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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. 18, 2005


"Parallel Deceptions: The Bush Agenda for War in Iraq and Iran"
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  • Some Congressional Democrats
    Now Push for White House Accountability
    on False Pre-Iraq War Claims

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  • Anti-Bush Protests and Free Trade Deadlock
    Mark Summit of the Americas

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  • Progressive Groups Fear
    Radical Right Supreme Court
    Shift if Alito Confirmed

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Some Congressional Democrats
Now Push for White House Accountability
on False Pre-Iraq War Claims

Interview with U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.
conducted by Richard Hill

Washington continues to analyze the fallout from Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis Libby on charges of making false statements, perjury and obstruction of justice, related to his investigation of who in the White House leaked the name of a covert CIA agent. The indictment and subsequent resignation of Libby emboldened Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid to force the full Senate to conduct an unusual closed-door session on Nov. 1. The goal of Senate Democrats was to pressure the majority Republicans to conduct a long-delayed investigation into whether the Bush administration exaggerated and manipulated intelligence to justify the Iraq war. After the two-hour session, an agreement was hammered out to have a bipartisan group of six senators report on the Senate Intelligence Committee's progress on completing the investigation by Nov. 14.

An earlier attempt to push the Fitzgerald investigation into dealing with growing questions about the veracity of pre-war intelligence was made by U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y. Hinchey, joined by 39 members of the House, sent Fitzgerald a Sept. 15 letter requesting an expansion of his investigation to include the administration's false claim that Iraq had sought uranium in the African nation of Niger to build a nuclear weapon. The letter also requests that the special counsel look into whether the administration violated federal law that prohibits making fraudulent statements to Congress.

Between The Lines' Richard Hill spoke with Rep. Hinchey, who explains why he initiated the letter to Fitzgerald and what he hopes will result from the growing pressure on Congress to hold Bush administration officials accountable for a war, that many Americans now believe, was waged on the basis of lies.

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Anti-Bush Protests and Free Trade Deadlock
Mark Summit of the Americas

Interview with Tom Barry,
policy director of the International Relations Center,
conducted by Scott Harris


Anti-Bush march in Mar del Plata, Argentina during the Americas Summit, November 2005. In the center, Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel with some Mothers of Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of the Disappeared).

President George Bush may have hoped that a weekend in Argentina would be a respite from the successive scandals suffered by his administration at home. But as has happened often during his presidency, Bush was greeted at the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata by tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators, and street violence by a smaller group in the seaside resort.

President Bush, the most unpopular U.S. president in recent Latin American history, met with 33 heads of state representing every nation in the Western Hemisphere except Cuba. Among the top issues addressed at the summit was Washington's long running effort to implement the hemisphere-wide Free Trade Area of the Americas. But in the end, progress on FTAA was blocked by five nations: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela, who opposed a deadline of April 2006 for a new round of talks. Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez, a staunch opponent of free trade, dominated coverage of the summit when he led a rally with soccer star Diego Mardona against President Bush, attended by 25,000.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Tom Barry, policy director with the International Relations Center, who assesses the popular opposition to the FTAA across Latin America and the viability of progressive alternatives for economic development and integration.

Contact the International Relations Center by calling (505) 388-0208 or visit their website at

Progressive Groups Fear
Radical Right Supreme Court
Shift if Alito Confirmed

Interview with Marjorie Cohn,
professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law,
conducted by Scott Harris


President Bush, stung by Harriet Miers' Supreme Court nomination withdrawal, moves swiftly to mollify conservatives by announcing veteran judge Samuel Alito as his next nominee Oct. 31, 2005.

The withdrawal of Harriet Miers, President Bush's first nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, demonstrated the power of Bush's Christian conservative base, who were very unhappy with his choice. Well-organized and campaigning hard for a Supreme Court nominee in the mold of Justices Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas, the movement was elated with President Bush's second choice, Samuel Alitio. Alito, a judge serving 15 years on the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, has been nicknamed by some, "Scalia-Lite" or "Scalito" for his judicial kinship with Justice Scalia.

But, progressive groups concerned about the balance of a new post-O'Connor Court, are alarmed by Alito's opposition to reproductive rights, including his 1991 decision supporting a Pennsylvania law requiring women to notify their spouses when seeking an abortion. Progressive groups are also troubled by Alito's record on race and sex discrimination, corporate power, police abuse, civil liberties and gun control.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Marjorie Cohn, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and president-elect of the National Lawyers Guild. She discusses how Judge Alito, if confirmed, could radically alter U.S. law on a wide range of issues, and the prospects of a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.

Contact the National Lawyers Guild at (212) 627-2656 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • On the 10th anniversary of the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa, head of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people in the oil-rich Niger delta, the Nigerian military and multinational oil giants continue their repression against the region's people. ("Ten Years After Saro-Wiwa Execution, New Evidence of Human Rights Violations in Oil Rich Niger Delta," Amnesty International press release, Nov. 3, 2005)
  • Kenneth Tomlinson, chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who started an investigation of Bill Moyers, has resigned from the CPB board after two years in reaction to a critical inspectors report. ("Kenneth Tomlinson Quits Public Broadcasting Board," Washington Post, Nov. 4 2005; "Broadcast Board member quits ahead of report," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 4, 2005)
  • Fear of an avian flu pandemic and the subsequent demand for influenza medicine is enriching Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. ("Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu," Fortune, Oct. 31, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"House Budget Measure Pulled; GOP Moderates Buck Leaders In Both Houses," Washington Post, Nov. 11, 2005

