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Greg Palast’s investigative reports appear in Rolling Stone, the Guardian and on BBC Television. His latest film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, on how Donald Trump stole the 2016 election, is available on Amazon. Palast is Patron of the Trinity College Philosophical Society, an honor previously held by Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde.
Palast turned his skills to journalism after two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering. Palast's reports appear on BBC's Newsnight and in Britain's Guardian, Rolling Stone and Harper's.
Palast is best known as the investigative reported who uncovered how Katherine Harris purged thousands of African-Americans from Florida's voter rolls in the 2000 Presidential Election.
Palast directed the US government's largest racketeering case in history--winning a $4.3 billion jury award. He also conducted the investigation of the Exxon Valdez on behalf of the Alaskan Natives.
Palast is recipient of the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Prize for his BBC television documentary, Bush Family Fortunes.
Greg Palast's newest book, Vultures' Picnic will be released by Penguin Books in November of 2011. Find out more info at VulturesPicnic.org
Charlottesville: A gun in his face, but he got the photo
Don't look away. Four white neo-Nazis are beating a Black man, crawling on the ground, with their metal poles and a yellow hunk of lumber. The beating continues -- there's blood on the pavement.
Our photographer, Zach D. Roberts, continues to shoot -- even as a white militant raises a 9mm pistol to his face.
GOP States Send Voter Files to Kobach, While Claiming They Will "Resist" His Demand
Kobach, who has recently announced his candidacy for Governor of Kansas, has indicated the lists will be used to remove illegal voters. But voting rights advocates say the goal is actually to allow fewer people to vote.
Twenty-one states listed by CNN as refusing Kobach his demands for voter files have already turned over voter files to Kobach's office.
TrumpCare dies, XL flies -- and the secret winner is...
When RyanCare-TrumpCare finally ended up face-down in the swimming pool, triumphalist Democrats whooped and partied and congratulated themselves on defeating the Trump-Ryan monstrosity.
But deep in their counting house, counting their gold, three brothers cackled with private jubilation.
David and Charles Koch knew the day was theirs.
The No-BS Inside Guide to the Recount
There's been so much complete nonsense since I first broke the news that the Green Party would file for a recount of the presidential vote, I am compelled to write a short guide to flush out the BS and get to just the facts, ma'am.
Monday, November 21, 2016(3 comments)
Here's what we do now about Election Fraud -- a personal note
Being right never felt so horrid.
"This is the story of the theft of the 2016 election. It's a crime still in progress."
So opens my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
And on Election night I waited for the returns to make a fool of me.
Instead, the returns made the fool a President.
And so, my vacation's cancelled. My life's cancelled; that is, a life of anything but sleuthing and exposing the details...
Friday, November 11, 2016(7 comments)
The Election was Stolen -- Here's How...
Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.
Starting in 2013 -- just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act -- a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP--controlled states.
Friday, November 4, 2016(1 comments)
'Colonel' behind the "caging" attack on Black voters in N Carolina exposed
'Colonel' behind the "caging" attack on Black voters in N Carolina exposed.
While the rest of the press is shocked that white North Carolina vigilantes are using racially-poisonous trickery to knock more than 6,700 Black citizens off the voter rolls, we already have the ringleader of the scheme on camera boasting of his election-snatching tactics.
Thursday, August 25, 2016(4 comments)
The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters
The Crosscheck list disproportionately threatens solid Democratic constituencies: young, black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters -- with some of the biggest possible purges underway in Ohio and North Carolina, two crucial swing states with tight Senate races.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016(4 comments)
EXCLUSIVE: Trump and the 13 Losers Behind Him
Trump's inner circle, which, after an outcry over the glaring sex bias, was supplemented by eight women, features some of the worst offenders when it comes to political power-brokering for personal gain. But that's just pay-to-play politics, and is therefore not so surprising.
Monday, July 25, 2016(15 comments)
Bernie Should Take Satan's Advice
Clinton ran a campaign that basically sneered at idealism. It was the vice-principal telling us, "You can't have universal health care, you can't have low-cost education, you can't bust up the banks. A permanent coalition of Bernie activists will quickly turn that sneer into fear. Because if there's one thing a politician hates more than full disclosure of their donors, it's an informed, organized, and activated voter.
Sunday, June 19, 2016(1 comments)
Dad's Last Erection
It was 1965 and Martin Luther King was speaking about the three kinds of love as defined by the Greek philosophers. King's philosophy lesson was given in a church surrounded by angry white men who changed their white sheets for police uniforms and were prepared to burn down the church as they had done before.
How California is being stolen from Sanders right now
How California is being stolen from Sanders right now. The complications of NPP voting virtually ensure that Clinton will "win" the California primary.
The party wants Clinton and has rigged the system while Sanders' people failed to do anything all year.
