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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

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"Iraq On The Record," U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman report, March 16, 2004

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"The Iraq War & The Bush Administration's Pursuit of Global Domination," Counterpoint, Sept. 15, 2003

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"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

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"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

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For The Week Ending March 21, 2008


  • Bush Vetoes Bill
    Banning Torture

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  • Iraq, Afghan Vets Testify
    on Realities of War
    at Winter Soldier Hearings

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  • Nader Vice Presidential Running Mate,
    Matt Gonzalez, Advocates Electoral Reform

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 Bush Vetoes Bill
Banning Torture

Interview with former CIA analyst Mel Goodman,
senior fellow at the Center for International Policy,
conducted by Scott Harris


President Bush's declaration that the U.S. does not torture its prisoners was contradicted by his announcement during a March 8 radio address that he will veto congressional legislation banning torture. The annual intelligence authorization bill compelled the CIA to adhere to the Army Field Manual regulations which specifically prohibits abuse and torture of U.S. detainees, including stripping prisoners naked, sexual humiliation and "waterboarding" or simulated drowning.

In defending his veto, Bush made the unsubstantiated claim that harsh interrogation methods employed by the CIA had prevented a number of terrorist attacks and is still needed to protect the country. Human rights advocates and congressional critics were quick to condemn the president's veto for violating both the Geneva Conventions and the Detainee Treatment Act, that prohibit "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment."

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Mel Goodman a former CIA analyst who is now a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. Goodman takes a critical look at President Bush's veto of the torture bill and public reaction to the constitutional violations that the White House justifies by claiming these actions are necessary to fight the war on terrorism.

Mel Goodman is the author of "Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA." Contact the Center for International Policy by calling (202) 232-3317 or visit their website at

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Iraq, Afghan Vets Testify
on Realities of War
at Winter Soldier Hearings

Interview with Geoff Millard,
Washington D.C. chapter president
of Iraq Veterans Against the War,
conducted by Scott Harris

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While the Iraq War may be off the front pages of most U.S. news outlets, antiwar groups are planning to mark the 5th anniversary of President Bush's unpopular launch of the Iraq invasion and occupation with a series of actions in Washington, D.C. and around the U.S.

United for Peace and Justice, the nation's largest antiwar coalition, is organizing a day of nonviolent direct action in the nation's capital on Mach 19th, the day in 2003 when the Iraq invasion began, which will include the participation of delegations from all 50 states. Local antiwar protests, vigils and teach-ins will be held in communities large and small around the country demanding an end to the war and occupation on the same day.

From March 13 to 16, Iraq Veterans Against the War have organized the Winter Soldier hearings in Washington. Named for the 1971 Vietnam War era hearings, U.S. Iraq and Afghan War veterans will give testimony on the reality of what is going on in both of these conflicts and occupations. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Geoffrey Millard, a 9-year Veteran of the Army National Guard who served with the 42nd Infantry Division in Iraq for 13 months. Millard, who is currently Washington, D.C. chapter President of Iraq Veterans Against the War, discusses the purpose of the Winter Soldier hearings, which will be broadcast nationwide.

Contact Iraq Veterans Against the War by calling (215) 241-7123 or visit their website to find out how to tune into the hearings at

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Nader Vice Presidential Running Mate,
Matt Gonzalez, Advocates Electoral Reform

Interview with Matt Gonzalez,
Ralph Nader's vice presidential running mate,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Last month, long-time public interest advocate Ralph Nader announced his fourth campaign for president, running on a platform of people power against the corporations and the politicians whom he accuses of doing their bidding. Among the 12 key issues he's running on are single-payer health insurance; repeal of the Taft-Hartley anti-union law; reversing U.S. policy in the Middle East; instituting a carbon tax, and impeaching President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Shortly after Nader announced his candidacy, he chose Matt Gonzalez as his vice-presidential running mate.

Gonzalez, a member of the Green Party, was elected in 2000 to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors in a non-partisan election. He served two terms, including one as board president. In 2003, Gonzalez ran for mayor of San Francisco against Democrat Gavin Newsom and came close to beating him. Nader said he valued Gonzalez's experience in the electoral arena as a minority party candidate. He currently is a partner in a San Francisco law firm specializing in civil rights litigation.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Gonzalez about his decision to run with Nader, and the issues of electoral reform to the 2008 presidential campaign.

