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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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For The Week Ending Aug. 31, 2007

  • Bush Administration Outsourcing
    of Work at U.S. Intelligence Agencies
    Creates Conflicts of Interest

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  • USA Patriot Act Revision Gives
    U.S. Attorney General New Power
    on Death Row Federal Appeals

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  • White House Withholds Key Documents
    From Congressional Investigation of Pat Tillman's Death

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Bush Administration Outsourcing
of Work at U.S. Intelligence Agencies
Creates Conflicts of Interest

Interview with author R.J. Hillhouse,
conducted by Scott Harris


Over the next five years, the Defense Intelligence Agency intends to spend up to $1 billion to hire private contractors to both collect and analyze data for the Pentagon. The recently announced plans at the DIA reflect the trend toward growing privatization throughout government -- and especially in intelligence agencies -- under the Bush administration.

Corporations hired by the government produce much of the information presented in the President's Daily Brief on national security matters. Between 50 and 60 percent of the workforce of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, responsible for the gathering of human intelligence around the world, is comprised of a workforce drawn from for-profit corporations. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed this spring that 70 percent of the intelligence budget now goes to private contractors.

There are growing concerns about the outsourcing of government intelligence work. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said some activities are so sensitive that it may not be appropriate for the government to contract these activities out.

According to press reports, many companies that are hired to work for the CIA and other intelligence agencies are headed by former employees of those agencies. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author R.J. Hillhouse, whose article titled, "Outsourcing Intelligence: How Bush Gets His National Intelligence from Private Companies," appeared in the July 31 edition of the Nation magazine. She examines the conflict of interest and other dangers she sees in the increasing privatization of work done within U.S. intelligence agencies.

R.J. Hillhouse recently published novel dealing with intelligence agency issues is titled, "Outsourced."

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USA Patriot Act Revision Gives
U.S. Attorney General New Power
on Death Row Federal Appeals

Interview with Richard Dieter,
executive director,
The Death Penalty Information Center,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


One of the revisions in the USA Patriot Act reauthorized by Congress in 2006 moves the decision-making power about whether a death row inmate has received adequate legal representation for a federal appeal from the courts to the U.S. attorney general. It also reduces the time allotted for appeals, effectively increasing the chances of innocent people being executed.

The legislation was passed and signed into law by President Bush, and implementation regulations are now being written. There is a public comment period, in which some of the regulations could be modified, but the role of the U.S. attorney general can only be changed by another act of Congress.

The number of people executed annually has dropped about 40 percent -- from 99 in 1998 to 53 last year. The number of people sentenced to death by states has also declined. But, under the Bush administration the number of federal death row inmates has increased. Overall, 3,300 people are now sitting on death row.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. He explains how the law will work and what the impact is likely to be on prisoners facing execution.

Contact the Death Penalty Information Center at (202) 289-2275 or visit their website at

White House Withholds Key Documents
From Congressional Investigation of Pat Tillman's Death

Interview with Brandon Friedman,
vice chair of,
conducted by Scott Harris


Not long after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, pro-football star Pat Tillman turned down a multi-million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals and joined the U.S. Army. While serving in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, Corporal Tillman was killed on April 22, 2004. Although military investigators soon determined that the former NFL player had been killed by "friendly fire," Pentagon officials advised the family and the public that he had died a hero during a firefight with enemy troops -- a story repeated by the White House.

Pat Tillman's mother, Mary, has accused the Bush administration of covering up the facts surrounding her son's death, and awarding him a posthumous Silver Star in order to exploit his death to bolster support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In congressional hearings, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and a succession of generals maintained that the flawed information about Tillman's death was due to incompetence and not a conspiracy.

However, citing "executive privilege," the White House has refused to turn over documents related to Tillman's death to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Representative Henry Waxman, D-Calif. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Brandon Friedman, who served with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in Iraq and Afghanistan. Friedman, who is now vice -chairman of, discusses his group's concern about a possible government cover-up in reporting the death of Pat Tillman.

Friedman's recently published book is titled, "The War I Always Wanted: The Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War."

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Many displaced New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina are still living in FEMA trailers after President Bush pledged to create urban homesteading initiatives. ("Bush Reneges on Housing Pledge," The Progressive, August 2007)
  • Since Thailand's former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was deposed in a bloodless coup last September, the government has blocked over 11,000 websites and ordered 300 community radio stations to suspend broadcasting. ("Shuttering the Sites," American Prospect, July/August, 2007)
  • A quarter of all American workers receive no paid vacation or paid holidays off, and nearly half of all private sector workers get no paid sick days. ("What Vacation Days?" In These Times, July 2007)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 8/24/07

U.S. Politics

"Gonzales' Resignation Should Not Impede Inquiry Into War Crimes,"by Roberto J. Gonzalez, 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 ...

Bush Regime

"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,, 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,, 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 ...

Media Issues

"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 Gonzalez, Democracy Now!, Aug. 26, 2007

"Kennebunkport Antiwar Rally: 'Ready For A Change,'" Maine Sunday Telegram (Portland, ME), Aug. 26, 2007

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