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For The Week Ending Sept. 13, 2002


LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until Sept. 18, 2002.

This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and an assessment of some of the issues confronting the U.S. one year after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:

Family Member of Sept. 11 Victim Reflects
on Her Loss and Mood of the Country

Interview with the Rev. Myrna Bethke, member of
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows,
conducted by Scott Harris

The first year anniversary of the Sept.11 terrorist attacks arrives with enormous emotion, fear and a determination to rise above the horrific violence visited upon the nation on that extraordinary day one year ago. People from all walks of life will gather for prayer services, family members of those killed will pause to remember their loved ones and politicians will no doubt make speeches designed to evoke patriotism and boost their own careers.

While many Americans have coped with the specter of Sept. 11 by displaying flags and expressing support for military action against the perpetrators of the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., others most deeply touched by the violence have taken a different approach. The September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows was founded by relatives of September 11th victims. The group advocates a nonviolent response to terrorism and works toward breaking the endless cycle of violence and retaliation engendered by war.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with the Rev. Myrna Bethke, a member of the Peaceful Tomorrows group, whose younger brother Bill died in the attack on the World Trade Center. Rev. Bethke, along with other surviving family members, traveled to Afghanistan in June, where they met relatives of those killed or injured in the U.S. bombing campaign there. She reflects on her loss and the mood of the country on the first year observance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows can be reached at (415) 518-1991 or visit their Web site at

Progressive Groups Organize 200 Peace Vigils
and Public Forums Across U.S. to Observe
1-Year Anniversary of Sept. 11

Interview with Medea Benjamin,
founding director of Global Exchange,
conducted by Scott Harris

As Americans observe the first anniversary of last years' attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the nation is confronted with yet a new war on the horizon. The Bush administration, after successfully toppling the repressive Taliban government in Afghanistan and striking blows against the Al Qaeda network, is now poised to launch a new war on Iraq.

The initial anger many Americans felt after Sept. 11 was followed by mourning and sadness. Now, one year later, those emotions are mixed with a more sober assessment of the successes and failures of our nation's war against terrorism, the erosion of civil liberties and reflection upon the condition of America's democratic values.

Medea Benjamin is a founding director of the human rights group Global Exchange and a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate from California in 2000. Over the past year, she organized two travel delegations to Afghanistan made up of relatives of Sept. 11th victims. More recently, Benjamin has helped coordinate hundreds of peace vigils, concerts, educational forums and interfaith prayer services across the country in observance of the first anniversary of last year's terrorist assault on New York City and Washington, D.C. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Medea Benjamin, who describes the events being planned in towns and cities around the Sept. 11th anniversary, and what she hopes these gatherings will achieve.

Contact Global Exchange by calling 1 (800) 497-1994 or visit their Web site at

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Basic Civil Liberties and Bill of Rights
Another Victim of the Attacks
on New York City and Washington, D.C.

Interview with James Lafferty,
director of the Los Angeles office of the National Lawyers Guild,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus.

The White House and Congress in reacting to the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, were anxious to remove legal barriers to aid in the tracking down of the Al Qaeda terror network thought to be responsible.

Since last Sept. 11, the civil liberties of those living in America -- both citizens and non-citizens -- have been curtailed more sharply than at any time since World War II. Various law enforcement agencies, through executive order and congressional authorization under the USA Patriot Act, now have greater latitude to hold individuals in secret detention, to withhold legal counsel and to spy on people engaged in lawful religious and political activity.

But cracks in this newly established "national security state," have already begun to surface. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court recently issued an opinion that criticized the FBI and the Justice Department for misleading the secret court's judges about requests made to authorize electronic surveillance. Elsewhere, a federal court in Cincinnati ruled that the Bush administration's practice of holding deportation hearings in secret was illegal, a decision the White House is appealing.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with James Lafferty, director of the Los Angeles office of the National Lawyers' Guild. He assesses the erosion of civil liberties since Sept. 11 and explains what protections have been lost, who's been targeted and what laws have been established that weaken the Bill of Rights.

Contact the National Lawyer's Guild by calling (212) 679-5100 or visit their Web site at:

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Denise Manzari and Bob Nixon

  • Roberto Robaina Gonzalez, former Cuban foreign minister, dismissed from Communist Party and accused of corruption. (CNN, Reuters and Boston Globe)
  • Utah's Dead Horse Point State Park may soon be scarred by Bush administration's aggressive effort to open public land to energy development. ("Open Season on Open Space," Mother Jones, July/August 2001)
  • The Environmental Protection Agency failed to establish safety standards for contaminants near the World Trade Center when they allowed residents and workers back into the area. ("Fallout: The Hidden Environmental Consequences of 9/11, "In These Times, Sept. 16. 2002)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
News writer: Denise Manzari
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Nigel Rees
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Executive producer: Scott Harris

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