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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 Oct. 7, 2005


"Parallel Deceptions: The Bush Agenda for War in Iraq and Iran"
Speech and Q&A with former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter,
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2-4

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are already at war with Iran." -- Scott Ritter, former U.N. chief weapons inspector and Marine Intelligence officer

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News stories on this event:

  • FBI Kills Fugitive
    Puerto Rican Nationalist Leader
    Filiberto Ojeda-Rios

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  • Hunger Strike by Guantanamo Detainees
    Enters Second Month

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  • Protesters at Massive Antiwar Actions
    in Washington, D.C. Demand
    Withdrawal from Iraq

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  • Underreported News Summary
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FBI Kills Fugitive
Puerto Rican Nationalist Leader
Filiberto Ojeda-Rios

Interview with Jorge Farinacci,
Puerto Rican independence activist,
conducted by Denise Manzari

Longtime Puerto Rican nationalist leader Filiberto Ojeda-Rios has been killed by the FBI. On the FBI's Most Wanted list, U.S. authorities labeled Ojeda-Rios a terrorist and sought his arrest since 1990, when he cut off his electronic ankle bracelet while awaiting trial for his involvement in the 1983 $7 million Wells Fargo truck heist in West Hartford, Conn.

When the FBI discovered where Ojeda-Rios was hiding with his wife Elma Beatriz Rosado, in the mountains of Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, they began a three-day stakeout. Then on Friday, Sept. 23, at about 3 p.m., the FBI claims 72-year-old Ojeda-Rios suddenly opened the door of the farmhouse and began firing at them, injuring one of the agents in the stomach. They said they returned fire. According to an autopsy, Ojeda-Rios bled to death after being hit by a single bullet. His wife was detained but was later released. No one was allowed to enter the house until Saturday, almost a full day after Ojeda-Rios was shot.

According to Puerto Rican activists, the FBI has 125 arrest warrants on others allegedly connected to Los Macheteros, the pro-independence organization also known as the Boricua Popular Army, and cofounded by Ojeda-Rios. It also appears that the Sept. 23 raid was no coincidence, but deliberate on the part of the FBI, since that date commemorates the 1868 uprising against Spain and thus is the most sacred day to supporters of the Puerto Rican Independence movement.

Jorge Farinacci is an attorney and former co-defendant with Ojeda-Rios in the Wells Fargo trial. He spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about the impact the nationalist leader's death may have on the future of the Puerto Rican independence movement.

For more information, call ProLibertad at (718) 601-4751 or visit the website

Hunger Strike by Guantanamo Detainees
Enters Second Month

Interview with Tom Wilner,
attorney representing 11 Guantanamo Bay prisoners,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Photos depicting the mistreatment and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners held in the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison erupted into an international scandal when first published in the spring of 2004. Now, in the last of a series of trials conducted against nine low-level soldiers accused of prisoner abuse at Abu-Ghraib, Army Pfc. Lynndie England has been convicted of maltreating detainees, committing an indecent act and conspiracy. The 22-year-old, now awaiting sentencing, faces up to nine years in prison.

New allegations of torture at U.S.-run detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan have surfaced in a report issued by Human Rights Watch based on the accounts of two soldiers and an officer with the 82nd Airborne Division. The report describes widespread abuse and asserts that low-ranking soldiers have been held responsible for acts that officers condoned.

Tom Wilner, is an attorney representing 11 Kuwaitis held in detention at the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He filed suit on their behalf in May 2002, maintaining they had a right to challenge their detention in court. In June of last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in their favor, but the Bush administration has interpreted the ruling so narrowly that it has effectively negated the detainees' rights. Wilner argued some specifics of the case again on Sept. 8, and a ruling is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals. In protest of their indefinite imprisonment without charge or the prospect of a trial, at least 128, or nearly one-quarter of all detainees at Guantanamo have undertaken a hunger strike. Press reports state that 18 prisoners have been force-fed in a hospital since the strike began Aug. 8. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Wilner about the legal odyssey of his clients, and the significance of the hunger strike.

For more information, contact the Center for Constitutional Rights at (212) 614-6464 or visit the group's website at:

Protesters at Massive Antiwar Actions
in Washington, D.C. Demand
Withdrawal from Iraq

Voices raised in protest
at the Sept. 24-26 antiwar protest,
produced by Scott Harris

In the largest protest in Washington, D.C. since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, an estimated 300,000 opponents of the war came to the capital to demand the withdrawal of American troops. Through rallies, marches, lobbying and non-violent civil disobedience protesters expressed their anti-war sentiment, now widely shared by a majority of the American people. Between The Lines' Scott Harris was there and files this report.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • After Afghanistan's parliamentary election, President Hamid Karzai calls for a halt to U.S. airstrikes and an end to foreign troops conducting house searches without the permission of the Afghan government. ("Karzai wants end to U.S.-led operations," Associated Press, Sept. 20, 2005; "Taliban storm Afghanistan jail," BBC News, Sept. 24, 2005; "Giving democracy a bad name," Foreign Policy in Focus, Sept. 16, 2005)
  • Peru's former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos is on trial in Lima for directing a death squad that killed 15 people in the early 1990s. ("Peru's Montesinos begins trial for rights abuses," Reuters, Aug. 17, 2005; "Peru spy chief faces abuse trial," BBC, Aug. 17, 2005; "Peruvian trial likely to reopen wounds," Knight-Ridder, Aug. 21, 2005)
  • The Federal Election Commission has filed a lawsuit against the rightwing Club for Growth, for violating spending limits in the 2004 presidential campaign. ("Federal Election Commission sues pro-Republican political group," Associated Press, Sept. 20, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"A Stock Explanation From Dr. Bill Frist," by Joe Conason, New York Observer, Oct. 3, 2005

