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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. 14, 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

"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:

  • Indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
    Adds to Growing Cloud of
    Corruption Charges Hanging Over GOP

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  • Library Challenge to Patriot Act Gag Rule
    Appealed to Supreme Court

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  • Groups Campaign to End
    Veneration of Columbus
    and Transform Holiday

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
Adds to Growing Cloud of
Corruption Charges Hanging Over GOP

Interview with Alex Knott,
of the Center for Public Integrity,
conducted by Scott Harris


Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay gets into his car after a luncheon in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005. A Texas grand jury on Monday indicted DeLay on two new felony charges including money laundering, following a conspiracy indictment last week which forced him to step aside as the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Reuters/Larry Downing)

After years of ethics investigations and several admonishments regarding his financial and legislative dealings, Republican House Majority leader Tom DeLay has been indicted twice and forced to temporarily step down as one of the GOP's key power brokers in the U.S. House of Representatives. The indictments on conspiracy and money laundering charges, filed against DeLay and two aides, alleges that $190,000 in corporate contributions were transferred from a Texas political action committee to the Republican National Committee in 2002. The funds were later returned to GOP candidates for the Texas legislature -- a violation of that state's law prohibiting corporate money from being used in statewide campaigns.

In response, DeLay has launched a strong counterattack characteristic of the legislator known for his aggressive "take no prisoners" approach to politics. DeLay and his allies have accused Travis County, Texas district attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, of prosecutorial abuse motivated by partisan politics. But over the last year, an ethical cloud has been gathering over the Republican Party. Two of the party's congressional leaders are now under scrutiny, Delay and Senate majority leader Bill Frist, who is being investigated for securities violations. Delay's longtime friend and Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is the target of another federal corruption probe and White House political strategist Karl Rove and vice presidential aide Lewis Libby have been questioned about their role in the Valerie Plame - CIA leak case.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Alex Knott, with the Center for Public Integrity, who assesses the recent indictment of Tom DeLay and the public's growing weariness of government corruption.

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Library Challenge to Patriot Act Gag Rule
Appealed to Supreme Court

Interview with Michael Gorman,
president of the American Library Association,
conducted by Scott Harris

As the nation focuses attention on Harriet Miers, President Bush's nominee to fill the critical Supreme Court seat of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor -- America's highest court has been asked to intervene in a challenge to a controversial provision of the USA Patriot Act.

The case originated in Bridgeport, Conn. where a library was served with a "national security letter" demanding private records related to an FBI terrorism or espionage investigation. A consortium of librarians, known as "John Doe," represented by the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the government's right to impose a gag rule preventing them from identifying themselves and publicly expressing opposition to the Patriot Act provisions that allows the government to secure library patron records, regardless of the patron's involvement in illegal activity.

In September, U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall ruled in favor of the librarians and the ACLU. She said the gag rule "has the practical effect of silencing individuals with a constitutionally-protected interest in speech and whose voices are particularly important in an ongoing national debate about the intrusion of government authority into individual lives." However, Judge Hall's ruling was put on hold by a federal appeals court and now the case is being appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Gorman, president of the American Library Association, who explains why he strongly objects to the Patriot Act gag rule imposed on librarians and his concern about the loss of civil liberties in post-Sept. 11 America.

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Groups Campaign to End
Veneration of Columbus
and Transform Holiday

Interview with Glenn Morris,
of the Colorado American Indian Movement,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The second Monday of October marks Columbus Day celebrations across the nation, which only became a national holiday in 1971. But as the full history becomes better known about the man who is credited with "discovering" America, protesters have called for the abolition or transformation of the holiday away from one that honors a man guilty of genocide against Native Americans to one that has a more inclusive narrative. Some cities and states have already renamed the holiday Indigenous People's Day or American Indian Day.

Denver, Colo. is at the forefront of this struggle. There, the Alliance to Transform Columbus Day, led by the Colorado chapter of the American Indian Movement, or AIM, has been challenging the Colombus holiday since 1989. On Oct. 7th, the Alliance will hold their All Nations Four Directions solidarity rally, and the next day the group will protest Denver's annual Columbus Day parade.

Solidarity actions are now held in many other cities, both in the U.S. and in Latin America and Europe. Last year, a statue of Columbus in Caracas, Venezuela, was toppled by protesters. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Glenn Morris of Colorado AIM about the history of the Columbus holiday and efforts now underway to transform it.

For more information, call the Colorado chapter of the American Indian Movement office at (303) 832-2544 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Hundreds of Pakistani women marched on parliament demanding a public apology from President Pervez Musharraf, who said in a recent Washington Post interview that rape allegations were a way for women to make money and emigrate to the West. ("Pakistani women march in rape row," BBC News, Sept. 29, 2005; "Rape remarks stain Musharraf's reputation," Associated Press, Sept. 24, 2005)
  • Amnesty International is accusing the Exxon-Mobil-led oil consortium building the $4.2 billion Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline of ignoring the human rights of affected residents. ("Amnesty accused oil firms of overriding human rights," The Guardian, Sept. 7, 2005; "Chad-Cameroon pipeline: New report accuses oil companies and governments of secretly contracting out human rights," Amnesty International press release, Sept. 7, 2005)
  • California's groundbreaking "Million Solar Homes" initiative died as time ran out in the state legislative session in early September, stuck in a logjam between labor and corporate interests. ("Sunrise from the West," The Grist, Sept. 21, 2005; "Sun sets over solar program," San Diego Union, Sept. 9, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Liberal Hopes Ebb In Post-Storm Poverty Debate," The New York Times, Oct. 11, 2005

