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number 100    
04.22.07
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"You know, let me talk
about Al-Qaeda just for
a second. I made the
statement that we're
dismantling senior
management, and we
are...
...Our people have done
a really good job of
hauling in a lot of the
key operators. Khalid
Shaikh Mohammed, Abu
Zubaida. Ramzi-Ramzi
Alshibh...
...or whatever that
guy's name
was."              
Washington DC 07.30.03
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Documents disclosed last week detail
hundreds of incidents in which
families of civilians killed by US forces
in Iraq and Afghanistan were paid
compensation after military reviews.
The case files, which were obtained
through a Freedom of Information Act
request by the American Civil
Liberties Union, also include
evidence from hundreds of incidents
in which compensation was denied by
US military officials. According to a
report in the
New York Times, the
Army has paid more than $32 million
in such claims since 2001.

Among the cases in which payments
were granted, US forces accepted
responsibility for the killings and
damage
to property in about half, offering
official “compensation” funds. In the
other half the civilians were offered
“condolence” payments, which are
capped at $2500 and include no
admission of liability by US military
authorities.

One of the case files released by the
ACLU describes an incident in which
US forces fired more than 100
rounds into a civilian farmstead,
killing three sleeping Iraqis and 32
sheep. The army granted the family a
compensation payment of $11, 200
and a $2500 condolence payment. In
another incident troops setting up a
checkpoint opened fire on a taxi,
killing a passenger and wounding her
two children. After determining that
the
checkpoint was not properly
marked or designated, the army
offered compensation of $7500.
The army paid $500 to the
parents of boy shot because
soldiers mistook his school
backpack for a bomb.

The ACLU is seeking disclosure of
further documents on civilian
casualties, which it alleges are
being  withheld by the Pentagon.
ACLU Executive Director Anthony
Romero said, “Since US troops
first set foot in Afghanistan in
2001, the defense department
has gone to unprecedented
lengths to control and suppress
information about the human
costs of war.”         
it's all true
In what they described as a
procedural move, federal
prosecutors in the case involving
allegations of point-shaving in
NCAA football and basketball
games last week dropped charges
against University of Toledo
running back Harvey “Scooter”
McDougle. The prosecutors told
the judge that they needed more
time to develop their case, and
would not rule out an indictment
against McDougle at a later date.
It is expected that the running
back, who has been suspended
from the team, will be pressed by
FBI investigators to cooperate
with the probe.

The FBI discovered through
surveillance in an unrelated case
that Detroit area gamblers were
bribing Toledo players to
manipulate the scores of Mid-
American Conference games in
relation to the point spreads. The
players weren’t asked to “throw”
games, just help the gamblers
achieve a specific result against
the Las Vegas line on each game.
In return, the players received
cars, cash, cell phones, and trips
to restaurants and casinos,
according to the prosecutors'
original complaint against
McDougle.           
it's all true
Indiscriminate Forces Offer Inadequate Compensation For Inadvertent
Slaughter
Indictments a Good
Bet
In Point-Shaving
Probe
A brief passage in a news report
about the Virginia Tech shootings
has drawn unexpected attention to a
government program that tracks
prescriptions for certain medications
and the patients who receive them.
ABC News sparked the controversy
when it reported that federal files
contained no record of a prescription
for antidepressants for 23 year-old
gunman Seung Hui Cho, with “senior
federal officials” saying “theirs is a
reasonably complete search.”  
Privacy rights and patients’ advocacy
groups immediately expressed
concerns about law enforcement
access to medical databases.

The National All Schedules
Prescription Electronic Reporting Act,
signed into law by President Bush in
August 2005, provides federal funds
to states for the development of
prescription drug monitoring systems,
or for enhancement of existing
programs. NASPER has received
little media attention outside specialty
pharmacological and information
technology publications. 33 states
have enacted statutes mandating a
database of prescriptions and patient
information, and proposals to require
such monitoring are currently under
consideration 15 further states. The
federal program, which is
administered by the Department of
Health and
Human Services, is designed to
facilitate information sharing between
the various state systems.

The Justice Department views
NASPER essentially as a law
enforcement tool, as opposed to a
medical database. According to the
DEA website, “Prescription
monitoring programs are being used
to deter and identify many types of
illegal activity, including prescription
forgery, indiscriminate prescribing,
and ‘doctor shopping’—which is a
felony in some states.”  Because
NASPER comprises numerous
separate state databases, some
information currently remains
inaccessible to federal investigators,
but the Bush administration has
targeted its appropriations to
promote a range of standardization
efforts.  

