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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 March 24, 2006



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Scott Harris' "Counterpoint" talk show

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  • Documents Reveal Top Justice Dept.
    Official Doubted Legality of White House
    Domestic Spying Program

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  • Antiwar Groups Target
    Flawed Corporate Media Coverage
    of Iraq War

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  • Norton Resigns from Interior Dept. Post
    After Weakening Many Protections for Public Lands

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  • Underreported News Summary
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Documents Reveal Top Justice Dept.
Official Doubted Legality of White House
Domestic Spying Program

Interview with Marc Rotenberg,
executive director, Electronic Privacy Information Center,
conducted by Scott Harris

President Bush's admission that he ordered warantless eavesdropping of U.S. citizen's international phone and email communication set off a national debate over what to do about his administration's apparent violation of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The domestic surveillance program conducted by the National Security Agency 4 years ago to deter terrorism, prompted calls for a Congressional investigation, but the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence under its GOP Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas, scrapped the idea. Instead the committee created a new controversial 7-member panel that will oversee the surveillance and permit Mr. Bush to carry out spying for renewable 45-day periods without court supervision.

But while most Republicans rally to defend the president, some in Congress believe the president's conduct is blatantly illegal and violates his oath of office. On March 13th Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, introduced a resolution of censure against president Bush for the spying program, but with the Senate in GOP hands, passage is doubtful.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center went to court under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents regarding the White House spying program. Court ordered documents recently received by EPIC reveal that a former top Justice Department official expressed doubt about the surveillance program's legality. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Marc Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC, who assesses Congressional responsibility to hold President Bush accountable for his warrantless domestic spy program.

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Antiwar Groups Target
Flawed Corporate Media Coverage
of Iraq War

Interview with Danny Schechter,
conducted by Scott Harris

As the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq was remembered, protests were held in hundreds of cities across America and around the world. The U.S. occupation of Iraq has been extremely costly for Iraqis and the military occupation forces. A resilient insurgency, government death squads and growing sectarian violence have contributed to the sentiment that day-by-day things only get worse in Iraq.

A March CNN/USAToday/Gallup poll found that sixty percent of Americans surveyed say things are going 'poorly' in Iraq - with fifty-seven percent saying that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was a mistake. Fifty one percent of those polled believed the administration deliberately misled the public about whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. President Bush's job approval rating at 36%, is the lowest for any president in his second term since Richard Nixon.

Many who opposed the Iraq war from the start, blame the U.S. corporate media for being an uncritical conduit of misinformation to the American people, helping the Bush administration gain support for its March 2003 invasion. On the third anniversary of the war, peace activists are targeting the media for what they maintain has been deeply flawed coverage of the conflict. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist and author Danny Schechter, founder of Media, who discusses press reporting on Iraq and the campaign he's coordinating with the anti-war coalition United for Peace and Justice, to hold the media accountable.

Danny Schechter, founder of and Globalvision's latest film, "Weapons of Mass Deception," examines the media's coverage of the Iraq War. Learn more about his group's media campaign by visiting the website.

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Norton Resigns from Interior Dept. Post
After Weakening Many Protections for Public Lands

Interview with Annie Strickler,
Sierra Club spokeswoman,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced last week that she's stepping down after five years in office. Norton came out of the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion of conservative Republican property rights activists in the West, who advocated opening public lands for private use and development. When she announced her departure, she said she was anxious to return to the private sector, but many critics say she ran Interior as if she was still working in the private sector.

As a result of Norton's policies public lands are now more open to gas and oil drilling, logging and subject to weakened environmental protections. In her first three years, the number of drilling permits issued by the Bureau of Land Management rose 70 percent. Although blocked by Congress, Norton persistently pushed for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska's North Slope to oil drilling. She also succeeded in derailing bipartisan efforts to limit the use of environmentally destructive snowmobiles in national parks.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Annie Strickler, spokeswoman for the Sierra Club, who discusses Norton's legacy, the timing of her departure, and expectations for her replacement.

Contact the group at (202) 548-6587 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The massive $67 billion AT&T-Bell South merger has prompted concerns about the growing clout of telecommunications corporations to influence the flow of traffic on the Internet. ("A Reborn AT&T to Buy Bell South," March 6, 2006; "AT&T Deal Raises Issue of Internet Control," Washington Post, March 9, 2006; "The End of the Internet?" Feb. 13, 2006)
  • The International Labor Rights Fund has filed a human rights lawsuit in federal court against Firestone's parent company, Japan-based Bridgestone on behalf of Liberian adult and child laborers at Firestone's rubber plantation, alleging that the company subjects workers to forced labor. ("Workers Talk of Hardship at Liberia's Firestone," Reuters, Dec. 6, 2005; "Alien Tort Claims Lawsuit Alleges Slavery and Child Labor on Liberian Firestone Plantation,", Dec. 30, 2005; additional news articles at International Labor Rights Fund's website:
  • In early March, the GOP-led House voted overwhelmingly to override 200 state food safety-labeling laws. ("House Votes to Dump Food Safety Laws," San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 2006; "House Moves to Strip Food Warning Labels," Associated Press, March 8, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"Election 2006: GOP's Culture Of Corruption Versus Democrats' Culture Of Weakness," by David Sirota, Working For Change, Mar. 14, 2006

"That Old Fashioned Corruption," by Geov Parrish, Working For Change, Mar. 13, 2006

"South Dakota's Taliban: The Fanatics Are On The Loose," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Mar. 13, 2006

