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Chertoff Urges Warrantless Taps, No-charge Detentions

US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is already using the uncovering of an alleged airplane bombing plot in the United Kingdom to push for increased electronic surveillance in the United States.

Disabled People 'Left Behind' in Emergency Planning

During Hurricane Katrina, Benilda Caixeta, a New Orleans resident with quadriplegia, tried for two days to seek refuge at the Superdome. Despite repeated phone calls to authorities, help never arrived for Caixeta. Days later, she was found dead in her apartment, floating next to her wheelchair.

Judge Slams USDA in Pharma Crops Case

A federal court has ruled that the US Department of Agriculture violated several environmental statutes when it permitted companies to grow plants that have been genetically modified to produce pharmaceuticals.

Work News for the Week Ending August 14

Our weekly rundown of workers' rights, union and wage stories... @ Union embraces day laborers @ Fatal job injuries increase @ Calif. paid sick day mandate @ Wal-Mart's controversial pay raise @ Flight attendants postpone strike @ Study debunks immigrant worker myth

FEMA Caves, Agrees to Test Katrina Trailers for Formaldehyde

Government officials have finally agreed to check for formaldehyde in trailers FEMA provided to survivors of Hurricane Katrina, but only after dozens of residents complained and environmentalists found high levels of the chemical in tests.

White Supremacy in Media

TNS speaks with author and activist Tim Wise about issues of media and race surrounding Hurricane Katrina, the immigrant-rights movement and day-to-day news coverage.

Govt. Joins Net Treaty That May Limit Rights in U.S., Overseas

The US Senate last week ratified a treaty requiring participating countries to share citizens’ personal digital data and aid each others’ criminal investigations, an arrangement privacy advocates say will amount to increasing surveillance of Internet users and the enforcement of foreign laws in the United States.

Landmine Abolitionists Balk at Pentagon’s Pursuit of ‘Alternativesâ

While the US government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on programs eradicating deadly landmines around the world  – including those supplied by the United States itself – it is also funneling millions more into developing a new generation of “alternativeâ€� landmines.

Environmentalists Burn Ethanol Hype as Empty Promise

The Bush administration's give-away to ethanol producers leaves critics saying the "green" gasoline creates a host of additional environmental and political problems.

Work News for Week Ending August 8

Our weekly rundown of workers' rights, labor, workplace safety and related stories... @ Outsourced firefighters @ Mine nominees rejected @ Starbucks union-busting @ Flight attendants to strike @ Slow recovery @ Pension reform

Oil Firms to Profit Off Foreseen Alaska Pipe Problems

Years of pipe problems and the prospect of even greater profits for all US oil companies materialized yesterday when oil-giant BP revealed that it had found its oil-transit lines in Alaska severely corroded.

Free Market Champion Tapped to Head Regulatory Office

Environmentalists and government watchdogs are condemning the president’s nomination to head an "obscure but powerful" regulatory office, saying Bush’s pick would prioritize corporate interests over protecting the public.

House Skips ‘Sunset Commission’ Proposals

Government watchdogs claimed partial victory last week when the House of Representatives did not vote on two proposals to create a panel of unelected decision makers with influence over the federal budget.

Homeland Security May Fingerprint Permanent Residents

The Department of Homeland Security recently proposed fingerprinting permanent residents returning from visits abroad. If passed, the measure would expand the number of immigrants tracked under the US-VISIT program, which collects non-citizens’ fingerprints and “biographical information� but has so far been limited to foreign visitors to the country.

Judge: Missouri Must Allow Prisoners Abortion Access


In July, a district court in Missouri ruled that the state must allow pregnant prisoners to access “timely, safe and legalâ€� abortion care. The judge also ruled that the state must provide prisoners seeking abortions off-site transportation to appropriate medical facilities if needed. 

Bans on Feeding Homeless Spread, Face Challenges

Anti-poverty activists and civil rights advocates filed a lawsuit against the city of Las Vegas this week challenging an ordinance that makes it illegal to feed homeless people in public places.

Confirmation of Chicago Tortures Falls Short

Anti-police-brutality activists and socially-conscious lawyers hoped it could be a watershed moment in law-enforcement accountability, finally bringing closure to a high-profile case involving Chicago police and systemic torture of criminal suspects.

Gay-Straight Youth Club Prevails Against School Board

A federal judge has ruled that a Georgia high school must allow a group of students to hold meetings of their gay-straight alliance club on campus. The decision capped the students’ lengthy struggle to launch their organization against rancorous opposition from both youth and adults in the community.

Immigrants Sue over Naturalization Delays

On behalf of ten immigrants in California, two civil rights groups are suing the federal government for unreasonable delays in their applications to become US citizens.

Activists Call for Real Remedies to Prisoner Rape

New data released Sunday suggest that sexualized violence in prisons and jails is claiming more victims than previously reported. The statistics merely highlight the deep scars of survivors.

Miami’s Poorest Protest Agency Cronyism, Corruption

Groups demand accountability and civilian oversight of the local housing agency after Miami officials were reported to have squandered millions in affordable housing funds

White House Digs Heels in over Terror War Captives

Forced by the US Supreme Court to reconsider its plans for "trying" some captives held at Guantánamo Bay, the Bush administration turned to the Senate Armed Services Committee today with its first attempt to push a tribunal system through Congress.

Tipped Workers Would Fall Through Proposed Wage Floor

A bill approved last week in the House of Representatives promises to raise the federal minimum wage, but one obscure provision has some worried that the purported wage hike actually amounts to a backdoor pay cut for millions of low-income workers.

States Push Healthcare Reform While Activists Demand Overhaul

Across the nation, states have made headlines this year for innovative approaches to expanding residents’ access to health insurance. But when the publicity has cleared and the reality sets in, the uninsured are finding these plans fall short of the fanfare that surrounded their announcement.

IRS Cans Elite Auditors, Undermining Estate Tax

Critics of a plan to eliminate IRS staff who audit the wealthy’s tax returns say the scheme fits in nicely with the Bush administration’s desire to kill the so-called “death tax.”

House GOP Ties Min. Wage Hike to Estate Tax Cut

Having tried numerous other avenues to repeal a tax that affects only America’s wealthiest heirs, the Republican leadership last week tied its long-sought estate-tax cut to the minimum-wage hike hungrily sought by America’s poorest workers.

Work News for Week Ending July 31

Our weekly rundown of workers' rights, labor, workplace safety and related stories... @ Paid sick days @ Northwest mechanics @ Post 9/11 fed workers @ Mass. wage veto @ Workers may buy Hoover @ Hilton unionized

Laid Off Workers Handed ‘Paltry’ Govt. Grant Program

Labor advocates say a new Department of Labor program does little to fund job training for the thousands of workers affected by auto-industry layoffs and plant closures.

Activists Pose Fresh Challenges to New Recruiter Tactics

As the military develops increasingly sophisticated approaches to roping in America’s youth, a renewed counter-recruitment movement is fighting back with its own fresh strategies.

Plan to Handle New York City Trash Helps, Falls Short

A new plan for more fairly spreading the burden of the Big Apple’s trash has residents in some neighborhoods breathing a sigh of relief, though some critics believe the plan falls short of its potential.

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