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"Giving Voice to Dissent: Bridgeport's WPKN Radio Covers The News With Left-Of-Center Takes Not Found In The Mainstream Media" Hartford Courant, Feb. 26, 2003

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War Profiteering

"The Iraq War & The Bush Administration's Pursuit of Global Domination," Counterpoint, Sept. 15, 2003

"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001

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

Civil Liberties

"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

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For The Week Ending Dec. 12, 2003


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  • Critics Charge that FBI Spying
    on Peace Groups Chills Free Speech

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  • Bush Surprise Thanksgiving Visit
    to Baghdad Decried by Military
    Families as Re-election Photo Opp

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  • Groups that Defeated Congressional Energy Bill
    Gear Up to Fight Any New Attempt
    to Pass the Measure

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  • Underreported News Summary
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LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until Dec. 16, 2003.

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

Critics Charge that FBI Spying
on Peace Groups Chills Free Speech

Interview with Barbara Olshansky,
attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights
conducted by Scott Harris

When the Bush administration made public its plan to invade and overthrow the government of Saddam Hussein in the summer of 2002, peace activists across America began organizing opposition to the coming war. Using the Internet and alternative media to spread the word, hundreds of new local and national anti-war groups were formed and in just a few short months came together by the hundreds of thousands to demonstrate against the march to war.

The corporate media initially marginalized their coverage of the antiwar protests until the numbers of people in the streets were just too big to ignore. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it appears, maintained a keen interest in these groups from the beginning. A recently leaked confidential FBI memorandum details how government agents have collected information on the tactics, training and structure of legal peace organizations and enlisted local police departments to become their eyes in ears in monitoring these groups.

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Recent press reports, citing the FBI memo, have confirmed what activists and civil liberties advocates have long suspected about government surveillance of constitutionally protected political activities. In an echo of the many documented abuses of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover, the Bureau justifies their actions by declaring that spying on the president's political opponents is simply part of the government's post-Sept. 11 anti-terrorism measures. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Barbara Olshansky, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, who takes a critical look at the FBI's surveillance of dissidents and the chilling effect it has on free speech.

Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights at (212) 614-6464 or visit the group's website at

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Bush Surprise Thanksgiving Visit
to Baghdad Decried by Military
Families as Re-election Photo Opp

Interview with Jeri Reed,
member of Military Families Speak Out
conducted by Scott Harris

President Bush's surprise Thanksgiving trip to Iraq was intended, his advisors said, to boost the morale of American troops confronting an increasingly dangerous assignment. But the extreme secrecy with which the president's two-and-a-half hour visit to the Baghdad airport was carried out underscored the combat conditions and lack of security that persist in much of Iraq. Critics accused the president of taking unnecessary risks for what was essentially a photo opportunity, whose stage-managed images will undoubtedly be used in his re-election campaign.

While Bush attempted to use his trip to Iraq as a way to briefly deflect criticism of his handling of the war, U.S. soldiers continued to die in the conflict that he had declared was over on May 1. A recent battle between American troops and insurgents in the Iraqi city of Samarra was originally characterized by the Pentagon as a rare clearcut victory over anti-U.S. forces, resulting in the deaths of 54 guerrilla fighters. But civilians interviewed in Samarra disputed the military's description of the clash and the death toll, with many saying that the Americans had fired indiscriminately, killing mostly civilians. The encounter, some said, had turned greater numbers of local citizens against the U.S. occupation.

Jeri Reed is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oklahoma whose son Cody is now serving with the U.S. military in Iraq. Reed, who is a member of the anti-war group Military Families Speak Out, talked with Between The Lines' Scott Harris about her view of the president's Thanksgiving trip to Baghdad and the dangers her son -- and 130,000 other U.S. soldiers -- continue to face daily in occupied Iraq.

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Groups that Defeated Congressional Energy Bill
Gear Up to Fight Any New Attempt
to Pass the Measure

Interview with Winona Hauter,
director of Public Citizen's Energy
and Environmental Program,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

In the final days before members of Congress left Washington for the holiday recess, the Senate blocked an omnibus energy bill that was packed with $23 billion in corporate tax breaks over ten years. The vast majority of the money was targeted to energy industries encouraging development of coal, gas and oil resources. One component of the bill would have abolished the Public Utility Holding Company Act and mandated a further reduction of government oversight of the electricity sector.