Contact Ralph Nader's campaign at (202) 441-5727, or visit their website at

  • After the militant Islamic party, Hamas, won the 2006 Palestinian election, the Bush administration orchestrated a counter-offensive to force Hamas out of the Palestinian government. ("The Gaza Bombshell," Vanity Fair, April 2008)
  • A former KGB agent turned Russian arms trafficker, was arrested in Thailand by investigators posing as buyers from the Colombian guerilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. ("Russian Charged with Trying to Sell Arms," New York Times, March 7, 2008; "Profile: Viktor Bout," BBC News, March 7, 2008)
  • The number of homeless in New Orleans has doubled since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city. The bulk of 52,000 rental housing units destroyed have not been replaced, and hundreds of liveable units of public housing have been destroyed. ("Homeless in New Orleans," The Nation, Feb. 25, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"The Machinery Of Hope," by Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, Mar. 20, 2008

"Hillary Flirting With Fear," by Ira Chernus, Religion Dispatches, Mar. 11, 2008

"Targeting Bad Democrats," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 11, 2008

"McCain More Bellicose Than Bush?," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Mar. 11, 2008

"House Steers Its Own Path On Wiretaps," The New York Times, Mar. 11, 2008

"GOP Rep. Slimes Obama, McCain Fails Leadership Test," by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, Mar. 10, 2008

"Spitzer Is Linked To Prostitution Ring," The New York Times, Mar. 10, 2008

"Hate Crimes Linked To Immigration Debate," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2008

"Democrat Wins Hastert's Seat In Illinois," Associated Press, Mar. 9, 2008

"McCain Supports Bush Veto Of Bill Banning Harsh Interrogation Tactics," San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 9, 2008

"The Only Way To Fight The Clintons: You Can't Lick The Boot That Kicks You," by Joann Wypijewski, Counterpunch, Mar. 8/9, 2008

"Obama's Run Against McCain Begins Today," by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Mar. 8, 2008

"The New Phase For Obama, Clinton And The Rest Of Us," by Tom Hayden, Huffington Post, Mar. 7, 2008

"Nader, The Clintons, Obama, Gore And Edwards: On Hope, Fear And Anger," by Paul Street, ZNet, Mar. 7, 2008

"Canadian Government Will Probe 'Entire' NAFTA Leak: PM," CBC/Canada, Mar. 7, 2008

"Senate Democrats Hope For A Majority Not Seen In 30 Years: 60 Seats," The New York Times, Mar. 7, 2008

"McCain's Consistent Folly On Iraq," by Steve Chapman, Reason, Mar. 6, 2008

"Hope In The Time Of NAFTA," by David Sirota, TruthDig, Mar. 6, 2008

"Justice Scalia's Two-Front War," by Simon Lazarus & Harper Jean Tobin, The American Prospect, Mar. 6, 2008

"Obama And The Prospects For A Renewal Of The Left: The Real Movement Will Be Needed After The Election," by Steve Sherman, Counterpunch, Mar. 5, 2008

"CBC Exonerates Obama: A Post-Mortem," by mattw, Daily Kos, Mar. 5, 2008

"McCain's Very Own Farrakhan," by Joe Conason, TruthDig, Mar. 5, 2008

"The Other Side Of The McCain Lobbyist Scandal," by Jerold M. Starr, The Nation, Mar. 4, 2008

"Did The Clinton Campaign Doctor Obama Footage To Make Him 'Blacker'?," by Sarah Lai Stirland, Wired, Mar. 4, 2008

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Bush Regime

"An Admiral Takes On The White House," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Mar. 11, 2008

"The President's Lawyers," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 11, 2008

"Top U.S. Commander In Middle East Resigns," ABC News, Mar. 11, 2008

"Defying Mukasey, Congress Sues Bolten, Miers," by Christopher Kutruff, Truthout, Mar. 11, 2008

"What Bush's Veto Means: His Endgame And His Legacy," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Mar. 8, 2008

"Bush Explains Veto Of Waterboarding Bill," Associated Press, Mar. 8, 2008

"Court Order Sought In Email Controversy," Associated Press, Mar. 7, 2008

"Fired U.S. Attorney Says Colleague Told Him Politics Was Behind His Ouster," McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 6, 2008

"No Standing To Lecture On Justice," by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Mar. 5, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Blowback Of Iran War Likely To Be 'Terrible,'" by Charles Davis, Inter Press Service, Mar. 11, 2008

"International Support Ebbs For Nuclear Hard Line," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Mar. 11, 2008

"U.S. May Add Venezuela To Its List Of Terrorist States," McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 10, 2008

"Crushing The Ants: Adm. Fallon And His Empire," by Chris Floyd, Counterpunch, Mar. 7, 2008

"Foreign Policy Increasingly Flows Through Pentagon," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Mar. 7, 2008

