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Federal debt in trillions of
After achieving a bipartisan
victory by recently passing a
resolution that recognized the
historical significance of the
Christmas holiday, a group of
Christian legislators from both
parties has placed a resolution
before Congress that seeks to
affirm the “rich spiritual history
of our Nation’s founding and
subsequent history.”  

Although the resolution itself
does not refer to Christianity,
every example that is given to
exemplify the importance of
religion in American refers to
the Christian faith, one of
many religions practiced by US

The resolution mentions
historical documents and
instances, inscriptions on
buildings and statues and
various proclamations to
demonstrate the importance of
Christianity throughout US
history.  One example given is
a resolution agreed to by the
Congress in 1854 that asserts;
“Christianity, in its general
principles, is the great
conservative element on which
we must rely for the purity and
permanence of free
The resolution also points to
the fact that the motto “In God
We Trust” was added to US
paper currency (in 1956) and
the words “under God” were
added to the end of the pledge
of allegiance
(in 1954) to exemplify the
importance of Christianity in
the US.  

The resolution was drafted by
Rep Randy Forbes (R-VA) and
is co-sponsored by more than
20 legislators in Congress.  
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The FBI is compiling the world's most
comprehensive database of biometric
information, archiving millions of
digital fingerprints, iris scans, and
facial characteristics in a
specially-equipped facility and
developing extensive data-sharing
arrangements with federal, state, and
local law enforcement agencies and
even private corporations. Digital
information from a wide variety of
public and private sources will be
collected and processed at a
climate-controlled secure basement
location in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
The ambitious scope of the program,
which has a budget of $1 billion, was
revealed in a recent report by the
Washington Post.
One potentially controversial element
of the program is a proposal to retain
data from the background checks
companies request on prospective
employees. The FBI plans to offer a
service that would monitor these
case files, notifying the employers of
any future arrests or convictions of
subjects even after they have
cleared their initial screening and
been hired. Currently this data is
discarded after the initial background
check is completed.

Although the database is not yet
complete, the West Virginia facility
already houses 55 million sets of
fingerprints, processing as many as
100,000 requests a day. "We are
consistently trying to update and
improve the process and ways to
collect information," FBI
spokesman Richard Kolko told the
Agence France-Presse news
agency. More than 900,000 law
enforcement officials across the
country are able to access the

Civil liberties advocates and
privacy rights organizations have
denounced the proposed
database, criticizing the
expenditure on largely unproven
technology such as facial
recognition software and remote
iris scanning devices, which may
be operated from several feet
away, without a subject's
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The United States and the United
Kingdom rank near the bottom of
the recently released "Privacy
Index," an annual report that
evaluates personal privacy
protections in 47 countries. The
US and UK are among nine
nations designated "endemic
surveillance societies" by the
document, which was released
jointly by Privacy International and
the Electronic Privacy Information
Center. Individual privacy and
privacy rights were threatened in
2007 by a largely unchecked
trend toward increased
surveillance fueled by concerns
about terrorism and immigration,
and by a powerful emerging
security industry lobby, according
to the report.

Of the countries studied, Greece,
Romania, and Canada had the
best records on privacy issues,
while Malaysia, Russia, and China
were ranked at the bottom of the
scale. The report calls particular
attention to the "emergence of a
profitable surveillance industry
dominated by global IT companies
and the
creation of numerous inter-
national treaties that frequently
operate outside judicial or
democratic processes."       
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Not Much Left Of
Privacy Rights
Disturbing indicators for the US
economy continued to accumulate
last week, with the price of oil
hovering near $100 a barrel, and
separate reports on manufacturing
and auto sales documenting historic
weakness in both sectors. The
publication of unexpectedly anemic
employment figures on Friday sent
the Dow tumbling 256.54 points, or 2
percent, on fears that a recession
may now be imminent. The week
ended with half of last year's stock
market gains wiped out in three
trading days. When the market
closed on Tuesday, the Dow had
posted its worst five-day start to a
calendar year since the 1930's.

