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"Cheney is Longtime Bad News for U.S.," by John Nichols, by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 16, 2007

"Bush administration provokes open war on Iran: Irbil raid, and other operations, authorized "several months ago," by Larry Chin, Global Research, Jan. 15, 2007

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

Those Who Dared to Come Forward
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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

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"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

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"An Annotated Saddam Chronology," ZNet, Dec. 15, 2003

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"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

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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending July 20, 2007

  • Commutation of Lewis Libby's Jail Sentence
    Last Act of White House
    Crime and Cover-up

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  • New "Terrorism" Laws in El Salvador
    Used to Repress Peaceful
    Water Privatization Protesters

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  • Supreme Court Erodes
    Landmark Brown v.Board of Education
    School Desegregation Decision

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until July 24, 2007.

This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

Commutation of Lewis Libby's Jail Sentence
Last Act of White House
Crime and Cover-up

Interview with Robert Parry,
investigative journalist,
conducted by Scott Harris


After the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. rejected Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff Lewis Libby's July 2 request to remain free on bail while appealing his conviction, President Bush intervened and commuted the White House aide's 30-month prison sentence. Libby was found guilty by a jury on March 6 of lying about his role in the leak of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity. He was convicted on two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice.

President Bush's decision to grant Libby a "get out of jail free card," was greeted by public opposition and accusations by many Democrats that the commutation was unprecedented and violated Justice Department guidelines. Rep. John Conyers, Democrat of Michigan and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, charged that the president commuted Libby's sentence in order to protect other administration officials. Rep. Robert Wexler, Democrat of Florida, has drafted a resolution to censure Bush for the commutation.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with investigative journalist Robert Parry, who takes a critical look at the president's actions in the Libby case and the pattern of behavior that he concludes was the final act of a crime and cover-up that began when Bush, Cheney and other top officials launched a retaliatory campaign against Valerie Plame's husband, ambassador Joseph Wilson. Wilson was the Iraq War critic who had said Bush's January 2003 State of the Union claim that Niger had sold yellow-cake uranium to Saddam Hussein was false.

Robert Parry is winner of the George Polk award for national reporting and author of "Secrecy and Privilege, Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq." Read his columns online at

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New "Terrorism" Laws in El Salvador
Used to Repress Peaceful
Water Privatization Protesters

Interview with Krista Hanson,
program director of the Committee in Solidarity
with the People of El Salvador,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On July 2, the president of El Salvador, Elías Antonio Saco, traveled to the town of Suchitoto to announce water "decentralization" -- the first step in the privatization process. Water privatization is one of the hottest political issues in the country. The poor farmers held a peaceful demonstration that was violently broken up by the police. Fourteen people, including four Association of Rural Communities for the Development of El Salador leaders who hadn't yet arrived at the site of the protest, were arrested and all but one were charged with terrorism.

The Salvadoran government is very closely allied with the Bush administration. It is the only Latin American nation to still have troops fighting alongside the U.S. in Iraq, and it is the site of a Latin American police training academy that was rejected by at least two other Latin American countries.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Krista Hanson, program director of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. She discusses CISPES' support for groups in El Salvador that oppose the so-called "war on terror" in their country, and the criminalizing of popular protest.

For information on El Salvador's fight against water privatization and the arrested protesters of Suchitoto, call CISPES at (212) 465-4115 or visit their website, at

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Supreme Court Erodes
Landmark Brown v.Board of Education
School Desegregation Decision

Interview with John Brittain,
chief counsel with the
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,
conducted by Scott Harris


In a 5 to 4 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, instructed two school districts in Seattle, Wash. and Louisville, Ky. that they cannot seek to integrate schools by considering a student's race. Educators say this decision could dramatically limit integration efforts across the U.S. The justices, bitterly divided on this case, all referenced the landmark 1954 Brown v.Board of Education desegregation decision that made segregation in schools based on race illegal.

