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Admin Expands Spy Tools for Domestic Use
The Bush administration has approved measures that will greatly expand the spying capabilities of domestic law enforcement and other agencies. A new program will allow state and local officials to view data from satellite and aircraft sensors that can penetrate cloud cover, buildings, and underground facilities. Most of the surveillance technology has previously been limited to foreign surveillance. Civil liberties groups are raising concerns. Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies called the program: “Big Brother in the Sky.” She added: “They are laying the bricks one at a time for a police state.”

Army Suicides at 26-Year High
In military news, a new Pentagon report shows Army suicides are at their highest rate in twenty-six years. At least ninety-nine service members took their own lives last year. More than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Anti-War Group Faces $10,000 Fine for D.C. Posters
In Washington D.C., city officials have threatened a ten thousand dollar fine to the anti-war group ANSWER unless it removes posters promoting an upcoming peace march. Several hundred yellow posters have been posted around the city announcing the September 15th event. The protest is timed to coincide with the release of a Pentagon report on the so-called troop surge in Iraq. D.C. officials say the posters are illegal because they don’t meet city standards on adhesive use. ANSWER calls the fine threat a political move aimed at silencing the march.

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