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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

"Iran: The Next War," by James Bamford, Rolling Stone, July 24, 2006

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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For The Week Ending Sept. 1, 2006


Save This Date: Saturday, Oct. 7
Between The Lines Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary
with a Pre-Election Forum and Reception featuring

  • BBC-TV investigative journalist and bestselling New York Times author, Greg Palast and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting founder and former MSNBC's "Phil Donahue Show" producer Jeff Cohen
  • Our "Democracy in Action" Award to The Library Connection, Inc.'s Barbara Bailey, Peter Chase, George Christian and Janet Nocek for effectively challenging the USA Patriot Act
  • Silent Auction: vacation getaways, Between The Lines' collectibles and other gifts

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Thank you for making our July 7 music benefit a success!

Johnny Memphis, left, and James Velvet

Our special thank yous to Cafe Nine, The Furors, The Sawtelles, Hygiene Wilder, James Velvet with Johnny Memphis, Shellye Valauskas , and Hank Hoffman for organizing the event, as well as special thanks to Best Video for donating raffle items and all who came to listen and support our cause.


"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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  • Bush Warrantless Domestic
    Spying Program Ruled Unconstitutional

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  • Corporate Media Focus
    on "Infotainment" Undermines Democracy

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  • Washington Determined to Demolish
    New Orleans' Public Housing

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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:

Bush Warrantless Domestic
Spying Program Ruled Unconstitutional

Interview with Michael Avery,
president of the National Lawyers Guild,
conducted by Scott Harris


Judge Anna Diggs Taylor of the US district Court in Detroit, Mich. ruled in an Aug. 17 decision that President Bush's National Security Agency warrantless surveillance program was unconstitutional. Judge Diggs, who ordered the immediate termination of the program which monitored Americans' international phone and email communication, declared that the operation violates the separation of powers doctrine, the Administrative Procedures Act, the First and Fourth amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Justice Department said it would appeal the decision, maintaining that the program was a valuable tool in preventing terrorist attacks.

The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington and Detroit branches of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Greenpeace.

President Bush's domestic spying program was first revealed by the New York Times in December 2005, after the paper delayed reporting the story for a year due to a White House request that it not be published.

In a move opposed by many civil liberties advocates, Sen. Arlen Specter, Republican chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is proposing congressional legislation that would explicitly authorize the president's warrantless NSA wiretap program retroactively. Between The Lines spoke with Michael Avery, president of the National Lawyers Guild, who discusses Judge Diggs' decision and the ongoing struggle to defend the constitution.

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Corporate Media Focus
on "Infotainment" Undermines Democracy

Interview with Jeff Cohen,
media critic and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


With the highest monthly death toll in Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion, a bloody resurgence of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, a fragile cease-fire in Lebanon and a federal judge's ruling that President Bush's domestic surveillance program is unconstitutional -- the biggest news story in American media is the questionable confession of a man in a 10-year-old murder case.

A media riot followed reports that John Mark Karr, an American living in Thailand had confessed to the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a 6-year-old beauty queen living in Boulder, Colo. After the story broke, television news, especially cable news channels, broadcast almost round-the-clock coverage of the case, virtually blocking out all other critical news stories in the U.S. and from around the world.

Television executives argue that they're only giving American TV viewers what they want, but media critics assert that journalism has long ago lost out to the entertainment value of scandal and sensationalism which is cheap to produce and inoffensive to those in power. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jeff Cohen, founder of the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. Cohen, author of the book, "Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media," discusses his insiders' view of how media corporations decide the time devoted and viewpoints presented in covering news stories.

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Washington Determined to Demolish
New Orleans' Public Housing

Interview with Elizabeth Cook,
housing activist,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

new orleans

One year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, fewer than half the city's former residents have returned. Among its former public housing tenants, a much smaller percentage have come back. All the housing projects in the city, whether or not they were flooded, were closed for most of the past year, and many of the residents are still scattered in cities around Louisiana and throughout the South. HUD, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, has announced it would demolish most of the units.

But the Housing Authority of New Orleans, or HANO, has now reopened a few of the projects, and more residents are returning, despite great obstacles.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Elizabeth Cook, a New Orleanian who works with a group called the United Front for Affordable Housing, comprised of public housing residents and community activists. She describes some of the hardships low-income tenants in New Orleans have faced, and what they're doing about it.

Contact United Front for Affordable Housing in New Orleans at (504) 520-9521 or visit the group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Three months after a peace deal was signed in wartorn Darfur, Sudan, the level of violence has only gotten worse. ("Violence in Darfur Seen as Worsening," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 18, 2006; "U.S. Warns Sudan of Consequences if it Rejects U.N. Peace Force for Darfur," AFP, Aug. 18, 2006; "Khartoum Resists U.N. Peace Force as Fighting Cuts Off Aid for Half of Darfur," The Independent, Aug. 17, 2006)
  • While global attention has focused on surging AIDS rates in Africa and Asia, the American HIV infection rate has remained the same for 15 years. ("Why the U.S. Has Not Stemmed HIV, "Washington Post, Aug. 13, 2006)
  • Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is eyeing a Republican nomination for president in 2008, is often referred to as "America's Mayor" for his response to the 9/11 terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center. But 9/11 Families have complained about his neglect of pre-9/11 emergency preparedness. ("The Real Rudy," American Prospect, September 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"'Non-Combatant' Lieberman Won't Back Democratic Candidates," by Melinda Tuhus, New Haven Independent (Connecticut), Aug. 25, 2006

"Pro-War GOP Congressman Shays Urges Iraq Withdrawal Timetable," Washington Post, Aug. 25, 2006

"Michelle Goldberg's Study Of The Rise Of Christian Nationalism, And Its Adherents' Strategy To Use The Courts To Further Their Agenda," by John W. Dean, FindLaw, Aug. 25, 2006

