Florida = Honduras: Inequality kills.
Want to end the American shooting epidemic?

By Greg Palast

Guns vs Homicides by Nation

A crucial factor about the Florida killer: his family had to move out of the school district because they couldn’t afford the rent. Resentment yields anger. Not every poor kid becomes a killer — think Bill Clinton — but there will be one. Inequality kills.

A student of statistics — my son — was surprised by his regression analysis of gun ownership per capita in each nation versus homicides.

He wrote, "The result of my scatter plot came as quite the surprise to me: there was just about no correlation between number of guns and number of gun homicides."

In fact, "the correlation coefficient was -0.105871699." That is, by a small amount, more guns meant fewer homicides.

So what DID prove a strong correlation? (Show me more...)

The “Steele Dossier” on … Me:
Why I won’t praise the FBI lie & spy machine

By Greg Palast

Surveillance Team for Paul "The Vulture" Singer tracks Greg Palast (from The Best Democracy Money Can Buy)

Do we hate Trump so much, we’ll cheer FBI perjury, cheer the monstrous FISA star chamber and the surveillance horror show exposed by Ed Snowden?

Let me be clear: Despite Rep. Devin Nunes' assertions, nothing in his memo — none of this FBI misconduct, however unacceptable — undermines Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump and gang.

But, like it or not, that creepy little GOP shill Nunes, revealed facts that should scare us. First, FBI agents failed to tell the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court that the file it used to justify spying on a US citizen, the “Steele dossier,” was paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

True, the FBI dropped a footnote about the source coming from a "political entity," a fuzzy cover-our-ass comment that failed to state known partisan bias. But failure to tell the court the whole truth and nothing but the truth is perjury.

Ironically, Nunes himself commits the same perjury, by failing to mention (Show me more...)

The “Steele Dossier” on… Me:
Why the Nunes Memo should scare you

By Greg Palast for Truthout

Surveillance Team for Paul "The Vulture" Singer tracks Greg Palast (from The Best Democracy Money Can Buy)

Progressives should not be cheerleaders for the FBI when it shaves the truth, even if the bureau is now portrayed as Donald Trump's enemy. This is, after all, the FBI infamous for the wiretap of Martin Luther King Jr., the broader COINTELPRO operation, and, recently, smearing antiwar and environmental activists with claims of Russian influence.

Like it or not, that creepy little GOP shill Rep. Devin Nunes is stating a fact when he writes that FBI agents failed to tell the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court that (Show me more...)

The Nunes Memo And The Regressive Progressive Rhetoric It Spawned

By Greg Palast with Dennis J. Bernstein

When the FBI applied to the rubber-stamp FISA court for a warrant to surveil Trump associate Carter Page they were more than a little economical with the truth. Basing their warrant request, in part, on information contained in the now-infamous Fusion GPS dossier, they omitted to mention that (Show me more...)

The “Steele Dossier” …On Greg Palast
Nunes Memo Reveals True Threat To Civil Liberties

By Greg Palast

Do we hate Trump so much we cheer the FBI, the monstrous secret FISA star chamber, and the surveillance horror show exposed by Snowden? When they come for you, will they use your own words of praise for Gestapo Lite?

Paul
The FBI should have disclosed to the court that the Steele dossier was originally paid for by Paul "The Vulture" Singer — who has a record of creating what James Comey himself calls "salacious and unverifiable" files on his enemies.

I know, Singer created a dossier on me. (Show me more...)

It’s Even Worse Than You Think:
Watch David Cay Johnston & Greg Palast
from their Facebook LIVE Head-To-Head

"A narcissistic know-nothing con artist who has spent his entire life swindling others while repeatedly urging followers to commit criminal acts of violence against his critics." - David Cay Johnston

Who could he be talking about? I asked...

 
Broadcast on January 31, 2018, from our SOLD OUT event in LA.

Full frontal exposure of the Trump Presidency by two New York Times bestselling investigative reporters — conversing, debating. (Show me more...)

Robert Parry RIP:
A Reporter Outcast In His Own Land

By Greg Palast


Bob Parry has died. He was a giant… The reporter who uncovered the Iran-Contra scandal. Instead of a Pulitzer, he was fired by the AP.

Then fired by Bloomberg and Newsweek for more reports.

