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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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For The Week Ending Feb. 25, 2005


  • U.S.-Held Prisoners Transferred Abroad
    Subjected to Torture

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  • Nonviolent Solutions Explored in Resolving
    Darfur-Sudan Conflict

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  • Phony Journalist Exposed in Latest Scandal
    Involving White House
    Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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U.S.-Held Prisoners Transferred Abroad
Subjected to Torture

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

Despite repeated denials from President Bush and others in his administration that the US government does not engage in torture or hand over prisoners to nations that do, a number of eyewitness accounts and press reports contradict those White House assertions. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, the Bush administration adopted a policy called, "extraordinary rendition" that permitted the transfer of a small number of terrorist suspects to nations that employed brutal interrogation methods illegal in the U.S.

In recent years, the government's "rendition" policy has greatly expanded, with estimates placing the number of U.S.-held prisoners transferred to nations employing torture at 150. Those who have been subject to the policy include Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen who was detained in New York City and then sent to Syria, where he suffered months of torture before being released without charge. Another prisoner, Mamdouh Habib, accused of training several of the 9/11 hijackers, was held in the U.S.-run Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention facility and later transferred to Egypt where he claims he was beaten and burned. A piece in the Feb. 8th edition of the New Yorker magazine by Jane Mayer, titled, "Outsourcing Torture," details the rendition program and some of the allegations made against the Bush administration.

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 expresses his grave concern about the rendition policy and the message sent to the world by the recent Senate confirmation of Alberto Gonzalez as the Bush administration's new Attorney General.

Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by calling (212) 614-6464, or visit the Center's website at Michael Ratner is co- author along with Ellen Ray of the book: "Guantanamo: What The World Should Know."

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Nonviolent Solutions Explored in Resolving
Darfur-Sudan Conflict

Interview with Chris Doucot,
Catholic Worker Peace Team member,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

A recently signed peace treaty between the Sudanese government -- based in the north-- and rebels in the south, has hopefully ended one of Africa's longest-running wars. But the killing and displacement of Sudanese in the western province of Darfur continues. The conflict has resulted in an estimated 300,000 killed, with about two million displaced, including internal refugees and those who have fled to neighboring Chad.

Washington has labeled attacks by the central government of Sudan on the people of Darfu as genocide, where a rebel group has been fighting government forces and Arab militias known as the janjaweed. The African Union has 1,000 troops on the ground working as observers, out of a force of 4,000 the coalition has pledged to deploy in order to stop the killing in Darfur.

The Bush administration is now attempting to block a referral of war crimes committed in Darfur to the International Criminal Court, working instead to have the cases adjudicated by a tribunal run by the U.N. and African Union in Tanzania. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Chris Doucot of Hartford, Conn., who was part of a four-member Catholic Worker Peace Team that spent two weeks in Darfur in December.

Contact the Catholic Worker Peace Team by calling (860) 724-7066, or visit their website at

Phony Journalist Exposed in Latest Scandal
Involving White House Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda

Interview with Steve Rendall,
senior analyst with Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting,
conducted by Scott Harris

Since the November presidential election, the Bush administration's strategy for handling media relations has come into focus through multiple scandals involving government payments to journalists, most notably columnist Armstrong Williams, in exchange for favorable coverage of GOP policies. Williams, a columnist and broadcast talk show host, was paid $240,000 to promote the president's "No Child Left Behind Act." Two other print journalists, Maggie Gallagher and Michael McManus, were paid lesser sums to support a White House marriage initiative.

The newest set of revelations involve Jeff Gannon, also known as James Guckert, who was given credentials to attend daily White House press briefings and at least one rare presidential press conference. It turns out the Gannon, who regularly asked questions denigrating Democrats and praising Republicans, was not a journalist at all, but rather a GOP activist. Investigations into Gannon disclosed that he worked under a fake name for the fringe conservative Talon News, with direct connections to the right-wing organization GOPUSA.

After the scandal erupted, Gannon resigned from Talon News, but the controversy about the way in which the Bush administration handles its relationship with the press has only intensified. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Steve Rendall, senior analyst with the media-watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, who examines what some are now describing as a White House taxpayer-funded propaganda machine.

