one nation under surveillance
number 16      
08.14.05
Passports Broadcast Personal Data to All Interested
Parties
The Department of Homeland
Security is in the roll out stages of
its implementation of a
congressional mandate to require
that all US passports contain a
computer chip that stores personal
information about the passport
holder. The computerized passports
will be issued to diplomatic staff in
December and the general public
next February.

The computer chips will store the
basic information contained on the
first page of a passport, but it will be
large enough to hold biometric
information, like finger prints and
retina scans, and  law enforcement
data, medical history and financial
information.
The new passports will utilize radio
frequency identification technology
(RFID) that can be read remotely by
US border guards.  The intent is to
speed-up border crossings and give
officials an anti-terrorist weapon. The
system will also employ facial
recognition technologies.

Privacy advocates have criticized the
government’s use of RFID because,
just like the guards at the border,
terrorists and criminals will be able to
capture and record personal
information from the computerized
passports.  Security experts have
suggested that unless the
agency employs encryption
technologies, the information stored
on the new
passports will be exposed to identity
theft and worse, the identification
that a traveler is an American citizen
by terrorists.  Critics say that using
barcodes is both cheaper and would
prevent the remote capture of
personal information by criminals
and terrorists.

The State Department believes that
it has addressed privacy concerns.
The prototype of the passport has a
metallic material incorporated into
the passport cover that minimizes
the ability of thieves to capture the
personal identifiers of travelers.  
The chips, department spokesmen
noted, were “not like the RFID chips
that control Wal-Mart inventory.”
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In an unprecedented and
controversial move, Secretary of
State Condoleezza
Rice has created the post of "Cuba
Transition Coordinator," in order to
"facilitate and hasten" regime
change in the Caribbean island
nation. Congressional staffer and
Latin American affairs specialist
Caleb McCarry has been appointed
to the post.
A panel established by president
Bush recommended the creation of
the position as part of a sweeping
plan to    "empower Cuban civil
society" to
produce "democratic change." The
State Department traditionally takes a
diplomatic approach, even to the
United States' avowed enemies. In her
remarks introducing  McCarry, the
Secretary of State spoke of Bush's
desire "to accelerate the demise of
Castro's tyranny." .Former lawyer Fidel
Castro has ruled the country for over
45 years.

The creation of a position essentially
devoted to the overthrow of a foreign
government and sovereign head of
state has drawn sharp criticism from
US experts
on Latin American policy. They argue
that such confrontational tactics
undermine the Bush administration's
attempts to influence Latin American
affairs. In his remarks at a press
conference announcing the
appointment McCarry said, "liberty
and freedom and the right to live in
human dignity are not America's gifts
but gifts from the Creator." Castro
has called the State Department
initiative a "macabre plan."
A public utility that operated a
nuclear power plant
mishandled radioactive waste
in a variety of incidents in the
1970's and 80's, inadvertently
putting local residents at
increased risk for cancers,
according to lawsuits filed in
Florida. Documents obtained
by lawyers in the cases appear
to confirm that Florida Power
and Light shipped    the
radioactive material to landfills,
municipal sewage treatment
plants,  and, in at least one
case, a rural   farm pasture.

The
New York Times
reported   that workers at the
nuclear plant, in St. Lucie
County, washed contaminated
mops and rags in a  sink they
mistakenly believed drained  
into a controlled toxic waste
system, when in fact it drained
into a sanitary sewage system.
Spokesmen for  the utility
acknowledged some of  the
mishaps but downplayed  their
significance.

Plaintiffs in the law suits allege
that some shipments were
concealed by the company
from the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission. The suits
concern two young boys who
developed brain cancer.
Lawyers will argue that
samples of their baby teeth
already show abnormally high
levels of radioactive
strontium-90.
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Identity of Service Stooge Kept Secret
Federal prosecuters have declined to
bring charges against an unidentified
White House staffer who apparently
impersonated a Secret Service agent
and expelled three Colorado people
from a Denver speech by president
Bush.  The three were thrown out
because they were observed arriving
in a car with a "No More Blood For
Oil" bumper sticker.

The US Attorney who investigated
the case agreed that the expulsions
were wrong, but said that criminal
prosecution of the security volunteer
was not warranted.  The case
became a local cause celebre when
Democratic
members of Colorado's
congressional delegation questioned
the partisan expulsions at a publicly
funded social security forum.

The US Attorneys office and the
White House say they know who the
staffer is, but they won't make the
name public.  The so-called "Denver
Three" want to know so they can file
a civil lawsuit.  Similar ousters have
been reported at tax payer funded
events in Arizona, North Dakota and
New Hampshire.  In each case people
were targeted for their perceived
opposition to administration policy.
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Local Police Try a "Novel" Approach, Cast Xenophobia as Criminal
Trespass
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A New Hampshire circuit court judge
rendered a decition on charges of
trespassing against eight Mexican
nationals last week in a case that
tested the authority of local police
departments to use state laws to
enforce federal policy and statutes.

Local police chiefs Garrett
Chamberlain of New Ipswich and
Richard Gendron of Hudson had
instituted policies to charge any
illegal immigrant that their officers
pull over on the village roadways, or
otherwise come into contact with
while carrying out their duties, with
the crime of trespassing.  New
Hampshire law says an individual is
trespassing if he “enters or remains
in a place” knowing that he is not
“licensed or privileged” to be there.  
The current law carries a fine but
does not allow for jail time.

Chief Chamberlain said his idea to
use the criminal trespass law to
target undocumented aliens was
prompted by an incident in July 2004
when he pulled over a van carrying
nine undocumented Mexican
nationals.  Chamberlain contacted
Immigration authorities to
report the aliens and was told that the
agency would not arrest the
immigrants.  
Chamberlain told the Boston Globe
that it was “disheartening, in this
post-September 11 world, my guys
are out there going the extra step to
try to identify people who might be a
potential threat to us, and they tell us
we have to go ahead and release
them.”  The Chief was defiant, “my
position was: If Mr. Ramirez was in
the country illegally, he was
obviously in the town of New Ipswich
illegally.”  

Chief Gendron heard of New Ipswich’
s novel application of the state’s
trespassing law, made it a policy in
Hudson, and arrested two Mexican
nationals after pulling their vehicle
over for having a broken headlight.

The local State’s Attorney, township
attorneys and the state’s Attorney
General all supported the police
chief’s attempt to use state law to
enforce laws they felt federal
authorities were not enforcing.  The
Attorney General’s office said that,
while the local police department’s
use of the law was “novel”, there was
no other state law that would prohibit
using the law to target illegal
immigrants.
Chamberlain and Gendron have
received support from conservatives
nationwide for their expansive
interpretation of the trespass law.  
New Hampshire state representative
Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson) has voiced
support for the local chiefs and is
currently seeking sponsors for a
legislative bill that would clearly state
that illegal aliens could be
prosecuted under the state’s criminal
trespass law.  

Attorneys for the men charged with
trespassing had argued that the
local police chiefs are usurping
federal authority by misapplying
state laws.  The defendant's
attorneys argued that immigration
law was federal policy and that while
national immigration policy may need
“comprehensive reform” using state
law to do so was a misapplication of
state law and an overreaching by the
police.  

Judge L. Phillips Runyon, III agreed
with the defendant's attorneys and
ruled that the policy created by
Chamberlain and Gendron
overstepped the jurisdiction of the
local police departments and violated
the constitution of the United States.
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Violent crime rates:
adjusted victimization
rate
per 1000 persons over
the age of 12 years
70
50
30
10
1975        1985        1995         
2003
Between 1994 and 2003 violent
crime rates declined about 55%.
source: US Department of
Justice