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number 57    06.21.
Privacy Rights Advocates Warn 'No Work List' Won't Fly
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The Bush administration has enacted
federal regulations for employee
verification that will lay the
groundwork for the creation of a
national worker eligibility database.
Although the new rules have been
mandated as part of an effort to
reduce the hiring of illegal
immigrants, employment law experts
and privacy rights advocates warn
that the system will eventually be
expanded to contain information on
over 140 million American workers.
Bills pending in both Houses of
Congress also include authorization
for increased verification
requirements for employers.

The regulations are based on an
existing voluntary program, Basic
Pilot, which is
run by the Social Security
Administration and the Department of
Homeland Security. Basic Pilot allows
companies to check the eligibility of
job applicants and existing staff
against databases maintained by the
federal agencies. Under the new
guidelines, the SSA and DHS will
jointly oversee a greatly expanded
version of the program.

Privacy rights watchdog groups have
said the compilation of a central
eligibility database will result in a
federal “no work list.”  Immigrants’
rights organizations have criticized
the procedure for correcting errors in
the database, which they say are
inevitable. A study of Basic Pilot by
the US Department of  
Citizenship and Immigration found
that widespread errors created
“burdens for employees and
employers, increased verification
costs for the government and led
to unintentional discrimination
against foreign-born persons.”

Each year, more than 57 million
American workers change their
place of employment. Critics warn
that for an employee verification
program to be effective, the
database must include the entire
eligible workforce. Proponents of
employee verification say that
personal information will not be
saved or  shared with other
federal agencies.                
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Feminists and
Fornicators Framed
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National Security Agency Wants to Log on to
The Bush administration has
admitted that the NSA is working in
cooperation with America’s largest
phone companies to record the
phone calling patterns of US citizens
with no judicial oversight.  Intrusive
as this practice is, the information
that is being reviewed only identifies
callers and locations.

The NSA is now sponsoring research
by ‘The Disruptive Technology
Office’ into the possibility of reviewing
vast troves of the kinds of personal
information that web users give to
Internet companies, online dating
and social networks.  The New
Scientist reported that the NSA has
supported research into codifying
and analyzing information collected
by online social networks, such as
myspace.com and xanga.com.

It is not known if the NSA collects
social network data from Internet
providers but, as was reported by
redstateupdate this spring, the US
Department of Justice recently held
unpublicized meetings with the nation’
s largest Internet companies where it
suggested that the companies
maintain detailed records of their
customer’s Internet usage.  

The program would require a
fundamental change in the
relationship Internet customers have
with companies that provide web
services as Internet service providers
generally do not retain detailed
records of individual subscriber's web
habits.  A Justice Department
spokesman said that the agency met
with the companies "to solicit their
input and seek their assistance in
formulating proposals and
recommendations on
the issue of data retention.''  
While the Justice Department
proposal would be voluntary,
Congress is currently considering
legislation that would make  the
retention of customer records by
Internet companies mandatory.  

U.S. Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales said that investigators
at the Justice Department or U.S.
attorney's offices would be able to
access the information only
through “appropriate legal
processes.”  Gonzalez said that
Internet users should be free from
government surveillance in a way
that is
consistent with "legitimate
privacy rights.”                
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The Vatican recently released
a report confirming its stance
against any type of birth
control, stem cell research and
marriages between same
gender couples. The 57 page
document produced by the
Pontifical Council for the
Family also decried feminism
for weakening the structure of
the traditional family and
withering Catholic's view as the
traditional relationship between
men and women.

While the report broke no new
ground, the Pontifical Council
for the Family's aggressive
calls for a complete ban on
condoms, abortion and same-
sex marriage signaled to many
American Catholics the
sensibilities of the new pope
with regard to these
controversial topics.

The report states that “man of
modern times has radicalized
the tendency to take the place
of God and substitute him,” as
it denounced in-vitro
fertilization, artificial
insemination and stem cell

The author of the report,
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo,
said that it was an affront to
Catholic teaching that same
sex couples, that are referred
to in the report as “these
unusual couples”, claim the
same rights as “those
reserved” for male-female
couples.  Trujillo sparked
controversy in 2003 when he
taught Catholics that condoms
do not prevent AIDS.         
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Spycam Network to be Manned by Virtual Vigilantes
The Governor of Texas has
proposed the installation of hundreds
of night vision cameras on the Texas-
Mexico border to be linked to the
World Wide Web where folks
anywhere from Dallas to Dubuque
can monitor and report the cross
border migration of undocumented
workers via a toll free hot line directly
to Texas authorities.

