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For The Week Ending July 29, 2005

  • The Downing Street Memos
    and Valerie Plame-CIA Scandal
    Reveal a White House Bent on Misleading
    Public on Rationale for Iraq War

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  • Rep. Barbara Lee Introduces Bill
    That Would Prohibit Permanent
    U.S. Military Bases in Iraq

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  • U.N. Troops Accused of July 6th
    Massacre in Haiti's Cite Soleil

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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:

The Downing Street Memos and Valerie Plame-CIA Scandal
Reveal a White House Bent on Misleading
Public on Rationale for Iraq War

Interview with John Bonifaz,
constitutional attorney,
conducted by Scott Harris


Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, the "outed" CIA officer. (Associated Press/Vanity Fair)


Karl Rove, presidential adviser.

The involvement of President Bush's closest adviser Karl Rove in leaking information about the identity of a covert CIA agent to at least two reporters, has set off a political fire storm in Washington with the White House alternately refusing to comment and employing surrogates to attack the president's critics.

Among the targets of these attacks is former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson, whose wife Valerie Plame is the subject of a federal investigation looking into who in the White House revealed her identity as an undercover CIA officer working on weapons of mass destruction issues. Wilson was initially attacked by members of the Bush administration after he wrote an opinion editorial in the New York Times recounting his investigation into an Iraq-nuclear connection while on a trip to Niger for the CIA in 2002. In Niger, Wilson found that, contrary to White House assertions, Saddam Hussein's regime was not seeking uranium there for a nuclear weapons program. Despite Wilson's conclusion, the president made the claim in his January 2003 State of the Union address.

At its core, the Wilson-Plame-Rove case revolves around the Bush administration's effort to construct a dubious rationale for the war in Iraq. That case is bolstered by the Downing Street memos, a series of minutes from meetings of high British government officials in 2002 that indicates that the Bush administration intended to invade Iraq, justified by intelligence and facts that were being fixed around the policy. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Bonifaz, constitutional attorney and co-founder of the group, who connects the dots between revelations found in these two cases, and explains why he is advocating for a formal congressional investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings against President Bush.

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Rep. Barbara Lee Introduces Bill
That Would Prohibit Permanent
U.S. Military Bases in Iraq

Interview with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Rep. Barbara Lee

California Rep. Barbara Lee -- the only member of Congress to vote against authorizing President Bush to respond militarily to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 -- has initiated two recent actions in the House of Representatives that further solidifies her role as a leading opponent of the Bush administration's foreign policy. Rep. Barbara Lee was nominated in late June for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of an international effort to recognize the work of women around the world who promote peace.

On June 30, Lee introduced a bill that states it is "the policy of the United States not to enter into any base agreements with the government of Iraq that would lead to a permanent United States military presence in Iraq." The bill currently has 41 co-sponsors.

Lee, who co-chairs the Progressive Caucus in the House, is also circulating a letter to her colleagues asking them to sign onto a Resolution of Inquiry into the Downing Street Memo, with the goal of learning "whether steps were being taken by the Bush administration to 'fix' intelligence and facts around a decision to go to war."

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Rep. Lee about these two measures, and the growing opposition to the war in Iraq across the nation and in Congress.

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U.N. Troops Accused of July 6th Massacre
in Haiti's Cite Soleil

Interview with Kim Ives,
editor of Haiti Progres,
conducted by Scott Harris

On the morning of July 6, more than 350 United Nations peacekeeping troops deployed in Haiti raided the densely populated Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil. A U.N. spokesperson Col. Eloufi Boulbars stated that the operation was aimed at armed gangs that they say are responsible for rampant violence in the Haitian capital.

But residents of the poor neighborhood, many of whom are staunch supporters of ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, say that U.N. troops backed by tanks and helicopter shot indiscriminately killing at least 23 and as many as 60 civilians. U.N officials reported only five killed. Among those slain in the raid was Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme, known as a pro-Aristide community leader in Cite Soleil and branded a dangerous gang leader by the U.S.-installed interim Haitian government and the U.N.

