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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 Jan. 13, 2006


Scott Harris' "Counterpoint" talk show

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  • One Year Delay in New York Times' Coverage
    of NSA Spying Scandal Exposes
    Flaws in U.S. Corporate Media

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  • Evo Morales' Election as Bolivia's President
    Stengthens Progressive Political Movements
    Sweeping South America

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  • New Orleans Homeowners Coalition
    Stops House Demolitions in Court

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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:

One Year Delay in New York Times' Coverage
of NSA Spying Scandal Exposes
Flaws in U.S. Corporate Media

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

New information about the National Security Agency's surveillance of American citizens, authorized by President Bush without required court warrants, has surfaced indicating that Attorney General John Ashcroft's Deputy James Comey, reportedly objected to the program. However, it seems that whatever objections may have been raised by top officials did not stop NSA spying on international communications involving U.S. citizens and residents.

News reports have also revealed that the NSA regularly shared information gathered from its monitoring of phone calls and email with other national intelligence agencies engaged in anti-terrorism operations such as the FBI, CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency. But information about peace activists engaged in legal protest against the Iraq war were found in a covert government database last month. When the NSA was found to have spied on lawful political activists during the 1960s and 70s, Congress passed a law creating the Foreign Intelligence Security Courts, the very system that the Bush administration has now bypassed.

Although the NSA was found to have illegally spied on United Nations delegations during the run up to the Iraq war in 2003 -- and the New York Times had knowledge about the current domestic surveillance program a year ago -- American media outlets did little with this story until December 2005. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and syndicated columnist Norman Solomon, who examines the failure of the U.S. corporate media to aggressively report on the NSA scandal.

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

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Evo Morales' Election as Bolivia's President
Stengthens Progressive Political Movements
Sweeping South America

Interview with Jeff Vogt,
senior associate for rights and development,
with the Washington Office on Latin America,
conducted by Scott Harris

After years of political conflict, Bolivia joined a growing progressive wave sweeping South America when Evo Morales, an indigenous activist and advocate for the poor was elected president on Dec. 18. Morales, who as leader of the Movement Towards Socialism, led protests that forced two presidents from power over the past four years, will take office on Jan. 22. The nation's first indigenous president won with an unprecedented 54 percent of the vote in an election where turnout was an estimated 85 percent.

Bolivia's poor farmers and majority indigenous population enthusiastically supported Morales and his campaign promising to maximize state revenues from energy resources, fight for Indian rights and legalize some cultivation of the coca crop.

Morales' post-election visit with Fidel Castro in Cuba and his close relationship with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have underscored the Bush administration's frustration about the rise of another popular leftist leader opposed to Washington's economic policies. With Morales' election, 80 percent of South America's population now live under left or center-left governments. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jeff Vogt , senior associate for rights and development with the Washington Office on Latin America, who assesses the historic election of Evo Morales and the many challenges he'll face.

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New Orleans Homeowners Coalition
Stops House Demolitions in Court

Interview with Bill Quigley,
attorney representing New Orleans homeowners,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

More than four months after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has barely begun to recover. Eighty percent of the city was flooded, and in many neighborhoods, the housing stock was severely damaged, if not utterly destroyed. Mayor Ray Nagin wants to clear the land on which 5,500 homes stand, most in the Lower Ninth Ward.

But that move has been put on hold after a judge granted a temporary restraining order to several organizations that went to court on behalf of those mostly still-absent homeowners. The city of New Orleans was prevented from bulldozing and demolishing these properties until a full hearing was held on Jan. 6.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Bill Quigley, a professor at Loyola Law School in New Orleans. He was one of several lawyers representing the People's Hurricane Relief Fund, Louisiana ACORN, and other groups that sued to stop the demolitions. Quigley describes the homeowners' rights that he believes are being violated, and what the city could do to ensure those rights are protected.

Contact the People's Hurricane Relief Fund by calling (888) 310-7473 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Islamic politicians like Adli Yaish, the new pro-Hamas mayor of Nablus on the West Bank, are expected to do well in upcoming Palestinian legislative elections against the ruling Fatah faction of President Mahmoud Abbas. ("Hamas moves into politics in Nablus," BBC News, Dec. 30, 2005)
  • Despite mass protests and big benefit concerts involving celebrities such as pop star Bob Geldof over the past years, some advocates for the poor say no real progress has been made against world poverty. ("Celebrities 'hijacked' poverty campaign, says furious charities," The Independent, Dec. 27, 2005)
  • Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who once praised his state's Dover area school district for attempting to teach "intelligent design" theory, is changing his tune in a tough re-election fight after a judge ruled the teaching of intelligent design unconstitutional. ("Santorum now critical of Dover case," Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 22, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"To Russia, Love Tom DeLay," by Russ Baker,, Jan. 4, 2006

"Abramoff Was Central To GOP's Political Strategy," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 4, 2006

"Lobbyist To Reveal All In Congress Bribes Scandal," Guardian/UK, Jan. 4, 2006

"Alito And The 'F' Word," by Paul Rogat Loeb,, Jan. 4, 2006

"Bush Assails Democrats Over PATRIOT Act," Washington Post, Jan. 4, 2006

"U.S. Rep. John Murtha Says He Wouldn't Join Military Now," Reuters, Jan. 3, 2006

"Jack Abramoff's Cesspool Of Corruption," by Robert Scheer,, Jan. 3, 2006

"New Rules Set For Giving Out Anti-Terror Aid," The New York Times, Jan. 3, 2006

"Jack Abramoff And The Politics Of 2006," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 3, 2006

