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Those Who Dared to Come Forward
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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

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"An Annotated Saddam Chronology," ZNet, Dec. 15, 2003

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"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?" 14 Signs of Fascism, Free Inquiry Magazine, Volume 23, No. 2

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For The Week Ending June 30, 2006



Saturday, June 24

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"The Case for Impeachment," with journalist David Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney, Barbara Olshansky, United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St., New Haven, CT 2-4 p.m. Suggested donation: $10, students $5, benefits Squeaky Wheel Productions, nonprofit distributor of Between The Lines radio newsmagazine. Reception to follow with light refreshments.
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The Role of Sweatshops in U.S. Free Trade Areas
in the Global Economy

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LEFT: National Labor Committee's Charlie Kernaghan, holds a Nike shirt, which he says sells for $22, costs Nike 8 cents to make, and workers must make in 6 minutes. RIGHT: Bangladeshi workers talk about the work situation in a sweatshop in Jordan's U.S. Free Trade area. (Photos by Elaine Osowski)

The National Labor Committee's Charlie Kernaghan spoke at the 20th anniversary dinner of the Norwalk, CT-Nagarote, Nicaragua Sister City Project, about Jordan's U.S. Free Trade Area and their "guest" workers from countries such as Bangladesh, who the NLC charges are producing, under abusive sweatshop conditions, apparel for Wal-Mart and other discount stores.

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  • Between The Lines' Scott Harris, founding member of the Norwalk-Nagarote Sister City Project, recorded Kernaghan's speech. Click here to listen in MP3.

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  • Calls for the Impeachment
    of George W. Bush Rests On
    a Litany of High Crimes and Misdemeanors

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  • Battle to Preserve "Net Neutrality"
    Will Determine Freedom on the Internet

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  • United Steelworkers Union and Sierra Club
    Form "Blue/Green Alliance" to Protect
    Jobs and the Environment

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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:

Calls for the Impeachment
of George W. Bush Rests On
a Litany of High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Interview with journalist David Lindorff,
and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Barbara Olshansky,
conducted by Scott Harris


With President Bush's standing in public opinion polls hovering around 37%, according to a mid-June NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, this November's mid-term congressional election could be decisive in moving the nation in a new direction. The Republicans who control both houses of Congress are unwilling to hold the president and his administration accountable for many actions that have raised questions about White House abuse of power. No serious investigations have been held into allegations that the president lied America into war with Iraq, violations of international law including the holding of detainees without charge or trial, and the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody, war profiteering, illegal surveillance of US citizens and the government's failure to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Often citing the September 11th terrorist attacks as justification, President Bush has used his power as commander-in-chief to authorize extraordinary measures in the U.S. and abroad that a growing number of observers believe violate the Constitution. A Zogby poll conducted in January found that 52 percent of those surveyed supported impeachment if President Bush engaged in unlawful warrantless spying on U.S. citizens.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist Dave Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Barbara Olshansky, who is representing the 300 detainees at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Together, they are the authors of the book, "The Case for Impeachment, The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office." Lindorff and Olshansky outline what they maintain are the high crimes and misdemeanors committed by President Bush that they believe are grounds for his impeachment.

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Battle to Preserve "Net Neutrality"
Will Determine Freedom on the Internet

Interview with Josh Silver,
executive director of the
media reform group Free Press,
conducted by Scott Harris

net neutrality

Telecommunications giants, including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are now engaged in a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign to change the rules governing the Internet. These companies are pressuring the GOP-controlled Congress to scrap something called Network Neutrality, which its supporters say ensures that Web content providers of all sizes will all have equal access to reaching a worldwide audience. However, telecom companies are eager to set up a new system where only those Web sites that can afford to pay high access fees can reach their audience with state-of-the-art speed and reliability.

Standing in opposition to the phone and cable company's plan is the politically diverse Save the Internet Coalition. Groups from the left and right such as, Common Cause, the Christian Coalition and Gun Owners of America have come together in the coalition to preserve net neutrality and freedom in cyberspace. Joining in their campaign are Internet companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.

