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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

"Iran: The Next War," by James Bamford, Rolling Stone, July 24, 2006

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?" 14 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 Dec. 29, 2006


"The Case for Impeachment"

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Co-authors journalist David Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Barbara Olshansky speak about their book, "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office," at the United Church on the Green, in New Haven, June 24.

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  • Despite Chilean Dictator's Death,
    Fight to Obtain U.S. Documents
    Related to 1976 Assassination Continues

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  • Bush Signs Federal Legislation
    Expanding Power to
    Declare Martial Law

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  • Governors of California and Florida
    Impose Moratorium on Executions
    by Lethal Injection

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Despite Chilean Dictator's Death,
Fight to Obtain U.S. Documents
Related to 1976 Assassination Continues

Interview with Peter Kornbluh,
senior analyst with the National Security Archive,
conducted by Scott Harris


The death of Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet on Dec. 10 ended any further attempts to bring to justice one Latin America's most brutal dictators. The Chilean military, led by Gen. Pinochet staged a bloody coup against the democratically elected Socialist government of Salvador Allende in 1973. In the years which followed, Pinochet's regime killed nearly 3,200 suspected political opponents, tortured 28,000 and disappeared more than a thousand. During Pinochet's rein of terror, which ended in 1990, hundreds of thousands of Chileans fled their nation to seek refuge around the world.

Official U.S. government documents confirm that President Richard Nixon was complicit in supporting and planning the Chilean coup. In 1976, Pinochet's secret police ordered the car bomb assassination of former Chilean ambassador to the U.S. Orlando Letelier and his associate Ronni Moffett in downtown Washington, D.C. From October 1998 to March 2001, Pinochet was placed under house arrest in London while he awaited Britain's decision on a Spanish request to extradite the general to stand trial on murder and torture charges. Eventually, British authorities released Pinochet to return to Chile after determining that the aging despot was neither physically or mentally fit to stand trial. Pinochet was later discovered to have stolen some $27 million and concealing the money in U.S. and other overseas banks.

At the time of his death, Pinochet was under investigation in multiple human rights cases and under house arrest in Chile. Although he was never brought to trial, the dictator lived to see one of his torture victims, socialist Michelle Bachelet elected Chile's president. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst with the National Security Archive and author of the book, "The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability." Kornbluh looks at the legacy of Augusto Pinochet and continuing demands for the release of U.S. documents related to the dictator's brutal repression.

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Bush Signs Federal Legislation
Expanding Power to
Declare Martial Law

Interview with Frank Morales,
writer and activist,
conducted by Scott Harris

In a legislative maneuver that largely slipped below the media radar screen, Congress passed -- and president Bush signed into law in mid-October -- a measure that will make it easier for American presidents to declare federal marital law. Congress revised the Insurrection Act, bypassing existing prohibitions there and within the Posse Comitatus Act that had prevented the president from deploying U.S. military troops within the nation's borders.

The Defense Authorization Act of 2007 signed into law by Bush in a private White House ceremony, empowers the president to declare a "public emergency," station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder." U. S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont warned that "the implications of changing the (Posse Comitatus) Act are enormous". "There is good reason," he said, "for the constructive friction in existing law when it comes to martial law declarations. Using the military for law enforcement goes against one of the founding tenets of our democracy."

The new law authorizes police to detain and imprison "illegal aliens," "potential terrorists," protesters and other "undesirables." Ominously, in January Congress awarded $385 million to Kellogg, Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, for the construction of temporary detention and processing facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S. Frank Morales, an Episcopalian priest at St. Mark's Church in New York City, is a writer and activist. His piece, "Bush Moves Toward Martial Law," is one of the few news stories on these new presidential powers. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Frank Morales about the potential consequences for civil liberties stemming from this change in federal law.