Thursday, June 2, 2016(9 comments)
Placebo Ballots: Stealing California From Bernie Using an Old GOP Vote-Snatching Trick
Two million ballots in 2008 were provisional and most were thrown in the garbage. We are heading into a primary where poll workers are going to try to shunt the independent voters to the provisional ballots and get their votes thrown away. If you take a provisional ballot and you are an NPP voter, it will 100% be thrown away because you're not allowed to use that ballot even if they give it to you.
Fukushima: They Knew
I've seen a lot of sick stuff in my career, but this was sick on a new level.
Here was the handwritten log kept by a senior engineer at the nuclear power plant:
Wiesel was very upset. He seemed very nervous. Very agitated...In fact, the plant was riddled with problems that, no way on earth, could stand an earthquake.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Rubio's Billionaire wins ransom from Argentina
Paul Singer, known as The Vulture, won a $4.65 billion payment from Argentina -- nearly ONE HUNDRED TIMES his "investment" of $50 million in old Argentina bonds. It was, in finance speak, the most successful "vulture attack" ever.
Thursday, February 18, 2016(22 comments)
Scalia's Black Beemer
There's been a lot of gleeful chuckling, for example, about Scalia's courtroom bench "humor." But behind his jokey comments lay a cruelty aimed at the poor, the injured, the Beemer-less class that turns to the Court as the last hope for protection against corporate and state violence.
Here's a telling example of Scalia's humor from a crucial voting rights case.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Who Hatched Rubio?
I've been on the trail of racist vote suppression tactics since 2000 when Katherine Harris was Purge'n General. And behind so many of the moves to disenfranchise voters, all too successful, is the Rove operation. This is not about whether Rubio or Clinton or Sanders or any other candidate should win. This is about making sure that the ballots, not the billionaires, determine the election.
Thursday, August 6, 2015(5 comments)
Cops gun down un-armed journalist's career
Cops gun down un-armed journalist's career.
The story: On July 27, the LA Times fired their long-time columnist and cartoonist Ted Rall for fabricating a story of police misconduct. The LA Times' evidence? A tape recording provided by the LAPD. Problem was, the tape was muffled--possibly tampered with.
The US government told me Bin Laden read my book. But what is it not telling us?
Finding that Bin Laden read my book, with its several chapters revealing state secrets, confirms for me that the new official war on whistleblowers and reporters is not about keeping information out of the hands of terrorists, but making sure that "the public ought not to know" where the fools at the helm are leading us.
Sunday, April 19, 2015(3 comments)
Chelsea Manning and the Deepwater Horizon Killings
The military whistleblower's 2010 Wikileaks dump included information that could have saved the 11 BP workers who died that spring in the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster.
Five years ago Monday, 11 men died on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig -- despite Chelsea Manning's effort to save their lives.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
From White Sheets to Spreadsheets
Dr. King had to lead a dangerous march from Selma for voting rights that were supposedly guaranteed a century earlier by the 15th Amendment to the Constitution -- rights won after 600,000 Americans fought to their deaths between Bull Run and Gettysburg. The struggle for civil and human rights did not begin 50 years ago, and it will not end in another 50. It is a centuries-long story of advance and retreat.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015(15 comments)
Trojan Hearse: Greek Elections and the Euro Leper Colony
Europe is stunned, and bankers aghast, that polls show the new party of the Left, Syriza, will win Greece's parliamentary elections to be held this coming Sunday, January 25.
Syriza promises that, if elected, it will cure Greece of leprosy.
Oddly, Syriza also promises that it will remain in the leper colony.
The problem is, austerity run wild is merely a symptom of an illness. The underlying disease is the euro itself.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
A Tale of Two Cuomos
It is the harsh and uncomforting work of a journalist to reveal the unforgiving facts when history is falsified. It's a task I would rather avoid, especially now that The Governor's great, golden voice, the voice that spoke for the working person, is silenced forever. Now, may you rest in peace, Mario Cuomo. Both of you.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014(4 comments)
The Secret Lists that Swiped the Senate
Statistics guru Nate Silver simply can't understand why every single legitimate poll indicated that Democrats should have gotten 4% more votes in the midterm elections than appeared in the final count.
The answer, Nate, is "Crosscheck."
If not for the boost of this voter-roll purge system used in 23 Republican-controlled states, the GOP could not have taken the U.S. Senate.
Monday, November 17, 2014(3 comments)
Voter purges alter US political map
Duplicate or double voting is a crime punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison. Yet, despite this supposed vote-fraud crime wave, not one suspect on Crosscheck lists was charged, although prosecutors would have access to any alleged fraudsters' names and addresses.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014(9 comments)
GOP-led Purge Threat to 3.5 Million Voters: Al Jazeera Expose
Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voter rolls, especially targeting minority voters.
