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number 66   08.20.06
Panel Promotes Proposal to Provide Pills for Prisoners
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A US government affiliated medical
research group has proposed
changing long standing rules that
limit medical and pharmaceutical
testing on inmate populations.   The
Institute of Medicine has suggested
that federal rules that prohibit using
prisoners as guinea pigs to test
drugs and medications for drug
companies be rewritten to “promote
rigorous and responsible research”.  
The Institute suggests writing rules
that allow drug testing on not just
inmates but also parolees, persons
on probation and prisoners held in
“community- based alternatives to

The report calls for a national
database that would track medical
and drug testing that is being carried
out within the prison system.  The
“pubic registry” would contain
information about the groups
performing the prisoner testing, the
pharmaceutical companies
sponsoring the research and the
“ethical standards employed”.

The Institute is concerned that the
system of testing inmate populations
currently is hampered by fragmented
oversight.  The Office for Human
Research Protection has some
administration responsibilities over
prison medical testing, but the
Department of Prisons and the
Justice Department also conduct
inmate drug research.  Other private
and corporate
groups also use inmate
populations for medical testing on
contract with state and federal
prisons.  The Institute supports
consolidating all programs under
the auspices of the OHRP and
rewriting the rules about testing
prisoners to codify what is
ethically permissible and expand
the categories of

Drug companies have found
difficulty in finding adequate
numbers of test subjects in the US
and have turned to developing
countries to perform drug
testing.   Opening the populations
of America’s jails will provide more
than 7 million possible medical
test subjects.                    
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CIA Interrogators Delegate Certain Tasks to Private Contractors
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A North Carolina man who worked as
a contractor for the CIA in
Afghanistan has become the first
private citizen to be convicted of
criminal assault for abusing
detainees held under the auspices of
the Bush administration’s “war on
terror.”  Prosecutors said that David
Passaro beat Abdul Wali with a
flashlight over a period of two days
during which Wali was not allowed to
sleep, as he was questioned about
his alleged role in a rocket attack on
a US base. Although Wali later died
from his injuries, Passaro was
charged with four counts of felony
assault. A jury found him guilty of one
count of felony assault and three
counts of misdemeanor assault.

Witnesses described the
interrogations in Wali’s cell, saying
that in addition to
beating the suspect with his
flashlight, Passaro repeatedly kicked
Wali in the groin and head. Military
guards testified that after the
beatings, the prisoner had asked to
be shot to relieve his suffering.
Defense attorneys called their client
a “scapegoat” who would never have
been charged if Wali had not died.
They argued that Passaro, a former
Special Forces medic, had not acted
improperly when he questioned Wali,
who they referred to as a terrorist.

CIA Director General Michael Hayden
addressed the matter in an e-mail
message to agency employees. He
called Passaro’s actions “unlawful,
reprehensible, and neither
authorized nor condoned by the
Agency.” At least 35 prisoners in US
custody have died
during questioning, according to
international human rights groups,
who were critical of the narrow
scope of the investigation.
Passaro, 40, faces a maximum
sentence of 11 years.

The prosecution of the case
against Passaro is the first
involving a civilian contractor
working for US authorities since
2001. The US Attorney who
brought the charges expressed
the hope that Passaro’s
conviction would provide a
precedent for other cases
targeting civilian contractors.
Private contractors are alleged to
have been involved in abuses at
US facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan,
and at Guantanamo Bay,
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A federal judge has ruled that
tobacco companies engaged
in a decades-long conspiracy
to manipulate public opinion
about the health effects of
smoking, influencing
government and public health
officials and causing “an
immeasurable amount of
human suffering.”  But District
Judge Gladys Kessler declined
to order substantial fines
against the companies, saying
that a recent appeals court
ruling limited her authority to
assess damages. The ruling
was widely interpreted as a
major victory for the tobacco

The original racketeering and
conspiracy charges were
brought by the Justice
Department under the Clinton
administration in 1999. After
President Bush took office, the
case was scaled back
significantly. Last year, top
Justice Department officials
ordered that damages being
sought in the suit be cut from
$130 billion to $10 billion. The
move brought protests from
lawyers working on the case, in
a controversy that was
previously reported by

Now, although the government
has prevailed on the facts of
the case, Judge Kessler has
rejected even this lower
amount of damages as beyond
her authority. In the order,
Judge Kessler expressed her
regret that she was unable to
impose substantial punitive
damages against the
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RIAA Threatens Children of Dead Downloader
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The Recording Industry of America
Association, in pursuit of a settlement
with a now deceased defendant who
is alleged to have downloaded
copyrighted music from the Internet
illegally, has asked a judge to grant a
60 day “grieving” period to the family
of the decedent before it amends its
lawsuit to name his family members.

