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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 May 26, 2006


New York City March for Peace, Justice and Democracy,
April 29, 2006

NYCApril 29

CodePink women's peace group activist, April 29, 2006 in New York City. Organizers estimate 350,000 marchers participated. (Photo by Melanie Stengel)

Between The Lines' Scott Harris recorded the full United for Peace and Justice press conference prior to the march. Click here for Parts 1 and 2 in MP3. Visit the United for Peace and Justice website for more information on past and upcoming events.

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  • NSA Domestic Surveillance Tests Constitution
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  • Special Forces Veteran Asserts
    The Iraq War Has Already Been Lost

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  • Millions of Poor Children's Lives
    Can Be Saved with
    Simple, Affordable Measures

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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:

NSA Domestic Surveillance Tests Constitution

Interview with Chrisopher Pyle,
former intelligence officer and professor constitutional law,
conducted by Scott Harris


Press reports that the National Security Agency has secretly collected call records of tens of millions of phone company customers since Sept. 11 added to the controversy over President Bush's December admission that he ordered warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizen's international phone and e-mail communication. USA Today reported that despite the government's failure to obtain a court order AT&T, Verizon and Bell South handed over the phone records of their customers, while Quest refused. The White House maintains their monitoring program is aimed at preventing terrorism and is legal.

This new controversy could interfere with the White House plan to install Gen. Michael Hayden as the new CIA director after the abrupt resignation of Porter Goss. Hayden, who served as the director of the NSA from 1999 to 2005, is now under scrutiny for his role in initiating these covert data collection programs.

In a related development, ABC News reported that the FBI acknowledged that it was seeking journalists' phone records as part of an investigation into government leaks to news organizations on secret U.S. prisons and warrantless wiretapping. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Christopher Pyle, a former intelligence officer who worked with congressional committees to reveal Pentagon spying on civilian politics during the Nixon era. Pyle, who now teaches constitutional law at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, examines the legality of the NSA surveillance programs and the threat President Bush's actions pose to American democracy.

Christopher Pyle is a former intelligence officer who worked with Congress to establish the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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Special Forces Veteran Asserts
The Iraq War Has Already Been Lost

Interview with Stan Goff,
retired Special Forces Master Sergeant
and peace activist,
conducted by Scott Harris


As violence continues to consume Iraq, more American, Iraqi soldiers and civilians are being killed daily in attacks and suicide bombings. With the war going badly, several prominent retired generals publicly called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. But President Bush has rebuffed his critics and growing public opposition to the war, by coming out in full support of Rumsfeld and the course of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

The White House plan to gradually hand over the security of Iraq to the new U.S. - trained Iraqi Army, suffered setbacks in recent incidents. During a graduation ceremony of nearly 1,000 new Iraqi soldiers in early May, dozens of the troops stripped off their uniforms as they declared that they would refuse to serve outside their home areas. Another incident on May 13th involved an armed confrontation between Kurdish and Shiite units of the Iraqi Army, resulting in the shooting death of at least one Shiite soldier.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke Stan Goff, retired Special Forces Master Sergeant, author and peace activist. Goff who served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1996 and saw combat in 8 nations, explains why he believes the U.S. has already lost the Iraq War.

Stan Goff is the author of three books including, "Full Spectrum Disorder" Read his articles online at

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Millions of Poor Children's Lives
Can Be Saved with
Simple, Affordable Measures

Interview with Mary Beth Powers,
Save the Children reproductive health advisor,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


To commemorate Mother's Day, Save the Children released its State of the World's Mothers 2006 report, focusing on the 60 million women who give birth every year with no professional medical help. Two million infant deaths occur in the first 24 hours of life, and four million die in their first month. Seventy-five percent of these deaths are preventable by taking steps such as vaccinating pregnant women against tetanus, providing antibiotics for infection, and knit caps to keep newborns warm.

Save the Children ranked the status of mothers and children in 125 countries based on 10 indicators pertaining to health and education. Scandinavian countries placed in the top three best places to be a mother, while countries in sub-Saharan Africa comprised the worst nations for mothers and children. The United States ties for 10th place with the United Kingdom.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Mary Beth Powers, the reproductive health advisor to Save the Children. She travels the world, counseling the group's staff and their local partners on ways to improve birth outcomes. She describes both grassroots efforts and the need for increased government and private funding focusing on the critical first month of life.

Call the Save the Children at (203) 221-4000, or visit their website at where you can read the full report and also find information on the Knit for Newborns project.

