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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. 16, 2005


Scott Harris' "Counterpoint" talk show

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"Parallel Deceptions: The Bush Agenda for War in Iraq and Iran"
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  • Peace Movement Works for Withdrawal
    of U.S. Troops from Iraq
    as Congressional Debate Heats Up

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  • Congress Does Little as Energy Companies' Record Profits
    Prompt Calls for Investigations of Disaster Profiteering

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  • After Corruptions Scandals, Connecticut
    Enacts Nation's Most Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform Law

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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:

Peace Movement Works for Withdrawal
of U.S. Troops from Iraq
as Congressional Debate Heats Up

Interview with Leslie Cagan,
national coordinator of
United for Peace and Justice,
conducted by Scott Harris

As the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq approaches, congressional debate over President Bush's divisive war is heating up. U.S. Rep. John Murtha's call for a speedy withdrawal of American forces from Iraq reflected rising opposition to the war, as seen in public opinion polls. The conservative Democrat from Pennsylvania's unexpectedly blunt criticism of the war emboldened several Democrats, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to publicly embrace Murtha's message.

The Pentagon's recent admission that it had paid to have pro-U.S. stories published in the Iraqi press, added to the sense that the White House optimism on the war was simply an extension of a foreign and domestic propaganda campaign. President Bush, reacting to increasing criticism of the war, delivered a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy, labeled a "Plan for Victory." But the address simply repeated many of the administration's old talking points while touting the progress made toward training Iraqi soldiers.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, the coalition that has had a major role in organizing anti-war protests and lobbying efforts. Cagan assesses the changing tone of congressional debate on the Iraq War and the task of the peace movement to advocate for a rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Contact United for Peace and Justice by calling (212) 868-5545 or visit their website at

Congress Does Little as Energy Companies' Record Profits
Prompt Calls for Investigations of Disaster Profiteering

Interview with Tyson Slocum,
director of Public Citizen's energy program,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita battered the Gulf Coast, energy costs spiked, with gasoline rising to more than $3 a gallon. But prices have since come down, now ranging between $2 and $2.25 a gallon. Heating oil prices have seen similar fluctuations, but are still at record levels. As winter approaches, local governments and non-profit community groups are greatly concerned about the high price of heating oil and natural gas, predicting that low-income families will be facing desperate circumstances long before the heating season is over.

Allegations of price gouging have outraged many Americans after big oil companies reported record profits. Exxon Mobil had third quarter profits of $9.9 billion dollars - up 75 percent and the largest in U.S. corporate history. Together, the major oil and gas companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index have earned more than $20 billion, up more than 50 percent from a year earlier. Record energy profits have led some in Congress to call for a windfall profits tax, while others have asked the oil companies to contribute a portion of their earnings to assist the needy.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program. He explains the cause of the energy price fluctuations, and describes the collaboration of the federal government with energy corporations to boost their profits -- companies that he says, not coincidentally, have since 2001 contributed $54 million to politicians at the federal level, 80 percent of the contributions are going to Republicans.

Contact Public Citizen at (202) 546-4996 or visit the group's website at

After Corruptions Scandals, Connecticut
Enacts Nation's Most Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform Law

Interview with Rob Ritchie,
director of Fair Vote,
conducted by Scott Harris

In recent months, congressional Republicans have been embroiled in multiple financial scandals, including the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom Delay on money laundering charges and the Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into possible illegal activities by GOP Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. A federal probe of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff may well develop into one of the most damaging congressional scandals in recent U.S. history.

States including Ohio, Illinois and Connecticut have seen mayors, state legislators and governors facing financial misconduct charges. Connecticut's former Gov. John Rowland is now serving a one-year prison sentence for accepting gifts from state contractors. Now, after several years of failed reform bills, the state of Connecticut is poised to enact one of the nation's most comprehensive campaign finance laws. The measure, supported by Connecticut's Republican governor, Jodi Rell, will ban political contributions from lobbyists and state contractors and establishes a system of publicly-funded campaigns for legislative races beginning in 2008 and for the election of governor in 2010.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rob Ritchie, director of Fair Vote, who discusses the strengths of Connecticut's new campaign finance reform law - and the flaws -- which critics, including former GOP U.S. Senator and Connecticut's independent Gov. Lowell Weicker, say discriminate against third parties.

Contact Fair Vote - The Center for Voting and Democracy by calling (301) 270-4616 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The European Union is breaking with the Bush administration on Washington's global AIDS policy that pushes an abstinence-only agenda. ("Europeans reject abstinence message in split with U.S. on AIDS," The Guardian, Dec. 1, 2005)
  • The Pentagon is expanding its domestic intelligence operations and is planning to conduct its own criminal investigations on terrorism, in what civil liberties groups say is a White House attempt to expand military spying on American citizens without a congressional hearing. ("Pentagon expanding its domestic surveillance activity," Washington Post, Nov. 28, 2005)
  • A Truth and Reconciliation Commission is reviewing the Nov. 3, 1979 Greensboro, N.C. massacre of black and white demonstrators by 40 members of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party. ("Whitewash," Mother Jones, November 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Liberal Protesters Target GOP Budget With $500K Ad Buy And Capitol Pray-In," San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 13, 2005