On June 8, the GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act without enforceable net neutrality provisions. The debate now moves to the U.S. Senate, where the Save the Internet Coalition recently delivered over 1 million petition signatures demanding the protection of net neutrality. One Senate bill that would do this is the bipartisan "Internet Freedom and Preservation Act." Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Josh Silver, executive director of the media reform group Free Press, which is part of the Internet coalition, who explains what's at stake in the congressional debate on the future of the Internet

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United Steelworkers Union and Sierra Club
Form "Blue/Green Alliance" to Protect
Jobs and the Environment

Interview with David Foster,
executive director of the Blue/Green Alliance,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In early June, America's largest private sector manufacturing union and the country's largest environmental organization declared a "strategic alliance" to pursue a joint public policy agenda under the banner of Good Jobs, A Clean Environment, and A Safer World. The United Steelworkers of America, 850,000 strong, and the Sierra Club, with 750,000 members, are joining forces as the Blue/Green Alliance. The alliance began informally almost ten years ago around the meetings to set up the Kyoto Protocol to reduce global warming gases. Of specific concern was the impact global warming could have on jobs and the economy.

Only about 12 percent of Steelworkers Union members work in the steel industry, but 80 percent work in various kinds of heavy industry and 20 percent are service workers.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with David Foster, the new executive director of the Blue/Green Alliance. Foster was formerly the District 11 director of the United Steelworkers, which stretches from Minnesota to the far west. He discusses the urgency of the current climate crisis and debunks the idea that Americans must choose between protecting the environment and protecting jobs.

Call the Blue/Green Alliance at (612) 623-8003 or visit the group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • As the U.S. and Iraq's military began an offensive against the Iraqi city of Ramadi, 10,000 civilians have fled, fearing another deadly siege like Fallujah. ("Americans, Iraqis Push into Areas of Ramadi," Associated Press, June 19, 2006; "U.S., Iraqis Plant New Outposts in Ramadi," June 18, 2006, Associated Press; "Fear of Big Battle Panics Iraqi City," June 11, 2006, Los Angeles Times)
  • Sudan's Islamic government is taking a hardline against deployment of a 20,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force. ("No Welcome Mat for Blue Helmets," Inter-Press Service, June 14, 2006; "Sudan Says International Court has no Jurisdiction in Darfur," June 15, 2006)
  • For the second time, federal Judge Janet Hall has issued an injunction against the Bridgeport, Conn. Police Department for harassing participants in a city needle exchange program. ("ACLU Wins Expanded Protection for Needle Exchange Participants," ACLU press release, June 1, 2006; "Ruling on Motions to Clarify Injections," Judge Janet C. Hall, ACLU, May 30, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"Hillary's Shameful Straddling On Iraq," by Robert Scheer, AlterNet, June 21, 2006

"GOP Kills Bill To Police Halliburton," by Bob Geiger, AlterNet, June 20, 2006

"Do Democrats Need To Be United On Iraq?," Christian Science Monitor, June 19, 2006

"Pro-War Vote In House Just Opening Volley," San Francisco Chronicle, June 17, 2006

"Corporate Democrats," by Russell Mokhiber & Robert Weissman, Counterpunch, June 16/18, 2006

"Black Caucus Caves To Corporate Power," by Bruce Dixon, The Black Commentator, June 16, 2006

"African-American Voters Scrubbed By Secret GOP Hit List," by Greg Palast, Democracy Now!, June 16, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Making The Case For Impeachment," by Gary Leupp, Counterpunch, June 21, 2006

"Pardon Talk For Libby Begins," Newsday, June 17, 2006

"Bush Administration Hides Data On Toxic Superfund Sites From Public," Los Angeles Times, June 16, 2006