"Think Social Security Is Secure? Think Again," by Saul Friedman, Newsday (New York), Jan. 1, 2006

"The War On Immigrants: The GOP's Next Scapegoat Group," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Dec. 31, 2005

"Ghosts In The Voting Machines," by Joel Bleifuss, In These Times, Dec. 29, 2005

"Cleaning Up Elections In Connecticut," by Hank Hoffman, In These Times, Dec. 26, 2005

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Bush Regime

"A Cult Of Presidential Power," by Tom Engelhardt,, Jan. 4, 2006

"Bush, In Signing Statement, Reserves Right To Waive Torture Ban," Boston Globe, Jan. 4, 2006

"Military Confidence In Bush Hits New Low," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Jan. 4, 2006

"Alito Once Made Case For Presidential Power," Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2006

"So Much For The President's Assent To The McCain Amendment," by Marty Lederman, Balkinization, Jan. 2, 2006

"Bush Defends Legality Of Domestic Spy Program," The New York Times, Jan. 2, 2006

"Bush's Long War With The Truth," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Jan. 2, 2006

"A Criminal Administration," by Paul Craig Roberts,, Jan. 2, 2006

"A Brief Primer To Help You Understand Our New, Stramlined System Of Government," by Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 2, 2006

"Justice Dept. Deputy Resisted Parts Of Spy Program," The New York Times, Jan. 1, 2006

"The Bush Family Coup," by James Ridgeway, Village Voice, Dec. 30, 2005

"George W. Bush As The New Richard Nixon: Both Wiretapped Illegally, And Impeachably," by John W. Dean, FindLaw, Dec. 30, 2005

"Rumsfeld Admits To 'Ghosting' Detainee," by David Swanson,, Dec. 29, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. Headed For Confrontation With Iran," by Leon Hadar,, Jan. 4, 2006

"Oil, Gas And Imperialism," by Daniel Litvin, Guardian/UK, Jan. 4, 2006

"Bolivia's Morales Aligns Himself With Castro, Chavez," Associated Press, Jan. 3, 2006

"For The New Year, Time For A Really New Foreign Policy," by Mark LeVine, Common Dreams, Dec. 30, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The Twin Crises Of 2006," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Jan. 3, 2006

"U.S. Airstrike On House Enrages Iraqi Officials," The New York Times, Jan. 3, 2006

"U.S. Still Runs With Dreaded Wolf Brigade," by Gareth Porter,, Jan. 3, 2006

"U.S. Air Raid Kills Iraqi Family," Reuters, Jan. 3, 2006

"Iraq Oil Exports Hit Postwar Low,", Jan. 2, 2006

"PR Firms That Planted News Stories Also Paid Sunni Clerics For Propaganda Help," The New York Times, Jan. 2, 2006

"U.S. Military 'Shuts Down' Soldiers' Blogs," Newsday (New York), Jan. 2, 2006

"2005 Death Toll For U.S. Military In Iraq Is 844," The New York Times, Jan. 1, 2006

"Review Of The Year: Iraq, A Nation Falling Apart At The Seams," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Dec. 30, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Secret Surveillance May Have Occurred Before Authorization," Washington Post, Jan. 4, 2006

"Debate Over Eavesdropping Grows," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 3, 2006

"NSA Whistleblower Warns Domestic Spying Program Is Sign U.S. Decaying Into 'Police State,'" by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Jan. 3, 2006

"History Professor's Mail Is Opened By Homeland Security," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Jan. 2, 2006

"NSA Gave Other U.S. Agencies Information From Surveillance," Washington Post, Jan. 1, 2006

"Big Brother Is Watching And Listening To You," by Eric Margolis,, Dec. 31, 2005

"Padilla Lawyers Urge Supreme Court To Block Transfer," The New York Times, Dec. 31, 2005

"I'm A Soldier, Not A Spy," by Grant Doty, Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2005

"Leahy Wants To KnowAbout Pentagon Spying On Protests," Boston Globe, Dec. 29, 2005

"British, U.S. Spying Draws Us Closer To Orwell's Big Brother," by T.J. Rodgers, San Jose Mercury News (California), Dec. 28, 2005

"Spying An Affront To Constitution," by Alamdar S. Hamdani, Houston Chronicle, Dec. 24, 2005

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Media Issues

"Pundits Disguising Their Own Iraq Failures," by Peter Hart,, Jan. 4, 2006

"Mediaocracy 2006: Out With The Old, In With The New," by Danny Schechter,, Jan. 3, 2006

"Skirmishes In The Information Wars," by Mike Whitney, ZNet, Jan. 3, 2006

"Unfit People: The Ideological Meaning Of Povich And Springer," by Paul Street, ZNet, Jan. 3, 2006

"Behind The Eavesdropping Story, A Loud Silence," by Byron Calame, The New York Times, Jan. 1, 2006

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"Frank Wilkinson, Defiant Figure Of The Red Scare Era, Dies At 91," The New York Times, Jan. 4, 2006

"Is The Strike Dead?," by Steve Early, MRZine, Jan. 3, 2006

"Clint Jencks, Legendary Labor Organizer Featured In Blacklisted Film, Dies," by Marjorie Cohn, ZNet, Jan. 2, 2006

"Calif. Activist Plans To End 100-Day Fast Protesting Iraq War," Associated Press, Dec. 31, 2005

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