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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?" 21 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 Dec. 9, 2005


"Parallel Deceptions: The Bush Agenda for War in Iraq and Iran"
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  • In Growing Numbers, Public Opposes Iraq War,
    While Most Congressional Democrats Play It "Safe"

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  • Cuban American Associates of Convicted Terrorist
    Luis Posada-Carriles Arrested in Florida

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  • Poor New Orleans Residents Struggle
    to Have Their Say
    on City's Reconstruction

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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In Growing Numbers, Public Opposes Iraq War,
While Most Congressional Democrats Play It "Safe"

Interview with David MacMichael,
former CIA analyst,
conducted by Scott Harris

Rep. John Murtha, a conservative Democrat from Pennsylvania, shook up the status quo on Capitol Hill when he recently called for the speedy withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. Murtha, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and an ally of the Pentagon on most military issues, originally supported President Bush's Iraq war, but came to the conclusion that the U.S. occupation of Iraq only fuels the insurgency and nothing more could be accomplished.

For many months now, public opinion in the U.S. has been turning against the Iraq war. Growing numbers of Americans feel the war itself has not been worth the price paid in blood and money and are in favor of ending U.S. involvement in the conflict. Indicative of the widespread sentiment that President Bush lied the nation into war, a Harris poll conducted on Nov. 23 found that 64 percent of Americans believe that the Bush administration generally misleads the American public on current issues to achieve its own ends.

While Murtha has taken a bold position opposing the Iraq war, many other Democrats including Sen. Hillary Clinton and former presidential candidate John Kerry have offered no alternative to the Bush policy. And while the White House talks about "staying the course" in Iraq, administration officials have begun to talk about troop withdrawals in advance of the 2006 Congressional midterm election. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with former CIA analyst David MacMichael, who assesses the growing opposition to the Iraq war, and the debate now underway in Congress.

David MacMichael serves on the steering group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. Read his articles online at

Cuban American Associates of Convicted Terrorist
Luis Posada-Carriles Arrested in Florida

Interview with Wayne Smith,
senior fellow at the Center
for International Policy,
conducted by Denise Manzari

On the night of Nov. 18, on a tip from a government informant, Santiago Alvarez and Osvaldo Mitat were arrested in Miami on weapons charges. Alvarez, a wealthy real estate owner was found by federal agents to have in his Broward county apartment complex, a secret cache of weapons including hand grenades, unregistered silencers, automatic weapons with obliterated registration numbers and explosives. ATF agents found more than a thousand rounds of ammunition, more explosives and automatic weapons in a vault in the building management office.

Both Alvarez and Mitat are long-time allies of Luis Posada-Carriles, the Cuban exile militant accused by the Cuban and Venezuelan governments to have masterminded, along with Orlando Bosch, the bombing of a Cubana airlines flight from Barbados in 1976. That act of terrorism killed all 73 people on board, including members of the Cuban youth fencing team. Posada is also accused of planning a series of hotel bombings in Havana between 1997-98. Both Santiago Alvarez 64, and Osvaldo Mitat, 63, were among the five passengers aboard the fishing boat Santrina, which Fidel Castro has maintained smuggled Posada into the United States through Mexico in March. Posada is currently incarcerated on immigration charges.

On Nov. 28 at the federal courthouse, Judge Andrea Simonton refused to release the pair saying that possession of such weapons is a "crime of violence." However, she did not feel they were a flight risk due to their close Miami ties. Outside the courtroom, Cuban American National Foundation president Francisco "Pepe" Hernandez accused the Bush administration of betrayal, saying the White House is forgetting the promises they made to the exile community and are instead catering to Castro's demands.

In late October, U.S. Customs intercepted a FedEx package sent to Alvarez' Hialeah office from Fernando Valdez in Guatemala. It contained a book titled, "Cuba Mia" and hidden inside was a fake Guatemalan passport.

Wayne Smith is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. Between The Lines' Denise Manzari spoke with Smith about the implications of these recent arrests.

