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number 63   07.30.06
Air Marshal Law Alleged to Include Suspicion Quotas
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Innocent airline passengers are
singled out for surveillance by
employees of the Federal Air Marshal
Service attempting to adhere to
quotas unofficially implemented by
local supervisors, according to an
investigative report by a Denver
television station. Citing anonymous
sources within the Service, the
KMGH-TV News report alleges that
air marshals are expected to file at
least one Surveillance Detection
Report per month, regardless of
whether they have actually witnessed
any suspicious activity. The
passengers may then be unwittingly
subjected to classified investigations,
entered into government security
databases, and placed on
international terrorist watch lists.
A pair of internal memos that became
public in July 2004 revealed that
managers in some areas of the
country were maintaining quota
systems for the submission of
Surveillance Detection Reports.
Officials at the national level quickly
moved to deny that such quotas
existed, issuing a directive to that
effect in August 2004. But the air
marshals quoted in the
segment insisted that the practice
has continued, even affecting their
performance reviews and prospects
for promotion.

The international terrorist watch lists
and “no fly” lists, which are routinely
consulted by airport security
personnel, are reported to contain as
many as
200, 000 names. According to
transportation security analysts,
there is no official process for
passengers to have their names
removed from the lists, even if
their inclusion is the result of
mistaken identity or an
administrative error. Significant
problems with the accuracy and
utility of the lists have previously
been reported by

The air marshals at the center of
the controversy allege that they
have personally witnessed or
been involved in the filing of
baseless and misleading security
reports which may have serious
ramifications for the passengers
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Army Moves to Limit Torture:  Issues ‘Take No Prisoners’
Senate Votes
to Make Abortion
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Four US soldiers who are charged
with the murder of three Iraqis have
told investigators that their superior
officers had ordered them to “kill all
military aged males” in the raid that
they were engaged in at the time of
the killings.  One of the soldiers
claimed in sworn testimony that when
he radioed his superiors, a first
sergeant asked angrily, “Why did you
take them prisoner? Why didn’t you
kill them?”

The four soldiers are from the 101st
Airborne Division and are being held
in prison in Iraq pending a hearing   
scheduled for August in Tikrit.

The Iraqis were captured in a raid in
northern Iraq.  The soldiers disarmed
the Iraqis and bound them. The
accused soldiers claim that the
prisoners fought back and were shot
as they attempted to escape.  

Although two previous investigations
into the shootings found no
wrongdoing on the part of the
soldiers, another  soldier came
forward and reported that
the accused soldiers devised a plan
to release and then kill the Iraqi men.
Civilian attorneys representing the
soldiers state that while their
clients acted in self-defense in the
shootings, the commanding
officers gave the order to kill all
military aged males during the
raid, an order that would be illegal
under American military law.  

According to the Uniform Code of
the Military, the soldiers could be
put to death if found guilty.  16 US
servicemen have been charged
with murder in Iraq in the past two
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The US Senate passed a bill
that would make it a crime to
transport a pregnant minor
across state lines to seek an
abortion in order to
circumvent  parental
notification laws.  The senate
approved penalties for
violation of the "Child Interstate
Abortion Notification Act"
(CIANA) that include up to a
year in federal prison and fines
up to $100,000.

The legislation has been
criticized by reproductive rights
groups who believe that
restricting a young woman’s
right to the procedure could
lead to tragic consequences,
especially in the case of a
victim of abuse.  The bill forces
young women to rely solely on
her parents with no provision
that would take into account
situations where there is an
abusive or dysfunctional
parent.  The bill also
disregards the importance of
other relatives and close
friends by outlawing their
assisting young women
seeking abortions.

The legislation now will be
reconciled with an even more
stringent bill that passed the
House.  The House bill also
requires doctors to verbally
notify parents at least 24 hours
before performing an abortion
or provide written notice at
least 72 hours before the
procedure.  Under the house
bill, doctors who fail to provide
the required notice could be
sued for damages.  The bill
passed by a margin of 65 to
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Feds Bequeath Limited Oversight to Wealthy
The Internal Revenue Service has
announced that it intends to layoff
nearly half of its staff that is involved
in investigating and auditing the tax
returns of America’s richest citizens.  
The IRS plans to cut 157 of its staff
of 345 estate tax attorneys and their
support staff within the next month.  
The attorneys that are to be laid off
are responsible for investigating gifts
and transfers between the very
wealthy and their children.

