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New Haven Advocate's
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WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM

"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

"The Rest of the News," New Haven Advocate, July 3, 2003


War And Profiteering

Those Who Dared to Come Forward
Compilation of Washington insiders speaking out on Bush administration policies and actions

"Iraq On The Record," U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman report, March 16, 2004

"Greenspan Testimony Highlights Bush Plan for Deliberate Federal Bankruptcy," by Michael Meurer,, March 2, 2004

"Noam Chomsky on Middle East Conflict and U.S. War Plan Against Iraq," Between The Lines interview with Noam Chomsky, conducted by Scott Harris, for the Week Ending May 3, 2002

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

The Iraq Crisis, a Global Policy Forum, UN Security Council section on the 13 years of sanctions and other background of the war, the humanitarian situation, the importance of Iraq's huge oil resources, and disputes over a post-war government and reconstruction plan

"Occupation, Inc." Southern Exposure, Winter, 2003/2004

"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

"An Annotated Saddam Chronology," ZNet, Dec. 15, 2003

Civil Liberties

"The Global Gulag: Into The Shadows," by Tom Engelhardt,, April 5, 2004

"Keeping Secrets: The Bush administration is doing the public's business out of the public eye. Here's how--and why," by Christopher H. Schmitt and Edward T. Pound, U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 12, 2003

"FBI Memo: Tactics Used During Protests And Demonstrations" Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oct. 15, 2003

"F.B.I. Scrutinizes Antiwar Rallies" by Eric Lichtblau, New York Times, Nov. 23, 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

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  • Deteriorating Situation in Iraq
    Casts Doubt on U.S. Ability
    to Win Military Victory

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  • Depleted Uranium Weapons Used by U.S.
    in Iraq and Afghanistan Linked
    to Radiation Illness
    in Troops and Civilians

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  • Fired FBI Translator and
    25 Former Government Security Officials
    Criticize 9/11 Commission Report

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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:

Deteriorating Situation in Iraq
Casts Doubt on U.S. Ability
to Win Military Victory

Interview with Andrew Ruben,
director of International Coalition
of Academics Against Occupation,
conducted by Scott Harris

As the presidential election campaign heats up, the war in Iraq is emerging as a defining issue which could determine the winner this November. An escalation of insurgent attacks, suicide bombings and kidnappings and executions of civilian hostages is focusing public attention on a deteriorating situation for U.S. forces in Iraq. This, despite continuing tit-for-tat controversies surrounding both candidates' Vietnam-era military service -- and a recent scandal at CBS news about questionable documents from President Bush's National Guard service.

Although President Bush is upbeat about what he calls progress in Iraq, a national intelligence estimate given to the White House in July predicts continued violence and chaos in Iraq as the better of several scenarios -- the worst being civil war. Large areas of central Iraq, including major cities like Falluja, are now under the control of insurgents. The U.S. military is reported to be planning a major, potentially bloody offensive in these areas after the U.S. election. Prominent Republican Senators Chuck Hagel, Richard Lugar and John McCain have begun to publicly question Bush's Iraq policies. Meanwhile, Democratic candidate John Kerry has stepped up his criticism of the president's decision to go to war and his current handling of the conflict.

Andrew Ruben, is a professor of English Literature at Georgetown University and director of the International Coalition of Academics against Occupation, a group which has worked to bring public attention to the assassinations of more than 250 college professors, academics and intellectuals in Iraq. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ruben about the current conditions in Iraq and the options for the U.S to extricate itself from what many are now calling a quagmire not unlike the Vietnam War.

Contact the Coalition of Academics against Occupation by calling (202) 492-3291 or visit their website at

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Depleted Uranium Weapons Used by U.S.
in Iraq and Afghanistan Linked
to Radiation Illness
in Troops and Civilians

Interview with Tedd Weyman,
deputy director of the
Uranium Medical Research Centre,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Project Censored is a media research group at Sonoma State University that tracks news articles published in independent journals and newsletters. From these, the group compiles an annual list of 25 significant stories that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country's major national news media. The Project publishes the stories in a yearbook titled, "Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News".

Ranked this year as the fourth most important censored story is "High levels of uranium found in troops and civilians." Two of five articles cited under this heading were written by Tedd Weyman, deputy director of the Uranium Medical Research Centre, based in Toronto, Canada, and Washington, D.C. Weyman was honored for reports he wrote about the use of uranium weapons used by the U.S. in the war in Afghanistan.

These conventional weapons contain uranium, classified as depleted uranium or DU. Despite the label, these weapons are still radioactive. Uranium is considered an ideal weapons material due to its density and ability to penetrate its target. Weyman has conducted health studies in both Iraq, where DU weapons were deployed, and also in Afghanistan, where weapons containing non-depleted uranium were used. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke to Weyman about his research.

