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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

"The Future of Iraq: The Spoils of War," Blood and oil: How the West will profit from Iraq's most precious commodity, by Danny Fortson, Andrew Murray-Watson and Tim Webb, The Independent/UK, Jan. 7, 2007

"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

"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff,, July 27, 2007

"ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger,"United Press International, July 25, 2007

"Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state," by Muriel Kane, July 19, 2007

"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

"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 Aug. 24, 2007

  • Democrats Surrender to Fear
    by Approving Warrantless Surveillance Authority
    to the White House

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  • House and Senate Approve Differing Measures
    on Mileage Economy and Energy Efficiency

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  • Karl Rove Leaves White House
    with Legacy of Smear Tactics
    and Failed Policies

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Democrats Surrender to Fear
by Approving Warrantless Surveillance Authority
to the White House

Interview with Derek Slater,
activism coordinator with the Electronic Frontier Foundation,
conducted by Scott Harris


As their August recess approached, the Democratic-controlled House and Senate bowed to White House pressure and approved legislation that greatly expanded the power of the president to conduct warrantless surveillance. Despite opposition to the bill from the Democratic Party leadership, 41 House Democrats joined 186 Republicans to approve the measure. In the Senate, Joe Lieberman and 16 Democrats voted for the Republican plan that gives the director of national intelligence and attorney general the power to bypass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and authorize the wiretapping of e-mails and phone calls of foreign-based terrorist suspects in communication routed through the U.S. or with a U.S. citizen.

Critics of the bill say that the White House skillfully employed unsubstantiated intelligence reports that pointed to a possible future terrorist attack to pressure Congress to quickly approve the bill. While the measure sunsets in six months, civil liberties advocates were angered by the apparent capitulation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for not more vigorously opposing the president's use of fear to amass more unilateral power.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Derek Slater, activism coordinator with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He assesses the surveillance bill's effect on the erosion of civil liberties, and the grassroots campaign to pressure Congress to rewrite the bill and rein in runaway executive power.

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House and Senate Approve Differing Measures
on Mileage Economy and Energy Efficiency

Interview with Eli Hopson,
clean vehicles expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In early August, just before leaving for their summer recess, both houses of the Democratic-controlled Congress passed energy bills. The two measures were less friendly to the oil and gas industries than the 2005 energy act, written largely by representatives of big energy companies and promoted by Vice President Dick Cheney.

Both bills contain elements that will help move the U.S. away from dependence on foreign oil and begin to deal with global climate change. But the main positive element in each of the bills is not present in the other: the House version includes a Renewable Electricity Standard, or RES, that requires 15 percent of electricity use to come from efficiency or renewable sources by 2020. The Senate version includes a provision requiring cars, light trucks and SUVs to raise Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, increasing fuel efficiency to 35 mpg by 2020. These differing versions of the legislation must be reconciled in a conference committee when Congress reconvenes after Labor Day.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Eli Hopson, the clean vehicles expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He discusses the differences in the two bills, and efforts to ensure the most progressive elements survive House-Senate negotiations and are signed into law by the president.

For more information, call the UCS Washington, D.C. office at (202) 223-6133 or visit their website at

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  • Contact Public Citizen's Energy Program at (202) 588-1000 or visit their website at

Karl Rove Leaves White House
with Legacy of Smear Tactics
and Failed Policies

Interview with Kevin Gray,
author and commentator,
conducted by Scott Harris


With public disapproval of his presidency rivaling that of Richard Nixon before his resignation during the Watergate scandal, President Bush announced that his longtime political adviser, Karl Rove, would leave his post as deputy White House chief of staff before Labor Day. Karl Rove, who had worked for Bush's father and supported the president through his campaigns in Texas and two successful runs for the White House, was a pivotal figure in designing Republican electoral strategies, notably, mobilizing key constituencies like the Christian Right.