The Bush administration has been
successful, as it has rolled back the
taxes that Americans pay when
fortunes are bequeathed to them as
gifts and inheritances from wealthy
relatives.  It has not, however, been
successful in completely eliminating
the estate tax.

Some of the attorneys who are
currently threatened by the layoff
have told the
New York Times that
the action by the IRS is an attempt to
further shield connected and wealthy
Americans from their legal tax
obligations.  One IRS employee said
the move was a “back-
door” effort by the Bush
administration to achieve through job
cuts what is has been thus far been
unable to get Congress to approve.

A spokesperson for the IRS said that
the layoff was needed because taxes
on the wealthy had been reduced or
eliminated under the Bush
administration that translated into
less work for agency auditors.  The
IRS also said that doing more audits
of large estates would not likely be
worth the effort.

Six years ago the agency reported
that auditors found discrepancies in
85 percent of the large taxable gifts
that it reviewed.  At that time, the
agency sought to hire additional staff
to audit taxable gifts of $1 million and

Estate-tax lawyers have historically
found more than $2000 worth of
taxes owed to the US government for
each hour they work making them the
most productive IRS auditors the
agency employs.                              
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DHS Provides Security For Connected
Graduates Study
Unfamiliar Subject
Department of Homeland Security
procedures for awarding and
managing billions of dollars in federal
contracts are poorly organized and
prone to abuse, according to a
Congressional report prepared for
the House Government Reform
Committee. The committee reviewed
some 350 separate government
audits and investigations in an effort
to comprehensively assess DHS
contracting operations. The report
specifically highlights 32 contracts
worth a total of $34 billion, which
have “experienced significant
overcharges, wasteful spending, or

DHS officials routinely fail to plan
projects properly, and increasingly
award contracts to preferred vendors
with limited competitive bidding,
according to the report, which was
released last week. Once contracts
are signed, the department lacks the
resources and experience to monitor
their progress or verify cost
overruns. The report concludes that
a shortage of trained federal contract
managers leaves the system
vulnerable to waste and fraud.

Federal contracting for security and
logistical services has surged since
the DHS began operations in January
2003, but the department, which
combined 22 pre-existing federal
agencies, has not expanded its
workforce to meet the
growing need for contract
DHS contracting has increased 189
percent since 2003, but the
department’s procurement staff has
grown by less than 20 percent.  Over
the same period, the total value of
contracts awarded with limited
bidding processes increased 739
percent. DHS Chief Procurement
Officer Elaine C. Duke told the House
Government Reform Committee that
she intended to hire more staff and
improve training procedures to
address the issues raised by the

Republican committee chairman Rep.
Thomas M. Davis III of Virginia said in
a statement: “The Department of
Homeland Security has a critical
mission. Unfortunately, its acquisition
structure and workforce challenges,
as our report shows, betray serious
weaknesses that are impeding the
ability of DHS to protect the

The committee's senior Democrat,
Rep. Henry A. Waxman of California,
was more bluntly critical of the
department, saying, “Virtually
everything that could go wrong has
gone wrong. We’re less secure and
deeper in debt because of the
outrageous mismanagement of these
contracts.” Waxman stated that the
report details "a pattern of reckless
spending, poor planning, and
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American workers with college
degrees experienced an inflation-
adjusted 5.2 percent net decline
in earnings between 2000 and
2004, according to a report in the
Los Angeles Times. It marks the
first time since the mid-1970’s that
wage stagnation has significantly
affected college graduates during
a time of economic expansion.
The report concludes that the
underlying causes of current
market conditions may lead to
long-term or permanent erosion of
the earnings of college graduates
in the US.

Competition from rapidly growing
economies in Asia and South
America, which initially largely
affected the manufacturing sector,
has now resulted in substantial
relocation of white collar
operations to these countries. At
the same time, US corporations
have actively sought to reduce
salaries and benefits through the
employment of contingent
workers. “There’s a clear
deterioration in the college labor
market,” economist Paul
Harrington of Northeastern
University told the
Times, “The
American economy just does not
generate jobs the way it has
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