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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

"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

"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001

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

"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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Secret Memos Reveal White House
Authorization of Torture

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Interview with Alexa Kolbi-Molinas,
ACLU staff attorney,
conducted by Scott Harris


During his presidency, George W. Bush has repeatedly denied that his administration had authorized the use of torture on U.S.-held detainees. Rather, he and other cabinet officials described the techniques used on captured terrorist suspects as legal "enhanced interrogation." But the Washington Post reported on October 15th that the White House issued two secret memos in 2003 and 2004, which explicitly endorsed the CIA's use of waterboarding and other forms of torture on al-Qaeda suspects.

The memos were requested by former CIA director George Tenet more than a year after his agents began using torture techniques on terrorist suspects held in secret U.S. prisons around the world. Tenet was reported to have been concerned that without a paper trail authorizing the harsh interrogation program and declaring its legality, the Bush administration might later attempt to deny responsibility for decisions made to sanction torture.

While the American Civil Liberties Union and other human rights groups have sued the government to obtain information and documents about the Bush administration's abuse of U.S. held prisoners, these two newly disclosed memos had not been turned over. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with ACLU staff attorney Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, who assesses the significance of these documents in the search for answers about which Bush administration officials are accountable for ordering the torture of detainees, a war crime under international law.

Contact ACLU at (202) 457-0800 or visit their website at Documents obtained in the lawsuit can be read online at

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To Benefit Mountain Top Removal Mining,
Bush Attempts to Weaken Regulations

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Interview with Joan Mulhern,
senior legislative counsel for EarthJustice,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Mountaintop removal is a form of surface mining in which mountains in Appalachia are literally blown up to get at the coal seams buried within. Two-thirds of the coal produced in the region is still mined underground, but over the past 15 years, this more destructive form has become prominent, creating tons of waste that is dumped in valley fills and has already buried up to 1,200 miles of streams. This is despite laws on the books, such as the 1977 Surface Mining Control Act and the 1983 Stream Buffer Zone rule, which is supposed to prevent dumping within 100 feet of a stream, which would have provided at least minimal protection.

Now, at the behest of the coal companies, the Bush administration wants to eliminate the buffer zone rule altogether. On Oct. 17, the Office of Surface Mining sent its proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency, whose approval is required for it to take effect.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Joan Mulhern, senior legislative counsel for EarthJustice, the nation's largest environmental law firm. She describes the destruction wrought by these mining practices and the campaign now underway to oppose them.

A 30-day public comment period on the proposed rules change runs until Thanksgiving. To send a comment, visit and click on "Take Action." For more information, call EarthJustice at 1-800-584-6460.

Will Economic Collapse and Corruption Scandals
End Reagan Revolution?

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Interview with Thomas Frank,
author of "The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule,"
conducted by Scott Harris


In his book, "What's the Matter with Kansas?" author Thomas Frank described the ways in which the Republican Party succeeded in convincing Americans to vote for conservative candidates and against their own economic self-interest. In his newest book, "The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule," he explains how conservative philosophy is built upon the principles that "greed is good" and "government is the enemy."

Since Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, the prevailing tendency in Washington, under both major parties, was to advocate policies that ushered in an era of deregulation, outsourcing and privatization. Over the past eight years under President Bush, the nation has witnessed the ugly consequences of these policies in a succession of scandals exposing cronyism, incompetence and corruption. Thomas Frank argues that corruption-tainted figures such as former GOP House Majority leader Tom Delay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff were not just bad apples caught up in the corruption scandals of recent years, but the natural consequence of the triumph of a particular philosophy of government.

