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For The Week Ending June 21, 2002


LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until June 26, 2002.

This week we present Between The Lines' summary
of under-reported news stories and:

Despite End of Cold War, Danger of Nuclear Conflict
Looms Like Never Before

Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, leading anti-nuclear activist
and founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility

Interview by Scott Harris

Despite the end of the Cold War a decade ago, the danger of nuclear war -- and the human catastrophe such a conflict could inflict on the planet -- has not diminished. In recent months, India and Pakistan have both threatened to use their nuclear arsenals in any future conflict over the disputed territory of Kashmir. The Bush administration, in its drive for military superiority, has abandoned arms control treaties and embarked on deployment of a controversial missile defense system; proposed the development of new battlefield nuclear weapons and threatened to use nukes against non-nuclear states that may possess biological or chemical weapons.

The specter of terrorist groups acquiring and using nuclear weapons has caused great public anxiety with concerns fueled by the recent arrest of a suspect alleged to be planning to explode a radioactive bomb. These new threats, combined with the September 11th attacks on New York and Washington, have provided the White House renewed public support for more aggressive war plans and increased military spending.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dr. Helen Caldicott, a leading anti- nuclear activist for 30 years and founder of the Nobel prizewinning group Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Caldicott, whose latest book is "The New Nuclear Danger, George W. Bush's Military Industrial Complex," examines the peril she sees in the Bush administration's nuclear weapons policy.

Dr. Helen Caldicott is author of "The New Nuclear Danger, George W. Bush's Military Industrial Complex," published by New Press. Contact Dr. Caldicott's Nuclear Policy Research Institute at (213) 225-5941 or visit their Web site at

FBI Given Green Light to Spy on Americans
Engaged in Lawful Activities

Interview with attorney Jerome Paun,
treasurer of National Lawyer's Guild

Interview by Scott Harris

Not long after a cascade of revelations embarrassed the White House, the FBI and CIA over information that they had received threats from the Al Qaeda network prior to the September 11th attacks, Attorney General John Ashcroft granted the FBI new powers to spy on Americans engaged in constitutionally protected religious, civic and political activities. The guidelines set forth by the Bush administration removes constraints placed on intelligence agencies by Congress to prevent abuses that were documented from the 1960's through the 80's.

Among the targets of J. Edgar Hoover's "Cointelpro," or Counter Intelligence program of that era, were civil rights, church and peace groups active in the struggle for desegregation and against the war in Vietnam. Congressional hearings in the 1970s revealed that these groups were infiltrated, disrupted and harassed by the FBI. The movement's leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were closely monitored by federal agencies which issued death threats and subjected them to blackmail.

Defended as essential in the "U.S. War Against Terrorism," the FBI, has once again been unleashed to snoop on the lawful activities of Americans by means of electronic surveillance and infiltration, even if there is no evidence indicating prior or future criminal activity. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with attorney Jerome Paun, treasurer of the National Lawyers Guild, who challenges the notion that we must sacrifice our civil liberties for enhanced security.

Contact the Guild by calling (212) 627-2656 or vist their Web Site at

Bush Administration Ignores its Own EPA's Report
Acknowledging Growing Danger of Global Warming

Interview with Jon Coifman, spokesperson of the National Resources Defense Council
Interview by Melinda Tuhus

In an environmental about-face, the Bush administration last week released a report acknowledging the reality of global climate change. The new report, issued quietly by the Environmental Protection Agency, points to human activity as the culprit in the form of emissions from oil refineries, power plants and motor vehicles, and contradicts earlier White House statements that there was not enough evidence to link industrial emissions to global warming. In response, the Bush administration's continues to advocate voluntary industry guidelines to reduce those emissions.

In the EPA findings, which were submitted to the United Nations, the administration forecasts that total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions will increase an astonishing 43 percent between 2000 and 2020. The U.S. is by far the largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world. But even in the face of this report by his own administration, Mr. Bush has refused to reconsider his withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, a U.N. backed treaty to cut emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Jon Coifman, a spokesperson with the National Resources Defense Council, about the EPA's report, the current status of the Kyoto protocol and actions the U.S. can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Contact the Natural Resource Defense Council by calling (202) 289-6868 or visit their Web site at

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon and Nigel Rees

  • Growing solidarity movement with Palestinians on U.S. college campuses confronted by charges of anti-Semitism. ("The Mideast War Breaks Out on Campus," Nation magazine, June 17, 2002)
  • Mexico's Baja authorities cracking down on migrant housing activists. ("House Arrest," In These Times, April 29, 2002)
  • Cruelty to animals hidden in ESPN's coverage of rodeos. (FAIR's magazine Extra)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
News writer: Nigel Rees
Program narration: Arch Currie
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
News reader: Denise Manzari
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Executive producer: Scott Harris

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Depleted uranium weapons use in Afghan War

U.S. Uses Unprecedented Quantities of Depleted Uranium Weapons in Afghan War Between The Lines interview with journalist Robert James Parsons, Week Ending March 22, 2002

"America's big dirty secret,"by Robert James Parsons, Le Monde Diplomatique, March 2002 (English translation)

World Economic Forum Protests, Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2002

Between The Lines Report, Week Ending 2/15/02. With more related audio files.

"Energy Standoff in Central Asia

"Bush Fuels Oil Conspiracy Theory," by Ted Rall,, Jan. 10, 2002

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

"The New Great Game: Oil Politics in Central Asia" by Ted Rall,, October 11, 2001,

Economic Globalization Resources

ZNet's Global Economic Crisis resource site Excellent source for understanding global economics and trade issues 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

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

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

Between The Lines' 10th Anniversary CD


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