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Those Who Dared to Come Forward
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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, truthout.org, March 2, 2004

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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, TomDispatch.com, 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

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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending Jan. 21, 2005

THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM

  • Torture Victims Oppose
    Gonzalez Nomination
    for Attorney General

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  • Historic Congressional Challenge
    to Ohio Election Results
    Spotlights Voting Irregularities

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  • Singer-Songwriter Stephan Smith Tells
    of His Iraqi Relatives' Experiences
    Under U.S. Occupation and War

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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

Torture Victims Oppose
Gonzalez Nomination
for Attorney General

Interview with Orlando Tizon,
human rights activist and torture survivor,
conducted by Scott Harris

Before a Senate confirmation hearing Jan. 6, Alberto Gonzalez, President Bush's nominee to be the nation's next attorney general, repeatedly evaded questions about his involvement in writing memos that appear to authorize abuse and torture of prisoners held by the U.S. in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Guantanamo U.S. Naval base in Cuba. While denying that he or the White House approve of the torture of prisoners, Gonzalez in his role as counsel to President Bush signed off on a very narrow definition of torture, which many observers say opened the door to the widely publicized abuses at the U.S.- run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

A January 2002 memo signed by Gonzales described some provisions of the Geneva Conventions as "quaint and obsolete." At the Senate hearing, Gonzalez refused to renounce claims by the White House that the president has the authority to ignore anti-torture treaties -- and went on to say that the administration was considering amending the Geneva Conventions.

Among the many critics of the Gonzalez nomination are a dozen retired high-ranking U.S. military officers, including generals and admirals who assert that disregarding the Geneva Conventions undermines the rule of law and endangers the lives of American troops captured in battle. Also present at the hearings were members of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International or TASSC. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with TASSC's assistant director Orlando Tizon, who survived torture under the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines during four years of imprisonment from 1982-1986. Tizon explains why he and other victims of torture strongly oppose the nomination of Alberto Gonzalez to be attorney general.

Contact Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International by calling (202) 529-2991 or visit their website at www.tassc.org

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Historic Congressional Challenge
to Ohio Election Results
Spotlights Voting Irregularities

Interview with Bob Fitrakis,
an attorney who filed lawsuit challenging
the presidential election results in Ohio,
conducted by Scott Harris

For only the second time in 128 years, members of the U.S. Congress formally lodged a challenge to the certification of a presidential election. On January 6th Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a Democrat from Ohio was joined by Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat in objecting to the certification of Ohio's 20 electoral votes on the basis of documented voting irregularities. Their action forced a constitutionally mandated two-hour debate in both the House and Senate. Following the debate, however, the challenge was rejected in the House 267 to 31. In the Senate the tally was 74 to 1 with Barbara Boxer casting the only dissenting vote.

The end of the 2004 presidential election came after a series of citizen-initiated hearings, protests and independent investigations into voting irregularities in Ohio. The Green and Libertarian parties jointly demanded a recount of the votes cast in Ohio, but that controversial recount garnered President Bush's Democratic challenger John Kerry only 300 more votes. Rep. John Conyers Jr. a Democrat from Michigan who had convened hearings to investigate the many irregularities, expressed his deep mistrust of the way the election in Ohio had been conducted.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bob Fitrakis, one of three attorneys disputing the results of the Presidential election in Ohio before that state's Supreme Court. Fitrakis, editor and publisher of the Columbus Free Press assesses the historical significance of the formal challenge lodged in Congress against Ohio's electoral votes and the need to reform the nation's system of casting and counting ballots.

For more information, visit the Columbus Free Press, an online investigative magazine, at www.freepress.org

Singer-Songwriter Stephan Smith Tells
of His Iraqi Relatives' Experiences
Under U.S. Occupation and War

Interview with Stephan Smith,
singer and songwriter,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

As violence continues to escalate in advance of Iraqi elections scheduled for January 30th, the insurgency has assassinated several high officials of the U.S. installed interim Iraqi government including the governor of Baghdad province and Baghdad's Deputy Police Chief and his son. The insurgents are employing new and more deadly tactics to attack U.S. troops by using powerful explosives to blow up heavily armored American military vehicles.

Stephan Smith is a singer/songwriter and activist who has spoken out against the US war in Iraq. His father was born in Iraq and now lives in the US, but Smith's entire extended family on his father's side continues to live in Iraq. Smith, who sometimes uses his birth father's name, Said, rather than his stepfather's name, recently established phone contact with many of his Iraqi relatives.

His family members are Sunni Muslims but did not cooperate with or support the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Smith who shares some of what he recently discussed with his aunts, uncles and cousins. Although he says they are afraid to give their opinions openly about the Iraqi election scheduled for January 30th, or the anti-war movement in the US, Smith says they appreciate Americans standing against the occupation.

