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For The Week Ending Aug. 19, 2005

  • White House is Shaping Public Opinion
    for a Future Confrontation with Iran

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  • Declassified Documents and Testimony
    Implicate High Officials in Torture of U.S.-Held Detainees

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  • Cindy Sheehan, Mother of Slain Soldier,
    Demands Meeting with President Bush on Iraq War

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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White House is Shaping Public Opinion
for a Future Confrontation with Iran

Interview with Norman Solomon,
author and columnist,
conducted by Scott Harris

After months of unsuccessful negotiations by European diplomats, Iran's government announced on Aug. 8 that it has resumed work on processing/converting uranium at its Isfahan nuclear facility. Washington and European nations have warned that despite Tehran's assertion that their nuclear project is intended to develop electric power and not weapons, the matter will be brought to the U.N. Security Council to demand economic sanctions if Iran does not halt the program.

A showdown between Iran and the West could come in September when the matter is expected to reach the Security Council. Iran insists that as a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, it has the right to convert and enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. But Washington contends that Iran forfeited that right, after Tehran had admitted it had deceived inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency for some 17 years.

Although soon after the September 11th attacks President Bush characterized Iran as part of the "axis of evil," Vice President Cheney has stated that diplomacy is the right way to handle the nuclear issue. But his warning that if diplomacy fails, "all options are on the table, " has led observers to believe that the U.S. or Israel may be considering air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and columnist Norman Solomon who traveled to Iran for 10 days in June. He examines how the Bush administration is now shaping public opinion with regard to justifying a possible future U.S. military confrontation with the nation of Iran.

Norman Solomon is syndicated columnist and author of "War Made Easy, How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning us to Death." Read portions of the book online at

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Declassified Documents and Testimony
Implicate High Officials in Torture of U.S.-Held Detainees

Interview with Mona Cadena,
field organizer with Amnesty International USA,
conducted by Scott Harris

Spc. Sabrina Harman, of the 372nd Military Police Company,
gives a thumbs-up sign by the body of Iraqi detainee Manadel al-Jamadi.

A recent series of reports concerning the mistreatment of detainees held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan and undisclosed prison facilities, further undermines the Bush administration's contention that "a few bad apples" are responsible for the abuse and torture of prisoners.

Declassified documents reveal that in early 2003, senior military lawyers opposed the White House view that President Bush had the authority as commander in chief to order harsh interrogations of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The dissenting opinions were registered on the grounds that the extreme interrogation techniques proposed would violate military, criminal and international law risking prosecutions abroad. Other arguments against the policy were made on the basis that abuse of Pentagon held prisoners would endanger U.S. soldiers taken prisoner and undermine America's moral standing around the world.

Reports on court proceedings involving U.S. soldiers accused of abuses leading to the 2002 deaths of two detainees at America's Bagram Airforce base in Afghanistan divulge that some soldiers maintain that they were acting on orders from military intelligence personnel and superior officers. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Mona Cadena, field organizer with Amnesty International USA, who provides an overview of recent revelations concerning the abuse and torture of detainees held by the U.S. military.

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Cindy Sheehan, Mother of Slain Soldier,
Demands Meeting with President Bush on Iraq War

Interview with Cindy Sheehan,
mother of American soldier killed in Iraq,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

cindy sheehan
Cindy Sheehan paces on a road Sunday near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. She vows to wait until the president talks to her or leaves the ranch. (Larry Down/Reuters)

In April 2004, Cindy Sheehan's son Casey, a U.S. Army specialist, was killed in Iraq. Shortly afterward, President Bush met with Sheehan and other family members of fallen soldiers. Sheehan says she was outraged when the president said her son had died for a noble cause. Later, Sheehan and another mother of a soldier killed in Iraq founded Gold Star Families for Peace to oppose the Iraq war and demand that U.S. troops be brought home.

Last week, after attending the Veterans for Peace annual conference in Dallas, Sheehan says she spontaneously decided to go to Crawford, Texas, where President Bush is vacationing at his ranch. She is camping out just off the highway leading to Crawford, and demanding another meeting with Bush.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Sheehan by cell phone. During the brief interview, Sheehan's phone beeped several times as she received calls from supporters and journalists. Her presence at the Bush Ranch has drawn considerable attention from major corporate media as well as progressive independent outlets. Sheehan explains why she's undertaken this vigil in the Texas August heat, and why she thinks her protest may mark the beginning of the end of the U.S. war in Iraq.

