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alan
January 3, 2003, 07:17 PM
JUDGE: HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE CAN'T KEEP ACTIVITIES PRIVATE

"The U.S. Office of Homeland Security lost a round in efforts to keep its
activities private with a federal court ruling that it must answer
questions about its operations and activities," Reuters reports (
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=578&ncid=578&e=13&u=/nm/20030103/ts_nm/politics_homeland_dc
).

"U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly last week ruled that the White
House office must show it had no independent authority in a ruling denying
a motion to dismiss a privacy group's lawsuit seeking material under the
Freedom of Information Act. The ruling was made public yesterday.

"The Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center last March
requested Office of Homeland Security records on proposals for
standardized U.S. driver's licenses, records associated with a
'trusted-flier' program and other proposals concerning biometric
technology for identifying individuals."

In "Protecting Liberty in a Permanent War," (
http://www.cato.org/dailys/06-21-02.html ) Vice President for Foreign
Policy and Defense Studies Ted Galen Carpenter argues that although civil
liberties have suffered during past wars, they have eventually been
restored. However, the war on terrorism is different.

"In short, America is now waging a permanent war," writes Carpenter. "That
reality makes civil liberties considerations even more important than in
previous conflicts. Whatever constitutional rights are taken from us (or
that we choose to relinquish) will not be restored after a few years. In
all likelihood, they will be gone forever."

Mr. Carpenters observations dealing with the "restoration" of civil rights in the past, is less than reassuring to this citizen. How does it strike readers?

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Justin Moore
January 4, 2003, 02:02 AM
"In short, America is now waging a permanent war,"

So, who are we fighting THIS week? Oceania or Eurasia? It changes so much that I forget sometimes ;)

Gotta go, Two Minutes Hate is coming up shortly.

Seriously thou, I can wait to see what those documents will reveal........

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