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02.12.06
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US Defense Spending Outpaces Rest of World Combined
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President Bush has proposed a
Department of Defense budget of
$439 billion for fiscal year 2007, a 7
percent increase in total defense
spending over this year. If approved
by Congress, the figure would be the
highest defense expenditure by any
country in history.
The budget proposal does not
include supplemental spending to
cover the costs of the ongoing wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan, which totaled
over $120 billion for fiscal year 2006.

The request also excludes any
spending on the United States’
nuclear weapons programs. That
figure, estimated to exceed $18
billion, falls under the budget
of the US Department of Energy. If
the costs of nuclear weapons and
operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
were added to the budget proposal,
the total would be at least $507
billion, and as much as $513 billion
by some estimates. These sums are
greater than the combined total
defense expenditures of all other
countries in the world.

Defense spending has increased in
each year of the Bush administration,
and overall is up more than 48
percent since fiscal year 2001, the
final budget of the Clinton
administration. Total defense
spending now exceeds government
spending on all other agencies
combined
by more than $80 billion. At the
same time, the president has
proposed cutting or eliminating
141 programs in the current
budget proposal. The budget
deficit for 2006 was a record $423
billion.

According to a report by the
Government Accountability Office,
the auditing bureau of the US
Congress, "The United States
spends several times more on its
military than any conceivable
adversary, and together with its
allies accounts for more than two
thirds of total worldwide defense
spending,”
                            
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NYPD Complains
About Abusive
Tactics Employed
by NYPD
Border Drug Confiscation a Dangerous Prescription
The US Customs and Border
Protection Service in cooperation
with the Food and Drug
Administration has begun
intercepting international mail
containing drugs purchased by
patients in America from pharmacies
in Canada.  Seniors and other
American medical patients have
received notices from US Customs
identifying that packages with their
medications have been seized and
will not be returned to them.

Many Americans who are concerned
about the high prices of
pharmaceutical products in this
country have started to buy
prescription drugs from Canada.  
The Canadian government is able to
purchase brand-name drugs from
American drug companies at low
wholesale prices by negotiating
discounts with American drug
companies.  In fact, the drugs now
being confiscated by the Customs
Service were manufactured in the
United States.  

Buying drugs from Canada is
illegal.  However, due to the
possibly disastrous implications of
keeping needed medications from
sick patients, US officials have up
until recently turned a blind eye to
the practice.  It has only been
since the implementation of the
new Medicare drug program that
US Customs has ramped up its
seizure of imported
pharmaceutical drugs. Canadian
pharmacies have reported as
much as a five fold increase in
seizures by US Customs in the
past few months.
Medicare administrators are
concerned that if American patients
choose to not buy into the program,
the program will suffer financially and
perhaps collapse.
The new Medicare program
specifically forbids the US
government from negotiating deals
with pharmaceutical
companies similar to those
negotiated by the Canadian Health
Service.  Even with the discounts
under the plan, many American
patients have found that drugs
purchased from Canada are still
cheaper than those that purchased
through the new Medicare
program.        
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New York Police Officers and
their union have filed a lawsuit
against the city of New York for
violating their civil rights by
videotaping protests over
union contract negotiations.   
The lawsuit is one of three
pending actions filed by
protest groups where the city
is alleged to have violated
protester’s rights to free
speech and used heavy-
handed tactics including
questioning and filing reports
about the political views of the
protesters.  

New York Police officers who
attended protest rallies in
2004 report that they were
forced into penned off areas,
disallowed pamphleting and
threatened to arrest attendees
who were on public property.  
The officers also allege in their
court filings that police video
taped individual officers and
recorded the content of the
protester’s messages.   
Attorneys for the police
officers who filed the complaint
are requesting a court
declaration that the protester’s
rights were violated.  The court
papers echo the complaints
filed by protesters who
demonstrated at anti-war
rallies and the Republican
National Convention.  In 2003,
a federal court found that the
New York Police Department’s
tactics of surveillance and
crowd control at peace rallies
scrutinized the beliefs of
protesters for no legitimate
reason.

