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National Security Presidential Directive 59: This is Not a Conspiracy Theory by Khalida
July 25, 2008, 5:10 pm
Filed under: Front Page News, July Volume II - 2008, National | Tags: ,

By Khalida Khaleel, Islamic Post Staff Writer

Caption: The new presidential directives cover “Biometrics for Identification and Screening to Enhance National Security.” The directives are aimed to gather personal information not only on “foreign terrorists,” but also on “domestic radical groups,” “state sponsored adversaries,” and “disgruntled employees.”

Michael Chertoff, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, addressed staff and students of  Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy recently with a lecture entitled “Addressing 21st Century Threats: The U.S. Prevention Strategy.”
While Chertoff was being applauded, Homeland Security Presidential Directive 24, or HSPD 24, and National Security Presidential Directive 59, or NSPD 59, were being issued by President George W. Bush.
Collectively the directives are entitled:  “Biometrics for Identification and Screening to Enhance National Security.”
Biometric data in this instance refers to the statistical analysis of all personal data such as medical records, job and education history, buying habits and personal preferences, legal and court documentation, in addition to the actual. Then there the is physical (biological) information being collected, such as: fingerprints, hair/eye/skin color, and  the gaging of personal appearance with the use of body scans, x-rays, and outward facial features. In other words, the directive will collect any information available or at the disposal of the bureaucracy, and this will be “accomplished within the  law.”

The Homeland and National Security Presidential Directives do not require disclosure to the American people or Congress the criteria for identifying targeted individuals, nor even their data collection procedures, reported World Net Daily. According to the Rice News staff, Chertoff said to the students during his speech, “There are a lot of different ways to serve homeland security. What’s important is that we do not lose our dedication to the mission, our faith in our ideals and determination to prevail.”

Chertoff, who comes from a line of chief Rabbis and Talmudic scholars, holds dual citizenship with the state of Israel.
It is doubtful whether the audience imagined that “faith in our ideals” could mean completely signing away privacy, allowing government agencies to combine all documented and obtainable information on any U.S. citizen who has been categorized as posing a threat to national security.
Global Research pointed out that the threats – as listed in a 2004 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report – are not only “foreign terrorists” but “domestic radical groups,” “state sponsored adversaries,” and “disgruntled employees.” The same DHS report claimed its focus is “capabilities and needs, not threat-based prevention activities;” in other words it is more offensive than defensive and is in fact characterized by “determination to prevail” as Chertoff mentioned to his university audience.
According to Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research, “The stated intent of NSPD 59 is to protect America from terrorists, but in fact the terms of reference include any person who [instead] is deemed to pose a threat to the Homeland.” Chossudovsky also pointed out how Senator Dennis Kucinich declared the use of “military espionage equipment to collect intelligence information for law enforcement use on civilians within the United States” and spying on American citizens without a court-ordered warrant to be impeachable offenses in violation of the U.S. constitution and the Fourth Amendment. It does not appear as if the Institute for Public Policy at Rice University is debating this last issue, nor does their news website reflect any discussion of the matter.

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