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For The Week Ending July 11, 2003


  • Supreme Court Turns Back
    White House Attack
    on Affirmative Action

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  • Presidential Candidate Warns Against
    GOP Cover-Up of Iraq War
    Intelligence Manipulation

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  • Growing Numbers of Law Enforcement Officials
    Denounce Drug War
    as a Public Policy Failure

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

Supreme Court Turns Back
White House Attack
on Affirmative Action

Interview with Lani Guinier,
Harvard University professor of law,
conducted by Scott Harris

In a landmark decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court June 23, the justices upheld by a 5 to 4 vote, the University of Michigan's affirmative action admissions policy employed by the law school to promote educational diversity. While turning back the first major challenge to affirmative action in 25 years, the Court in a 6 to 3 ruling, struck down the University of Michigan's undergraduate admissions system which relied on points awarded to minority applicants.

Opponents of affirmative action had a powerful ally in the Bush administration, which had sent U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson to argue unsuccessfully before the court that university admission systems which take race into account are unconstitutional. But a well-organized national coalition of college students, civil rights activists, members of the U.S. military and some major corporations proclaimed their support for the goal of achieving diversity and equal opportunity throughout America's institutions of higher learning.

Writing the majority opinion in the law school case, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor stated that "in order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity." Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Harvard University Professor of Law Lani Guinier, who assesses the recent Supreme Court decision viewed by many as an important victory for the civil rights struggle in America.

Contact Harvard University's Civil Rights Project at (617) 496-6367 or visit their web site at

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Presidential Candidate Warns Against
GOP Cover-Up of Iraq War
Intelligence Manipulation

Interview with Dennis Kucinich,
Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential candidate,
conducted by Scott Harris

Of the nine announced Democratic presidential candidates, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich has emerged as a passionate activist on a number of issues important to progressives inside and outside the party. As chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Kucinich led the fight in the House of Representatives last fall against legislation authorizing President Bush to use force in Iraq. Though he and his allies lost that vote, the tally was closer than many had predicted. The congressman has for several years advocated the creation of a Cabinet-level Department of Peace.

Dennis Kucinich became known nationally in 1977, when he was elected mayor of Cleveland at the age of 31, the youngest person ever to lead a major American city. But when Kucinich resisted the demand of powerful banks to privatize the city's publicly owned electric utility, the banks declared Cleveland in default, causing him to lose his re-election bid in 1979. Since entering Congress in 1996, Dennis Kucinich has been a tireless campaigner for labor rights, universal health care, fair trade, sustainable development and protection of the environment.

Although dismissed by the corporate media as a long shot, the Kucinich campaign received a boost recently when the candidate captured second place after former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, in an online poll conducted by, an Internet-based activist group. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dennis Kucinich about his candidacy and allegations now being leveled at the Bush administration that they had exaggerated or misrepresented intelligence they used to justify the war against Iraq.

Contact Dennis Kucinich's campaign office at (866) 413-3664 or visit his website at

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Growing Numbers of Law Enforcement Officials
Denounce Drug War
as a Public Policy Failure

Interview with Jack Cole,
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Increasingly, the United States' so-called war on drugs is being recognized as a stunning failure of public policy. Laws which criminalize substance abuse are a major factor in America's high rate of incarceration where more than 2 million of its citizens languish behind bars, a majority of them non-violent offenders. While there are many critiques of the drug war, one of the most powerful comes from those who work or have worked in the ranks of law enforcement.

Jack Cole is a 26-year veteran of the New Jersey State Police. For 12 of those years, Cole worked as an undercover narcotics officer. During his career, he investigated street drug use, mid-level narcotics dealers and international "billion-dollar" drug trafficking organizations. After retiring, Cole says he began dealing with the emotional fallout resulting from his participation in the drug war by working to reform current drug laws. Last year, Cole, along with five others, founded LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which now has more than 400 members nationwide, including current and former police officers, judges and elected officials.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Cole at a recent conference on wrongful convictions in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was the featured speaker. He explained how the drug war has corrupted police officials and discussed the four main goals of his organization.

