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  • 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...)

    Karl Rove’s Carolina Scheme Faces Justice

    By Greg Palast.
    Updated from the original article published on
    TheMudflats.net

    Note from TheMudflats.net: In 2011 Karl Rove wrote a column called “Why Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012” - Rove was betting on North Carolina to be a swing state for the Republicans... Romney took the state but to Rove's surprise he failed at stealing Ohio for the third time. Just Google "Karl Rove Meltdown," and you'll see a video from Fox News election night, he did not take it well.

    After the knock-down of the Voting Rights Act by the US Supreme Court earlier this year North Carolina jumped at the chance to (Show me more...)

    Larry Summers: Goldman Sacked

    By Greg Palast for Reader Supported News

    Joseph Stiglitz couldn't believe his ears.  Here they were in the White House, with President Bill Clinton asking the chiefs of the US Treasury for guidance on the life and death of America's economy, when the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers turns to his boss, Secretary Robert Rubin, and says, "What would Goldman think of that?"

    Huh?

    Then, at another meeting, Summers said it again:  What would Goldman think?A shocked Stiglitz, then Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, told me he'd turned to Summers, and asked if Summers thought it appropriate to decide US economic policy based on "what Goldman thought."  As opposed to say, the facts, or say, the needs of the American public, you know, all that stuff that we heard in Cabinet meetings on The West Wing.

    Summers looked at Stiglitz like Stiglitz was some kind of naive fool who'd read too many civics books.

     

    R.I.P. Larry Summers

    On Sunday afternoon, facing a revolt (Show me more...)

    Larry Summers
    and the Secret "End-Game" Memo

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    When a little birdie dropped the End Game memo through my window, its content was so explosive, so sick and plain evil, I just couldn't believe it.

    The Memo confirmed every conspiracy freak's fantasy:  that in the late 1990s, the top US Treasury officials secretly conspired with a small cabal of banker big-shots to rip apart financial regulation across the planet.  When you see 26.3% unemployment in Spain, desperation and hunger in Greece, riots in Indonesia and Detroit in bankruptcy, go back to this End Game memo, the genesis of the blood and tears.

    The Treasury official playing the bankers' secret End Game was Larry Summers.  Today, Summers is Barack Obama's leading choice for Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, the world's central bank.  If the confidential memo is authentic, then Summers shouldn't (Show me more...)

    Euro Krieg!
    Greece Surrenders to Germany 2013
    Greg Palast Interviewed by Greek Radio

    By Michael Nevradakis for Truthout

    In his career as an investigative journalist, economist, and bestselling author -Vultures' Picnic, Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy - Greg Palast has not been afraid to tackle some of the most powerful names in politics and finance.

    From uncovering Katherine Harris' purge of African-American voters from Florida's voter rolls in the year 2000 to revealing the truth behind the "assistance" provided by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to ailing economies, Palast has not held back in revealing the corruption and criminal actions of the wealthy and powerful.

    In a recent interview on Dialogos Radio, Palast turned his attention to Greece and to the austerity policies that have been imposed on the country by (Show me more...)

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    An Open Letter to
    Trayvon Martin's Father

    By Greg Palast for Truthout

    Dear Mr. Martin,

    I have a 16-year old son. I cannot imagine losing him because some beast decided to play Lone Ranger.

    And so, with cautious humility, I make this suggestion, this plea.

    Sue the beast. You must.

    I understand you are reluctant to launch another painful trial of uncertain outcome and cost, monetary and emotional. And I know a money judgment won't bring your son home.

    But imagine this: George Zimmerman gets a half-million-dollar book deal and $25,000 a pop to appear at gun shows - plus a fee to put his name on a 9mm semi-automatic. The 'Zimmerman Protector.'

    There's only one way to put this monster out of business (Show me more...)

    The Frog Who Crushed The Planet
    Did a French Yuppie really create the Finance Crisis?

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    You just knew it had to be one of those brie-biting, Sartre-spewing, overly-garlicked Frenchmen who pushed the Earth's finance system over a cliff.

    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. Even Julius Caesar waited until he turned 51 to bring the known world to its knees.

    Here's the story which his defence team does not dispute:

    In August 2007, hot-shot hedge fund manager John Paulson walked into Goldman Sachs with a (Show me more...)

    New York Genitals Fight for Office
    ... While Snowden Fights the Forces of Stupid

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    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.

    It is, I admit, a really famous penis. Weiner was a Congressman until two years ago when he resigned because he sent a 21-year-old woman photos of his wiener (modestly bulging from his underpants) via Twitter. Weiner was forced to resign from Congress.

    Now he’s back, with a front-runner status conferred by the name-recognition care of the exposure of his jockey shorts.

    New York’s school system, with one million students, is desperately screwed up. What is Weiner’s position on privatizing the schools through the “charter” system? The Times won’t tell us. It’s all about Weiner’s weenie. The Times only asks voters if they will forgive him for showing young ladies (Show me more...)

