This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 28, 2015 for week ending Nov. 6, 2015


"I think the whole idea of an assassination program is misguided, morally, legally and militarily. ... I think the whole thing should be shut down."

– Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor with Harper's Magazine and author of the new book, "Kill Chain," discussing newly published secret documents describing the inner workings of the U.S. drone warfare program

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New Documents Reveal U.S. Drone Program's Deadly Flaws

MP3 Interview with Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor with Harper's Magazine, conducted by Scott Harris


An anonymous whistleblower working within a U.S. intelligence agency recently leaked secret documents to the online investigative publication, "The Intercept." The documents provide an uncensored view of the U.S. drone warfare program's operations in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia between 2011 and 2013. The source for the documents said he provided this information to the press because he "believes the public has a right to understand the process by which people are placed on kill lists and ultimately assassinated on orders from the highest echelons of the U.S. government."  Story continues

Privatization of Public Water Resources Jeopardizes the Affordability and Quality of Water Supplies

MP3 Interview with Mary Grant, director of the Food and Water Watch Public Water for All campaign, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


With the deterioration and lack of investment in the nation's public water supply delivery systems, more water disasters are in the headlines – from a chemical spill in a West Virginia river in January 2014 that affected 300,000 people to the reports this month of serious contamination of the water in Flint, Michigan.  Story continues

Investigative Report Finds Exxon Knew Climate Change was Real, But Funded Deniers to Sow Confusion

MP3 Interview with John H. Cushman Jr., reporter with, conducted by Scott Harris


The Pulitzer Prize-winning online news site, has published a groundbreaking investigative report that revealed that ExxonMobil corporation, the largest and most powerful oil company in the world, had known through its own cutting-edge scientific research that climate change presented a serious threat to the earth’s environment as early as the late 1970s. Despite that knowledge, Exxon spent more than two decades providing millions of dollars in funding to individuals and groups promoting the myth that climate change was uncertain.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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