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The Baker Boys: Stay Half the Course

Greg Palast 

Iraq Study Group or Saudi Protection League?

They’re kidding, right?

James Baker III and the seven dwarfs of the “Iraq Study Group” have come up with some simply brilliant recommendations. Not.

Baker’s Two Big Ideas are:

1. Stay half the course. Keeping 140,000 troops in Iraq is a disaster getting more disastrous. The Baker Boys’ idea: cut the disaster in half — leave 70,000 troops there.

But here’s where dumb gets dumber: the Bakerites want to “embed” US forces in Iraqi Army units. Question one, Mr. Baker: What Iraqi Army? This so-called “army” is a rough confederation of Shia death squads. We can tell our troops to get “embedded” with them, but the Americans won’t get much sleep. …more

Found: Saddam’s Weapon of Mass Destruction

Greg Palast 


This photo of condemned Iraqi ex-strongman Saddam Hussein amid exotic weapons of mass destruction, taken just before the liberation of Iraq, was released Saturday by the White House. Still from Video- Courtesy of NY Times

Proclaiming that the long-awaited evidence of Saddam’s deadly weaponry was now irrefutable, Presidential spokesman Tony Snow displayed the picture of Saddam with bow and arrows [read the original NY Times article] at a special briefing for the Washington press corp.

“These are ‘dirty’ arrows, capable of delivering radioactive materiel wherever shot,” said Snow. …more

Get The Film That Got Us Busted:
Big Easy To Big Empty

Greg Palast 

New Orleans DVD

Just released today: Big Easy to Big Empty DVD– the real story of how the White House drowned New Orleans and holds it underwater today. Donate at least $30 (tax-deductible) to our investigative reporting foundation and I’ll send you, signed, the one-hour-plus broadcast. The DVD includes Amy Goodman and me on New Orleans as the front line of the class war.

On August 22, my producer and I were charged by the Department of Homeland Security with violating anti-terror laws — we upset them for filming the bad guys. While the charges were dropped (whew!) we still have the film — originally made for Democracy Now! and LinkTV. …more

Armed Madhouse by Winston Smith

Greg Palast 

Winston Smith has reproduced the inside of our President’s skull with this extraordinary collage — based on Greg Palast’s bestselling book, “Armed Madhouse.”

Winston is the “best collage artist in the Universe … best-kept secret of the underground” (writes Ivan Stang). His work is seen on albums put out by the Dead Kennedys, Green Day, Tijuana No, Lard and other bands — his collages can also be seen inside the pages of Playboy, the New Yorker, Spin and other magazines.

Through special arrangement with the artist, the Palast Investigative Fund is offering a limited number of this killer full-color frame-worthy 18″ x 24″ poster for a tax-deductible donation of at least $25.

With the Armed Madhouse poster, we’ll include the Winston Smith poster “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.” Want them signed? Just say so in the pay-pal ‘message box’ when ordering.


Stars Come Out To Support Investigative Reporting

Greg Palast 

On Thursday, November 16, Hollywood came out in support of the Palast Investigative Fund, theJackson Browne by Margery Epstein not-for-profit foundation that supports the research team behind the writings and films of investigative reporter Greg Palast.

The evening at the Beverly Hills home of Jodie Evans, a Code Pink founder and Max Palevsky, was sponsored by Norman Lear, founder of People for the American Way, Alec Baldwin, Bonnie Raitt, Ed and Cindy Asner, Larry David and other film and music luminaries to raise funds for the Palast team’s new work, including “The Theft of 2008,” the continuation of the investigation into the manipulation of US elections.

Rocker Jackson Browne [“Lives in the Balance”], who has helped fund Palast’s work, said that everyone in his recording studio had read his copy of Palast’s bestseller, “Armed Madhouse: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War.” Browne did not say if the others were forced to read it under duress.

Palast said, Bree Walker by Margery Epstein“I’ve never done anything like this before. This is the only way we can fund investigations and provide the film to Democracy Now! or even BBC TV, which simply can’t cover the cost of our two-years digging into what is really keeping us in Iraq or how they’re going to fix the next election. There were 3 million votes cast and un-counted on November 7 — the Democrats may have won, but not democracy. In 2008, we’ll miss those 3 million. I want to investigate now, not after the White House is heisted.”

Palast told Air America’s Bree Walker, who attended wearing hot pink leopard skin print pants, “It’s really something to see this crowd out for investigative reporting. Most Greg Palast, Cindy Asner and Brad Friedman by Margery Epsteinof these stars are working class kids like me who made it out of a combination of talent and luck — and haven’t forgotten that down the hill from here is a city and a nation and a planet that’s just bleeding. I don’t know if hard facts heal wounds, but certainly soft lies and deep bullshit can kill us all.”

I Want To Hurt Somebody

Greg Palast 

Joao Silva, New York TimesFriday, November 3, 2006 for The Guardian (London)

It was pure war-nography. The front page of the New York Times yesterday splashed a four-column-wide close-up of a blood-covered bullet in the blood-soaked hands of an army medic who’d retrieved it from the brain of Lance Cpl. Colin Smith.

There was a 40 column-inch profile of the medic. There were photos of the platoon, guns over shoulders, praying for the fallen buddy. The Times is careful not to ruin the heroic mood, so there is no photograph of pieces of corporal Smith’s shattered head. Instead, there’s an old, smiling photo of the wounded soldier. …more

Virginia, Floridated

Greg Palast 

Rather than gossip about the dunking of The Don, I’d rather focus on suspicious electoral arithmetic in Virginia.


