Sunday, July 03, 2005

No Child's Behind Left

Deep in the No Child Left Behind Act there is a clause that requires public schools to provide the names, addresses, and home phone numbers of their students to the military. If a school refuses, it could lose its federal funding. Any way you look at it, this is a family privacy nightmare, another strong-arming of our local schools, and a creepy warm-up to the Draft. The Pentagon needs new bodies, and is working with a private company to create information dossiers on millions of young Americans to help identify college and high school students as young as 16 to target for military recruiting. The massive database includes an array of personal information including birth dates, Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses, grade point averages, ethnicity and what subjects the students are studying. Why grade point averages and ethnicity? In order to target children that are less likely to go to college. The Pentagon has hired the Massachusetts-based company BeNow to run the database apparently in 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. This information will not only be available to the military, but also to corporations like Halliburton that hire mercenaries called “private contractors”. Won't mom be proud to see her children grow up to be killers? If not, she can opt out of this infernal marketing program by logging onto www.leavemychildalone.org.

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