Show Details for December 23rd, 2007

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This week’s Guests:

— HARVEY WASSERMAN with new evidence on the Ohio election; also, a look at nuclear plants
ELLIOT COHEN on electronic threats to privacy

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— HARVEY WASSERMAN with new evidence on the Ohio election; also, a look at nuclear plants


Ohio’s Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, has issued a report based on an in-depth study of election machines in Ohio. These are the same brands used all over the country. Discussing the report, she said,

“To put it in every-day terms, the tools needed to compromise an accurate vote count could be as simple as tampering with the paper audit trail connector or using a magnet and a personal digital assistant,”
In other words, someone with a Blackberry, or even a $6 magnet from the hardware store, could manipulate an election.

HARVEY WASSERMAN, Ohio-based activist and an author or co-author of a dozen books, responds, “Yippee.” He has reported extensively on the theft of the presidential election in Ohio, but the reports have too often fallen on deaf ears. Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson will talk with him about the latest in a series of damning studies of voting machines.

We’ll also look at the disappearing evidence in Ohio — ballots have been destroyed in 56 of 88 counties in Ohio. Harvey says that officials

“destroyed their election ballots, destroyed all their election records, or most of them, making a pure recount impossible. This is in direct violation of a federal court injunction and standing federal law. So far, nobody has been prosecuted.”

Harvey discusses the many methods used in stealing the Ohio 2004 presidential election in a new documentary, “Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections,” by Emmy-winner David Earnhardt.
The coverage by Harvey Wasserman and Bob Fitrakis on the theft of the presidency has prompted Rev. Jesse Jackson to call them “the Woodward and Bernstein of the 2004 election.”

We’ll also take a look at the status of new energy legislation — will taxpayers be forced to fund new nuclear plants? Harvey has been campaigning against nuclear energy for decades; in 1973, he helped pioneer a global grassroots movement against atomic reactors.

Harvey’s widespread appearances throughout the major media and at campuses and citizen gatherings have focussed since the 1960s on energy, environment, peace, justice, U.S. history and election protection. He lives with his family in Columbus, Ohio.
SELECTED BOOKS:
How the GOP stole America’s 2004 election and is rigging 2008
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman


What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud in the 2004 Election
by Bob Fitrakis, Steve Rosenfeld, and Harvey Wasserman

George W. Bush vs The SuperPower of Peace
How a failed Texas oilman hijacked American democracy and terrorized the world.
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

Harvey Wasserman’s History of the United States

SOLARTOPIA: Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030

DOCUMENTARY FILM:
“Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections” by Emmy-winner David Earnhardt —
http://www.uncountedthemovie.com
ELLIOT COHEN on electronic threats to privacy
ELLIOT D. COHEN will be Mark Bebawi’s guest today, discussing FISA and Total Information Awareness. They will also look at the news that came out yesterday (see Washington Post article below) that the FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad. Based in West Virginia, the FBI’s biometric database includes criminal history records, and communicates with the Terrorist Screening Center’s database of suspects and the National Crime Information Center database.

Dr. Cohen was a guest on the Monitor in July, when he discussed his new book, The Last Days of Democracy: How Big Media and Power-hungry Government Are Turning America into a Dictatorship.

“In this chilling account of an America in political and cultural decline, media critics Elliot D. Cohen and Bruce W. Fraser show how mainstream media corporations like CNN, Fox, and NBC (General Electric) together with giant telecoms like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T have become administration pawns in a well-organized effort to hijack America. Cohen and Fraser show in blunt terms how incredible power, control, and wealth have been amassed in the hands of an elite few while the rest of us have been systematically manipulated, deceived, and divested of our freedom. … [T]his book tells the story of an America quietly being stripped of its democratic way of life on its way to becoming a full-blown authoritarian state. ”
Dr. Cohen is a media ethicist and critic, and has written extensively on the media and other areas of applied ethics. He was the 2006 first-place recipient of the Project Censored Award for a Buzzflash article (“Web of Deceit: How Internet Freedom Got the Federal Ax, and Why Corporate News Censored the Story”). He is the director of the Institute of Critical Thinking, the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Applied Philosophy, and ethics editor for Free Inquiry magazine. He got his Ph.D. from Brown University, and lives in Florida.
RELATED NEWS ARTICLE:
“FBI Prepares Vast Database of Biometrics”
By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post
Saturday 22 December 2007
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/122207A.shtml
BOOKS:
The Last Days of Democracy: How Big Media and Power-hungry Government
Are Turning America into a Dictatorship
edited by Elliot D. Cohen and Bruce W. Fraser (May 2007)

News Incorporated: Corporate Media Ownership And Its Threat To Democracy
by Elliot D. Cohen, editor (Hardcover – Feb 2005)
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