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United States Proposes Nuclear Solution For Nuclear
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The Bush administration is reportedly
planning military action against Iran,
a strike that may involve the use of
tactical nuclear weapons against
suspected Iranian nuclear facilities.
The planning represents the first
attempt by the administration to
implement its policy of nuclear pre-
emption, which is outlined in the
revised “Doctrine for Joint Nuclear
Operations.” The doctrine asserts
presidential authority to deploy
nuclear weapons to prevent possible
attacks by nations or terrorist groups
that may possess weapons of mass

Administration officials are lobbying
the United Nations for sanctions
against Iran for its nuclear research
programs, but
the US refuses to rule out unilateral
military action. White House
spokesmen downplayed the reports
of military planning, saying, “The
president’s priority is to find a
diplomatic solution to a problem the
entire world recognizes.”  But there is
little international support for a strike
against Iran, even among US allies,
with the British foreign secretary
telling the BBC, “there’s no
justification for it.”

The Doctrine for Joint Nuclear
Operations, as revised by the Joint
Chiefs of Staff last year, authorizes
the president to use nuclear
weapons against enemy stockpiles of
WMD. A piece in the
New Yorker by
reporter Seymour Hersh details
covert advance operations within
Iran, to pinpoint targets for
bombing raids. Hersh also writes
that the deployment of special
“bunker-buster” tactical nuclear
weapons is being considered by
Pentagon war planners, at the
direction of the White House.

Hersh notes that there is growing
alarm among military officials at
the possibility of a pre-emptive
nuclear strike. The revelations
come in the same week that six
prominent retired generals
publicly called for the resignation
of Defense Secretary Donald
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Eye in the Sky to Spy on Motorcycle Rallies and Other Subversive
Kansas Patrol
CarsTake-But Won't
Keep-Driver's Fingerprints
The House Subcommittee on Avation
recently held hearings to explore the
use of unmanned aerial drones within
the borders of the US by federal
government agencies, civilian police
forces and private corporations. The
hearing focused on re-tooling the
controls and restrictions on public
airspace in America to accommodate
the use of surveillance drone aircraft
by local police and private industry.
As it stands today, there are very few
restrictions on the use of such
aircraft or on the types of
surveillance that can be carried out
on Americans from the sky.
The Customs and Border Patrol
Service currently uses unmanned
spy drones to carry out “surveillance
missions on the Nation’s southern
border."  Agencies such as the Drug
Enforcement Agency and the FBI
envision using the rapidly advancing
technology for “port security,
surveillance, drug interdiction,” and
what the committee obliquely refers
to as “other law enforcement and
homeland security initiatives.”

The committee also heard testimony
regarding the use of surveillance
drones in local law enforcement
A county police department in North
Carolina has purchased and
deployed remote controlled aerial
surveillance technology to assist in
police work. The Gaston County
police recently used the
cyberbug to
monitor a rally of motorcycle riders at
the county fairgrounds. The police
department also envisions using the
spy tool to “observe large crowds at
community events and perform
thermal roof top inspections and
surveillance of suspected drug
activity and identifying locally
cultivated marijuana.”                      
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Police vehicles in Kansas are
being equipped with fingerprint
capturing technology as part of
a multi-million dollar statewide
upgrade of the Kansas
Automatic Fingerprint
Identification System.

The computer equipment will
allow Kansas law enforcement
officials to take the fingerprints
of drivers and passengers of
vehicles pulled over at traffic

The equipment that is being
tested in 60 police vehicles
over the next year will allow
police to take finger prints at
any time in the field and match
the captured prints against a
database of over 10 million
fingerprints of Kansas
arrestees and link to a larger
FBI fingerprint database.  The
pilot program was paid for
through a $752,000 Homeland
Security grant.  

The new technology stores
palm prints, mug shots and
other  identifying marks such
as tattoos and scars.  The
director of the Kansas Bureau
of Investigation cautioned that
the system only analyzes
fingerprints and will not keep
an electronic copy of them.  
Director Kyle  Smith said that
the new technology “doesn’t
change the law on when we
can take fingerprints.” Officials
said similar tests are  planned
for New York, Milwaukee and
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In Mississippi, Sex Toys Lose Their
Violent crime reports
Drug arrests on the rise
expressed in millions
A Federal Appeals Court has ruled in
favor of a Mississippi state law that
makes the selling of sex toys a crime,
upholding the dismissal of a lawsuit
challenging the constitutionality of
the statute. Local and national
business interests and merchant
groups have tried to overturn the law
since it was adopted by the
Mississippi state legislature in 2000.
The state Supreme Court upheld the
law in 2004, in a case involving
advertising of sexual devices.

