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Pentagon to Use 'Persistent Surveillance' Over Course of Long
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The Department of Defense
released a report called the
"Quadrennial Defense Review"
that warns that the "United States
is engaged in what will be a long
war," and calls for a
reorganization of the US military to
fight terrorism.  This will be
accomplished, the report goes on
to say, by investing substantially
in special operations capabilities
and intelligence gathering both at
home and abroad.

The report was the third QDR,
first mandated by congress in
1990, and the second since
Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld was appointed to run
the Pentagon.
The previous QDR, released shortly
after 9/11  envisioned the US would
have to be able to fight two wars at
the same time.  The new report
represents a shift in the department's
vision reflecting lessons learned
upon assessing the effectiveness of
'shock and awe' warfare as carried
out in Iraq.

The new report wants to use the US
military to defend against a gossamer
web of unaffiliated and loosely
affiliated political militants stretching
over a period of several
generations.  Rumsfeld told reporters
recently that his plan for restructuring
the military is compelled by his fear of
terrorist who "will either succeed in
changing our way of life or
we will succeed in changing theirs.
The report comes as the president
has released his defense budget for
2007 requesting $439.3 billion, an
increase of five percent over last
year.  This figure does not include an
anticipated $70 billion more for the
occupation of Iraq.

The QDR earmarks a large increase
in funding for "persistent
surveillance" and "rapid strike"
capabilities for preemption in
locations around the world.  Also
proposed was to double the number
of armed aerial drones. The study
also asks the Congress to codify and
expand the type of permanent legal
authority the military has carved out
in occupied Iraq.
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Agencies Attempt to
Reclassify  Widely
Government Papers
Accelerated Ice Melt Inundates Previous Projections
Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at a
much faster rate than previous
scientific estimates, according to new
research presented to the American
Association for the Advancement of
Science annual conference in St
Louis. The findings have dramatic
implications for sea levels, because
the ice sheet is the second largest in
the world after Antarctica’s. Higher
air temperatures have resulted in
acceleration of the ice sheet’s annual
loss of mass, which is reported to
have increased by 150 percent over
the past decade.

Using satellite images to study 27
major glaciers in Greenland, the
researchers from NASA and the
University of Kansas discovered that
the velocity of many had more than
doubled since 1996. As a
result, these glaciers are among the
fastest flowing in the world. Similar
observations have been made in
Antarctica, where ice shelves in front
of major glaciers have collapsed in
recent years.

Scientists had thought that it might
take as many as 1000 years for the
Greenland ice sheet to melt, but the
new data could cause these
estimates to be significantly reduced.
Greenland is the world’s largest
island with a total area slightly less
than Mexico. If the entire ice sheet,
which is an average of two miles
thick, were to disappear, global sea
levels would increase by as much as
25 feet.

In the 20th Century, global sea levels
rose between 10 and 20
centimeters, and the
Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change has estimated
that this century will see an
increase of as much as 90
centimeters. The new information
about the Greenland ice sheet
could have profound implications
for these projections.

The researchers reported that the
complex dynamics of glacial flow
under warming conditions are still
largely unknown. According to the
study, melting ice may act as a
lubricant, speeding up the
glaciers and accelerating the
shrinkage of the ice sheet. The
results of the study are published
in the journal
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A secret program conducted
by the United States military
and various intelligence
agencies has withdrawn more
than 55,000 pages of historical
documents from the open
shelves of the National
Archives. The documents have
been “reclassified” even
though they were previously
publicly available, in some
cases for decades. The
reclassification program was
revealed recently when several
prominent historians became
aware that documents that
they had copied for their
research were no longer

The National Archives
Information Security Oversight
Office has initiated an
investigation into the nature
and scope of the
reclassification program. But
even if the ISOO audit finds
that some of  the
reclassifications are improper
or unnecessary, the office
cannot order that the program
be revised or halted. As a
consultative body, the ISOO
can only advise the White
House on document security

Historians familiar with some of
the reclassified documents
describe them as mundane
and in many cases trivial,
posing little or no security risk.
Some of the material has been
previously published by State
Department in its series
Foreign Relations of the
United States
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Microchip Implants Complicate
Employee Dismissal Procedure
Public debt as a percentage
of gross domestic product,
An Ohio corporation has become the
first American firm to implant
microchips in its employee’s bodies
for workplace identification and
tracking purposes. CityWatcher.com,
a Cincinnati-based security and
video surveillance company, is
testing the technology on two of its
workers, who are said to have
volunteered for the experiment. The
tiny radio frequency identification
devices, or RFID’s, are used to
control access to sensitive areas in
the CityWatcher.com offices.