    Summer versus Stupid

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    We all have bad habits. And the worst, besides yelling at our kids when we're hung-over or just generally disappointed, is the daily deal we make with Evil.

    Every day we are thrown head first into that dog fight between What is Right, What is Horrible and, our third way, Just-Don't-Give-a-Shit-ism.

    We know we are not Bradley Manning, nor Edward Snowden.  We know we'd better just shut the fuck up.

    And that’s the conflict at the core of civilization's corrosion: not between national security and freedom, but between courage and complicity.

    Warren Ellis – you might know his comic books, including Transmetropolitan with Darick Robertson – said that journalism is a terribly weak weapon – though when correctly aimed, (Show me more...)

    Ku Klux Kourt kills King’s Dream Law
    Replaces Voting Rights Act with
    Katherine Harris Acts

    by Greg Palast for Truthout

    They might as well have burned a cross on Dr. King's grave.  The Jim Crow majority on the Supreme Court just took away the vote of millions of Hispanic and African–American voters by wiping away Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


    I'm so angry, so distraught by this, that I've asked my foundation to release my film, 'Election Files, for free.  This is a no-BS, no charge download of my series of investigative reports for BBC Television and Rolling Stone.

    Furthermore, I'm directing the Palast Investigative Team to drop all other work for a ‘round-the-clock investigation of the Theft of 2014 and 2016 elections that the Supreme Court's ruling sets in motion.  Help us, join us.


    When I say "millions" of voters of color will lose their ballots, I'm not kidding.  Let's add it up.

    Last year, the GOP Secretary of State of Florida Ken Detzner tried to purge 180,000 Americans, mostly Hispanic Democrats, from the voter rolls.  He was attempting to break Katherine Harris' record.

    Detzner claimed that all these Brown folk were illegal "aliens."

    But Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act requires that 16 states with a bad history of blocking Black and Brown voters must "pre-clear" with the US Justice Department any messing around with voter rolls or voting rules.  And so Section 4 stopped Detzner from the racist Brown-out.

    I'll admit there were (Show me more...)

    Arizona Law

    by Greg Palast

    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court finally busted the Arizona election law that was supposed to keep "alien" (i.e. Democratic) voters off the voter rolls.  Two years ago, we flew to Arizona to bust this bogus game.  Here's the original report  ...

    Behind the Arizona Immigration Law:
    GOP Game to Swipe the November Election

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    For fourteen years, investigative reporter Greg Palast has exposed racial bias in US voting for BBC Television, for The Guardian and, with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., for Rolling Stone magazine.

    Donate a minimum of $50 to support our renewed investigation of elections theft. As thanks, our foundation will send you a signed copy of Palast’s bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.

    …And during this Voting Rights Month, (Show me more...)

    The Drone Ranger: Obama’s Dirty Wars

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    About the time Barack Obama ordered the drone strike that killed Abdul-Rahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old American kid Facebooked his second-rate choice of hip-hop favorites. I say "second-rate," because Abdul was my son's age almost exactly, so I know the kind of crap they listen to.

    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 (Show me more...)

    The Idiot's Guide to the Voting Rights Act

    Will the Supreme Court pull the teeth out of the law?
    by Greg Palast for TheMudflats.net

    This month –as early as tomorrow— the US Supreme Court will tell us whether Black and Brown citizens have the right to vote.

    Now, if you saw the film Lincoln, you probably thought that issue was settled about 143 years ago. But Honest Abe never imagined a High Court occupied by Dishonest Thomas and Scalia the Scurrilous.

    There’s been a lot of nonsense talk fogging the issue before the Court. To cut through the BS, the Palast Investigative Fund has made a little film, How Do You Steal a Dream?

    You could call it 'The Idiot’s Guide to the Voting Rights Act.' The idiots, of course, are (Show me more...)

    Will the Supreme Court Kill
    the Voting Rights Act?

    How Do You Steal a Dream?
    Supreme Court to decide on Voting Rights Act this month.

    For Care2.com
    By Greg Palast, author, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits

    Jim Crow is alive and well — and he has mounted a new attack on the law Martin Luther King dreamed of: the Voting Rights Act.

    This month, as early as Wednesday, the Supreme Court will decide on the suit brought by Shelby County, Alabama, which challenges the right of the Department of Justice to review changes in voting procedure.

    Sixteen states are subject to this “pre-clearance” law, every one with a history of Jim Crow rules such as “literacy” tests — Blacks had to recite the Constitution, Whites “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

    But Jim Crow is still alive and well in these states.

    Examples: Attempts to cut the number of early voting days, to expunge “illegal alien” voters without any evidence, refusing Spanish-language ballots, have been blocked by the Department of Justice and courts because they have stopped Black and Hispanic citizens casting ballots.

