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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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"The Case for Impeachment"

Co-authors journalist David Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Barbara Olshansky speak about their book, "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office," at the United Church on the Green, in New Haven, June 24.

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  • Supreme Court Decision
    in Guantanamo Detainee Case Could
    Rein in Unilateral Presidential Power

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  • Mexico's Presidential Election Outcome
    in Dispute as Leftist
    Party Cries 'Foul'

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  • White House, Conservative Attacks
    on New York Times Over
    Financial Transaction Surveillance Program
    Seek to Intimidate the Press

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Supreme Court Decision
in Guantanamo Detainee Case Could
Rein in Unilateral Presidential Power

Interview with Bruce Ackerman,
constitutional law professor at Yale University,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On June 29, the Supreme Court ruled that President George Bush's plan to try detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by military tribunal is unconstitutional, and that it violates both the U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Conventions, of which the U.S. is a signatory. Many of the more than 500 prisoners have been held there for more than four years as enemy combatants in the White House war on terror. One of them is Osama bin Laden's one-time driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, whose attorneys appealed his case to the Supreme Court. In Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, five justices ruled against the administration's position. Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas backed the administration, while Chief Judge John Roberts recused himself because he had ruled in the earlier appellate court decision on the case supporting the Bush administration's position.

After the Court's ruling, some Democrats in Congress called for the creation of an independent commission to review the administration's often unilateral anti-terrorism measures, while Republican leaders said they would seek to authorize military commissions at Guantanamo and restrict application of the Geneva Conventions to terrorist suspects.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Bruce Ackerman, a constitutional law professor at Yale University School of Law shortly after the Supreme Court ruling. Ackerman explains why he filed a friend of the court brief in the Hamdan case and why he considers this Supreme Court decision to be truly historic.

Bruce Ackerman's latest book is titled, "Before the Next Attack," published by Yale University Press.

Mexico's Presidential Election Outcome
in Dispute as Leftist
Party Cries 'Foul'

Interview with Michael Lettieri,
Council of Hemispheric Affairs research fellow,
conducted by Scott Harris


Editor's note: At the time this segment was produced, the final results of Mexico's election were still uncertain.

Mexico's presidential election ended with uncertainty on July 2. Both leading candidates -- pro-corporate conservative Felipe Calderon of the ruling conservative National Action Party and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the center-left Party of Democratic Revolution declared victory when a preliminary vote count showed that less than one percentage point separated the two.

As Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute prepared to begin an official count on July 5, Lopez Obrador, who was trailing by about 400,000 votes in the initial tally, charged that 3 million votes were missing and demanded a vote-by-vote recount. The progressive candidate who campaigned with the slogan -- "For the good of everyone, the poor first," has reason to be fearful of vote fraud. His party's candidate in 1988, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, was widely believed to have had his presidential victory stolen by the then dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI. Lopez Obrador's own candidacy was almost derailed by dubious contempt of court charges leveled at him by incumbent President Fox of Calderon's party.

When confronted with evidence of injustice in the past, Lopez Obrador, the mayor of Mexico City, has called his supporters into the streets by the hundreds of thousands to challenge opponents. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Lettieri, a research fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, who was in Mexico City to observe the election. He discusses the campaign and the fear that a protracted dispute could trigger political and civil unrest.

Contact the Council on Hemispheric Affairs at (202) 223-4975 or visit their website at

White House, Conservative Attacks
on New York Times Over
Financial Transaction Surveillance Program
Seek to Intimidate the Press

Interview with Greg Palast,
BBC-TV investigative reporter and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


Three major U.S. newspapers revealed on June 23 that after the 9/11 attacks the U.S. government had, without congressional oversight, gained secret access to a Belgian banking company's international financial transaction records in an effort to detect transfers of funds between terrorist groups. The reports, published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal, dealt with the broad outlines of the program and not the operational details.

President Bush condemned the disclosure as disgraceful. Vice President Cheney declared that the reports would make it more difficult to prevent future terrorist attacks against the American people. Conservative politicians and commentators singled out the New York Times for their harshest attacks, some labeling the news reports as treasonous. Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York demanded that the Times reporters be jailed if they refused to reveal their sources.

New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller defended his decision to publish the story, noting that his paper had in the past withheld news stories at the request of the White House. He suggested that the attacks on the Times were politically motivated in a critical election year. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with BBC investigative reporter and author Greg Palast. He examines the New York Times' occasionally cozy relationship with the Bush administration and the danger posed by government attacks on a free press.

BBC reporter and author Greg Palast's new book is titled, "Armed Madhouse." Read his articles online at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is facing a crisis of political confidence due to growing attacks by Taliban fighters, widespread corruption and frayed relations with European nations. ("Afghan Leader Losing Support," Washington Post, June 26, 2006)
  • China is quickly become the prime small arms supplier to repressive regimes in the developing world, such as Burma and Sudan. ("Buyers Line Up for China's Arms," BBC News, June 16, 2006; "Secretive Chinese Arms Exporting Activities Stoking Conflict," Amnesty International press release, June 11, 2006)
  • U.S. Navy submarine sonar exercises off North Carolina's Outer Banks cause dozens of whales to beach themselves near Cape Hatteras. ("Collateral Damage," Mother Jones, March/April 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"The Coming Ballot Meltdown," by Andrew Gumbel, The Nation, July 17, 2006