For more information on Sheehan's vigil, call Code Pink Women for Peace at (310) 827-4320 or visit her website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Bush administration is developing a new generation of antipersonnel landmines after refusing to sign the 1997 Ottawa International Treaty banning landmines adopted by 145 nations. ("After 10-year hiatus, Pentagon eyes new landmine," InterPress Service, Aug. 3, 2005; "Back in Business: U.S. Landmine Production and Exports," Human Rights Watch, August 2005)
  • Thousands of banana workers are suffering from exposure to toxic pesticides on Central American banana plantations, many owned by American food giants like Dole Foods. ("Chiquita's Children," In These Times, May 23, 2005)
  • Critics charge the recent FCC action allowing phone companies to block access to their DSL lines to rival Internet service providers could endanger the survival of ISPs such as Earthlink, and stymie competition and technical development.("FCC may set rules allowing Bells exclusive access over DSL lines," Wall Street Journal, Aug. 4, 2005; "FCC eases high-speed access rules," New York Times, Aug. 6, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"GOP Paying Legal Bills Of Bush Official Accused Of Conspiring To Tamper With New Hampshire Elections," Associated Press, Aug. 11, 2005

"9/11 Panel Seeks Inquiry On New Atta Report," The New York Times, Aug. 10, 2005

"U.S.-Israel Espionage Case Bigger Than AIPAC," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Aug. 9, 2005

"Dean Says Democrats Must Take Offensive," Associated Press, Aug. 8, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Cheney's Man Slated To Replace Feith," by Tom Barry & Tanya I. Garcia,, Aug. 11, 2005

"Bush Order Lets Him Control Roberts' Memos," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 11, 2005

"Roberts Loses Support From Conservative Group," Associated Press, Aug. 10, 2005

"Bush Sends Bolton To The U.N.," by Phyllis Bennis, ZNet, Aug. 9, 2005

"NARAL Ad Campaign Says Roberts Backed Clinic Bombers," Washington Post, Aug. 9, 2005

"How Vulnerable Is Bush On Iraq?," by Dan Froomkin, Washington Post, Aug. 5, 2005

"Toad Case Reveals Roberts As An Activist," by Julie Hilden,, Aug. 4, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Chavez Warns Against U.S. Invasion," Australian Associated Press/Australia, Aug. 9, 2005

"The Ironies Of Conquest: The Bush Administration's Iranian Nightmare," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Schwartz,, Aug. 9, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq's Prime Minister Tries To Calm Political Maelstrom," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 11, 2005

"More Death In Iraq: A Reluctant Soldier's Story," by Will Bunch, Editor & Publisher, Aug. 10, 2005

"Coup: Baghdad Mayor Ousted By Shiite Group And Replaced," The New York Times, Aug. 10, 2005

"Female Circumcision Surfaces In Iraq," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 10, 2005

"Rumsfeld: The Insurgency Could Get Worse," The Australian/ Australia, Aug. 10, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Padilla Vs. Rumsfeld: Tyranny's Gate," by Scott Horton,, Aug. 11, 2005

"Florida Peace Group Wants Barriers Out," St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Aug. 10, 2005

"Shut Up: Smart Geeks Are Being Harassed Or Bribed Into Silence By Corporations," by Annalee Newitz, AlterNet, Aug. 10, 2005

"Roberts Ruling On Terror Tribunals Appealed," Associated Press, Aug. 9, 2005

"Chertoff Disagrees With Military, Says Homeland Security Would Lead In Event Of Attack," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 9, 2005

"War Plans Drafted To Counter Terror Attacks In U.S.; Civil Libertarians Concerned," Washington Post, Aug. 8, 2005

"Lawsuit Filed Against Rumsfeld: Cruel Confinement Of 'Enemy Combatant' In U.S.," Human Rights Watch press release, Aug. 8, 2005

"FBI, Please Protect Us From Terrorists And The ACLU," by Anthony Gregory, Independent Institute, Aug. 3, 2005

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Media Issues

"Judith Miller's Secret Meeting," by Murray Waas, The American Prospect, Aug. 10, 2005

"Return Of The Repressed: Vietnam Era Antiwar Doc To Get New Showings," The New York Times, Aug. 9, 2005

"Unspinning War," by David Swanson, Swanson's Blog, Aug. 9, 2005

"Native American Press Freedom: A Developing Story," by Chris Hamby, First Amendment Center Online, Aug. 8, 2005

"The Incredible Blight Of TV Punditry," by Norman Solomon, Truthout, Aug. 6, 2005

"Judith Miller's Tale Under Scrutiny--At Her Own Paper," by William E. Jackson, Jr., Editor & Publisher, Aug. 5, 2005

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"Mother's Protest At Bush's Doorstep Raises The Stake," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 11, 2005

"Homegrown Resistance," by Stan Goff, Counterpunch, Aug. 10, 2005

"Cindy Sheehan: A Mother's Texas Vigil," by Lakshmi Chaudhry, AlterNet, Aug. 10, 2005

"Bereaved Mother Camps Outside Bush's Crawford Ranch," Guardian/UK, Aug. 10, 2005

"Military Families To Join Sheehan In Crawford," US Newswire, Aug. 9, 2005

"Sheehan Draws Tears Of Support," by Greg moses, PeaceFiles, Aug. 9, 2005

"Distilling The 2005 AFL-CIO Convention: Disaster Ahoy!," by Kim Scipes, ZNet, Aug. 9, 2005

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