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For The Week Ending May 2, 2008



  • Top Bush Administration Officials
    Micromanaged Detainee Torture

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  • New Federal Regulations
    Endanger Nation's Wetlands

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  • Re-regulating Financial Institutions
    Key to Reversing Mortgage and Debt Crisis

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 Top Bush Administration Officials
Micromanaged Detainee Torture

Interview with Jeanne Mirer,
co-chairwoman of the National Lawyers Guild's International Committee,
conducted by Scott Harris


An ABC News report on April 9 described how key Bush administration officials authorized and even choreographed the torture of terrorist suspects held in U.S. custody at America's Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and elsewhere. The White House advisory group authorizing waterboarding and other abusive interrogation methods, included Vice President Dick Cheney and former officials National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General John Ashcroft. In reaction to the news report, President Bush admitted that he knew and approved of his top national security advisers' authorization of torture.

Although Attorney General Ashcroft was in agreement with authorizing the abuse of prisoners during dozens of secret White House meetings after Sept. 11, 2001, ABC News quoted him as saying, "History will not judge this kindly." Human rights groups, including the ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Lawyers Guild have called on Congress to conduct an investigation into the possible commission of war crimes by Bush administration officials who approved or participated in establishing the U.S. torture program. Among those officials are John Yoo, a former deputy attorney general, now a professor of law at the University of California and James Bybee, a former assistant attorney general, now a federal judge. Both these men provided legal advice president Bush that his authorization of torture would not be a violation of international or domestic laws prohibiting the abuse of prisoners.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jeanne Mirer, co-chairwoman of the National Lawyers Guild, who explains why her group is calling for the prosecution and disbarment of White House officials who authorized torture, a war crime under international and U.S. law.

Contact the National Lawyers Guild's International Committee at (212) 627-2656 or visit their website at

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New Federal Regulations
Endanger Nation's Wetlands

Julie Sibbing,
Wetlands and Agricultural Policy senior project manager,
at the National Wildlife Federation,
Interview conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In March, the Bush Administration announced regulations to encourage builders to compensate for the destruction of wetlands, or streams, by paying to restore or create wetlands elsewhere. The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers both signed off on the requirements, stating it would benefit the environmental.

But environmentalists disagree. They say the new regulations would just make wetland destruction easier, at a time when many of the wetlands around the nation have already been filled in for development. Wetlands play many critical roles in the ecosystem, purifying water by filtering out impurities, helping reduce storm surge, and providing habitat for a diversity of animal and plant life. Opponents of the new regulations stress that not all wetlands are of equal environmental value.

Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Julie Sibbing, senior project manager for Wetlands and Agricultural Policy for the National Wildlife Federation. She explains the downside of the regulations, and some clever, but misleading accounting by the Bush administration that makes it appear the country has actually gained, not lost, wetlands.

Contact the National Wildlife Federation by calling (202) 797-6800 or visit the group's website at

Re-regulating Financial Institutions
Key to Reversing Mortgage and Debt Crisis

Journalist James Lardner,
senior fellow at DEMOS
and co-author of "Up To Our Eyeballs,"
conducted by Scott Harris


The ongoing subprime mortgage crisis and growing consumer debt in the U.S. has contributed to a volatile stock market, higher unemployment, millions of home foreclosures and falling housing prices. Apart from the current real estate crash, bankruptcies in the U.S. related to unemployment and lack of medical insurance, rose from 616,000 in 1989 to over 1.8 million in 2004. At the same time, credit card debt has almost tripled since 1989.

As a recession looms and energy prices hit stratospheric levels, more than 81 percent of Americans surveyed believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction. Yale University professor of economics Robert Schiller recently warned that there is a good chance that residential property prices will fall further than those seen during the Great Depression when home values fell by 30 per cent. Schiller estimates that residential property prices in the US have already fallen 15 percent since their peak in 2006.

