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A group of defense lawyers for so-
called “enemy combatants” held by
the US military at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba has filed a motion in federal
court alleging that the government is
eavesdropping on privileged attorney-
client communications. The
document includes assertions by 24
lawyers who represent Guantanamo
detainees that they believe their
phone calls and emails have been
monitored, and that the surveillance
extends beyond their pro bono work
on behalf the suspected terrorists.
The Justice Department has refused
to confirm or deny the surveillance
on the grounds that ”doing so would
compromise the United States
Intelligence Communities sources
and methods.”

According to the motion, persistent
suspicions of surveillance have
the practices and routines of several
of the attorneys, many of whom work
for prominent private firms. Chicago
lawyer H. Candace Gorman said in
an affidavit that her inability to assure
her clients of confidentiality had
effectively curtailed her practice.
Plaintiff Thomas B. Wilmer said that
he had twice been told by federal
whistleblowers that he was “probably
the subject of government
surveillance and should be careful in
my electronic communications with

Center for Constitutional Rights
attorney Shayana Kadidal, who is
counsel in the case, stated that the
surveillance could be used to
undermine defense lawyers' tactics,
saying, "One of the striking things
about this program is that it means
opposing counsel-particularly the
DOJ- may be listening in on our
litigation strategy."               
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A recently released survey of
international environmental
attitudes and consumption habits
ranks the United States last
among 14 nations studied. India
and Brazil topped the list with the
most environmentally aware
populations, while Canada joined
the US at the bottom. The
rankings, dubbed the “Greendex,”
were complied by the National
Geographic Society in an effort to
compare lifestyles and behaviors
of consumers in different

The index of environmentally
sustainable consumption patterns
is the first of its kind, and will be
updated annually, according to
National Geographic spokesman
Terry Garcia, who told reporters,
“This is not just a one time
snapshot. Some of the most
important information may yet be

The project will specifically focus
on patterns of behavior of
consumers, as opposed to state
or institutional activity. US
consumers scored the lowest in
three of four categories: housing,
transportation, and consumer
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World food prices have spiked over
the past twelve months amid a
combination of rising global demand,
increased diversion of resources to
the production of biofuels, and
rampant speculation in the
commodities markets. Stocks of
staple food products such as rice
and wheat are at record lows,
producers are limiting exports, and
food riots have recently erupted in at
least eight countries. But the famine
has been a feast for giant agricultural
biotechnology corporations that are
enjoying exponential earnings growth
as they position themselves to
control the markets for genetically
modified crops that they expect to be
essential in the environmentally
stressed future.

A report released last week by the
Canadian ETC Group reveals that a
handful of companies have filed the
vast majority of patent applications
for ‘climate ready’ crops worldwide.
According to the manufacturers, the
genetically modified varieties are
being designed to withstand the
projected climatic effects of global
warming, such as higher mean
temperatures, increased exposure to
UV rays, droughts, floods, and
saltwater incursions. Just three
multinational corporations—
Monsanto, BASF, and Syngenta—
are responsible for
almost two thirds of pending patent

In a statement, ETC research
director Hope Shand said, “When a
market is dominated by a handful of
large multinational companies, the
research agenda gets biased toward
proprietary products. Monopoly
control of plant genes is a bad idea
under any circumstance. During a
global food
crisis, it is unacceptable and has to
be challenged.” The companies
contend that genetically modified
crops that may help to alleviate food
shortages will never be developed
without patent protection.

A number of countries, notably within
the European Union, have banned
the introduction of genetically
modified crops over health concerns
and opposition to proprietary seeds,
with several African nations refusing
US food aid packages because of
GM content. The Bush administration’
s recently proposed global food aid
initiative contains language
promoting the expansion of GM
biotechnology to developing
countries. Studies showing that GM
crops failed to produce higher crop
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President Bush recently signed into
law a bill that requires the screening
of all newborns in the US and the
development of a nationwide DNA
database for research purposes.  
The proposal, which received broad
bipartisan support in the Congress,
requires the collection of DNA from
all newborns and children in the US
so that the DNA can be screened for
heritable disorders.  The law does
not mandate that parents agree to
the collection of their children’s DNA
nor does it require that healthcare
providers advise parents that the
DNA of their children is being stored
in a national database.

