Show Details for October 29th, 2006

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Confession That Formed Base of Iraq War was Acquired Under Torture: Journalist
UN Official: US Terror Law May Violate International Treaties
Cheney Confirms That Detainees Were Subjected to Water-Boarding
CIA Tried to Silence EU on Torture Flights
Tackle Climate Change or Face Deep Recession, World’s Leaders Warned
FDA Hearing Will Review Rules for `Functional’ Foods
Voter Registration Lists May Foil Voters
Shannon Young, live from Oaxaca, MexicO

Fedeal Police invade Oaxaca

Shannon Young is a former Houstonian and Monitor co-host, now living in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish, and is on the staff of Free Speech Radio News.

Oaxaca has seen a teachers’ strike in May of this year grow into an expanded strike and determined attempts to rid the province of its governor. There have been blockades, and increasingly, a violent response from the state government. Now, an IndyMedia photojournalist has been shot and killed there. Mexican President Vicente Fox has sent into federal troops today. Shannon will update us on this tense situation.

<> ~ 6:35 pm CST — Two computer scientists tell how they

hacked actual US voting machines

1. Finnish computer scientist Harri Hursti told Monitor listeners how he hacked a Diebold optical scan election system right in front of the chief election official (Ion Sancho of Tallahassee, Florida). June 2005.

2. Princeton University professor of computer science and public affairs Ed Felten is known for his groundbreaking work in computer security. This is a clip of the findings he shared with Monitor listeners in September 2006.

Diebold DREs are the most widely used electronic voting platform in the United States. The Diebold TS is used in a total of 357 counties across the country representing about 10% of voters. The entire states of Maryland and Georgia depend on the Diebold TS. Prof. Felten’s team examined the Diebold TS, and found that:

Malicious software running on a single voting machine can steal votes with little if any risk of detection. The malicious software can modify all of the records, audit logs, and counters kept by the voting machine, so that even careful forensic examination of these records will find nothing amiss. We have constructed demonstration software that carries out this vote-stealing attack. …The AccuVote-TS machine we studied is vulnerable to attacks that steal votes from one candidate and give them to another. Such attacks can be carried out without leaving any evidence of fraud in the system’s logs.

Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine
by Ed Felten et al.
(includes video)

“Hotel Minibar” Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines
September 18, 2006
by Ed Felten
Freedom to Tinker

Even A Remote Chance?
By Pokey Anderson
July 2006

Election Integrity Film coming

Hacking Democracy by Russell Michaels
Premieres on HBO — Thursday, November 2, with multiple showings to follow

Musician Hank Woji

An experienced musician, Hank Woji now lives in Houston after many years playing in the NY/NJ metro area. His music combines elements of Folk, Blues, and Rock with Brasilian, Cuban, African and Indian rhythms. In 2002, Hank was chosen as one of the top 40 songwriters in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Competition. His work on his album “Medallion” has gotten Hank nominated for the “Producer of the Year” award, by the Academy of Texas Music.

He will play a song or two for us today. His newest album is “Patriot Games.” All profits from the single from that album, by the same name, will go to United for Peace and Justice (



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