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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

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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 June 20, 2008



  • Human Rights Groups Condemn
    Guantanamo Military Commissions
    Judging 9/11 Defendants

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  • Palestinian Group Struggles
    to Protect Students' Education Rights

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  • Senate Report Finds Bush Distorted
    and Misused Intelligence to Sell Iraq War

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 Human Rights Groups Condemn
Guantanamo Military Commissions
Judging 9/11 Defendants

Interview with Hina Shamsi,
staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union,
conducted by Scott Harris


On June 5, five alleged co-conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington were arraigned before a military judge at the U.S. Naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba. Among the five were Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, purported to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 conspiracy. As the arraignment began, the accused refused legal representation by military and civilian defense attorneys. Mohammad said that he wanted the death penalty for his part in 9/11 and to die as a martyr. The five defendants, who face the death penalty if found guilty, were transferred to Guantanamo in September 2006 after spending about three years in secret CIA prisons.

These trials will be conducted under the rules outlined in the Military Commissions Act passed in 2006 by the Republican-controlled Congress in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the original Bush trial procedures at Guantanamo were unconstitutional.

Defense attorneys and human rights groups have condemned the Guantanamo military commissions, asserting that although torture was used to extract confessions from some of these defendants, these forced admissions can be introduced in court if they were obtained before Dec. 30, 2005. Other criticisms of the proceedings cite the introduction of hearsay and evidence obtained without a warrant, and denying defendants the right to see all of the evidence against them. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Hina Shamsi, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, who observed the recent arraignments in Guantanamo. She explains why the ACLU and other groups believe the military commissions are fatally flawed, denying defendants the right of basic due process.

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Palestinian Group Struggles
to Protect Students' Education Rights

Interview with Lucy "X",
an activist with the
Palestine-based Right to Education Campaign,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Seven Palestinian college students from Gaza will be able to take advantage of their Fulbright fellowships in the U.S. after all. Israel, which controls all movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza, had earlier refused to let the Palestinian students leave, but were persuaded to do so once word got out to the media about the punitive restrictions placed on them. But these students are just a few of the hundreds of Palestinians who are recipients of foreign scholarships who have been prevented from leaving Gaza.

This is just one concern of a Palestine-based organization called the Right to Education Campaign. The group was founded at Birzeit University in Ramallah, then spread to An-Najah National University in Nablus. The campaign works to protect the rights of students and faculty to an education free of violence and political restrictions.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus, who spent two weeks in Palestine and Israel in May, spoke with a British woman named Lucy who works on the campaign at An-Najah University. Because of concerns about an Israeli crackdown on her work, she declined to give her last name. Sitting in the courtyard garden of the university, she described the harassment the 10,000 students who commute to the school daily have been subjected to at Israeli checkpoints -- which surround Nablus -- and the difficulties foreign instructors and researchers have in moving to the West Bank to take faculty positions at Palestinian universities.

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Senate Report Finds Bush Distorted
and Misused Intelligence to Sell Iraq War

Interview with retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern,
conducted by Scott Harris


Within days of the publication of former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's book, which recounted the former Bush loyalist's criticism of the President's use of propaganda to sell Americans the Iraq war, the U.S. Senate released a long-awaited report on the same topic. The Senate report, released on June 5 after a long delay, accuses President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other senior White House officials of repeatedly exaggerating claims about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein in order to justify the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The report, supported by the committee's eight Democrats and two of seven Republicans, compared statements made by President Bush and his senior officials with intelligence reports available at the time. The investigation found that the administration misstated the links between al Qaeda and Iraq; that U.S. intelligence agencies contradicted White House assertions that Saddam Hussein was prepared to give weapons of mass destruction to terrorists; and distorted the facts known about Iraq's alleged nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with 27-year veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who until his retirement in 1990 led one of two CIA teams conducting the most secret daily intelligence briefings at the White House. McGovern assesses the conclusions reached by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the danger that, during its final months in office, the Bush administration could be preparing to launch a new attack against Iran.

