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Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Pentagon's Got Your Child's Number

The Defense Department began working yesterday with a private marketing firm to create a database of high school students ages 16 to 18 and all college students to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches.

The program is provoking a furor among privacy advocates. The new database will include personal information including birth dates, Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses, grade-point averages, ethnicity and what subjects the students are studying. . . .

Privacy advocates said the plan appeared to be an effort to circumvent laws that restrict the government's right to collect or hold citizen information by turning to private firms to do the work.

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Can you say back-door draft, moms and dads?


Enigma said...

You liberals crack me up. Your minds are so small that you can't see that the only reason why people like you exist is because people like us (those who actually love their country in action not just words) defend your freedom with our lives.

shadylayne said...

I haven't read your other posts yet, but I'm not sure how being concerned about your children's future makes you a crazy liberal like "the answer" suggests.

In Chicago (and other parts of the country I'm sure), people are getting very upset that military recruiters seem to be focusing on Latino high schools. Another school, where 80% of the students were either foreign-born or speak a foreign language at home, is being converted into an ROTC high school. While I understand that military service is a means to an education for many poor Americans, this is clearly a case of the feds exploiting the American underclass.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Answer, do you not know that the reason that the United States is in Iraq has nothing to do with preservation of American freedoms? That it has everything to do with giving every economic advantage possible to Bush's big-business cronies? Do you want to go kill people you've never met to add mega-dollars to the oilmen's pockets? Could you show me where all those Iraqi WMDs are?

Right on, ShadyLane. At this very moment, there are many more military recruiters working the neighborhood where my Puerto Rican future son-in-law lives than there are in my incredibly white neighborhood.

erinberry said...

Oh yes, "answer", keep on parroting Bill O'Reilly, because you lack all original thought. That is one of the dumbest things I've ever read.

hokkaidoabbey said...

Answer, I took a few seconds to look at your blog, and found (among a fusilade of stunning generalizations) that you believe liberals "have no souls".

It's apparent that you are a deeply religious person, with well-considered and humanitarian convictions. Congratulations!

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