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Commentary :: Environment

Those Who Move Clouds

Many Thanks To The Artists Whose Work Is Involved In This Presentation.

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Torturers In Our Midst?

When the pictures of prisoner torture from Abu Ghraib broke, most of us were enraged and ashamed of our country. Here in Richmond, we were unaware that this international tragedy had a direct link to our hometown.

CACI, the private military contractor deeply implicated in the abuses at Abu Ghraib, has offices in our fair city at 700 E. Main Street downtown.

On the face of it, CACI is just a computer services firm that does most of its business with the military. The public didn't even know CACI was in the prisoner interrogation business until it was revealed that the army's report on Abu Ghraib names one of their employees, Steven Stephanowicz, as the individual who ordered much of the torture.

The military police that carried out Stephanowicz's orders will be tried for their acts, but a legal loophole allows him and other contracted interrogators to walk free.

In the meantime, the government hasn’t suspended CACI's interrogation work. The company still has 27 interrogators in Iraq. And in the two months since the revelation of CACI’s involvement in Abu Ghraib, the government has awarded the company two more multi-million dollar defense contracts.

Apparently it is now the responsibility of citizens, not the government, to make it known that a corporation should not repeatedly violate the Geneva Conventions and send us the bill. An anti-war march on July 3 brought about 500 people to the doorstep of CACI’s Richmond offices. Groups from DC and Northern Virginia have protested outside the company's corporate headquarters in Arlington.

Even if our government doesn't seem embarrassed to do business with the likes of CACI, we in Richmond can - and should - hold ourselves to a higher standard.

The Virginia Anti-War Coalition, a recently formed group that organized the march, will host a public hearing on CACI Wednesday July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin Street.


(A version of this article appears in the current issue of SLANT, a free local print publication.)

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Commentary :: Elections & Legislation

BTL:Prometheus Radio Project Wins Federal Court Case Overturning...

...FCC Media Deregulation Plan ~ Interview with Hannah Sassaman, The Prometheus Radio Project program director, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris

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Announcement :: International Relations

Wanted Informatioon : Rabinder Singh living in USA

Wanted Information : Rabinder Singh living in USA . fled India after leaking National Secrets , Reward $500,000 . INDIAN COMMUNITY in US please inform about this person to nearest Indian Embassy or email us at psmiindia (at) yahoo.com

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Yes, Virginia IS a Swing State

A new poster and web campaign is letting Virginians know that Bush only won Virginia by 8% in 2000 and that 47% percent of eligible VA voters didn't go to the polls that year.

In the 2000 election Bush won 52% of the Virginia popular vote, Gore got 44%, and Nader 2%.

Virginia carries 13 electoral college votes. Bush got 5 more than Gore in 2000.

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News :: Elections & Legislation



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Commentary :: International Relations

BTL:Violence and Scandals Surround Newly Appointed Iraqi Interim Government

Interview with Denis Halliday, former United Nations under-secretary general and past coordinator of Iraq's oil for food program, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Peace & War : Protest Activity

The Death of Sgt. Van Dale Todd

Are Iraq veterans going to be treated the way Vietnam veterans were?

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News :: Environment

Oops! Lobbyist accidentally exposes nasty tactics

Since 1998, The Competitive Enterprise Institute has received nearly $1.5 million in donations from ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company. Now they're gunning for Senators, like Byrd, in favor of legislation to combat global warming.

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