Of the thousands of bless you and f**** you messages that arrived at The Guardian papers after we broke the Florida vote swindle story in November 2000, none ruffled my editors' English reserve but one: a letter demanding we ...more
Eddie Sadlowski was a machine oiler at U.S. Steel Southworks. In 1976, he led a workersâ€™ rebellion to take control of the million-person United Steelworkers of America. (Back then, workers were ...more
The guy in the cheap brown windbreaker walking up the dirty tenement steps to my New York office looked like a bus driver.
Nicolas Maduro, elected President of Venezuela last Sunday, did indeed drive a bus, then led the drivers’ union, then drove ChÃ¡vez’ laws through the National Assembly as Venezuela’s National Assembly chief.
The central topic was the “Invisible Ring”. Venezuelan intelligence had secretly taped US Embassy contractors in Caracas talking in spook-speak: “That which took shape here is a disguised kind of intelligence… which is annexed to the third security ring, which is the invisible ring.”
(“Invisible Ring”? Someone at the State Department has read too many Alan Furst novels.)
On the grainy film, they worried that …more
For Vice Magazine
If you thought it was “Blood for Oil”–you’re wrong. Â It was far, far worse.
Because it was marked “confidential” on each page, the oil industry stooge couldn’t believe the US State Department had given me a complete copy of their secret plans for the oil fields of Iraq. Actually, the State Department had done no such thing. But my line of bullshit had been so well-practiced and the set-up on my mark had so thoroughly established my fake identity, that I almost began to believe my own lies.I closed in. I said I wanted to make sure she and I were working from the same State Department draft. Could she tell me the official name, date and number of pages? She did.
Bingo! I’d just beaten the Military-Petroleum Complex in a lying contest, so I had a right to be stoked.
After phoning numbers from California to Kazakhstan …more
For Vice Magazine
For BBC Television,Â Palast met several times with HugoÂ ChÃ vez, who passed away today.
As a purgative for the crappola fed to Americans about Chavez, my foundation, The Palast Investigative Fund, is offering the film, The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, as aÂ FREE download. Based on my several meetings with Chavez, his kidnappers and his would-be assassins, filmed for BBC Television. DVDs also available.
Media may contact Palast at interviews (at) gregpalast.com.
Venezuelan President Chavez once asked me why the US elite wanted to kill him. My dear Hugo: It’s the oil. And it’s the Koch Brothers â€“ and it’s the ketchup.
Reverend Pat Robertson said,
“Hugo Chavez thinks we’re trying to assassinate him. I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.” …more
For Vice Magazine
George Bush told America he’d keep us safe from terrorists by having us take off our shoes at the airport.
Yesterday, Barack Obama again took the Oath of Office. And this Obama 2.0 is also going to save America from insane killers â€“ by limiting ammo clips to ten bullets instead of 30.
At a television press conference about the Newtown school massacre last Wednesday, a tearful President called this, “meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this”.
But, once again, we get to pretend that our presidents protect us and save us from what is murdering us and destroying us.
But The Great Assault Rifle Debate, like the War on Terror, is just another Weapon of Mass Distraction.
This is the second of Palast’s weekly columns for VICE â€“ beginning with a bang: a four-part series on Alex Jones, guns, Piers Morgan and Palast’s penis.Â If you read the full version of part 2 of these reports right now at Vice Magazine,
You get a bonus:Â a free download copy of Palast’s latest book, the bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.
In all fairness to Obama, he also called â€“ as Bush did â€“ for a massive increase in the number of FBI files kept on Americans. I feel safer already, don’t you?
Here’s the facts, ma’am: There are about 4.5 million assault rifles in American civilian hands. That’s around the same number as in tiny Switzerland (population: eight million). Tens of thousands of Swiss keep a 9mm Sig Sauer, like the one used by the Newtown killer. But we don’t see the Swiss sweeping dead kids out of their schoolyards.
The weapon of America’s deadliest mass killer, Timmy McVeigh, was fertiliser. Maybe we should ban bullshit, but that would shut down Washington and all five major TV networks.
At his assault-gun dog-and-pony show on Wednesday, Obama shed tears for the murdered victims, as well he should. But where are his tears for the victims of the MACT?
Let me explain. Last month, Obama bullied his own Environmental Protection Agency into watering down the “MACT” standards â€“ the limits on industrial boiler pollution.
Under this loosened “MACT” rule, industry will get to triple the hydrogen chloride and triple the particulate filth they may dump into the air. The White House crows that Obama’s bending over on this rule will save corporate polluters $1.5 billion (Â£945 million) a year. Yippee!
Last year, the White House proudly posted the statement of EPA’s Administrator Lisa Jackson that her proposed boiler pollution rules would help “prevent 17,000 premature deaths [and] 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms.”
At the same time, taxpayer-subsidized Delphi expanded its workforce in China to 25,000. Today, Delphi supplies GM and Chrysler parts from Mexico and China.
This week, Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan arrived in Ohio to accuse the Obama administration of cutting the pensions of the Delphi non-union pensioners. In fact, says the UAWâ€™s King, it was the Singer-Romney group that simply refused to pay any pensions whatsoever to union and non-union workers alike.Â The companyâ€™s $6.2 billion pension obligation, says King, â€œwas dumped on the US government Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) which is limited by law â€” not by President Obama â€” in the sums it can pay retirees.â€
None of this surprises observers of Paul Singerâ€™s hedge fund, Elliott Management, which partnered with Ann Romney. …more
Unions, Good Government Groups to File Ethics Complaint Against Romney For Failing To Disclose His Big Auto Rescue Profit
Groups Urge Office of Government Ethics to Make Romney Disclose or Divest
WASHINGTON â€“ A coalition of community, labor and good-government organizations is calling on the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to investigate GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for noncompliance with the Ethics in Government Act and compel him to either disclose his investments or divest them.