Although conservatives who rose to power over the past three decades dedicated themselves to dismantling Roosevelt's "New Deal," Wall Street's recent financial meltdown resulting from deregulation has woken up the nation to the flaws of right-wing activists' worship of the market. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Thomas Frank about the current presidential election campaign and the fate of the Reagan revolution.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The European Union is struggling to keep its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020. ("Climate Change: EU Changing Their Minds," Inter Press Service, Oct. 15, 2008)
  • Climate change has received little media coverage during the presidential campaign. ("Presidential Science Lessons," E Magazine, September/October 2008; ("A Return to Reason," Mother Jones, September/October 2008;)
  • Key members of the French political elite, including the son of former President Francois Mitterrand, are on trial in Paris for their involvement in illicit arms sales to Angola in the 1990s. ("French Elite on Trial in $791 Million Arms Case," The Guardian, Oct. 7, 2008)

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"The Power of the Internet and the Failure of Rovian Politics," by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, Oct. 21, 2008

"Tires slashed during Obama rally," Fayetteville Observer, Oct. 20, 2008

"The 10 Dirtiest Election Tricks the Republicans Have Tried So Far," AlterNet, Oct. 20, 2008

"Obama Assembles U.S.'s `Largest Law Firm' for Voting," Bloomberg News, Oct. 20, 2008

"Freddie Mac Secretly Paid Republican Firm to Kill Regulation," Associated Press, Oct. 20, 2008

"The Bagman Cometh: Obama Embraces War Criminal's Endorsement," by Chris Floyd, LewRockwell,com, Oct. 20, 2008

"Could The US Election Be Stolen?," Agence France Presse, Oct. 20, 2008

"The Republicans Embrace the Cootie Effect," by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, Oct. 20, 2008

"The Rising Body Count on Main Street: The Human Fallout from the Financial Crisis," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse,, Oct. 19, 2008

"Palin's Plunge: Voters Sour on McCain's VP Pick," by Thomas Edsall, Huffington Post, Oct. 19, 2008

"The Radical Face of Obama," by Mark Danner, New York Review of Books, Oct. 19, 2008

"Powell endorses Obama," The New York Times, Oct. 19, 2008

"He Just Can't Quit W," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Oct. 19, 2008

"GOP Affiliate Accused of Duping Voters to Register as Republicans," TruthDig, Oct. 18, 2008

"ACORN accusations,", Oct. 18, 2008

"GOP Strategy: Voter Suppression," by Michael Sears, The Oregonian, Oct. 18, 2008

"Will Republicans Use Contested Voter Registration Lists to Scare New Voters?," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Oct. 18, 2008

"Republicans Rain Negative Automated Calls on Voters in Swing States," The New York Times, Oct. 18, 2008

"GOP terrified of American voters," by Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 18, 2008

"A Mighty Hoax From ACORN Grows," by Michael Winship, Truthout, Oct. 18, 2008

"Michele Bachmann Channels McCarthy: Obama 'Very Anti-American,' Congressional Witch Hunt Needed," by Sam Stein, Huffington Post, Oct. 17, 2008

"Proto-Fascism in the United States: Campaign Reflections," by Paul Street, ZNet, Oct. 17, 2008

"Another Round of Dirty Tricks in Ohio," by Bill Boyarsky, TruthDig, Oct. 16, 2008

"The End of Friedmanite Economics: An Interview With Robert Pollin," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Oct. 16, 2008

"My Friend Bill Ayers" Once wanted by the FBI, he's since become a model citizen," by Thomas Frank, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 15, 2008

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Bush Regime

"American Dictatorship and Iraq" by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Oct. 20, 2008

"The ABCs of Paulson's Bailout: Licensed Kleptocracy for Years to Come," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, Oct. 20, 2008

"Latin Leftists Gloating Over 'Comrade' Bush's Bailout," by Tyler Bridges, McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 18, 2008

"The torture time bomb: Bush administration leaves toxic legacy for next President," by Philippe Sands, Guardian/UK,, Oct. 18, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Cuba's Oil Reserves: Perfora Cariņo, Perfora!," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Oct. 21, 2008

"Empire and White Supremacy: The End of American Exceptionalism?," by Corey D.B. Walker, Counterpunch, Oct. 21, 2008

"Susan Sontag Was Right," by Justin Raimondo,, Oct. 20, 2008

"U.S. policies may have contributed to Iran revolution, study says," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 17, 2008

"Use It or Lose It?: How to Manage an Imperial Decline," by Tom Engelhardt & Aziz Huq,, Oct. 16, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Afghanistan's emerging antiwar movement," Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 20, 2008