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Governors of California and Florida
Impose Moratorium on Executions
by Lethal Injection

Interview with Richard Dieter,
executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

On Dec. 15, the Republican governors of California and Florida, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jeb Bush, respectively, both temporarily halted executions in their states and have called for investigations into the use of lethal injection. That is the method of execution used in those two states and 35 others. Bush took action after a botched execution in which it appears that convicted murderer Angel Diaz was likely conscious and in excruciating pain for the 34 minutes it took him to die, after a second dose of toxic chemicals had to be injected.

California has the highest number of death row inmates in the country, at around 650. It has executed just 13 people since stricter death penalty laws were ratified and declared constitutional in 1977, overturning a ban earlier in the decade based on violations of the 8th amendment, prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment. Florida has executed 64 people in the past 29 years. Texas has executed 379 inmates, which is why its death row population has fallen behind other states.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, an advocacy organization that opposes the death penalty. He assesses the importance of the Dec. 15 governors' orders, and explains why support in the U.S. for the death penalty is dropping.

Contact the Death Penalty Information Center by calling (202) 289-2275 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon and Denise Manzari

  • During the Israeli incursion into Lebanon, Israeli fighter jets bombed a power plant south of Beirut that created a massive oil leak of up to 15,000 tons of crude oil, creating that nation's worst environmental disaster. Coastal waters in Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey are threatened. ("Lebanese Water Still Stained Black," Inter Press Service, Nov. 20, 2006)
  • Starbucks CEO Jim Donald flew to Ethiopia in late November to meet with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to try to resolve trademark rights to premium coffee beans, which could be worth as much as $90 million to poor Ethiopian coffee farmers, many who live on less than a dollar a day. ("A Dollar a Day vs. Four Dollar Lattes,", Dec. 2, 2006; "Starbucks CEO Meets with Ethiopia Over Ownership of Coffee Names," Oxfam America press release, Nov. 29, 2006)
  • The Bushmen of Botswana have won the right to return to their ancestral land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in southern Africa. ("Botswana's Bushmen Win Fight Over Kalahari Land," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 14, 2006; "Botswana Bushmen Get Kalahari Land Bank," Reuters, Dec. 13, 2006)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 12/22/06

U.S. Politics

"The Feminist Game Plan," by Martha Burk,, Dec. 12, 2006

"Are Democrats Heading Over A Cliff?," by David Bacon, Truthout, Dec. 12, 2006

"Dems Plan To Eliminate Pork From Spending Bills," Associated Press, Dec. 12, 2006

"Poll: Iraq Going Badly And Getting Worse," CBS News, Dec. 11, 2006

"Lou Dobbs And The Dead-End Of White Anti-Corporate Populism," by Ted Glick, Truthout, Dec. 11, 2006

"Report On Iraq Exposes Divide Within GOP," The New York Times, Dec. 10, 2006

"Pelosi's First Priority Is To End Iraq War," San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 10, 2006

"Democrats Let Gates Slide," by Aaron Glantz,, Dec. 9, 2006

"Keith Ellison: The Political Insurgent," by Conrad Wilson, The American Prospect, Dec. 8, 2006

"The GOP's Southern Exposure," by Harold Meyerson The American Prospect, Dec. 8, 2006

"To Protect The Vote, Start Local," by Paul Rogat Loeb,, Dec. 7, 2006

"The 'Seattle Senators,'" by John Nichols, The Nation, Dec. 4, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"The 35-Year Long Scream: Torture, Impeachment And A Vietnam Vet's Tears," by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2006

"Presidential Tyranny Untamed By Election Defeat," by Chris Floyd, Truthout, Dec. 12, 2006

"'Impeachment Is Not Optional,'" by John Nichols, The Nation, Dec. 11, 2006

"Impunity And Immunity: The Bush Administration Enters The Confessional," by Tom Engelhardt & Karen Greenberg,, Dec. 8, 2006

