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  • 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...)

    Did Chavez’ Pick Steal
    the Election in Venezuela?

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine - Leer el artículo en español aquí.

    The guy in the cheap brown windbreaker walking up the dirty tenement steps to my New York office looked like a bus driver.

    Nicolas Maduro, elected President of Venezuela last Sunday, did indeed drive a bus, then led the drivers' union, then drove Chávez' laws through the National Assembly as Venezuela's National Assembly chief.

    And this week, the US State Department is refusing to accept the result, suggesting Maduro hijacked the vote count. But did he?Maduro came to me that day in 2004 on a quiet mission, sent by President Hugo Chávez to give me information I needed for my investigation for Rolling Stone – and to get information from me that might save Chávez' life.


    For one more week you can download Palast's short documentary, The Assassination of Hugo Chávez, originally filmed in Venezuela for BBC, without charge.


    The central topic was the "Invisible Ring". Venezuelan intelligence had secretly taped US Embassy contractors in Caracas talking in spook-speak: "That which took shape here is a disguised kind of intelligence... which is annexed to the third security ring, which is the invisible ring."

    ("Invisible Ring"? Someone at the State Department has read too many Alan Furst novels.)

    On the grainy film, they worried that (Show me more...)

    3 Years ago Today
    Deepwater Horizon Explodes

    By Greg Palast

    The Hidden Truth - Watch the Film

    My Apologies to
    the Family of Mrs. Thatcher

    By Greg Palast

    I strenuously object to the dissemination of this scurrilous doggerel, falsely attributed to me, on the passage of an iconic stateswoman:

    Naggie Hatchet dead and gone

    Ruled her Empire State like Queen Kong

    Stomping on us little peeps

    Just to sell our Jewels to creeps.

    And lost the war that Winston won

    By turning back the clocks to

    England’s meanest hour.

    Yet worse to come: as trapped below her terror tower,

    And forced to look up that Iron Skirt

    At the beastly anus as it squirt

    From the crack in the grizzly monkey hair:

    Tony Blair.

    My apologies to Lady Thatcher’s family and sincere condolences.  After all, large simians are people, too.

    Pedicabo si iocum non potest. (Show me more...)

    Bradley Manning &
    The Deepwater Horizon

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    Three years ago this month, on the 20th of April, 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizondrilling rig blew itself to kingdom come.

    Soon thereafter, a message came in to our office's chief of investigations, Ms Badpenny, from a person (Show me more...)

    How Bush won the war in Iraq - really!

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    If you thought it was "Blood for Oil"--you're wrong.  It was far, far worse.

    Because it was marked "confidential" on each page, the oil industry stooge couldn't believe the US State Department had given me a complete copy of their secret plans for the oil fields of Iraq. Actually, the State Department had done no such thing. But my line of bullshit had been so well-practiced and the set-up on my mark had so thoroughly established my fake identity, that I almost began to believe my own lies.I closed in. I said I wanted to make sure she and I were working from the same State Department draft. Could she tell me the official name, date and number of pages? She did.

    Bingo! I'd just beaten the Military-Petroleum Complex in a lying contest, so I had a right to be stoked.

    After phoning numbers from California to Kazakhstan (Show me more...)

    Hugo Chavez vs "The Network"

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    London, February 2002. A tiny, dark and intense woman waited at the end of a lecture until I was alone, brought her face strangely close to mine and whispered, “President Chavez needs you. Right now. To Caracas. Right now. You must come to see him.”
    President Who? All I knew about this Hugo Chavez guy was that he was an Latin-American jefe, led a bungled coup and was filled with a lot of populist bullshit and a lot of oil.

    And I also knew that no one at BBC Newsnight (Show me more...)

    Fukushima: They Knew

    "Completely and Utterly Fail in an Earthquake"
    Two years later, the Fukushima story you didn't hear on CNN

    An excerpt from Vultures' Picnic by Greg Palast

    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 (Show me more...)

    Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chàvez, mi Amigo

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    For BBC Television, Palast met several times with Hugo Chàvez, who passed away today.

    As a purgative for the crappola fed to Americans about Chavez, my foundation, The Palast Investigative Fund, is offering the film, The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, as a FREE download. Based on my several meetings with Chavez, his kidnappers and his would-be assassins, filmed for BBC Television. DVDs also available.

    Media may contact Palast at interviews (at) gregpalast.com.

    Venezuelan President Chavez once asked me why the US elite wanted to kill him. My dear Hugo: It's the oil. And it's the Koch Brothers – and it's the ketchup.

    Reverend Pat Robertson said,

    "Hugo Chavez thinks we're trying to assassinate him. I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it." (Show me more...)

    How Do You Steal a Dream?
    Supreme Court hears suit to kill Voting Rights Act

    How Do You Steal a Dream?
    Supreme Court hears suit to kill Voting Rights Act

    For Care2.com
    By Greg Palast, author, “Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps

    Sign the petition to Defend Martin Luther King's Dream Act - here.

    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.

    Today, February 27, the Supreme Court will hear a suit brought by Shelby County, Alabama, which challenges the right of the Department of Justice to review changes in voting procedure. Example: 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.

    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.” (Show me more...)

    Defend Martin Luther King's Dream Act:
    Protect the Voting Rights Act & Expand It

    by Greg Palast, Journalist, joined by

    Dr. Charles Steele – Chairman, of Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr - Freedom Rider, co-founder, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Martin Luther King Jr.’s appointee to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    Mrs. Cathelean C. Steele, First Lady and Director, SCLC Director of Programs (Women's Initiatives)

    …and YOU. Sign NOW at Care2.com

    Dr. King's Dream Act is under attack. On Wednesday February 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the law's requirement that states with a history of Jim Crow voting rules let the Justice Department review new voting procedures. This is the only effective method, today as in 1965, to ensure that every American citizen will not lose their vote because of race or language.

    America's heart breaks when we see, a half century after King's Dream speech, African-Americans in Florida standing for six hours to cast their ballot. America's heart breaks when we hear of Latino citizens in Arizona blocked at the polling station door by ID laws and intimidation because of the color of their skin or the language spoken in their homes. (Show me more...)

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