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • A new report from the British charity Christian Aid projects that 185 million sub-Saharan Africans may die from the effects of global warming by the end of the 21st century. ("West's Failure Over Climate Change Will Kill 182 Million Africans," Independent, May 15, 2006; "Climate Change May Kill Millions in Africa," Reuters, May 15, 2006)
  • The Inter Press Service reports civil society activists in Islamic Iran believe that the U.S. policy of funding opponents of the fundamentalist regime will intensify an government crackdown on non-governmental organization activities. ("Activists Fear U.S. 'Help' Could Spur Crackdown," InterPress Service, May 9, 2006)
  • Hepatitis C is the leading cause of death in several state prison systems. Last year, the Oregon prison system settled out of court for denying treatment to an inmate with hepatitis C who later died, triggering similar lawsuits in other states. ("Prison Outbreak: An Epidemic of Hepatitis C," The Progressive, March 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"Specter Buckles Again, Strikes NSA Deal," by Alexander Bolton, The Hill, May 16, 2006

"Now Is The Time For A Left-Right Alliance," by Thomas R. Eddlem,, May 10, 2006

"Hillary, Rupert And The Culture Of Corruption," by Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, May 10, 2006

"The Welfare Kings: Under The GOP, The Poor Subsidize The Rich," by Dean Baker,, May 10, 2006

"Centrist Democrats Call For Out-Hawking Bush," Washington Post, May 10, 2006

"Pushing Back On Roe," by Froma Harrop,, May 10, 2006

"Murdoch To Host Fundraiser For Hillary Clinton," Financial Times/UK, May 9, 2006

"Republicans Set Aside Middle-Income Tax Cuts To Focus On Rich" Bloomberg News, May 9, 2006

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Bush Regime

"Did Rumsfeld Lie--And When?," by David R. Henderson,, May 15, 2006

"Notes Reveal Close Cheney Interest In Iraq War Critic," The New York Times, May 14, 2006

"Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators," by Jason Leopold,, May 13,2006

"Curtains For The CIA?," by John Prados,, May 10, 2006

"Iraq War Is Drawing Less Support Than Vietnam Did At Same Stage," Bloomberg, May 9, 2006

"Despite Opposition, Bush Backs Hayden As CIA Chief," Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2006

"Hawks Looking For Newer And Bigger Enemies?," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, May 9, 2006

"My Meeting With Rumsfeld," by Ray McGovern,, May 8, 2006

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bush's Unanswered Letter," by Tom Porteous,, May 12, 2006

"Letter From Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President Of Iran, To George Bush," by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Le Monde/ France, May 10, 2006

"Experts: U.S. Hasty In Brushoff Of Iran," Associated Press, May 9, 2006

"The Path To War With Iran," by Shadi Hamid,, May 9, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Murtha: Marines Killed Iraqi Civilians 'In Cold Blood,'" Agence France Presse, May 17, 2006

"General: U.S. Forces Can't Leave Any Part Of Iraq," Agence France Presse, May 17, 2006

"Shiite Lawmaker Threatens To Form Government Unilaterally," USA Today, May 14, 2006

"Death Squads Deepen Divisions In Baghdad," Christian Science Monitor, May 8, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Bowing To The Police State," by Ray McGovern,, May 18, 2006

"They've Got Your Number," by Matthew Iglesias, American Prospect, May 17, 2006

"Bush Stomps On The Fourth Amendment," by Laurence Tribe, Boston Globe, May 16, 2006

"FBI Checking Reporters' Phone Records," Christian Science Monitor, May 16, 2006

"U.S. Fights Redress For CIA Kidnapping 'Mistake,'" by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, May 16, 2006

"FBI Secret Probes: 3,501 Targets In The U.S.," by Brian Ross & Maddy Sauer, May 16, 2006

"Negroponte Had Denied Domestic Call Monitoring," Washington Post, May 15, 2006

"Federal Source To ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling," by Brian Ross & Richard Esposito, ABC News, May 15, 2006

"Wiretapping Preoccupied Hayden At NSA," Baltimore Sun, May 14, 2006

"Sky Spies Watch Us From Space," Associated Press, May 13, 2006

"Ten Year Old Forbidden From Singing Pink's Anti-Bush Song At School," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, May 10, 2006

"Ex-NSA Head Assails Bush Taps," Wired News, May 9, 2006

"Spies Among Us: Police Across The Nation Step Up Surveillance," U.S. News, May 8, 2006

"Under Fire, U.S. Says It Will Ban Controversial Interrogation Practice," Knight Ridder, May 8, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"BellSouth, AT&T Added To NSA Lawsuit," CNN, May 17, 2006

"Will The Media Care Now That It's Being Spied On?," by John Nichols, The Nation, May 16, 2006

"Corporate Media And Advocacy Journalism," by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, May 16, 2006

"FCC Chief Calls For Probe Of Phone Companies," Associated Press, May 15, 2006

"Keep Internet Free, Fast," by Chellie Pingree, Miami Herald, May 9, 2006

"An Open Letter To The Washington Post's Richard Cohen," by Willam Rivers Pitt, Truthout, May 9, 2006

"Did You Hear The One About The Satirist And The President? Probably Not," by Heather Mallick, CBC News/Canada, May 9, 2006

"Stephen Colbert: New American Hero," by Don Hazen, AlterNet, May 9, 2006

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"Mothers Whose Sons Died In Iraq Lead Calls For Peace," Washington Post, May 15, 2006

"Upset Vet Gives Back His Medals," San Diego Union-Tribune (California), May 8, 2006

"Big Victory For UE At Stepan-Fieldsboro," by Dave Saldana, UE News, May 7, 2006

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