"Bush Hitches GOP's Political Star To Iraq," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, June 16, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"A Negotiated Solution To The Iranian Nuclear Crisis Is Within Reach," by Noam Chomsky, ZNet, June 19, 2006

"Pentagon Confirms Iranian Directorate As Officials Raise New Concerns About War," by Larisa Alexandrovna, Raw Story, June 15, 2006

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Leaked Cable Paints Grim Picture Of Iraq: Embassy Work Is A Death Sentence," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, June 21, 2006

"The War Comes Home," by Ruth Conniff, The Progressive, June 21, 2006

"U.S. Soldiers' Bodies Mutilated, Booby-Trapped," CNN, June 21, 2006

"'Operation Forward Together': Deeper Into The Quagmire," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, June 20, 2006

"Ramadi Residents Struggle To Survive," by Dahr Jamail with Ali Fadhil, Inter Press Service, June 20, 2006

"Killing Iraqi Children," by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, June 19, 2006

"'Wash Post' Obtains Shocking Memo From U.S. Embassy In Baghdad," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, June 19, 2006

"The Iraqi Insurgency And Us," by Tom Engelhardt & Robert Dreyfuss,, June 18, 2006

"U.S. Airstrikes Rise In Afghanistan As Fighting Intensifies," Washington Post, June 18, 2006

"Attacks In Baghdad Kill At Least 31, 2 U.S. Troops Missing," Reuters, June 17, 2006

"Bombing Campaign Strikes Baghdad Despite Tight Security," Agence France Presse, June 17, 2006

"Basra Begins To Fall Apart," by Aaron Glantz & Alaa Hassan,, June 17, 2006

"Shiite Militias Control Iraqi Prisons," Washington Post, June 16, 2006

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Police Bypassed Subpoenas And Warrants, Got Phone Data From Brokers," Associated Press, June 20, 2006

"Did The Pentagon Lie About Why It Barred Journalists From Guantanamo Bay Soon After Prisoner Suicides?," Democracy Now!, June 19, 2006

"An Immigration Process Ruled By Fear," by John Tirman, AlterNet, June 17, 2006

"The Worst Ruling Of The Week," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, June 17, 2006

"Detainee Suicides: 'There's No Hope In Guantanamo,'" by Nicole Colson, Counterpunch, June 16/18, 2006

"Guantanamo Detainees Unaware Of Defense Lawyers," Knight Ridder, June 16, 2006

"The Name Is Kafka... Franz Kafka," by Michael Kinsley, Washington Post, June 16, 2006

"Lawyers For Guantanamo Detainees Decry Expulsion Of Journalists," Knight Ridder, June 14, 2006

"Defense Lawyers Shut Out As War On Terror Spawns Courtroom Secrecy," Associated Press, June 11, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Their Barbarism, And Ours (And The Media Double Standard)," by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, June 21, 2006

"Congress Looks To Offer Big Telecoms 'Prize,'" by Megan Tady, The New Standard, June 21, 2006

"The Next Big Fight Over Media Ownership," by John Nichols, The Nation, June 21, 2006

"Net Neutrality Diversion," by Art Brodsky,, June 21, 2006

"Media Complicit In The Perfect Stonewall," by David Corn,, June 21, 2006

"Wash Post Smears War Critics Again," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, June 21, 2006

"Reading The Imperial Press Back To Front: Interview With Tom Engelhardt," by Nick Turse,, June 20, 2006

"When Will The Mainstream Media Get It Right?," by Jerry Lanson, Common Dreams, June 17, 2006

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"For Students, Cost Of Protest Can Be High," Christian Science Monitor, June 19, 2006

"Sheehan Supports U.S. Deserters In Canada," Associated Press, June 19, 2006

"'Failure To Conform': Activists Arrested In Senator's Home Office," by Scott Blackburn, Electronic Iraq, June 16, 2006

"Soldier's Duty: Say No To Illegal War," by Michael Honey, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 16, 2006

"Troops Refusing Iraq Duty Get A Haven," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 15, 2006

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