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number 55    06.08.
US Forms International Coalition to Break International Law
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As many as 22 countries appear to
have had some form of involvement
in a secret program of illegal
abductions, interrogations, transfers,
and detentions of terrorist suspects
run by the CIA and other US
government agencies, according to a
report by the Council of Europe. The
document alleges that 14 European
nations assisted the US process of
“extraordinary rendition,” and says
that Poland and Romania allowed
secret US prison facilities to operate
on their soil. The report, which
presents the results of an eight-
month probe, accuses EU
governments of collaborating in
“systematic human rights abuses.”    

The inquiry was headed by Swiss
Dick Marty, a former prosecutor, who
noted that many European
governments were actively
uncooperative with his investigation.
Using flight data provided by the
European flight control agency
Eurocontrol, and interviews with
former detainees involved in a
number of international legal
proceedings, Marty said his
committee was able to assemble a
picture of a “spider’s web” of CIA
renditions and detentions which
effectively held prisoners outside the
justice system.

The report cites England, Germany,
Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Macedonia,
and Bosnia- Herzegovina as having
participated in the violation of the
prisoner’s rights to varying
degrees. Among those alleged to
have actively colluded with the
CIA program were Ireland, Spain,
Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Poland
and Romania. Prisoners were
flown to facilities in Syria, Egypt,
Jordan, Morocco, and Uzbekistan,
where they were allegedly

Officials from many of the
countries named by the
investigators issued immediate
denials, and criticized a lack of
hard evidence in the report. But
members of the committee
responded that they had received
little cooperation from those
nations during their inquiry.           
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Intelligence Chief May Exempt Corporations From SEC
Intervenes to
Stop Spy Suits
since 1977. But last month, in an
unusual move,  Bush quietly
delegated the authority directly to
Negroponte, who occupies a newly
created post overseeing all
government intelligence agencies.
According to
BusinessWeek, which
first reported the story, it is the first
time a President has assigned the
authority to another government
official. White House officials offered
no explanation for the transfer of
Presidential authority, and
emphasized that the authority was
not expanded in any way.

Observers noted that the move would
give the DNI broad authority to waive
federal disclosure rules in a bid to
keep certain government
relationships with private contractors
secret.  It will also have the effect of
frustrating the
discovery process in lawsuits that
seek to challenge the legality of
the National Security Agency’s
domestic surveillance operations.
Several of these suits have
named the phone companies that
are thought to have cooperated
with the NSA programs. A
spokesman for the DNI stressed
the importance of maintaining the
“confidentiality of some of these

It is unknown whether the DNI has
exempted any corporations
working for the intelligence
services under the authority.
Negroponte has recently
intervened in a number of lawsuits
involving intelligence issues,
invoking the rarely used state
secrets privilege and seeking
dismissal of the cases on national
security grounds.   
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President Bush has assigned to
Director of National Intelligence John
Negroponte the authority to exempt
corporations from federal accounting
and disclosure rules in the name of
national security. The authority will
allow the intelligence chief to grant
private government contractors
involved in security projects an
exemption from compliance with
certain Securities and Exchange
Commission regulations. The move
comes at a time when questions
about the role of private corporations
in various government surveillance
programs are central to several
pending lawsuits.

The President has retained the
authority to waive some SEC rules
for private corporations involved in
classified defense and law
enforcement contracts
The Justice Department has
filed motions on behalf of the
Bush administration in three
separate cases asking that
federal judges dismiss the
lawsuits because hearing them
would compromise national
security. The lawsuits, which
were brought in New York,
Michigan, and California, all
challenge aspects of the
domestic spying programs
conducted by the National
Security Agency. National
Intelligence Director John
Negroponte wrote that
proceeding with the cases
would necessarily reveal
information that could cause
“exceptionally grave damage”
to national security.

The New York suit was brought
by the Center for
Constitutional Rights, and
seeks to halt the wiretapping of
domestic communications
without a FISA court order. In
Michigan, the American Civil
Liberties Union has joined with
privacy rights groups in a suit
against the
telecommunications companies
that have been implicated in
the programs. The third suit
was brought by the Electronic
Frontier Foundation in San
Francisco. That case alleges
that administration statements
about the scope of the spying
programs are misleading, and
that the data collection is on a  
larger scale than has
previously been reported.

