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New Haven Advocate's
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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

"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

Project for the New American Century's Letter to President Clinton on Iraq, Jan. 26, 1998 Urges President Clinton to remove the threat that Iraq poses by stating a strategy to do so in his "upcoming State of the Union Address."

"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, U.N. 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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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending Dec. 17, 2004


  • Effort Underway in Germany to Prosecute
    High-Ranking U.S. Officials for
    Their Role in Torture, War Crimes

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  • Ohio's Official Presidential Election Results
    Challenged by Recount and Lawsuit Filed
    in State Supreme Court

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  • Campaign Launched to Stop
    Connecticut's First Execution in 40 Years

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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:

Effort Underway in Germany to Prosecute
High-Ranking U.S. Officials for
Their Role in Torture, War Crimes

Interview with Michael Ratner,
president of the Center for Constitutional Rights,
conducted by Scott Harris

As more evidence, including photos, emerge documenting the abuse of prisoners in the custody of the U.S. military around the world, news reports revealed a devastating memorandum issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The Red Cross memo, leaked to the New York Times in late November, accused the U.S. military of using tactics "tantamount to torture" on prisoners held at the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The charges were made by an ICRC inspection team that had spent most of June at the American base in Cuba. More than 500 prisoners, many captured during the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, have been held at Guantanamo indefinitely without charge or access to attorneys.

Meanwhile, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, on behalf of four Iraqi citizens who were victims of abuse, has asked the government of Germany to undertake a criminal investigation of high-ranking U.S. officials, including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who may be culpable for torture and war crimes committed at the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The action was taken under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction, where suspected war criminals may be prosecuted irrespective of where they reside.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a principal attorney for prisoners being held at the Guantanamo U.S. Naval Base. Ratner addresses the pattern of abuse that persists at Pentagon-run prisons and explains why his group felt it was necessary to go to Germany as a "court of last resort" to investigate the responsibility of Washington's political and military leadership for acts of torture and other serious war crimes carried out by lower level personnel.

Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by calling (212) 614-6464. Letters can be sent to Germany in support of the litigation by visiting the Center's website at

Michael Ratner, is co-author with Ellen Ray of the book: "Guantanamo: What The World Should Know."

Related links:

  • "Red Cross Finds Detainee Abuse in Guantanamo," by Neil A. Lewis, New York Times, Nov. 30, 2004

Ohio's Official Presidential Election Results
Challenged by Recount and Lawsuit Filed
in State Supreme Court

Interview with Cliff Arnebeck,
lawyer representing the Alliance for Democracy,
conducted by Scott Harris

After a series of citizen-initiated hearings, protests and independent investigations into voting irregularities in Ohio, Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell certified the results of Ohio's Nov. 2nd presidential election, declaring George W. Bush the winner over John Kerry by a margin of 119,000 votes. However, critics immediately launched two separate challenges against the official tally.

The Green and Libertarian parties jointly filed a request for a recount of the votes cast in all of Ohio's 88 counties, backed by $113,000 raised to pay required state fees. Cliff Arnebeck, an attorney representing the Alliance for Democracy and 25 Ohio voters, will or has filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court contesting the validity of the state's election results based on documented cases of voter suppression, miscounts of thousands of votes and a pattern of shortages of voting machines in predominately African American precincts.

In addition, Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan convened a congressional hearing Dec. 8th to investigate voting irregularities in Ohio, supported by outgoing Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe, who called for a study of the problems experienced by voters there. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with attorney Cliff Arnebeck, who describes the evidence of voting irregularities which led him to file a lawsuit before Ohio's Supreme Court -- and the potential for overturning the results of the national election.

For more information visit the Alliance website at or Free Press, the Ohio-based online investigative magazine, at

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Campaign Launched to Stop
Connecticut's First Execution in 40 Years

Interview with Robert Nave,
director of the Connecticut Network
to Abolish the Death Penalty,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

On Jan. 26, 2005, the state of Connecticut is set to execute its first death row prisoner in 40 years. Michael Ross, 45, has admitted raping and strangling eight young women in the early 1980s. Republican Gov. Jodi Rell declined to postpone this execution until after the state's next legislative session, which would have allowed legislators to debate and possibly pass a bill abolishing capital punishment. Now it appears that the only thing that can save Ross is if he reverses his position of wanting to be executed and initiates new appeals, or his former attorneys succeed in persuading a judge that he was not competent to make decisions related to his case.

Twelve states, including four in New England, have banned the death penalty. In a 2003 poll, Connecticut residents favored the death penalty 60 to 34 percent. But when the choice is execution or life without parole, less than half supported capital punishment. Nationally, support for the death penalty has dropped from a high of 80 percent in 1994 to 70 percent this year. But, again, when the option of life in prison without parole is offered as an alternative, support for the death penalty drops to 50 percent. Capital punishment, long banned in developed nations around the world, has been criticized in the U.S. for being racially, economically and geographically discriminatory, disproportionately affecting people of color and the poor who are often denied adequate legal representation.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Robert Nave, director of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty and Amnesty International's Death Penalty Abolition coordinator in the state. Nave talks about why he opposes capital punishment and what his group and others are doing to outlaw the death penalty in Connecticut.

