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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,, 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

"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff,, 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, 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,, 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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Congress Battles over
Government Wiretap Bill

Interview with Cindy Cohn,
legal director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation,
conducted by Scott Harris


Congress is now engaged in drafting legislation that will rewrite the "Protect America Act," which expanded the president's power to spy on U.S. citizens in communication with people abroad, bypassing court warrants mandated under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. Congress hastily passed the law before their August recess, after the White House disseminated a report about an impending plot by foreign terrorists to attack the U.S. Capitol.

In drafting legislation to replace the "Protect America Act," Congress is again under pressure from President Bush not to impose restrictions on executive branch authority to spy on citizens in the fight against terrorism. Bush, who has threatened to veto legislation not to his liking, has also demanded retroactive immunity from prosecution for telecommunication companies that had provided the National Security Agency information on their customer phone calls and email without court warrants. The Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to grant the immunity while the House has thus far refused to endorse the measure. Presidential candidate Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., who objects to the immunity provision, has said he will use his senatorial "hold" power to prevent a vote on the bill by the full Senate.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Cindy Cohn, legal director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has a pending lawsuit against phone company giant AT&T for their role in illegally allowing the NSA to monitor customer communications. Cohn discusses what's at stake for American's privacy rights and how citizens can affect the outcome of this Congressional debate.

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Campaign Opposes
FCC Media Ownership
Deregulation Plan

Interview with Craig Aaron,
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media power

In 2003, the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, under Chairman Michael Powell, tried to push through a drastic media ownership deregulation package that would have transformed the American media ownership landscape. The proposal triggered one of the largest and broadest public responses ever to FCC policy by opponents of the plan, and the deregulation scheme was beaten back. But this year, the FCC's current chairman, Kevin J. Martin, is trying to push through basically the same plan again by the end of the year. It would allow cross-ownership of major newspapers and TV stations in a single media market, and allow other changes to reduce diversity on the radio dial.

According to groups opposed to the plan, Freedom of Information Act requests reveal that the FCC buried studies demonstrating the harmful impact of media consolidation and then commissioned biased research to support their conclusions. Media democracy groups including - Free Press, Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union used the FCC's own studies to demonstrate that ownership deregulation results in a net loss in the amount of local news produced across local broadcast markets.

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Fall Iraq War Protests
Warm Up for Critical
Presidential Election Year

Interview with Tom Hayden,
veteran antiwar activist,
conducted by Scott Harris


As the Bush administration asks Congress for another $189 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Democratic-controlled House and Senate appear to be ambivalent about repeating previous unsuccessful efforts to end the war or change the direction of U.S. policy in Iraq, peace activists are returning to the streets.

Five years after Congress voted to authorize President Bush to use force against Iraq, a day of regional anti-war protests are planned in 11 cities across the nation on Oct. 27th. The demonstrations, organized by a nationwide coalition of religious, labor, veterans and peace groups, will call for a rapid withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

But while the death toll among Iraqis and U.S. soldiers continues to climb, and public opinion polls find that over 65 percent of Americans disapprove of the war, the number of anti-war protesters in the streets has declined over the last year. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with veteran anti-war activist and former California state Sen. Tom Hayden, who assesses the current condition of the peace movement examined in his new book, "Ending The War In Iraq," published by Akashic Books.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The nuclear cooperation agreement between India and the United States is falling apart as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh faces stiff opposition from leftist members of his governing coalition. ("Nuclear Deal with India May Be Near Collapse," Washington Post, Oct. 16, 2007; "India Government Sets New Talks on Nuclear Deal," Reuters, Oct. 22, 2007; Battered and Under Fire, India-U.S. Nuclear Deal Still Afloat," International Herald Tribune, Oct. 19, 2007)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has halted a second execution in what amounts to an unofficial moratorium on the use of lethal injection until the high court rules on the constitutionality of the execution method. ("Supreme Court Halts Va. Inmate's Execution," Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2007)
  • Before launching his presidential bid, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani merged his consulting business with the powerful energy law firm Bracewell & Patterson, which has strong ties to Texas oil and the Texas Repulican political machine. ("Rudy's Dirty Money," The Nation, Oct. 29, 2007)

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U.S. Politics

"Giuliani On Torture,"by Anonymous Liberal, Salon, Oct. 25, 2007

"More Positive Steps From Democratic Candidates On Rule Of Law, Amnesty,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 24, 2007

"The Nuclear Democrats,"by Corporate Crime Reporter, Counterpunch, Oct. 24, 2007

"Haunted By The Hippie,"by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Oct. 24, 2007

"Dodd's Make Or Break Moment: Standing Up Against Domestic Spying,"by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, Oct. 23, 2007

"Dodd Engages The Netroots,"by Ari Melber, The Nation, Oct. 23, 2007

"Scenes From The Bewildered Right,"by Adele M. Stan, The American Prospect, Oct. 23, 2007