Rove, who says he's leaving public life to spend more time with his family, will be remembered by many as "Bush's Brain," as well as for formulating electoral campaigns that used smear tactics, emotionally charged wedge issues and dirty tricks to win elections at the cost of dividing the nation. While he didn't invent the tactic of "divide and conquer," critics say Rove will certainly be credited with bringing contemporary U.S. politics to a new low.

In the process of attempting to secure the Republican party a monopoly on power for the next 100 years, Rove may have succeeded in associating the GOP with the intentional deception and manipulation of the public on the Iraq War, global warming and countless other issues for decades to come. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and commentator Kevin Gray, who reflects on the legacy of Karl Rove.

Kevin Gray's forthcoming book is titled, "Waiting for Lightning to Strike, The Fundamentals of Black Politics." Read Gray's articles online at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Although Iraq has access to two of the largest bodies of water in the region, the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, farmers haven't been able to get enough access to water to grow their crops. Bechtel, the U.S. contracting giant with friendly ties to the White House, left the country before fulfilling projects in its $2 billion contract. ("Iraq: Have the Tigris and Euphrates Run Dry?" InterPress Service, July 9, 2007; "Bechtel's Projects Lacking in Iraq," Washington Post, July 26, 2007)
  • SEIU President Andy Stern raised concern when he invited politicians, labor and business leaders - including Lee Scott of Wal-Mart - to participate in a gathering of the Better Health Care Coalition. ("Andy Stern: Savior or Sellout?" The Nation, July 16-23, 2007)
  • Federal judges in California have called for the creation of a new judicial panel to consider placing a cap on the state's surging prison population. ("U.S. Judges Order Review of California prison overcrowding," Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2007)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 8/17/07

U.S. Politics

"The Quiet Campaign Against Birth Control,"by Cristina Page, Baltimore Sun, Aug. 21, 2007

"Nipping At McConnell's Heels,"by Andrew Green, The American Prospect, Aug. 21, 2007

"Iraq Report Could Shift Political Ground,"Associated Press, Aug. 20, 2007

"The Utah Mine Disaster: Don't Call It An Accident,"by Robert Borosage, ZNet, Aug. 20, 2007

"Clinton Warns Against Quick Iraq Pullout,"International Herald Tribune, Aug. 19, 2007

"GOP Revolution: It's A Wrap,"by Terence Samuel, The American Prospect, Aug. 17, 2007

"Democratic Congressman Opposed Iraq War, Now Supports Longer Stay,"The Olympian (Olympia, Washington), Aug. 17, 2007

"Hastert: The Worst House Speaker In American History,"by John Nichols, The Nation, Aug. 17, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Dick Cheney Iraq 'Quagmire' Video Hits The Web," Telegraph/UK, Aug. 21, 2007

"Cheney Has Wiretap Documents But Won't Share," The New York Times, Aug. 21, 2007

"The Bush Administration's Latest Iraq Dodge," by Spencer Ackerman, The American Prospect, Aug. 21, 2007

"White House Acts To Limit Health Plan For Children," The New York Times, Aug. 20, 2007

"Sic' Em With The Rally Squad: Tips For Dealing With Demonstrators From The Presidential Advance Manual," by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate, Aug. 20, 2007

"Commerce, Treasury Funds Helped Boost GOP Campaigns," McClatchy Newspapers, Aug. 17, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. Arms Create New Divisions In Mideast," by Adam Morrow & Khaled al-Omrani, Inter Press Service, Aug. 21, 2007

"Asking The Wrong Questions On Iran," by Tony Karon,, Aug. 20, 2007

"War Profiteering Corruption From Lexington County To The White House," by Tom Turnipseed, ZNet, Aug. 19, 2007

"Cheney, Lieberman & The Iran War Conspiracy," by Gareth Porter, Huffington Post, Aug. 19, 2007

"The Old Iran-Contra Death Squad Gang Is Desperate To Discredit Chavez," by John Pilger, Guardian/UK, Aug. 17, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Why Iraqis Oppose U.S.-Backed Oil Law,"by David Bacon, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 21, 2007

