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COALITION OF 75 GROUPS DEMANDS END TO PENTAGON’S YOUTH DATABASE


Toledo -- More than seventy-five local, state, and national organizations sent a letter today to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and the Congressional oversight and appropriations committees for the Department of Defense (DOD), seeking an end to a data collecting project called the Joint Advertising and Market Research Studies (JAMRS) Recruiting Database.

Toledo's Student and Family Rights and Privacy Committee, the group now pressuring Toledo Public Schools to restrict military recruiters, is in full support of this effort to end the JAMRS recruitment database because it violates the Privacy Act while collecting data on 30 million people ages 16 to 25 from a vast array of sources such as drivers license or selective service registrations. Other organizations from the Toledo area that have joined this nationwide effort include the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition, Sylvania Franciscan Sisters, the Interfaith Justice and Peace Center, and the Toledo League of Pissed Off Voters.

Nationally, coalition members include the American Civil Liberties Union, Mothers Against the Draft, Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, Republican Liberty Caucus, Rock the Vote, and the Student Peace Action Network.

Sue Carter, President of the Ohio ACLU and a member of the Student and Family Rights and Privacy Committee, said “The U.S. has become a surveillance society. The government, according to privacy laws, should be protecting our citizens especially children. Instead, the Department of Defense has been collecting data on 16 to 25 year-olds and turning it over to the military and private companies that target students. The JAMRS Recruiting Database must be dismantled to protect the privacy rights and civil liberties of this generation of young people.

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