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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

"Cheney is Longtime Bad News for U.S.," by John Nichols, by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 16, 2007

"Bush administration provokes open war on Iran: Irbil raid, and other operations, authorized "several months ago," by Larry Chin, Global Research, Jan. 15, 2007

"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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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending Aug. 10, 2007

  • In an Echo of Watergate,
    Bush Invokes Executive Privilege
    to Stonewall Investigations

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  • Activists Confront Rep. John Conyers
    Over His Refusal to
    Begin Impeachment Hearings

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  • New Haven City ID Draws
    More than 1,600 Applicants,
    Many Undocumented Immigrants

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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:

In an Echo of Watergate,
Bush Invokes Executive Privilege
to Stonewall Investigations

Interview with Marjorie Cohn,
president of the National Lawyers Guild
conducted by Scott Harris


In one of the many burgeoning scandals surrounding the Bush presidency, a group of House Democrats said they plan to launch an investigation into whether the impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was warranted. The action followed allegations that Gonzales committed perjury when he testified before Congress about the administration's controversial domestic surveillance program.

In confrontations between the White House and Congress over investigations into several other scandals, President Bush has invoked executive privilege to prevent officials from testifying at hearings on Capitol Hill and releasing key documents. In the congressional probe into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, the president ordered his former counsel Harriet Miers and his chief of staff Joshua Bolten not to testify and withhold documents demanded by the House Judiciary Committee. Congressional subpoenas issued to White House aides Karl Rove and Scott Jennings may meet a similar fate. Because defying a congressional subpoena is a crime, a House Judiciary subcommittee voted to begin contempt proceedings against both Miers and Bolten.

President Bush also claimed executive privilege when he decided to withhold documents from the House Oversight Committee related to the death of professional football player Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly-fire while serving with the Army in Afghanistan in 2004. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Marjorie Cohn, president of the National Lawyers Guild and a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of law. She explains the limits of executive privilege and what Congress must do to assert its constitutional authority to provide oversight on runaway executive power.

Marjorie Cohn is author of "Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law." Contact the National Lawyers Guild at (212) 627-2656 or visit the Guild's website at Cohn's website can be found at

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Activists Confront Rep. John Conyers
Over His Refusal to
Begin Impeachment Hearings

Interview with the Rev. Lennox Yearwood,
president of the Hip Hop Caucus,
conducted by Scott Harris


In response to growing national calls for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, on July 23, hundreds of impeachment activists gathered outside the Washington office of Michigan Rep. John Conyers, Democratic chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee. Inside the congressman's office, peace activist Cindy Sheehan, retired CIA officer Ray McGovern and Rev. Lennox Yearwood met with Rep. Conyers to urge him to begin impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney. But after nearly an hour, the three impeachment advocates left the meeting and announced that Conyers said he would not proceed with impeachment because there weren't enough votes. In protest of Conyers' position, Sheehan, McGovern and Yearwood, joined by some 30 other activists, re-entered the congressman's office and were subsequently arrested by Capitol Police when they refused to leave.

The grassroots movement supporting impeachment has been unable to change House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's pre-2006 election declaration that "impeachment is off the table." Although John Conyers had been an ally of pro-impeachment activists before the November vote that put the Democrats in control of Congress, since the election, Conyers has joined Pelosi in labeling impeachment a deadend, distracting Congress from important legislative work and the coming 2008 election.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president of the Hip Hop Caucus, who along with Russell Simmons organized a Hip Hop Team Vote Bus Tour during the 2004 Presidential election to encourage young people to engage in the political process. Here, Rev. Yearwood talks about his meeting with Congressman Conyers and explains why he believes impeachment is the correct course of action to take in confronting the Bush administration's unpopular policies and abuse of presidential power.

Contact the Hip Hop Caucus at Get more information on the national campaign for impeachment by visiting the website of

New Haven City ID Draws
More than 1,600 Applicants,
Many Undocumented Immigrants

Interview with John Jairo Lugo,
co-founder of Latinos United in Action,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


New Haven, Conn. made history July 24 when the city began offering municipal ID cards to all residents, regardless of their immigration status. The desire for the cards came mainly from the undocumented immigrant community, so people without Social Security numbers could open bank accounts and not have to carry large amounts of cash. The multi-purpose card can also be used by anyone as a library card, city park entry, parking debit card, and in some retail stores. The idea was supported by New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Junta for Progressive Action, the largest Latino social service agency in the city, which works with many of the estimated 10,000 undocumented immigrants in New Haven.

