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For The Week Ending May 23, 2008



  • Group Demands Answers
    on Bush Surveillance
    of Guantanamo Attorneys

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  • Congress Calls on Pentagon
    and FCC to Investigate
    Pro-war Propaganda Operation

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  • Latinos for Universal Health Care Gather for first Regional Conference
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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 Group Demands Answers
on Bush Surveillance
of Guantanamo Attorneys

Interview with Emi MacClean,
staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights,
conducted by Scott Harris


In another chapter in the ongoing challenges to the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping operation, the Center for Constitutional Rights has filed new allegations to support their 2007 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice. The suit demands that the Bush administration turn over all records of surveillance on attorneys representing suspects detained at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base in Cuba.

The lawsuit, Wilner v. NSA, was filed on behalf of 16 attorneys, including law professors and partners at prominent international law firms who represent detainees at Guantanamo and believe they may have been the subject of the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program that began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Justice Department lawyers said they could neither confirm nor deny that detainees' lawyers had been targets of such surveillance.

In this latest court filing, some of the attorneys who believe they are targets state they no longer use office telephones or email and travel thousands of miles to meet witnesses in person rather than risk government wiretaps. One lawyer representing Guantanamo prisoners said government officials, insisting on anonymity, had warned him twice that he "should be careful in his electronic communications." Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Emi MacClean, a staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, who discusses her groups' demand for documents related to government surveillance of lawyers representing Guantanamo detainees.

Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by calling (212) 614-6464 or visit the group's website at

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Congress Calls on Pentagon
and FCC to Investigate
Pro-war Propaganda Operation

Interview with Timothy Karr,
campaign director with Free Press,
conducted by Scott Harris


Since an April 20 New York Times article revealed how the Pentagon recruited and successfully embedded a group of 75 retired U.S. military officers as pro-Iraq war TV network commentators, the media companies that hired them have largely remained silent on the issue. Networks, including Fox News, NBC, CNN, CBS, ABC and NPR used the Pentagon's approved cheeleaders, many of whom had financial ties to military contractors profiting from the war, with little or no questions about possible conflicts of interest.

Thus far, 41 members of the House of Representatives have called on the Pentagon's inspector general to investigate the covert operation. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., described the propaganda program as an "unethical, and potentially illegal, propaganda campaign aimed at deliberately misleading the American public." In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on May 6, Reps. DeLauro and John Dingell, D-Mich., asked the agency to probe whether the Pentagon's special briefings and trips to Iraq offered to the retired officers was sufficient to require sponsorship identification when the analysts appeared on TV. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., demanded the Government Accountability Office look into whether the program violated prohibitions on publicity or propaganda activities.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Timothy Karr, campaign director with Free Press. He explains why his group and others around the nation are demanding accountability from the Pentagon, Bush administration officials and media corporations for an apparently illegal operation that subjected the American public to blatant government propaganda.

Contact Free Press by calling (202) 265-1490 or visit the group's website at

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Latinos for Universal Health Care Gather for first Regional Conference

Interview with Jaime Torres,
co-founder of Latinos for National Health Insurance,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On May 3, Latino leaders from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Massachusetts came together in Meriden, Connecticut, for the first-ever regional Latino summit on universal health care. In a full day of workshops and plenaries, the 60 participants heard about state-level initiatives moving toward universal coverage, in light of inaction on the issue at the federal level.

Those attending the conference were in accord with the Institute of Medicine guidelines that health care must be universal, continuous, portable between jobs, affordable to families and sustainable to the economy. But they added that universal coverage should also be culturally appropriate and provide "geographic equality," at least between urban and rural parts of the U.S. They also considered advocating health coverage in territories outside the U.S., such as Puerto Rico, where many Latinos who live in the U.S. spend significant portions of their lives. Many said they feel a sense of urgency, since Latinos now make up the largest minority group in the U.S. and comprise the highest proportion of those without health insurance.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with New York City-based podiatrist, Dr. Jaime Torres, co-founder in 2005 of Latinos for National Health Insurance. His group co-sponsored the regional summit, along with the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. He discusses his group's support for universal health care and how the issue relates to the debate over immigration.