Tedd Weyman's reeports have been honored by Project Censored. For more information, call the Research Centre at (416) 465-1341 or visit the group's website at

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Fired FBI Translator and
25 Former Government Security Officials
Criticize 9/11 Commission Report

Interview with Sibel Edmonds,
former FBI language specialist,
conducted by Scott Harris

Sibel Edmonds worked as a contract linguist for the FBI, but when she reported lapses in security, mishandling of critical intelligence and cover-ups, she was terminated from her job in March 2002. Edmond's subsequent lawsuits asserting she was fired for being a whistleblower have been classified top secret by Attorney General John Ashcroft and neither she, her attorney or Congress can discuss specifics of the case. One of several lawsuits filed by Edmonds in July 2002 was dismissed by a federal court in July 2004 when a judge found that Edmonds could not prove her case without access to information the government has classified as protected by "state secrets privilege."

Edmonds has testified before the U.S. Senate and the 9/11 Commission that the FBI possessed, but mismanaged information that could have proved useful in preventing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. More recently Edmonds has helped organize a group of 25 former federal employees directly involved in the government's counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism work who have publicly criticized the 9-11 Commission and the Bush administration for not holding key officials accountable for failures leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Sibel Edmonds, who describes what led her to speak out against pre-9/11 problems at the FBI, the Bush administration gag order around her case and why she and other former security officials have criticized the Commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • In mid-September, the Israeli Army conducted its most violent raid into the West Bank in over two years. ("Israel kills 10 people, says not following road map," Reuters, Sept. 15, 2004)
  • The Justice Department has neglected to maintain the computer database for its Foreign Agent Registration Unit, which includes Washington's power lobbyists such as Patton Boggs, that represents the interests of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Angola. ("Foreign Lobbyist Database Could Vanish," The Public i, July 2004)
  • U.S. Customs Services' large-scale seizure of prescription drugs ordered through a Canadian company illustrates the Bush administration's double standards on foreign-made prescription drugs. ("Drugs from Canada Seized," USA Today, Sept. 17, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Indu Anand
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Senior Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Web producer: Jeff Yates
Newswire editor: Hank Hoffman
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Executive producer: Scott Harris
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Between The Lines Week Ending 9/24/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Fox Hunts Student Voters," by Katha Pollitt, The Nation, Oct. 11, 2004

"Fact-Checking Bush's U.N. Address," by Stephen Zunes,, Sept. 28 2004

"Bush Paid Little Attention To Guard Duties," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 27 2004

"Politics And Sleaze Envelop Orlando," Independent/UK, Sept. 27 2004

"Bush Camp Paints Kerry As Terrorists' Champion," Agence France Presse, Sept. 26, 2004

"Nader Plays Crucial Role In Bush Reelection Plan," by Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald, Sept. 26, 2004

"How Bush's Grandfather Helped Hitler's Rise To Power," Guardian/UK, Sept. 25, 2004

"In New Attacks On Kerry, Bush Twists His Rival's Words," Associated Press, Sept. 25, 2004

"Tallying The Woes Of Electronic Balloting," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 24, 2004

"Swift Boat Swill: National Archives Put The Lie To Critics Of Kerry Antiwar Testimony," by Nicholas Turse, Village Voice, Sept. 21, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bringing Halliburton To Heel," by Charlie Cray,, Sept. 27, 2004

"Review Of A Draft Bill," by Ray Amberg, ZNet, Sept. 26, 2004

"'You Scare Us': Bush Is Giving Latin America The Willies," by Carlos Fuentes, Los Angeles Times Sept. 26, 2004

"Human Dignity, Crazy Mike And Indian Country," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Sept. 25, 2004

"A Draft After The Elections?," by Murray Polner,, Sept. 25, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"The Bush Administration Takes Heat For A CIA Plan To Influence Iraq Elections," Time, Sept. 27, 2004

"7 Iraqi Guard Applicants, 4 U.S. Marines And A Soldier Are Killed," The New York Times, Sept. 26, 2004

"Iraq Elections A Disaster In The Making," by Juan Cole,, Sept. 25, 2004

"The New U.S. Strategy After The Battle Of Najaf," by Michael Schwartz, ZNet, Sept. 25, 2004

"Iraq Violence Belies Bush Spin," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 24, 2004

"More Iraqi Civilians Killed By U.S. Forces Than By Insurgents," Knight Ridder, Sept. 24, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Runaway Train: The True Story Of The U.S. PATRIOT Act," by Martha Lynn, Alternet, Sept. 27, 2004

"GOP Adds New Police Powers To Intel Bill," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 24, 2004

"The Ashcroft Garbage Dump," by Christopher Brauchli, Alternet, Sept. 24, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"CBS Nixes '60 Minutes' Story On Iraq War," Associated Press, Sept. 26, 2004

More newswire ...


"Michigan Student Reps Oppose Military Draft," State News, Sept. 27, 2004

"Ellsberg Calls For Change, Truth," Register-Guard, Sept. 26, 2004

"NBA Player Etan Thomas Joins Ranks Of Athletic Anti-Warriors," by Dave Zirin, ZNet, Sept. 26, 2004

"Election 2004: House Calls," by Evan Derkasz, Alternet, Sept. 23, 2004

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