How They Stole The Mid-Term Election

Greg Palast 

for The Guardian (UK), Comment is Free
Monday November 6, 2006

Here’s how the 2006 mid-term election was stolen.

Note the past tense. And I’m not kidding.

And shoot me for saying this, but it won’t be stolen by jerking with the touch-screen machines (though they’ll do their nasty part). While progressives panic over the viral spread of suspect computer black boxes, the Karl Rove-bots have been tunneling into the vote vaults through entirely different means.


Steal Back Your Vote

Greg Palast 

A lot of advice we’re getting from our progressive friends is to take photos of your ballot and silly stuff like that. Well, that’s all about how to complain after they steal it. I have a better idea: Win, don’t whine.

#1: Gang Vote

Arrive with five! Never go bowling, make love or vote alone. And volunteer at get-out-the-vote operations. It’s worth it just for the stale donuts, cold coffee and hot democracy.

#2: Tell Them to Take Their Provisional Ballot and …

If they try to hand you a “provisional ballot,” scream bloody murder. If there’s a problem with your ID or registration, demand adjudication from a poll monitor, come back with proper ID, or demand appeal to the county supervisor of elections.But don’t just walk away. If it’s provisional or nothing, take it — then return for the count to defend it.

#3: Get to Work

Volunteer to bring out the vote. Or watch a poll — to challenge the challengers. Get credentials; don’t freelance — you’ll likely get thrown out. Either get credentials from the parties or get information on how you can slay vote-eating dragons in your area from the National Campaign for Fair Elections the umbrella group including NAACP, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and People for the American Way (NationalCampaignForFairElections.org).


Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “ARMED MADHOUSE.” Go to www.gregpalast.com

Catch Greg Palast on Election Night on the new Mike Malloy Show on NOVA M Radio and some Air America Radio affiliates.

Bonnie Raitt, Larry David and friends invite you to join Jackson Browne, Ed Asner, Ben Vereen and other stars on the November 16, 6-8pm at an intimate gathering in the home of Code Pink’s Jodie Evans in Beverly Hills, California, to support the Palast Investigative Fund, a 501c3 educational foundation. For details and to request one or two of the limited number of invitations, go to http://www.palastinvestigativefund.org/november-16th-fundraiser .

Cut and Run – It’s Fun!

Greg Palast 

Cut and Run

[Thursday, October 26, 2006]

Imagine this: You’re tied to a stake and savages are about to light the logs under your feet.

So, class, what do you do?

Cut and run!

How about this one? Evil-doers have tied you to the railroad tracks and the Teheran Express is bearing down on you. If you have any brains at all, whatcha gonna do?

Cut and run!

President George Bush has been accusing Democrats of having a reasonable, coherent Iraq policy: getting out alive. “Cut and run” for short. …more

Are U.S. Corporations Going to “Win” The Iraq War?

Greg Palast 

The Bush AgendaGuest Column By Antonia Juhasz

Upon his return from Iraq on October 5, Senator John Warner, Republican of Virginia, remarked “There is progress being made in certain areas, but you just find that so many communities don’t even have drinking water. It seems to me that the situation is simply drifting sideways.”

Many of us have been saying since before the war began that corporate interests have taken precedence over those of the Iraqi and American public. Reconstruction – that is, the lack thereof, has become an increasingly recognized cost of the Bush administration’s corporate agenda. …more

Enron’s Skilling Sentenced; Bush Walks

Greg Palast 

Update of the original report for Truthout

[October 24, 2006]

Don’t kid yourself. If you think the sentencing of Jeff Skilling, former Enron CFO (criminal financial officer), to twenty-four years in the slammer means that justice has been done, think again.Ken Lay

First, Skilling got away with murder – or at least grand larceny. Like Al Capone convicted of failing to file his taxes, Skilling, though found guilty of stock fraud, is totally off the hook for his BIG crime: taking down California and Texas consumers for billions through fraud on the power markets. …more

Dancing in the Armed Madhouse

Greg Palast 

Now you can dance to Armed Madhouse: the soundtrack to the class war.Remix Turntable

You want to listen to this: the best of Armed Madhouse, the bestseller, turned into disturbingly hot dance tracks. Click here to Listen to Greg Palast, Amy Goodman, Larry David, Jello Biafra and other troublemakers reading Armed Madhouse and put to the beat. Here are some who already have. Then pass it on.

Then add your own: …more

Recipe for a Cooked Election

Greg Palast 

for Yes! Magazine

A nasty little secret of American democracy is that, in every national election, ballots cast are simply thrown in the garbage. Most are called “spoiled,” supposedly unreadable, damaged, invalid. They just don’t get counted. This “spoilage”Proportion of Ballots That were not Counted has occurred for decades, but it reached unprecedented heights in the last two presidential elections. In the 2004 election, for example, more than three million ballots were never counted.

Almost as deep a secret is that people are doing something about it. In New Mexico, citizen activists, disgusted by systematic vote disappearance, demanded change ”” and got it.

In Ohio, during the 2004 Presidential election, 153,237 ballots were simply thrown away ”” more than the Bush “victory” margin. In New Mexico the uncounted vote was five times the Bush alleged victory margin of 5,988. In Iowa, Bush’s triumph of 13,498 was …more