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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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For The Week Ending April 18, 2008


"Body of War" is a must-see documentary which follows the life of Tomas Young, a 25-year-old U.S. Army Iraq War veteran who returned home paralyzed and wheel-chairbound, and later found his voice as an anti-war activist. Hear BTL's interview with co-director Phil Donahue.

Visit the "Body of War" film's website at to see a preview trailer and get theater times near you. At the documentary's New York City opening April 9 at the IFC Center, producers Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue said a grassroots distribution campaign is planned for the film after the commercial release. Make it happen in your community! This movie has a powerful message, especially for young people who are contemplating joining the military.



  • Memo Exposes Bush Administration's
    Sanction of Torture

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  • Film Documentary, "Body of War,"
    Brings Pain of the Iraq War Home

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  • Drug Companies Pushing
    for Immunity from Patient Lawsuits

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 Memo Exposes Bush Administration's
Sanction of Torture

Interview with Jameel Jaffer,
director of the ACLU's National Security Project,
conducted by Scott Harris


An important Justice Department legal memorandum sheds light on the Bush administration's authorization of abuse and torture of U.S. held prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The document was made public on April 1. The memo, written in March 2003, was released after the American Civil Liberties Union requested it be declassified under the Freedom of Information Act.

The memo, written by John Yoo, then a deputy at the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, asserts that President Bush has unrestricted authority to order brutal interrogations to extract information from detainees and was provided to the Defense Department in March 2003. A similar memo was sent to the CIA in August 2002 which narrowly re-defined torture as methods that result in pain akin to that associated with "death, organ failure or the permanent impairment of a significant body function." Although both these memos were formally withdrawn by the Justice Department in 2004, critics assert that the legal arguments they made helped institute a culture that condoned torture within the Pentagon and CIA.

The legal document also maintained that any government agent who engaged in torture and abuse, prohibited by U.S. or international law, could defend themselves from prosecution on the basis that that the executive branch's constitutional authority to protect the nation from attack justified their actions. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jameel Jaffer, director of the American Civil Liberty Union's National Security Project. He discusses what the memo tells us about the role the Bush administration played in sanctioning torture and what Congress can do to hold government officials accountable for possible war crimes.

Jameel Jaffer is the co-author of "Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond." Contact the ACLU by calling (212) 549-2500 or visit their website at

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Film Documentary, "Body of War,"
Brings the Pain of the Iraq War Home

Interview with Phil Donahue,
award-winning TV talk show host
and co-director of "Body of War,"
conducted by Scott Harris


As the Iraq War entered its sixth year, estimates range up to 1 million Iraqis dead. More than 4,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed, with another 30,000 wounded thus far in the conflict. During testimony on Capitol Hill on April 8th, Army Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker told legislators that security has improved and steps toward political reconciliation have been made. But the reality on the ground in Iraq contradicts the happy talk coming from administration officials. A recent spike in violence resulting from intense fighting between the poorly performing Iraqi Army and militias loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has cast doubt on White House proclamations that "the surge has worked."

As the casualties on all sides mount, the grim reality of the Iraq war has been hidden from the view of most Americans -- with photographs of returning caskets of U.S. soldiers banned, and the shattered lives of maimed and disfigured veterans largely forgotten. A new documentary film, recently released titled "Body of War," follows the life of Tomas Young, a 25-year-old U.S. Army Iraq War veteran, who returned home paralyzed and wheel-chairbound, later finding his voice as an anti-war activist.

The film provides an unvarnished look at the daily physical and emotional pain suffered by Young and other veterans, who sustained life-changing injuries in a war launched on a set of blatantly false justifications. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Emmy and Peabody award-winning TV talk show host Phil Donahue, co-director with Ellen Spiro of this critically acclaimed documentary film. Donahue talks about how he met Tomas Young at Walter Reed Hospital and the message he'd like audiences to take from the film.

Visit the film's website to view a preview trailer at

Related links:

  • Full-length interview with Phil Donahue, co-director of "Body of War," conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, March 31, 2008
  • Body of War, documentary review, Time magazine
  • Body of War, documentary review, Variety magazine

Drug Companies Pushing
for Immunity from Patient Lawsuits

Interview with Merrill Goozner,
director of the Integrity in Science Project
at the Center for Science in the Public Interest,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is charged with safeguarding the American public from an increasing number of toxic food outbreaks and dangerous prescription and over the counter drugs. It's also responsible for regulating medical devices, dietary supplements and cosmetics. The agency has been criticized for both over-regulating, and under-regulating some drugs. AIDS activists, for example, have demanded that new medicines to treat HIV infections be approved quickly even if they hadn't been thoroughly tested in clinical trials. Other critics charge the FDA with being too cozy with pharmaceutical companies for under-regulating some medicines they approved, but later implicated in the deaths or injuries of patients.

Now drug companies are pushing the FDA to grant them immunity from lawsuits filed by patients or their families when they suffer injury or death from taking medications as directed. A case is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court on this issue that could impact thousands of pending consumer lawsuits.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Merrill Goozner, director of the Integrity in Science Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. He discusses the history of the FDA and how those most influential in decision-making at the agency are often at odds with consumers' interests.