"Dem Candidate: Warrantless Wiretaps A 'Victory' For Terrorists,"Raw Story, Oct. 23, 2007

"The Iran Wedge,"by Paul Starr, The American Prospect, Oct. 23, 2007

"Is The U.S. Just Tired Of Bush Or Have Conservatives Had It?,"by Michael Tomasky, Guardian/UK, Oct. 22, 2007

"New Openings For Public Financing,"by Marc Caplan, The American Prospect, Oct. 22, 2007

"Pelosi's Stark Rebuke,"by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Oct. 21, 2007

"Harry Reid Works To Ensure Telecom Amnesty, Warrantless Surveillance,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 19, 2007

"Will The GOP Election Theft Machine Do It Again In 2008?,"by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, The Free Press (Columbus, OH), Oct. 19, 2007

"Is It Time For The Democrats To Start Panicking?,"by Terence Samuel, The American Prospect, Oct. 19, 2007

"Giuliani, McCain: U.S. Should Prepare To Use Force Against Iran,"Associated Press, Oct. 16, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"The Bush Era's Dark Legacy Of Torture,"by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Oct. 27, 2007

"The Case Against Mukasey,"by Scott Lemieux, The American Prospect, Oct. 26, 2007

"Attorney General Nominee Says Wiretapping Without Warrant Is Constitutional,"Associated Press, Oct. 26, 2007

"FEMA Meets The Press, Which Happens To Be...FEMA,"Washington Post, Oct. 26, 2007

"Torture Complaint Filed Against Rumsfled,"Associated Press, Oct. 26, 2007

"The Collapse Of Bush's Foreign Policy,"by Juan Cole, Salon, Oct. 24, 2007

"White House 'Eviscerated' Testimony Regarding Climate Change And Health,"Associated Press, Oct. 24, 2007

"Panel Presses Nominee To Denounce Waterboarding,"The New York Times, Oct. 24, 2007

"Is A Presidential Coup Under Way?,"by Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown, Oct. 23, 2007

"Bush's Heated 'World War III' Rhetoric,"by Brent Budowsky, Consortium News, Oct. 23, 2007

"On The Defensive: Bush's Last Resort,"by Amanda Terkel, The American Prospect, Oct. 23, 2007

"On The Eve Of Destruction,"by Scott Ritter, TruthDig, Oct. 22, 2007

"General Claims Bush Gave 'Marching Orders' On Aggressive Interrogation At Guantanamo,"Raw Story, Oct. 22, 2007

"Michael Mukasey: Another Loyal Bushie,"by Marjorie Cohn, Common Dreams, Oct. 22, 2007

"Echoes Of 2003: Cheney Calls Iran An Obstacle To Peace,"Reuters, Oct. 21, 2007

"Senators Clash With Nominee Over Torture And Limits Of Law,"The New York Times, Oct. 19, 2007

"Mukasey And The Doctrine Of Detention,"by Deborah Pearlstein, The American Prospect, Oct. 19, 2007

"Bush's Pentagon Papers: The Urge To Confess,"by Tom Engelhardt,, Oct. 19, 2007

"Mukasey Should Be Confirmed Only If He Agrees To Appoint A Special Prosecutor,"by Elizabeth Holtzman, The Progressive, Oct. 19, 2007

"Constitutional Scholar: 9/11 'Highly Convenient' In Allowing Bush To Expand Power,"by David Edwards & Nick Juliano, Raw Story, Oct. 16, 2007

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Middle East Analyst & Historian Juan Cole on U.S. War Plans Against Iran, Turkey and His New Book 'Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East,'"by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Oct. 23, 2007

"The Costs Of War For Oil,"by Bonnie Bricker & Adil E. Shamoo, Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct. 19, 2007

"The Secret History Of The Impending War With Iran That The White House Doesn't Want You To Know,"by John H. Richardson, Esquire, Oct. 18, 2007

"Neighbors Join Call Against Attack On Iran,"Washington Post, Oct. 17, 2007

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"In Turkey, Pressure Builds To Attack Iraq,"Los Angeles Times, Oct. 27, 2007

"Revenging Bloodshed: Who Would You Believe?,"by Brian Cloughley, Counterpunch, Oct. 26, 2007

"Creating A Second War Within Iraq,"by Goran Sadjadi, ZNet, Oct. 26, 2007

"Bush's Free-Fire Zones,"by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Oct. 25, 2007

"(Un)Fair Game: Targeting Iraqis As 'Big Game,'"by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse,, Oct. 25, 2007

"Trillion Dollar War: Afghanistan And Iraq Set To Cost More Than Korea And Vietnam,"Independent/UK, Oct. 24, 2007

"Rain Of Terror In The U.S. Air War In Iraq,"by Chris Floyd, Salon, Oct. 23, 2007

