The Lie Factory
In the March/April 2003 issue of Mother Jones, Robert Dreyfuss chronicled how Washington hawks spent some 30 years crafting a strategy to gain control of the Persian Gulf. Much of this plan's impetus came from think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Project for the New American Century. In 1998, PNAC sent a letter to President Clinton warning that Iraq posed "a threat in the Middle East more serious than any we have known since the end of the Cold War." Among the signatories were Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Perle. In "Truth, War, and Consequences," the PBS series Frontline lays out the influence of Perle and the State Department's Future of Iraq Project. Frontline's website contains interviews, links, and a streaming version of the documentary.
The Soul of the New Machine
Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform website lists politicians—including George W. Bush and some 250 members of Congress—who have signed its National Taxpayer Protection Pledge. ATR's target="new">K Street Project unearths the political affiliations of Washington's most powerful lobbyists. Norquist's audacious comments are legendary. In a recent Fresh Air interview, available on the program's website, he likened the estate tax to the Holocaust.
Gods and Monsters
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office maintains a digital archive of all patents granted during its 213-year history. Boston-based Advanced Cell Technology is developing pigs with humanlike organs and creating human breasts, bladders, and bones in the lab. Dr. Stuart Newman's ally, Jeremy Rifkin, is the author of The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World (J.P. Tarcher 1998). Brazilian artist Eduardo Kac is touring the world with Alba, an albino rabbit whose jellyfish genes make it glow green under ultraviolet light. More on Kac's controversial "Ars Chimera" project can be found on his website or in his self-published book, It's Not Easy Being Green!
Soldiers in a Forgotten War
The United Nations' Information Centre for Liberia provides current information on humanitarian efforts. The rebel group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) maintains a website containing its manifesto and information on its leader, Sekou Dammate Conneh. For more on Charles Taylor's bloody rise to power, see journalist Bill Berkeley's The Graves Are Not Yet Full: Race, Tribe, and Power in the Heart of Africa (Basic Books 2001).
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Jane Mayer's article "Lost in the Jihad," published in the New Yorker in March 2003, details the collapse of the Justice Department's case against John Walker Lindh. Jesselyn Radack's Coalition for Civil Rights and Democratic Liberties opposes "sacrificing freedom in the name of freedom" and manages her legal-defense fund. The Government Accountability Project encourages and advises governmental and corporate whistleblowers. C. Fred Alford's Whistleblowers: Broken Lives and Organizational Power (Cornell University 2001) explores the psychology of "ethical heroics" and questions the media's portrayal of whistleblowers as martyrs.
Against All Odds
Founded in 1839, London-based Anti-Slavery International is the world's oldest human-rights group and the sole international organization that focuses exclusively on eliminating this persistent problem. It has led recent campaigns against bonded labor in Nepal and child slavery in Congo. In 2000, ASI formed an American offshoot called Free the Slaves.
Waiting for Gitmo
Details of the International Committee of the Red Cross' efforts on behalf of the Guantanamo detainees, as well as audio interviews with Red Cross officials about their experiences at Camp Delta, are on its website. Human Rights Watch has persistently criticized the Guantanamo detentions, from the treatment of child prisoners to America's "double standards" toward international law. The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights is representing several detainees.
New Mexico's Strange Love
The Defense Department's Nuclear Posture Review recommends increasing production of plutonium "pits" used to make nuclear weapons, despite problems at the Rocky Flats facility outside Denver. The Colorado Department of Public Health has documented the site's 37-year history of contamination and health risks. The Federation of American Scientists has compiled details on new-generation weapons such as "tactical nukes" and "bunker busters."
Monsanto vs. the Milkman
The Minnesota-based Organic Consumers Association collects data on bovine growth hormones and provides information on hormone-free milk producers. The Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, and the European Union have all studied the safety and efficacy of rBGH. The target="new">website for Monsanto's rBGH Posilac features testimonials from satisfied customers, such as a Florida farmer who says, "I use Posilac because it makes me money."
Hellraiser: Trina Magi
The American Library Association has analyzed how the Patriot Act compromises privacy and intellectual freedom in libraries. It also offers librarians guidelines on "what to do before, during and after a 'knock at the door'" from law enforcement. The Department of Justice has tried to assuage fears about the act with a website devoted to defending it, lifeandliberty.gov.