Contact the network by calling the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty at (203) 206-9854, or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Years after the world's worst industrial accident at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, the population continues to suffer the effects of toxic pollution there. ("Children of Bhopal bear toxic burden," Associated Press, Dec. 3, 2004 and Amnesty International, Nov. 29, 2004)
  • Thousands of African villagers in eastern Congo are fleeing their homes after a new round of bloody incursions by Rwandan troops. ("Thousands uprooted by clashes in East Congo," Reuters, Dec. 3, 2004; "Rwanda threatens to reignite Congo," The Guardian, Dec. 4, 2004)
  • Single-payer, universal health coverage could relieve U.S. employers of the burden of paying costly medical bills under worker compensation and providing expensive health insurance. ("Single Payer: Good for Business," The Nation, Nov. 15, 2004)

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Election 2004

"The Greene County Lockdown," by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, Dec. 13, 2004

"Protesters Urge Delay For Ohio Electors," Associated Press, Dec. 13, 2004

"Doubts Persist About Election Results," Associated Press, Dec. 10, 2004

"Silencing The Vote," by David Lytel, Baltimore Sun, Dec. 9, 2004

"The Democrats' Da Vinci Code," by David J. Sirota, The American Prospect, Dec. 9, 2004

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Bush Regime

"Pentagon Weighs Use Of Deception In A Broad Arena," The New York Times, Dec. 13, 2004

"Bush Administration On Trial On Germany," by Reggie Rivers, Denver Post, Dec. 10, 2004

"Bush Wants To Rob You Of Your Social Security Benefits," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Dec. 10, 2004

"CIA Sacked Over WMD," News 24 (South Africa), Dec. 9, 2004

"100 Facts and 1 Opinion: The Non-Arguable Case Against the Bush Administration," by Judd Legum, The Nation, Nov. 8, 2004

"Bush Administration Urges Supreme Court To Uphold Ten Commandments Displays," Associated Press, Dec. 8, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Next Target Iran?," by Ivan Eland,, Dec. 14, 2004

"Halliburton Hires Colombian Gunmen," Agence France Presse, Dec. 13, 2004

"Victim Of Latin American Torture Claims Abu Ghraib Abuse Was Official U.S. Policy," The Sunday Herald/Scotland, Dec. 12, 2004

"CIA And Venezuela: Documents Cast New Light On U.S. Fore-Knowledge Of 2002 Coup," by Mark Weisbrot, ZNet, Dec. 12, 2004

"Pentagon Ousts Official Under FBI Investigation," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 11, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"U.S. Military Obstructing Medical Care In Iraq," by Dahr Jamail,, Dec. 14, 2004

"Fallujah Gulag," by Douglas Lummis, Counterpunch, Dec. 13, 2004

"The War IS The War Crime," by M. Junaid Alam, Counterpunch, Dec. 13, 2004

"A Year After Saddam's Capture, Iraq's Chaos Deepening," Reuters, Dec. 12, 2004

"Fuel Shortage," Riverbend, Baghdad's Burning, Dec. 12, 2004

"U.S. Army Plagued By Desertion And Plunging Morale," Times/UK, Dec. 10, 2004

"5,500 Deserters Since Iraq War Started," CBS News, Dec. 9, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Rights Group Puts Rumsfeld On The Spot Over Afghan Deaths," Reuters, Dec. 14, 2004

"A Cloud Over The Constitution," by Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, Dec. 14, 2004

"New York Art Show Shuttered Over Bush Monkey Portrait," Reuters, Dec. 14, 2004

"Intelligence Reform Or PATRIOT Act 2?," by Mike Whitney, ZNet, Dec. 12, 2004

"Intelligence Bill Greatly Expands Police Powers," Washington Post, Dec. 10, 2004

"Were Detainees Guinea Pigs At Guantanamo?," by Benjamin Cherriere, Le Nouvel Observateur/France, Dec. 10, 2004

"Anti-Terror Bill Worries Liberties Groups," Associated Press, Dec. 9, 2004

"Smoketown Six: Anti-Bush Protesters Plan Lawsuit Over Their Arrests," Lancaster Intelligencer Journal (Pennsylvania), Dec. 9, 2004

"Guantanamo Detainee Details Torture," Associated Press, Dec. 9, 2004

"Blocking Mr. Torture," James Schamus, In These Times, Dec. 7, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"The Sinclair Propaganda Machine," by Evan Derkasz, Alternet editorial, Dec. 14, 2004

"Gary Webb, R.I.P.," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Dec. 14, 2004

"R.I.P., Gary Webb: Unembedded Reporter," by Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, Dec. 13, 2004

"The P.U.-litzer Prizes For 2004," by Norman Solomon, Alternet, Dec. 10, 2004

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"What Labor Learned On Nov. 2," by David Moberg, The Nation, Dec. 14, 2004

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