"What started as the road to recovery has turned into a highway of terror in Afghanistan," Guardian/UK, Oct. 20, 2008

"NATO's political will 'wavering' in Afghanistan," Reuters, Oct. 20, 2008

"Draft US-Iraq Pact Protested," Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Oct. 19, 2008

"Iraqi Christians Flee Violence In Ancient Homeland," NPR, Oct. 19, 2008

"Moving Towards a 'Grand Bargain' in Afghanistan," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Oct. 19, 2008

"Iraqis March For Freedom From US," Times online/UK, Oct. 18, 2008

"Muqtada al-Sadr urges rejection of US-Iraqi pact," Associated Press, Oct. 18, 2008

"New civilian deaths raise Afghanistan tension," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 18, 2008

"Sadr urges Iraqi MPs to reject US security pact," Agence France Presse, Oct. 18, 2008

"Iraqis stage mass anti-US rally," BBC News/UK, Oct. 18, 2008

"How the Recession Could End the Iraq War," by Tony Karon, Time, Oct. 17, 2008

"Deal on U.S. troops faces possibly fatal objections in Iraq," McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 17, 2008

"Back from Afghanistan, Journalist Nir Rosen Says Taliban Takeover Looks 'Irreversible,'" by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Oct. 16, 2008

"The reality of war in Afghanistan," by Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe, Oct. 15, 2008

"New intelligence report says Pakistan is 'on the edge,'" McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 14, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"US drops charges against 5 Guantanamo prisoners," Associated Press, Oct. 21, 2008

"When Is a Child Not a Child?," by Andy Worthington,, Oct. 21, 2008

"DARPA Contract Description Hints at Advanced Video Spying," Washington Post, Oct. 20, 2008

"Interpol wants facial recognition database to catch suspects," Guardian/UK, Oct. 20, 2008

"ACLU, EFF challenge constitutionality of FISA amendments," by Julian Sanchez, Ars Technica, Oct. 19, 2008

"Activists Mislisted as Terrorists Balk at Rules for Seeing Files," Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"Mountaintop Removal Destroys Wildlife and the Way of Life for Local Residents," by Nell Levin, The Tennessean (Tennessee), Oct. 20, 2008

"Don't kill the planet in the name of saving the economy," by Johann Hari, Independent/UK, Oct. 20, 2008

"Climate change is 'faster and more extreme' than feared," Telegraph/UK, Oct. 20, 2008

"Green Fantasia," by Bill McKibben, The New York Review of Books, Oct. 18, 2008

"The Crisis and the Environment," by Michael T. Klare, Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct. 17, 2008

"Will Oceans Be Our Best Source of Clean Power?," by Kari Lydersen, AlterNet, Oct. 16, 2008

"Financial Turmoil Could Aggravate Global Food Crisis," Environment News Service, Oct. 15, 2008

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Media Issues

"Tribune Co. drops AP," by by kos, Daily Kos, Oct. 18, 2008

"The Uninformed Public: The Corrosive Effects of Media Racism & Electoral Fluff," by Anthony DiMaggio, ZNet, Oct. 16, 2008

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"Bad News for War Resisters: No Sanctuary in Canada," by Howard Lisnoff, Counterpunch, Oct. 20, 2008

"Swedish Peace Activists Repeatedly Break Into Weapon Factories," by Bill Quigley, Common Dreams, Oct. 20, 2008

"The Scandal That Never Was: ACORN, Right-Wing Media, & Electoral 'Fraud,'" by Anthony DiMaggio, ZNet, Oct. 19, 2008

"Soldiers of Conscience: Opposing the Iraq War," by Jessica Mosby, The Women's International Perspective, Oct. 19, 2008

"Death threat, vandalism hit ACORN after McCain comments," McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 17, 2008

"The New Organizers, Part 1: What's really behind Obama's ground game," by Zack Exley, Huffington Post, Oct. 8, 2008

"The Electronic Activist," by Joan Hamilton, Orion Magazine, Sept./Oct., 2008

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