Al Jazeera America has obtained 2.1 million names from the target lists, kept confidential until now. Experts reviewing the lists conclude it is suspiciously over-weighted with Black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Crime Scene -- New Orleans
Nine years ago this week, New Orleans drowned. Don't you dare blame Mother Nature. Miss Katrina killed no one in this town. But it was a homicide, with nearly 2,000 dead victims. If not Katrina, who done it? It wasn't an Act of God. It was an Act of Chevron. An Act of Exxon. An Act of Big Oil.
25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit
Because BP's willful negligence, prevarications and fraud in the Exxon Valdez spill cost the company nothing, its disdain for the law, for the environment and for the safety of its workers was repeated in the Gulf of Mexico with deadly consequences, resulting, two decades later, in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Just this month, the Obama administration authorized BP to return to drilling in the Gulf.
Thursday, January 16, 2014(4 comments)
Why are Christie and the Kochs in my driveway?
Why are Christie and the Kochs in my driveway?
Far more insidious, more corrosive and dangerous than the Governor of New Jersey playing traffic warden is the story of Gov. Chris Christie's secret meetings with a gaggle of billionaires ---- and the legality of the spending by the front organization set up following these hidden hugger-muggers.
Monday, December 16, 2013
The Mandela Barbie
I can't take it anymore. All week, I've watched Nelson Mandela reduced to a Barbie doll. From Fox News to the Bush family, the politicians and media mavens who body-blocked the anti-Apartheid Movement and were happy to keep Mandela behind bars, now get to dress his image up in any silly outfit they choose.
It's more nauseating than hypocrisy and ignorance.
Thursday, November 14, 2013(16 comments)
Rand Paul's Zombie-nomics versus Janet Yellen
Will Senator Rand Paul, misunderstanding the voices of the un-dead, block the appointment of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve Board?
No joke. Tea Party fave Paul told the Wall Street Journal he would have preferred Milton Friedman, the free-market fanatic, to the liberal-ish Yellen. But, as a stunned Journal reporter informed the Senator, Milton Friedman is, alas, some years dead.
Saturday, November 9, 2013(2 comments)
Steven Cohen Can't Make his Mommy's Monkey Jump
This week, Cohen's hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors will plead guilty to criminal charges of insider trading and pay $1.2 billion in fines and forfeitures. Cohen himself is not accused of knowing the information he used was obtained by criminal means. But, he still faces SEC charges of letting his minions operate like a high-finance NSA, sucking up and trading on illegally obtained information.
Thursday, October 24, 2013(1 comments)
Naughty Nuns, Bad Bankers and Ballot Bandits
On May 6, 2008, twelve fraudulent voters, dressed as nuns, attempted to cast ballots in the Presidential Primary in Indiana.
It turns out the nuns that Posner's ruling turned away were, in fact "nuns. All the sisters had photo drivers licenses, but they had expired.
It was a cute story that ran nationwide. What wasn't so cute, was that 72,000 Black voters were black voters were blocked at the polls.
Monday, October 7, 2013(7 comments)
Golden Dawn Murder, Larry Summers & New Fascism
On September 18, hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas, a.k.a. Killah P, was stabbed outside a bar in Keratsini, Greece.
Larry Summers has an air-tight alibi. But I don't believe it.
Larry didn't hold the knife: The confessed killer is some twisted member of Golden Dawn, a political party made up of skin-head freaks, anti-immigrant fear-mongers, anti-Muslim/ anti-Semitic/ anti-Albanian sociopaths and ultra-patriot fruitcakes.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013(16 comments)
Larry Summers: Goldman Sacked
On Sunday afternoon, facing a revolt by his own party's senators, Obama dumped Larry as likely replacement for Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Until news came that Summers' torch had been snuffed, I was going to write another column about Larry, the Typhoid Mary of Economics.
The Frog Who Crushed The Planet
This week, US prosecutors finally began the trial of the only person on the entire planet whom they have charged with the financial crimes that sank worldwide stock markets by trillions in 2008 and left millions homeless and jobless, from Detroit to Manchester.
Amazingly, say prosecutors, it all came down to a single Frenchman, Fabrice "Fabulous Fab" Tourre, only 29 years old at the time.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013(1 comments)
New York Genitals Fight for Office
New York Genitals Fight for Office. Go ahead and shoot me. It's hopeless. My War on Stupid is facing defeat on every front.
I open up the New York Times and there's a page one story about Anthony Weiner, who is now ahead in the race for Mayor of New York.
The article is 17 column inches long. I measured. The entire profile of the candidate -- every bumpy, veined inch of it -- is about Mr Weiner's penis.