"Feingold Proposes Bush Censure Over Spying," Associated Press, Mar. 13, 2006

"Ex-Justice O'Connor Says U.S. Risks Edging Near To Dictatorship," Guardian/UK, Mar. 13, 2006

"The Democrats: Still Ducking The War Issue," by Ari Berman, Mar. 9, 2006

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Bush Regime

"Impeachment Talk Reaches The Mainstream," by William Goodman, AlterNet, 2006

"Lawless And Incompetent: Bush At The Tipping Point," by Ralph Nader, Counterpunch, Mar. 11/12, 2006

"Mass Casualties In Collapse Of Ports Deal," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Mar. 11, 2006

"Judge Orders CIA To Turn Over Intelligence Briefings On Libby," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2006

"Ridge: War On Terror Will Not End," Macon Telegraph (Georgia), Mar. 10, 2006

"Bush's Approval Rating Falls To New Low," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2006

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Deja Vu All Over Iran," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Mar. 14, 2006

"Iran: Here We Go Again," by Ian Williams, Asia Times, Mar. 14, 2006

"U.S. Campaign Is Aimed At Iran's Leaders," Washington Post, Mar. 12, 2006

"Venezuela In Washington's Sights," by Salim Lamrani, ZNet, Mar. 11, 2006

"Iran Renews Retaliation Promise In Nuclear Row," Agence France Presse, Mar. 11, 2006

"U.S. More Intent On Blocking Chavez," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 11, 2006

"Iran: It's Regime Change, Again," by Tom Porteous,, Mar. 10, 2006

"Of Propaganda And Policy," by John Brown,, Mar. 10, 2006

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Afghanistan: The Other War," by Christian Parenti, The Nation, Mar. 27, 2006

"Iraq: Permanent U.S. Colony," by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, Mar. 14, 2006

"Bush Ties Iran to Deadly Iraq Bombs," Agence France Presse, Mar. 13, 2006

"80 Killed, Over 200 Wounded In Black Sunday," by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, Mar. 13, 2006

"Death Squads Operated From Inside Iraqi Government," Knight Ridder, Mar. 12, 2006

"The Campaign To Pacify Sunni Iraq," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Scwartz,, Mar. 12, 2006

"Abu Ghraib Prisoner Describes His Torture," The New York Times, Mar. 11, 2006

"Peace Activist Taken Hostage In Iraq Is Found Dead," Washington Post, Mar. 11, 2006

"No One Knows How Many Iraqis Have Died," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2006

"Admiral: U.S. Military Expecting Violent Afghan Spring," Reuters, Mar. 9, 2006

"U.S. Officials Now Say Civil War, Not Insurgency, Greatest Security Threat In Iraq," Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 9, 2006

"Iraq's Sovereignty Vacuum," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Scwartz,, Mar. 9, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Government's Plans For An 'Immigration Emergency' Include Relocation And Detention Centers," by Joseph Richey, AlterNet, Mar. 14, 2006

"ACLU Releases First 'Concrete Evidence' Of Domestic Spying For Antiwar Views," Raw Story, Mar. 14, 2006

"U.S. Abuses, Sense Of Irony Missed In State Department's Rights Report," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Mar. 14, 2006

"Polls: Public Worried About Government Secrecy," Associated Press, Mar. 12, 2006

"Despite Criticism By Doctors' Group, U.S. Defends Guantanamo Force-Feeding," Reuters, Mar. 11, 2006

"FBI Grills Professor Over Support For Venezuela," by Elena Shore, Counterpunch, Mar. 10, 2006

"War On The First Amendment: The Great Green Scare And The Feds' 'Case' Against Rod Coronado," by Ben Rosenfeld, Counterpunch, Mar. 10, 2006

"Surveillance, Infiltration And Harassment Of Environmental Organizations," by Hope Marston, Truthout, Mar. 10, 2006

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Media Issues

"Journalism Under Siege In Baghdad," by Tom Engelhardt & Orville Schell,, Mar. 14, 2006

"Now The Little Guy Is The True Pit Bull Of Journalism," by Arianna Huffington, Guardian/UK, Mar. 14, 2006

"Eight Easy Pieces: News You May Have Missed If You Rely Upon The Deficit Disorder Mainstream Media," by John Atcheson, Common Dreams, Mar. 13, 2006

"More News Outlets, Fewer Stories: The New Media 'Paradox,'" by James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 13, 2006

"Extra, Extra! Media Report On Feingold Censure Motion," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Mar. 13, 2006

"Bloggers At The Gate: What Was Good For EBay Should Be Good for Politics," by Adam Cohen, The New York Times, Mar. 12, 2006

"Village Voice: The Alt-Press Flagship Goes Corporate," by John Strausbaugh, Counterpunch, Mar. 11/12, 2006

"Lap Dogs Of The Press," by Helen Thomas, The Nation, Mar. 10, 2006

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"Hungering For Justice At My First Congressional Testimony," by Mike Ferner, ZNet, Mar. 13, 2006

"Outernational: Not Your Parents' Protest Music," by Naeem Mohaiemen, AlterNet, Mar. 13, 2006

"Gandhi In California: The 2006 Latino Peace Pilgrimage To End The Iraq War," by David Howard, Truthout, Mar. 11, 2006

"Antiwar Protesters Interrupt Clinton Visit," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2006

"Bringing The War Home: Organizing In Congressional Districts," by John Nichols, The Nation, Mar. 9, 2006

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