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Fukushima: They Knew

Greg Palast 

“Completely and Utterly Fail in an Earthquake”
The Fukushima story you didn’t hear on CNN

For FreePress.org

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 and here is the utter failure. …more

Tokyo Electric to Build US Nuclear Plants
The no-BS info on Japan’s disastrous nuclear operators

Greg Palast 

for Truthout/Buzzflash

by Greg Palast

Texas plants planned by Tokyo Electric. Image:NINA

I need to speak to you, not as a reporter, but in my former capacity as lead investigator in several government nuclear plant fraud and racketeering investigations.

I don’t know the law in Japan, so I can’t tell you if Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) can plead insanity to the homicides about to happen.

But what will Obama plead?  The Administration, just months ago, asked Congress to provide a $4 billion loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors to be built and operated on the Gulf Coast of Texas – by Tokyo Electric Power and local partners.  As if the Gulf hasn’t suffered enough.
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Ken Lay’s Alive!

Greg Palast 

Don’t check the casket. I know he’s back. When I saw those lights flickering out at La Guardia Airport yesterday and heard the eerie shrieks and moans in the dark, broiling subway tunnels, I just knew it: Ken Lay’s alive! We can see his spirit in every flickering lightbulb from Kansas to Queens as we head into America’s annual Blackout season. …more

When Ahnold Got Lay’d

Greg Palast 

 Excerpted from Armed Madhouse

May 17, 2001. In a room at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverley Hills, the Financial Criminal of the twentieth century, not long out of prison, met with the Financial Criminal of the twenty-first century who feared he may also have to do hard time. These two, bondmarket manipulators Mike Milken and Ken Lay, no-yet-indicted Chairman of Enron Corporation, were joined by a select group of movers and shakers – and one movie star. …more

The Al Capone of Electricity

Greg Palast 

layKen Lay Will Get Away with his Real Crimes

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Al Capone cut throats, machine-gunned people to build his gang and went to jail””for not filing his taxes properly. Likewise, Ken Lay, buccaneer of the power industry, will go down””if the jury doesn’t buy his alibi””for not filing his SEC forms properly. …more

Stiff US Opposition to Scottish Power

Greg Palast 

Governor Michael Leavitt of Utah, whose agencies must approve the purchase, had called on Scottish Power to cut charges by 5 per cent. But at a private meeting in Portland on Wednesday, executives signalled that no price reductions were in the offing. ...more