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  • The Copenhagen Consensus, a panel of top economists, says that malnutrition should be addressed by distributing supplements of vitamin A and zinc; 140 million children suffer from these deficiencies, which can cause blindness, immune system problems and even death. ("Forget Climate Change, We Should Spend on Nutrition" London Times, May 31, 2008)
  • The Bush administration scaled back plans for its new U.S. Africa Command military base in Nigeria or South Africa due to resistance by a diverse network of non-governmental organizations. ("U.S. Africa Command Trims Its Aspirations," Washington Post, June 1, 2008; "Critics Target U.S. Military Command," InterPress Service, June 2, 2008)
  • A year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down racial integration plans in several cities, 45 school districts are using socio-economic indicators to implement new school integration plans. ("The New Look at School Integration," American Prospect, June 2, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Wal-Mart Defender To Direct Obama's Economic Policy," by Josh Gerstein, New York Sun, June 10, 2008

"Obama Shows His Punch," by Robert Borosage, Huffington Post, June 10, 2008

"No, Obama Can't: Obama, Israel And AIPAC," by Uri Avnery,, June 10, 2008

"Iran And The American Election," by Paul Rogers, Open Democracy, June 10, 2008

"The Right's New Attack On Voters," by Jessica Pupovac, In These Times, June 9, 2008

"Hillary's Graceful Exit," by Eugene Robinson, Washington Post, June 9, 2008

"Make No Mistake, McCain Is A Neocon," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, June 9, 2008

"Democrats Introduce Bill To outlaw Pentagon Propaganda," Raw Story, June 9, 2008

"Obama Could Set An Earthquake Under The Established Electoral Map," by Gary Younge, Guardian/UK, June 9, 2008

"Will Obama Stop The War?," by Anthony Arnove, ZNet, June 8, 2008

"Seven Ways Hillary Clinton Changed Our Politics," by K.A. Geier, Rebecca Traister, Ed Kilgore, Kai Wright, Moira Whelan, Christopher Hayes & Paul Starr, The American Prospect, June 6, 2008

"U.S. Sees Biggest Unemployment Jump In 22 Years," by Steve Benen, The Carpetbagger Report, June 6, 2008

"Did Road To Unti Begin In Virginia?," by Thomas F. challer, The American Prospect, June 6, 2008

"The Antiwar Plank," by John Nichols, The Nation, June 5, 2008

"Exposing The GOP's Vote Suppression Campaign," by Bill Boyarsky, TruthDig, June 5, 2008

"The Populist Uprising," by David Sirota, TruthDig, June 5, 2008

"Obama Strikes A Chord With A Disaffected Republican," by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, June 4, 2008

"McCain, Spying And Executive Power: A Complete Reversal In Six Months," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 3, 2008

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Articles Against Bush," by Christopher Kuttruff, Truthout, June 10, 2008

"Abramoff Met Bush At Least Six Times, House Panel Confirms," McClatchy Newspapers, june 9, 2008

"McClellan To Testify Before House In CIA Leak Case," Associated Press, June 9, 2008

"Fearing Escalation, Pentagon Fought Cheney Plan," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, June 7, 2008

"Senate Finds Pre-War Bush Claims Exaggerated, False," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, June 6, 2008

"Richard Clarke On Iraq War Architects: 'We Shouldn't Let These People Back Into Polite Society,'" by Matt, Think Progress, June 6, 2008

"Ex-U.S. Attorneys File Amicus Over Firings," Legal Times, June 4, 2008

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bolivian Protesters March On U.S. Embassy," Associated Press, June 10, 2008

"The Iran Trap," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, June 8, 2008

"Is The Monroe Doctrine really Dead?," by Tom Engelhardt & Greg Grandin,, June 8, 2008

