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For The Week Ending April 15, 2005


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Iraq War Memorial
  • White House Misuse of Intelligence Unexamined
    as Presidential Commission Finds U.S. Spy Agencies
    at Fault for Flawed Pre-Iraq War Intelligence

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  • Threat of Global Nuclear Weapons Proliferation
    Met by U.S. Development of
    New Atomic Arms and Militarization of Space

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  • Critics Question Safety of Radioactive Waste Storage
    at Power Plants and Proposed Repositories

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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:

White House Misuse of Intelligence Unexamined
as Presidential Commission Finds U.S. Spy Agencies
at Fault for Flawed Pre-Iraq War Intelligence

Interview with David MacMichael,
former CIA analyst,
conducted by Scott Harris

bush honors
In December 2004, President Bush, second from right, gave former CIA Director George Tenet, left; former head of U.S. Central Command Gen. Tommy Franks; and Iraq Ambassador Paul Bremer, right, the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the highest U.S. award to civilians for their service. (ABC News)

The Bush administration's repeated assertion that Saddam Hussein possessed dangerous weapons of mass destruction served as the pretext for their 2003 war against Iraq. But after the invasion and an exhaustive search, the alleged arsenal of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons were never found. In the midst of a heated election campaign the White House established a presidential commission to conduct a limited investigation into the intelligence failures leading up to the war.

The commission led by Judge Laurence Silberman and former Sen. Charles Robb, predictably found serious flaws in the operation of the nation's intelligence agencies, but made no judgments on how the president and his Cabinet used or misused the information it received about Iraq's weapons programs. Critics contend that the administration had a longstanding plan for launching an invasion of Iraq regardless of what the intelligence agencies produced. The panel made recommendations for the reorganization of the nation's 15 intelligence agencies, but offered no view on holding accountable those responsible for what many view as the most serious intelligence failure in U.S. history.

The Bush administration's honoring and promotion of key officials answerable for the flawed intelligence, provides insight into the priorities of a White House seemingly uninterested in accountability. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with former CIA analyst David MacMichael, who assesses the findings of the presidential commission and the importance of learning the truth about why our nation went to war.

Read David MacMichael's article about the presidential credibility gap online, "Credibility Gap? More Like an Abyss," The Foreign Policy in Focus, March 21, 2005

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Threat of Global Nuclear Weapons Proliferation
Met by U.S. Development of
New Atomic Arms and Militarization of Space

Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott,
anti-nuclear activist and founder
of the Nobel Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility,
conducted by Scott Harris


The Bush administration has taken a hard line against nations they say are engaged in the development of nuclear weapons. Targets of harsh rhetoric coming from the White House include Iran and North Korea, countries that Bush has branded the axis of evil. But while the administration speaks out frequently about the dangers of nuclear proliferation around the world, it has announced plans to spend millions of dollars to develop and test a new generation of American nuclear weapons and technology to militarize outer space. These include new "bunker buster" bombs, anti-satellite weapons and anti-ballistic missiles as part of the national missile defense program.

Talks to renew the nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, or NPT, begin in May, but the Bush administration and other nuclear powers, are reported to be unconcerned about its future. If the NPT is abandoned, its demise could pave the way for an unprecedented explosion of nuclear weapons proliferation across the globe.

Dr. Helen Caldicott is a pediatrician and anti-nuclear weapons activist. She founded the Nobel Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1978 because of her grave concern over the medical impact of nuclear weapons on the human race. Caldicott, who went on to found the Nuclear Policy Research Institute in 2002, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dr. Caldicott about the current danger of nuclear weapons proliferation and the U.S. effort to militarize outer space

Dr. Helen Caldicott is author of "The New Nuclear Danger, George W. Bush's Military Industrial Complex," published by the New Press. Contact Dr. Caldicott's Nuclear Policy Reserach Institute at (202) 822-9800 or visit their website at

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  • Physicians for Social Responsibility at or call (202) 667-4260.

Critics Question Safety of Radioactive Waste Storage
at Power Plants and Proposed Repositories

Interview with Kevin Kamps,
head of the Radioactive Waste Project
for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Three Mile Island. (Photo by John Payne)

Headlines last week disclosed the debate between the National Academy of Sciences and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the best way to store high-level radioactive waste until it can be moved to a permanent storage site. For years, the government has moved forcefully to establish Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the nation's permanent nuclear waste repository. But recent news stories have revealed potential problems with the Yucca Mountain site, including fabricated test reports. Environmentalists and state officials in Nevada have long opposed the construction of the Yucca waste site.

The Yucca Mountain project is now years behind schedule, and waste keeps building up at nuclear plants around the U.S. Two dozen plants have moved some of their radioactive fuel waste into dry cask storage. The nuclear industry says it has a redundant layered safety system to prevent accidents or terrorist attacks, but opponents point to several close calls since the near meltdown at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Kevin Kamps, who heads the Radioactive Waste Project for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. He outlines some of his group's concerns about the safety of temporary storage facilities at the power plants and at an Indian reservation in Utah that may soon be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

