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A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Intel tell-all

Biometrics -- There is no part of me that the government does not want to document, inspect, surveille, spy on, control, or dominate. This from Alternet reports that "Bush wants your eyeballs" (6/16/08)*

George Bush just issued a directive to expand the acquisition of biometric information, and to ensure that agencies across the executive branch share it.

. . . All this according to National Security Presidential Directive Number 59, also known as Homeland Security Presidential Directive Number 24, which George W. Bush signed on June 5.

. . . The directive does not say how these other persons who "may pose a threat" are to be defined. And the directive is so broadly worded that it appears to cover anyone the government has biometric or other personal data on.

. . . Give the Bush Administration's demonstrated disdain for applicable law and international obligations, and given its record of violating people's privacy rights, this is not reassuring.

*from betmo

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I am visiting my family of origin in Wyoming. Therefore blog posting may be much more sporadic. But I will be tuned in to the web as much as possible, given technology and circumstances.

A day in history: June 28, 1787: Constitutional Convention. Franklin suggested that chaplains bless the convention's deliberations each morning.

View my current slide show about the Bush years -- "Millennium" -- at the bottom of this column.

My “creativity and dreaming” post today is at Making Good Mondays.

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