For more information, call the Center for International Policy at (202) 232-3317 or visit their website at

Poor New Orleans Residents Struggle
to Have Their Say
on City's Reconstruction

Interview with Steve Bradberry,
lead New Orleans organizer with ACORN,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Steve Bradberry is the lead New Orleans organizer with ACORN, a community organization that fights for the rights of low- and moderate-income families. He was recently awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for his efforts on behalf of the poorest victims of Hurricane Katrina. The award typically goes to human rights activists overseas.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spent two weeks in New Orleans in mid-November. While there, she saw lots of ACORN signs in flood-damaged neighborhoods that proclaimed, "No bulldozing!" ACORN is fighting for the right of poor and working class residents of New Orleans, who have yet to return to the city, to have some say in how their property is handled and the land redeveloped. ACORN opposes a bill introduced in Congress by Louisiana Republican Rep. Richard Baker to create a Louisiana Recovery Corporation that would give property owners options to sell and repurchase their land at a later date while financing infrastructure improvements so properties can be redeveloped. ACORN says the Recovery Corporation in its present form would exclude those most affected by the disaster and lead to gentrification of neighborhoods where pre-Katrina housing was mostly minority-owned and working class.

Melinda Tuhus spoke with Steve Bradberry about the politics of reconstructing New Orleans and the meaning behind the "No Bulldozing" signs that were posted by his group as floodwaters receded and debate was running high about how to rebuild the city.

Contact ACORN by calling 1- (800) 239-7379, or visit the group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • One year after the Orange Revolution, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's popularity in polls plummets after a corruption scandal and backroom deals with former government officials, including immunity for those who supported former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. ("One year on, the orange uprising leaves a bitter aftertaste,"The Guardian, Nov. 19, 2005)
  • Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a possible 2008 GOP presidential nominee, opposes same-sex marriage and stem-cell research, yet his Mormon faith may cause problems for the party's conservative, Christian evangelicals. ("Mitt Romney's Evangelical Problem," Washington Monthly, September 2005)
  • Mostly farmworkers on North Carolina Christmas tree fields are putting their health at risk, handling some of the most toxic pesticides allowed under U.S. Law.("Chemical Christmas," E Magazine, November/December, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Decline In Support For War Worries GOP," Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2005

"The DeLay Redistricting Scheme: Blatantly Buying our Government," by Allan Lichtman, Counterpunch, Dec. 3/4, 2005

"Justice Dept. Staff Saw Texas Redistricting Plan As Illegal," Washington Post, Dec. 2, 2005

"Jack, Not Iraq, Is Biggest Threat To Bush," by Robert Scheer, Truthdig, Dec. 2, 2005

"The Insurgencies Are Winning," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Dec. 2, 2005

"Abramoff Corruption Scandal Grows," The New York Times, Dec. 2, 2005

"Senate Intelligence Committee Stalling Prewar Intel Report," Raw Story, Dec. 2, 2005

"Democrats Struggle To Find Common Iraq Policy," Agence France Presse, Dec. 1, 2005

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Rove Running Out Of Answers, Time," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Dec. 4, 2005

"A Clear Strategy--For Disaster," by Ray McGovern,, Dec. 3, 2005

"The War On Al Jazeera," by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, Dec. 3, 2005

"Smear Pattern," by Paul Sperry,, Dec. 3, 2005

"State Department Using Ideological Litmus Tests To Screen Speakers," Knight Ridder, Dec. 2, 2005

"Polluter Playtime," by Frank O'Donnell,, Dec. 2, 2005

"In CIA Leak Case, More Talks With Journalists," The New York Times, Dec. 2, 2005

"Bush In Iraq, Slouching Toward Genocide," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Dec. 1, 2005

"Bush Accused Of 'Recycling Tired Rhetoric,'" Independent/UK, Dec. 1, 2005

"Bush: No Timetable, U.S. To Stay in Iraq Till War Is Won," CNN, Nov. 30, 2005

"The World's Most Dangerous Man: George Bush," by Justin Raimondo,, Nov. 30, 2005

