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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

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

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British Memo Indicates Bush Administration
Fixed Intelligence to
Justify Iraq Invasion

Interview with Greg Palast,
investigative reporter and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


Just before Britain's parliamentary elections, the Sunday Times of London published a leaked British government memo that laid out the Bush administration plan for an invasion of Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power, justified on intelligence fixed around the policy. The memo, dated July 23, 2002, summarizes a meeting of British Prime Minister Tony Blair with his security advisers and indicates that President Bush had already made a decision to attack Iraq in the summer of 2002

The memo, front page news in Britain and Europe, specifically says, "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy," in a reference to the rationale for war -- namely weapons of mass destruction -- which have never been found. The revelation made just before the British people went to the polls, may have played a role in significantly weakening Tony Blair's Labor Party May 5th election victory.

Although the U.S. press has paid little attention to the implications of the memo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., joined by 88 members of Congress, has asked the White House to explain the memo's explosive assertions. Between The Lines, Scott Harris spoke with investigative reporter and author Greg Palast, who examines the political significance of the leaked British memo.

Greg Palast is a former columnist with Britain's Guardian newspapers and is the author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy." Visit his website at

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Space for Political, Cultural and Religious Expression
Opening up in Cuba

Interview with Joy Gordon,
professor of philosophy
at Fairfield University,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

The recent wave of democratically- elected leftist leaders in one Latin American nation after another, is challenging U.S. policy toward the hemisphere. Washington's economic and political domination over the region, almost two centuries old, was first articulated in the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine claimed the U.S. had an almost proprietary relationship with the rest of the countries in the hemisphere, and that the European powers should stay out. For the past 45 years, the top priority of U.S. foreign policy vis-a-vis Latin America and the Caribbean has been the isolation of Cuba under Fidel Castro.

Over several decades the U.S. has placed enormous pressure on governments in the region not to recognize Cuba, even as Washington repeatedly attempted to assassinate Castro and overthrow his government. Enforcing the U.S. policy of isolation was never wholly successful, less so now with many current leaders, such as Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Uruguay's Tabare Vasquez establishing friendly relations with Havana.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Joy Gordon, professor of philosophy at Fairfield University, who has made a dozen trips to Cuba since 1989. The Bush administration -- and the European Union -- have focused on what they call an intensification of repression in Cuba after 75 dissidents were sentenced to long prison terms in 2003. But Gordon says on her most recent trip, in March of 2005, she observed the opposite -- that there is now more room for dissent in Cuba, in all realms of public life, than has been seen in decades.

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Rushed through Congress, Real ID Act Legislation
Threatens Privacy Rights

Interview with Ari Schwartz,
associate director of the Center for Democracy and Technology,
conducted by Scott Harris


Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., (pictured above) is a primary sponsor of the Real ID Act legislation. (

The Republican-controlled Congress is about to pass controversial legislation called the Real ID Act, a measure that would nationalize standards for issuing drivers licenses and identification cards. Advertised as a tool to fight terrorism, the Real ID Act would require states to verify documents people present to prove their identity and legal address. Nine states that currently issue licenses to undocumented immigrants would be forced to end these programs. The Act will also place new obstacles in granting asylum to persons fleeing political, religious or ethnic persecution.

But critics are concerned that the Real ID ACT, attached to an Iraq War spending bill, is being rushed through Congress without hearings or privacy protections. Civil liberties advocates say that although the legislation won't mandate a national identification data base as originally planned, there are no restrictions on access to each state's database. State officials also complain that the bill will cost millions of dollars not provided by the federal government.

Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ari Schwartz, associate director of the Center for Democracy and Technology. Schwartz explains why his group and hundreds of other national organizations oppose the Real ID Act.

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This week's summary
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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Nineteen years after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the Ukrainian government is planning to design a new protective shell for the plant. ("Another SOS from Chernobyl Victims, 19 Years Later," Inter Press Service, May 6, 2005)
  • At an international conference on biological weapons on December 2001, John Bolton -- the Bush administration's embattled nominee for U.S. ambassador to the U.N., then the U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control -- stunned diplomats by insisting that the inspection process for germ weapons be cancelled. ("Bolton's style cited in Treaty Impasse," Boston Globe, May 3, 2005)
  • Tucked inside the energy bill that easily passed the U.S. House of Representatives in late April was a provision that allows oil companies to escape the mandates of the 1969 National Environmental Policy Act. ("Jagged Little Drill," The Grist, May 5, 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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U.S. Politics

"GOP Wants Far-Right Judges; 'Nuclear Option' Nears," Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2005

"Bolton Fight Widens Rift In GOP," The New York Times, May 13, 2005

"Everything You Wanted To Know About The 'Nuclear Option,'" by Tim Grieve,, May 12, 2005

