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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 Oct. 13, 2006


Saturday, Oct. 7
"Democracy in Danger: Oil Wars, Corporate Power, Terrorism
and the Struggle to Defend Liberty and Justice"

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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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  • New Detainee Treatment Law
    Target of Constitutional Court Challenge

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  • Many in U.S. Believe Decline in Gas Prices
    is Product of Pre-Election Manipulation

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  • Failure of Drug War
    Prompts Police Officers
    to Advocate Legalization

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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:

New Detainee Treatment Law
Target of Constitutional Court Challenge

Interview with Wells Dixon,
an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights,
conducted by Scott Harris


In the final weeks before the Nov. 7 midterm congressional election, the Republican-controlled House and Senate passed the Military Commissions Act, legislation that lays out how the U.S. can try terrorist suspects, and how detainees are treated under the Geneva Conventions. The GOP facing a very tough election year, hoped their "get tough on terrorism" rhetoric and passage of this bill would increase their chances to retain control of Congress.

The bill, approved in the House by a 253 to 168 vote margin - and in the Senate by a 65 to 34 vote -- gives the president unilateral power to define the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions while prohibiting the judiciary branch from hearing challenges. The law also expands the definition of "unlawful enemy combatant" to include those who directly or indirectly support hostilities against the United States. Under the measure, the president has the power to declare U.S. citizens enemy combatants, subject to indefinite detention.

Most alarming to civil liberties advocates is the provision of the law that eliminates the U.S. Constitution's habeas corpus protections for non-U.S. citizens, preventing them from challenging their detention in federal court. Shortly after the bill's passage, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed the first challenge to key provisions of the Military Commissions Act. Many observers expect that this and other challenges will eventually be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Wells Dixon, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, who explains why he and many other legal scholars believe the new law is unconstitutional.

Wells Dixon, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, represents detainees held at the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Contact the Center by calling (212) 614-6464; or visit their website at

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Many in U.S. Believe Decline in Gas Prices
is Product of Pre-Election Manipulation

Interview with Greg Palast,
BBC-TV investigative journalist,
conducted by Scott Harris


Public opinion polls reveal that Americans rank the Iraq War and terrorism as the most important issues facing the nation as the midterm congressional election nears. But the U.S. economy often trumps other concerns, rewarding incumbents when jobs and wages rise, and punishing those in power when the economy stagnates or declines.

After record high gasoline prices earlier this year, Republicans hope a recent drop in the cost of fuel will diminish voter anger on at least one extremely negative issue for the GOP, who are campaigning to maintain control of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate this November. The average price for a gallon of gas around the U.S. is now about $2.35, down from $3 or more this summer.

Energy analysts attribute the sharp decline in gas prices to the current oversupply and decreased end of the summer demand. But a recent poll found that many Americans believe that politics and the coming election has played a crucial role in the fall of gas prices. A Gallup poll, released the last week of September found that 42 percent of Americans surveyed agreed with the statement that the Bush administration "deliberately manipulated the price of gasoline so that it would decrease before this fall's elections." Fifty-three percent of those surveyed did not believe the premise; 5 percent said they had no opinion. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Greg Palast, BBC-TV investigative reporter and author of the new book, "Armed Madhouse." Palast lays out the facts which he says supports the belief that politics is playing an essential role in declining gasoline prices in advance of the November election.

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Failure of Drug War
Prompts Police Officers
to Advocate Legalization

Interview with Jack Cole,
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition,
co-founder and executive director,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

This electoral season, the state of Connecticut can offer political junkies more than just the Joe Lieberman/Ned Lamont race for U.S. Senate. It is also a state where a governor's race includes a Green Party candidate who supports drug legalization. That candidate has opened the door to the efforts of an organization called - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, or LEAP - to promote drug legalization as a national policy. LEAP activists are now crisscrossing the state hoping to increase the visibility of their cause.

LEAP was founded in 2002 by five ex-police officers with 90 years of experience on the front lines of the drug war. The organization believes that the War on Drugs is not one monolithic problem, but rather two distinct issues: one is the problem of substance abuse, the other is the crime and violence associated with the drug marketplace. The group advocates legalization to deal with the crime and violence -- that is, to bring marijuana, heroin and cocaine under legal control, like tobacco and alcohol are already.

LEAP members address mainstream civic groups such as Rotary, Lions Clubs, and Chambers of Commerce, where audience members are often not convinced that drug legalization is the way forward. The following is an excerpt from a conversation Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus conducted with LEAP co-founder and executive director, Jack Cole, a former Lt. In the New Jersey State Police Department.