"Byrd Warns Frist Against 'Nuclear Option,'" Associated Press, Dec. 12, 2005

"Lieberman Wins Republican Friends, Democratic Enemies With Support For War," Washington Post, Dec. 10, 2005

"Murtha's Tough Stand Boosts His Profile," Associated Press, Dec. 8, 2005

"With New Legislation, Ohio Republicans Plan Holiday Burial For American Democracy," by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, Free Press (Columbus, Ohio), Dec. 6, 2005

"An Antiwar Challenge To Hillary Clinton," by John Nichols, The Nation, Dec. 5, 2005

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Bush Regime

"9/11 Commissioners: U.S. At 'Great Risk' For More Terrorist Attacks," Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 5, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"How Planespotters Turned Into The Scourge Of The CIA," Guardian/UK, Dec. 10, 2005

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

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"An Increasingly Aerial Occupation," by Tom Engelhardt & Dahr Jamail,, Dec. 13, 2005

"Iraq Government Cites 'Severe Torture' At 2nd Prison," Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2005

"In Iraq, Campaign Turns Ugly In Days Before Election," Knight Ridder, Dec. 11, 2005

"Iraqi Insurgents Urge Sunnis To Vote, Warn Zarqawi," Reuters, Dec. 11, 2005

"U.S. Military Set Up 'Press Club' To Buy Coverage," USA Today, Dec. 9, 2005

"Qaeda-Iraq Link U.S. Cited Is Tied To Coercion Claim," The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2005

"Fundamentalist Death Squads Terrorize Iraqis," by Dahr Jamail with Harb al-Muhktar & Isam Rashid,, Dec. 9, 2005

"'They Would Beat Us Hard Before Interrogations,'" by David Enders, Mother Jones, Dec. 8, 2005

"War Crimes: The Posse Gathers," by Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith, Foreign Policy In Focus, Dec. 2, 2005

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"NBC: Secret Database Reveals Pentagon Spying On Americans," NBC News, Dec. 13, 2005

"New PATRIOT Act Provision To Put Chill On Protest," Washington Post, Dec. 13, 2005

"Pentagon's 'Talon' Program Gathers Data On U.S. Civilians," Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2005

"Military's Information War Is Vast And Often Secretive," The New York Times, Dec. 11, 2005

"FBI Put Peaceful Protesters In Terrorism Files," Colorado Springs Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Dec. 10, 2005

"Poland Was Main CIA European Detention Base," Reuters, Dec. 9, 2005

"GOP Accepts Deal On PATRIOT Act," Washington Post, Dec. 9, 2005

"FBI Improperly Spied On Peaceful Rallies, ACLU Says," Rocky Mountain News (Colorado), Dec. 8, 2005

"Pentagon Memo On Torture-Motivated Transfer Cited" Los Angeles Times, Dec. 8, 2005

"U.S. Terror Watchlist 80,000 Names Long," Agence France Presse, Dec. 8, 2005

"The Torture Administration," by Anthony Lewis, The Nation, Dec. 7, 2005

"Disco Inferno: Music As Torture," by Moustafa Bayoumi, The Nation, Dec. 7, 2005

"Italian Officials: CIA Lied About Abduction," Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2005

"An Innocent Man's Five Months In CIA 'Salt Pit,'" Times/UK, Dec. 6, 2005

"Human Rights Watch: Rice Miscasts Policy On Torture," Human Rights Watch News, Dec. 5, 2005

"Sources Tell ABC News Top Al Qaeda Figures Held In Secret CIA Prisons," ABC News, Dec. 5, 2005

"CIA's Secret Jails Open Up New Transatlantic Rift," Guardian/UK, Dec. 5, 2005

"America Must Tell Us The Truth About Its Gulag," by Chris Mullin, Independent/UK, Dec. 4, 2005

"Ban Torture Or Protect Torturers?," by Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith, The Nation, Dec. 4, 2005

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Media Issues

"Columnist Says 'Yes' To Legalized Torture," The New York Times, Dec. 11, 2005

"It Takes A Zombie To Speak Out," by Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 6, 2005

"Hidden In Plane Sight: U.S. Media Dodging Air War In Iraq," by Norman Solomon, Truthout, Dec. 5, 2005

"The Best Press Money Can Buy," by Scott Smith,, Dec. 5, 2005

More newswire ...


"U.S. Activists Fast Outside Guantanamo," Associated Press, Dec. 12, 2005

"Many Refuse To Pay 'War Tax' On Phone Bill," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 10, 2005

"U.S. Activists Trek Toward Guantanamo," Associated Press, Dec. 9, 2005

"Iraq Casuaties Sign Will Stay Up Near Duluth Recruiting Office," Associated Press, Dec. 8, 2005

"Clash Over Military Recruiters On Campus," Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 6, 2005

"Counter-Recruitment Day Sweeps U.S. Colleges," by Maya Schenwar, Common Dreams, Dec. 5, 2005

"Fighting The War Machine At The University Of Oregon," by Brian Bogart, Strike For Peace, Dec. 5, 2005

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