Contact the Center for Science in the Public Interest at (202) 332-9110 or visit the group's website at

  • After a three-week national strike protesting tariffs on soybeans, Argentinian farmers have called off their food delivery blockades to cities in a truce. ("Argentina: Farmers Declare One-Month Truce," Inter Press Service, April 3, 2008; "Argentina: Empty Shelves, Drowned Chicks as Farm Strike Rages," Inter Press Service, April 2, 2008; "Argentine Farmers Suspend Strike Strike," Los Angeles Times, April 3, 2008)
  • Federal General Accountability Office has found that major Pentagon weapons programs were nearly $300 billion over budget, and delivered on average, two years late. ("GAO Blasts Weapons Budget," Washington Post, April 1, 2008)
  • A year-and-a-half after foes of affirmative action overturned government racial and gender preferences in Michigan, the campaign led by black businessman Ward Connerly is spreading to other states. ("Affirmative Action Foes Push Ballot Initiatives," Washington Post, March 26, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"New President, New Crisis," by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, Apr. 8, 2008

"Hillary's Mr. Fix-It: The Rise And Fall Of Mark Penn," by Leonard Doyle, Independent/UK, Apr. 8, 2008

"Is America A Center-Right Nation?," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Apr. 8, 2008

"Caveat Emptor: Buy McCain, Get Kagan and Woolsey," by John Taylor,, Apr. 7, 2008

"Questions Remain About Clinton Strategist Mark Penn's Campaign Role," by Ari Berman, The Nation, Apr. 7, 2008

"Obama-ism Without Obama," by Mark Schmitt, The Alerican Prospect, Apr. 7, 2008

"In Oregon, Clinton Makes False Claim About Her Iraq Record Vs. Obama's," by Jake Tapper, ABC News, Apr. 6, 2008

"Dems Flunking Trade 101," by John Nichols, The Nation, Apr. 3, 2008

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Bush Regime

"A Tale Of Three Lawyers," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Apr. 8, 2008

"Bush's OSHA: No Laws? No Crimes," by Elizabeth de la Vega, Truthout, Apr. 8, 2008

"John Yoo's Tortured Explanations," by Michael Winship, Truthout, Apr. 8, 2008

"Petraeus, Crocker Testify Before Impatient Lawmakers," Washington Post, Apr. 8, 2008

"At Justice, New Pressure To Release Documents," Washington Post, Apr. 8, 2008

"Yoo-surping Power For The Executive," by Ivan Eland,, Apr. 7, 2008

"Torture Lawyer In The Crosshairs," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Apr. 7, 2008

"Toward Monarchy," by Alan Bock,, Apr. 5, 2008

"The DOJ Comments On The Mukasey Controversy," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 4, 2008

"Constitutional Lawyer: Bush 'Ordered War Crimes,'" by Nick Juliano, Raw Story, Apr. 4, 2008

"John Yoo's War Crimes," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 2, 2008

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Report From Iran: Should We Really Bomb These People?," by Larry Beinhart, AlterNet, Apr. 5, 2008

"Empire Or Humanity? What The Classroom Didn't Teach Me About the American Empire," by Tom Engelhardt & Howard Zinn,, Apr. 1, 2008

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Sadr Cancels March, Threatens To End Truce," Agence France Presse, Apr. 8, 2008

"Fighting Intensifies In Iraq's Capital," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 8, 2008

"Riding The Tiger: Muqtada al-Sadr And The American Dilemma In Iraq," by Tom Engelhardt & Patrick Cockburn,, Apr. 8, 2008

"Attacks In Baghdad Spiked In March, U.S. Data Show," The New York Times, Apr. 8, 2008

"Secret U.S. Plan For Military Future In Iraq," Guardian/UK, Apr. 8, 2008

"Shia Battles Spread To Baquba," by Ahmed Ali & Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Apr. 8, 2008

"That Other Military Draft," by Joshua Frank,, Apr. 8, 2008

"Officials Foresee No Ebb In Iraq Violence," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 7, 2008

"Iraq's Maliki Threatens To Bar Sadr From Vote," Reuters, Apr. 7, 2008

"Army Is Worried By Rising Stress Of Return Trips To Iraq," The New York Times, Apr. 6, 2008

"General Entrap-Us Or General Entrapped?," by Tom Engelhardt & Ira Chernus,, Apr. 6, 2008

"Iraq PM Reverses Course, Freezes Raids," Associated Press, Apr. 4, 2008

"U.S. Favors More Troops For Afghanistan," Associated Press, Apr. 4, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"CIA Rendered 14 Prisoners To Jordan: Report," Agence France Presse, Apr. 8, 2008

"FBI Data Transfers Via Telecoms Questioned," Washington Post, Apr. 8, 2008

"Going After The Lawyers," by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Apr. 7, 2008

"Why Did U.S. Soldier Kill Herself-After Refusing To Take Part In Torture," by Greg Mitchell, Huffington Post, Apr. 6, 2008

"About That Torture Memo," by mcjoan, Daily Kos, Apr. 5, 2008

"The Biggest Threat To Freedom," by Tom Devine, Roanoke Times (Virginia), Apr. 4, 2008

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Media Issues

"Megan McArdle And Dan Drezner's Defense Of the Media," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 8, 2008

"The U.S. Establishment Media In A Nutshell," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 5, 2008

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"What The Peace Movement Has Wrought And Opportunities For The Future," by Olga Bonfiglio, Common Dreams, Apr. 8, 2008

"Truckers Protest, The Resistance Begins," by Barbara Ehrenreich,, Apr. 7, 2008

"The Truth About The 9/11 'Truth Movement,'" by David Rovics, Rabble/Canada, Apr. 2, 2008

"Duke Power Protesters Arrested, Stunned With Tasers," WYFF4 NBC News (North Carolina), Apr. 2, 2008

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