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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

"Fascist America, in 10 easy steps," by Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, April 24, 2007

"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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  • Unsustainable Pentagon Budget
    Signals Cracks in U.S. Empire

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  • Global Environmental Index Measures
    Nations' Green Policies and Performance

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  • Organization Probes Money's
    Corrupting Influence on American Politics

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 Unsustainable Pentagon Budget
Signals Cracks in U.S. Empire

Interview with Chalmers Johnson,
former CIA analyst and author
conducted by Scott Harris


The Pentagon announced its proposed 2009 budget of $515 billion Feb. 4, which, if approved by Congress, would be the largest expenditure by the American military since World War II. This record-breaking request for funds does not include the more than $600 billion already approved to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- nor does it include America's expenditure on maintaining its stockpile of nuclear weapons.

When other military, covert intelligence, foreign aid and veterans benefits spending are figured in, the annual U.S. military budget currently exceeds $1 trillion, more than double what the other nations of the world spend on their armed forces combined. During his administration, President Bush has increased the military budget by 30 percent.

Chalmers Johnson is a former CIA analyst, who taught political science at the University of California for 30 years. He is the author of 16 critically acclaimed books, including the "Blowback" trilogy, the latest of which is titled, "Nemesis: The Last Day of the American Republic."

Dr. Johnson's recently published article, "Going Bankrupt: Why the Debt Crisis is Now the Greatest Threat to the American Republic," considers the danger of unsustainable Pentagon spending. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Chalmers Johnson, who explains why he believes the enormous U.S. military budget is choking the life out of the U.S. economy.

Chalmers Johnson is author of the "Blowback" trilogy. He currently serves as the president of the Japan Policy Research Institute. Read his article, "Going Bankrupt: Why the Debt Crisis is Now the Greatest Threat to the American Republic," online at The latest in the "Blowback" trilogy is titled, "Nemesis: The last Day of the American Republic."

Global Environmental Index Measures
Nations' Green Policies and Performance

Interview with Dan Esty,
director of Yale Center
for Environmental Law and Policy,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


As concerns about climate change assume a higher profile, and as the world output of carbon emissions keeps rising, a new report ranks 149 countries, by region, on their environmental performance. This year's Environmental Performance Index compiled by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, puts more emphasis than earlier reports on countries' contributions to global warming, and the U.S. has slipped from 28th place two years ago to 39th place this year.

Other criteria in the rankings include sanitation, agricultural policies, air pollution, and 20 other measures. The Index, which is designed to assist nations in formulating their environmental policies, focuses on two overarching objectives: reducing environmental stresses to human health and promoting ecosystem vitality and sound natural resource management.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Dan Esty, director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and lead author of the the Environmental Performance Index study. He explains that poor nations -- because of a lower level of development -- do better in some rankings while worse in others. And he discusses the critical role that China can play on the climate change front.

The Environmental Performance Index is accessible online at

Organization Probes Money's
Corrupting Influence on American Politics

Interview with Bill Hogan,
Center for Public Integrity,
conducted by Scott Harris


Candidates running for president received a record $880 million for the 2004 election campaign and spent almost $720 million. In 2007, the major candidates reported raising $582 million and spent over $480 million. By the end of the 2008 campaign, the Democratic and Republican candidates are projected to raise more than $1 billion, making this the most expensive political campaign in U.S. history.

Despite attempts to establish campaign finance laws restricting the amount of money donors can contribute, loopholes continue to allow large contributors to exchange money for influence and access. The McCain-Feingold law passed by Congress in 2002 was aimed at stopping the flow of unlimited soft-money donations from corporations, individuals, and unions to political parties. But so-called "527" nonprofit groups exploit a loophole in the law which allows unlimited funding of political advertisements not directly tied to a campaign.

The Center for Public Integrity established their Buying of the President project in 1996. The series of books, now accompanied by a website, examines the role that money and special interests play in presidential politics. Project investigators expose how candidates and political parties raise millions of dollars and the influence those dollars buy. Between the Lines Scott Harris' spoke with Bill Hogan, the Center's director of investigative projects, who oversees the "Buying of the President" project. He explores some of the major political fundraising issues in the 2008 campaign.