The Drone Ranger: Obama's Dirty Wars
Every Tuesday, President Obama personally checks off the names of people he wants killed. George Bush, a bit more squeamish than Obama, never did that; but Mr. Obama felt those decisions were the president's responsibility: he want[s] to keep his own finger on the trigger," according to one report. A tidy, scheduled man, the President only picks his victims once a week, now called "Terror Tuesday."
Monday, May 20, 2013(2 comments)
My Big Fat Greek Minister
Fat Bastard -- or Theodoros Pangalos, leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Party (PASOK), Greece's equivalent to UK's Labour Party -- thinks the little Greek kiddies should stop belly-aching. Pangalos, as you can see from the photo below, is not bent over with hunger pains. In fact, he looks more likely to be bent over with labour pains, but in truth he probably just can't bend over at all.
Friday, May 10, 2013(1 comments)
"Now that the SOB is dead..." Novel Idea: Asking an Afghan about Afghanistan
The Silk Road nation of Kazakhstan is an excellent place to encounter the dervishes of the Great Game for control of the camel-and-pipeline routes of the Central Asian steppes. Here we can witness the diplomatic-military idiocies of new empires pathetically attempting to ignore the dried skeletons of the imperial forces that went before them.
Friday, May 3, 2013(5 comments)
FBI Spiked Chechen Jihadi Investigation
When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, I grabbed those FBI files -- and a plane for Kazakhstan, bullying cameraman Rocco D into joining me. [Rocco, no fool, won't let me print his full name.]
Here in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital, televisions everywhere run endless loops of the bombs going off at the Boston Marathon, the screams, the blood, the victims... and the questions.
Thursday, May 2, 2013(2 comments)
Billionaire Bankster Breaks into Obama's Cabinet
Today, Obama has named Penny Pritzker Secretary of Commerce. As the President says, It's a milestone: the first female fraudster to hold that post. No longer will criminal bankers have to lobby the administration - because now they'll have one of their own in the Cabinet.
Thursday, April 4, 2013(11 comments)
Bradley Manning & The Deepwater Horizon
Manning could have saved the lives of the eleven killed on the Deepwater Horizon:
Only after I dove into deep water in Baku did I discover, trolling through the so-called "WikiLeaks" documents, secret State Department cables released by Manning. The information was stunning: the US State Department knew about the (previous) BP blow-out in the Caspian and joined in the cover-up.
Sunday, March 31, 2013(4 comments)
How Bush Won The War In Iraq -- Really!
Oil men, whether James Baker or George Bush or Dick Cheney, are not in the business of producing oil. They are in the business of producing profits. And they've succeeded. Iraq, capable of producing six to 12 million barrels of oil a day, still exports well under its old OPEC quota of three million barrels. As George Bush could proudly say to James Baker: Mission Accomplished!
Saturday, March 9, 2013(1 comments)
Vaya Con Dios, Hugo
In one last move, Chavez played a brilliant endgame, naming Vice-President Nicolas Maduro, as good and decent a man as they come, as heir to the fight for those in the "ranchos." The One Percent of Venezuela, planning on Chavez's death to return them the power and riches they couldn't win in an election, are livid with the choice of Maduro. Class war on a chessboard. Even in death, I wouldn't bet against Hugo Chavez.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013(4 comments)
Too Fat To Vote
The Voting Rights Act was the law that Martin Luther King Jr had a dream about a half-century ago: that all citizens will be able to exercise their right to vote. But, like all pleasant dreams, morning means waking up to the ugly reality sleeping next to you.
Thursday, February 14, 2013(4 comments)
"I want my fair share--and that's ALL OF IT": The Kochs & the XL Pipeline
Why did Koch, worth about $3 billion at the time (now $20 billion) need to pilfer a few bucks from some Indian in a trailer home? Koch answered:
"I want my fair share -- and that's all of it."
Now "all of it" includes a pipeline, the Keystone XL, which would run the world's filthiest oil, crude made from tar sands, down from Canada to his family's refinery on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Friday, February 8, 2013(9 comments)
Hugo Chavez Told Me He Won't Sell Oil To The Kochs
All the Kochs have to do is get the US government to agree to pop a pipe through Cushing to Houston: the Keystone XL. But that would require that the US government go stark raving mad, commit environmental suicide and reverse all policy to slow global warming -- all to bring in foreign oil while the US itself is suffering from a major oil and gas glut.
Thursday, January 31, 2013(3 comments)
Aaron Swartz Died For Piers Morgan's Sins
In 2000, Aaron Swartz, aged 14, had just released his astonishing invention, RSS, liberating news and information. Around the same time, one of Piers Morgan's stringers hacked into the phone of Sir Paul McCartney's wife and stole some highly personal, and highly valuable, information. But Piers is serving time on prime time while Swartz was prosecuted and driven to commit suicide.