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For The Week Ending Feb. 17, 2006


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Between The Lines at the World Social Forum

Between The Lines Producers Scott Harris and Anna Manzo were at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 24-29.
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Opening day procession Jan. 24, at the 6th World Social Forum in Caracas. (Photo by Anna Manzo)
Click below to hear audio interviews conducted opening day (in MP3)
  • Interviews at the World Social Forum march.
  • Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange/Code Pink
  • Cheri Honkala, Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign
  • Geoff Millard, Iraq war veteran
    More audio, photos, articles forthcoming...
  • Our colleages at Toward Freedom have additional information about the World Social Forum and a joint Between The Lines/Toward Freedom workshop on media issues, held in Caracas, Jan. 26. Audio and photos of the workshop forthcoming.

    • Bush Defense of NSA Domestic Spy Program
      is Challenged in Senate Hearing

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    • International WTO Opponents Strategize
      on Blocking Hong Kong Accord's Implementation

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    • Critics Concerned Over
      Possible White House Plan
      to Resume Dangerous Plutonium Reprocessing

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    • Underreported News Summary
      from Around the World

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    LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until Feb. 21, 2006.

    This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

    Bush Defense of NSA Domestic Spy Program
    is Challenged in Senate Hearing

    Interview with Shayana Kadidal,
    attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights,
    conducted by Scott Harris


    U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, with President Bush.

    In a hearing conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee Feb. 6, Bush administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez defended the legality of the president's authorization of the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic surveillance program. The program, which the White House says is intended to prevent future terrorist attacks, has monitored international electronic communications involving individuals living in the U.S. since shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.

    Gonzalez repeated the justifications offered by the president for bypassing existing laws restricting government surveillance. The attorney general said the administration viewed the post-9/11 congressional authorization to use force in Afghanistan as providing the legal basis to bypass the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that requires the executive branch to obtain court orders for all domestic wiretaps from a special FISA court. Other arguments made by Gonzales for the program's legality included surveillance conducted by previous presidents before the FISA Act was signed into law. Democrats and some key Republicans on the committee were vocally skeptical of the White House rationale.

    Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Shayana Kadidal, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, which along with the ACLU, have filed lawsuits against President Bush and other top officials challenging the legality of the NSA spy program. Kadidal explains why he believes that the Bush administration has broken the law and what's at stake for the U.S. constitution and the nation's system of checks and balances.

    Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by calling (212) 614-6464 or visit the group's website at

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    International WTO Opponents Strategize
    on Blocking Hong Kong Accord's Implementation

    Excerpt of World Social Forum speech by Lori Wallach,
    director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch,
    produced by Scott Harris


    Global Trade Watch's Lori Wallach speaks at a World Social Forum panel on the World Trade Organization. (Photo by Scott Harris)

    International opponents of neoliberal economic and free trade policies promoted by Washington are now assessing the fallout from agreements reached at the World Trade Organization ministerial summit held in Hong Kong in December. WTO summits had collapsed before, in Seattle and Cancun, due to disagreements between developing and industrial nations over agricultural subsides. But in Hong Kong, marked by militant protests by farmers from around the world, a last-minute accord was reached when the U.S. and European Union agreed to cut export subsidies to their farmers by 2013.

    Many observers believe that India and Brazil became key players in facilitating the Hong Kong agreement when they abandoned their former role as leaders of poor nations that had opposed policies primarily benefiting Western corporate interests in past WTO negotiations.

    During the 6th World Social Forum held in Caracas, Venezuela in late January, there was much discussion and debate about how progressive activists, poor farmers and governments opposed to trade liberalization should proceed to effectively resist implementation of the WTO Hong Kong agreement that will next move to Geneva for further negotiations. Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, spoke optimistically of the fight ahead when she participated in a panel discussion at the World Social forum in Caracas on Jan. 28.

    Contact Trade Watch by calling (202) 546-4996 or visit their website at Her talk was recorded by Between The Lines' Scott Harris.

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    Critics Concerned Over
    Possible White House Plan
    to Resume Dangerous Plutonium Reprocessing

    Interview with Ed Lyman,
    senior staff scientist,
    Union of Concerned Scientists,
    conducted by Melinda Tuhus

    nuclear power plants

    Nuclear power plants.

    In President Bush's State of the Union speech on Jan. 31, he declared that the U.S. is addicted to oil, and promoted another form of energy in four words: "clean, safe nuclear power." But opponents of nuclear power with serious concerns about the technology's toxic waste and high costs, say two words unmentioned in the speech are important to factor into the equation of whether nuclear power is going to get a second lease on life in the U.S. Those two words are "plutonium reprocessing."

    Last year, the federal budget included $50 million to introduce a plan for "integrated spent fuel recycling facilities" -- in other words, plutonium reprocessing. It's been promoted both as a means of creating more nuclear fuel, and as a way of dealing with nuclear waste.

    Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Ed Lyman, senior staff scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He explains how the process works, why it was halted once before in the U.S., and why he's concerned about nuclear proliferation if plutonium reprocessing goes forward.

