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  • ‘We’re All Some Kind of Native Now’

    By Greg Palast | first printed in TruthDig as Death Came by Water First, Then Oil

    It was Good Friday, 50 years ago on March 27, 1964, that according to seismologists, the snow peaks of Prince William Sound jumped 33 feet into the air and fell back down. Emergency warnings about an earthquake-spurred tsunami went out to towns from Valdez, Alaska, to Malibu, Calif., but no one thought to send a message to the Chugach Natives in Chenega, Alaska.

    Chenega chief Nikolas Kompkoff watched the mountains leap and the waters around his island disappear over the horizon.

    Knowing the water would return with a vengeance, he ran his four daughters up a hill toward high ground. But the nine-story-tall tsunami was moving too fast for their little legs. Kompkoff made a decision: He grabbed the two girls closest to him, tucked them under his arms and ran up the slope, leaving the other two to be seized by the wave.

    Days later, a postal pilot on his weekly mail drop could not find Chenega because every single house – and a third of the residents – had been washed out to sea.

    When he circled back to the site he saw the village’s church on the hill with (Show me more...)

    BP, not Exxon,
    caused the Exxon Valdez disaster

    By Greg Palast  | Read the full story at TruthDig

    Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit that a drunken captain was the principal cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster, the oil tanker crackup that poisoned over a thousand miles of Alaska's coastline 25 years ago today, on March 24, 1989.The truth is far uglier, and the real culprit—British Petroleum, now BP—got away without a scratch to its reputation or to its pocketbook.

    Just this month, the Obama administration authorized BP to return to drilling in the Gulf.

    It would be worth the time of our ever-trusting regulators to take a look at my Exxon Valdez files on BP.  They would see a decades-long pattern of BP's lies, bribes and (Show me more...)

    Fukushima: They Knew

    This month marks the 3rd Anniversary
    of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster.

    By Greg Palast for FreePress.org

    "Completely and Utterly Fail in an Earthquake"
    The Fukushima story you didn't hear on CNN

    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 earth- quake. The team of engineers sent in to inspect found that most of these components could "completely and utterly fail" during an earthquake.

    "Utterly fail during an earthquake." And here in Japan was the quake and here is the utter failure.

    The warning was in what the investigations team called The Notebook, which I'm not supposed to have.  Good thing I've kept a copy anyway, because the file cabinets went down with my office building .... (Show me more...)

    Judge calls Chevron vs Ecuador Case
    "Egregious Fraud"

    By Greg Palast

    A federal judge in New York today slapped a stern order on attorney Steven Donziger and the Ecuadorean villagers he claims to represent, prohibiting them from capitalizing on a $9 billion judgment the judge said was the product of “egregious fraud.”

    The judge is completely, utterly full of shit, here's the real story.

    Chevron Runs from Judgment in Ecuador

    Also watch Palast's report from the Amazon for BBC , War Paint and Lawyers: Rainforest Indians versus Big Oil on the DVD Palast Investigates: From 8-Mile to the Amazon. Get the signed DVD or Download it for FREE.

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    Oscar, We Know Where You Lunch

    By Greg Palast

    By the age of fifteen, Rick Rowley was doomed — born in the middle of Nowhere, Michigan, a wasteland of rust and snow so awful we let autoworkers have it.

    As a kid, Rick would put his head down on the railroad track and wait for the rare vibration of a train on the move far away. He was fifteen years old on the day he got up and followed the hum down the track. He walked for over two hundred miles, surviving on peanut butter and Wonder Bread all the way to (Show me more...)

    Truthout Interviews Greg Palast
    on the Koch Brothers and Chris Christie

    By Ted Asregadoo, Truthout | Video Interview


    Since the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that money essentially equals speech in Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission in 2010, and later in the US Court of Appeals Speechnow.org v. the Federal Election Commission decision, unregulated "expenditures" have flowed to so-called Super PACs.

    Both conservative and liberal groups have rushed to create these organizations that supposedly exist to work on "social welfare" causes.

    However, they are often sham non-profits whose sole purpose is to support or attack (Show me more...)

    Rest in peace, Aaron Swartz

    By Greg Palast

    But that's impossible, isn't it?

    Like the restless Jewish prophets before you, you are an outcast in your own land. And like the prophets before you, you are trouble, Aaron, a lot of trouble.

    Thank you for troubling us, Aaron. You are trouble, but very good trouble.

    Socrates' suicide, like yours, was a state-sponsored execution. And like Socrates in death, you've conferred an immortal obligation on the living to resist the temptation to let the rulers attach their strings, the strings that turn us from people with hearts into puppets with property.

    Rest in peace, Aaron Swartz. And I promise you, I won't.
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    Hedge Fund Hog
    Makes Mommy's Monkey Jump

    by Greg Palast
    update of story from Truthout

    On Thursday, a federal jury found Mathew Martoma guilty of insider trading. Martoma, who's only worth a hundred million or so, is small potatoes. He's taking a fall for his boss–and his boss' mommy–and her monkey.

    Martoma's boss is Steven A. Cohen, worth about $9 billion, who directs a criminal enterprise masquerading as a hedge fund called SAC Capital. The description of SAC as a crime scene is drawn from the findings of the jury, Securities and Exchange Commission charges and Cohen's own confessions. While eight of Cohen's partners-in-crime have been convicted and Martoma is about to join them in the Big House, Cohen has performed enough ju-ju on the system to keep charges filed against him personally to civil, not criminal, counts. So far.