Contact Law Enforcement Against Prohibition by calling (781) 393-6985 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The fate of the so-called partial birth ban is on the top of the docket for the U.S. Supreme Court. Pro-choice activists are leery over what could happeni f the Supreme Court overturns the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion rights. Anti-abortion forces are much better organized at the state and local level than the pro-choice movement. ("Supreme Court Faces Some Divisive Issues," Associated Press, Sept. 30, 2006; "What the Left Didn't Do," American Prospect, July/August, 2006)
  • The Ohio Senate race between progressive candidate Sherrod Brown and social conservative Sen. Mike DeWine is so razor tight, that Bush adviser Karl Rove has made it a priority to hold onto the Ohio Senate seat. ("What Can Sherrod Brown Do for the Democrats?" The Nation, Oct. 2, 2006)
  • The FDA's food safety division insists a similar E. Coli outbreak could happen again unless fundamental fixes are in place.("Spinach Cycle," The Grist, Sept. 21, 2006; "E. Coli Pervades Harvest Area," Sept. 21, 2006; "FDA OKs Spinach, with Reservations," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"The Minutemen Hit The Wall," by Marc Cooper, The Nation, Oct. 23, 2006

"The Drip, Drip, Drip Of The Foley-Haster Scandal," by David Corn,, Oct. 10, 2006

"Why Is The Man Who Stole Ohio Campaigning With A White Supremacist?," by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, Common Dreams, Oct. 9, 2006

"GOP Lawmaker Saw Foley Emails In 2000," Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2006

"Finally, Elite Democrats Are Feeling the Heat," by Ruth Conniff, The Progressive, Oct. 7, 2006

"Ballot Jitters," by Jonah Goldman,, Oct. 6, 2006

"The Forgotten Enron Enablers," by Sarah Anderson,, Oct. 6, 2006

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Bush Regime

"Bush's Tough-Talkin' Korea Bungle," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Oct. 10, 2006

"Bush's War On Unions," by David Bonior,, Oct. 10, 2006

"Bush's Signing Statement Dictatorship," by James Bovard, Future of Freedom Foundation, Oct. 9, 2006

"Experts Warn New U.S. Missile Could Trigger Accidental Nuclear War," San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 6, 2006

"Rice's Lost Credibility," by John Prados,, Oct. 5, 2006

"A Special Comment About Lying," by Keith Olbermann, MSNBC Countdown, Oct. 5, 2006

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bush's Nuclear Apocalypse," by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Oct. 9, 2006

"Breaking News: Eisenhower Carrier Group Sails For iran Theater," by David Lindorff,, Oct. 9, 2006

"Meet The 'Whack Iran' Lobby," by Daniel Schulman, Mother Jones, Oct. 6, 2006

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Rules Of Engagement: What were They In Haditha?," Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 10, 2006

"The U.S. Occupation Of Iraq: Casualties Not Counted," by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, Oct. 10, 2006

"The Insanity Of 'Staying The Course' In Iraq," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Oct. 9, 2006

"U.S. Casualties In Iraq Rise Sharply," Washington Post, Oct. 8, 2006

"NATO Commander: Afghans Turning To Taliban," BBC News/UK, Oct. 8, 2006

"Death Of A Soldier: U.S. Losses Mount In Battle Of Baghdad," Agence France Presse, Oct. 6, 2006

"Coup In Iraq?," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Oct. 6, 2006

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"McCain Bends Principles In Supporting Detainees Bill," by Nat Hentoff, Boulder Daily Camera, Oct. 10, 2006

"When Lawyers Are War Criminals," by Scott Horton, Balkinization, Oct. 8, 2006

"Guards Describe Guantanamo Prisoner Abuse," Reuters, Oct. 7, 2006

"Unlikely Terror Suspects On The TSA's No-Fly List," by Lindsay Beyerstein, AlterNet, Oct. 6, 2006

"Waterboarding Republic," by James Aboureszk,, Oct. 5, 2006

"Criticizing Cheney To His Face Is Assault?," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Oct. 4, 2006

"The Myth Of The Ticking Time Bomb," by Alfred W. McCoy, The Progressive, Oct., 2006

"Why The Military Commissions Act Is 'Flagrantly Unconstitutional,'" by Sen. Patrick Leahy, The Progressive, Sept. 28, 2006

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Media Issues

"Olbermann News Commentaries Target Bush," Associated Press, Oct. 10, 2006

"Free Linda Greenhouse! Free The Press!," by David Lindorff, Common Dreams, Oct. 9, 2006

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"More Dissension In The Ranks," by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, Oct. 10, 2006

"White-Collar Workers, Unite!," by Rina Palta, AlterNet, Oct. 10, 2006

"Protests In 230-Plus Cities Determined To Drive Out Bush Regime," AScribe Newswire, Oct. 6, 2006

"Activists, Rejoice! We're All Connected Now," by Allison Fine, AlterNet, Oct. 6, 2006

"Three Arrested At Antiwar Demonstration In Seattle," Associated Press, Oct. 5, 2006

"Antiwar Protesters Arrested Outside Santorum Office," Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 27, 2006

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