"GOP Official's Racial Remarks Draw Fire," Associated Press, Sept. 30, 2005

"DeLay: Taking Sleaze To A New Level," by Jonathan Chait, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30, 2005

"Obama The Enabler: Illinois Anti-Warriors And The Atttractive Senator," by Carl G. Estabrook, Counterpunch, Sept. 29, 2005

"Roberts Draws 22 Democratic Votes," by John Nichols, The Nation, Sept. 29, 2005

"Abramoff Is Part Of GOP's Pay-For-Play Political Machine," by Josh Marshall, The Hill, Sept. 29, 2005

"Troubled Year Gets Worse For The GOP," Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2005

"Iraq Burns; Democrats Look On the Bright Side," by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, Sept. 28, 2005

"America's Next Election Nightmare," by Andrew Gumbel, Huffington Post, Sept. 27, 2005

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Bush Regime

"White House Under Siege After DeLay's Downfall," Independent/UK, Sept. 30, 2005

"'Frog-Marching' Bush To The Hague," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Sept. 29, 2005

"Pentagon Keeps Soldiers Waiting For Body Armor Reimbursements," Associated Press, Sept. 29, 2005

"Ashcroft Ordered To Testify In Lawsuit Over Detentions," The New York Times, Sept. 29, 2005

"Trust Us, We're Experts: The Right's Shadow Scientific Community Is Politicizing Science To The Point Of Crisis," by Chris Mooney,, Sept. 28, 2005

"When Will Rumsfeld Face The Music?," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Sept. 28, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bush Is Cooking Up Two New Wars," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Sept. 30, 2005

"Army In Worst Recruiting Slump In Decades," Associated Press, Sept. 30, 2005

"Public Skeptical About Bush's 'Democracy' Crusade," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Sept. 30, 2005

"Cuban Terror Case Erodes U.S. Credibility, Critics Say," by Jim Lobe,, Sept. 29, 2005

"Venezuela Accuses U.S. Of 'Double Standard' On Terrorism," Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 29, 2005

"U.S. Military In Paraguay Unsettles South America," Reuters, Sept. 27, 2005

"Lessons From A Fallen Empire," by James Carroll, Boston Globe, Sept. 26, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"U.S. Officials Fear Chaos If Iraqi Charter Killed," The New York Times, Sept. 30, 2005

"Iraq Is An Occupied Nation In Revolt," by Ramzy Baroud, Counterpunch, Sept. 29, 2005

"Lights And Hopes Dim As Mood In Baghdad Turns Sour," Washington Post, Sept. 28, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Stepping Up The Attack On Green Activists," by Kelly Hearn, AlterNet, Sept. 30, 2005

"Judge Orders Release Of Pictures Depicting Inmate Abuse At Abu Ghraib," Associated Press, Sept. 29, 2005

"Gitmo's Hunger Strikers," by Clive Stafford Smith, The Nation, Sept. 29, 2005

"Australian Powers Pave Way For Secret New World," Sydney Morning Herald/Australia, Sept. 28, 2005

"More Dissent, More Censorship," by Dahr Jamail, ZNet, Sept. 28, 2005

"Jose Padilla: Constitutional Unperson?," by Gene Healy, Cato Institute, 2005

"Bill Would Permit DNA Collection From All Those Arrested," Washington Post, Sept. 24, 2005

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Media Issues

"Right-Wing Media Get Desperate," by Danny Goldberg,, Sept. 30, 2005

"Media Coverage Disappearing In the Iraq War 'Endgame,'" by Danny Schechter, Common Dreams, Sept. 29, 2005

"Telesur: A Latin American Voice To Counter Corporate Media," by Floyd J. McKay, Seattle Times, Sept. 28, 2005

"Reuters Says U.S. Troops Obstructing Reporting Of Iraq," Reuters, Sept. 28, 2005

"Gingrich-izing Public Broadcasting," by David Corn, The Nation, Sept. 27, 2005

"When We Were Psychos: The Return Of The 'Winter Soldier' Documentary," by Michael Atkinson, In These Times, Sept. 27, 2005

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"Witnesses To War: Military Families Bring Cost Of War To Students," by Phoebe Connelly, In These Times, Sept. 29, 2005

"The Relevance Of Marching," by David Swanson, Truthout, Sept. 30, 2005

"Marching To Irrelevance: Do Large Demonstrations Make Sense?," by David Corn,, Sept. 29, 2005

"St. Patrick's Four: A Victory For Nonviolence," by Christina Zawerucha, ZNet, Set. 28, 2005

"Parents Take Children Off Military Lists," Bradenton Herald (Florida), Set. 28, 2005

"'Our Work's Just Starting': Antiwar Demonstrators March In Washington, But Will The Democrats Take A Stand?," by David Enders, Mother Jones, Sept. 26, 2005

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