May 22, 2002: Headlines: COS - El Salvador: Speaking Out: Intelligence Issues: KUSP: El Salvador PCV Colin Gallegher supports Peace Corps Independence

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By Admin1 (admin) ( - on Sunday, January 16, 2005 - 1:19 pm: Edit Post

El Salvador PCV Colin Gallegher supports Peace Corps Independence

El Salvador PCV Colin Gallegher supports Peace Corps Independence

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 – Colin Gallagher is a city planner in Monterey and was a peace corps volunteer in El Salvador.

Peace Corps Independence

The Peace Corps has historically operated independently of other governmental agencies. Now there is a serious threat to this independence from the newly created USA Freedom Corps and the USA PATRJOT Act. The only agency with a mission to promote peace and. friendship is now vulnerable to informational exploitation by intelligence agencies.

The USA Freedom Corps requests what i.s called "RELEVANT INFORMATION” from its members. One of the members of the USA Freedom Corps Council is the Attorney General; another is the Director of Peace Corps. The USA PATRIOT Act orders the Attorney General to act with the Director of C.IA., to program training of Federal officials who are, quote, “not normally engaged in.identifying and utilizing foreign. intelligence.”

What will foreign governments already suspicious of the United States think of this development?

The solution is to IMMEDIATELY draft legislation stating that the “relevant information” mentioned in the Freedom Corps Executive Order shall, not apply to information, associated with Peace Corps, and that section 908 of the PATRIOT Act shall not apply to the Peace Corps.

Legislation is currentl.y being drafted that could protect Peace Corps from the USA Freedom. Corps, so now is the time to contact your Representatives and let them know what to do. You can. find more on the Peace Corps Independence movement, and a related. petition, at - Act now for Peace.

When this story was posted in December 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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Story Source: KUSP

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By Paul Jospeh ( - on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 12:31 pm: Edit Post

I am considering doing Peace Corps in Central America and trying to find infor from people who have served there. So I welcome anyones comments. I hope its ok to post here.If not please direct me to the right place.

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