For more information, call (202) 328-0002 or visit the group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • On April 1, hundreds of anti-immigration activists, many of them armed, gathered in Tombstone, Ariz. for a monthlong mission to intercept illegal immigrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. ("U.S. Vigilantes Begin Border Stake-Out," The Guardian, April 2, 2005)
  • Campaign finance reform legislators are targeting politically powerful independent 527 groups, like America Coming Together and Progress for America, requiring them to register as political action committees and obey the soft money ban passed by Congress. ("The Fall of the 527," In These Times, April 18, 2005)
  • Rogue police officers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil being blamed for a massacre that killed 30 people in an apparent "payback" for an investigation into police corruption and brutality that resulted in the arrest of eight officers suspected of killing two men. ("Police Suspected in Rio Massacre," Associated Press, April 2, 2005; "Night of Terror in Rio's Fluminenese," Amnesty International press release April 1, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"GOP Senator Fans Flames Of Anti-Judiciary Violence," Washington Post, Apr. 5, 2005

"Electronic Voting Problems Discovered In Miami-Dade County," Associated Press, Mar. 31, 2005

"The Democrats: A Party Inverted," by Bill Bradley, The New York Times, Mar. 30, 2005

"GOP Now 'Political Arm Of Conservative Christians,'" by John Danforth, The New York Times, Mar. 30, 2005

"What's Going On? Dealing With Extremists In Our Midst," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Mar. 29, 2005

"Schiavo Case Proves Dems Are Starving For Leadership," by Arianna Huffington,, Mar. 29, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Bush Threw Us a 'Curveball': Report Shines a Light on 'Crazy' Iraqi Informant," by Robert Scheer, the Los Angeles Times, April 5, 2005

"Bush, Cheney, Get Their Whitewash," by Matthew Rothschild, by The Progressive, April 2, 2005

"WMD Commission -- Yet Another Intelligence Failure," by Rahul Mahajan,, April 1, 2005

"Honest Intelligence Needed," by Ray McGovern, the Miami Herald, April 1, 2005

"Bush Tightening Grip On Advisers?" Washington Post, Mar. 31, 2005

"John Bolton: Ally Of CIA-Linked Drug Runners," by David Corn,, Mar. 30, 2005

"SellingF-16s To Pakistan: The Bush Administration Initiates An Arms Race," by Amitabh Pal, The Progressive, Mar. 29, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Teetering Empire," by Scott Horton,, Apr. 5, 2005

"Military Recruiters Target Minority Teens," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 5, 2005

"A Larger Military, Even If It Means A Draft," San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 4, 2005

"Sleepwalking To Disaster In Iran," by Scott Ritter, Al Jazeera, Mar. 30, 2005

"Three Strikes For Empire," by Ivan Eland, Common Dreams, Mar. 30, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Abu Ghraib Attack 'Highly Sophisticated,'" Washington Post, Apr. 5, 2005

"The Bush Administration's Afghan Spring," by Tom Engelhardt,, Apr. 4, 2005

"Sen. Boxer Wants Deadline For Leaving Iraq," San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 30, 2005

"U.S. Holds About 10,500 Prisoners In Iraq," Associated Press, Mar. 30, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"FBI Seeks Expanded Search Powers," MSNBC News, Apr. 5, 2005

"Can International Law Save Civil Liberties?," by Niko Kyriakou, Inter Press Service, Apr. 5, 2005

"Gonzales Presses For PATRIOT Act Renewal," Associated Press, Apr. 5, 2005

"The Next Chapter In The PATRIOT Act," by Declan McCullagh, CNET News, Apr. 4, 2005

"Abu Ghraib Probe Suggests CIA Role In Iraqi Deaths," Reuters, Apr. 4, 2005

"The Trouble With Tasers," by Anne-Marie Cusac, The Progressive, Apr., 2005

"Fresh Skirmishes In the Information Wars," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Mar. 31, 2005

"Run-Out Has Become Runaround," by Jim Spencer, Denver Post,, Mar. 30, 2005

"U.S. General In Iraq Approved Extreme Interrogation Methods," Guardian/UK, Mar. 30, 2005

"Case Allegedly Shows U.S. Practice Of Secret Arrests," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 30, 2005

"FAA Logs Corroborate Torture Transfer," The New York Times, Mar. 30, 2005

"Three Were Told To Leave Bush Town Meeting," Washington Post, Mar. 30, 2005

"Secret Service Investigating Removal Of 3 From Social Security Event," Associated Press, Mar. 29, 2005

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Media Issues

"Right Wing Radio: Religious Broadcasters Squeeze Community Radio Off FM Dial," by Sarah Posner, AlterNet, Apr. 5, 2005

"Iraq War Coverage Reminds Me Of Vietnam," by John R. MacArthur, Providence Journal (Rhode Island), Apr. 5, 2005

"Gore's New Media Venture Seeks To Blend TV, Internet," San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 5, 2005

"Why Media Ownership Matters," by Amy Goodman & David Goodman, Seattle Times, Apr. 3, 2005

"Tune In: Documentary Chronicles Air America's First Year," by Don Hazen, Alternet, Mar. 31, 2005

"An American Fatwa: Media Irresponsibility May Endanger Michael Schiavo's Life For Years," by Dan Kennedy, Boston Phoenix, Mar. 31, 2005

"Schiavo Case: Media Pander To The Right," by Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, Mar. 29, 2005

"Tiny Internet Service Takes FCC To Supreme Court," by Ren Bucholz, Alternet, Mar. 28, 2005

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"The Grassroots Resistance To The PATRIOT Act," by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, Apr. 5, 2005

"NYU Antiwar Protesters Keep CIA At Bay," Washington Square News (New York City), Apr. 4, 2005

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