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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending April 22, 2005

THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM

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  • Civil Liberties Groups Campaign
    to Repeal Key Provisions of
    USA Patriot Act

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  • As Colombian Army's Human Rights Record
    Deteriorates, Civilians are Caught in
    Crossfire of 40-year Civil War

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  • Questions Surrounding Legitimacy
    of 2004 Presidential Election Investigated

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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:

Civil Liberties Groups Campaign
to Repeal Key Provisions of
USA Patriot Act

Interview with Jerome Paun,
treasurer of the National Lawyers Guild,
conducted by Scott Harris

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President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act, Anti-Terrorism Legislation, in the White House East Room Oct. 26, 2001. (White House photo by Eric Draper)

Since Congress adopted the controversial USA Patriot Act 45 days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the nation has been divided on the far-reaching legislation that critics maintain erodes American's civil liberties and constitutional protections. Congress is now reviewing 16 provisions of the Patriot Act, which expire at the end of 2005.

Among the sections of the Patriot Act under scrutiny are the "library provision," which permits the government to secretly seize personal records and documents from libraries, bookstores, businesses and hospitals. Those asked for such records can be prosecuted if they divulge the request. Other sections that will not expire this year, such as the "sneak and peek" provision, have drawn criticism for allowing secret government searches of a suspect's home with only delayed notification to the owner.

Since its adoption, five state legislatures and 375 cities and towns across the U.S. have passed resolutions condemning the Patriot Act. Now, a coalition of progressive and conservative groups are campaigning to repeal key provisions of the legislation. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jerome Paun, treasurer of the National Lawyers Guild, who examines the widespread concern over controversial elements of the USA Patriot Act.

Contact the National Lawyers Guild by calling (212) 627-2656 or visit their website at www.nlg.org

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As Colombian Army's Human Rights Record
Deteriorates, Civilians are Caught in
Crossfire of 40-year Civil War

Interview with Lisa Haugaard,
of the Latin America Working Group,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Colombia war
Members of the U.S.-trained, Colombian Anti-drug group show their skills during a graduation ceremony at the Larandia military base, Caquaeta province, May 24, 2001. (Asheville Global Report)

The war in Colombia has almost disappeared from U.S. corporate media coverage, even as several other countries in Latin America, such as Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela have become the new focus of press attention. But a civil war is still raging in Colombia -- as it has for more than 40 years, killing tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians. The armed groups involved in the combat include the Colombian Army, the right-wing paramilitary group, United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia or AUC, closely allied with the army, and two major guerrilla groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC and the National Liberation Army or ELN.

The U.S. is intimately linked with the war, as it has given $700 million a year in aid to the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, purportedly to stamp out production of coca, from which cocaine is derived. The so-called Plan Colombia was initiated by the Clinton administration, and continues under President Bush. Eighty percent of the U.S. funding given to Bogata is military aid.

In the midst of the war, a number of small rural communities have declared themselves combat-free zones, but the various factions don't necessarily respect their wishes. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Lisa Haugaard, executive director of the Latin America Working Group, based in Washington, D.C., about the human rights situation in Colombia, where many civilians are caught between combating forces and the status of the U.S. funded Plan Colombia.

For more information on how to participate in the April 26 Call in Day for Colombia, asking members of Congress to reallocate aid for civilian needs, contact the Latin America Working Group at (202) 546-7010 or visit their website at www.lawg.org

Questions Surrounding Legitimacy
of 2004 Presidential Election Investigated

Interview with Joel Bleifuss,
editor of In These Times,
conducted by Scott Harris

Unlike the extended dispute that plagued the 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, Democratic Party candidate John Kerry conceded the 2004 race for the White House rather quickly. However, in the months after the Nov. 4th ballot, citizen groups in the battleground state of Ohio launched protests and convened hearings demanding an investigation into allegations of vote count irregularities and Republican Party efforts to suppress the turnout of Democratic voters.

But now, five months after his quiet exit from the presidential election contest, Sen. John Kerry has raised the issue of voter intimidation and GOP dirty tricks, while stating that he does not believe these irregularities would have changed the outcome. Speaking to the Massachusetts League of Women Voters on April 10, Kerry charged that many of his supporters were denied access to the polls through the use of misleading leaflets and telephone calls.

Several issues regarding the 2004 election continue to cause many citizens to be skeptical about the results. Contradictions between exit polls and the final vote tally, and anomalies of electronic voting machine totals are the subject of a forthcoming book by investigative journalist Joel Bleifuss and statistician Steven Freeman. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bleifuss, editor of In These Times Magazine, who discusses his investigation into questions surrounding the legitimacy of the 2004 presidential election.

"Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?" will be published by Seven Stories Press in late spring 2005. Read Joel Bleifuss's articles online at www.inthesetimes.com

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • U.N. official Jean Ziegler reports that the denial of food and water by the U.S. occupying force in Iraq violates the Geneva Conventions. ("U.N. Rights Expert Charges U.S. Using Food Access as Military Tactic," Agence France Presse, March 31, 2005)
  • An estimated 100,000 people rallied in support of Manuel Lopez Obrador, the populist Mexico City mayor and candidate in the 2006 Mexican Presidential election, after the National Congress voted overwhelmingly to allow prosecutors to arrest him over a small legal violation involving a 2001 land dispute. ("Mexicans Mount Protest Over Threat to Left-Wing Mayor," The Independent/UK, April 9, 2005)
  • The Arctic's Inuit people are preparing to file a case with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the United States for its role as leading culprit in global warming. ("Inuit to Charge U.S. for Climate Change Impacts," InterPress Service, Feb. 15, 2005)

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Speeches from "Denounce Torture: Torture and US Policy - What your government is doing in your name," Teach In at Yale University, by the Yale and New Haven chapters of Amnesty International, April 8, 2005

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Barbara Olshansky, deputy director at the Center for Constitutional Rights
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The Honorable John Conyers Jr., Congressman, Michigan's 14th District
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U.S. Politics

"Indiana Senate Passes Strict I.D. Law To Limit Vote," Indianapolis Star, Apr. 13, 2005

"Democrats Block Committee Vote On Bolton," Associated Press, Apr. 13, 2005

"DeLay Urges GOP To Blame Dems Over Ethics," Associated Press, Apr. 13, 2005

"Religious Right Escalates War Against Judges," Christian Science Monitor, Apr. 13, 2005

"Liberals Look To 'Take Back Constitution,'" by Jeffrey Dubner, The American Prospect, Apr. 12, 2005

"Historic Parallels As DeLay's Woes Deepen," Christian Science Monitor, Apr. 12, 2005

"In Contempt Of Courts," by Max Blumenthal, The Nation Apr. 11, 2005

"Republican Vigilantism," by Laura Flanders with Steeven Rosenfeld, The Laura Flanders Show, Apr. 11, 2005

"In Theocracy They Trust," by Michelle Goldberg, Salon.com, Apr. 11, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Pentagon Plans 70 New Weapons Systems For $1.3 Trillion, Sacrificing Workers' Needs," by Harry Kelber, The Labor Educator, Apr. 13, 2005

"John Bolton Vs. Democracy," by John Nichols, The Nation, Apr. 13, 2005

"Cables Show Central Negroponte Role In 80's Covert War Against Nicaragua," The New York Times, Apr. 13, 2005

"Bolton Denies Pressuring Officials," San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 12, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Auditors Question $212.3 Million In Charges From KBR," Washington Post, Apr. 12, 2005

"Oil, Geo-Politics And The Coming War With Iran," by Michael Klare, TomDispatch.com, Apr. 11, 2005

"Bush Rebuffed In Venezuela (Again)," by Nikolas Kozloff, Counterpunch, Apr. 9, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Rumsfeld Warns Iraqi Regime Not To Purge U.S. Allies," Independent/UK, Apr. 13, 2005

"Iraq Viiolence Flare, Overshadowing U.S. Official Visit," Reuters, Apr. 13, 2005

"Iraqis Increase Calls For U.S. To Leave," Associated Press, Apr. 12, 2005

"U.S. Has No Exit Strategy To Pull Out Of Iraq, Rumsfeld Says," Bloomberg.com, Apr. 12, 2005

"Poland Confirms Iraq Withdrawal," BBC News/UK, Apr. 12, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Pentagon: Detainees? What Detainees?," by William Fiher, Inter Press Service, Apr. 14, 2005

"Center For Constitutional Rights Responds To Shocking New Guantanamo Torture Allegations," Center for Constitutional Rights press release, Apr. 13, 2005

"Guantanamo Detainee Is Alleging He Was Brutalized," Boston Globe, Apr. 13, 2005

"Secret Service Visits Anti-Bush Art Show; Asks For Artists' Names, Phone Numbers," Chicago Sun-Times, Apr. 13, 2005

"Videos Challenge Accounts Of Convention Arrests," The New York Times, Apr. 12, 2005

"Harvard Deans May Not Allow Anti-Recruitment Protest," Harvard Crimson, Apr. 12, 2005

"Young And Arrested: Two 16 Year-Old Girls Detained Without Charges," by Ari Berman, The Nation, Apr. 12, 2005

"Burning Professors: Resurrection Of A Witchhunt," by Phil Gasper, Counterpunch, Apr. 11, 2005

"Torture Air, Inc.," by Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, Apr. 9, 2005

"From McCarthyism To COINTELPRO: The Ongoing War On The Left," by Elizabeth Schulte, Counterpunch, Apr. 9, 2005

"Sweet Victory: Montana Acts Patriotic," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Apr. 8, 2005

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Media Issues

"Philadephia Plans First Citywide Wi-Fi Network," Reuters, Apr. 13, 2005

"Is Cheap Broadband Un-American?," by Timothy Karr, Media Citizen, Apr. 12, 2005

"Media 101: General Motors And The Los Angeles Times," by Christian Christensen, Common Dreams, Apr. 12, 2005

"TV News Buries Iraqi Civilin Deaths," by William O'Rourke, Chicago Sun-Times, Apr. 10, 2005

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Activism

"Parents Organizing To Protect Children While Army Organizes To Convince Parents," by Kevin Zeese, ZNet, Apr. 13, 2005

"Seattle Group Urges High Schools To Ban Military Recruiters," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Apr. 12, 2005

"Massachusetts Town Passes Antiwar Resolution," The Republican (Massachusetts), Apr. 12, 2005

"Union Blues Lift In Chicago: Home Childcare Workers Score A Victory," by David Moberg, The Nation, Apr. 9, 2005

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