New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 24, 2005, Page 5

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December 24, 2005

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas December HERALDZEITUNG Page 5A FBI monitors radiation levels at Muslim sites without warrants WASHINGTON AP A classified radiatioh monitoring con ducted without has targeted private property in an effort to pre vent an alQaida federal law enforcement officials confifriied Fri While declining to provide details including the number of cities and sites the officials said the air monitoring took place since the 11 attacks and from publicly accessible areas which they said made war rants and court orders News and World Report first reported the program The mag azine said the monitoring was conduct ed at more than 100 Muslim sites in the ing Maryland and Virginia suburbs and at least five other cities when threat levels had risen Las New York and The magazine said that at its three vehicles in Washington moni tored 120 sites a nearly all of them Muslim targets identified by the Targets included homes and the magazine The revelation of the surveillance program came just days after The New York Times disclosed that the Bush administration spied on suspected ter rorist targets in the United States with out court President Bush has said he approved the program to pro tect Americans from Ibrahim spokesman for the Council on AmericanIslamic a Washingtonbased civil rights said Friday the program comes as a complete shock to us and everyone in the Muslim This creates the appearance that Muslims are targeted simply for being Muslims I dont think this is the mes sage the government wants to send at this he Hooper said his organization has seri ous concerns about the constitutional ity of monitoring on private property without a court Brian a Justice Depart ment said Friday that the administration is very concerned with a growing body of sensitive reporting that continues to show alQaida has a clear intention to obtain and ultimate ly use radiological and nuclear weapons or high energy To meet that the government mbnitors the air for imminent threats to health and but acts only on specific information about a potential attack without targeting any individ ual or he FBI agents do not intrude across any constitutionally protected areas without the proper legal the spokesman In a 2001 the Supreme Court ruled 54 that police must get warrants before using devices that search through walls for criminal activ That decision struck down the use without a warrant of a heatsensing device that led to marijuana charges against an Oregon Roehrkasse said the Justice Depart ment believes that case does not apply to air monitoring in publicly accessible Two federal law enforcement offi speaking on condition of anonymity because the program is clas said the monitoring did not occur only at Muslimrelated Douglas a professor of consti tutional law at Pepperdine said the location of the surveillance matters when determining if a court order is The greatest expectation of privacy is in the said a Justice Department official under former pres idents Ronald Reagan and George As you move away from the home to a parking lot or a place of pub lic accommodation or an there are a set of factors that are a balancing test for the he Despite federal promises to inform state and local officials of security con that never formally happened with the radiation monitoring said an official who spoke on condi tion of anonymity because of the sensi tivity of the The official said that after discussions with some state and local authorities decided the surveillance was equaling it to air quality mon itors set up around Washington that regularly sniff for suspicious They werent targeting specific peo they were just doing it by driving around commercial storage sheds and parking the official Governor asks USDA to provide assistance to states farmers AUSTIN Rick Perry has requested that the Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency provide disaster relief assistance for 12 counties in the central and southern regions of Texas where farms and ranches have experienced damage due to drought conditions that have persisted since Affected counties include Live McMullen and If the USDA request is qualified farm operators in designated coun ties will be eligible for low interest emergency loans from the USDAs Farm Service Producers can bor row up to 100 percent of actu al production for physical or a maximum of The agency offers additional such as technical to eligible Pedernales Electric offers to help with tree recycling PEC has a solution for members wondering what to do with their natural Christmas trees after the hol Members are invited to bring their trees to any participating PEC office from Tuesday through 4 for PEC offices in Canyon Cedar Johnson Lake Manchaca and Marble Falls will accept Christmas All decora nails and staples must be removed before trees are dropped The bare trees will be and the chips will be used to beautify local parks and playgrounds in the PEC service For more information on Pedernales Electrics Christ mas tree recycling call PEC tollfree at 1888554 RLTERS CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Most residents unable to install systems conversation with an elderly lady who was looking at the She told If I get down on the ground and try to install I wont be getting Stevick Ive had several These people just do not have the capability to instalt these things them The uproar in Bulverde began several weeks ago when residents of Bulverde Hills received letters from BotarMet tejtog halomethane levels in their water exceeded the federal Federal standards say tri halomethane levels should not exceed 80 parts per bil Water in Bulverde Hills has been above the threshold for more than a The water going to Bulverde Hills comes out of Canyon It is treated by Canyon Lake Water Supply and trans ferred to BexarMet It reaches homes in the area after traveling more than 20 miles in underground After residents of Bulverde BexarMet agreed to distribute filters to all 311 homes in the On the company came to Bulverde and handed out bags that contained a Culligan SY 2650 water filtra tion a reducedflow shower head and a reduced To put this we would have to uninstall the get it rethread it and then reinstall I havent installed and my husband hasnt installed Were still trying to figure it Sarah Stevick Bulverde mayor flow water spout for the The filter came with instruc tions on how to install the fil which must be placed under the Installing the Culligan SY 2650 requires a two adjustable a drill a sharp utility a Phillips screw a file and safety according to the Steyick said for the average installing the filter is simply not an option The first step Him off the saddle Stevick Do you know what a saddle valve is A saddle valve is a valve that can be placed into a pipe to allow for a IbW volume flow of water to various After receiving several calls at City Hall about saddle Stevick actually gathered some of the employees had them get on the floor and look under the What they found were pipes without a saddle Even if the valve was locat thats just the first step in installing the filter To put this we would have to uninstall the get it rethread it and then reinstall Stevick I havent installed and my husband hasnt installed Were still trying to figure it While she researches how to install the Stevick is still trying to work and Earlier this she approached City Attorney Frank Garza and asked if the city could take legal steps against His initial analysis of this was theres nothing we could Stevick went back to him and if we could do something from a con sumer product We are and were get ting a faulty Stevick is also preparing a letter that she will send to Canyon Lake Water Supply and the Texas Commission on Environmen tal We are basically saying these are our these are our concerns by the we want a meeting by she Stevick said she wanted all three entities at the meeting so the citys questions could be answered once and for In the she promis es to continue fighting to make sure the drinking water in the and at her is This is not a situation Im just going to forget about and let it she GRANT CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Several local groups get assistance The New Braunfels Art League recently received a grant as a matching grant for its build ing The league must raise another in order to use the grant toward their remodeling The grant money must be used for said Nancy the art leagues Were also asking for other smaller grants to match the Connections Individual and Family Services also will use Kronkosky funds as a push in the right Kelly director of said the social services organization relies largely on government funds to chang ing policies in can make federal grants When most of the mon ey is from the theres always a level of anxi ety for the she We need far more help than we ask for from the commu Connections used its Kronkosky grant to hire a development Tammi Shes been here about a month and will hopefully help us get our name out there in the community and help us ask for what we Stallings Lopez said the Kronkosky Foundation has helped sev eral organizations help He believes the organization looks for recip ients who will best benefit the Im very appreciative of the trust they have in he We will definitely use this grant to better serve the seniors of Comal Bring in your photo when you see it published and receive a coupon for a FREE gallon of HEB Ice Cream and a certificate from Tiger Tote to Buy a Foot Long Sandwich Meal and receive a 6 Sub HEB Presented by the HERALDZEITUNG nephews or child that was born in 2005 can participate in the Special Section of Babys First A panel of Judges will choose four winners First place first place runner up boy and runner up Each winner will receive a Baby does not need to be from this area Mail the coupon below along with for each photo If photo is a release will also be needed from the photographer and a copy of the birth or come in person to 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