Thirty-six hours after the cards were approved by the city's Board of Aldermen on June 6, federal immigration agents raided many homes in the Latino section of the city and arrested 32 undocumented residents. People from New Haven and beyond raised bail money for those arrested, while awaiting the federal government's next move. There was widespread speculation that due to fear in the immigrant community, only citizens would come out to apply for the cards when they became available. But, opening day, more than 1,600 people have applied for the cards, many of them undocumented immigrants.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with John Jairo Lugo, co-founder of Latinos United in Action, who began working four years ago with the immigrant community to make the municipal ID a reality. He describes what happened after the immigration raids, and why he's not concerned that federal authorities may use data from the cards to identify those in the country illegally.

For more information on Unidad Latina en Acción, call (203) 606-3484 or visit the Junta for Progressive Action's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Car-bombing in Beirut, Lebanon killing pro-western politician Walid Eido leads to fears of a growing Sunni-Shiite conflict in advance of the presidential election. ("Lebanon's Bloody Summer," The Nation, July 10, 2007)
  • China has quashed two environmental reports documenting how pollution in the country is creating an economic and environmental crisis, where an estimated 750,000 people die prematurely from air pollution-related causes. ("China Cancels Environmental Report," Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2007)
  • Under the Bush administration's Special Counsel Scott Bloch, who has strong ties to the Christian right, federal whistleblowers are increasingly under attack. ("Don't Whistle While You work," Mother Jones, May/June 2007)

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Between The Lines Week Ending 8/03/07

U.S. Politics

"State: Florida Voting Machines Can Be Hacked,"by Marc Caputo, The Miami Herald, July 31, 2007

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Bush Regime

"The Three Stooges: The President Won’t Fire Alberto Gonzales. He Needs Him to Protect White House Secrets, Including The Scheming Roles of Cheney and Rove," by Sydney Blumenthal, Aug. 2, 2007

"Bush Invokes Executive Privilege for Rove in Attorney Firings," by Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers, Aug. 1, 2007

"Cheney Opposes Closing Guantanamo," by Michael Abramowitz, The Washington Post, Aug. 1, 2007

"US Attorney Became Target After Rebuffing Justice Dept.," by Amy Goldstein and Carrie Johnson, The Washington Post, Aug. 1, 2007

"Congress, Bush and the Real Constitutional Crisis," by Glenn W. Smith,, July 31, 2007

"In Violation of Federal Law, Ohio's 2004 Presidential Election Records Are Destroyed or Missing," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, July 30, 2007

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Energy Bill Aids the Expansion Plans of Atomic Power Plants," by Edmund L. Andrews and Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times, July 30, 2007

"Oil Groups Too Rich to Invest," by Thomas Cantaloube, Libération, July 25, 2007

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq's Parliament Adjourns Without Passing Key Laws," by Ned Parker, The Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2007

"Pentagon Announces Iraq Troop Rotations," The Associated Press, July 31, 2007

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Outsourcing Intelligence: How Bush Gets His National Intelligence From Private Companies," by R.J. Hillhouse, The Nation, July 31, 2007

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Media Issues

"All Rupert, All the Time," by Eric Alterman, The Nation, Aug. 13, 2007

"D.C. elites want you to shush on Iraq," by Matthew Yglesias, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 2, 2007

"Murdoch: Bad for Journalism, Bad for Democracy," by Josh Silver, Huffington Post, Aug. 1, 2007

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"DC Pays $1 Million to Demonstrators," The Associated Press, Aug. 2, 2007

"Steelworkers: Congress Back Iraq Workers," by Ben Lando, United Press International, Aug. 1, 2007

"Close Guantanamo Now," by Senator Dianne Feinstein, The San Francisco Chronicle, July 30, 2007

"Facing Heat From the Left, Murtha Mulls Changes to his Latest Iraq-related Proposal," by Mike Soraghan, The Hill, July 31, 2007

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