A spokesman for the firm stressed
that the chips will not be used to
track employee movements or
activities. “It’s a passive chip. It emits
no signal whatsoever,” said
CityWatcher.com CEO Sean Darks,
who also had an
RFID microchip implanted in his
body. CityWatcher.com provides
video surveillance services to
municipal law enforcement agencies.
The Mexican Attorney General’s
office initiated a similar program for
some of its employees in 2004.

Civil libertarians and privacy rights
groups warn that the technology
could be used to track the recipients
of the microchips without their
knowledge. The manufacturer of the
devices, VeriChip Corporation of
Delray Beach, Florida, says that the
RFID’s are primarily used for medical
applications, and that the technology
has been approved by the Food and
Drug Administration. About 70
devices have been implanted in US
citizens for medical purposes.  
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Agents Act to Protect Parking Lot
From Freedom of Expression
A federal employee was confronted
at his workplace by agents of the
Department of Homeland Security
who told him to remove his vehicle
from the parking facility because his
bumper stickers placed him in
violation of the Code of Federal

Dwight Scarbrough of Boise, Idaho
received a telephone call at his job at
a federal agency asking him to come
to the parking lot. There he was met
by two armed DHS officers who
informed him that he was in violation
of the Code, which prohibits the
posting of signs on General Services
Administration-controlled property.
Scarbrough, who founded and heads
the local chapter of Veterans for
Peace, is an experienced activist and
campaigner. He objected to what he
saw as harassment by the DHS
agents, but agreed to move his truck
from federal property.
After researching the applicable
statutes and noting the many
other vehicles with some sort of
bumper stickers in the parking lot,
Scarbrough concluded that the
content of his signage had led to
his harassment. He has returned
to work without incident, but says
that if he is cited in the future, he
will most certainly fight it. Since his
story made the news, the DHS
agents have not reappeared, and
the agency has declined to
comment on the incident.

Contacted by
Scarbrough noted that he had
received many messages of
support, and stressed that he
would continue to assert his First
Amendment rights, not just for
himself, but on behalf all citizens,
saying, “It’s not  me personally. It’
s ‘We the People’.”                  
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Deployment of Municipal SWAT
Teams Continues to Expand
The use of Special Weapons
and Tactics Units by municipal
police forces in the United
States has grown exponentially
since their introduction in the
early 1980s, according to a
leading researcher on law
enforcement methodology.
Professor Peter Kraska of
Eastern Kentucky University
has identified a trend toward
what he calls the “militarization
of the police,” noting that
police department deployment
of SWAT teams has surged
from about 3000 to an
average of more that 40,000
instances a year since 1982. Kraska
also found that the roles of SWAT
teams in local policing had been
greatly expanded to include narcotics
raids and even regular patrols of
high crime areas. “In SWAT units
formed since 1980, their use has
increased by 538 percent,” said

Studies have shown that more than
90 percent of cities with populations
over 50,000 have SWAT teams, and
that two out of three smaller cities
also have active paramilitary
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Houston Police Chief Advises
Citizens: Don't Worry About Big
Faced with staffing shortages in the
city’s police department, the chief of
Houston’s police has announced his
vision to install remote viewing
surveillance cameras on street
corners, inside shopping malls,
private apartment buildings and even
private homes.

Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters at a
press briefing “I know a lot of people
are concerned about ‘big brother’,
but my response to that is, if you are
not doing something wrong, why
should you worry about it?”

The chief went on to say that he
believes that city building codes
require police department
monitored video hook-ups in all
malls and apartment complexes.  

Going further, Hurtt said that in
instances where the police
receive multiple calls from specific
Houston residents, that it is
reasonable to require video
surveillance of the property.  