Call the Center for Public Integrity at (202) 466-1300, or visit their websites at and

  • Five years after the brutal war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo officially ended, 45,000 people die every month due to preventable disease. ("Congo Death Rate Unchanged Since War Ended," New York Times, Jan. 23, 2008; "Mortality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," International Rescue Committee, Jan. 22, 2008; "Avoiding the nightmare scenario in eastern Congo," Enough Project fact sheet)
  • In 2003, Sweden filed hate speech chages against Pentecostal preacher Rev. Ake Green for condemning homosexuals as "sexual abnormalities." American evangelical activists came to his defense with with legal aid and media campaign in defense of religious freedom - and it succeeded when the Swedish Supreme Court threw out the charges. ("Tomorrow, the World" American Prospect, November 2007)
  • The intense drough in the American Southeast could force up to two dozen nuclear power plants to shut down due to falling water levels in rivers and lakes. ("Drought Could Force Nuclear Shutdowns," Associated Press, Jan. 24, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Some Hateful, Radical Ministers-White Evangelicals-Are Acceptable: McCain Accepts John Hagee's Support," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 28, 2008

"Bush, Congress Wrangle Over Domestic Spying," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Feb. 28, 2008

"Abramoff And The Riley Band Of Choctaw Republicans," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 28, 2008

"The Dean Legacy," by Ari Berman, The Nation, Feb. 28, 2008

"Hillary Clinton's 'Celestial Choir,'" by Robert Parry,, Feb. 28, 2008

"McCain's Political Quagmire," by Joe Conason, TruthDig, Feb. 28, 2008

"Postcards From Ohio," by Joanne Wypijewski, The Nation, Feb. 28, 2008

"John McCain's Bizarre 'Conservative Problem,'" by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Feb. 28, 2008

"Why Voters Aren't Motivated By A Laundry List Of Positions On Issues," by Joe Brewer & George Lakoff, The Rockridge Institute, Feb. 28, 2008

"Progressives Cave To Obama," by Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report, Feb. 27, 2008

"Bomber John: McCain And The 100-Year War," by Vijay Prashad, Counterpunch, Feb. 27, 2008

"Clinton Squanders Support With Inept, Unseemly Campaign," by Thomas F. Schaller, Baltimore Sun, Feb. 27, 2008

"Broadcast From The Ministry Of Fear," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 27, 2008

"Public Broadcasting Activists Refute McCain Campaign 'Facts' On FCC Letters," ABC News, Feb. 27, 2008

"'John McSame': Meet Bush's Anti-Choice Clone," by Cristina Page, Huffington Post, Feb. 26, 2008

"Liberal Democrats Seek Secret FISA Session," by Mike Soraghan, The Hill, Feb. 26, 2008

"The Crash That's Coming: More Bubbles Are Turning 'There Will Be Blood' From Fiction To Prophecy," by Danny Schechter, Common Dreams, Feb. 26, 2008

"Hillary Steps Up Attacks On Obama As Judgment Day Nears," by Jonathan Stein, Mother Jones, Feb. 25, 2008

"Nader Runs, Obama Responds Wisely," by John Nichols, The Nation, Feb. 25, 2008

"Can The Democrats Think Big?," by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, Feb. 25, 2008

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Bush Regime

"Nancy Pelosi Asks Grand Jury Into Contempt For Miers, Bolton," Associated Press, Feb. 28, 2008

"Halliburton/State Dept. Rape Stories Get Worse And Worse," by David Swanson,, Feb. 28, 2008

"The Case Of The Missing Emails," by Marie Cocco, TruthDig, Feb. 28, 2008

"Scare Tactics? Are White House Allies Playing Election-Year Hardball Tactics On Eavesdropping?," by Michael Isikoff & Mark Hosenball, Newsweek, Feb. 27, 2008

"Congress To Bush: You've Lost Mail!," by Dan Froomkin, Washington Post, Feb. 27, 2008

"Missing Emails May Never Be Found," Boston Globe, Feb. 27, 2008

"Rove's Monday Whoppers," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 26, 2008

"Bush Legacy Already Established," by Helen Thomas, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Feb. 26, 2008

"Is Bush To Blame For The Economy?," by Dean Baker, The American Prospect, Feb. 25, 2008

"Department Of Malicious Falsehoods," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 23, 2008

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Greatest Threat To Us All," by Joseph Cirincione, New York Review of Books, Feb. 28, 2008

"Iran In The Crosshairs," by Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 28, 2008

"The Most Wanted List: International Terrorism," by Tom Engelhardt & Noam Chomsky,, Feb. 26, 2008

"Fortunes Of War: Death And Chaos No Problem For Profit-Seekers In Iraq," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Feb. 25, 2008