"Iraq, The Unavoidable Global Trauma,"by Pablo Ouziel, ZNet, Aug. 21, 2007

"The Iraq War As We See It,"by Seven U.S. Soldiers, The New York Times, Aug. 19, 2007

"A Bloody Week In Iraq,"by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Aug. 18/19, 2007

"Shiite Militia Expands Grip In Baghdad,"Associated Press, Aug. 18, 2007

"Images Show Pleading Iraqi Prisoners In Wire Cages,"Reuters, Aug. 18, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The FBI's New Power: Authority To Abuse The Constitution," by Saul Landau, Counterpunch, Aug. 21, 2007

"Challenging NSA Spying," ACLU, Aug. 20, 2007

"ACLU Report Says Few Cities Have Policies On Video Surveillance," San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 20, 2007

"Psychologists Oppose Torture But Vote To Attend Terror Interrogations," San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 20, 2007

"Padilla Jury Opens Pandora's Box," by Paul Craig Roberts,, Aug. 20, 2007

"Abu Ghraib Abuse Just Tip Of The Iceberg: Author," Agence France Presse, Aug. 19, 2007

"Defense Agency Proposes Outsourcing More Spying," Washington Post, Aug. 19, 2007

"Jose Padilla And The Unfinished Business Of Justice," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Aug. 19, 2007

"Padilla Case Offers New Model Of Terrorism Trial," by Adam Liptak, The New York Times, Aug. 18, 2007

"Concerns Raised On Wider Spying Under New Law," The New York Times, Aug. 18, 2007

"Making A Mockery Of The Constitution: Military Interrogators Are Posing As Lawyers At Guantanamo," by Sherwood Ross, Counterpunch, Aug. 17, 2007

"How U.S. Interrogators Destroyed The Mind Of Jose Padilla," by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Aug. 17, 2007

"Is Justice Possible After Torture?," by Deborah Pearlstein, The American Prospect, Aug. 17, 2007

"Padilla Case Seen As Tainted Victory For Bush," Reuters, Aug. 17, 2007

"The Rosetta Stone Of The Detention/Interrogation Scandal," by Marty Lederman, Balkinization, Aug. 14, 2007

"U.S. Government Broke Padilla Through Intense Isolation, Say Experts," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 14, 2007

"There's A Reason Why We Call It The Bill Of Rights-Government Isn't Supposed To Violate Them," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Aug. 14, 2007

"The Black Sites: A Rare Look Inside The CIA's Secret Interrogation Program," by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, Aug. 13, 2007

"Jane Mayer On The Black Sites: If You Read Only One Thing...," by Marty Lederman, Balkinization, Aug. 5, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Study: U.S. Media Curtail Iraq War Coverage," Reuters, Aug. 20, 2007

"Big News Orgs Who Gushed Over O'Hanlon Ignore Skeptical Op-Ed By U.S. Troops," by Greg Sargent, Talking Points Memo, Aug. 20, 2007

"The Washington Post's Bias Against Democracy In Latin America," by Chuck Kaufman, ZNet, Aug. 19, 2007

"Anna Beats Bush: Iraq, Iran & The Vanishing Context In American News," by Anthony DiMaggio, Counterpunch, Aug. 18/19, 2007

"Backspin For War," by Norman Solomon, Aug. 16, 2007

More newswire ...


"Iraq War Resisters To Get Boost From Veterans' Group,", Aug. 21, 2007

"Beneath Heathrow's Pall Of Misery, A New Political Movement Is Born," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, Aug. 21, 2007

"Heathrow Protest Reaches Its Climax As Peaceful Protest Turns To Clashes With Riort Police," Independent/UK, Aug. 20, 2007

"SDS: To Live Outside The Law, You Must Be Honest," by Daniel Tasripin, NYC IMC, Aug. 18, 2007

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