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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
"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
"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001
"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
"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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Democrats SurrenderIn the tug of war between the White House and Congress over President Bush's warrantless surveillance program, it appears that the Democrats, who control both the House and Senate, have blinked. On June 20, the House passed an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by a vote of 293 to 129. The act grants sweeping new powers to the executive branch to collect data on overseas phone calls and email and provides retroactive immunity to telephone companies that participated in the president's wiretap program. If signed into law, 47 pending lawsuits filed against phone companies for their role in the spy program would be thrown out of court.
on Warrantless Surveillance
and Telecom Immunity
Interview with Kevin Bankston,
senior staff attorney with
Electronic Frontier Foundation
,conducted by Scott Harris
The so-called compromise bill was seen by many critics as a Democratic party surrender to the Bush administration's use of fear tactics, charging legislators who opposed the bill as "being soft on terrorism" in an important election year. Many supporters of Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, were upset by his change in position on the bill. Sen. Obama had initially opposed granting retroactive immunity to telecommunication companies involved in the spy program, but now says he will support the compromise measure when it comes up for a vote in the Senate.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has a pending class action lawsuit against phone company giant AT&T for their role in illegally allowing the NSA to monitor customer phone and email communications. Bankston discusses the failure of the FISA legislation to impose meaningful judicial oversight on the government's power to spy on Americans and hold government officials and corporations accountable for breaking the law.
Contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation by calling (415) 436-9333 or visit their website at www.stopthespying.org or www.eff.org
Development of Solar Power JeopardizedWith oil being traded at over $140 a barrel, and gasoline selling for more than $4 a gallon, energy issues have risen to the top of the agenda in this year's presidential election campaign. John McCain and other Republicans are advocating the scrapping of environmental regulations to begin drilling for oil offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as well as building new nuclear power plants. Democrat Barack Obama is pushing for increased national fuel efficiency standards to reduce consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while pledging to invest in new research to develop renewable energy sources.
by Government Freeze on
Interview with Kate Johnson,
member of the Sierra Club's global warming and energy team,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
One of the most promising and limitless renewable energy sources, solar power, is growing in the U.S., but is still just a tiny fraction of the total energy mix, dwarfed by fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. Energy researchers say that solar will need serious government support to become a viable alternative. But two recent developments have set up potential roadblocks. One, Congress must vote by the end of the year to extend the solar investment tax credits that have helped the industry grow, or they will expire. And two, the Bush administration just declared a moratorium on new solar projects on public lands, while it conducts environmental impact studies on the 130 applications for solar power plants already received.
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Kate Johnson, a member of the Sierra Club's global warming and energy team. She describes the hurdles that solar energy companies face, the preferential treatment the fossil fuel industry receives from the Bush administration, and legislation pending in Congress that could improve solar's chances for viability.
Contact the Sierra Club by calling (202) 547-1141 or visit their website at www.sierraclub.org
Diebold Whistleblower HasWhile working as a word processor in a California law office in January 2004, Steve Heller made a fateful decision to steal and publicly reveal legal documents proving that Diebold Election Systems Inc. was using illegal, uncertified software in their California voting machines.
Grave Concerns About
2008 Election Integrity
Interview with Steve Heller,
election protection whistleblower,
conducted by Scott Harris
Four months later, based partly on the information that Heller released, then California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley de-certified Diebold voting machines, for what he charged was the company's, "fraudulent," "despicable" and "deceitful behavior." For his theft of the legal documents from the law firm representing Diebold, Heller was charged with 3 felonies, fined $10,000 in restitution - and placed on probation for three years.
After observing what he believed to be blatant examples of voter suppression in Ohio, during the 2004 presidential election, Heller dedicated his time and energy to exposing violations of the Voting Rights Act and protecting the integrity of future elections. He has recently served as a consultant to Dennis Kucinich on the Ohio Congressman's filing of 35 Articles of Impeachment against George W. Bush. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Steve Heller, who recounts his experience as an election protection whistleblower, and his concerns about the integrity of election machinery in this year's presidential election.