Haiti has been plagued by violence and instability since an armed rebellion by former Haitian soldiers toppled Aristide's government in February 2004. Aristide, now in exile in South Africa, maintains that he was kidnapped and forced to leave Haiti as Washington and Paris orchestrated the coup against him. The 7,400-member U.N. peacekeeping force made up of soldiers from Brazil, Peru, Joradan and Uruguay is preparing for presidential, parliamentary and local elections in October and December. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kim Ives, an editor with the newspaper Haiti Progres, who describes the deadly July 6 attack by U.N. soldiers on Cite Soleil and the prospects for free and fair elections later this year.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • A peace deal signed on July 17, could end the 30-year war for independence in the Indonesian province of Aceh, the worst-hit area in December's Asian tsunami. ("Indonesia and Separatists Reach Deal to End 30 Years of Fighting," New York Times, July 18, 2005; "Indonesia and Aceh Rebels Agree Peace," The Guardian, July 18, 2005)
  • Colombian police seize 32,000 rounds of ammunition in crates with U.S. markings, destined for an illegal paramilitary group that the U.S. State Department says is involved in drug trafficking and terrorism. ("U.S. Arms for Terrorists," The Nation, June 13, 2005)
  • A new loosely regulated 527 group, "The Alaska to America Energy Initiative" was set up last year to lobby for the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. ("Campaigning for Oil," Center for Public Integrity, July 14, 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

"Conservatives Hail Roberts, Democrats Hold Back," The New York Times, July 20, 2005

"House Votes Against Early Iraq Withdrawal," Associated Press, July 20, 2005

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Bush Regime

"The Stakes In Roberts' Nomination: If You Like The PATRIOT Act And Gitmo; You'll Love Roberts," by Bruce Shapiro, The Nation, July 20, 2005

"Straight Corporate: Business As Usual With Judge Roberts," by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, July 20, 2005

"George W. Strangelove And The Triumph Of Nuclear Faith," by Norman Solomon,, July 20, 2005

"Another Activist Judge," by John NIchols, The Nation, July 20, 2005

"The John Roberts Dossier," by Katharine Mieszkowski,, July 20, 2005

"Bush's First Supreme Court Nominee Faces Questioning On Host Of Contentious Issues," Associated Press, July 20, 2005

"Rove Saga Raises Fresh Questions About Administration's Credibility," by Dick Polman, San Luis Obispo Tribune (California), July 20, 2005

"Bush's First Nominee: The Pick Is In," by Mary Lynn F. Jones, AlterNet, July 20, 2005

"Rove-Plame: Pattern Of Deception, Revealed," by Molly Ivins, AlterNet, July 20, 2005

"Bush Raises Threshhold For Firing Aides In Leak Probe," Washington Post, July 19, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Oil-Control Formula," by Robert Dreyfuss,, July 18, 2005

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Draft Iraqi Charter Backs Islamic Law; Could Curb Women's Rights," The New York Times, July 20, 2005

"Iraq Conflict Claims 34 Lives Each Day As 'Anarchy' Beckons," Independent/UK, July 20, 2005

"Murder Of Sunnis Deals Blow To Hopes Of Early Iraqi constitution," Daily Star/Lebanon, July 20, 2005

"25,000 Civilians Killed Since Iraq Invasion, Says Report," Guardian/UK, July 19, 2005

"Iraq's Top Shia Cleric Warns Of 'Genocidal War,'" Independent/UK, July 19, 2005

"Did Washington Try To Manipulate Iraq's Election?," by Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, July 18, 2005

"Iraq's War On Women," by by Lesley Abdela,, July 18, 2005

"How Iraq War Compares To Vietnam Conflict," Sacramento Bee, July 18, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"FBI Targets Bush Critics," by William Fisher,, July 20, 2005

"Orwell Meets Kafka," by Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe, July 20, 2005

"Judge Dread: John Roberts And Enemy Combatants," by Chris Floyd, Counterpunch, July 20, 2005

"U.S. A Battlefield, Solicitor General Tells Judges; Argues Bush May Detain 'Enemy Combatants' Indefinitely," Washington Post, July 20, 2005

"FBI Keeping Lengthy Files On Groups Opposed To Bush's Policies,", July 19, 2005

"Large Volume Of FBI Files Alarms U.S. Activist Groups," The New York Times, July 18, 2005

"Anti-Bush Protester Sues Houston Cops," Associated Press, July 15, 2005

"California National Guard Story Grows Stranger," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, July 7, 2005

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Media Issues

"Justice Department Opposes Federal Shield Law For Reporters," by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, July 20, 2005

"American Mullahs And The Cult Of Fear: Network News As Counter-Reality," by Steven Laffoley, Common Dreams, July 19, 2005

"Danner Vs. Kinsley On The Memo And The War," by Tom Engelhardt, Michael Kinsley & Mark Danner,, July 19, 2005

"Whe Few Graphic Images From Iraq Make It Into U.S. Papers," by Barabara Bedway, Editor & Publisher, July 18, 2005

"How Comcast Censors Political Content," by David Swanson,, July 16, 2005

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"100 Years Of The Wobblies: Power To The Pictures," by David Moberg, In These Times, July 19, 2005

"September 24-26: A Weekend To Stop The War," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, July 18, 2005

"Debating Labor's Future," by Janice Fine, The Nation, July 14, 2005

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