    Why would a guy who's stuffed billions of dollars of tainted money in his pocket risk SEC charges just to get another billion? The answer: Steve needs to make his mommy's monkey jump.

    The story's a lot of fun–and extraordinarily important, as Congress decides (Show me more...)

    Why are Christie and the Kochs
    in my driveway?
    It’s time to subpoena the Committee for Our Children’s Future

    By Greg Palast for Truthout

    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.In 2012, a tax-exempt “social welfare organization” called Committee for Our Children's Future, CCF, ran a series of TV ads telling America that Governor Christie has performed more miracles in New Jersey than Jesus did with loaves and fish. The New York Times found some old college chums who said they set up the “Children's” crusade for Christie. But the ads cost about $6 million. The Times didn't ask how Christie's buddies, not wealthy guys, found the six big ones.

    But CCF was not started in 2012. When I heard “Children's Future,” my nose started twitching. I smelled Koch.

    Get the full story of Chris Christie and his Koch addiction in the book, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: Greg Palast investigative Karl Rove, the Koch Gang and their Buck Buddies and the film of the investigation on the DVD Vultures & Vote Rustlers.

    The whiff of sulfur took me back to seven thick investigation binders nearly two decades old — each one marked “KOCH.” In Volume 3, I found it: CCF--Campaign for Our Children's Future.

    Just days before the 1996 election, “Campaign for our Children's Future,” previously unheard of, paid for some of the most vicious (Show me more...)

    You know I rarely ask you...

    ....for donations to our foundation, so you can take my word for it when I say, we need it.

    The Theft of the 2016 race is under way –– and the vote rustlers expect to grab Congress in 2014 as an appetizer.  Plus, the billionaire boys club is sucking our financial blood as if the world economy is their vampire blood bank.

    Donate at least $80 right now, and I'll send you, as thanks, the Vultures Combo: our new film on DVD, Vultures and Vote Rustlers AND a hardbound copy of Vultures Picnic, and I'll sign both.  Check out the trailer.   And it's tax-deductible. (Show me more...)

    Give me 95 seconds

    This is the best 95 seconds you can have with your clothes on. Watch this now! And pass it on:


    Now, get yourself a copy of this film, Vultures and Vote Rustlers — an hour-long real-life detective story. Get the DVD – signed. (Show me more...)

    Vultures and Vote Rustlers
    Watch the Trailer–Get the Film

    Watch the Trailer Now get the film!
    The signed DVD of my new film, Vultures & Vote Rustlers. Includes an hour and a half of extras.

    Or download just the film right now. What’s in this rocking hour of non-fiction detective tales?   (Show me more...)

    The Mandela Barbie

    By Greg Palast for Truthout

    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. The Mandela Barbie tells us in a squeaky little doll voice, not his own, that apartheid is now "defeated" - to quote the ridiculous headline in the Times.

    Poor Mandela. When he's not a doll, he's a statue. He joins Martin Luther King as another bronzed monument whose use is to serve a new version of racism, Apartheid 2.0, worsening both in South Africa - and in the USA.  (Show me more...)

    Roast Goldman Sachs' Chestnuts
    on an Open Fire

    Call me crazy, but I’ve couldn’t stop myself:  I’ve made a film about the scoundrels, scalawags, scumbags and bankers just in time to roast their chestnuts on an open fire.

    Vultures and Vote Rustlers combines my favorite eight investigations for BBC-TV  and Democracy Now into a one hour film that will make you howl with laughter — and with anger—or your money back. (Show me more...)

    Chris Christie will Hate this Film

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    Rand Paul’s Zombie-nomics
    versus Janet Yellen

    By Greg Palast for Truthout

    Will Senator Rand Paul, misunderstanding the voices of the un-dead, block the appointment of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve Board? (Show me more...)

    Steven Cohen Can't Make His
    Mommy's Monkey Jump

    By Greg Palast for Truthout

    [New York] Billionaire Steven A. Cohen's marriage was in hot water because his wife wouldn't tolerate the "other woman."  The other woman was Steven's mother.

    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 says he'll pay the $1.2 billion from his own pocket — but it's a pretty big pocket.  His net worth just hit ($9.4 billion).  It would have been an even $10 billion, but last year he coughed up over half a billion for his company's illegal trades.
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    Naughty Nuns, Bad Bankers
    and Ballot Bandits

    By Greg Palast for Truthout

    On May 6, 2008, twelve fraudulent voters, dressed as nuns, attempted to cast ballots in the Presidential Primary in Indiana.

    Luckily, ten of them were caught, stopped cold by Indiana's new voter photo ID law.  The law had been found to be constitutional by Federal Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    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 (the licenses, not the nuns).  The Sisters of the Holy Cross, had, mercifully, given up driving (they were pushing 90 years of age.)

    It was a cute story that ran nationwide.  What wasn't so cute, and ran nowhere in the US press, was that 72,000 Black voterswere blocked at the polls by this Posner-blessed photo ID law.

    It was Posner's decision that first allowed (Show me more...)

    Vultures and Vote Rustlers
    Palast Investigates – Vol. 2

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    The Golden Dawn Murder Case
    Larry Summers and the New Fascism

    By Greg Palast for Truthout

    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.  Think of it as the Tea Party goes Greek.

    Following Fyssas’ killing, other groups of dangerous psychopathic misfits, namely the European Union and Greece’s governing coalition, moved to ban Golden Dawn.

    Over the weekend, Greece’s rulers arrested six members of Parliament who belong to Golden Dawn.  Apparently, Greece’s political leaders prefer (Show me more...)

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