The RIAA sued Larry Scantlebury for
illegally sharing copy written rock
music that was downloaded to his
computer through a peer-to-peer file
sharing system.  In settlement
conferences prior to his death, Mr.
Scantlebury had suggested that,
although he did not download copy
written music on his computer, his
stepson may have.

In their motion, the RIAA advises the
court, “Plaintiffs have recently
learned that defendant, Larry
Scantlebury, passed away on June
20, 2006.  Please see the attached
Death Certificate.  Plaintiffs do not
believe it appropriate to discus a
resolution of the case so close to Mr.
Scantlebury’s passing.  Plaintiffs
therefore request a stay of sixty days
to allow the family additional time to
grieve.”  The RIAA then threatens,
“The Plaintiffs anticipate amending
the complaint following depositions of
members of Mr. Scantlebury’s family.”

The industry organization has
aggressively pursued computer file
sharers over the past few years.  The
organization has filed lawsuits
against several senior citizens, a
twelve year old and a family that
does not own a
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Department Labors to
Cover for Moonlighter
Shortages of fresh water on a global
scale will become central to economic
development over the next 50 years,
raising the specter of financial
collapse, social unrest, and political
upheaval, according to two reports
published separately last week.
Exponential increases in demand for
fresh water from agriculture and
industry, combined with inefficient
management of existing resources,
have created the conditions for the
current crisis, with up to one third of
the world’s population already facing
shortages. Financial analysts expect
the price of fresh water to soar over
the next decade.

The results of an investigation by the
International Water Management
Institute show that local water
shortages are already prevalent
throughout Asia and Africa. Speaking
to a conference in Canberra,
Australia, Institute Director Frank
Rijsberman said, “Globally, water
usage has increased by six times in
the past 100 years and will double
again by 2050, driven mainly by
irrigation and demands of agriculture.
Some countries have already run out
of water to produce their own food.”
According to the report, water
scarcity in Asia and Australia was
primarily the result of over-
allocation of river systems, while
African shortages were largely due to
inadequate infrastructure in
underdeveloped countries.

An assessment of the potential civil
and social ramifications of impending
global water shortages was
performed by a special panel
organized by the World Business
Council on Sustainable Development.
An international consortium of 180
corporations, the WBCSD, which is
based in Switzerland, warns of
serious political consequences
arising from acute shortages, as
private citizens compete with
commercial interests, and developing
countries vie with wealthy nations, for
increasingly valuable supplies. The
Council is especially alarmed about
the situation in China, where rapid
economic growth has overwhelmed
the country’s capacity to deliver fresh
water. In one scenario contemplated
by the Council, these pressures
could cause the Chinese economy to
collapse as soon as 2015.

Analysts point out that the price of
filtered bottled water rivals the price
of oil and that in the future fresh
water will increasingly be viewed by
financial markets as a
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The Bush administration has
conspired with a federal employee
to camouflage the fact that she is
a high level official in the US
Department of Labor when she
appears as a commentator on
national television.

Karen Czarnecki, an Assistant
Secretary of Labor, has appeared
on several TV news programs
identified only as a “conservative
commentator” even though she
regularly comments on policy
matters she has responsibility

Federal rules of ethics require
government employees to apply
for a leave of absence when they
perform political work.  The
department of Labor has
sanctioned Czarnecki’s deception
by approving her requests for
“leaves of absence” when she
gives TV interviews-even if the
“leave” is for as short a time as
the interview takes to perform.  

The Ombudsman for PBS called
Czarnecki’s obfuscation a “big
mistake” that may have violated
PBS ethical guidelines.    
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are we going to be
facile enough to
change with—will we
be nimble enough? Will
we be able to deal with
the circumstances on
the ground?...
...And the answer is,
yes, we will."    
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