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"Giving Voice to Dissent: Bridgeport's WPKN Radio Covers The News With Left-Of-Center Takes Not Found In The Mainstream Media" Hartford Courant, Feb. 26, 2003

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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

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"The Global Gulag: Into The Shadows," by Tom Engelhardt,, April 5, 2004

"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

"FBI Memo: Tactics Used During Protests And Demonstrations" Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oct. 15, 2003

"F.B.I. Scrutinizes Antiwar Rallies" by Eric Lichtblau, New York Times, Nov. 23, 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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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending Dec. 10, 2004


  • Inability to Recount
    Electronic Ballots,
    and Other Irregularities Place
    Validity of 2004 Election in Question

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  • Charges of Corruption
    at U.N.'s Oil for Food Program
    Ignore Washington's Role

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  • As Restrictions Tighten,
    Bush Administration Demands
    Detailed Records on
    U.S. Citizens Traveling to Cuba

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Inability to Recount
Electronic Ballots,
and Other Irregularities Place
Validity of 2004 Election in Question

Interview with Ronnie Dugger,
co-founder of the Alliance for Democracy,
conducted by Scott Harris

While the U.S. media has focused much attention on street demonstrations in Kiev where thousands are protesting what they believe to be a stolen election in the nation of Ukraine, the press corps here at home largely continues to ignore disturbing questions about the validity of America's recent presidential election.

Although Democratic Party candidate Senator John Kerry conceded to President Bush the day after the Nov. 2 election, political parties and citizens groups are demanding an investigation into voting irregularities around the country and a recount in the state of Ohio. The Green and Libertarian parties recently succeeded in raising the required funds to file for a recount in Ohio, where the unofficial margin of victory for Bush was 136,000 votes.

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Questions about the veracity of the election results revolve around major discrepancies between exit polling and the final tallies in many states; a GOP-initiated voter suppression campaign; and the lack of an adequate number of voting machines in some key Democratic districts causing extraordinarily long lines. Also under scrutiny in Ohio are the tens of thousands of uncounted spoiled and provisional ballots and the inability to re-count electronic votes where totals are susceptible to manipulation. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ronnie Dugger, co-founder of the Alliance for Democracy who as far back as 1988 warned against the dangers of computerized voting. Here, Dugger discusses the ongoing investigation into irregularities in the 2004 election and what's at stake for the nation's democracy.

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Read Dugger's pre-election article titled, "How They Could Steal The Election This Time," by Ronnie Dugger, The Nation, July 29, 2004 online at

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Charges of Corruption
at U.N.'s Oil for Food Program
Ignore Washington's Role

Interview with Joy Gordon,
lawyer and professor of philosophy,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

The United Nations is under attack for its handling of the $64 billion Iraq Oil for Food Program, which provided much of Iraq's population with food and basic necessities between 1996 and the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003. Charges of fraud and mismanagement of billions of dollars, including kickbacks funneled to former dictator Saddam Hussein, have been leveled not just at the Oil for Food program within the U.N., but at the world body itself, leading to calls by some for the resignation of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Payments reportedly made to Annan's son Kojo by a Swiss inspection firm that had contracts with the U.N.'s Oil for Food program, are among the allegations being investigated by U.S. Congressional committees and an independent commission at the U.N. The scandal has been widely reported in the American press as the Bush administration expressed anger at the Secretary General for his public criticism of the U.S. decision to invade Iraq.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Joy Gordon, a lawyer and professor of philosophy at Fairfield University in Connecticut, who is completing a book about the effect of U.N. sanctions against Iraq, and the role of the Oil for Food Program. She explains that the creation and operation of the program were approved by the U.N. Security Council, with the U.S. playing an especially active role, so that Washington can't escape responsibility for any fraud and/or mismanagement that occurred.

Joy Gordon's forthcoming article on U.N. sanctions against Iraq will appear in the December 2004 issue of Harper's Magazine which can be read online at

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"U.N. Oil for Food 'Scandal'," by Joy Gordon, The Nation, Nov. 18, 2004

As Restrictions Tighten,
Bush Administration Demands
Detailed Records on
U.S. Citizens Traveling to Cuba

Interview with Luis Rumbaut,
attorney and communications director
for the Cuban American Alliance Education Fund,
conducted by Denise Manzari

In October, IFCO-Pastors for Peace, the Venceremos Brigade and the Cuban American Alliance Education Fund all received requests to furnish information from the U.S. government's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

OFAC's request directs these organizations to list all trips to Cuba, including telephone numbers, dates, names, and addresses for each traveler, with detailed itineraries for each day. The groups also were asked to provide itemization and copies of all payment records, receipts for airline tickets, Cuban airport departure taxes, meals and other detailed information. All were given 20 days to respond and were warned that violations of this order or a failure to respond could result in the imposition of civil and/or criminal penalties. Information provided could serve as the basis for further civil enforcement action.