And, 30 years ago, he convinced me to take on two unknown and dangerous brothers: the Kochs. He exposed them in Nation Magazine — which he told me led Nation to fire him.

In the end, he simply printed his own reports in his Consortium News.

He received high accolades abroad — including Britain’s Martha Gellhorn award. But this great American reporter was a prophet outcast in his own land. (Show me more...)

Truthout’s Progressive Pick of The Week: Greg Palast’s Best Democracy Money Can Buy

By Mark Karlin for Truthout

As part of their commitment to providing independent information and resources to their readers, Truthout chooses a "Progressive Pick" every week: an independent book or DVD that they find thought-provoking and insightful. This week, Truthout have selected The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case Of The Stolen Election — which has been updated and has just been released on Amazon (and is FREE to Prime members) — as their "Progressive Pick”. To mark the occasion (Show me more...)

David Cay Johnston head-to-head
with Greg Palast
Facebook Live! Wednesday 8:15pm PT

David Cay Johnston and Greg Palast
Just hop onto the @GregPalastInvestigates Facebook page, and share!

Johnston is author of the new smash bestseller,  It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to Americapopping to #2 on the NY Times bestseller list.

And Palast will release the new post-election TRUMP-STOLE-IT edition of the film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, now on Amazon & Prime.

Live from LA - from the sold-out event.  We’ll be ripping the bark off the pestilential President and the too-dumb-to-get-it media.

Watch, listen join in, ask questions, until 10pm PT.

Want David Cay’s new book?  Click here and the Palast team gets a kickback.

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This Is Happening: Jerry Quickley And Greg Palast Discuss The War On Voting Rights

By Greg Palast

You're more likely to be hit by lightning than commit voter fraud, but they're using the myth of double voters to eliminate real voters — who are almost always voters of color. However, they can't steal all the votes all the time. It's really important to understand that. (Show me more...)

Trump May Have Ended Kobach’s Voter Fraud Commission, But He Hasn’t Stopped Its Work

by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein

Donald Trump may have halted Kris Kobach’s so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on “Election Integrity” — but he hasn’t stopped its work. Far from it, he’s put its nefarious vote-stealing activities on steroids.

On January 3, shortly after Trump issued his Executive Order dissolving the Commission in the same way it was created, by the stroke of a pen, Kobach told Briebart that the Commission’s mission wasn’t over, rather it was being “handed off” to the Department of Homeland Security.

Far from being a victory for progressives, as most of the liberal lamestream media portrayed the Commission's demise, this was a brilliant chess move by Kobach. Now Kobach hopes to operate his racist voter purging program away from the glaring spotlight of the Commission, under the special veil of secrecy afforded to the DHS. Worse still, the program is now backed by Homeland Security’s police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) powers. (Show me more...)

How JFK Saved MLK’s Life
And So Won The Presidency

By Greg Palast

Palast at King's Atlanta Church on assignment for Al Jazeera

It was a Republican, Martin Luther King Sr., who made John Kennedy president of the United States — for JFK’s saving Daddy King’s son, Martin Jr., from lynching.

This harrowing and little known drama of terror and courage, confirmed for me by Martin Luther King III, changed American politics — and America — forever.

On October 19, 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Georgia for driving with an Alabama driver's license and sentenced to six months hard labor. No one expected King to survive the sentence — he’d be lynched at the outset.

His father, Martin King Sr., had one desperate chance to save his son. Daddy King had endorsed Richard Nixon, a family friend, for the presidency. Nixon could count on King, a Republican like many African-Americans, who chose the party of Lincoln over the racist Democratic party of Jim Crow segregation.

A desperate King called Vice-President Nixon — who refused to answer. But MLK’s wife, Coretta, had a single hope. She called a friend, pacifist activist Harris (later Senator) Wofford who called Bobby Kennedy.

RFK didn’t hesitate, calling from a pay phone on Long Island to his brother, demanding John save MLK Jr.

It was just three weeks before the presidential election, a race too close to call. This was a crisis. Three Southern governors warned the Kennedys that any help for Dr. King and JFK would lose three Deep South states.

John Kennedy, who’d just won the Pulitzer Prize for Profiles in Courage, knew this was his test. He gave Bobby the go-ahead to save King.