The city responded to the
lawsuit stating that the police
union members were treated
no differently than hundreds of
thousands of people at other
demonstrations.          
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Republican Plan to Clean Up Congress:
Appoint DeLay to Key Committee
Positions
Indicted state representative Tom
DeLay (R-TX) was appointed to the
Congressional Appropriations
Committee position vacated by the
indicted former representative Randy
'Duke' Cunningham (R-CA).

Republican control of the committee
that appropriates funds for
government operations and projects
led to the circumstance that the
embattled DeLay was appointed to fill
the vacancy left when Cunningham
resigned earlier this year after being
charged with tax evasion and
bribery.  

DeLay had served on the
Appropriations Committee for many
years prior to being elevated to the
position of House Leader, a position
that DeLay has relinquished
subsequent to his indictment for
money laundering charges in 2005.
DeLay was also appointed to a
position on the committee that
oversees the Justice Department.  
It is this same department that is
currently investigating the
influence peddling of lobbyist Jack
Abramoff.

Abramoff is alleged to have
created and implemented a
system of "pay to play" where
lobbyists bought political favors in
the form of customized legislation
and government funding from
many legislators.  As the House
Majority Leader, DeLay worked
extensively with Abramoff.  DeLay
has received campaign
contributions and vacation
get-aways from the indicted
lobbyist.

DeLay told reporters, "Its great to
be back," and assured that his
"votes would reflect Texas values".
                             
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A government report about the
stranding of 37 whales on the
coast of North Carolina in January
2005 was altered to remove all
references to naval sonar as a
possible cause of the incident. An
early draft of the report was made
public after the Natural Resources
Defense Council obtained a court
order from a federal judge. The
draft described injuries to the
whales that seemed to be sonar
related. But the final report,
issued by the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Administration, deleted those
sections.

Zoologists and environmentalists
have long argued that sonar may
have serious harmful effects on
marine mammals. Several
incidents of stranded whales have
been linked to sonar activity from
naval exercises. But the US Navy
is currently seeking to greatly
expand its use of sonar, including
the construction of a controversial
underwater sonar training range.

NOAA officials said that the early
draft was amended because it
included“early information that
was later found to be
inaccurate.”   
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The state of New Hampshire has
passed a law that authorizes the
police to prosecute cases of illegal
possession of alcohol against minors,
even when there is no immediately
apparent evidence. The statute
allows prosecutions for what is known
as “internal possession,” or having
alcohol in one’s system, even when
suspects are not actually witnessed
drinking or carrying alcoholic
beverages. Under the terms of the
new law, those who refuse to
cooperate with police face similar
penalties as those who test positive
for alcohol consumption.

Legal scholars and civil libertarians
have expressed dismay at the
intrusiveness of the measure, saying
that these  prosecutions set a
disturbing new precedent for search
and seizure. University of Virginia law
professor Richard J. Bonnie said,
“When the law makes the offense
simply a biological fact, of simply
having a certain chemical in one’s
body, that steps over a line in the law
that has been traditionally accepted.”
Defense attorneys have argued that
the law is redundant, pointing out
that existing statutes cover similar
offenses and similar circumstances,
and calling the penalties under the
new legislation disproportionately
harsh.

Proponents of the legislation argue
that special deterrents are needed to
enforce laws against underage
drinking. In New Hampshire, testing
positive for alcohol consumption can
lead to a charge of unlawful
possession, which can result in
suspension of a driver’s license,
even if a suspect is not driving at the
time of the arrest. Any suspect who
refuses a breathalyzer test may lose
their drivers license as well.

“This law is about saving lives,” said
New Hampshire Chief of Liquor Law
Enforcement Eddie Edwards. He
denied that the law is unusually
intrusive or that the penalties are too
harsh, saying that the statute
provides law enforcement with the
tools it needs “to properly assess
young people.”

Similar legislation has been enacted
in Arizona, Missouri, Utah, Vermont,
and Virginia. In South Dakota, the
concept of “internal possession” has
been expanded to encompass illegal
drugs, which can be detected in
blood samples.     
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