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Local fire departments are teaming
with the Department of Homeland
security to expand the methods of
performing surveillance of US citizens
in their homes in a program that has
been referred to as an “evolution of
the fire service.”  Homeland Security
is beginning to train emergency
personnel to report anything they
see as they enter homes to fight fires
or respond to requests for
emergency medical care that may
indicate the homeowner is involved in
“support for terrorism.”

The DHS program would require fire
safety personnel, when they enter
private residences, to be on the
lookout for persons who are hostile,
uncooperative or seem to express
hate or discontent with the United
States and to report such
perceptions to national intelligence
agents.  Firemen would also
be required to look for unusual
chemicals, surveillance equipment,
still and video cameras, maps,
photos and blue prints.  First
responders are also required to
report back to DHS if they enter a
residence that has little or no

Expanding on a pilot program already
in place in New York City, Homeland
Security is endeavoring to open
information-sharing channels
between emergency first responders
and the intelligence directorate of
DHS that have not existed before.  
Firemen and emergency service
providers, unlike members of the law
enforcement community, are able to
enter homes and other private
properties with no warrant in the
fulfillment of their normal job duties.  
These duties include fighting fires as
well as carrying out “fire safety
inspections” that are normally
performed with no notice to
property owners.

Civil libertarians and fire service
trade unions have indicated that
forcing firemen and emergency
service providers to perform
surveillance as they attempt to
rescue citizens or provide medical
care to those who are hurt or
injured is likely to create suspicion
of public service employees and
diminish their ability to effectively
perform their duties.   New York
City Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano
justified the new surveillance role
of his fire fighters when he told
Associated Press that, by
looking for terrorists while they
fight fires, “by discovering these
types of events,” firemen are
simply “helping people.”    
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US Roman Catholic bishops
have release a statement
reminding American Catholic
voters that they must vote for
leaders who support the
political objectives of the
church’s leadership in Rome.  
The Catholic clergy warned US
voters that their “eternal
salvation could be at stake” if
they support candidates whose
political positions are contrary
to church teaching on matters
such as abortion rights.  

The US Conference of Bishops
prepared the statement called,
“Forming Consciences for
Faith-ful Citizenship”, which
says that the church’s moral
stance on political issues
cannot be “optional concerns”
for American Catholics who

Although the group of church
prelates said that their “focus
is not on party affiliation (or)
ideology,” they identified that
they are most concerned with
any political policy that
“threatens human life and
dignity.”  The document goes
on to specify to US Catholic
voters that the “direct and
intentional destruction of
innocent human life is always
wrong.”  The document also
warns church members about
supporting candidates who
favor researching stem cell
therapies to end diseases and
calls on church members to
support candidates who say
they will fight “terrorism”.  The
bishop’s statement marks the
first time Catholic Clergy have
warned followers of the
spiritual consequences of not
voting as the church
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The House Education Committee has
passed a bill that would put specific
American university's federal funding
in jeopardy if they do not take actions
to satisfy demands made by the
Motion Picture Association of
America to ensure that their
computer networks are not being
used by students to download copy
written music and movies.

The bill, the College Opportunity and
Affordability Act, singles out 25 major
US universities that the MPAA has
accused as being the top campuses
where students use file sharing
software to swap copies of songs and
films with each other and calls on
them to develop “technology-based
deterrents” to prevent file sharing
and other such “illegal activity.”  The
Education committee unanimously
approved the university-funding bill.
The committee's action took place
shortly after the MPAA sent letters
directly to the 25 universities
identified in the proposed legislation
advising them of the legal
consequences of computer file
sharing and urging them to install a
sophisticated software package on
university computer networks that will
allow the MPAA to track and record
the Internet habits of all users of the
networks, from students to

Under the new law, Institutions that
fail to take action to prevent file
sharing on their computer networks
would be subject to any action the
Department of Education specifies.  
The proposal mirrors a bill in the
Senate sponsored by Majority
Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), which
calls for universities to prevent the
"distribution of intellectual property
on college computer networks."  
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Federal law enforcement agencies
are increasingly obtaining real-time
geolocation and other tracking data
collected and transmitted by cell
phones to servers operated by
private telecommunications
companies, often without seeking
search warrants or providing
evidence of criminal activity,
according to an investigation by the
Washington Post.  The paper
reports that asking courts to order
cell phone tracking data to be turned
over to investigators without showing
probable cause has become routine
practice for federal agencies, even
though it contravenes Justice
Department policy guidelines. Privacy
rights advocates warn that cell phone
technology has evolved to include a
range of geolocation and data
retention functions not readily
apparent to users, that may be
accessed remotely by third parties.