A new book titled, "Up To Our Eyeballs: How Shady Lenders and Failed Economic Policies Are Drowning Americans in Debt," examines how the deregulation of financial institutions and other policies favoring corporations have contributed to the exploitation of consumers and an economy in crisis. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist James Lardner, senior fellow at DEMOS and co-author of "Up To Our Eyeballs." He discusses the causes of the current economic upheaval and new regulations that could help protect consumers.

Contact DEMOS by calling (212) 633-1405 or visit their website at

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  • New burst of fighting in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia is the most intense clash in months between government and Ethiopian forces fighting Islamic insurgents. ("More Than 80 Die in Mogadishu Fighting: Rights Group," Reuters, April 20, 2008; "Clerics Killed in Somali Mosque," BBC News, April 21, 2008; ("The Human Rights Crisis in Somalia," Human Rights Watch, March 31, 2008)
  • Subprime mortgage crisis and the related credit crunch are having a severe impact in Mexico as U.S. immigrants are reducing the funds they send home to relatives. ("Mexicans Get Less Aid from Migrants," Washington Post, April 18, 2008)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the current method of lethal injection for executions in rejecting a Kentucky appeal by two death row inmates advocating an alternative method of carrying out capital punishment. ("Justices Uphold Lethal Injection in Kentucky Case," New York Times, April 17, 2008; "Executions Resume in U.S. After Supreme Court Lethal Injection Ruling," The Guardian, April 17, 2008; "Executions to Resume After High Court OKs Lethal Injections," Associated Press, April 17, 2008)

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"Pennsylvania And The Persistence Of he Race Chasm," by David Sirota, TruthDig, Apr. 23, 2008

"Obama's Gloves Are Off-And May Need To Stay Off," Washington Post, Apr. 23, 2008

"Hillary Turns Up Heat, Threatens To 'Obliterate' Iran," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, Apr. 23, 2008

"Pennsylvania, The Worst Of All Possible Worlds: Straggling To Denver," by Alexander Cockburn & Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, Apr. 23, 2008

"Who Is Hillary Fighting For?," by Ruth Conniff, The Pogressive, Apr. 23, 2008

"Clinton The Brawler Beats Obama The Consensus Builder," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Apr. 23, 2008

"The Democrats' 'Free Trade' Divide," by Mark Engler, Foreign Policy in Focus, Apr. 23, 2008

"McCain Picks Failing Ohio Factory To Laud Free Trade," McClatchy Newspapers, Apr. 22, Apr. 20, 2008

"For The GOP, A Tough Sell," by Eugene Robinson, TruthDig, Apr. 21, 2008

"The 2008 Election Will Be Stolen," by David Swanson,, Apr. 20, 2008

"Obama Battles 'Street Money' Tradition In Philly," TruthDig, Apr. 20, 2008

"The Politics Of Armageddon: McCain's Pastors And The Middle East," by Ramzy Baroud, Counterpunch, Apr. 19/20, 2008

"McCain Releases His Tax Returns, Not Hers," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 19, 2008

"Democrats Are Changing U.S. Policy In Latin America," McClatchy Newspapers, Apr. 19, 2008

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"Petraeus Promotion Frees Cheney to Threaten Iran," by Gareth Porter, by Inter Press Service, April 24, 2008

"Are Peace And Impeachment Possible? Strategies For Saving Our Constitution, Economy And Environment," by David Swanson,, Apr. 23, 2008

"Vets Of Bush's Wars Sue The VA: 'More Than Half Of Wounded Troops Slipping Through The Cracks,'" by Aaron Glantz, AlterNet, Apr. 22, 2008

"Report Calls Bush SCHIP Rules Illegal," Washington Independent, Apr. 22, 2008

"White House Challenges Release Of Visitor Logs," Associated Press, Apr. 22, 2008

"Former DOJ Official Yoo Refuses To Testify To Congress," ABC News, Apr. 22, 2008

