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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

"The Rest of the News," New Haven Advocate, July 3, 2003


War And Profiteering

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

Civil Liberties

"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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For The Week Ending March 4, 2005


  • U.S. Airstrikes Against Iran
    Could Trigger Backlash in Iraq

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  • Bush Pick for Intelligence Czar
    Turned Blind Eye Toward
    U.S.-Backed Death Squads in Honduras

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  • Opponents of U.S. Ratification
    of Central American Free Trade Agreement
    Say Victory is Within Reach

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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:

U.S. Airstrikes Against Iran
Could Trigger Backlash in Iraq

Interview with Wayne Madsen,
investigative journalist and former security specialist
with the National Security Agency,
conducted by Scott Harris

Since taking the oath of office for his second term, President Bush has made a series of blunt declarations warning that the U.S. will not tolerate Iran's development of nuclear weapons or support for terrorism. While the White House has given tepid support to negotiations conducted by European nations to reach an agreement with Iran, the administration is not ruling out military action. There's been speculation that either the U.S. or Israel might launch air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities if an agreement with Tehran cannot be reached. Former Marine intelligence officer and U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter recently asserted that according to well-informed sources, plans had already been made for such a U.S. attack this June.

Bush has also taken a hard line against the government of Syria, which has been charged with aiding insurgents fighting U.S. troops in neighboring Iraq. After the Feb. 14th assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri the White House stepped up its campaign to isolate Damascus, and to demand a withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. Iran recently announced that it would support Syria against challenges and threats as the two nations deal with increased U.S. pressure.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Wayne Madsen, a former communications security specialist with the National Security Agency, who is now an investigative reporter. Madsen discusses the possibility of U.S. military action against Iran and the likely effect on the ongoing American war in Iraq.

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Bush Pick for Intelligence Czar
Turned Blind Eye Toward
U.S.-Backed Death Squads in Honduras

Interview with Peter Kornbluh,
senior analyst with the National Security Archive,
conducted by Scott Harris

Making the last high-level appointment in his administration's second term, President Bush nominated career diplomat John Negroponte to become the nation's first director of national intelligence. Also nominated to the post of deputy intelligence director was Lt. General Michael Hayden, who now leads the National Security Agency. Both positions were created after Congress adopted recommendations made by the independent commission that investigated the failures of government leading up to the 9/11 attacks. If confirmed by the Senate, Negroponte will manage the budgets of 15 intelligence agencies, establish new standards among those agencies and ensure that vital intelligence is shared.

Negroponte worked with Henry Kissinger in the National Security Council during the Vietnam War and later served as U.S. ambassador to Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines. President Bush tapped Negroponte to serve as his ambassador to the U.N and most recently as the first American ambassador to post-invasion Iraq. Negroponte's most controversial tenure was in Honduras where from 1981 to 1985 he was a key player in coordinating the Reagan administration's clandestine and illegal attacks on the government of Nicaragua via the Contra army. Negroponte stands accused of being complicit in, or turning a blind eye to massive human rights abuses committed by Honduran military officials supported by the CIA.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst with the National Security Archive who discusses Negroponte's past and why he feels it's important for the Senate to closely examine this nominee's attitude toward human rights that could further undermine America's moral authority.

Contact the National Security Archive. by calling (202) 994-7000 or visit their web site at:

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Opponents of U.S. Ratification
of Central American Free Trade Agreement
Say Victory is Within Reach

Interview with Shane Stevens,
of CISPES, the Committee in Solidarity with
the People of El Salvador,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, went into effect on January 1, 1994. The pact eliminated trade barriers between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Over the past decade, tens of thousands of U.S. jobs have been lost, mostly to Mexico. As a result of the treaty, economists say, local agriculture and the production of many industrial goods in both Mexico and Canada have been decimated.

For the past few years, the Bush administration has been negotiating another regional trade treaty between six nations and the U.S., known as the Central American Free Trade Agreement. The accord has been approved by all governments involved, but has been ratified, thus far, only by one.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Shane Stevens of CISPES, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, one of the groups spearheading a week of actions to persuade the U.S. Congress to defeat the ratification of CAFTA. He discusses some of the pressure the U.S. has exerted on Central American nations in advance of ratification of the agreement, and who stands to win and lose if CAFTA goes forward. Stevens also assesses how the outcome of the CAFTA fight may effect negotiations for the larger Free Trade Area of the Americas treaty (FTAA), covering every nation in the western hemisphere except for Cuba.