Requests for cell phone data are
typically sealed at the request of the
law enforcement agencies involved,
making it difficult to know the
frequency or the details of the orders
for surveillance, but the Post reports
that several federal judges have
published their own orders denying
specific requests, in an apparent
effort to highlight the government's
move toward a lower standard of
evidence. "Most people don't realize
it, but they're carrying a tracking
device in
their pocket," a spokesman for the
Electronic Frontier Foundation told
the newspaper. "Cell phones can
reveal very precise information about
your location, and yet legal
protections are very much up in the
air." The Wireless Manufacturers
Association complained to the
Federal Communications
Commission in July that the "lack of a
consistent legal standard for tracking
a user's location has made it difficult
for carriers to comply" with the
growing demand from law
enforcement agencies.

The Justice Department was quick to
downplay  law enforcement
capabilities to track the movements
of private citizens and eavesdrop on
conversations, text messages , or
emails. Department spokesman Dean
Boyd issued a statement, saying in
part, "Law enforcement has
absolutely no interest in tracking the
locations of law-abiding citizens.
What we're doing is going through
the courts to lawfully obtain data that
will help us locate criminal suspects."

Boyd acknowledged that in some
cases agencies have adhered to a
relaxed standard of "specific and
articulable facts" rather than the
traditional "probable cause" in
seeking judicial orders for
surveillance and tracking.             
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2001              2007
The Bush administration has
proposed designating more than
6000 miles of "National Interest
Electric Transmission Corridors"
affecting more than 3 million acres
of public lands in 11 Western
states, after its controversial
designation of similar energy
corridors in the Northeast and
Southwest over the summer. The
proposal for the Western energy
corridors would impact areas
including national parks, national
forests, and wilderness areas.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005
gives the Secretaries of Energy,
the Interior, Agriculture, and
Defense the authority to identify
corridors on public lands for
power lines and pipelines and
other energy distribution
infrastructure and facilities.

According to the Wilderness
Society, the West-wide Energy
Corridors would "threaten six
national wildlife refuges, three
national parks, seven national
monuments, and more than 60
current and proposed wilderness
areas."  Parts of Arizona's Havasu
National Wildlife Refuge and
Utah's Arches National Park are
among the areas proposed for
designation as energy
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with foreign leaders, there's a
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Defense Department researchers are
set to receive substantial funding
increases for programs related to the
militarization and weaponization of
space as part of the $459 billion
2008 Defense authorization bill
approved by Congress. A top priority
of the cutting-edge Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency
will be the development of FALCON,
a reusable "Hypersonic Cruise
Vehicle" capable of flying at six times
the speed of sound and delivering
12,000 pounds of ordnance to any
target in the world within minutes,
according to an analysis of the
621-page spending legislation by the
Washington Post. According to the
report, House and Senate leaders
from both parties
supported a variety of space-based
weapons programs, in some cases
appropriating funds that greatly
exceeded Bush administration

The FALCON program is the latest
effort by the Pentagon to develop a
"prompt global strike" capability as a
component of the "war on terror."
The project is devoted to developing
the capacity to attack time sensitive
targets. Missiles launched from the
hypersonic vehicle would gain
velocity from the earth's gravitational
pull, moving at up to 25 times the
speed of sound as they reached their
targets. The space-based missile
program will "provide the country with
significant capability to conduct
responsive missions with quick
turnaround sortie rates while
providing aircraft-like operability,"
according to a DARPA statement.

Space weapons and surveillance
programs remain popular even
among Democrats in Congress,
with the conference committee
approving $100 million more than
the White House requested for
"space situational awareness," an
increase of over 33 percent.  The
committee's final report noted,
"Enhancing these capabilities is
critical, particularly following the
Chinese anti-satellite-weapons
last January."           
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