"GOP Whitewash Of White House Continues," by Steve Cobble, Huffington Post, Nov. 10, 2005

"GOP Memo Touts New Terror Attack As Way To Reverse Party's Decline," by Doug Thompson, Capitol Hill Blue, Nov. 10, 2005

"Voters Reject Schwarzenegger's Bid To Remake State Government," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 9, 2005

"Democrats Raise Red Flag On Alito," Associated Press, Nov. 9, 2005

"Willie Horton's Swift Boat Crashes In Virginia," by Max Blumenthal, Huffington Post, Nov. 9, 2005

"Swift Boat Attack On Bernie Sanders," by John Nichols, The Nation, Nov. 9, 2005

"Probe Sought In Leak About CIA-Run Secret Prisons; Lott Suspects GOP Senator," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 8, 2005

"Party For Sale," by Paul Waldman,, Nov. 8, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Business Leaders Love Alito's Judicial Activism," by Joe Conason, New York Observer, Nov. 14, 2005

"Poll: Libby Indictment Hits Major Nerve," Associated Press, Nov. 9, 2005

"The Dark Heart Of Dick Cheney," by Georgie Anne Geyer, Universal Press Syndicate, Nov. 9, 2005

"Rumsfeld Can Authorize Exceptions To New 'Humane' Interrogation Rules," Agence France Presse, Nov. 9, 2005

"Senate Asks Pentagon Probe Of Feith Role On Iraq," Reuters, Nov. 8, 2005

"White House Keeps Dossiers On More Than 10,000 'Political Enemies,'" by Doug Thompson, Capitol Hill Blue, Nov. 8, 2005

"McClellan Deflects Questions on Torture Exemptions About A Couple Dozen Times," Editor & Publisher, Nov. 8, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Rise Of America's New Enemy," by John Pilger, Truthout, Nov. 10, 2005

"U.S. Military Eyes Paraguay," In These Times, Nov. 10, 2005

"Is U.S. Planning An Iraq-Style 'Regime Change' In Syria?," Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 9, 2005

"A Politically Deflated Bush Faces A Resistant World," by Leon Hadar,, Nov. 9, 2005

"No More Blank-Check Wars," by Leslie Gelb & Anne-Marie Slaughter, Washington Post, Nov. 8, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Fallujah, The Flame Of Atrocity," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Nov. 11, 2005

"Who's Misinforming Whom About White Phosphorous?," by Mark Rothschild,, Nov. 11, 2005

"Look At Who's Joined The Antiwar Chorus: Former Military And Intelligence Officials," by Kevin Zeese,, Nov. 10, 2005

"U.S. Army Publication Confirms U.S. Used Incendiary Weapon In Fallujah," Raw Story, Nov. 9, 2005

"Bombs In Iraq Getting More Sophisticated," Associated Press, Nov. 9, 2005

"U.S. Criticized For Use Of Phosphorous In Fallujah Raids," Independent/UK, Nov. 9, 2005

"Iraqi Civilian Killed In Rebel-Held House Bombed By Americans" The New York Times, Nov. 9, 2005

"Calls To Move Saddam Trial After Second Lawyer Killed," Independent/UK, Nov. 9, 2005

"Did The U.S. Military Use Chemical Weapons In Iraq?," Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 8, 2005

"Debate: Did The U.S. Military Attack Iraqi Civilians With White Phosphorous Bombs?," Democracy Now!, Nov. 8, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Who Are The Guantanamo Detainees? Case Sheet 14, Omar Khadr," Amnesty International USA, Nov., 2005

"Senate Approves Plan To Limit Detainee Access To Courts," Washington Post, Nov. 11, 2005

"The PATRIOT Act: Business Balks," Business Week, Nov. 10, 2005

"U.N. Blasts Practice Of Outsourcing Torture," Inter Press Service, Nov. 10, 2005

"Report Warned On CIA's Tactics In Interrogations," The New York Times, Nov. 9, 2005

"Congress May Curb Some PATRIOT Act Powers," Associated Press, Nov. 9, 2005

"White House Works To Defeat A Torture Ban," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 9, 2005

"Conservatives Also Irked By IRS Probe Of Churches," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 8, 2005

"Goal Of U.S. Inquiry Into Peace Protest Questioned," Des Moines Register (Iowa), Nov. 7, 2005

"Torture, On Rumsfeld's Watch," by Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, Nov. 7, 2005

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Media Issues

"Covering Up Torture? At Pentagon's Request, Washington Post Refuses To Report Secret Prisons' Locations," Democracy Now!, Nov. 8, 2005

"The Media Are Minimizing British And U.S. War Crimes In Iraq," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, Nov. 8, 2005

"The Wrong Journalistic Decisions: Washington Post Withholds Info on Secret Prisons," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Nov. 6, 2005

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"Interview With Ann Wright: 'A Felon For Peace,'" by Tom Engelhardt,, Nov. 11, 2005

"Colorado Soldier Founds Antiwar Group," Associated Press, Nov. 10, 2005

"Antiwar Mom Urges Students To Protest," Mercury News, Nov. 10, 2005

"Something Happening Here...," by Mark Rudd, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 10, 2005

"Madison Group Gathers Signatures To Get Antiwar Referendum On April Ballot," Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin) Nov. 9, 2005

"The Won't-Be-Bullied Pulpit," by George Regas, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 9, 2005

"Political Protesters Bare Breasts, Go To Jail, In California," Agence France Presse, Nov. 8, 2005

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