"For GOP, Election Anxiety Mounts," Washington Post, Oct. 10, 2005

"Lobbysists Dominate Katrina Relief Advisory Panels," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 10, 2005

"Dobson Spiritual Empire Wields Political Clout," Boston Globe, Oct. 9, 2005

"Dean Camp's Tactics Applied To Colorado," Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2005

"Specter To Ask Whether Rove Gave Assurance On Miers To Conservatives," Bloomberg, Oct. 9, 2005

"In Raucous House Vote, GOP Oil Refinery Bill Slips By," The New York Times, Oct. 7, 2005

"Divvying Up Ohio: Democrats Should Avoid Fratricide," by David Sirota, The American Prospect, Oct. 7, 2005

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Bush Regime

"CIA Leak: Karl Rove And The Case Of The Missing Email," by Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, Oct. 17, 2005

"Rove Scandal: New Mysteries, New Props, New Legal Theories," by David Corn, The Nation, Oct. 10, 2005

"Subject: Does God Speak To Bush?," by Ira Chernus, Common Dreams, Oct. 8, 2005

"Scope Of Plots Bush Says Were Foiled Is Questioned," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 8, 2005

"Poll: Groups In Bush's Base Unhappy With His Performance," Associated Press, Oct. 8, 2005

"Bush Will Veto Anti-Torture Law After Senate Revolt," Telegraph/UK, Oct. 7, 2005

"Making Sense Of The Miers Nomination," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Oct. 7, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. Weighed Military Strikes In Syria," Agence France Presse, Oct. 9, 2005

"Latin Nations Rejecting U.S.-Led Reforms," by Mark Weisbrot, Providence Journal (Rhode Island), Oct. 9, 2005

"Blood, Sweat And Tears: Asia's Poor Build U.S. Bases In Iraq," by David Phinney, CorpWatch, Oct. 3, 2005

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Secular Bloc Says New Iraqi Parties Worse Than Saddam," USA Today, Oct. 10, 2005

"American Debacle," by Zbigniew Brzezinski, Oct. 9, 2005

"Basra Police Obeying Militias' Orders," The New York Times, Oct. 9, 2005

"Tell Us Who Fabricated The Iraq Evidence," by Norman Dombey, Independent/UK, Oct. 9, 2005

"Iraqis Vote On 'Invisible' Constitution," Independent/UK, Oct. 9, 2005

"Iraqi Police 'Linked To Ethnic Cleansing,'" Sunday Times/UK, Oct. 9, 2005

"A Central Pillar Of Bush's Iraq Policy Is Crumbling," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 9, 2005

"'Violence Only Leads To More Violence,'" by Dahr Jamail, Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches, Oct. 8, 2005

"Afghanistan Four Years On," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Oct. 8, 2005

"Sunnis Fail To Agree To Boycott Of Iraq Referendum," Reuters, Oct. 8, 2005

"Jailing Iraqi Journalists: The Pentagon Is Silent As U.S. Military Imprisons Local Journalists," by Ann Cooper, Electronic Iraq, Oct. 5, 2005

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Guantanamo Detainee Says Guards Enjoyed Torture," Agence France Presse, Oct. 11, 2005

"GOP Stands Up For U.S. Right To Torture," by Molly Ivins, Working For Change, Oct. 11, 2005

"Call To Expand Military Powers At Home Seen As Unnecessary, Political," by Niko Kyriakiou,, Oct. 10, 2005

"An American In Chains," by James Yee, Sunday Times/UK, Oct. 9, 2005

"New Orleans Police Beating Caught On Tape; Journalist Assaulted," Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2005

"Guantanamo Hunger Strike Concern," Australian/Australia, Oct. 8, 2005

"House GOP May Try To Weaken Anti-Torture Legislation," Associated Press, Oct. 7, 2005

"Abuse: Systematic And Chronic," by John Sifton,, Oct. 7, 2005

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Media Issues

"'N.Y. Times' Scooped Again, This Time On Miller's Notes," Editor & Publisher, Oct. 8, 2005

"Imagine A World Without Copyright," by Joost Smiers & Marieke van Schijndel, International Herald Tribune, Oct. 8, 2005

"Mary Mapes Hits Bloggers And MSM in Upcoming Book," Editor & Publisher, Oct. 7, 2005

"Is Press Cowed By Terror Warnings?," by Craig Crawford, CBS News, Oct. 7, 2005

"Long An Outlet For The GOP Message, Talk Radio Undergoes A Shift," Knight Ridder, Oct. 6, 2005

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"Cintas Workers Win Big," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Oct. 9, 2005

"Thousands In Los Angeles Protest IraqWar In Silence," San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 9, 2005

"Groups Approach Peace Fest Differently, But Goal Same," Times-Herald (California), Oct. 9, 2005

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