In his dissent from the majority, Justice Stephen Breyer said this decision is one "that the court and the nation will come to regret." Justice Anthony Kennedy, who cast the deciding vote in the case, supported the overall decision, but joined the majority in rejecting the conservative justices' view that race may never be used to classify students in order to achieve racial balance in schools, making the decision somewhat ambiguous.

Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Brittain, chief counsel and senior deputy with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Brittain, a leading civil rights attorney, comments on the court's decision, its impact on school districts across the nation and what's at stake for the U.S. in the future direction of the Supreme Court.

Contact the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law by calling (202) 662-8600 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Two hundred million Chinese sleep in company-owned dormitories after working 18 hours a day making cheap goods for Western consumers. ("The Last Competitive Advantage," Nation magazine, June 4, 2007; "China: Child Labor Scandal Exposes Gross Corruption," Inter Press Service, June 18, 2007)
  • Trying to block an effort by the Bush Administration to build a new generation of nuclear weapons -- known as the Reliable Replacement Warhead program -- Congress is calling for a new strategic military plan before funding is granted. ("Congress Seeks New Direction in Nuclear Strategy," Washington Post, June 18, 2007; "Congress Skeptical of Warhead Plan," Washington Post, April 22, 2007)
  • The Netroots revolution of progressive online activists and bloggers that took off as Howard Dean withdrew from the 2004 presidential primary contest is building a potentially powerful infrastructure that could one day dislodge the Democratic Party's ineffective leadership. ("Hello, I'm a Democrat," In These Times, June 2007)

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Between The Lines Week Ending 7/13/07

U.S. Politics

"Neocons Try To Rally, Bully Republicans," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, July 10, 2007

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Bush Regime

"Gonzales Was Told Of FBI Violations," Washington Post, July 10, 2007

"New Privilege Claim By Bush Escalates Clash Over Firings," Washington Post, July 10, 2007

"White House In 'Panic Mode' Over GOP Revolt On Iraq," ABC News, July 9, 2007

"Bush Uses Privilege To Deny Ex-Aides' Testimony," Associated Press, July 9, 2007

"Bush Justice Is A National Disgrace," by John S. Koppel, Denver Post, July 5, 2007

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bush's Shielding Of Musharraf At Risk," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, July 10, 2007

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Abusing Iraqi Civilians," by Bob Herbert, The New York Times, July 10, 2007

"Official: Iraq Government Missed All Targets," Associated Press, July 10, 2007

"U.S. Failing To Help Iraqi Translator And Family Targeted For Execution," by Maura Stephens, AlterNet, July 10, 2007

"Report: Wars Costing $12 Billion A Month," Associated Press, July 10, 2007

"Iraqi Oil Workers Union Founder: U.S.-Backed Oil Law Is 'Robbery,'" by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, July 9, 2007

"Carnage From The Air And The Washington Consensus," by Tom Engelhardt,, July 9, 2007

"Is The United States Killing 10,000 Iraqis Every Month? Or Is It More?," by Michael Schwartz, After Downing Street, July 6, 2007

"Iraq Comes Home: Soldiers Share Devastating Tales Of War," by Emily DePrang, Texas Observer, July 4, 2007

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"FBI Would Skirt Law With Proposed Phone Record Prpgram, Experts Say," ABC News, July 10, 2007

"62 Immigrants Die In U.S. Jails: Rights Group," Agence France Presse, July 9, 2007

"Disappeared: Five Years In Guantanamo," by Lou DuBose, The Washington Spectator, July 7, 2007

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Media Issues

"A Bloody Mirror For the Media," by Norman Solomon,, July 6, 2007

"A Memo For David Brooks," by David Corn,, July 3, 2007

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"U.S. Social Forum: The View From Canada," by Judy Rebick, ZNet, July 8, 2007

"Union Leader Embraces Green Energy As Crucial Vision For The Future," by Joan Hamilton, Sierra Magazine, July 6, 2007

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