Read Steve Heller's articles online at www.VelvetRevolution.us and www.bradblog.com
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
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Bill Cosentino
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Newswire editor: Hank Hoffman
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"Obama 'Shift To Center' And The Narrow Authoritarian Trend In American Politics," by Paul Street, ZNet, July 1, 2008
"How Ignorant Are We? The Voters Choose... But On The Basis Of What?," by Tom Engelhardt & Rick Schenkman, TomDispatch, July 1, 2008
"Swift Boaters Support McCain," by Ari Berman, The Nation, July 1, 2008
"Obama Network Organizes And Revolts Over Spy Bill," by Ari Melber, Huffington Post, June 30, 2008
"Battle For The Bench," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, June 30, 2008
"Barack Care Versus John Care: Health Care Under The Next President," by Dean Baker, Truthout, June 30, 2008
"Iran-Contra's 'Lost Chapter,'" by Robert Parry, Consortium News, June 30, 2008
"Lack Of Money Hobbling 'Republican Attack Machine,'" McClatchy Newspapers, June 29, 2008
"Florida's 2008 Election Landscape Looking More Like 2000," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, June 28, 2008
"Progressives And Netroots Feeling Abandoned As Obama Tacks Rightward," by Jason Rosenbaum & Sam Stein, Huffington Post, June 28, 2008
"In Campaign, One Man's Pragmatism Is Another's Flip-Flopping," Washington Post, June 28, 2008
"Obama's Draconian New Death Penalty Stance," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, June 27, 2008
"Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Millionaire's Amendment,'" McClatchy Newspapers, June 26, 2008
"The Subprime Swindle: Is The Mortgage Industry Bankrupting Black America?," by Kai Wright, The Nation, June 26, 2008
"Will Obama Feel The Sting Of Social Networking?," by Mike Stark, Open Left, June 26, 2008
"Is Obama Turning Out To Be Just Another Politician?," McClatchy Newspapers, June 26, 2008
"Democrats Capitulate On FISA," by Julian Sanchez, The American Prospect, June 25, 2008
"Would President McCain Obey The Law?," by Jacob Sullum, Reason Magazine, June 25, 2008
"The Truth Is Out On CIA And Torture," by Milt Bearden, Washington Independent, July 1, 2008
"The 10 Most Awesomely Bad Moments Of The Bush Presidency," by Brad Reed, AlterNet, July 1, 2008
"What Bush Hath Wrought," by Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston Globe, July 1, 2008
"Bush's Top General Quashed Torture Dissent," by Mark Benjamin, Salon, June 30, 2008
"Congress To Bush And Cheney: Do What You Want In Iraq," by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, June 29, 2008
"Bush And The Press Vs. The Constitution: The Washington Post On Habeas Corpus," by Jeremy Hammond, Counterpunch, June 28/29, 2008
"Defending The President As Tyrant," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, June 27, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Does Iran Have Bush Over A Barrel?," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, July 1, 2008
"Stirring Up Pandora's Box In Iran," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, June 30, 2008
"Iran Threatens To Shut Down Persian Gulf Oil Lanes If Attacked," Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2008
"Report: Iran Will Use Oil As Weapon If Attacked," MSNBC, June 28, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Iraq To Open Oil Fields For 35 Foreign Companies; Initial No-Bid Contracts Delayed," The New York Times, July 1, 2008
"Amid Policy Disputes, Qaeda Grows In Afghanistan," The New York Times, June 30, 2008
"Afghanistan Deadlier Than Iraq Again For Troops," Associated Press, June 30, 2008
"U.S. Advised Iraqi Ministry On Oil Deals," The New York Times, June 30, 2008
"The Urge To Surge: Don't Count On The 'Good News' In Iraq," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, June 29, 2008
"Crisis Grows In Iraq Over U.S. Raid That Killed Maliki Relative," McClatchy Newspapers, June 28, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Judges Cite Need For Reliable Evidence To Hold Detainees," Washington Post, July 1, 2008
"Alice In Guantanamo," by Andy Worthington, Antiwar.com, July 1, 2008
"Canadian Loses U.S. Appeal In Syrian Torture Case," Reuters, June 30, 2008
"Through The Looking Glass: Indefinite Detention And The Parhat Case," by Marty Lederman, Balkinization, June 30, 2008
"'And You'll Have To Leave That Laptop With Us,'" by ohmproject, Daily Kos, June 30, 2008
"Torture Cannot Coexist With A Humane Society," by Bob Herbert, The New York Times, June 30, 2008
"In Courts, Afghanistan Air Base May Become Next Guantanamo," Washington Post, June 29, 2008
"This Surveillance Onslaught Is Draconian And Creepy," by Marina Hyde, Guardian/UK, June 28, 2008
"AT&T Whistleblower: Spy Bill Creates 'Infrastructure For A Police State,'" by Ryan Singel, Wired News, June 26, 2008
"The Torture Taint," by Brian Beutler, The American Prospect, June 26, 2008
"You're On Candid Camera: The Bush Administration Now Wants To Watch You From The Sky," by Michael Isikoff & Mark Hosenball, Newsweek, June 25, 2008
Environment and Sustainability
"The Global Seed Police: Monsanto And GM Food," by Binoy Kampmark, Counterpunch, July 1, 2008
"Global Warming's Twin Evil: Wildfires And Drought," by Dr. Reese Halter, AlterNet, June 30, 2008
"Environmentalism's Legacy," by Pierre Tristam, Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), June 29, 2008
"When Words Fail: Climate Change Activists Have Chosen A Magic Number," by Bill McKibben,. Orion Magazine, June 29, 2008
"No Ice At The North Pole: Polar Scientists Reveal Dramatic New Evidence Of Climate Change," Independent/UK, June 27, 2008
"Will The World Survive GM Cultures And The Damge To The Earth's Eco-Systems?," by Siv O'Neall, ZNet, June 27, 2008
"At The Height Of An Energy Crisis, Fat Cat CEOs Still Litter The Skies With Private Jets," by Chuck Collins & Sarah Anderson, Baltimore Sun, June 27, 2008
"Will The Last Superpower Recognize In Time What We Have To Do To Save The Planet?," by David Korten, YES! Magazine, June 27, 2008
"Living On The Ice Shelf: Welcome To The Next Epoch," by Tom Engelhardt & Mike Davisa, TomDispatch, June 26, 2008
"Environmental Enron: The Clean Coal Con," by Peter Montague, Counterpunch, June 23, 2008
"Nanotech: Why Something So Small Can Be So Dangerous," by Carole Bass, Yale Environment 360, June 23, 2008
"Killing Farmers With Killer Seeds: Biotech's Assault On Mexico," by John Ross, June 23, 2008
"Does The United States Have A Free Press And A Healthy Democracy?," by Paul Woodward, War In Context, July 1, 2008
"Freedom Of The Press Moguls," by Chris Lehmann, In These Times, June 27, 2008
"McClatchy And the Downsizing Of Journalism," Institute for Southern Studies, June 26, 2008
"The Ambiguous Legacy of '68," by Slavoj Zizek, In These Times, June 20, 2008