"White Phosphorous, A California Embed, And 'The Times,'" by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Nov. 29, 2005

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Venezuela's Chavez Blames U.S. For Opposition Election Boycott," Associated Press, Dec. 4, 2005

"U.S. Military Presence In Paraguay Irks Neighbors," Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 2, 2005

"U.S. Denies Hand In Venezuela Vote Boycott," Agence France Presse, Nov. 30, 2005

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"It's Propaganda (Shock, Horror)!," by David Isenberg, Asia Times, Dec. 3, 2005

"10 Marines Killed Near Fallujah," CNN, Dec. 3, 2005

"Senator, General Defend Iraq Propaganda Plan," Associated Press, Dec. 2, 2005

"Profusion Of Rebel Groups Helps Them Survive In Iraq," The New York Times, Dec. 2, 2005

"How Bush Created A Theocracy In Iraq," by Juan Cole, Truthdig, Dec. 2, 2005

"Is The U.S. Training Death Squads To Fight The Insurgency?," Democracy Now!, Dec. 1, 2005

"Study: Iraqi Insurgents Strong And Could Get Stronger," Agence France Presse, Dec. 1, 2005

"U.S. Military Covertly Pays To Run Stories In Iraqi Press," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 30, 2005

"Iraq's Armed Forces Sinking Into Sectarian Chaos," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Nov. 30, 2005

"U.S. Occupation Is Worse Than Hussein," by Robert Scheer,, Nov. 29, 2005

"Killings Linked To Shiite Squads In Iraqi Police Forces," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 29, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Wrongful Imprisonment: Anatomy Of A CIA Mistake," Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2005

"The Torture Files," Independent/UK, Dec. 4, 2005

"ACLU To Sue CIA Over Secret Prisons," BBC News/UK, Dec. 3, 2005

"California National Guard Dismantles Unit Accused Of Spying On Protesters," Associated Press, Dec. 2, 2005

"U.S. On Defensive As Reports Of 'Secret Torture Flights' Pile Up," Agence France Presse Dec. 2, 2005

"Protester Will Get Hearing Over Large Fine For Getting Too Close To Seafair Fleet," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 2, 2005

"Torture Makes Justice Impossible," by David Cole, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 2, 2005

"Human Rights Watch: U.S. Holding At Least 26 'Ghost Detainees,'" Human Rights Watch, Dec. 1, 2005

"Controversy Grows In Europe Over CIA Jail Network," Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 1, 2005

"Flight Logs Reveal Hundreds Of CIA Flights To Europe," Agence France Presse, Dec. 1, 2005

"A Government Game Of 'Gotcha' With Jose Padilla: Trashing Constitutional Law," by Elaine Cassel, Counterpunch, Dec. 1, 2005

"Sidestepping Courts In The War On Terrorism," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 30, 2005

"Justice Dept. Criticizes Post Article On 'National Security Letters,'" Washington Post, Nov. 30, 2005

"Justice Dept. Defends FBI On PATRIOT Act," Associated Press, Nov. 29, 2005

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"All The President's Flacks," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Dec. 4, 2005

"The U.S. Military And The Age Of Perception Management," by Tim Leslie, Common Dreams, Dec. 2, 2005

"Death By Torture: U.S. Media Ignores Hard Evidence," by Peter Phillips, Counterpunch, Dec. 2, 2005

More newswire ...


"Protesters From 30 Countries Unite To Fight Global Warming," Independent/UK, Dec. 3, 2005

"War Protesters In Chicago Interrupt Hillary Clinton," WBBM Newsradio 780 (Chicago, Illinois), Dec. 3, 2005

"Taking On Torture: Vermonter Arrested While Protesting U.S. Military School," Vermont Guardian, Dec. 2, 2005

"Justice Above The Law?," by Max Obuszewski, Common Dreams, Nov. 30, 2005

"Denver Protesters Strike Up The Wok To Pan Administration," Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado), Nov. 30, 2005

"Father Of Slain Soldier Protests Congressman," KGET-TV News (Bakersfield, California), Nov. 28, 2005

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