OFAC is in charge of tracking down and identifying international sources of terrorist financing; however, the Cuba travel ban also falls under OFAC's jurisdiction, which includes monitoring U.S citizens traveling to Cuba. Currently, OFAC dedicates the equivalent of 21 full-time employees to enforce the Cuba Travel Ban, while only 16 people are assigned to the search for Al Qaeda's sources of financial support.

Luis Rumbaut is an attorney, a frequent traveler to Cuba and communications director with the Cuban American Alliance Education Fund. Between The Lines' Denise Manzari spoke with Rumbaut who analyzes the Bush administration's targeting of these three organizations for alleged violations of the Cuba Travel Ban.

For more information, contact Cuban American Alliance Education Fund at (805) 627-1959 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Arms control advocates have won a rare victory in Congress with the enactment of a omnibus $399 billion spending bill that eliminated research funding for "bunker buster" nuclear weapons and a new generation of battlefield-ready "tactical" nuclear weapons. ("Arms Control Activists Hail Bush Setback," Chicago Tribune, Nov. 23, 2004)
  • Secret memo implicates Mark Thatcher, son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in a failed coup attempt to overthrow the government of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea. ("Secret Memo Deepends Thatchet Link to Coup Plot," The Guardian, Nov. 27, 2004)
  • Haitian Baptist preacher seeking political asylum in Miami from violence and death threats in his native country, dies during U.S. Homeland Security detention. ("81-year-old's death called Haitian tragedy," Associated Press, Nov. 27, 2004)

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Election 2004

"Timid Kerry Stopped Counting Too Soon," by John R. MacArthur, Providence Journal, Dec. 7, 2004

"Democrats Turning To Experts To Study Alleged Ohio Vote Problems," Cox News Service, Dec. 7, 2004

"As Questions Keep Coming, Ohio Certifies Its Vote Count," The New York Times, Dec. 7, 2004

"Challenges Planned To Ohio Presidential Vote Total," Associated Press, Dec. 6, 2004

"Democrats Launch Investigation Of Voting Problems In Ohio" Associated Press, Dec. 6, 2004

"Racial Politics: The White Elephant In The Room," by Bob Wing, ColorLines RaceWire, Dec. 4, 2004

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Bush Regime

"Inventing A Social Security Crisis," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Dec. 7, 2004

"Paranoia And Preemption: Is The Bush Administration Certifiable?," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Dec. 6, 2004

"GOP Prepares To Sink Its Teeth Into Social Security," by William O'Rourke, Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 5, 2004

"Bush Sets Out To Dismantle 30 Years Of Environmental Laws," Guardian/UK, Dec. 5, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Images Of Torture, Rage," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Dec. 7, 2004

"Cuba After the 2004 U.S. Elections," by Salim Lamrani, ZNet, Dec. 3, 2004

"Bush Official: U.S. Wants Cuba 'Liberation,'" Newsday, Dec. 3, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"CIA Says Situation In Iraq Is Deteriorating," The New York Times, Dec. 7, 2004

"70 Die As Iraq Violence Escalates," Guardian/UK, Dec. 6, 2004

"Gunmen Roam Baghdad Streets In Search Of Iraqis Working For U.S. Forces," Boston Globe, Dec. 6, 2004

"Eight Soldiers In Iraq, Kuwait, To Sue Over Policy," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 6, 2004

"U.S. Admits The War For 'Hearts And Minds' In Iraq Is Now Lost," Glasgow Sunday Herald/Scotland, Dec. 6, 2004

"Returning Fallujans Face Police State, Possible Forced Labor," Boston Globe, Dec. 5, 2004

"New Torture Photos Could Be Used As Anti-U.S. Recruiting Tool," Associated Press, Dec. 5, 2004

"Mayhem In Iraq Starting To Look Like Civil War," The New York Times, Dec. 5, 2004

"Icarus (Armed With Vipers) Over Iraq," by Tom Engelhardt,, Dec. 5, 2004

"Eliminating The Witnesses: You Asked For My Evidence, Mr. Ambassador. Here It Is," by Naomi Klein, Guardian/UK, Dec. 4, 2004

"Letter From A G.I. In Fallujah," by hEkle, ZNet, Dec. 4, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Guantanamo Abuse Detailed In FBI Letter," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 7, 2004

"Boston Antiwar Protesters: Cops Pushed Us Around," Boston Herald, Dec. 5, 2004

"Terror Suspects Torture Claims Have Bay State Link," Boston Globe, Nov. 29, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"The Military Channel," by Rory O'Connor,, Dec. 6, 2004

"Two Veteran Journalists Critical Of Today's Media," New London Day (Connecticut), Dec. 6, 2004

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"Yesterday's Draft Dodgers Help Today's War Resisters," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 6, 2004

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