Contact Latinos for National Health Insurance at (917) 304-6886 or visit their website at:

  • Human rights groups in Colombia say there is a rising number of "extrajudicial killings" by military forces where innocent civilians are slain and labeled as rebels killed in battle. ("Extrajudicial killings on the rise in Colombia," Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2008)
  • The Bush administration has forced out Midwest regional Environmental Protection Agency Director Mary Gade over a dispute involving dioxin pollutants dumped by Dow Chemical in Michigan. ("EPA Official Ousted While Fighting Dow," Chicago Tribune, May 2, 2008; ")
  • Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern's is being challenged over strategy by former SEIU board member Sal Rosselli, president of California-based United Healthcare Workers-West. ("Dissent in the Ranks," In These Times, May 2008)

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"McCain Aides Forced To Quit Over Ties To Burmese Military Junta," by Leonard Doyle, Independent/UK, May 13, 2008

"Finding Obama guilty Of Insufficient Devotion To Israel," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, May 13, 2008

"Whom Do You Trust? Not The GOP," by DemFromCT, Daily Kos, May 13, 2008

"Obama: Don't Fund Independent Groups," by Ben Smith, The Politico, May 13, 2008

"Proof Of Citizenship? Missouri Vies For The Worst Voting Law In The Country," by Art Levine, Huffington Post, May 12, 2008

"Bob Barr To Run For President As Libertarian," Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2008

"As Losses Mount, GOP Begins Looking In The Mirror," Washington Post, May 11, 2008

"Hillary Clinton's Suicidal Gamble With Race Poison," by Andrew Sulivan, Times Online/UK, May 11, 2008

"Young, Evangelical...For Obama?," Seattle Times, May 11, 2008

"GOP Getting Crushed I Polls, Key Races," The Politico, May 10, 2008

"Slowly But Surely, Secretive Superdelegates Opt For Obama," Guardian/UK, May 10, 2008

"Juan Crow In Georgia," by Roberto Lovato, The Nation, May 8, 2008

"McCain Embraces Bush's Radical Views Of Executive Power," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, May 7, 2008

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Bush Regime

"McCain And The 'Unitary Executive,'" by Robert Parry, Consortium News, May 13, 2008

"Was Karl Rove Involved In The Military Analyst Program?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, May 13, 2008

"Rumsfeld On 2006 Election: 'The Correction For That...Is An Attack,'" by Jason Linkins, Huffington Post, May 13, 2008

"The Republican Dictatorship," by Glenn Greenwald,, May 9, 2008

"Government In Secret," by Sen. Russ Feingold, Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2008

"Judge Orders CIA To Turn Over 'Torture' Memo: ACLU," Reuters, May 8, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Disturbing Stirrings: Ratcheting Up For War On Iran," by Stephen Lendman, ZNet, May 13, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Ex-Officials: Bush Administration Ignored Iraq Corruption," Associated Press, May 12, 2008

"In Sadr City, A Ceasefire Is Put To The Test, And Fails," The New York Times, May 12, 2008

"'Ghost City' Mosul Braces For assault On Last Bastion Of Al-Qaeda In Iraq," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, May 12, 2008

"U.S. Military Hits A Wall In Sadr City," Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2008

"Iraq War as Incubator Of Terrorism," by Joel Brinkley, San Francisco Chronicle, May 11, 2008

"Iraq Contractor In Shooting Case Makes Comeback," The New York Times, May 10, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Why The Police Wouldn't Tase Me When I Asked Them To," by Danielle Egan, The Tyee, May 13, 2008

"ACLU Says Membership Has Doubled-Thanks To Bush Presidency," Salt Lake City Tribune (Utah), May 13, 2008

"The Survivors' Stories Leave No Doubt: Guantanamo Makes Us All Less Safe," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, May 13, 2008

"Invasions Of Privacy By Corporate Spies-For-Hire," by Katrina vanden Heuvel & Greg Kauffmann, The Nation, May 12, 2008

"Domestic Spying Far Outpaces Terrorism Prosecutions," Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2008

"Ex-Gitmo Suicide Bomber Fuels Pentagon Propaganda," by Andy Worthington,, May 12, 2008

"Three Suspended For Not Standing For Pledge Of Allegiance," Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 10, 2008

"Judge Drops General; From Detainee Trial," The New York Times, May 10, 2008

"Pressed Freedom," by Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe, May 8, 2008

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Media Issues

"New Media As A Counter To Old Media Concentration," by Neil Netanel, Balkinization, May 12, 2008

"How The Military Analyst Program Controlled News Coverage: In The Pentagon's Own Words," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, May 10, 2008

"Shocker: More Revelations About Pentagon's Illegal Propaganda Campaign," by Greg Mitchell, Daily Kos, May 10, 2008

"CNN, The Pentagon's 'Military Analyst Program' And Gitmo," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, May 9, 2008

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"GM Crop Foes March In Germany As UN Summit Starts," Reuters, May 13, 2008

"Nixon's Savage Attack On The Greatest Antiwar Movement In U.S. History," by Rick Perlstein, AlterNet, May 12, 2008

"Teamsters & Taxi Drivers," by Steve Early, New Labor Forum, May 12, 2008

"Protest Camps Against Military Bases In Japan And Italy," by Ann Wright, Truthout, May 11, 2008

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