For more information, call (212) 465-8115. Visit the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador's website at or the Stop CAFTA Coalition site at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The murder of 74-year-old Sister Dorothy Stang, a prominent rainforest activist, focuses new attention on the dangers of the logging industry in the Amazon. ("The Life and Brutal Death of Sister Dorothy," The Independent, Feb. 15, 2005)
  • David Kuo, a former high-level official in the White House Office of Faith-based Initiatives is now questioning the Bush administration's commitment to its self-proclaimed "compassionate conservative" agenda. ("Please, Keep the Faith,", Feb. 15, 2005; "Ex-Aide questions Bush vow to back faith-based efforts," Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2005)
  • Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood hotels reopen negotiations with unions after locking out workers for five weeks and suffering a nationwide labor boycott. ("Lockout KO'd," In These Times, Jan. 17, 2005)

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"Unwelcome Guests at a Coronation," Jan. 20, 2005 Counter-Inaugural Speeches and Protests

U.S. Politics

"The Language Police: Getting Jiggy With Frank Luntz," by Nancy Snow, Common Dreams, Feb. 26, 2005

"Diagnosing The Green Party," by Joshua Frank, Counterpunch, Feb. 25, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Newly Released Memo From Clarke To Rice Vindicates Clarke," by Margie Burns, The Sentinel (Maryland), Mar. 1, 2005

"Whistle While You Purge Whistleblowers," by Ari Berman, The Nation, Feb. 28, 2005

"Potemkin World...Or The President In The Zone," by Tom Engelhardt,, Feb. 27, 2005

"Bush, 'Democracy' And The Press: The Hypocrisy Taboo," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 26, 2005

"How Long Can Bush Get Away With Lies?," by Andrew Greeley, Feb. 25, 2005

"Why Are We Welcoming This Torturer?," by Victoria Brittain, Guardian/UK, Feb. 24, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Venezuela Warns Of U.S. Overthrow; Speech Points To Growing Friction With Bush," San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 26, 2005

"Canadian PM: U.S. Must Not Intrude On Canadian Airspace," CBC News/Canada, Feb. 25, 2005

"U.S. Envoy Asserts Canada 'Give[s] Up Its Sovereignty' in Missile Defense Row," London Free Press/Canada, Feb. 25, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq Suicide Bomb Kills At Least 125," CNN, Feb. 28, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"ACLU, Ex-Detainees To Sue Rumsfeld Over Abuse," Reuters, Mar. 1, 2005

"Spotting CIA Torture Flights," Newsweek, Mar. 7, 2005

"Tortured, He 'Confessed' Plotting To Kill Bush," Newsweek, Mar. 7, 2005

"Terror Law Places Burden Of Proof On Accused," Washington Post, Mar. 1, 2005

"Gonzales Urges Renewal Of PATRIOT Act," Washington Post, Mar. 1, 2005

"Intelligence, Inc.: The Privatization Of Interrogations At Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo And Afghanstan (Interview With Pratap Chatterjee)," Democracy Now, Feb. 28, 2005

"Stifling Debate: The Case Against Left-Wing Professors," by Todd Gitlin, Mother Jones, Feb. 27, 2005

"Within CIA, Growing Worry Over Prosecution For Misconduct," The New York Times, Feb. 27, 2005

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Time To Retool The FCC For The Public's Interests," by Jonathan Lawson, Seattle Times, Mar. 1, 2005

"The Gannon Affair And The Dispassion Of The Christian Right," by Bill Berkowitz, Working For Change, Feb. 28, 2005

"Can Citizens' Journalism Resuscitate The Media?," by Danny Schechter,, Feb. 28, 2005

"Dems Forget First Amendent, Vote For Broadscast Decency Enforcement Act," by John Nichols, The Nation, Feb. 28, 2005

"Clear Channel Goes Liberal," Alternet, Feb. 28, 2005

"'Confessions' Of A Payola Pundit," by Ian Williams,, Feb. 23, 2005

"Spectrum Wars," by Drew Clark, National Journal, Feb. 18, 2005

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"In Vermont, A Town Meeting Revolt Over Iraq War," Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 28, 2005

"Regaining My Humanity," by Camilo Mejia, Alternet, Feb. 28, 2005

"Peace Activists In The War Room," by Karen Houppert, The Nation, Feb. 25, 2005

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