The procedures for law enforcement
agencies to access NASPER data
remain unclear, although the
ABC
report would seem to indicate that a
comprehensive search of the
database is possible within hours of
an incident. The report lists a number
of ways in which prescription drug
activity may escape detection by
existing programs, including
“samples from a physician, drugs
obtained through illegal Internet
sources, or a gap in the federal
database.”               
it's all true
Scientists have found that
radiation from cell phones
disrupts honey bees
navigational abilities providing
a possible explanation for the
recent dramatic die-off of bee
hives across the US.  A study
carried out by researchers at
the University of Florida found
that bees refuse to return to
their hives if a cell phone is
placed near the hive.

Honey bees navigate using
visual markers, ultraviolet
radiation and magnetic fields.  
The research suggests that
cell phone radiation may
disrupt the ability of bees to
triangulate to find their way
back to their hives.  Bees
confused by cell phone
electrical fields eventually run
out of energy and die.  

Previous studies have shown
that honey bee behavior is
affected by the radiation given
off by high tension power
lines.  Researchers and
farmers have been attempting
to discover the cause for the
drastic decline in bee hive
populations.  Across the US,
27 states report that hives
have declined between 50 and
80 percent.  Hives affected by
the phenomenon Colony
Collapse Disorder are
seemingly abandoned by
pollen collecting bees, leaving
only immature worker bees
and the queen.

America’s agriculture crops
are threatened by the
disappearance of pollinating
honey bees.  More than a third
of the food consumed by
Americans is pollinated.  CCD
has also been reported in
Europe.    
it's all true
The police department for St. Paul
Minnesota advised local county
officials to prepare for the arrest and
detention of over 3000 protesters
during the 2008 Republican National
Convention.

The police are considering a plan for
transporting arrested protesters to a
specially built fenced open-air
detention facility.  The projected cost
of the facility is $500,000.  The Police
also expect to spend $1.7 million for
overtime and more than $60,000 for
emergency biohazard
decontamination equipment.

The total cost projected to protect
the citizens of St. Paul from
protesters during the 5-day event is
estimated at $3.9 million, which
includes riot gear Tasers and
prisoner processing.  The city
expects to receive a grant from
congress
of $50 million to cover the overall
costs of the Republican convention.

Members of interest groups and civil
libertarians pointed out to St. Paul
Police authorities that only 1801
protesters were arrested during the
Republican convention in 2004.  900
of the arrests in New York were either
dismissed or the arrestee was found
to be innocent.  This included more
than 400 protesters who were
acquitted after video evidence
revealed they had committed no
crime.

The St. Paul Police are also training
their officers in crowd control
techniques and “humane detention
procedures.”  A spokesperson for
the department said there are always
"anarchists (and) the criminal
element," but,“we want to avoid as
many lawsuits as possible.”   
it's all true
The congressional investigation into
the politically motivated firings of US
attorneys has brought to light a
systematic program to suppress
voter turnout and scrub voter
registration lists of voters who are
likely to vote for Democrats.  The
voter suppression program was
conceived of and coordinated by
operatives at the Republican National
Committee.

After the debacle of the 2000
presidential election legislators,
particularly Democrats, moved to
legislate voter protections.  The
result was the Help America Vote Act
of 2002. Republican legislators and
the Justice Department under then
Attorney General John Ashcroft
seized upon requirements of the act
to limit voter registration declaring
that they were protecting the integrity
of the vote.  New identification
requirements under
HAVA created voter registration
obstacles for poor and minority
voters, and aggressive interpretation
of the act led to thousands of voter
registrations being rejected.

Several of the US Attorneys were
fired, in part, for not forcefully
prosecuting cases of vote fraud.  
Although most investigations of voter
fraud found that the problems
identified were minor and linked to
individual schemes for
self-enrichment as opposed to broad
based schemes directed by political
operatives to attempt to impact
election results, Republican
legislators rallied  support for even
tougher identification regulations at
both the state and federal levels.  

Many states enacted new laws that
would ostensibly protect against
voter fraud that had the effect of
reducing
voter registration and turnout.  An
example of such a law was the
statute passed in New Mexico that
allowed voter registrations to be
rejected if the name and address
information on the application did
not exactly match driver’s license
records.  The Justice Department
also sued six states charging that
they had “too many people” on
their voter roles.

Election records show that in the
2004 election, more than 1 million
provisional ballots were rejected
and over 500,000 absentee
ballots were not counted at all.  
The US Civil Rights Commission
reports that the chances your
vote will not be counted increase
by more than 900 percent if you
are African American and
increase by more than 300
percent if you are Latino.   
it's all
true
Law Lets Feds Inspect Your
Meds
St. Paul PD Predicts Proliferation of Protesters
Republican Party Operatives Act to Hinder America's
Vote
Cell Phones
Set Honey Bees
To Digital Roaming
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