The motions to dismiss the
cases on secrecy grounds
were widely anticipated. The
Bush Justice Department has
invoked the state secrets
privilege to quash lawsuits
more often than any previous
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Panel Finds Problems Not Confined to Prisons
Employment in arms production
by country in millions of workers
The US prison system, which houses
over 2.2 people at a cost of some
$60 billion each year, is in a state of
crisis, according to a report
presented to Congress last week.
Chronic overcrowding, untreated
medical and mental disease, and
high-tech, militaristic segregation all
contribute to unacceptable levels of
violence and recidivism. The report,
“Confronting Confinement,” is the
result of an investigation by the
Commission on Safety and Abuse in
America’s Prisons, a 20-member
bipartisan interdisciplinary panel that
conducted research and held public
hearings over a 15-month period.

The panel reported that politicians on
the state and national levels had
been quick to pass laws  that
significantly increased prison
populations, but have been reluctant
to provide the funding that these
increases necessitate. The US
has the second largest prison
population in the world, and the most
expensive prison system, but the
panel found that even basic data
collection that might assist in the
development of a comprehensive
prison reform policy was seldom
performed. Untreated diseases and
mental illnesses manifest themselves
in the general population after
prisoners are released, creating
further social costs, according to the

In addition to its criticism of public
administration,the panel also faulted
the public for what they characterized
as a potentially destructive disinterest
in the issue. “We should be
astonished by the size of the prisoner
population, troubled by the
disproportionate incarceration of
African-Americans and Latinos, and
saddened by the waste of human
potential,” the panel wrote in their
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Advantages of Water Privatization Not Clear
Draft Field Manual
Draws Mixed
lobbied Congress for 1997 legislation
that extended the maximum length of
a water partnership agreement from
five to twenty years; after the bill
passed, the largest companies
began aggressively courting large US
cities for the long-term contracts.
Industry leaders include Vivendi
Universal, Suez, RWE Thames
Water, and Bechtel United Utilities.

Soon, however, a series of high
profile scandals, water quality issues,
and health scares  prompted
reconsideration of the partnerships.
A recent investigation by the
Angeles Times
, focusing on Atlanta,
New Orleans, and Indianapolis,
detailed allegations of corrupt
bidding processes, environmental
violations, and increased customer
complaints. In Atlanta, the city
canceled its twenty-year deal with the
French company Suez after just four

Environmentalists and others
opposed to water privatization argue
that these multinational corporations
will always seek to minimize or  
eliminate maintenance and
infrastructure improvement
expenditures, even at the risk of
public health and safety. Human
rights advocates point out that
already in third world countries,
private water management has
resulted in the poor  being denied
access to formerly public water
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The increasing privatization of
municipal water systems in the United
States has produced profits for the
growing international water
management industry,  but water
quality problems and allegations of  
mismanagement and corruption have
plagued several high profile
contracts, forcing some cities to buy
their way out of long term deals. In
some cases, the lower standards for
maintenance of the private
management companies have
contributed to serious system
failures, and widespread
contamination of municipal water
supplies. More frequently, routine
maintenance is not performed and
reporting requirements are not met.
After a decade during which the
number of “public-private” water
partnerships in the US has almost
quadrupled, some cities are re-
examining these contracts.

Already prevalent in parts of Asia
and South and Central America,
private water systems management is
a more than $1.5 trillion per year
industry, dominated by just ten
multinational corporations. With less
than 10 percent of the world’s
supplies under private management,
there is tremendous potential for
growth in the industry as water
becomes an ever more valuable
commodity, and the major players
have long sought to penetrate the
lucrative North American market. The
The release of the new Army Field
Manual on Intelligence
Interrogation has been delayed
after Senators raised a number of
objections, most notably to a
provision that would institute
different standards of treatment
for different classes of prisoners,
which critics charge violates the
spirit of last year’s McCain
amendment, and might lead to
incidents of torture. Pentagon
officials canceled Congressional
briefings scheduled for last
month, and privately concede that
they are far from agreement over
the wording of the key passages.

At the same time, civilian military
leaders in charge of drafting the
manual have reportedly decided
to drop important aspects of
Article 3 of the Geneva
Convention that ban “humiliating
and degrading” treatment of
prisoners. Some Pentagon
leaders and members of the Bush
administration feel that Article 3
may be too restrictive for terrorist
interrogations. The
Los Angeles
reports that State
Department officials are furious
over the proposed changes and
that this has led to further
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You know, the world
seemed fine, didn't it? It
seemed kind of placid,
there was a bubble
here, a bubble there.
But everything seemed
all right. And yet,
beneath the surface,
there was tremendous
...now, if you don't think
they have a ideology or a
point of view, and/or a
strategy to impose it,
you're not going to
understand why you think
the United States ought
not to be as active as we
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countries : between 1992 and
1999- total expenditure was 188.3