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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
"The Future of Iraq: The Spoils of War," Blood and oil: How the West will profit from Iraq's most precious commodity, by Danny Fortson, Andrew Murray-Watson and Tim Webb, The Independent/UK, Jan. 7, 2007
"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
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, truthout.org, 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
"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff, commondreams.org, July 27, 2007
"ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger,"United Press International, July 25, 2007
"Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state," by Muriel Kane, Rawstory.com July 19, 2007
"Fascist America, in 10 easy steps," by Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, April 24, 2007
"The Global Gulag: Into The Shadows," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, 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
"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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THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM
This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
As Gonzales Resigns, Court Discloses
White House Manual to Suppress Anti-Bush Protesters
Interview with ACLU attorney Jonathan Miller,
conducted by Scott Harris
In the second major White House resignation of the summer after Karl Rove's departure, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced on Aug. 27 that he would leave his post at the Justice Department effective Sept. 17. Gonzales had come under congressional scrutiny for possible perjury charges stemming from testimony he gave on the firing of nine U.S. attorneys for what many believe was part of a political electoral agenda. While President Bush stated that he believed that Gonzales had been hounded from office for political reasons, the attorney general had come under severe criticism for his involvement in establishing the Guantanamo detention camp, approval of torture methods, disregard for international law and initiating warrantless surveillance programs.
Shortly before Gonzales announced his departure, the American Civil Liberties Union won a court order to obtain a copy of a White House manual on how to control protesters at presidential events. The manual instructs White House staffers on ways to keep anti-Bush demonstrators out of sight of the president and the news media. The confidential handbook also details how "rally squads" should be organized to block protesters or shout them down by repeatedly chanting, "USA." The ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jeffrey and Nicole Rank who had been arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts at a July 4, 2004 speech by the president in Charleston, West Va.
Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Jonathan Miller, an attorney with the ACLU, who discusses the danger for democracy seen in White House tactics to suppress dissenting points of view . He first comments on the need for continued congressional investigation into the conduct of Alberto Gonzales, despite his resignation.
Contact the ACLU at (212) 549-2500 or visit their website at www.aclu.org to download a heavily redacted copy of the Presidential Advance Manual.
Funding for Post-Katrina Gulf Coast Reconstruction
Not Reaching Those in Need
Interview with Jeffrey Buchanan,
with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial for Human Rights,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Aug. 29 marks the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina slamming into the Gulf Coast, wreaking havoc in Louisiana and Mississippi that residents have yet to recover from.
ACORN is one of the most active grassroots groups in the area working for justice for displaced residents and those who have returned. Last year, a Louisiana organizer with ACORN was honored for his work by the Washington, D.C.-based Robert F. Kennedy Memorial for Human Rights. In its continuing work with ACORN, the RFK Memorial co-authored a report with the Institute for Southern Studies, tracing where funds have actually gone in the Gulf Coast rebuilding process. The report titled, "Blueprint for Gulf Renewal," says that despite the Bush administration's claim to have allocated $116 billion for rebuilding Gulf Coast communities, less then $35 billion was available for reconstruction and recovery. Less then 42 percent of this money has been spent to date despite overwhelming need.
Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Jeffrey Buchanan, communications director with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial for Human Rights, and a co-author of the report. He says the groups undertook the project because the federal government had not made Gulf Coast reconstruction information easily available.
Contact the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial for Human Rights at (202) 463-7575 or visit their website at www.rfkmemorial.org. A copy of the report is available on the website of the Institute for Southern Studies, at www.southernstudies.org.
NAFTA Phase 2 Draws Protest at Canadian Summit
Interview with Meeru Karunananthan,
media officer with the Council of Canadians,
conducted by Scott Harris
As U.S. President George Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Filipe Calderon held a summit meeting in Montebello, Quebec Aug. 20 and 21, more than a thousand protesters converged on the small Canadian town to oppose the secret negotiations known as the Security and Prosperity Partnership or SPP.
As an extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S., Canada and Mexico began talks on the SPP in Waco, Texas in March 2005. The negotiations, which include many of North America's largest corporations, have focused on eliminating obstacles to trade and improving cross-border response to security issues. Because these negotiations are not formalized, there is no oversight from legislatures - and civil society groups are excluded from deliberations. Opponents of the Security and Prosperity Partnership fear that the process will erode labor, environmental and consumer standards and protections in the interest of corporate profits.
During demonstrations at the Montebello summit, four protesters were arrested. More alarming to Canadians was the presence of three undercover police officers disguised as protesters who were seen carrying rocks and accused of being agent provocateurs. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Meera Karunananthan, media officer with the Council of Canadians, who explains why there is growing concern about the agenda of the Security and Prosperity Partnership.
