one nation, under surveillance
number 6       
06.05.05
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The Transportation Security
Administration is deploying a
controversial new technology in
airports across the country that
critics say will result in the “virtual
strip search” of innocent airline
passengers.  The “backscatter” x-ray
machines, which will be tested at
several airports this summer, provide
security staff with a detailed image of
the subject’s body beneath their
clothing.

Developed to aid in the detection of
plastic explosives, which do not show
up in conventional x-ray imagery,
back scatter machines conduct a full
body scan of a prospective
passenger in a matter of seconds,
delivering a photo-quality image of
the person’s nude body.  If widely
deployed, the machines could
screen hundreds of millions of airline
travelers each year.

Backscatter technology, which
bombards the subjects with low-level
radiation to create an image of
extraordinary
detail and clarity, is already in use by
US Customs agents in 12 US airports
for suspected drug cases.  London’s
Heathrow airport and Orlando
International Airport in Florida are the
first sites  for testing the scanners on
the general public.

Despite privacy concerns, Homeland
Security chief Michael Chertoff has
testified before a Senate
subcommittee that the controversial
technology is necessary and will
eventually be deployed.
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State Rep Has a
Few Misconceptions
Library Wants to Log You in Before You Log On
Library officials in Naperville,
Illinois will implement a network of
130 fingerprint scanners on
computers available for public use
in their three libraries.  The
devices will be used to confirm the
identities of computer users.

In May the Naperville Public
Library awarded a contract to US
Biometrics Corp.  to install the
scanners.  According to
Library
Journal
the contract is valued at
$40,646. Library officials say the
technology is
necessary for security reasons.

A spokesman for the American
Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
warned that the collection of a
digital database opens the door to
privacy abuses.  Library records
have been the focus of privacy
and civil liberties issues since
2001, when the USA Patriot Act
authorized law enforcement to
search these records without a
warrant, and without the
knowledge of the subject of the
search.
Naperville officials insist that the
records will be kept confidential.  
Library Deputy Director Mark
West stressed that limitations in
the technology will protect the
privacy of the database.  The
American Library Association has
not taken an official position on  
fingerprint scanning technology.

Naperville, a city of 136,380 just
west of Chicago, was named one
of the “Best Places to Live” in
America in a survey published this
year.
College students who are enrolled
in the Wisconsin University school
system may have their access to
birth control cut off by the
Wisconsin State Legislature.  
State Representative Daniel
LeMahieu (R) Oostburg has
drafted legislation that would bar
the promotion or provision of
prescriptions for RU 486, the so-
called “morning after pill” to
students at state colleges and
universities.  Representative
LeMahieu also called for
abolishing the prescription of all
forms of contraceptives at state
school’s health centers.  

The bill is LeMahieu’s response to
an advertisement in university
newspapers that advised students
to consider birth control when
preparing for spring break.  The
ads also promoted the use of
sunscreen and warned students
of the consequences of alcohol
consumption. University of
Wisconsin Health Centers
currently provide multiple
contraceptive options, including;
condoms, birth control pills, birth
control patches and RU 486.

LeMahieu saw the ads as
promoting “promiscuous
activities” in female university
students.  The legislator
conceives of the bill as a wake up
call to the students.  Said
LeMahieu, “Sometimes to get
somebody’s attention you hit him
over the head with a 2 by 4, here
comes the 2 by 4.”
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A bill recently introduced in the US
Senate would restrict the
information that the National
Weather Service can provide
freely to the public, in order to
protect companies that market
weather data privately.  The
legislation, if enacted, would limit
the role of the national Weather
Service and its parent
organization, the National Oceanic
Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA).

Sponsored by Pennsylvania
Republican Rick Santorum, the bill
seeks to redefine the NOAA in an
apparent effort to assist the
private weather information
services industry.  Accu-Weather,
the dominant company in the
industry is located in State
College, Pennsylvania.  

Critics of the proposed legislation
point out that over 6 million
people access the National
Weather Service web site daily.  
Under the Santorum bill, the US
Secretary of Commerce would
limit the weather service to
providing only data that private
companies are unable, or
unwilling, to provide.  The only
exceptions to this restriction would
be for severe weather advisories
and information mandated by
international aviation accords.  
Spokesmen for aviation and
agricultural groups have decried
the proposed limits.

Accu-Weather CEO Joel Meyers
and his brother, executive vice-
president Barry Meyers have
contributed approximately
$11,000 to Santorum and the
Republican Party since 2003,
according to FEC filings.  Other
Accu Weather employees have
made further contributions.  This
includes a $2000 donation from
Joel Meyers received by
Santorum’s political action
committee two day before the bill
was filed in the Senate.

Spokesmen for Santorum, who is
said to be considering a run for
president in 2008, dismissed any
suggestion of impropriety in the
timing of the donation.  Accu-
Weather’s Barry Meyers
characterized the donations as
“modest”.
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New Chairman Attempts to Right the Ship at
CPB
The Chairman of the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
Kenneth Tomlinson, appointed by
President Bush in 2003, has shaken
up the agency through a series of
hirings and firings and the
implementation of changes which
suggest a new direction for the
corporation’s board: content
control.  Tomlinson worked
previously with President Bush’s
Chief-of-Staff, Karl Rove as a board
member of the agency now known
as the Broadcasting Board of
Governors (BBG).  He also worked
for the government media network
Voice of America and Radio Free
Europe and was editor in chief of
Reader’s Digest.  

In the position that he held
previously, as the chair of the BBG,
during the run
up to the Iraq War Tomlinson gave
testimony before the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee where he
praised the BBG’s role in
broadcasting information which is
now discredited that supported the
attack .  Tomlinson recently
appeared before a gathering of PBS
executives and station heads and
commented that public broadcasting
should “move rightward” to follow
what he characterizes as the
rightward trend of the country.

Tomlinson replaced a long time CPB
employee who served as the
corporation’s chief executive officer
with Ken Ferree who provided media
consultation to Michael Powell when
Powell served as the head of the
Federal Communications
Commission.

Tomlinson also created the position
of
“special advisor” to the chairman
of the CPB and installed former
White House communications
officer Mary Catherine Andrews.  
Ms. Andrews has reportedly been
assigned to create guidelines to
be implemented by corporate
ombudsmen.  This is the first time
in its 38 years that the CPB has
employed ombudsmen to monitor
programming on public television
and radio stations.

Tomlinson denies that the
changes he has made are
designed to enforce a political
bias at the networks funded by the
CPB or that the White House is
coordinating the changes.  “All I’m
trying to do is advocate that both
sides be fairly represented”, said
Tomlinson of the changes his
chairmanship has brought to the
CPB.
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