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Truth Hound

By Robert C. Koehler, Tribune Media Services
“Governments don’t keep secrets to protect the public, but to deceive the public.”
Greg Palast happens to be talking about a certain Big Oil-friendly blueprint for the future of the Iraqi oil industry when he makes this point, almost in passing, in his just-released book, Armed Madhouse (Dutton), but he could be stating the general premise of the whole book, or of his career as a journo-sleuth in the Jack Anderson mold and stand-in for the little guy in the global economy. His raison d’être is to ferret out those secrets and those deceptions and present them in all their cynical glory to the people for whom such knowledge is vital: you and me.

Greg Interviewed on Democracy Now! — About Armed Madhouse

Greg Palast on His New Book “Armed Madhouse : Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal ’08”

Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.orgMonday, May 15, 2006 — Investigative journalist Greg Palast joins us in the Firehouse Studio to discuss the follow-up to his best-selling book “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.” [includes rush transcript ]
Telecom giant Verizon has been sued for giving the National Security Agency the phone records of millions of Americans.

The Last Iconoclast

“The vote in the Enchanted State seems a little too enchanted for my tastes. Basically, the election was not won by the voters in your state, but by the people who got to throw out ballots in the last presidential election.”
An interview with Greg Palast on shoplifting the Presidential election in New Mexico and those stenographers called American reporters
By Tim McGivern
Greg Palast grew up in a Los Angeles house sandwiched between a landfill and power plant. Maybe there was something in the air that made him crazy — in a good way.

Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq's OilSpark Political Fight Between Neocons and Big Oil

AMY GOODMAN: In an explosive new report for BBC Television Newsnight, investigative journalist Greg Palast charges that President Bush was planning to invade Iraq before the September 11th attacks and was considering two very different plans about what to do with Iraq’s oil. The plans reportedly sparked a political fight between neoconservatives and big oil companies.

Abused and Conned in Florida

For the Guardian and Observer (UK)
Sunday October 31, 2004
Voters claim abuse of electoral rolls.
Students say they were conned into registering twice.

An Observer investigation in the United States has uncovered widespread allegations of electoral abuse, many of them going uninvestigated despite complaints of what would appear to be criminal attempts to manipulate voter lists.

September 11: What You "Ought Not to Know"

Document 199-I and The FBI’s Words to Chill The Soul
Watch the Report
On November 9, 2001, when you could still choke on the dust in the air near Ground Zero, BBC Television received a call in London from a top-level US intelligence agent. He was not happy. Shortly after George W. Bush took office, he told us reluctantly, the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the FBI, “were told to back off the Saudis.”

Fear and Libel

by Ed Rampell
Not everyone gets to be Woodward and Bernstein, cracking the big story and coming out a hero. BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast is getting the Southern California branch of the American Civil Liberties Union’s 2004 Upton Sinclair Freedom of Expression Award this weekend – but he was also recently sued for $15 million by former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, a Democrat.

Fixing the Fixed Voting Machines

In addition to being the author of the excellent best-seller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, award winning investigative journalist Greg Palast also hosts the BBC-produced exposes of the Bush family, Bush Family Fortunes, which has aired in countries all over the world except, coincidentally, in America, where the Bush family happens to rule. In the documentary, Palast uncovered many of the details that proved the theft of the 2000 Presidential election and exposed disturbing connections between the Bushes and the Bin Ladens. Currently, Palast is working with Martin Luther King III to bring attention to the fact that our democracy is being hijacked via computerized voting machines.
HUSTLER: Is the fix in on the 2004 election?
PALAST: You may have already voted in 2004;

Swimming Against the Mainstream

By Christopher Horton
Asia Times Online
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that the man widely considered as the top investigative journalist in the United States is persona non grata in his own country’s media. For Greg Palast, an accidental journalist, this is not upsetting. “Our news is like Pravda,” he stated matter-of-factly from his New York office in a recent interview with Asia Times Online.
Palast is content to continue his investigative reports into what he perceives as an American oligarchy – a nexus between politicians and corporations in which the line between the two is increasingly blurred – an endeavor which he pursues across the Atlantic in the British media. However,

It's a Brutal World, But There is Hope

GREG PALAST is a breath of fresh air in the world of journalism. He began as an investigator, working on behalf of trade unions and consumer groups in the US, highlighting the abuse of corporate power and the destruction of people’s lives and planet. His work led to the prosecution of nuclear power plant builders for racketeering, and the revelation of how the Exxon Valdez crash was allowed to happen because the shipping company cut costs by turning the radars off!

Democrats.com Chat with Greg Palast

Transcribed by Necco27
[Bob] Thank you all for joining us for our chat with Greg Palast! Greg has just published an outstanding book, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” You can buy it on Amazon.
[GP] Have you read it, Bob, or are you just pulling my…
[Bob] As an Enron executive, I take the 5th!
[GP] It’s a hit in Dublin!
[David] Europeans have an endless appetite for American foibles.