Contact LEAP by calling (781) 393-6985 or visit their website at

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  • The Narco News Bulletin,

    This week's summary
    of under-reported news

    Compiled by Bob Nixon and Brita Brundage

    • Sixty-five million people worldwide could die from contamination generated by nuclear energy and weapons plants that operated before 1989. ("Low Exposure, High Risk," In These Times, June 9, 2003)
    • U.S. companies using legal loopholes to trade with nations sponsoring terrorism. ("Sidestepping Sanctions," Mother Jones, July and August, 2003).
    • FBI arrests Puerto Rican activists on charges of "conspiracy to destroy government property" related to events of May 1 of this year, when the people of Vieques marked the official end of 60 years of U.S. Navy bombing there. (

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Between The Lines Week Ending 7/04/03

Bush Re-Election Issues

"The Selling of the Iraq War: The First Casualty" The New Republic, June 30, 2003

"After Tour, Senators Warn U.S. Is Spread Thin in Iraq," The New York Times, July 4, 2003

"Bush Taking Heat for 'Bring Them On' Remark," Reuters, July 3, 2003

"Republican Enviros Blast Bush for Withholding Information," Environment News Service, July 2, 2003

"Distorted Intelligence?" Newsweek, June 23, 2003

"Senators Predict 5-Year Presence in Iraq," Reuters June 23, 2003

"There's a Method to Bush's Madness," Madison Capital Times June 23, 2003

"Dean, Kerry: 'Bush Misled America on War'," Independent Investigation Sought of President Bush, Associated Press, June 18, 2003

"Ex-CIA Director Says Administration Stretched Facts on Iraq," USA TODAY, June 18, 2003

"Impeachable Offense," Seattle Weekly/, June 18, 2003

"Reason to Deceive:WMD Lies Could Be the New Watergate," The Village Voice, June 18, 2003

"Missing Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Is Lying About The Reason For War An Impeachable Offense?" by John W. Dean, FindLaw's Writ, June 6, 2003

"Shoulder to Shoulder and Stabbed in the Back," by Robin Cook, Britain's former foreign minister, Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2003

"Wolfowitz:'Iraq War Was About Oil,'" Furor shines spotlight on interpretation of weapons intelligence, The Guardian, June 4, 2003

War Crimes Prosecution

"Short: I was Briefed on Bush and Blair's Secret War Pact," The Guardian, June 18, 2003

American Empire/War Profiteering in Iraq

"Public Citizen Report Exposes Contractor Bechtel as Threat to Iraqi Environment, Human Rights and Basic Services,"

"Imperial America and War," Monthly Review, May 28, 2003

"Another Scandalous No-Bid Contract Makes Us Look Like Fools,", May 26, 2003

"Pentagon Hands Major Iraq Deal to Scandal-Ridden WorldCom," The Star Online, May 22, 2003

"War Profiteering," by The Nation editors, April 24, 2003

Postwar Occupation of Iraq

"Attacks By Iraqis Growing Bolder: Purported Hussein Tape Is Broadcast," Washington Post Foreign Service, July 5, 2003

"Shiites Warn the United States Against the Formation of an Illegal Iraqi Government," Le Monde, June 30, 2003

" The War That Never Ends," Time, July 7, 2003

Civil Liberties

"Lawyers Furious as US Builds Death Chambers,", Times UK Online, July 5, 2003

"Fascism Anyone?" 14 Signs of Fascism, Free Inquiry Magazine, Volume 23, No. 2

"Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism," The Crisis Papers, June 9, 2003

Between The Lines Special Reports in RealAudio

"Allegations of War Profiteering Leveled Against Halliburton and Other Companies With Close Ties to White House," Charlie Cray, corporate reform campaigner at Citizen Works, Week Ending 5/23/03

"Campaign to Impeach President Bush Will Require Broad Public Support," law professor Francis Boyle, March 7, 2003

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report
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