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For The Week Ending Sept. 28, 2001



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of under-reported news stories and:

In the Wake of Terror Attacks, Thousands Gather
in New York's Union Square to Mourn and Debate

Produced by Scott Harris.

Not long after the public first heard the shocking news about the devastating Sept. 11th terrorist attack against New York's World Trade Center, people from all walks of life came together in public places to try to cope with this enormous tragedy.

New York City's Union Square was one place where thousands gathered to light candles, pray, and debate how the nation should respond to this horrifying act of terror. Between The Lines' Scott Harris traveled to Union Square four days after the attack and filed this report.

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The Nation Questions Why U.S. Intelligence Agencies
Failed to Detect or Stop Terror Plot

Interview by Denise Manzari.

On Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, America's sense of security was broadsided by terrorist assaults on the World Trade Center buildings in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Thousands of people are reported missing and hope for finding survivors dwindles with each passing day. It was only weeks earlier that Osama bin Laden, President Bush's number one suspect, stated in an interview with Abdel-Bari Atwan, editor of an Arab London newspaper, that there were plans for "very, very, big attacks against American interests."

Many are posing the questions: How did these attacks, which were carried out with almost pinpoint precision, get past U.S. intelligence? How did 19 extremists hijack four U.S. civilian airliners and use them to destroy two of our nation's most important economic and military symbols? The U.S. spends nearly $30 billion annually on intelligence, but wasn't able to stop the annihilation of thousands of innocent civilians on that fateful day.

Lou Wolf is the co-founder and publisher of Covert Action Quarterly. He spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about the apparent failure of U.S. intelligence agencies.

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Will Bush Administration Respond to Assaults on New York
and Washington with Indiscriminate Violence?

Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

In the wake of Sept. 11's cataclysmic events, the Bush administration has promised the public that the government is organizing massive military retaliation against the perpetrators amid vows to "root out evil" and -- in the words of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz -- ending states who sponsor terrorism, a statement later retracted.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Joy Gordon, an attorney and professor of philosophy at Fairfield University in Connecticut, who specializes in the study of ethics and human rights. She discusses the potential for indiscriminate violence inherent in the Bush administration's stated intentions, the viewpoint that creates a hierarchy of value regarding human life and the recent tragedy in light of America's past history of human rights abuses.

Joy Gordon's book on the ethics of economic sanctions against Iraq is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

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Progressive Religious Leaders Issue Call
for a Faith-based Response to Terrorism

Interview by Scott Harris.

As the nation attempted to come to grips with the enormity of the loss of life and massive destruction wrought by the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., some on the religious right used the occasion to say that the sins of some Americans were responsible for the attack. Television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who spoke on the Christian Broadcast Network's 700 Club program, stated that homosexuals, feminists, abortion rights supporters and civil liberties groups bear some of the blame for the Sept. 11th terror assaults. President Bush, who received significant support from Falwell and Robertson in last year's presidential election, described the remarks as "inappropriate."

But a broad coalition of Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy responded to the tragedy in a very different way. More than 500 progressive religious leaders, thus far, have signed onto a statement titled, "Deny Them Their Victory: A Religious Response To Terrorism." Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with the Rev. Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners Magazine, who summarizes the statement he helped draft and his concerns as America and the world enter a new and dangerous era.

Contact Sojourners Magazine by calling (202) 328-8842 or visit their Web site at

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Program narration: Denise Manzari
Segment Producers: Denise Manzari, Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Executive producer: Scott Harris

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Commentary on America's Crisis, from the Producer

"Respond to Terror With a Revolution of the Heart"

"Respond to Terror With a Revolution of the Heart," audio file in MP3.

Between The Lines Special Interviews

Special Report, Week Ending Sept. 21, 2001

Ali Abunimah, vice president of Chicago's Arab American Action Network, interview in RealAudio, Sept. 12, 2001

In-Depth News Analysis

Third World Traveler, Foreign Policy section, collection of resources on

"They can't see why they are hated: Americans cannot ignore what their government does abroad" by Seumas Milne, Guardian Unlimited, UK's Special Report on Terrorism in the U.S., Sept. 13, 2001

Economic Globalization Resources

ZNet's Global Economic Crisis resource site Excellent source for understanding global economics and trade issues and particularly in preparation for ongoing demonstrations about economic justice

"The Fight for Everything" A series of interviews with activists and leaders of grassroots, progressive groups analyzing the goals, strategy and tactics of the global social justice movement

Post Inauguration and Electoral Reform Resources

"National Lawyers Guild Considers Campaign to Impeach Supreme Court Justices Who Stopped Florida Vote Count" Between The Lines interview, Aug. 10, 2001

"Making Every Vote Count", The Nation Magazine, Special Section

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report

Between The Lines' 10th Anniversary CD


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