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Just beyond this point was a region of intense thunderstorm activity called the Intertropical Convergence Zone. m. ”65 They were the last words heard from the aircraft. Into Thin Air At the next waypoint Flight 447 was supposed to contact controllers in Dakar, Senegal, on the west coast of Africa. But there was no response from the plane to the controller’s numerous requests for position confirmation. On flights across the Atlantic Ocean, where aircraft are out of range of land-based radar, radio transmissions are relied upon for flight status.

It is clear that this is widespread,” announced Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. ”46 President Barack Obama declared a national emergency. 42 Mexico City subway commuters wear surgical masks as a precaution against swine flu in 2009. To help contain the epidemic, which spread from Mexico to countries as distant as Finland and New Zealand, the Mexican government temporarily closed schools, libraries, and other public places. In Mexico City, where cases of swine flu were growing daily, the government urged citizens to stay indoors if they felt ill.

Occasionally an incident would occur that seemed to support the critics’ view. A California man named Barry Reingold got into a political debate at his gym, during which he criticized President George W. Bush. The next week FBI agents came knocking at his door. The American Civil Liberties Union, an organization dedicated to defending individual liberties, had strong words about the Patriot Act: The Patriot Act vastly—and unconstitutionally—expanded the government’s authority to pry into people’s private lives with little or no evidence of wrongdoing.

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