"Iraqis Place Sadr City Toll At 17 As Confusion Over Sunday Fighting Continues,"McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 22, 2007

"Turkish Offensive Would Lead To Humanitarian Crisis, ICRC Warns,"IRIN, Oct. 22, 2007

"Bush's Neo-Imperialist War,"by John Judis, The American Prospect, Oct. 22, 2007

"'Only Part Of Her Neck And Jaw Remained,'"by debel u, Daily Kos, Oct. 17, 2007

"The Casualties Of Iraq,"by Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct. 17, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Breaking Down An Innocent Man: The FBI's Right To Threaten Torture,"by James Bovard, Counterpunch, Oct. 27/28, 2007

"Guantanamo Military Lawyer Breaks Ranks To Condemn 'Unconscionable' Detention,"Independent/UK, Oct. 27, 2007

"Naomi Wolf's Guide To Restoring Liberty In America,"by Naomi Wolf, FireDogLake, Oct. 26, 2007

"The Guantanamo Suicides: Who Is Telling The Truth?,"by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, Oct. 24, 2007

"Wiretapping At Its Worst,"by Brian Beutler, Media Consortium, Oct. 24, 2007

"The Persecution Of Lt. Cmdr. Diaz,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Oct. 23, 2007

"Does Senate FISA Bill Immunize FBI 'Black-Bag Jobs?,'"by Declan McCullagh, CNet News, Oct. 22, 2007

"When Words Are Weapons: Interview With Sherman Austin"by Aura Bogado, ZNet, Oct. 21, 2007

"Claims Of Secret CIA Jail For Terror Suspects On British Island To Be Investigated,"Guardian/UK, Oct. 19, 2007

"Burma On The Potomac: Another Step Deeper Into Tyranny,"by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Oct. 19, 2007

"Why, Even If You Haver Nothing To Hide, Government Surveillance Threatens Your Freedom,"by John W. Dean, FindLaw, Oct. 19, 2007

"Academic Freedom At Risk,"by Saree Makdisi, Counterpunch, Oct. 18, 2007

"Has UK Been Complicit In U.S. Torture Program?,"Independent/UK, Oct. 17, 2007

"The Truth About Telecom Amnesty,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 17, 2007

"Gitmo Whistleblower Condemns Proposals To Hold New Tribunals,"by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, Oct. 17, 2007

"Top Spy Asked To Explain Pre-9/11 Spying Allegations,"Wired News, Oct. 15, 2007

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Media Issues

"The War In The Media,"by Justin Raimondo,, Oct. 26, 2007

"Journalism And Its Discontents,"by Sidney Blumenthal, Salon, Oct. 25, 2007

"The Animal Farm At Home: Myanmar, Iraq, the Empire, And Last Sunday's New York Times,"byPaul Street, ZNet, Oct. 23, 2007

"U.S. Media Control In Iraq And Elsewhere,"by Roger Bybee, ZNet, Oct. 22, 2007

"The Left Must Remain In The Conversation,"by Phillip Bannowsky, The News Journal (Wilmington, DE), Oct. 21, 2007

"The False Beltway Script Never Changes,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 21, 2007

"Who's Afraid Of Michael Moore?,"by John Pilger, The New Statesman/UK, Oct. 21, 2007

"Howie Kurtz, Shailagh Murray And The Vapid Petty Beltway Media Mind,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 20, 2007

"An Assault On Media Diversity And Democracy,"by John Nichols, The Nation, Oct. 19, 2007

"Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic,"Associated Press, Oct. 19, 2007

"FOX (Pro) Business News Is The Latest Insult To Your Intelligence,"by Danny Schechter, Huffington Post, Oct. 17, 2007

More newswire ...


"Protesters Call For End To Iraq War,"Reuters, Oct. 27, 2007

"Iraqi Blood Is 'On Your Hands,' Antiwar Protester Tells Condi,"Raw Story, Oct. 24, 2007

"Protester Waves Blood-Colored Hands In Rice's Face,"Reuters, Oct. 24, 2007

"UAW Sellout At GM And Chrysler,"by Stephen Lendman, ZNet, Oct. 23, 2007

"More Than 60 Arrested Near Capitol,"The Hill, Oct. 22, 2007

"Dropkick Murphys: Friends To The Working Class,"by Paul Piwko & Sarah Bromley, Dollars and Sense, Oct. 22, 2007

"Seven Protesters Arrested At Blackwater's Headquarters,"Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA), Oct. 21, 2007

"Victories In The New Labor Movement,"San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 21, 2007

"Scuffle But No Arrests At IMF/World Bank Protest,"Washington Post, Oct. 21, 2007

"Priests Protesting Torture At Fort Huachuca Jailed For Justice,"by Bill Quigley, Common Dreams, Oct. 17, 2007

"Dissent From The Front Lines,"by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, Oct. 167, 2007

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