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Rising Tensions Between U.S. & China Over Taiwan Risks Miscalculation or Accident

Interview with Joseph Gerson, president of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, conducted by Scott Harris

Trump’s and GOP’s Dangerous Embrace of Political Violence

Interview with Dr. Bandy X. Lee, president of the World Mental Health Coalition, conducted by Scott Harris

Assessing Inflation Reduction Act, Its Strengths & Weaknesses of Climate Policy

Interview with Jeremy Brecher, research director for the Labor Network for Sustainability, conducted by Scott Harris

US Media Fails to Cover UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Interview with Karl Grossman, professor of journalism at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, conducted by Scott Harris

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This week's Between The Lines

• Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security President Joseph Gerson: Rising Tensions Between U.S. & China Over Taiwan Risks Miscalculation or Accident

• Author and World Mental Health Coalition President Dr. Bandy Lee: Donald Trump and Republican Party’s Dangerous Embrace of Political Violence

• Adirondack Voters for Change memberPhyllis Sinclair: Activist Group Launches Campaign to Educate Voters on NY Rep. Stefanik’s Extremist Voting Record

• Bob Nixon's Under-reported News Summary

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"A team of computer experts directed by lawyers allied with President Donald Trump copied sensitive data from election systems in Georgia as part of a secretive, multistate effort to access voting equipment that was broader, more organized and more successful than previously reported, according to emails and other records obtained by The Washington Post.

"As they worked to overturn Trump’s 2020 election defeat, the lawyers asked a forensic data firm to access county election systems in at least three battleground states, according to the documents and interviews. The firm charged an upfront retainer fee for each job, which in one case was $26,000.

"Attorney Sidney Powell sent the team to Michigan to copy a rural county’s election data and later helped arrange for it to do the same in the Detroit area, according to the records. A Trump campaign attorney engaged the team to travel to Nevada. And the day after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol the team was in southern Georgia, copying data from a Dominion voting system in rural Coffee County.

The emails and other records were collected through a subpoena issued to the forensics firm, Atlanta-based SullivanStrickler, by plaintiffs in a long-running lawsuit in federal court over the security of Georgia’s voting systems. The documents provide the first confirmation that data from Georgia’s election system was copied. Indications of a breach there were first raised by plaintiffs in the case in February, and state officials have said they are investigating.

“The breach is way beyond what we thought,” said David D. Cross, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, who include voting-security activists and Georgia voters. “The scope of it is mind-blowing.”

A drumbeat of revelations about alleged security breaches in local elections offices has grown louder during the nearly two years since the 2020 election. There is growing concern among experts that officials sympathetic to Trump’s claims of vote-rigging could undermine election security in the name of protecting it.

The federal government classifies voting systems as “critical infrastructure,” important to national security, and access to their software and other components is tightly regulated. In several instances since 2020, officials have taken machines out of service after their chains of custody were disrupted.
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Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris, is heard every Monday night on WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT between 8:00 – 9:30 pm ET. Webstreaming and audio archive at http://wpkn.org

1) Joseph Gerson, President of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security and author of, "Empire and the Bomb: How the U.S. Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World," and "With Hiroshima Eyes: Atomic War, Nuclear Extortion, and Moral Imagination," talks about the danger in rising tensions between the U.S. and China over Taiwan after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent visit to Taipei - and how relations between Washington and Beijing could be improved.

2) Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div., President of the World Mental Health Coalition, and author of "Profile of a Nation: Trump’s Mind, America’s Soul," and "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President," discusses Republican politicians and conservative media commentator's reaction to the FBI search of Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago, and the constant threats of violence coming from this group targeting legislators, law enforcement, election workers and their families. She'll also comment on the armed white supremacist terrorist groups, i.e. Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, that have become the defacto armed wing of the Republican Party.

3) Jeremy Brecher, Research Director for the Labor Network for Sustainability is author of 15 books on labor and social movements, including the national best seller "Strike!", his latest titled, "Common Preservation: In a Time of Mutual Destruction." Jeremy, a documentary film maker and long time peace and social justice activist, assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Inflation Reduction Act -- and climate issues covered in his recent article, "Unions Making a Green New Deal From Below.

4) Karl Grossman, Professor of Journalism at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, journalist and author, his latest titles include, "Cold War Long Island," and "Weapons in Space." Prof. Grossman discusses his recent article published by the group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, or FAIR, "Why Is There More Media Talk About Using Nuclear Weapons Than About Banning Them?"

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In contrast to decades past, the Left and liberal media are cozying up to the intelligence agencies like the FBI and CIA. It seems that in the age of Trump, all critical thinking goes out the window. Below is a good podcast by Covert Action Bulletin on the reality of the FBI, following the raid by federal agents on Trump's Mara-Lago resort.