interpreting the constitution
number 58    06.27.
Judge Upholds Feds' Freedom to Practice Religious Profiling
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A federal judge ruled last week that
the government may detain non-
citizens based solely on ethnicity,
religion or national origin indefinitely
and without being formally charged
with a crime.  The ruling by Judge
John Gleeson of the US District Court
for the Eastern District of New York
was the first time that a federal judge
has addressed the government’s
nation-wide sweep in 2001 that
resulted in the detention of hundreds
of Muslim immigrants and other
foreign nationals.

Following the terror attacks on New
York and Washington DC federal
authorities were directed by then
Attorney General John Ashcroft to
federal immigration law to detain any
persons that may have a connection
to terrorism.  The policy resulted in
hundreds of cases where Muslim
men and others from African, Middle
Eastern and South East Asian
countries were held in prolonged
confinement with no possibility to
argue against their detention.

Judge Gleeson’s ruling gives the
government the authority to profile
immigrants based upon race and
religion.  Gleeson stated that “The
executive is free to single out
'nationals of a particular country' and
focus enforcement efforts on them”
including indefinite detention without
Rachel Meeropol from the Center
for Constitutional Rights who
defended some of the detainees
said that the detention of her
clients was simply at “the whim of
the president” and because of her
clients’ “religion and race.”  The
judge’s ruling “gives a green light”
for racial profiling by federal
immigration authorities, Meeropol
told reporters after last week’s

The US Immigration and Customs
Enforcement detains over 200,000
people over the course of a year.  
On any given day, customs
officials apprehend over 20,000
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Evacuations Continue
Global Strike Missiles' Collateral Damage Could Include Nuclear
The Department of Defense is
seeking Congressional approval of a
controversial new program that would
deploy conventional warheads on
long-range ballistic missiles, in an
effort to give the United States the
capability of launching a nonnuclear
strike against targets anywhere in the
world within an hour. Members of
Congress from both political parties
have reacted with alarm to the
possibility that the program may
increase the risk of an accidental
nuclear incident. The Senate Armed
Services Committee withheld some
funding for the project and called on
the Secretary of Defense and the
Secretary of State to present a report
to Congress addressing “nuclear
ambiguity issues.”

The Pentagon program, Prompt
Strike, would launch the conventional
warheads from Trident submarines
which also carry nuclear weapons.
Critics of the plan warn that a
targeted country or even an
uninvolved country could misidentify
the missile and order a nuclear
response. In his state of the nation
address last month, Russian
President Vladimir Putin said,  “The
launch of such a missile could
provoke an inappropriate response
from one of the nuclear powers,
could provoke a full scale
counterattack using strategic nuclear

The blueprint for Global Strike was
laid out in the Pentagon’s Nuclear
Posture Review, which was compiled
in late 2001. The review called for a
long-range conventional missile that
could be used
preemptively in the “war on
terror.” The program would be
administered by the US Strategic
Command, which also controls the
nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal.
Pentagon officials say the long-
range capability will allow the US
to target terrorists and weapons
within one hour of receiving
intelligence reports. Since they
were developed in the mid-1950’
s, intercontinental ballistic missiles
(ICBM’s) have never been
deployed in a combat situation.

Opponents of the program point
out that the possibilities of
assembling intelligence accurate
and specific enough to warrant
launching  an immediate long-
range missile strike are
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The Department of Housing
and Urban Development has
announced that more than
5000 public housing units in
New Orleans will be
demolished and replaced with
private developments as part
of a federal plan for the
reconstruction of the hurricane-
damaged city. Central to the
plan is the demolition of four
housing projects that comprise
more than half of the city’s
stock of federally subsidized
apartments. HUD officials did
not address replacement of
the housing stock.

Since the evacuation of New
Orleans last September, some
local officials and private
interests have lobbied to
reduce concentrations of
poverty in the metropolitan
area by rezoning and
redevelopment that would
effectively reshape the city’s
demographics. Low income
residents and public housing
advocates have criticized the
plan as an attempt to exclude
minority and working class
populations from returning to
their homes. They point out
that the government has been
more responsive to the wishes
of private real estate
speculators than to the needs
of displaced citizens.