"The Politics Of Dominionism: The New Religious Right In America," by Carolyn Baker, Counterpunch, May 12, 2005

"God's Own Party," by Jim Wallis,, May 12, 2005

"Jockeying Intensifies In Battle Over Judicial Nominees," The New York Times, May 10, 2005

"The Progressive Tax Revolt--And The Possibility Of A Progressive Ownership Society," Gar Alperovitz, Common Dreams, May 10, 2005

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Bush Regime

"The Christian Agenda At Bush's FDA: Evangelical Doctor's 'Plan B' Memo Disclosed," Washington Post, May 12, 2005

"The Bolton Endgame: Democrats Succeed In Making Public Display Of Bush Administration's Extremism," by Laura Rozen,, May 12, 2005

"Indignation Grows In U.S. Over British Pre-War Documents: Prove Bush's Lies," Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2005

"Cheney Wins Court Ruling On Energy Panel Records," Washington Post, May 11, 2005

"Ridge Drops Terror Alert Bombshell," USA Today, May 10, 2005

"Bush Mendacity Will Shock Historians," by Bill Gallagher, Niagara Falls Reporter (New York), May 10, 2005

"Real Wages Fall At Fastest Rate In 14 Years," Financial Times, May 10, 2005

"The Final Insult: Bush As Robin Hood," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, May 9, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Army Awards Halliburton $72 Million In Bonuses," Reuters, May 10, 2005

"U.S. Policy Continues To Fan The Embers Of Terrorism," by David Benjamin, Common Dreams, May 9, 2005

"The Intensifying Global Struggle For Energy," by Michael Klare & Tom Engelhardt,, May 9, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Mosul Diary: 'They Destoyed Everything,'" by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, May 13, 2005

"Iraqi Border Town Resisting U.S. Forces," Associated Press, May 13, 2005

"Anti-U.S. Protests Spread To Afghanistan," Associated Press, May 13, 2005

"Flushing Koran Down Toilet At Guantanamo Spurs New Violence," The New York Times, May 12, 2005

"Tally Of Iraq Civilian Deaths Depends On Who Is Counting," San Francisco Chronicle, May 12, 2005

"Marine Unit Wiped Out In Iraq," Washington Post, May 12, 2005

"Iraq Cost To Pass $200 Billion; Army To Ask For More," Washington Post, May 11, 2005

"Seymour Hersh: Iraq 'Moving Toward Open Civil War,'" Democracy Now, May 11, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Western Practice Of Outsourcing Torture Under Fire," Inter Press Service, May 13, 2005

"Suspects Sent To Egypt Face Torture," Human Rights Watch report, May 11, 2005

"National Insecurity Cards," by Bruce Schneier,, May 11, 2005

"Bipartisan Dissatisfaction With PATRIOT Act Surfaces In Senate Debate," Associated Press, May 11, 2005

"Senate Gives Department Of Homeland Security Power To Waive All Laws," by Robert Shull, Counterpunch, May 11, 2005

"Wiretapping The People: The Century Of Private Totalitarianism?," by Jacques Attali, L'Express/France, May 9, 2005

"True Patriots Should Worry More About Freedom At Home," by Ivan Eland, Independent Institute, May 9, 2005

"Logic Lost In Bush's 'Rendition,'" by Tom Blackburn, Palm Beach Post (Florida), May 9, 2005

"Conservatives Push Eco-Terror Laws," Associated Press, May 9, 2005

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Media Issues

"Public Broadcasting To Launch Self-Review," Associated Press, May 13, 2005

"Outgoing NY Times 'Public Editor' Blasts Paper's Iraq Coverage," Editor & Publisher, May 12, 2005

"Remote Control: GOP Censors Go After Cable, Radio And The Internet," by U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, In These Times, May 10, 2005

"Washington Press Corps Takes Steps To Loosen Bush's Grip On Info," by Sydney Schanberg, Village Voice, May 10, 2005

"Pushing PBS To The Right," by Eric Boehlert,, May 10, 2005

"St. Louis 2005: The Media Reformers Are Coming To Town," by Danny Schechter, Common Dreams, May 9, 2005

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"Halliburton Protest," by Scott Parkin, ZNet, May 13, 2005

"Interview With David Graeber: Yale Fires An Acclaimed Anarchist Scholar," by Joshua Frank, Counterpunch, May 13, 2005

"Navy Judge Finds War Protest Reasonable," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, May 13, 2005

"Waging War On War," by Traci Hukill, AlterNet, May 12, 2005

"Support Graeber," by Andrej Grubacic, ZNet, May 11, 2005

"Antiwar Hoopster Steve Nash Wins Basketball MVP--And It Feels So Good," by Dave Zirin, Common Dreams, May 10, 2005

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