Bobby called Atlanta and told the judge he’d post King’s bond — though the judge had never offered bond. But this Democratic judge (Show me more...)

Kris Kobach’s Brilliant Chess Move

By Greg Palast

Kris Kobach and President Trump

Progressives are always looking for a "victory," a pony hiding in the horseshit. We saw this when most states claimed to reject Kris Kobach’s request to turn their voter rolls. In fact, governors were lying (Mississippi and Louisiana) or too ignorant (Virginia) to know their states had already given Kobach their voter rolls. (Show me more...)

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Updated Post-Election Edition Now Available on Amazon and Amazon Prime!

Shh! The NEW post-election edition of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case Of The Stolen Election is out TODAY on Amazon and Amazon Prime.

Get the DVD from just $11.99

Rent/download from $2.99 — or watch it for FREE with Prime!!!

Official launch later this month! (Show me more...)

Trump Is Not Ending Kobach’s Racist Voter Purge Scheme, He’s Putting It On Steroids By Moving It To Homeland Security

By Greg Palast

Don’t be fooled by news of Trump's Executive Order dissolving the so-called Commission on Election Integrity. Trump is not ending the Kris Kobach scheme to attack, he’s moving it into Homeland Security as per Kobach’s original plan. (Show me more...)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Greg Palast and the investigations team.

It's still not too late to make an end of year tax-deductible donation to support our work — and pick up some great premiums too! (Show me more...)

Palast Investigative Fund fellow Zach D. Roberts’ Charlottesville photo makes Time Mag’s Top 100 Photos of 2017 list

Chosen as one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Photos of 2017: Our own Zach D. Roberts’ photo of the beating of a Black school teacher De'Andre Harris by neo-Nazis. In case the photo isn’t clear, the five men beating the teacher are the "good people" lauded by President Trump. (Show me more...)

Gov. McAuliffe, End New Jim Crow
Voter Suppression Tactic

By Gary Flowers and Greg Palast for Richmond Free Press

Imagine a wonderful parting gift from Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Imagine if Gov. McAuliffe put an end to Virginia’s strange and inexplicable participation in a GOP voter suppression trick that reeks of Jim Crow.

Since 2013, this stealth voter purge program has cost tens of thousands of Virginians of color their right to vote. It’s called (Show me more...)

Legal victory stops steal in ‘Bama!
Well, almost…
Voting rights victory lasted just 9 hours:
Republican judges overturn ruling
to prevent ballot-box stuffing

By Greg Palast

I hope you savored the moment. Yesterday, Monday December 11, voting rights advocate John Brakey won a court order – in Montgomery, Alabama no less – requiring every county to keep copies of their ballots after the voting Tuesday.

Now, you may think that in a democracy, in the United States of America, in the 21st Century, you wouldn’t simply throw away ballots, announce a winner, and say, “trust us, we counted the ballots fairly.”

But this is not exactly America, nor the 21st Century.  This is Alabama; Alabama after the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act.

Then, by 6pm Alabama time, the voting rights victory dance came to an end. GOP state officials, in an "ex-parte" (i.e. private) meeting with an Alabama Supreme Court judge, obtained a (Show me more...)

TRO Saves Alabama Senate Race Ballot Images — Well, ALMOST!!!
A Republican, A Democrat, An Independent, And A Minister Walk Into An Alabama Court… And Successfully Sue To Preserve Digital Voting Records… UPDATE: Court Order Stayed In Ex-Parte Hearing

By Nicole Powers

Alabama Digital Ballot Image Preservation Preliminary Order

A group of Alabama voting rights activists have secured a temporary restraining order to stop digital election records being destroyed after Tuesday’s highly contentious Senate special election between Doug Jones (D) and Roy Moore (R). The preliminary injunction, issued by a Montgomery circuit court judge, orders all Alabama counties to save all digital copies of ballots that are created when vote counting machines scan paper ballots.



UPDATE 1: We just got a call from John Brakey and Chris Sautter from Alabama. The State Supreme Court, without a hearing, but on the pure "ex-parte" (i.e. private) complaint of the State, "stayed" — that is, OVERTURNED THIS MORNING’S RULING TO PRESERVE ALL BALLOTS!


The temporary restraining order (Show me more...)

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