Year: 2005

Armstrong Bikes With President Over Sheehan Grave

Greg Palast 

Crawford, Texas – Celebrity bike champ Lance Armstrong joined President George W. Bush this weekend at the Crawford Ranch to celebrate the thirtieth day of the President’s vigil against Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in action in Iraq.

Armstrong, fresh from his victory in the Tour De France, is seen here with Mr. Bush riding across the symbolic gravesite of Casey Sheehan, deceased Army specialist, son of the bereaved Mrs. Sheehan.

“We must stay the course,” said a resolute Mr. Bush who vowed to “extend my vacation as long as necessary to accomplish this mission” and force Sheehan to give up her siege of the Western White House.

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A Conversation With Sheik Khalesi

Greg Palast 

It was January 30th 2005. Images of Iraqis' bright purple fingers, dyed with ink from voting, were ubiquitous - appearing throughout American television and newspapers. The networks looped clips of English speaking Iraqis praising the United States, some thanking coalition troops, and some even expressing gratitude to President George W. Bush. Far from all of these happenings, far from the curfews and travel restrictions, far from the 15,000 American troops marching patrol in the dusty streets of Baghdad monitoring what had been praised as a "successful election," I sat next to Sheikh Jawad Al-Khalesi as our bus sped along the bumpy highway leading to Porto Alegre. ...more

Lawyers, Guns and Money

Greg Palast 

There are 200 million guns in civilian hands in the United States. That works out at 200 per lawyer. Wade through the foaming websites of the anti-Semites, weekend militiamen and Republicans, and it becomes clear that many among America's well-armed citizenry have performed the same calculation. Because if there is any hope of the ceasefire that they fear, it would have come out of the barrel of a lawsuit. And that is why a shoot-to-kill coalition in the Senate, led by Wild Bill Frist (R-Tenn) and his short sidekick, Scary Harry Reid (D-Nev), voted yesterday to grant immunity to gunmakers. ...more

China Floats, America Sinks
Yuan Kicks Dollar Butt by Rejecting “Free Market”

Greg Palast 

In case you haven’t the least idea what the heck it means for China to “float” its currency, let me put it in the language we economists use: China’s float don’t mean squat.

Yet our President, a guy whose marks in Economics 101 are too embarrassing to publish here, ran out to hail the fact that buying Chinese money will now cost more dollars. …more

It Didn’t Take Long, Did It?

Greg Palast 

In the USA, the curtain opened on new anti-terror follies Wednesday when three Senate committees, in blustery response to the London bombings, voted to extend the power of the FBI under the Patriot Act to obtain library records without a subpoena. Exactly what suicide bomber or sleeper cell has so far been exposed by this powerful new intelligence weapon, we are not told. Did Osama fail to return his copy of 'Harry Potter'? Or 'Hijacking for Idiots'? ...more

George and Tony Get their al-Qaeda Fix

Greg Palast 

The tooth fairy, Santa Clause, WorldCom profits, the Easter Bunny, al-Qaeda.

The cruel, evil jerks who blew up the London subway last week, despite appropriating al-Qaeda’s name for their website and T-shirts, have about as much to do with al-Qaeda as a Beatles tribute band has to do with the Fab Four. …more

Jailing Judy
The Times Calls For Busting Sources not Reporters

Greg Palast 

William Safire, just before Independence Day, defended the Times' Judith Miller in the oddest manner. Instead of standing by freedom of the press, he instead offers Big Brother other targets for imprisonment, citing with approval attempts to arrest intelligence whistleblower Philip Agee. Agee is a "turncoat" in the mind of the former Times man, and therefore should take Miller's place in the dungeon. The implied maxim is: seize the other guy, but leave my colleagues alone. ...more

I Hope I Die Before The Next Re-Fill

Greg Palast 

A July 4th note from Greg Palast’s journal

I was in the drug store today out here in Podunk. Some old guy in front of me was picking up his little paper bag of prescription medicine. The lady behind the counter handed him a credit card slip and said, “I’m sorry.”

She was sorry because the bill was over $1,200. The old man stared at the charge card receipt and stared at it some more. Hesitating, he signed, then said, “I hope I die before I have to pay for the next re-fill.” …more

French Fried Friedman
The Nouvelle Globalizer

Greg Palast 

Thomas Friedman earns plaudits and Pulitzers for his column which today announces that East Indians are taking jobs the French are too lazy to do ["A Race to the Top," New York Times, June 3]. His fit of racial profiling was motivated by his pique over France's rejection of the globalizers' charter for corporate dominance known as the European Constitution. ...more

The Last Iconoclast

Greg Palast 

Interview with Palast on theft of election in New Mexico and the death of investigative journalism ...more

Deep Throat Cover Blown
Washington Post Still Sucks

Greg Palast 

I’ve been gagging all morning on the Washington Post’s self-congratulatory preening about its glory days of the Watergate investigation.

Think about it. It’s been 33 years since cub reporters Woodward and Bernstein pulled down the pants of the Nixon operation and exposed its tie-in to the Watergate burglary. That marks a third of a century since the Washington Post has broken a major investigative story. I got a hint why there’s been such a dry spell after I met Mark Hosenball, investigative reporter for the Washington Post’s magazine, Newsweek. …more