"Something's Afoot: Iran And Rumors Of War," by Conn Hallinan, Counterpunch, June 7/8, 2008

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"U.S. Seeking 58 Bases In Iraq, Shiite Lawmakers Say," McClatchy Newspapers, June 9, 2008

"Fear, Disillusion And Despair In Afghanistan: Notes From A Divided Land," by Peter Beaumont, Observer/UK, June 8, 2008

"Revealed: Secret Plan To Keep Iraq Under U.S. Control," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, June 6, 2008

"Collateral Damage: What it Really Means When America Goes To War," by Tom Engelhardt & Chris Hedges,, June 3, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Guantanamo Bay: Interrogators Told To Destroy Torture Notes, U.S. Lawyer Claims," Guardian/UK, June 9, 2008

"Canadian Immigration Blinks On Use Of FBI Database For U.S. Peace Activists," by Ann Wright, Common Dreams, June 9, 2008

"Detainee's Attorney Seeks Dismissal Over Abuse," Washington Post, June 8, 2008

"Groups To Monitor D.C. Vehicle Checkpoints," Associated Press, June 7, 2008

"Martyrs In The Making At Guantanamo," by Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2008

"Taser Held Responsible In Salinas Death," The Herald (Monterey County, California), June 7, 2008

"Ghost Ships: Not Just Illegal But Evidence Of Limitless Scale Of U.S. Detention Policy," by Shayana Kadidal, Guardian/UK, June 5, 2008

"Militarizing Your Cyberspace," by Tom Engelhardt & William Astore,,, June 5, 2008

More newswire ...

Environment and Sustainability

"Population: What To Do When There Are Too Many Of Us," by Robert Engelman, Island Press, AlterNet, June 10, 2008

"Water Scarcity: The Real Food Crisis," by Fred Pearce, Yale Envirnment 360, June 10, 2008

"Is Famine Inevitable?," by Scott Thill, AlterNet, June 6, 2008

"U.S. Senate Abandons Global Warming Bill," Environmental News Service, June 6, 2008

"A Carbon-Neutral World Focus Of World Environment Day 2008," Environmental News Service, June 6, 2008

"Senate Inaction Kills Climate Change Bill," by Christopher Kuttruff, Truthout, June 6, 2008

"World's Biggest Solar Farm At Center Of Portugal's Ambitious Energy Plan," Guardian/UK, June 6, 2008

"Small Town Overthrows Corporate Giant For Control Of Water," by Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch, June 5, 2008

"Conspiracy Theory: Climate Change Litigation Is Heating Up," by Stephan Faris, The Atlantic, June, 2008

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Media Issues

"NYT Circulates Fear-Mongering Claims On FISA Debate," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 10, 2008

"Investigate This," by Scott Ritter, TruthDig, June 9, 2008

"Comcast Censors Criticism Of Itself And Rep. Carney," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 9, 2008

"Media Critics, Activists Gather In Minneapolis To Discuss Reform," Associated Press, June 8, 2008

"The Tipping Point Of Media Reform," by Megan Tady, Common Dreams, June 8, 2008

"Dan Rather Slams Corporate News At National Conference For Media Reform," by Dan Rather, Free Press, June 7, 2008

"Laura Ingraham: Right-Wing Radio's High Priestess Of Hate," by Rory O'Connor, AlterNet, June 7, 2008

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"British Antiwar Protesters Banned From Demonstrating Against Bush," The First Post/UK, June 10, 2008

"Antiwar Activists Want Access To L.A. Schools," Associated Press, June 9, 2008

"Making Of An Antiwar Soldier: An Interview with Jonathan Hutto," by Erik Leaver, Foreign Policy in Focus, June 6, 2008

"Book Review: Surrealism, Rebellion And The 1960s," by Paul Buhle, Toward Freedom, June 4, 2008

"Canada's House Backs War Resisters," Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2008

"Winter Soldiers Hit The Streets," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, June 4, 2008

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