"Why Conservatives Can't Govern," by Alan Wolfe, Washington Monthly, July 6, 2006

"Joe Lieberman's Loyalties," by Paul Rogat Loeb, Truthout, July 6, 2006

"Voting Rights Act Under Fire Again," by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Pacific News Service, July 5, 2006

"Will The Real Democrats Please Stand Up?," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, July 5, 2006

"Liberalism's Long Goodbye: McGovern Hoists the White Flag," by Jerry Tucker, Counterpunch, July 1/2, 2006

"No Choice When It Comes To License Plates," by Jennifer Fox, AlterNet, July 1, 2006

"Divesting From Our Future: Conservative Hypocrisy Putting College Out Of Reach," by Earl Hadley,, June 30, 2006

"House Of Shame: GOP In Congress Steering Clear Of Bush," by Sidney Blumenthal, Guardian/UK, June 29, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Abramoff Had Access To Department Of Justice, Ashcroft," by Paul Kiel, TPM, July 5, 2006

"CIA: Osama Helped Bush In '04," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, July 4, 2006

"David Addington: The Hidden Power," by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, July 3, 2006

"Bush's NLRB Prepares New Assault On Workers' Rights," by Stewart Acuff & Sheldon Friedman, Mother Jones, July 3, 2006

"Bush Directed Cheney To Counter War Critic," by Murray Waas, National Journal, July 3, 2006

"NSA Spying Started Well Before 9/11," by Evan Derkasz, AlterNet, July 3, 2006

"Supreme Court Ruling May Ripple Through Other Bush Policies," McClatchy Newspapers, July 1, 2006

"Bush Loses Guantanamo Case," by Marjorie Cohn, Common Dreams, June 30, 2006

"Did Bush Commit War Crimes?," by Rosa Brooks, Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2006

"10,000 EPA Scientists Protest Library Closures," Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility press release, June 29, 2006

"U.S. Moves To Get States To Put More Welfare RFecipients In Work Or Training," Washington Post, June 29, 2006

"A President Rebuked," by Bruce Shapiro, The Nation, June 29, 2006

"Redacting The Constitution: Why Signing Statements Matter," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, June 28, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Go To Venezuela, You Idiot," by Jeff Cohen, Truthout, July 6, 2006

"U.S., Allies Seek Punitive Action Against North Korea," Washington Post, July 6, 2006

"The U.S., Bolivia And Venezuela: An Interview With Evo Morales," by Pablo Stefanoni, GreenLeft, July 3, 2006

"Mexico: Their Brand Is Crisis," by Mark Weisbrot, Common Dreams, July 1, 2006

"Stealing Mexico," by Greg Palast,, June 30, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The Death Of An Iraqi: A Story I Never Wanted To Tell," by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, July 6, 2006

"Sabotaging Peace In Iraq," by Robert Dreyfuss,, July 5, 2006

"Pace Of Killing In Baghdad Rises In June," The New York Times, July 4, 2006

"Iraqis Blast U.S. Over Rape Slaying Case," Associated Press, July 4, 2006

"When Liberation Is Worse Than Oppression," by Brian Cloughley, Counterpunch, July 1/2, 2006

"GIs May Have Planned Iraq Rape, Slayings," Associated Press, July 1, 2006

"Pentagon: Tell Us How Many Civilians You've Killed," by Aaron Glantz, Common Dreams, July 1, 2006

"Re-Interpreting Iraq: The Latest Propaganda Campaign," by Ramzy Baroud, Counterpunch, June 28, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Compromise Allows Signs On Iraq War At July 4 Parade," Newsday, July 4, 2006

"For His Eyes Only: Bush's Secret Crimes," by Michael Ratner, The Nation, July 2, 2006

"Getting Busted For Wearing A Peace T-Shirt," by Mike Ferner, Counterpunch, July 1/2, 2006

"California Tracked Protesters In The Name Of Security," Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2006

"Guantanamo May Have 30-40 'Real' Cases: OSCE Inspector," Agence France Presse, July 1, 2006

"Hamdan: Not Over Yet," by Aziz Huq,, June 30, 2006

"Spy Agency Sought U.S. Call Records Before 9/11, Lawyers Say," Bloomberg, June 30, 2006

"Chilling The Press," by Scott Sherman, The Nation, June 28, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Media To GOP: Heads You Win, Tails... You Win," Media Matters for America, July 5, 2006

"Crisis In U.S. Media Coverage Of Gaza," by Patrick O'Connor, ZNet, July 5, 2006

"U.S. Media Should Butt Out Of Mexico Election," by Chuck Collins, AlterNet, July 5, 2006

"The Timid (New York) Times," by David Corn,, July 5, 2006

"Lou Dobbs' Dubious Guest List," by Bill Berkowitz, Inter Press Service, July 1, 2006

"Freedom Of The Press Loses, 220-195," by John Nichols, The Nation, June 30, 2006

"Under The Broadcast Flag: Intellectual Property Is Intellectual Theft... At Gunpoint," by Michael J. Smith, Counterpunch June 30, 2006

More newswire ...


"Protester Cindy Sheehan Sues Over Camping Ban," Associated Press, July 1, 2006

"Hippies Homeland Security Threat," by Karen Kilroy & Alan Canfora, Common Dreams, June 29, 2006

"Military Resistance: A Brief History," by Zoltan Grossman, Counterpunch, June 28, 2006

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