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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?" 21 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 Nov. 11, 2005


"Parallel Deceptions: The Bush Agenda for War in Iraq and Iran"
Speech and Q&A with former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are already at war with Iran." -- Scott Ritter

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  • Indictment of Vice President's Former Chief of Staff
    Prompts Demand to Investigate White House Role
    in Misrepresenting Rationale for Iraq War

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  • Bush Administration Calls for Waiver
    to Allow for Mistreatment of
    U.S.-Held Prisoners Abroad

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  • Campaign to Close U.S. Army School of the Americas
    Attracts Bipartisan Support

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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:

Indictment of Vice President's Former Chief of Staff
Prompts Demand to Investigate White House Role
in Misrepresenting Rationale for Iraq War

Interview with John Nichols,
Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris

After two years of investigation, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald unveiled what he has learned thus far in looking into who in the White House leaked the identity of a covert CIA agent. On Oct. 28th Fitzgerald indicted Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis Libby on two counts of making false statements to federal agents, two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice for misleading and deceiving the grand jury about how he learned that former U.S. ambassador and White House critic Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked as a CIA operative.

Vice President Cheney, it turns out, was the originator of information passed on to Libby, who in turn spoke with reporters about Wilson's wife's job at the CIA. While Fitzgerald did not indict President Bush's senior adviser Karl Rove, the federal prosecutor announced that the investigation of Rove - and others -- would continue.

Republicans have done their best to minimize Libby's indictment, while anti-war activists and 40 members of the House have urged Fitzgerald to broaden the scope of his probe, focusing on the lies and distortions used by the Bush administration to win support for their war with Iraq. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation Magazine. Nichols, author of a biography on Dick Cheney, examines the indictment of Lewis Libby and the possible involvement of his boss in the scandals emanating from the dishonest justifications for the Iraq war.

Read Nichols' column online at Nichols, biography on Dick Cheney, will be published this fall under the new title, "The Rise and Rise of Richard B. Cheney."

Bush Administration Calls for Waiver
to Allow for Mistreatment of
U.S.-Held Prisoners Abroad

Interview with John Sifton,
researcher with Human Rights Watch,
conducted by Scott Harris

Months after the dramatic revelations about the torture of U.S.-held prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and other documented accounts of the abuse of detainees at American prisons in Afghanistan and at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Senate moved to prohibit such ill treatment. In October, the Senate by a 90-to-9 vote, approved an amendment to the Defense Department appropriation bill, sponsored by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham that would prohibit the military and the CIA from employing "cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment" of any U.S.-held detainee, anywhere in the world.

But the Bush administration -- authors of directives that allowed for certain forms of abuse, leading to international condemnation -- is now attempting to create a legal exception where abuse of American-held prisoners will be legally permitted. Vice President Dick Cheney and CIA Director Porter Goss have proposed the inclusion of a presidential waiver in the McCain amendment. The proposed waiver states: "The measure shall not apply with respect to clandestine counterterrorism operations conducted abroad, with respect to terrorists who are not citizens of the United States, that are carried out by an element of the U.S. government other than the Department of Defense...if the president determines that such operations are vital to the protection of the US or its citizens from terrorist attack." The waiver is now being considered by a House-Senate conference committee.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Sifton, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, who explains why there is strong opposition to the Bush administration's attempt to legalize the abuse of prisoners held by U.S. intelligence agencies.

Contact Human Rights Watch by calling (212) 290-4700 or visit their website at

Campaign to Close U.S. Army School of the Americas
Attracts Bipartisan Support

Interview with Christy Pardew,
communications coordinator of the School of the Americas Watch,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

This year marks the 15th anniversary of efforts by School of the Americas Watch to close down a training facility for Latin American military officers located at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. Nov. 18 through 20, non-violent activists will gather at the gates of Fort Benning to demonstrate solidarity with the victims of human rights abuses committed by graduates of the school, long known as the School of the Americas and now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or WHINSEC. With music, pageantry and prayer, they will call for the closure of the school. And, as in past years, some will likely be arrested in acts of civil disobedience and serve several months in prison for their witness.

Every year for the past 15 years, a bill to close the school has been introduced in the House of Representatives. It came within a few votes of passing in 1999, but support dropped after the school changed its name and after the 9/11 attacks. This year, the bill has 130 bipartisan co-sponsors and, according to activists, the best chance of passing since 1999.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Christy Pardew, communications coordinator for SOA Watch, based in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ga. She explains that, although media coverage of U.S. military operations in Latin America have received less attention than Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration is heavily invested militarily in the region. And, she says that there is bipartisan interest in cutting the budget for the School of the Americas, which they estimate to be about $20 million a year.