"Tasini Tackles Underdog Challenge In Primary Against Hillary Clinton," Buffalo News (New York), Aug. 25, 2006

"The Lieberman Conundrum: Why Democrats Should Fear The Possible Re-election Of Joe Lieberman," by Terence Samuel, American Prospect, Aug. 25, 2006

"The Rabid (Mainstream) Right: Those Opposed To Nuclear Annihilation Are Appeasers And Guilty Of 'Handwringing,'" by Glenn Greenwald, Unclaimed Territory, Aug. 24, 2006

"The Top 10 Corporate-Democrats-For-Hire," by Russ Baker, AlterNet, Aug. 24, 2006

"Race And The Right To Vote," by Neil Weare & Erika Wood,, Aug. 24, 2006

"McCarthyism: From 1946 To 2006," by John Nichols, The Nation, Aug. 24, 2006

"Clintonista Urges Democrats To Use Caution If...," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Aug. 23, 2006

"Firing Squad Looms For Dem Party Oligarchy," by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Aug. 23, 2006

"'Republicans Help Terrorists,'" by Paul Waldman,, Aug. 23, 2006

"The 'He's An Idiot' Trial Balloon," by Kathleen Reardon, Huffington Post, Aug. 22, 2006

"Immigration: The Tinderbox Issue," by Susy Buchanan, Intelligence Report, Aug. 22, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Bush And Katrina: Return To The Scene Of The Crime," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Aug. 27, 2006

"Trapped By His Own Rhetoric: Why Bush Will Choose War Against Iran," by Ray Close, Counterpunch, Aug. 26/27, 2006

"Have You No Shame, Mr. President?," by Richard Reeves,, Aug. 26, 2006

"Nuremberg Prosecutor: Bush & Saddam Should Both Stand Trial For War Crimes," by Aaron Glantz,, Aug. 25, 2006

"Ring Them Bells: Closing in On The Crawford Crimelord," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Aug. 22, 2006

"At Press Conference, Bush Stays the Course," by David Corn, The Nation, Aug. 21, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Hoekstra's Hoax: Hyping Up The Iran 'Threat,'" by Ray McGovern,, Aug. 26, 2006

"Empire, And Resistance To It, Is The Central Issue Of Our Time" by Andrew Murray, Guardian/UK, Aug. 26, 2006

"'Fixing' Iran Intelligence," by John Prados,, Aug. 25, 2006

"How Washington Goaded Israel," by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Aug. 25, 2006

"Mexico Approaches The Combustion Point," by John Ross, ZNet, Aug. 25, 2006

"Threat Of Military Action Hangs Over Escalating Tensions With Iran," McClatchy, Aug. 24, 2006

"On The U.S.-Israeli Invasion Of Lebanon," by Noam Chomsky, ZNet, Aug. 23, 2006

"Cuba, Misunderestimated," by Saul Landau,, Aug. 23, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Threatened Teachers Fleeing Iraq," IRIN, Aug. 25, 2006

"Sadr's Militia And Slaughter In The Streets," Washington Post, Aug. 25, 2006

"UK Base Turned Over To Iraqis Is Looted The Next Day," McClatchy Newspapers, Aug. 25, 2006

"Afghan Says U.S. Forces Killed 8 Civilians," The New York Times, Aug. 24, 2006

"Marines Call-Up Reflects Deepening Strains On U.s. Military," Agence France Presse, Aug. 24, 2006

"Top U.S. General Hails Progress In Baghdad Clampdown," Reuters, Aug. 24, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Modest Proposal: Waterboard Congress," by James Bovard, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 27, 2006

"Military Lawyers Oppose Use Of Secret Evidence," Boston Globe, Aug. 27, 2006

"Colorado Geography Teacher Quits Over Foreign Flag Dispute," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Aug. 26, 2006

"Tortured And Innocent," by Rachel Joy Larris,, Aug. 25, 2006

"Wiretapping In America: The Moment Of Decision Is Near," by Bill, Simpich, Truthout, Aug. 25, 2006

"Warrantless Wiretap Program In Doubt," by Helen Thomas, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Aug. 25, 2006

"Trading Freedom For Security Leaves Us With Neither," by Randolph T. Holhut,, Aug. 22, 2006

"The Wiretap Dance: Right Decisions For The Wrong Reasons," by Jennifer Van Bergen,, Aug. 18, 2006

"Psychologists Aiding Torturers," by Michael Wessells,, Aug. 16, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Reporting Accurately On Reid's Options With Lieberman," by Bob Geiger, AlterNet, Aug. 26, 2006

"Race War: Why Sumner Redstone Should Fire Leslie Moonves As Head Of CBS," by Doug Ireland, Direland, Aug. 24, 2006

"They Walk The Line: Top Environment Reporters Talk About Journalism Vs. Activism," by Doug Ireland, Direland, Aug. 24, 2006

"EFF Sues Barney To Defend Online Free Speech," Electronic Frontier Foundation press release, Aug. 23, 2006

"Why NYT's Friedman Should Resign," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Aug. 21, 2006

"The Problem With Pundits," by Eric Boehlert, The Nation, Aug. 11, 2006

More newswire ...


"U.S. Military Resisters Tell Why They Had To Quit," by Gary Younge, Guardian/UK, Aug. 26, 2006

"Vacationing Bush Gets No Rest From Antiwar Demonstrators," Agence France Presse, Aug. 26, 2006

"War Refuser's Dad Explains His Reasons," San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 26, 2006

"Murray Bookchin, 1921-2006," by Andy Price, ZNet, Aug. 18, 2006

"SDS," by Michael Albert, ZNet, Aug. 2, 2006

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