Friday October 10, 2008
"A lot of Europeans wonder: Why are Americans so crazy, they keep reelecting this guy?” Well the answer is, we don’t! They keep stealing these elections! And they stole it in 2000, they stole it in 2004, and they’re all set up to steal it again!" - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on BBC Television Newsnight.
On Friday at 6pm and 10pm Eastern Time, BBC America will bust open the story of the systematic attack on US voters that could easily cost Barack Obama the White House. (Watch the promo below)
Or watch it, beginning Friday night, at www.Gregpalast.com.
Newsnight investigative reporter Greg Palast travels from the Native pueblos of New Mexico to the war-zone of the 8 Mile neighborhood of Detroit to meet some of the three million voters who have been disappeared by a GOP campaign draining voter rolls of the poor, the dark-skinned, the defenseless.
In Detroit, Palast is bounced out of the local McCain headquarters - housed under the black flag (literally) of foreclosure profiteers. We meet Robert Pratt, a union worker, who fears he will lose his home - and his vote.
Are the Republicans turning a economic devastation into an electoral bonanza?
BBC Reporter Palast follows the path of investigation laid out by civil rights attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - encountering along the way the Republican Party lawyers, funders - and Karl Rove. The GOP charges that the Democrats have registered five million fraudulent voters, a claim backed by a recent US government report.
Palast meets the report's author - who claims her words were turned upside down. And they went to court to stop her from speaking out.
Democrats don't have clean hands either, as Palast discloses: from the Acoma Pueblo, we find Natives (almost all Democrats) who've had their ballots illegally junked by local Democrats.
But whichever party attacks the poor, it's McCain that's the winner.
Newsnight is the British Broadcasting Corporations premier current affairs show. Broadcast earlier this week in London, it exposed the story of the mass purge of voters in Colorado, re-reported in the New York Times.
The show will be repeated 8am Eastern on Sunday.
Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are co-authors of "Steal Back Your Vote" the investigative comic book and voter guide - available at StealBackYourVote.org . Jesse Jackson says "download it - and fight back."
Funding for the investigations was provided by the Nation Institute/Puffin Foundation.