"Empire And Burlesque: Permanent Bases Rise While Public Gawks At Geeks," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Feb. 23, 2008

"What Does Castro's Resignation Mean For Cuba?," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, Feb. 20, 2008

"Invisible Empire: America's Unseen Atrocity In Somalia," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Feb. 12, 2008

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Heralded New Law Is Vetoed By Iraq's Presidency Council," The New York Times, Feb. 28, 2008

"Baquba: Losing Life And Hope," by Ahmed Ali & Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Feb. 28, 2008

"Karzai Controls A Third Of Afghanistan," Associated Press, Feb. 27, 2008

"Nobel Laureate Estimates Wars' Cost at $3 Trillion," McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 27, 2008

"The Turkish Invasion Could Destroy A Unified Iraq," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Feb. 27, 2008

"Turkey Says No Timetable For Iraq Pullout," Reuters, Feb. 27, 2008

"Is Iran Winning The War In Iraq?," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Feb. 26, 2008

"Afghanistan: The Brutal And Unnecessary War The Media Aren't Telling You About," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Feb. 26, 2008

"More Troops For Iraq And Afghanistan, Defense Department Says," Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 26, 2008

"The Calm Before The Conflagration," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Feb. 25, 2008

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Guantanamo's Shambolic Trials: Pentagon Boss Resigns, Ex-Prosecutor Joins Defense," by Andy Worthington,, Feb. 28, 2008

"Former Military Prosecutor To Testify For Detainee," The New York Times, Feb. 28, 2008

"Taxi To The Dark Side," Amy Goodman, TruthDig, Feb. 27, 2008

"Defense Stalls In 9/11 Case At Guantanamo," Associated Press, Feb. 27, 2008

"National Mall Redesign Could Seriously Restrict Free Speech," by Scott Thill, AlterNet, Feb. 27, 2008

"U.S. Terror Watch List Surpasses 900,000 Names, ACLU Estimates," by Ryan Singel, Wired, Feb. 27, 2008

"Renditions Cloaked In State Secrets Mantle," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Feb. 26, 2008

"Confessions Of A Gitmo Guard: A Nightmare World Of Torture And Prison Guard Suicides," by Debbie Nathan, Counterpunch, Feb. 26, 2008

"McConnell/Mukasey: Eavesdropping Outside Of FISA Is 'Illegal,'" by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 23, 2008

"InfraGard: An Unhealthy Government Allliance," by Gary D. Barnett, Future of Freedom Foundation, Feb. 22, 2008

"The Great Guantanamo Puppet Theater," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 21, 2008

"Lessons Of Internment," by Amy Goodman, King Features Syndicate, Feb. 21, 2008

"Gitmo Trials Rigged From The Start," by Ross Tuttle, The Nation, Feb. 21, 2008

"Homeland Security Training NYC Firefighters To Spy," by Colin Meyn, In These Times, Feb. 19, 2008

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"How The Media Can Misrepresent The Web," by Wayne MacPhail, Rabble/Canada, Feb. 28, 2008

"Comcast Admits Paying Attendees At FCC Hearing," Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 28, 2008

"SNL's Take On The Election Is Better Than Most News Coverage," by Carol Jenkins, Women's Media Center, Feb. 28, 2008

"Media Has Large, Often Unnoticed Role in National Politics," by Mark Weisbrot, Huffington Post, Feb. 27, 2008

"The Alternate Reality Of The Birmingham News," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 27, 2008

"John King With Mike McConnell: Rare Journalistic Honesty," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 26, 2008

"For The New York Times as Well, Self-Confidence On Ethics Poses Risks," by Jay Rosen, Huffington Post, Feb. 21, 2008

"Just When You Thought The Corporate Media Couldn't Get Any Worse," by David Lindorff, Common Dreams, Feb. 20, 2008

More newswire ...


"Ray Of Hope For Organized Labor: Can The Employee Free Choice Act Change The Landscape?," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Feb. 28, 2008

"Conspiracy Theory, Fears Of Betrayal And Today's Antiwar Movement: An Interview With Jerry Lembcke," by Stephen Philion, Counterpunch, Feb. 27, 2008

"Antiwar Movement Wrestles With 1968," by Ryan Grim, Politico, Feb. 27, 2008

"Long March Of The Protesters Who Tried To Save The World," Yorkshire Post/UK, Feb. 25, 2008

"Unions Under Assault: The Kentucky River Decision," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Feb. 23/24, 2008

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