Governor Rick Perry’s plan is part of
his $125 million plan to beef up
Texas border patrols and security.  
His proposal envisions placing
cameras in the next 30 days and
aims to pay for the unprecedented
vigilante surveillance system with
Homeland security money.

Although Perry has argued in the
past that border security is strictly a
responsibility, he requested $5
million in grant money to begin
placing cameras on private property
with the cooperation of landowners
on the eve of the Texas Republican
Convention as he gears up for a re-
election bid.  

The governor's proposal came after
the Department of Homeland Security
announced a cut of 31percent in
security funding for the state of

Perry, who recently toured the US-
Mexico border with President Bush,
said that his idea to deputize millions
of Internet users in the pursuit of
transgressing aliens was “not
different from neighborhood watches
we have had in our communities for
years and years.”                              
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Year's Episode
Permafrost Thaw Exhumes Ancient Toxins
Increased average temperatures
have significantly affected the
Siberian Arctic permafrost, and
scientists are warning that a thaw
could release vast stores of carbon
into the atmosphere. Remnants of
long-dead trees, plants, and animals
that have been frozen for centuries in
the soil beneath the Siberian tundra
contain more than 75 times the
amount of carbon that is released
annually by the combustion of fossil
fuels. A rapid thawing of the top layer
of permafrost in the region could
initiate a cycle in which rising
temperatures lead to carbon
releases, which in turn would
accelerate warming.

Permafrost is defined as soil that
remains frozen for more than two
years. About one quarter of the total
land surface of the Northern
hemisphere is considered to be
permafrost, and scientists estimate
that the Siberian permafrost alone
could hold as much as 500 billion
tons of carbon. Researchers who
have traveled to Siberia report many
dramatic signs that the thaw is
already underway, with the melting
causing the formation of countless
ponds and small lakes.
Temperatures in Western Siberia
have increased faster than the global
average over the last 40 years.

Also locked within the Siberian  
permafrost is the world’s largest
frozen peat bog. The sudden melting
of the bog could release billions of
tons of methane gas into the
atmosphere. Methane gas is vastly
more potent as a so-called
“greenhouse gas” than carbon
dioxide. The Western Siberian peat
bog, the size of France and Germany
combined, is thought to hold some 70
billion tons of methane. According to
researchers, if the bog thaws rapidly,
the gases will be released as
methane; if it has time to dry out, the
gases will be oxidized into carbons.

Computer models predict a significant
rise in fresh water runoff to result
from the accelerated thawing of the
top layer of permafrost. Drainage into
the Arctic Ocean from melting
permafrost substructure has
increased by 7 percent over the last
75 years. The increased runoff could
affect global currents, according to
the models.

Researchers in Siberia discovered
methane “hot spots” that would not
freeze over, even in midwinter. In
Alaska, rapid thawing has caused
roads and houses to collapse into
their foundations. Parts of the
Alaskan Arctic  oil pipeline must be
refrigerated to ensure the stability of
the permafrost beneath
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The House Appropriations
Committee has passed a measure
that would reduce the budget for
the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting by $95 million for
fiscal year 2007, which begins in
October. The vote came after a
subcommittee had recommended
cuts totaling $115 million, more
than 23 percent of the previously
approved allocation. Spokesmen
for the CPB have said that the
cuts would force the cancellation
of some programming on the
Public Broadcasting Service and
National Public Radio, and delay
important technical upgrades
recently mandated by Congress.

Congressional Democrats and
public broadcasting advocates
assailed the proposed cuts and
vowed to mobilize public support
for a campaign to have the
funding restored. Last year, a
similar package of budget
reductions failed to gain bipartisan
support in the House.

In a statement, NPR  President
Kevin Klose said that the bill
“threatens the very existence of
nearly 200 stations in 43 states
who are the sole broadcasters to
remote, rural, and minority
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