HUD also announced that a
further 1000 apartments would
be opened to residents over
the next two months. Of a total
of some 8000 units, less than
1200 federally subsidized
apartments have been
reopened since the
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New AT&T Policy Redefines Privacy
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Telecommunications giant AT&T has
issued a revised privacy policy in an
apparent attempt to avoid future
lawsuits by customers over its
collection and dissemination of their
personal information. The new policy
asserts AT&T’s ownership of all data
related to its customer accounts, and
the right of the company to share the
data for various purposes, including
cooperation with law enforcement
investigations. The document also
makes acceptance of the policy and
all of its provisions a condition of

The move comes as AT&T is facing
legal action on several fronts.
Lawsuits filed on behalf of customers
in at least four states allege that the
company illegally
provided millions of private records to
the National Security Agency, even
though the NSA failed to obtain the
proper court orders. A separate
action brought by privacy rights
advocates the Electronic Frontier
Foundation has led to the
embarrassing disclosure of secret
AT&T internal documents detailing
the company’s participation in
domestic surveillance and data
mining on a massive scale. Director
of Intelligence John Negroponte has
attempted to have these cases
dismissed on the grounds that
proceeding with them might
compromise national security.

The new policy will also apply to
AT&T’s new video and Internet
services. Under the  guidelines, the
company will track customers’
searches and preferences with a
view to collating that data and
disclosing it "to protect its legitimate
business interests."                  
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Parks Budget Cuts Endanger Rangers
CEOs Approve
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More than 450 million people visit
America’s 390 national parks every
year.  While 95 percent of visitors to
America’s parks rate their experience
as good or excellent, as the vacation
season approaches several reports
suggest that this year’s visitors may
experience diminished services and
degraded natural environments.

The Government Accountability
Office released its review of the 12
most visited national parks that
tracked funding trends since 2001.  
The survey found that, while the
Bush administration has budgeted
minor increases in national park
funding, in inflation adjusted dollars
the parks have received reduction in
spending on daily operations of .03

The GAO reported that when
combined with increases in
operational costs, such as rises in
energy prices, the funding cuts have
led parks to reduce staffing, rely
upon volunteers and neglect
deteriorating park buildings.  
Managers in every one of the 12
parks reported that allocations were
not sufficient to address increases in
operating costs.

The Environmental Protection
Agency has reported that pollution
has dramatically decreased visibility
and air quality in the nation’s parks.  
In Eastern parks, visibility has
decreased from 90 miles to 25 miles
and in Western Parks
visibility had decreased from 140
miles to less than 90 miles.  The
nation’s most visited park, Great
Smokey Mountains National Park in
Tennessee has air quality equivalent
to the city of Los Angeles.  Ozone
levels in 13 parks reached
dangerous levels 150 times last

Visitors to America’s parks will also
notice cell phone towers in over 30
parks.  Although a complete
inventory of cell towers inside
national parks has not been
produced, the National Park Service
reports that 388 park units are
available to be leased by telephone
companies who want to build towers.  
The Telecommunications act of 1996
opened the door to such
arrangements by compelling the park
service to consider leasing land as a
revenue generator.  One tower is
visible from the viewing area of
Yellow Stone Park’s most famous
attraction, the Old Faithful geyser.

A more recent encroachment into the
natural environment at Arizona's
Organ Pipe Cactus National
Monument is the construction of a 30-
mile long concrete vehicle barrier to
thwart the travel of undocumented
workers and narcotics traffickers.  

The Bush administration has
proposed to cut $100 million from the
budget for national parks next year.    
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Chief executive officers in the US
made an estimated 262 times the
salary of the average American
worker in 2005.  The Economic
Policy Institute, a non-partisan
research group, said that the
figures for 2005 reflected a
disparity between the highest paid
employees and the average
worker that was one of the two
largest gaps recorded in the past
40 years. In the year 2000,
executive salaries were more than
300 times that of an average

The average CEO of an American
company makes 11 million dollars
each year. The Institute reported
that an executive at the average
US company actually made more
in one week day than an average
American worker makes in an
entire work year, (52 weeks).  

The report concluded that CEO
pay in America is increasingly
disconnected from corporate
profitability and success.  The
Institute reported that the 11
largest companies paid their
CEOs over $865 million dollars in
the past two years, while those
same companies experienced
total losses in share holder value
that exceeded $640
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