"Why Impeachment Is Crucial," by Jennifer Van Bergen,, Dec. 8, 2006

"Impeachment At Our Peril," by David Corn,, Dec. 8, 2006

"Bush's Torture/Dictatorship Scandal," by James Bovard,, Dec. 8, 2006

"Will Cheney Come Clean?," by Carl Bloice, Black Commentator, Dec. 8, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"How To Lose An Army," by William S. Lind, The American Conservative, Dec. 18, 2006

"The Last Man Of The Junta: An Open Letter To Henry Kissinger," by Fernando A. Torres, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2006

"Latin American Spring And Global Recession," by Toni Solo, ZNet, Dec. 12, 2006

"The Condor Model: The Atrocities Of Pinochet And The United States," by Roger Burbach, Counterpunch, Dec. 11, 2006

"Iran Looks Like The Winner Of The Iraq War," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 10, 2006

"Robert Gates And Venezuela: Another Saber Rattler In Latin America," by Nikolas Kozloff, Counterpunch, Dec. 9/10, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq: Cornered Military Takes To Desperate Tactics," by Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily, Inter Press Service, Dec. 12, 2006

"Statement Of Denial: ISG Gets Facts Right But Can't Face Them," by Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect, Dec. 12, 2006

"Taliban And Allies Tighten Grip In North Of Pakistan," The New York Times, Dec. 11, 2006

"The Americans Don't See How Unwelcome they Are, Or That Iraq Is Beyond Repair," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Dec. 11, 2006

"Emails From The Frontlines Of Iraqi Life: 'Today Is Better Than Tomorrow,'" by Tom Engelhardt & Dahr Jamail,, Dec. 11, 2006

"Sadr Condemns Maliki Government, Demands Foreign Troops Leave," Associated Press, Dec. 10, 2006

"'Nobody's Leaving:' Never Mind Democracy And Imperial Fiasco," by Paul Street, ZNet, Dec. 10, 2006

"Shiites Rout Sunni Families In Mixed Area Of Baghdad," The New York Times, Dec. 10, 2006

"The Last Soldier To Die For A Mistake," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Dec. 10, 2006

"The Vietnamization Of Iraq," by Col. Dan Smith, Counterpunch, Dec. 9/10, 2006

"A Bipartisan Occupation," by Phyllis Bennis & Erik Leaver, Counterpunch, Dec. 9/10, 2006

"Photos Confirm U.S. Raid Child Deaths," English Al Jazeera, Dec. 9, 2006

"The Iraq Study Group's Fatal Flaws," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Dec. 8, 2006

"Ranger, Arrested For Bank Robbery, Alleges War Crimes," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 7, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Abusive Interrogations: A Defining Difference Between Psychologists And Psychiatrists," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2006

"Routine And Systematic Torture Is At The Heart Of America's War On Terror," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, Dec. 12, 2006

"Government Spying Goes Global," by Maureen Webb, AlterNet, Dec. 12, 2006

"The Government's Assault On Press Freedom," by William Bennett Turner, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 12, 2006

"U.S. Postpones Guantanamo Building Plans," Washington Post, Dec. 10, 2006

"U.S. Has A History Of Using Torture," by Alfred W. McCoy, History News Network, Dec. 9, 2006

"Data Mining Can't Improve Our Security," by Jim Harper, Cato Institute, Dec. 8, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Washington Post Editorial Praises Pinochet," by Glenn Greenwald, Unclaimed Territory, Dec. 12, 2006

"Musicians Oppose Media Consolidation," Associated Press, Dec. 12, 2006

More newswire ...


"Iraq Protester Sheehan Cleared Of Most NY Charges," Reuters, Dec. 11, 2006

"War Resister Considers Himself A Soldier as He Builds New Life In Canada," Associated Press, Dec. 11, 2006

"Dare To Be Disobedient," by Hilary Wainwright, Guardian/UK, Dec. 11, 2006

"The Death Of An American Filmaker In Oaxaca Remains Unsolved," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 11, 2006

"Gore Plans To Initiate A Grassroots 'Carbon-Freeze' Movement," Boston Globe, Dec. 10, 2006

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