An essay "My Family In Iraq: Views on a Silenced Majority," written by Stephan Smith can be read online at www.commondreams.org. For information on Smith's music and touring schedule, visit his website at www.stephansmith.com

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Indonesian Army has begun restricting the movement of aid workers who are assisting people in Aceh province, the area hardest hit by the tsunami. ("Indonesia Restricts Aceh Aid Work," BBC News, Jan. 11, 2005)
  • While a record $4 billion in aid has been pledged for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, war-induced disease and starvation in the Congo kills thousands of children weekly in the Congo. After renewed fighting, 150,000 villagers have fled into the jungle. ("Amid Asia's Crisis, Congo Gets Little Aid," Associated Press, Jan. 7, 2005)
  • Populist president Hugo Chavez's government has launched a massive land redistribution campaign to hand out 100,000 parcels of land from existing state property or "idle" private land holdings. ("Venezuela Promises Sweeping Land Reform," Associated Press, Jan. 3, 2005)

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Election 2004

"Kerry Denounces 'Voter Suppression,'" Boston Globe, Jan. 18, 2005

"Jan. 20 Protest Bush's Inauguration" by United for Peace and Justice at www.unitedforpeace.org, Jan. 12, 2005

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"'Corporate Americans': Bush's Ownership Society Nothing But Right Wing Economic Populism," by Joshua Holland, Alternet, Jan. 18, 2005

"Bush Keeps Peddling Social Security Lies; Press Keeps Buying It," by Bob Somerby, Daily Howler, Jan. 17, 2005

"The Bush Zone (With Apologies To Rod Serling)," by John Cory, Truthout, Jan. 14, 2005

"President Of Fabricated Crises," by Harold Meyerson, Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2005

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The New American Militarism," by Paul Craig Roberts, Antiwar.com, Jan. 18, 2005

"Disaster Squared: Iran Is Next," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Jan. 18, 2005

"Neocons Turn Their Attention To Iran," Financial Times/UK, Jan. 18, 2005

"Bush Refuses To Rule Out Iran Attack," Reuters, Jan. 18, 2005

"Pentagon Lashes Out Hersh War Plans Claim," Financial Times/UK, Jan. 17, 2005

"U.S. Preparing For War Against Iran," by Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, Jan. 17, 2005

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Dozens Killed As Pre-Election Violence Rages," Agence France Presse, Jan. 18, 2005

"Destroying Babylon," by Dahr Jamail, DahrJamail.com, Jan. 18, 2005

"Iraq Violence Spreads To 'Safe' Areas," by Rory McCarthy & Brian Whitaker, Guardian/UK, Jan. 18, 2005

"A Matter Of Conscience," by Sgt. Kevin Benderman, Antiwar.com, Jan. 18, 2005

"Images Behind Soldier's Iraq Refusal," Associated Press, Jan. 17, 2005

"Ain't Gonna Study War No More; Sgt. Benderman's Path," by Phillip Babich, Salon.com, Jan. 17, 2005

"New Intelligence Raises Questions About U.S. Mission In Iraq," Knight Ridder, Jan. 17, 2005

"Top U.S. Commander Predicts Disrupted Iraqi Elections, Violent Aftermath," Agence France Presse, Jan. 17, 2005

"'Hotel Journalism' Gives American Troops Free Hand," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Jan. 17, 2005

"Iraqis Discuss Voting, Or Not, In Elections Held Amidst Chaos," by Dahr Jamail & Brian Dominick, The New Standard, Jan. 17, 2005

"Mass Resignations Of Police And Election Workers Before Iraqi Vote," Associated Press, Jan. 16, 2005

"Desolate Fallujah," by Michael Schwartz & Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, Jan. 14, 2005

"Death Squad Democracy," by Christopher Dickey, Newsweek, Jan. 11, 2005

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Higher-Ups May Be Prosecuted For Abuses At Abu Ghraib," The New York Times, Jan. 18, 2005

"Terror Detainees And America's Gulag: The Orwellian Camp 6," by Cathryn Prince, Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 18, 2005

"Gonzales 'Does Not Deserve To Be Confirmed' As Attorney General," Washington Post editorial, Jan. 16, 2005

"Broward County Park Boots Antiwar Group," South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Jan. 16, 2005

"Man Claims His Antiwar Stand Sparked Harassment," Middletown Press (Connecticut), Jan. 16, 2005

"A Global Gulag To Hide The War On Terror's Dirty Secrets," by Jonathan Steele, Guardian/UK, Jan. 14, 2005

"Impeachment In Order For Author Of Torture Memo," by John W. Dean, FindLaw.com, Jan. 14, 2005

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"A Televisual Fairyland: Internalizing The Demands of The Censor," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, Jan. 18, 2005

"Fearful TV Networks Censor More Shows," Guardian/UK, Jan. 18, 2005

"Will The Anti-Inaugural Protests Be Covered?," by Danny Schechter, Common Dreams, Jan. 17, 2005

"Firings At CBS Don't Vindicate Bush," by Dave Zeifel, Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 17, 2005

"Pundits Race To The Bottom," by Eric Alterman, The Nation, Jan. 14, 2005

More newswire ...

Activism

"Bush Faces New Breed Of Policy Protesters," International Herald Tribune, Jan. 17, 2005

"A Call For A Walkout!; The Campus Antiwar Movement," by Richard Moreno, ZNet, Jan. 16, 2005

"Civil Rights Activist Diane Nash On the Daring Of Nonviolence," South Bend Tribune (Indiana), Jan. 16, 2005

"In Good Conscience: A Soldier Speaks Out," by Scott Fleming, LiP Magazine, Jan. 10, 2005

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