December 16th, 2005

Chris Keeley

a false picture of the actual threat of terrorism in the United States, and certainly, a false pictu

Pentagon Caught Spying on U.S. Anti-War and Anti-Nuclear Activists

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/15/155219

Newly leaked Pentagon documents have confirmed the military has been monitoring and collecting intelligence on anti-war groups across the country. Peace protests are being described as threats and the military is collecting data on who is attending demonstrations. We speak with William Arkin, the former Army intelligence officer, who obtained the secret Pentagon documents. Earlier this week NBC News exposed the existence of a secret Pentagon database to track intelligence gathered inside the United States. The database including information on dozens of anti-war protests and rallies particularly actions targeting military recruiting.

The list included: counter-military recruiting meetings held at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Forth, Florida. Anti-nuclear protests staged in Nebraska on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki. An anti-war protest organized by military families outside Fort Bragg in North Carolina. And a rally in San Diego to support war resister Pablo Parades. The Pentagon database described all of these events as threats.

The documents obtained by NBC also indicate the Pentagon is now conducting surveillance at protests and possibly monitoring Internet traffic. One Pentagon briefing document stamped "secret" concluded: "[W]e have noted increased communication and encouragement between protest groups using the [I]nternet." The same document indicated the military is tracking who is attending protests in part by keeping records on cars seen at protests.

The Washington Post is reporting today that the Pentagon has ordered a review of the military intelligence program following the NBC News report.

The Pentagon's domestic intelligence gathering has been done through a secretive program called TALON which allows military bases and other defense installations to file reports of suspicious activity into a consolidated database.

The TALON program is so secret that even the number of reports in the database is classified. Also classified is the size and budget of the agency overseeing the database - the Counterintelligence Field Activity. The agency was created three years ago following the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Pentagon also now has a toll-free number for citizens to report suspicious activity directly to the military. The number of the hotline is 1-800-CALL-SPY.

  • 1-800-CALL-SPY - recorded message.

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The legislation makes it a felony to be an undocumented worker to be in the United States without au

House Debates Bill to Rewrite Immigration Laws, Includes Provision that Makes it a Felony to be an Undocumented Worker

Friday, December 16th, 2005

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/16/1457233

The House debates a bill that would rewrite the nation's immigration laws. The legislation makes it a felony to be an undocumented worker to be in the United States without authorization and requires all employers to verify the legal status of their workers. We speak with the general counsel of the immigration worker program at the AFL-CIO and a member of the Border Network for Human Rights. [includes rush transcript]


The House overcame internal opposition Thursday and began debate on a bill that would rewrite the nation's immigration laws.

The legislation - known as HR 4437 - was introduced last week by Republican House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin. It was pushed through committee one day later with little debate.

Sensenbrenner has been trying to get the full House to approve the bill this week, but has run into resistance from both sides of the aisle. Among other measures, the legislation will make it a felony - instead of a misdemeanor - to be in the United States without authorization. It will require all employers to verify the legal status of their workers. It will deputize police along the border to act as immigration enforcers. And it will allow immigration agents to summarily deport people in border areas they suspect of being undocumented, with little or no due process.

Seeking to sink the legislation, several congressmembers took the tactical step on Thursday of voting against a rule that had to pass to allow the measure to go up for a vote. After GOP leaders appealed for party unity, the House voted 220-206 to approve the parliamentary measure needed to move forward. Wisconsin Republican, James Sensenbrenner took the floor last night and urged the chamber to approve the bill.

  • Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R - WI), December 15, 2005.

A coalition of Republican lawmakers are pushing even tougher measures including a provision to deny citizenship for the children born to undocumented workers. Last night, the House voted to approve an amendment that would require the Department of Homeland Security to build five fences along 700 miles of the US border. The fences would be constructed along stretches of land in California, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona.

While the White House said in a statement that it strongly supported the bill, a storm of opposition to the legislation has been mounting from labor and other groups. Protests have occurred on Capitol Hill, in Los Angeles and elsewhere. The AFL-CIO wrote all members of Congress asking them to vote the bill down.

  • Ana Avendano, associate general counsel of the immigration worker program at AFL-CIO.
  • Fernando Garcia, director of the Border Network for Human Rights based in El Paso, Texas. He is leading a delegation of border community leaders to Capitol Hill to oppose the bill and discuss alternatives to border enforcement and immigration reform.

AMY GOODMAN: Wisconsin Republican James Sensenbrenner took the floor last night and urged the chamber to approve the bill.

     

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Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful and 2 per

Mona Lisa's emotions decoded

MonaScientists used a new algorithm to analyze the emotion reflected in Mona Lisa's smile. New Scientist reports that the software, developed by the University of Amsterdam and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, measures lip curvature and eye wrinkles and then rates the face based on six emotions. Apparently, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful and 2 percent angry.
Link

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/info-tech/mg18825305.200

Chris Keeley

spirituality: freedom from sexual guilt and Victorian-era moral repression.

Deepak Chopra's Kama Sutra

According to Publishers Weekly, Deepak Chopra has received a six-figure advance from Virgin Books to rewrite Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra. An article in yesterday's HindustanTimes has a bit more detail:
The deal has been described as bringing together two of India's well-known and established brands. The book might be called Deepak Chopra's Kama Sutra: Timeless Erotica for the Virgin Mind...

Originally the (Kama Sutra) served purely as erotic literature for kings and queens, said Chopra. But he believes that there is a great connection between sexuality and spirituality. He wants to explore that and take the carnal experience to new heights of spiritual ecstasy. Link
And here's Guruphiliac's take on it:

As much as we find Chopra a pabulum factory for Hollywood's seeker set, he's sidled right on up to the next hottness in spirituality: freedom from sexual guilt and Victorian-era moral repression.

While we're sure Chopra will palpify it in no time, it's still a signficant development in the alternative spiritual scene. But just because Chopra is Indian doesn't mean he's a master of doing it. It's too bad Virgin didn't have the vision to hire someone with more affinity for the subject matter. We imagine rock star Tommy Lee and a bevy of beautiful Sanskrit scholars locked in a hotel room for a week could take the centuries-old text to a whole new level of the erotic. Link

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5983_1574270,00430005.htm

 

Chris Keeley

The Senate on Friday rejected attempts to reauthorize several provisions of the USA Patriot Act

Senate rejects extension of Patriot Act

I can't think of a better Christmas present for the citizens of the United States than this!
"The Senate on Friday rejected attempts to reauthorize several provisions of the USA Patriot Act as infringing too much on Americans' privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.

In a crucial vote early Friday, the bill's Senate supporters were not able to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a threatened filibuster by Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and their allies. The final vote was 52-47."

Link

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051216/ap_on_go_co/patriot_act

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