"Torture Question Hovers Over Chertoff," by Jason Leopold, ZNet, Apr. 20, 2008

"Center For Constitutional Rights Support National Lawyers Guild Call For Dismissal And Prosecution Of John Yoo," by Marjorie Cohn, ZNet, Apr. 18, 2008

"Mukasey Dishonesty Update," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 18, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Gen. Petraeus To Lead Mideast Command," Associated Press, Apr. 23, 2008

"Will The CIA Kill Or Oust Ecuador's President?," by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Apr. 22, 2008

"The Bush Legacy: Losing Latin America," by John Ross, Counterpunch, Apr. 18, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The New Walls Of Baghdad: How The U.S. Is Reproducing Israel's Flawed Occupation Strategies In Iraq," by Steve Niva, Foreign Policy in Focus, Apr. 21, 2008

"Unraveling Iraq: 12 Answers To Questions No One Is Bothering To Ask About Iraq," by Tom Engelhardt,, Apr. 20, 2008

"Iraqi Army Takes Last Basra Areas From Sadr Force," The New York Times, Apr. 20, 2008

"Shia Schism: A New Struggle Is Beginning In Iraq," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Apr. 19/20, 2008

"Defeated In Iraq: How America Lost The War," by Suzi Steffen, AlterNet, Apr. 19, 2008

"Iraq Cleric Sadr Warns Government Of 'Open War,'" Reuters, Apr. 19, 2008

"GIs In Sadr City Under Fire From Friends And Foes," McClatchy Newspapers, Apr. 18, 2008

"Basra: Echoes Of Vietnam," by Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, Apr. 17, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Torture Election: Fighting For The Soul Of The American Psychological Association," by Jeffrey S. Kaye, AlterNet, Apr. 23, 2008

"A Crisis For The Health Professions: The Involuntary Drugging Of U.S. Detainees," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, Apr. 23, 2008

"Trials Of Muslim Charities Likened To Witch-Hunt," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Apr. 22, 2008

"U.S. Court Waves Through Laptop Border Searches," Register/UK, Apr. 22, 2008

"U.S. To Insist That Travel Industry Get Fingerprints," Washington Post, Apr. 22, 2008

"Shameless Propaganda Over Gitmo 9/11 Trials," by Andy Worthington,, Apr. 21, 2008

"Trying CIA Kidnappers And Torturers In Absentia," by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Apr. 16, 2008

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Media Issues

"Pentagon News Networks: Embedding Military Propagandists Into The News Media," by John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton, Counterpunch, Apr. 23, 2008

"Interview With Aaron Brown On NYT 'Military Analyst' Story," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 23, 2008

"A Bad Week For Journalism," by Sean Gonsalves, AlterNet, Apr. 22, 2008

"Pay No Attention To The Media Behind The Curtain," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Apr. 22, 2008

"U.S. News Media's Latest Disgrace," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Apr. 21, 2008

"The Pentagon's Corrupt Sock Puppet 'Military Analysts' Exposed," by Gareth Porter, Huffington Post, Apr. 20, 2008

"Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand," The New York Times, Apr. 20, 2008

"U.S. Newsroom Woes Shape," by Randy Furst & Steve Early, ZNet, Apr. 20, 2008

"After The ABC News Debacle: How To change Media-Why Making Media The Issue Is Crucial For Saving Democracy," by Danny Schechter,, Apr. 19, 2008

"The Torture Memo And The Flag In The Lapel," by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Apr. 19, 2008

"David Brooks' Fictitious Defense Of His Industry's Behavior," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 18, 2008

"In Pa. Debate, Clear Loser Is ABC," by Tom Shales, Salon, Apr. 17, 2008

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"Another World Is Possible," by Staughton Lynd, ZNet, Apr. 20, 2008

"An Antiwar Soldier Gets Promoted To Sergeant: Was It Willful Ignorance?," by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, Apr. 19, 2008

"Denver Won't 'Cage' Protesters At DNC," Denver Post (Colorado), Apr. 17, 2008

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