The Newborn Screening Saves Lives
Act orders the Secretary of Health
and Human Services to “establish
and maintain a central clearing
house of current information on
screening,” and provide access to
“federal funding for newborn and
child screening” to hospitals and
doctors.  The secretary is also
required under the new law to
develop a “modal decision-matrix for
newborn screening expansion, “ and
“ensure that all states attain the
capacity to screen” all newborn
children.  The law provides funds to
educate doctors about the
government mandated newborn
screening program and “coordinate
follow-up care once newborn
screening has been conducted.”

The new law further requires that the
federal government “establish and
maintain a central clearinghouse of
current information on newborn
screening,” and develop an Internet
database that provides doctors with
information about “screening
services available in each state.”   
The law also
mandates that the Centers for
Disease Control coordinate a plan
for newborn screening in the
event of a “public health
emergency” and authorizes the
Secretary to “carry out,
coordinate and expand research
in newborn screening.”

The law was sponsored by
Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) who
was inspired by the story of the
son of football quarterback Jim
Kelly who perished from an
undetected inherited disease of
the nervous system.  Kelly
established a foundation that
promotes the screening of
newborns for heritable diseases in

Many states currently mandate
the collection of DNA from
newborn children for the purpose
of screening for inherited
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A supervising physician who
manages a post-traumatic
stress disorder program at a
veteran’s hospital in Texas
advised staff to refrain from
diagnosing Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder in soldiers
returning from Iraq and
Afghanistan because so many
veterans of these conflicts are
seeking treatment for the

Norma Perez sent an e-mail to
doctors, social workers and
other health care providers
who work at the Olin E.
Teague Veteran’s Center in
Temple, TX, advising, “Given
that we are having more and
more compensation seeking
veterans, Id like to suggest
that you refrain from giving a
diagnosis of PTSD straight
out.”  Doctor Perez suggested
that patients exhibiting stress
related symptoms be
diagnosed with a less severe
disease called Adjustment
Disorder, a disease that the
agency does not give
monetary compensation for.

A spokesperson for the
Department of Veteran's
affairs says that Perez has
been "counseled" regarding
the memo and will retain her
supervisory position at the

The memo was released by and the Citizens
for Responsibility and ethics in
Washington.  The director of
CREW said, “It is outrageous
that he VA is calling on its
employees to deliberately
misdiagnose returning
veterans in an effort to cut
cost.  Those who have risked
their lives serving our country
deserve far better.”   
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The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee
on the Constitution recently held a
hearing regarding the Bush
administration’s use of secret legal
opinions that have the force of law
but are unknown even to
Congressional overseers.  Senators
heard testimony from legal experts,
including current and former legal
advisors to the Bush administration
and open government advocates
regarding the “threat to democratic
and accountable government” that is
posed by the growing body of secret
law in the US.

Since the terror attacks in 2001, the
President has received advice from
attorneys from the White House
Office of Special Counsel regarding
the use
of torture, the kidnapping and
detention in foreign black-site prisons
of individuals who have not been
charged with crimes and the broad
based surveillance of American’s
telephone and internet
communications.  The legal opinions
rendered to the president have the
effect of creating new laws that are
unknown to the courts, Congress and
the public.  The secrecy of such laws,
said Indiana University School of Law
Professor Dawn E. Johnsen in her
testimony, “is antithetical to our
constitutional democracy.”

The Chairman of the subcommittee,
Senator Russ Feingold, held that the
creation of legal opinions that allow
President to not comply with law
that are not revealed to the public
renders Congressional oversight
impossible.  Feingold said,
“Keeping the law secret doesn’t
enhance national security, but it
does give the government free
reign to operate without oversight
or accountability.”  Feingold also
said that because the opinions
are secret, “we are left wondering
what other laws (the Bush
Administration) is keeping under
lock and key.”  Feingold has
sponsored a bill that would
require the administra-tion to alert
Congress when the law created
by Justice Department opinions
ignores or  violates the laws
passed by Congress.         
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