This year, the protest will include more participation by Latin American supporters of the effort to close the school, as well as puppetry and music by the Indigo Girls. For more information, contact SOA Watch at (202) 234-3440 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Brazil, with the second highest number of shooting deaths in a U.N. global survey, has launched a massive gun buy-back campaign. ("Present Arms," New Internationalist, August, 2005)
  • American Prospect magazine has identified 15 "faithless" House Democrats who have abandoned the party's progressive economic agenda. ("The Defectors," American Prospect, October 2005)
  • Launched in 2003, the Apollo Alliance intended to mobilize federal dollars for energy independence, create good jobs with new technology, bolster national security and reduce carbon emissions. However, a go-slow approach has frustrated those working within the Alliance. ("The Apollo of Their Eye," The Grist, Sept. 28, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Typical: GOP Wants Investigation Of CIA Secret Prison Leak, Not Secret Prisons," Associated Press, Nov. 8, 2005

"The Wal-Mart 22: Dems Who Carry Water For The Rapacious Retailer," by Jonathan Tasini,, Nov. 7, 2005

"Suppressing Democracy," by David Neiwert, Orcinus, Nov. 7, 2005

"Democrats: Deceit Made Us Back War," by Dick Polman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 6, 2005

"Kerry Suspects Election 2004 Was Stolen," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Nov. 6, 2005

"Senate Democrats Defend Demand For Prewar Reports," Associated Press, Nov. 6, 2005

"DeLay Uses Campaign Tactics To Fight Charges," Washington Post, Nov. 6, 2005

"Lawmaker From Ohio Subpoenaed In Abramoff Case," Washington Post, Nov. 5, 2005

"GOP Challenges Rights Of Hundreds Of Voters In Washington State," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Nov. 5, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Disturbing Questions Raised By Cover-Up Timeline," by Paul Sperry,, Nov. 7, 2005

"Bush Doing Corporate Bidding While On The Clock," by Evelyn Pringle,, Nov. 7, 2005

"Cheney Maintains Hard Line On Detainee Policy," Washington Post, Nov. 7, 2005

"Vice President Lied As White House Sought To Defuse Leak Inquiry," by Jason Leopold, ZNet, Nov. 7, 2005

"Rove's Security Clearance Widely Questioned," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 6, 2005

"Aides Mum On Bush Involvement In CIA Leak Case," The New York Times, Nov. 6, 2005

"The Mysterious Death Of Pat Tillman," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Nov. 6, 2005

"Report Warned Bush Team About Intelligence Doubts," The New York Times, Nov. 5, 2005

"Wilkerson Points Finger At Cheney On Torture," Associated Press, Nov. 4, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. Severs Most Ties With Syria, Contemplates 'Regime Change,'" Boston Globe, Nov. 8, 2005

"Wag The Damascus? Plans For U.S. War On Syria," by William Arkin, Washington Post blog, Nov. 8, 2005

"Iran Protests U.S. Aerial Drones," Washington Post, Nov. 8, 2005

"Chavez: Ever A Bush Critic, Ever Popular," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 6, 2005

"Venezuela's Path," by Michael Albert, ZNet, Nov. 6, 2005

"Bush Targets Venezuela's Chavez In Tough Speech," The New York Times, Nov. 6, 2005

"Pentagon Kills Bonuses After Guards Re-Enlist," Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Washington), Nov. 5, 2005

"U.S. Should Repay Million To Iraq For Halliburton Subsidiary Overcharges, U.N. Audit Finds," The New York Times, Nov. 5, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"U.S. 'Used Chemical Weapons' In Assault On Fallujah," Independent/UK, Nov. 8, 2005

"Another Lawyer In Saddam Trial Shot Dead," Associated Press, Nov. 8, 2005

"In The Name Of Democracy: American War Crimes In Iraq And Beyond," by Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler & Brendan Smith, ZNet, Nov. 7, 2005

"Italian Satellite TV To Broadcast Evidence Of U.S. Use Of Chemical Weapons On Civilians," by Paper Tigress,, Nov. 7, 2005

"Operation 'Steel Curtain,'" by Dahr Jamail, Iraq Dispatches, Nov. 7, 2005

"Iraqi Politicians Condemn U.S. Offensive," Aljazeera, Nov. 7, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"A Deadly Interrogation: Can The CIA Legally Kill A Prisoner?," by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, Nov. 7, 2005

"The President And His Vice: Torture's Puppetmasters," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Nov. 7, 2005

"Bush Administration's Torture Policy Increasingly Under Fire," Knight Ridder, Nov. 7, 2005

"Antiwar Sermon Brings IRS Warning," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7, 2005

"Prisoner Accounts Suggest Detention At Secret Facilities," Washington Post, Nov. 7, 2005

"Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case On Military Tribunals," The New York Times, Nov. 7, 2005

"Lawmakers Call For Limits On FBI's Power To Demand Records In Terrorism Investigations," The New York Times, Nov. 6, 2005

"FBI Scrutinizing Ordinary Americans," Washington Post, Nov. 6, 2005

"'Gulag' Leak From CIA Men," Sunday Times-World/UK, Nov. 6, 2005

"Cheney Seeks CIA Exemption To Torture Ban," Associated Press, Nov. 5, 2005

"Senators Take On Bush With Torture Ban Proposal," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 5, 2005

"Judge Questions PATRIOT Act Bugs" by Declan McCullagh, CNet News, Nov. 4, 2005

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Media Issues

"Monkey See, Monkey Do: How The Press Has Failed To Cover Poverty," by David Shipler, Columbia Journalism Review, Nov./Dec., 2005

"The Karl And Ken Show," by Timothy Karr, Media Citizen, Nov. 6, 2005

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"The War Intel From The Streets," by Nick Turse,, Nov. 7, 2005

"Antiwar Activists, Where Are You?," by Victoria Bonney, Boston Globe, Nov. 7, 2005

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