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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
"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
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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
House Defies Bush DemandThe U.S. Senate, by a vote of 68 to 29 on Feb. 11, authorized President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program and granted retroactive immunity to the telecommunication companies that participated in the surveillance operation initiated after the September 11 terrorist attacks. However, the House of Representatives, whose own version of the surveillance bill did not include immunity for the telecom companies, resisted pressure from the White House to fall in line with the Senate bill.
for Telecom Warrantless Wiretap Immunity
Interview with Caroline Fredrickson,
director of the ACLU,
Washington Legislative Office,
conducted by Scott Harris
Although House Democratic leaders were willing to extend by 30 days the expiring Protect America Act, a temporary surveillance bill passed last August, the president threatened to veto any extension. Unable to extend the time to hammer out a House-Senate compromise, House leaders let the Protect America Act expire on Feb. 16.
In response to the House action, President Bush blamed Congress for placing the United States in "more danger of attack" because his favored domestic wiretapping legislation was not passed. But despite the fact that U.S. intelligence agencies still have the tools to monitor the communications of suspected terrorists, the president and Republican legislators are clearly attempting to use this issue to make national security a political issue in the 2008 election. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Caroline Frederickson, director of the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office, who talks about the ongoing battle over President Bush's warrantless surveillance program and the unexpected resistance in the House to providing retroactive immunity for telecom companies.
Contact the ACLU by calling (212) 549-2500 or visit the group's website at www.aclu.org
Planned Guantanamo Trials DenyOn Feb. 11, the Bush administration announced it would charge six detainees held at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, alleged to be involved in the planning of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Among those being charged are Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the purported mastermind of the 9/11 conspiracy. This is the first set of charges brought by U.S. authorities against Guantanamo detainees that related directly to involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks.
9/11 Defendants Basic Rights
Interview with Marjorie Cohn,
president of the National Lawyers Guild,
conducted by Scott Harris
These trials will be conducted under the rules outlined in the Military Commissions Act passed in 2006 by the Republican-controlled Congress in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the original Bush trial procedures at Guantanamo were unconstitutional.
Although the Military Commissions Act forbids the admission of evidence extracted by torture, it permits evidence obtained by cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment if it was secured before Dec. 30, 2005. Thus, the Bush administration's refusal to declare waterboarding as an act of torture will be a key issue in these trials. Other procedures criticized allow a trial to proceed in the absence of the accused, places the power to appoint judges in the hands of the Secretary of Defense, permits the introduction of hearsay and evidence obtained without a warrant, and denies the accused the right to see all of the evidence against them. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Marjorie Cohn, president of the National Lawyers Guild, and professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, who assesses the legitimacy and fairness of the trials planned for these six Guantanamo detainees.
Marjorie Cohn is author of "Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law." Contact the Lawyers Guild at (212) 627-2656 or visit their website at NLG.org Read professor Cohn's articles online at her website MarjorieCohn.com
Kansas Late-Term Abortion DoctorEfforts to limit women's access to reproductive health care are continuing in the U.S. since the anti-abortion movement's victory last April in the Gonzales v. Carhart decision at the Supreme Court, which ruled against one late-term abortion method, dilation and evacuation, called partial birth abortion by its opponents.
Targeted by Anti-Choice Groups
Interview with Julie Burkhart,
executive director of ProKanDo,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Kansas is the unlikely epicenter of the struggle, where Dr. George Tiller runs a clinic in Wichita, in Sedgwick County, that provides late-term abortion services for women from around the country. After a grand jury convened in 2006 found that Dr. Tiller was not carrying out illegal abortions, another so-called citizen grand jury is making a second attempt to put him out of business.
Meanwhile, 10 states have incorporated the right to abortion into their state laws, while four states have passed legislation that would impose near-total criminal bans on abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Several other states have unconstitutional and unenforceable criminal bans on abortion. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Julie Burkhart, executive director of ProKanDo, a pro-women, pro-choice advocacy organization in Kansas. She explains the special place that Dr. Tiller holds in the reproductive rights movement, and the fight ahead for Kansans standing up to anti-choice forces.
Visit ProKanDo's website at ProKanDo.org. Feminist Majority is building national support for Dr. Tiller. Learn more about their campaign by calling (703) 522-2214 or visit their website at feministmajority.org.