Economic analysts warn that the
employment numbers could be an
early sign that problems that had
been presumed to be confined to the
real estate and construction
industries are beginning to affect the
economy as a whole. Some
observers argue that the US has
already entered a new type of
recession, which will initially manifest
itself in specific economic sectors, or
even certain geographical regions. In
this scenario, the bundling of
mortgage and credit card debt into
securities which were traded
throughout international financial
markets at highly inflated prices is
the mechanism that will spread any
localized market woes, eventually to
the global economy.
The consensus among banking and
financial services insiders following
last week's losses was that the litany
of negative economic reports
increased the likelihood that the
Federal Reserve Board would reduce
interest rates again when it meets at
the end of January. But economists
note that Fed chief Ben Bernanke's
preferred strategy of flooding the
financial markets with cheap money
in times of crisis runs the risk of
exacerbating underlying inflationary
pressures that are already having a
perceptible effect on the US economy
in the form of higher prices for food,
transportation, and healthcare. The
jobs data revealed that for the third
consecutive month wages lagged
behind the rate of inflation, creating
the very real prospect of so-called
"stag-flation," wherein the economy
contracts but prices still continue to

"The risk of a vicious cycle setting in
now is very high," Moody's chief economist Mark
Zandi told the New York Times. "The
job market's operating at stall speed.
Either it picks up soon or it quickly
unravels." Over the next three weeks,
as the Fed contemplates its next
move, the markets will be anxiously
studying retail sales figures from the
holiday season, along with fourth
quarter earnings
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US Creditors Lose Interest as Bernanke Battles
Biometric Database Bears a Suspicious Resemblance to Total
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Impartiality Obstructed by Justice Department Videotape
Attorney General Michael Mukasey
recently appointed Assistant US
Attorney, John Dunham, to begin a ”
preliminary inquiry” into the CIA’s
destruction of hundreds of hours of
videotapes in 2005 that purportedly
show US agents torturing detainees
to elicit confessions and information.  
The investigation could uncover
whether or not several different laws
have been violated by the CIA,
including; obstruction of Congress,
obstruction of justice, perjury and

Mukasey said that a “preliminary
inquiry is a procedure the
Department of Justice uses regularly
to gather the initial facts needed to
determine whether there is sufficient
predication to warrant a criminal
investigation.” Mukasey added, “The
opening of an investigation does not
mean that criminal charges will
necessarily follow.”

The destruction of the tapes was
disclosed to Congress early last
month.  Shortly after the revelation,
the leaders of the government
investigation into the terror attacks
on September eleventh co-wrote an
opinion piece in the
New York
stating that they viewed the
destruction of the tapes as an
“obstruction” to their investigation.  
The former director of the CIA,
George Tenent, and the agency’s
former head of clandestine services,
Jose Rodriguez, who both held their
positions during the time the torture
is alleged to have taken place, have
hired high profile Washington
attorneys to advise them as the
investigation proceeds.

Legal experts and attorneys who
represent detainees who are currently
being held in the detention camp
at Guantanamo Bay Cuba have
responded to the announced
preliminary review saying that
they are fearful that the DOJ
examination may be a pointless
gesture given that the Justice
Department may have itself been
involved in the decision making
process that led to the destruction
of the video tapes.  Many have
also pointed out that Justice’s
continual references to its inquiry
into possible obstruction of justice
violations glosses over the fact
that the video tapes were
evidence of the more serious
allegation that US agents, at the
direction of senior DOJ officials
and members of the executive
branch, including the president,
violated both US and international
law by using torturing on
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TSA Implements Airport Facial Profiling
The Transportation Security
Administration has expanded a
program where screeners use
“behavior observation and analysis
techniques” to single out potential
terrorists in the vast crowds of
travelers who come and go daily at
America’s airports.  The program is
called Screening Passengers by
Observation Techniques (SPOT),
which has been implemented at more
than 50 of the nation’s busiest

The psychological screeners will look
for passengers who display the
“involuntary physical and
psychological reactions that people
exhibit in response to the fear of
being discovered.”  Screeners will
observe passenger’s facial
expressions and body movements
while they are being questioned
about their travel plans or otherwise
engaged in conversation with
specially  trained TSA agents.  
The TSA says that the SPOT
program injects “an element of
unpredictability” in air travel that is
“easy for travelers to navigate but
difficult for terrorists to manipulate.”  
The TSA SPOT screeners receive
four days of classroom instruction
and 24 hours of on-the-job training.  
There are currently more than 600
TSA psychological screeners
deployed at America’s airports.

The agency says that psychological
screening requires “no specialized"
equipment” and can be “easily
deployed to other modes of
transportation” including public
commuter systems.  The TSA has
used profiling techniques to evaluate
commercial truck drivers in the US
since 2006.  TSA screeners are
taught to identify “suspicious driver
behavior” using special “roadside-
specific methodologies.”              
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