Soon after the 2004 ruling, two
employees of a Rankin County adult
store were arrested and the store’s
inventory of sexual devices was
seized by local law enforcement
authorities. That action led to the
current case, in which the owners of
the store asserted that the law was
an unconstitutional infringement on
the rights of the
merchants and their customers. The
state Supreme Court ruled that the
right to privacy does not extend to
the commercial procurement of sex

Adult stores across the state had to
suspend operations or even close
down as various challenges to the
law made their way through the
courts. Authorities sought to assure
citizens that private use of sex toys
was not a target of the law. The state
Supreme Court held that doctors and
psychologists could prescribe the
use of sexual devices.

The federal court declined to
address the specifics of the
constitutional issues involved, basing
its ruling on a narrow 1971
precedent. Several states have
similar laws banning the sale of
sexual devices, including Georgia,  
Alabama, Louisiana, and
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GAO Whistle Blower Provides Dramatic
Evidence of Fraud in Missile Defense System






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A former investigator with the
Government Accountability Office
has written to congressional
authorities alleging that aerospace
contracting firms have colluded with
the federal government to cover up
the falsification of test data regarding
the centerpiece of President Bush’s
national defense strategy known as
the ‘national missile defense
system’.  The weapon is meant to
protect the US by using laser beams
and antimissile technology to destroy
intercontinental ballistic nuclear
weapons before they hit their
targets.  The Bush administration has
pledged over $250 billion for the
system which is being deployed on
the US border in Alaska this year.

Subrata Ghoshroy, a former staff
member of the House International
Relations Committee and the House
Armed Services Committee, sent a
46-page letter to Rep. Howard
Berman (D-CA) accusing the GAO of
negligence and delay in its review of
charges brought by him and other
scientists.  The scientists had
previously attempted to bring to light
their concerns that the private
contractors who are developing the
system intentionally skewed test
results and made false claims to the
federal government regarding the
weapons system’s capabilities and
readiness.  Those claims were
dismissed by the GAO in the findings
of an inquiry that
Ghoshroy said was “heavily biased in
favor of the defense contractors”,
and was created in “collaboration
with defense program officials.”

When he worked for the GAO,
Ghoshroy investigated the alleged
manipulation of test data regarding a
component of the antimissile system
called an
infrared sensor made by
Boeing.  The sensor enables
interceptor missiles to differentiate
between decoys and incoming
nuclear missiles. The investigators
found that only 2 of the 14 tests of
the system scrutinized the
component’s capabilities and found
evidence that in the two tests of the
sensor, test results were tampered
with and falsified by Boeing and TRW.

Dr. Nira Schwartz, another scientist
who worked on the missile system for
TRW, filed a civil action as a whistle
blower after the Justice Department
declined to take action when she
reported wrong doing by the
companys.   Rep. Berman had
previously tasked the GAO with
reviewing the Justice Department’s
decision to decline to investigate Dr.
Schwartz’s reports of fraud.

Berman said that the revelations
were “dramatic,” and called for
investigations of the matter by the
Arms Services Committee and the
Government Reform
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Local television newscasts in the
US increasingly include pre-
packaged video news releases
prepared by public relations firms
for large corporate clients,
according to a study by a media
watchdog group. The video news
releases (VNR’s) are typically
altered to integrate them
inconspicuously with original news
reports, and aired without any
mention of the corporate
sponsorship involved.

The study, by the Center for
Media and Democracy, tracked 36
VNR’s produced by three
broadcast PR firms over a ten-
month period.  The group found
that 77 television stations aired all
or part of the
VNR's, and that in each instance
the station added graphics or
voiceovers to make the VNR
appear to be original reporting by
station personnel. In more than
one third of the cases, the station
aired the public relations video
news release in its entirety.

The content of local news
broadcasts has come under
increased scrutiny since it was
revealed that various government
agencies had prepared VNR’s,
and that some media figures had
been paid, to promote policy
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"I know here in Washington-prevention means
force. It doesn't mean force, necessarily. In this
case, it means diplomacy. And by the way, I
read the articles in the newspapers this
weekend. It was just wild speculation, by the
way. What you're reading is wild speculation
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