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Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D. is a political analyst and media critic. His most recent book is Mass Surveillance and State Control: The Total Information Awareness Project (Palegrave Macmillan, 2011). His latest article is "The Information War" in Censored 2013 (Seven Stories, 2012).
Tuesday, November 29, 2011(1 comments)
Congress May Deputize Telecoms to Conduct Cyber Witch-Hunts
House Bill 3261, the so-called "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA), would deputize Telecoms such as Comcast and AT&T to help it police the Internet and to shut down websites without a court order and with full legal immunity. This is tantamount to giving government and its telecom cronies the power to conduct cyber-witch hunts against political opponents, competitors, and anyone else they think threatens their interests.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011(1 comments)
New group formed for Net Neutrality!
THE INTERNET NEUTRALITY FREEDOM ORGANIZATION (INFO) HAS JUST BEEN ESTABLISHED ON FACEBOOK. ITS AIM IS TO STOP BIG ISPS FROM DEMOLISHING THE FREE AND DEMOCRATIC ARCHITECTURE OF THE NET.
Sunday, January 9, 2011 Join INFO on Facebook!
Elliot D. Cohen has established the Internet Neutrality Freedom Organization (INFO) on Facebook. The mission of INFO is to stop the big ISPs such as Comcast from demolishing the free and democratic architecture of the Net.
Sunday, December 26, 2010(2 comments)
Help Stop Destruction of the Free Internet Now: Go Offline, New Year's Day, Between 2:00-3:00 PM EST (US)
The Recent FCC decision failed to protect net neutrality; now the end of a free Internet is near. On New Year's Day, between the hours of 2 and 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, go offline to express one unified voice against the creation of a pay-for-priority Internet system, the abolition of a flat fee for Internet access, and any attempt by Internet service providers to block, censor or otherwise interfere with Internet content
Sunday, December 12, 2010(2 comments)
Crime, Conspiracy, and Wikileaks
When Robert Novak published the name of a CIA Operative in the Washington Post, he jeapardized her operation and endangered lives; but he was not prosecuted for a crime; nor should Julian Assange. To do so sets a dangerous precedent and undermines the existence of a free press in the U.S.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010(2 comments)
Beyond "1984': New Frontiers of Mass Surveillance
Unless we draw a line in the sand very soon, the surveillance technologies that are in store for us will predictably make body scans and aggressive pat-downs look like respectful treatment.
Sunday, October 24, 2010(3 comments)
Mass Surveillance and State Control: The Total Information Awareness Project
Now afoot is an interconnected web of trends toward greater and greater modes of control, which will predictably advance with the advent of new technologies and the loosening of constitutional safeguards against the abridgment of privacy. Elliot Cohen's new book, Mass Surveillance and State Control, details these dangerous trends and makes the case for organizing a grass roots movement to stop these trends before it's too late
Sunday, May 24, 2009 President Obama's Orwellian New Category of "Prolonged Detention"
President Obama wants to replace "unlawful enemy combatant" in Bush's 2006 Military Commissions Act with a new system of "prolonged detention" that could conceivably keep detainees in prison into perpetuity in order to prevent crimes they have not yet committed. Add to this Obama's continuation of the Bush administration's program of warrantless spying on millions of Americans, and the recipe for abuse is chilling.
Thursday, May 7, 2009(1 comments)
Taking a Page from the Bush Playbook
The Obama administration is now considering reinstating the Military Commissions Act, in contradiction to the president's promise to end military tribunals for detainees and to close down Gitmo. The disparity between the tribunals and due process for other criminals leaves intact the concept of "unlawful enemy combatant," as contained in the act, and thus threatens further evisceration of the rule of law.
Monday, February 9, 2009(9 comments)
What's Cheney Up to?
Dick Cheney's recent warning of a future "9-11 type" terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland was quickly dismissed by some mainstream media pundits as just another benign and misguided attempt by the former Vice President to frighten us. But perhaps he should be taken more seriously.
Friday, October 31, 2008(2 comments)
Hell to Pay
Sen. John McCain's ideological ties to the Bush-Cheney administration have mostly passed beneath the radar of the mainstream media, but if McCain loses the presidential race to Barack Obama, his neoconservative legacy could erupt into the open with a force that should not be underestimated.
Thursday, September 11, 2008 Lies, Damn Lies, and the McCain/Palin Campaign
The McCain/Palin campaign has gained ground on the Obama/Biden campaign because it has successfully used chicanery and fallacious emotional appeals, well poisoning and personal attacks to manipulate and deceive more Americans into changing their minds. Unfortunately, unless Americans start demanding rational argument before endorsing a candidate, they are likely to receive more of the same once the "victor" takes office.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008(15 comments)
McCain/Palin Get Olbermann Censored, Bask in Media Double Standard
Calling MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Chris Mathews "incendiary," the New York Times reported the McCain/Palin campaign had filed complaints against these pundits. Subsequently, they were censored from hosting upcoming presidential debates and election night. Basking in Fox's bias coverage of Obama/Biden, such a media double standard and contempt for a free press is a chilling predictor of a possible MCCain/Palin administration
Saturday, August 23, 2008 It's an Oily Night in Georgia for McCain
The aggressive tone of McCain's condemnation of the recent Russian invasion of Georgia should come as no surprise given the historic roots of McCain's bellicose ideology rooted in his founding role in the neoconservative initiative known as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Nor should it come as any surprise that McCain's chief advisor, Randy Scheunemann, who has echoed McCain's bellicosity, is not only a lobby