    Contact the Union of Concerned Scientists by calling (202) 233-6133 or visit their website at

    This week's summary
    of under-reported news

    Compiled by Bob Nixon

    • Beyond America's addiction to oil, 45 percent of U.S. homes depend on natural gas. In the near future, the U.S. is expected to join Europe in becoming dependent on the top five natural gas suppliers: Russia, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. ("The Geo-Politics of Natural Gas," The Nation, Jan. 23, 2006)
    • With the swearing in of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, the anti-abortion movement is looking for a new battleground: a full-scale assault on birth control. ("Next Target: Birth Control," The Progressive, January 2005)
    • In the midst of U.S. nuclear confrontation with Iran, the Bush administration briefly joined forces with the Islamic state to block the application of two gay rights organizations seeking non-governmental organizational status at the United Nations. ("'Bigotry Conquers All,' Gay Rights Groups Say of U.S. Vote at the U.N.,", Jan. 29, 2006; "Iran's Anti-Gay Pogrom," In These Times, January 2006)

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    U.S. Politics

    "Hastert, Frist Said To Rig Bill For Drug Firms," Gannett News Service, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Answering The S.O.S. For Election Reform," by Jan Frel, AlterNet, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Ralph Reed: Living On A Prayer," by Andrew Wheat, Texas Observer, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Evangelical Mutiny," by Paul Waldman,, Feb. 8, 2006

    "Congress Talks Tough To Gonzales, Then Turns And Runs," by Emily Bazelon, Slate, Feb. 6, 2006

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    Bush Regime

    "Cheney Spearheaded Effort To Discredit Wilson," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Bush Faces Republican Revolt Over Spying," Financial Times, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Bush's Real Motive: Why Is W. Acting So Recklessly In Pursuit Of The Right To Spy?," by Harvey Silverglate, Boston Phoenix, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Bush's Budgetary War On The Poor," by Robert Scheer, The Nation, Feb. 8, 2006

    "Bush's Social Security Sleight Of Hand," by Allan Sloan, Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2006

    "Bush Mouthpiece Defends Illegal Spying," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Feb. 7, 2006

    "Rumsfeld's Enforcer: The Secret World Of Stephen Cambone," by Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, Feb. 7, 2006

    "Will Scooter Libby Graymail The CIA?," by David Corn, The Nation, Feb. 6, 2006

    "When Two Worlds Collide: Why Rove Will Fall," by Tom Engelhardt & Elizabeth de la Vega,, Feb. 3, 2006

    More newswire ...

    American Empire/War Profiteering

    "The Iran Crisis: 'Diplomacy' As A Launching Pad For Missiles," by Norman Solomon, ZNet, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Juggernaut Gathering Momentum: Next Stop, Iran," by Ray McGovern,, Feb. 8, 2006

    "The Neocons' Long War," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Feb. 8, 2006

    "Addicted To Empire, Not Oil," by Paul Street, ZNet, Feb. 8, 2006

    "Decoding The Cartoon Crisis," by Rami G. Khouri,, Feb. 8, 2006

    "Pentagon Database Leaves No Child Alone," by Mike Ferner, Counterpunch, Feb. 4/5, 2006

    More newswire ...

    "Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

    "Guards Force-Feeding Prisoners At Guantanamo," The New York Times, Feb. 9, 2006

    More newswire ...

    Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

    "Secret Court's Judges Were Warned About NSA Spy Data," Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Many Guantanamo Detainees Not Tied To 'Hostile Acts,'" Agence France Presse, Feb. 9, 2006

    "U.S. Plans Massive Data Sweep," Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Innocent Targets: When Bush's Eavesdroppers Get A False Positive," by Christine Tomlinson, Counterpunch, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Bush's Warrantless Wiretapping Program Is Illegal And Unconstitutional," Statement by Sen. Russell Feingold, Feb. 8, 2006

    "'Dangerous' Academics: Right-Wing Distortions About Leftist Professors," by Robert Jensen, ZNet, Feb. 8, 2006

    "The Bush Legacy Of Legalized Torture: Why The McCain Ban Won't Work," by Tom Engelhardt & Alfred W. McCoy,, Feb. 8, 2006

    "Is CIA Leak Probe A 'Witch Hunt?,'" ABC News, Feb. 7, 2006

    "Cops Suing Cops... For Spying On Cops," by Sarah Ferguson, Counterpunch, Feb. 4/5, 2006

    "New Mexico ACLU Wants Apology To Employee Investigated On 'Sedition,'" by Sarah Ferguson, Counterpunch, Feb. 4/5, 2006

    More newswire ...

    Media Issues

    "The Democrats' Tiny Megaphone," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Senators Mull An Internet With Restrictions," by Celia Viggo Wexler & Dawn Holian, The Nation, Feb. 8, 2006

    "Group: Yahoo Aided Chinese Crackdown On Dissident," Associated Press, Feb. 8, 2006

    "The End Of The Internet?," by Jeff Chester, The Nation, Feb. 1, 2006

    More newswire ...


    "Under The Sign Of Bolivar: The World Social Forum Of Caracas," by Jim Cohen, ZNet, Feb. 9, 2006

    "Hippies And Revolutionaries In Caracas," by Mike Roselle, Counterpunch, Feb. 4/5, 2006

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