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Segment producers: Scott Harris, Melinda Tuhus
Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
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"Obama Extends Streak With Ninth Victory Over Clinton," The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2008
"Obama's Voice, Edwards' Message," by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, Feb. 18, 2008
"RNC Donor Event Outlines Obama Attack Plan," by Jeffrey Ressner, Politico, Feb. 18, 2008
"Jonah's Fascism," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 17, 2008
"The Grand Old White Party," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Feb. 17, 2008
"The Fun And Excitement Of Civilization Wars (Fought From Afar)," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 17, 2008
"The Donna Edwards Effect?," by Pachacutec, Firedoglake, Feb. 17, 2008
"California GOP Split As State Convention Nears," San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 16, 2008
"Harlem Mystery: Did Rangel's District Go For Obama?," by John Nichols, The Nation, Feb. 16, 2008
"Bill Clinton Scolds Wisconsin," by Ruth Conniff, The Progressive, Feb. 15, 2008
"John McCain Sells His Soul: Backs Off On Torture Ban," by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, Feb. 15, 2008
"the Key To Winning Ohio: Economic Populism," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Feb. 15, 2008
"Can The Democrats Think Big?," by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, Feb. 15, 2008
"Shades Of Chicago," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Feb. 14, 2008
"The Maverick Myth," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Feb. 12, 2008
"The Courts and Congress Affirmatively Conceal And Protect Lawbreaking," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 19, 2008
"Does Ben Bernanke Have To Go?," by Dean Baker, Truthout, Feb. 18, 2008
"Justice Official Defends Rough CIA Interrogations," Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2008
"CIA's Ambitious Spy Plan Falters," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 16, 2008
"The Leader Isn't Protecting Us And Keeping Us Safe," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 16, 2008
"Congress Cites Bolten and Miers for Contempt--But Is The Issue Really Impeachment?," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 15, 2008
"Lowering The Bar: Well, At Least We're Not As Bad As The Spanish Inquisition," by Marty Lederman, Balkinization, Feb. 14, 2008
"A Veto Of The FISA Bill Endangers Americans," by Keith Olbermann, MSNBC Countdown, Feb. 14, 2008
"Not So Fast There, Ana," by Marty Lederman, Balkinization, Feb. 14, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Bush & ExxonMobil Vs. Chavez," by Stephen Lendman, ZNet, Feb. 19, 2008
"Can The U.S. Brace It's Fall?," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Feb. 18, 2008
"Is Washington Undermining Democracy In Bolivia?," by Mark Weisbrot, AlterNet, Feb. 16, 2008
"Meet John McCain: Mr. Big Stick In Latin America," by Nikolas Kozloff, ZNet, Feb. 14, 2008
"The Post-Fidel Moment," by Rubrick Biegon, Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 14, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"The Million Year War: How Never To Withdraw From Iraq," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, Feb. 19, 2008
"The Bleak Picture On The 'War On Terror' Central Front," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 19, 2008
"Afghan Blast Deadliest Since Fall Of Taliban," Telegraph/UK, Feb. 18, 2008
"Iraq Guards Abandon Posts In Protest," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 17, 2008
"Deal Between Key Iraq Shiite Figures Collapses," Agence France Presse, Feb. 17, 2008
"U.S. Soldiers Kill Unarmed Iraqis And Afghanis," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 15, 2008
"Ground-Truthing The Surge: Is The U.S. Really Bringing Stability To Baghdad?," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Feb. 15, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The National Surveillance State," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 19, 2008
"U.S. Supreme Court Throws out Wiretapping Case," Agence France Presse, Feb. 19, 2008
"California Court Wipes Wikileaks.org Out Of Existence," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, Feb. 18, 2008
"A Check On Abuse Of Power," by Ben Wizner, Albany Times Union (New York), Feb. 17, 2008
"The Valentine's Day Torture Trifecta," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 16, 2008
"Tortured Evidence: Injustice At Guantanamo," by Marjorie Cohn, Jurist, Feb. 15, 2008
"Courting Injustice: Scalia On Torture," by Jacob Hornberger, Counterpunch, Feb. 15, 2008
"Snoops Always Ring Twice: Bush's Protect America Bill Bull," by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, Feb. 15, 2008
"Jose Padilla Brings Torture To Trial," by Doug Cassel, In These Times, Feb. 14, 2008
"No One Is Safe: The Ruling Class Unleashed," by Arthur Silber, Once Upon A Time..., Feb. 13, 2008
"'Partnership For Protection'-And For The Destruction Of Liberty And, Possibly, Of You," by Arthur Silber, Once Upon A Time..., Feb. 11, 2008
"Alternative Publishing And Its Problems," by Michael Albert, ZNet, Feb. 19, 2008
"Rush Limbaugh Is Trying To Tear The GOP Apart," by Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America, Feb. 15, 2008
"Who Is Really On The Defensive? Hugo Chavez And High Anxiety At The NYT," by Patrick Irelan, Counterpunch, Feb. 13, 2008
"Couple Takes Unexpected Journey To Protest Iraq War," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Feb. 18, 2008
"Nonviolent Action And Pro-Democracy Struggles," by Stephen Zunes, Portside, Feb. 17, 2008