.  As a candidate in
2000, Bush promised to regulate
carbon dioxide emissions if elected.  
But after assuming office in 2001, he
reversed his position on the issue,
arguing that such regulations would
harm the US economy.  The US has
abrogated the Kyoto Protocol, which
calls for international cooperation in
reducing air pollutants.  The US and
Australia are the only developed
nations not to participate in the treaty.
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The Department of Justice (DOJ),
Air Force and Department of
Defense (DOD) are in the final
stages of testing a new weapons
technology on human subjects
that is described by
it’s combined military and police
developers as “less lethal” than
weapons currently employed to
“stop, deter, and turn back an
advancing adversary”.

The research bureau of the
Department of Justice, the
National Institute of Justice is
exploring the use of Active Denial
Technologies that concentrate
microwaves in a beam that can be
directed at crowds to surprise or
“bring down suspects” by
repeatedly inflicting intense
burning pain. The DOJ has
requested the developers of this
crowd control technology that
includes Raytheon and Veridian
Engineering to produce
mobile and hand held devices that
can be used by America’s police
forces. ADT is theoretically less
lethal than rubber bullets or tasers.

The currently deployed Active Denial
Technology uses a transmitter to
shoot a beam of 95 Ghz millimeter
waves    traveling at the speed of
light toward a human target. The
microwave beam heats the skin of
the target to 130 degrees in 2
seconds. The Airforce Research
Laboratory’s Human Effective-ness
Directorate is conducting tests of the
technology on human subjects in
New Mexico.

Military and civilian employee
volunteers have been advised under
rules established by the Air Force
General that the heat beam is “not
lethal” and receive no pay. Human
subjects report feeling an intolerable
burning of the skin when targeted
which they liken to touching a hot
frying pan or a hot light bulb.

While the DOD scientists conducting
the experimenting promise that there
will be
no “lasting effects” to humans who
shot by the heat beam, the
volunteers were cautioned to remove
metal from their pockets and skin and
to remove both eye glasses and
contact lenses before the
experiments began.

Police and military authorities are
currently experimenting with two
other Active Denial weapons that can
be deployed in America's cities.  The
Justice Department is testing what
they refer to as "a man-portable heat
compliance unit" and a laser which
produces a disabling "plasma flash

Active Denial Technology is being
explored for use not only by
American police departments, but the
DOE has expressed interest in using
heat beams to keep "security
adversaries" out of nuclear sites and
by the DOD in "peace keeping and
humanitarian missions".  The
Pentagon announced that it will soon
deploy Active Denial Technology in
occupied Iraq.
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EPA's Laxity Not Necessarily Negligence
"I want to know all the
facts. I would like this
to end as quickly as
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source: Organization for
Cooperation and
Health Care Costs as
Percentage of Gross National
Product in 2003
0             5           10           15         
In 2003, the United States spent
15.3 percent of its GDP on health
care: $1.7 trillion

Total national health
expenditures increased by 7.7
percent in 2003 over 2002 - four
times the rate of inflation

It is projected that the percentage
will reach 18.7 percent in 10