"Top Iraq Contractor Skirts Taxes Offshore," Boston Globe, Mar. 6, 2008

"Yankees Head Home," by John Lindsay-Poland, Foreign Policy in Focus, Mar. 6, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"In Iraq, Childhood Is A Thing Of The Past," by Ahmed Ali & Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Mar. 11, 2008

"Exhaustive Review Finds No Link Between Saddam And Al Qaeda," McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 10, 2008

"Scoring The 'Surge' And What Lies Beyond," by Col. Dan Smith, Counterpunch, Mar. 10, 2008

"So Much For The 'Surge,'" by Eugene Robinson, TruthDig, Mar. 10, 2008

"8 U.S. Troops, 14 Iraqis Die In Wave Of Insurgent Bombings," McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 10, 2008

"Why Iraq Could Blow Up In John McCain's Face," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Mar. 7, 2008

"Vets Break Silence On Iraq War Crimes," by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, Mar. 7, 2008

"Officials Lean Toward Keeping Next Iraq Assessment Secret," Washington Post, Mar. 7, 2008

"The Myth Of The Surge," by Nir Rosen, Rolling Stone, Mar. 6, 2008

"Plight Of Iraqi Women A 'National Crisis,'" Agence France Presse, Mar. 6, 2008

"Care For Injured Vets Raises Questions," Associated Press, Mar. 6, 2008

"The Iraq Quagmire," by Erik Leaver & Jenny Shin, Foreign Policy in Focus, Mar. 4, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Rights Group: 'Torture-Tainted Evidence' Mars U.S. Legal Image," Agence France Presse, Mar. 11, 2008

"Loyalty Oaths Fail The Test Of Democracy," by Geoffrey Stone, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 11, 2008

"Sordid Details On 'Black Site' At Diego Garcia Island Come To Light," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Mar. 11, 2008

"Guantanamo Trials Fail The Nuremberg Test," by Nat Hentoff, Sacramento Bee (California), Mar. 11, 2008

"NSA's Domestic Spying Grows As Agency Sweeps Up Data," Wall Street Journal, Mar. 10, 2008

"Not Guilty, But Jailed For Five Years: Al-Arian's Third Hunger Strike Under Way," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Mar. 9, 2008

"Another Milestone On The Road To Serfdom," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 8, 2008

"Advocates Say Ruling Chills Reporters," Associated Press, Mar. 8, 2008

"The Normalization Of Torture," by Marty Lederman, Balkinization, Mar. 8, 2008

"The Banality Of The Surveillance State," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 7, 2008

"Spain Drops Extradition Attempt Against Guantanamo Torture Pair," Guardian/UK, Mar. 7, 2008

"National Dragnet Is A Click Away," Washington Post, Mar. 6, 2008

"9/11 Attacks Harm First Amendment: AP Chief Says Press Freedoms Among Casualties," Associated Press, Mar. 6, 2008

"Shocking New Revelation: Unchecked Government Powers Get Abused," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 6, 2008

"New FBI Privacy Violations Confirmed," Associated Press, Mar. 5, 2008

"Your Papers, Please," American Civil Liberties Union, Mar. 5, 2008

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Media Issues

"We Don't Do Torture-Especially In Debates," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Mar. 11, 2008

"The Torturous Logic Of The New York Times," by Marc Cooper, Huffington Post, Mar. 9, 2008

"Legacy: New York Times Struggles To Avoid The Word 'Torture,'" by Pamela Troy, Smirking Chimp, Mar. 9, 2008

"Looking For Hate On Talk Radio," by Jaime O'Neill, Smirking Chimp, Mar. 9, 2008

"Tucker Carlson Unintentionally Reveals The Role Of The American Press," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 8, 2008

"Journalism And The Death Of A Thousand (Staff) Cuts," by Bob Patterson, Smirking Chimp, Mar. 7, 2008

"A Brain-Dead Press," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 7, 2008

"Poll: Over Half Of Americans Say They Do Not Trust The Press," by Faiz, Think Progress, Mar. 6, 2008

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"Oaxaca: Film Shows How Indy Media Sparked Revolt," by Tor Sandberg, Rabble/Canada, Mar. 11, 2008

"Soldiers Join War Protest," Chicago Post-Tribune, Mar. 11, 2008

"Labor's War On Global Warming," by Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello & Brendan Smith, The Nation, Mar. 10, 2008

"Overwhelmingly White, The Green Movement Is Reaching For The Rainbow," Seattle Times, Mar. 9, 2008

"Honoring Two Activist Parents," by Vincent L. Guarisco, Consortium News, Mar. 6, 2008

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