Hurtt said that citizens who
continually request police
assistance are “cheating the
other residents of Houston” by
putting a burden on police
department resources.
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Patrons of the Little Falls
Library in Bethesda MD were
summoned from their reading
last month by members of the
Montgomery County Homeland
Security Department.  Two
uniformed officers demanded
the attention of the visitors at
the municipal library to advise
them that library computers
cannot be used to view
Internet pornography.  

The officers then asked one of
the computer users in the
library to accompany them
Upon the intervention of library staff,
who summoned the local police, the
patron was allowed to remain in the
public building and the officers from
the county homeland security office
were asked to leave.

County officials said that the two
employees were attempting to
enforce rules about sexually
harassing images being displayed in
county buildings.  The officials
declined to state how many
homeland security officers are
employed by the unit.           
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Increase in direct expenditure by criminal justice function
Grammar School Youth Gets Real
Arrest for Possession of Fake Drugs
A grammar school student
from Aurora IL was charged
with a misdemeanor for
bringing powdered sugar to
school in a plastic bag.  The
student could be expelled for
bringing to school a ‘look-alike’

The student’s mother told
reporters that the 12 year-old
brought the sugar to school to use in
his science class.  When the student
showed two friends the bag of sugar
in a school restroom he was
observed by the school custodian
who reported the incident.

The juvenile could be sentenced to 5
years probation or residential drug
treatment if convicted of the
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Congress Hears of Government
Retaliation Against Agency Whistle
Report Documents
Increasing Need for
Hunger Relief
Whistle blowers from several
agencies testified at a hearing held
by the Congressional Subcommittee
on National Security, Emerging
Threats and International Relations
where they recounted their
experiences of being retailated
against for speaking out about
agency wrong doing and ineptitude.

Due to security considerations, such
revocations are not reviewable and
can therefore be utilized as a tool for
retailation.  The hearing was chaired
by Representative Chris Shays
(R-CT) who said that whistle blowers
in national security positions are
"vulernable to unique forms of
retaliation" such as the revocation of
he security clearances of employees
who speak out about criminality and
other problems at agencies they work

Attending the hearing were
employees form the FBI, National
Security Administration, Defense
Department and Energy Department
who all testified that they became
isolated in their agencies after having
their security clearances revoked.

Also appearing was Tom Devine the
legal director for the Government
Accountability Project, a non-partisan
organization that supports the efforts
of government whistle blowers.  
testified that there exists a "security
clearance loop-hole" that can be
used to harrass whistle blowers by
effectively placing national security
employees in a limbo where they
aren't able to perform their jobs.

An example of this type of retribution
was given by an employee of the
National Security Administratio,
Russell Tice, who testified that he
became a target of retaliation by his
agency and the FBI that included
threats and surveillance.  Tice told
the subcommittee that after he
reported that a co-worker may be
involved in espionage against the
US, he lost his security clearance
and was not even able to review his
own unclassified personnel files.  

The subcommittee also heard from
Spc. Samuel Provance who was
stationed at Abu Ghraib prision in
Iraq.  Provance testified that he was
demoted after reporting that his
supervisors had covered abuse at
the now infamous prison.  Spc.
Provance testified that senior
commanders had "scapegoated"
young soliders.

Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) has called
for legislation that would protect the
rights  of national security employees
who become whistle blowers.     
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The largest network of food banks
in America reported that it served
nine percent more meals to
Americans since 2001.  America's
Second Harvest, which represents
nearly 40,000 hunger relief
organizations across America, or
about 80 percent of such
organizations, served 25 million
meals in its network of soup
kitchens, food banks and shelters
in 2005.

America's Second Harvest
interviewed more than 50,000 of
those who requested emergency
food assisstance from the
organization and published its
findings in a report called Some
'Characteristics of the Hungry '.  
The report reveals the 35 percent
of those seeking food relief came
from families where at least one
person is employed.

The organization also reported
that about 9 million of the meals it
served in 2005 were for children
and 3 million were for senior
citizens 65 years and older.  The
USDA reported that 13,5 million
American households experiened
hunger in 2004, about 12
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Countyland Security Accosts Suburban
Readers in Local Library Raid
That's why the Patriot
Act was important.  The
Patriot Act is vital...It's a
tool that law
enforcement now uses
to be able to talk
between each other.
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