Contact the Council of Canadians at (613) 233-2773 or visit their website at www.canadians.org
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
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Between The Lines Week Ending 8/31/07
"Gonzales' Resignation Should Not Impede Inquiry Into War Crimes,"by Roberto J. Gonzales, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 28, 2007 2007
"The Right To Unionize: Key To Democracy,"by Dean Baker, Common Dreams, Aug. 28, 2007 2007
"The Democrats' Responsibility In The Wake Of Gonzales' Resignation,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Aug. 27, 2007
"Poll: Young Voters Disenchanted With The Republican Party,"San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 27, 2007
"Edwards Goes After 'Corporate Democrats,'"by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Aug. 26, 2007 2007
"The Politicization Of Military Commanders,"by Constance Sere, Huffington Post, Aug. 26, 2007 2007
"Warner May Back Dems' Bill On Withdrawal,"Associated Press, Aug. 26, 2007 2007
"Ari Fleischer, Freedom Watch And The Pro-War Lobbyists,"by Robert Fantina, Counterpunch, Aug. 25/26, 2007 2007
More newswire ...
"Defending The Constitution After Gonzales," by Adele Stan, The American Prospect, Aug. 28, 2007
"New AG Confirmation Hearings Could Shine Light On Secrets," Boston Globe, Aug. 28, 2007
"Justice Denied," by Aziz Huq, The Nation, Aug. 27, 2007
"Gonzales Goes But Investigations Must Continue," by John Nichols, The Nation, Aug. 27, 2007
"Gonzales Resigns As Attorney General," The New York Times, Aug. 27, 2007
"What Else Does Mueller Know?," by Brian Beutler, The American Prospect, Aug. 24, 2007
"Bush's 'Killing Fields' And The Real Lessons of Vietnam," by Gareth Porter, Huffington Post, Aug. 23, 2007
More newswire ...
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Myths And Truths About Iran," by David R. Henderson, Antiwar.com, Aug. 27, 2007
"U.S. 'Poised To Strike Iran,'" The Australian/Australia, Aug. 25, 2007
"CIA Said To Step Up Operations Against Iran As Hawks Seek To Tie Iraq Bombs To Iran," by Larisa Alexandrovna, Raw Story, Aug. 24, 2007
"Exporting Instability," by William D. Hartung, The Nation, Aug. 23, 2007
"The Next War Draws Near," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Aug. 23, 2007
More newswire ...
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Who's Killing American Soldiers In Iraq? Iran Or The White House?,"by Philip Giraldi, Antiwar.com, Aug. 28, 2007
"50 Killed, 1 Million Evacuated From Shiite Shrine In Karbala,"Los Angeles Times, Aug. 28, 2007
"More Iraqis Flee As Figure Tops 4 Million: UNHCR,"Agence France Presse, Aug. 28, 2007
"Bush, Al-Maliki And The Press: Chronicle Of A Coup Foretold?,"by Anthony DiMaggio, Counterpunch, Aug. 27, 2007
"Insurgents Get A Cut Of U.S. Aid To Iraq,"McClatchy Newspapers, Aug. 27, 2007
"U.S.-Led Afghan Troops Strike Taliban Inside Pakistan,"Agence France Presse, Aug. 26, 2007
"Iraqi Prime Minister's Isolation Growing,"McClatchy Newspapers, Aug. 25, 2007
"GIs' Morale Dips As Iraq War Drags On,"Los Angeles Times, Aug. 25, 2007
"Turning Iraq Into Vietnam,"by Marjorie Cohn, Common Dreams, Aug. 25, 2007
"Number Of Iraqis Held By U.S. Is Swelling,"The New York Times, Aug. 24, 2007
"Bush's Rational For Iraq War Keeps Changing,"by Joseph L. Galloway, McClatchy Newspapers, Aug. 22, 2007
More newswire ...
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Civil Liberties In An Age Of Terrorism," by Chris Van Buren, The American Prospect, Aug. 28, 2007
"Big Brother Democracy: How Free Speech And Surveillance Are Now Intertwined," by Naomi Klein, The Nation, Aug. 28, 2007
"Psychologists And The Torture Question," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Aug. 28, 2007
"Shift In Pentagon's Security-Privacy Balance?," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 28, 2007
"In Protest Of APA Torture Stance, Author Returns Award," by Stephen Soldz, Common Dreams, Aug. 26, 2007
"Autocracy Comes To America," by Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom Foundation, Aug. 24, 2007
"Perverse Jutice," by Lindsay Beyerstein, In These Times, Aug. 22, 2007
More newswire ...
"Fox Attacks: Iran," by Bernie Sanders, Huffington Post, Aug. 24, 2007
"The Promise Of Low Power FM," by Michelle Chen, In These Times, Aug. 23, 2007
"Who Controls Media Today And How The People Can Take it Back," by Megan Tady, Toward Freedom, Aug. 16, 2007
More newswire ...
"Forget About The Politicians, Remember The Streets," by Ron Jacobs, ZNet, Aug. 28, 2007
"War Resister Camilo Mejia Elected to Chair Iraq Veterans Against the War, Group Encourages U.S. Troops to Refuse to Fight," by Camilo Mejia, Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzales, Democracy Now!, Aug. 26, 2007
"Kennebunkport Antiwar Rally: 'Ready For A Change,'" Maine Sunday Telegram (Portland, ME), Aug. 26, 2007
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