Call FAIR at (212) 633-6700 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice expected to "certify" that Indonesian Army (TNI) is fully cooperating with murder investigation of two American school teachers in disputed region of West Papua, allowing the TNI to qualify for $600,000 in funds from the U.S.-funded International Military Education and Training program. ("Despite record of atrocities, U.S. moves to normalize ties with Indonesian military,", Feb. 11, 2005)
  • The Bushmen of Botswana's Kalahari game preserve hope a lawsuit will win them the right to return to their native land, from where they were evicted to make way for lucrative diamond mining. ("Exiles of the Kalahari," by Tom Price, Mother Jones, January/February 2005)
  • Young adults, perhaps those with the most at risk in the scheme to privatize Social Security, are being ignored by the defenders of the current retirement system. ("Conversation Kills," Village Voice, Feb. 9, 2005)

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"Unwelcome Guests at a Coronation," Jan. 20, 2005 Counter-Inaugural Speeches and Protests

U.S. Politics

"Democrats' Strongest Voice Stifles Himself," by Jules Witcover, Baltimore Sun, Feb. 18, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Flirting With Armageddon: Welcome To A New Arms Race," Observer/UK, Feb. 20, 2005

"Administration Is Warned About Its 'News' Videos," The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2005

"Bush To Poor: Drop Dead," by Will Durst, Common Dreams, Feb. 19, 2005

"Show Me The Money: Read Fine Print In Bush's Social Security Privatization Plan," by Mark Weisbrot, Alternet, Feb. 19, 2005

"Bush's Budget: The Wealth Transfer Scheme," by Geov Parrish, Working For Change, Feb. 18, 2005

"Negroponte's Dark Past," by David Corn, The Nation, Feb. 17, 2005

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Iran Readies Military, Fearing U.S. Attack," San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 21, 2005

"Is U.S. About To Switch From Invasion To Covert Operations And Dirty Tricks," Sunday Herald/ Scotland, Feb. 20, 2005

"Negroponte, Servant Of The Empire, Rises To The Top," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Feb. 18, 2005

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Americans And Rebels Begin Talks On Timetable For Withdrawl From Iraq," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Feb. 22, 2005

"Amnesty International: Iraqi Women No Better Off Post-Saddam," Reuters, Feb. 22, 2005

"Attacks In Iraq Kill 55 On Holiest Day Of Shiite Calendar," Associated Press, Feb. 19, 2005

"A Shi'ite Iraq Emerges," by Juan Cole,, Feb. 19, 2005

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"World Council Of Churches: U.S. Violates Law At Guantanamo," Reuters, Feb. 21, 2005

"Brooklyn's 'Abu Ghraib,'" New York Daily News, Feb. 20, 2005

"Intelligence Nominee Comes Under Renewed Scrutiny On Human Rights," The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2005

"American Muslims Live In Fear Of The Government," by Isaac Baker, Inter Press Service, Feb. 19, 2005

"Banning Ward Churchill: Censorship In the Land Of Wayne Morse," by George Beres, Counterpunch, Feb. 19, 2005

"Wichita State To Offer 'How To Spot A Terrorist' Class," Wichita Eagle, Feb. 15, 2005

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"The White House Stages Its 'Daily Show,'" by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Feb. 20, 2005

"Where Was The Press When This Was Going On?," by Danny Schechter,, Feb. 20, 2005

"Imagine Watergate 2005: Would Today's Press Persevere?," by Richard Reeves,, Feb. 19, 2005

"'The Take': Documentary Tracks Argentinian Workers Who 'Take' A Chance On Revival," by Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times, Feb. 18, 2005

"Blogging While Black," by Christopher Rabb, Afro-Netizen, Feb. 18, 2005

"Phony Journalist: Pimping For The White House," Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial, Feb. 18, 2005

"Shooting The Messengers: The U.S. Killing Of Journalists In Iraq," by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, Feb. 18, 2005

"The Conservative Media: Bush's Willing Sycophants," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Feb. 17, 2005

More newswire ...


"For Some, A Loss In Iraq Turns Into Antiwar Activism," Washington Post, Feb. 22, 2005

"Shelter Under The Antiwar Umbrella," by David Solnit, Alternet, Feb. 18, 2005

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