An impressive coalition of grassroots groups -- from anglers, hunters and public health advocates to communities of faith and environmental organizations -- helped stiffen the Senate's spine to oppose the bill. The legislation finally died, according to opponents, because of the flood of industry-friendly provisions. The Republican effort to pass the bill was doomed when House Majority Leader Tom DeLay refused to remove a provision protecting the makers of MTBE from costly lawsuits. MTBE is a toxic fuel additive proven to have contaminated the water supply in many parts of the country.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Wenonah Hauter, director of Public Citizen's Energy and Environment Program. She explains how an earlier energy bill set the stage for the recent debate and what grassroots groups need to do to prevent the GOP-controlled Congress from passing what many view as a similarly harmful energy bill in the near future.

For more information, call Public Citizen at (202) 588-1000 or visit the Energy and Environment Program's web page at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Rebel war in northern Uganda leading to growing level of death and destruction relatively uncovered in the media. ("My Country's Anguish," World Press Review, November 2003)
  • After Massachusett's historic ruling by the state's Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage, the issue suddenly rises at the top of the political agenda in New Jersey, Arizona, Wisconsin and Nevada. ("Gay Marriage Decision Spurs Action Across U.S.," Boston Globe, Nov. 28, 2003)
  • Wal-Mart and other "big box" stores battle against local living wage laws. ("Wal-Mart's Big City Blues," The Nation, Dec. 8, 2003 [web version])

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Sasha Summer Cousineau
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
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Web producer: Jeff Yates
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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 12/5/03

Bush Re-Election Issues

"Signs Of Economic Recovery Haven't Trickled Down," ZNet, Dec.3, 2003

"Who Tried To Bribe Rep. Smith?" Slate, Dec. 1, 2003

"The Uncompassionate Conservative," Mother Jones, Nov.-Dec., 2003

"Senate Republican Staffer Put on Leave," The Associated Press, Nov. 25, 2003

"Iraq War Providing a Boost to Al-Qaida," The Sun, Nov. 22, 2003

"War Critics Astonished as U.S. Hawk Admits Invasion Was Illegal," The Guardian UK, Nov. 20, 2003

"CIA Still Finds No Evidence Saddam Tried To Arm Terrorists: Report " Agence France-Presse, Nov. 17, 2003

"Bush & the Environment: Crimes Against Nature," the Rolling Stone, Nov. 11, 2003

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The War Party: Thieves As Well As Liars", Nov. 21, 2003

"The Axis of Oil: How a Plan for the World's Biggest Pipeline Threatens to Wreak Havoc," The Independent UK, Oct. 28, 2003

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Civilian Deaths Raise Iraqi Fears, Anger,'" Boston Globe, Dec. 3, 2003

"Appointment In Samarra," TomDispatch, Dec. 3, 2003

"Army Is Planning for 100,000 G.I.'s in Iraq Till 2006," The New York Times, Nov. 22, 2003

"CIA: The U.S Could Lose In Iraq," The Guardian/UK, Nov. 13, 2003

"Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog From Iraq"

"Juan Cole: Informed Comment"

Civil Liberties

"Greenpeace: Civil Disobedience On Trial,", Dec. 2, 2003

"Amnesty International Calls For Miami Investigation," New York Times, Nov. 27, 2003

"Criminalizing Dissent: What Miami Means,", Nov. 27, 2003

"Gen. Tommy Franks: U.S. + WMD Attack = Military Government,", Nov. 21, 2003

"The War on Dissent:Heavy-handed Police and Propaganda Tactics Brought Baghdad to Miami," Toronto Globe & Mail, Nov. 25, 2003

"PATRIOT Act Expansion Moving Through Congress," OneWorld.Net, Nov. 21, 2003

"Arar Case A Symbol of Post-9/11 Excesses, Civil Liberties Group Says," Toronto Star, Nov. 16, 2003

Media And Activism

"Information Warfare In Miami," AlterNet, Dec. 1, 2003

"New Media Rules Partially Rolled Back," by Reuters, Nov. 24, 2003

"FCC Planning New Giveaway To Broadcasters," Center For Digital Democracy, Nov. 12, 2003

"War, Social Justice, Media And Democracy," ZNet, Nov. 10, 2003

National Conference on Media Reform, selected speeches, Nov. 7-9, 2003


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