    Dixie moans it’s been picked on unfairly, but the “pre-clearance” states, chosen by an arithmetic formula, include all or parts of the “Confederate states” of California, Arizona, Alaska and New York. (Show me more...)

    My Big Fat Greek Minister

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    It wasn't too difficult picking out the Fat Bastard in the crowd of Russian models, craven moochers and media mavens. Besides, Fat Bastard and I were both desperate for coffee and heading for the same empty urn.

    (We'd both signed on for Kazakhstan's annual Eurasia Media Forum, a kind of Burning Man festival for Eastern oilgarchs and their media camp followers.)

    Now, it is my policy never to mention an interlocutor's weight, nor question the legitimacy of their birth, given my own vulnerabilities. (A would-be groupie told me, "You could do a few sit-ups, you know." Yes, I know.)

    But this particular Fat Bastard is asking for it. I had tried to put the belly of this beast out of my thoughts, but I still had a New York Times story folded in my pocket that begins:

    ATHENS – As an elementary school principal, Leonidas Nikas is used to seeing children play, laugh and dream about the future. But recently he has seen something altogether different, something he thought was impossible in Greece: children picking through school trash cans for food; needy youngsters asking playmates for leftovers; and an 11-year-old boy, Pantelis Petrakis, bent over with hunger pains.

    Fat Bastard – or Theodoros Pangalos, thinks the little Greek kiddies should (Show me more...)

    "Now that the SOB is Dead..."
    A Novel Idea: Asking an Afghan about Afghanistan

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    "Now that the sonovabitch is dead, why is the US still angry with us?"

    "Us", in this conversation, are the Taliban. The SOB in question is Osama bin Laden.

    The Taliban's frustration was relayed to me by Yahya Maroofi, Counsellor to Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai – Karzai's Kissinger, if Kissinger had a soul.

    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.

    Maroofi was spending the day in Kazakhstan's capital on his way to little-noticed peace negotiations – little noticed because neither Uncle Sam nor Great-Uncle Britain were invited. Attendance is limited to those frontline states that will be left holding the grenade when the US and UK pull out the pin with the removal of their troops in 2014. The lineup includes Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan (birthplace of the Boston Bombers) and the big new swinging dick on the block, Turkey, as well as Iran, the nation most feared and despised by the Taliban. The unannounced guests, of course, are the Taliban themselves.

    I am moved to recount a bit of my lengthy talk with the Afghan minister after reading reams of meretricious bunkum about Afghanistan from the pens of US propaganda repeaters pretending to be reporters. My favourite is, "Hope Seen for Afghanistan After Coalition Leaves," in the New York Times. To give us an expert view, two American reporters used their 20-column inches to take down the words of General Joseph F Dunford Jr, commander of all "international forces" in Afghanistan.

    Dunford just arrived in Afghanistan for the first time about 12 weeks ago. He may not know a Tajik from a camel fart, (Show me more...)

    Palast reports from Kazakhstan
    FBI Spiked Chechen Jihadi Investigation

    By Greg Palast from Vice.com UK

    [Astana, Kazakhstan]  Following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, I received documents marked "SECRET" from the files of the FBI's Washington field office. The information in those files will make you sick.

    [Click through to get a free download of the film Bush Family Fortunes, which contains the fascinating background to this story.]

    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.]

    After we landed, word came that two Kazakh teens, friends of the bombers, had been arrested by Boston police and, yesterday, charged with hiding evidence of the bombers' guilt.

    Here in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital, televisions everywhere run endless (Show me more...)

    Billionaire Bankster Penny Pritzker
    Breaks into Obama's Cabinet

    By Greg Palast 

    You made fun of me when I suggested that President Barack Obama would nominate a confessed bank scammer, a loan-sharking mortgage predator, to his cabinet.  But thar she blows!

    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.

    The following is taken from the Chapter, "Penny's from Heaven?" you'll find in my bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.  [Get a copy, I'll sign it, and you send it to the President.]

    We never heard of this guy Barack Obama until 2004. Less than three years before taking the presidency, he was in the Illinois state senate, a swamp of scammers, backhanders, and party machine tools - not a stellar launch pad for the White House. And then, one day, state Sen. Barack Obama was visited by his fairy godmother. Her name is Penny Pritzker.

    Pritzker's net worth is listed in Forbes as $1.8 billion, which is one hell of a heavy magic wand in the world of politics. Her wand would have been heavier, and her net worth higher, except that in 2001, the federal government fined her and her family $460 million for the predatory, deceitful, racist tactics and practices of Superior, the bank-and-loan-shark operation she ran on the South Side of Chicago.

    Superior was the first of the deregulated go-go banks to go bust - at the time, the costliest failure ever. US taxpayers lost nearly half a billion dollars. Superior's depositors lost millions and poor folk in Sen. Obama's South Side district lost their homes.

    Penny did not like paying $460 million. No, not one bit. What she needed (Show me more...)

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