Show Details for April 15th, 2007

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This week’s Guests:

  — Independent journalist Wayne Madsen discusses the “loss” of Karl Rove’s emails

  — Election activist Nancy Tobi on what the powerful Election Assistance Commission is up to


— Independent journalist Wayne Madsen discusses the “loss” of Karl Rove’s emails

Wayne Madsen

Monitor co-host Mark Bebawi’s guest today is Wayne Madsen.  Topics will be the missing emails of Karl Rove, and also Paul Wolfowitz of the World Bank.

Madsen is a Senior Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-partisan privacy public advocacy group in Washington, DC. He is also a freelance investigative journalist, and has written for The Village Voice, The Progressive, CAQ, Counterpunch, and the Intelligence Newsletter. Mr. Madsen is the author of The Handbook of Personal Data Protection (London: Macmillan, 1992), an acclaimed reference book on international data protection law.

Madsen has some twenty years experience in computer security and data privacy. As a U.S. Naval Officer he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation.



The Bush administration’s terrible luck with finding documents
By Glenn Greenwald
April 12, 2007


 Election activist Nancy Tobi on what the powerful Election Assistance Commission is up to

Nancy Tobi

Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson’s guest today is Nancy Tobi of New Hampshire.  She is the author of numerous articles on election integrity, including “The Gifts of HAVA: Time to Ask for a Refund,” “What’s Wrong with the Holt Bill,”and the newly released “We’re Counting the Votes: An Election Preparedness Kit.”

She is co-founder of Democracy for New Hampshire, and Chair of the Democracy for New Hampshire Fair Elections Committee. Her writings may be found at

She has recently attended two Election Assistance Commission (EAC) meetings, which are rarely observed by citizens.  She reports on her concerns about this powerful board, appointed by the President, that has mostly flown under the radar.  She believes that the Holt bill would have the effect of consolidating Executive power, and control over federal elections in the future.


“The EAC Gopher Bash”
April 14, 2007
by Nancy Tobi
OpEd News

QUOTE by Nancy Tobi:

“Agreed that no system is fraud-proof. Where there are elections there will be fraud. The question is how do you want to approach it, where do you start, what is your starting premise.

“I have come to believe that the starting premise is community. That
elections and voting are a civic function, and that representational
democracy is inherently a community-based system. When you lose that
component you lose the democracy. That’s what I’ve come to believe.
I’ve also come to believe that community exists everywhere in America in one
form or another, and that it needs to be unlocked if it is gated in some way.”


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