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Privacy Invasion

Melvin Dummar says a grand conspiracy has denied him his portion of billionaire Howard Hughes' vast estate. Many consider Dummar to be a fraud but an in-depth investigation by Gary Magnesen has apparently shown Dummar to be a good samaritan who saved Hughes from certain death. Both joined George Knapp to discuss why Hughes was in the desert, as well as those who schemed to deny Dummar and several institutions of their rightful share of the Hughes estate. In the first hour, veteran music journalist Joel Selvin talked about the notorious Rolling Stones Altamont concert of 1969, considered by many to be rock’s darkest day.

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Privacy Invasion

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Date: Wednesday - July 30, 2003
Host: George Noory
Guests: Katherine Albrecht, Natalija Nogulich

Katherine Albrecht, the founder of CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, was the main guest on Wednesday night. A doctoral candidate at Harvard, Albrecht believes that "retail surveillance" is increasingly invading consumer's privacy.

Albrecht cited the use of grocery store "loyalty cards" as problematic in that they are collecting a great deal of information about purchasers without their awareness. She also mentioned a test by Gillette (which has purchased half-a-billion RFID chips) of "smart shelves" in which a hidden camera snaps a picture of a customers' face anytime they pick up one of their products.

She believes these kinds of technologies are on the verge of spinning out of control, and that by bringing attention to them through CASPIAN, safeguards can be put into place to protect consumer's privacy. Albrecht suggested that ultimately a unique identification number based on a person's DNA could come into widespread usage and this she said could be the fulfillment of the Biblical prophecy of 666, the mark of the beast. While Albrecht, is a Christian, she stressed that CASPIAN is a secular organization composed of a broad spectrum of people from all walks of life, who have come together to stand up for their privacy rights.

A Visit from the Admiral

Actress Natalija Nogulich (filmography) who played Admiral Nechayev on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine appeared in the first hour of Wednesday's show. She said her part on the series was especially written for her and that she created a biography of her role as the commander to help her realize the character.

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