â€œThe American people have a right to know about Gov. Romneyâ€™s potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue,â€ said UAW President Bob King. â€œItâ€™s time for Gov. Romney to disclose or divest.â€
In aÂ NationÂ magazine cover story, investigative reporter Greg Palast reported thatÂ the Romney family personally profitedÂ at least $15.3 million from the auto loans of 2009 through his investment in the Delphi Corp. auto parts company. Yet Romneyâ€™s June 1, 2012, Public Financial Disclosure Report to the Office of Government Ethics …more
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., for EcoWatch
from the foreword toÂ Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
American democracy is under assault.
In one super-PAC alone, Karl Rove and the EnronÂ grifter Ed Gillespie, have assembled $200 million from big polluters and Wall Street moguls to buy the 2012 election.
Two of the Koch Brothers, Charles and David, pledged $130 million to elect candidates who favor unrestrainedÂ corporate profiteering.
The senators and congressmen they fund and elect areÂ not representing the United Statesâ€”they are representing Koch and its oil industry cronies, Big Pharma, and the Wall Street banksters currently mounting a hostile takeover of our government.
I have no problem characterizing these corporate-centric super-PACs as treasonous.Â We are now in a free fall toward old-fashioned oligarchy; noxious, thieving and tyrannical.
Greg Palast on Current TV – The Young Turks
Cenk Uygur breaks down the numbers from investigative journalist Greg Palastâ€™s report detailing how Ann Romneyâ€™s blind trust profited from the government bailing out General Motors. Exactly how much money did the Romneys make? Between $15 million and $115 million. â€œWhat happened, Romney? I thought you were against bailouts,â€ Cenk says. â€œApparently youâ€™re not as against it when it goes into your pocket.â€
by Greg Palast | Truthout
He’s kidding, right? Did I just hear Mitt Romney say,Â “I would do nothing to hurt the US auto industry”
Here’s the facts, ma’am:
As I reported in this week’s Nation magazine cover story “Mitt Romney’s Bail-out Bonanza“, the Romneys are in a special partnership with the vulture fund that bought Delphi,Â the former GM auto parts division.
[Watch our Democracy Now! report on the Romney group’s auto plant closures.]
The Romney vulture fund investment syndicate shipped every single UAW production jobÂ â€“Â EVERY jobÂ â€“Â to China.
Just after Nation broke the story, Washington newsletterÂ The HillÂ received the Romneys admission of profiteering:
“Romney’s campaign did not deny that he profited from the auto bailout in an email to The Hill, but it said the the report showed the Detroit intervention was ‘misguided.'”
The truth? On June 1, 2009, the Obama Administration announced …more
How Mitt and Ann made millionsâ€“and Mitt’s hedge fund donors made billionsâ€“from the auto-industry rescue that he condemned.
By Greg Palast for The Nation Magazine
Mitt Romneyâ€™s opposition to the auto bailout has haunted him on the campaign trail, especially in Rust Belt states like Ohio. There, in September, the Obama campaign launched television ads blasting Romneyâ€™s November 2008 New York Times op-ed,â€œLet Detroit Go Bankrupt.â€
Elements of this article appear in Palastâ€™s brand new NYT bestseller:
Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps
Watch Palast talk about this exposÃ© on Democracy Now!
But Romney has done a good job of concealing, until now, the fact that he and his wife, Ann, personally gained at least $15.3 million from the bailoutâ€”and a few of Romneyâ€™s most important Wall Street donors made more than $4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneysâ€™, were astronomicalâ€”more than 3,000 percent on their investment. …more
Hereâ€™s an easy way to spoil a vote: digitize it . . . then lose the digits.
Prestidigitation is the French-derived term for conjury, legerdemain, sleight-of-hand, presto-change-o hand-jive, disappearing trickery . . . or, in the language of Karl Rove, â€œHelping America Vote.â€
Following what the media called the â€œFlorida debacle,â€ the winners of the debacle agreed to â€œreformâ€ the voting system. So the Bush administration proposed and Congress passed the Help America Vote Act.
The best way to prevent voting reform is to pass a voting reform billâ€”especially if itâ€™s written by the folks that helped themselves to your vote in the first place.
The Help America Vote Act is not the most Orwellian named, satanic law ever passed by Congress, but it tries. To avoid ballots with hanging chads, the law simply does away with ballots, providing about $4 billion in subsidies for Direct Recording Equipment (DREs), …more
For The Mudflats.net
What the hell happened? Â Did Barack have a fight with Michelle? Â Was it nicotine withdrawal? Â Do really rich guys just scare you, Mr. Obama?
I mean Commander-in-Chief in the Class War. Â The war of the billionaires against the rest of us.
You were asked, â€œWhat is the role of government?â€
You seemed stumped. Â Lost.
Well, hereâ€™s three, Mr. President:
1. Issue Social Security checks. Checks for cash money. Â Not some bullshit voucher.
2. Save General Motors and Motor City.
3. Kill Osama.
Maybe you should have written those on your palm.
When Mr. PBS Bumblebrain asked you the difference between your views and Gov. Romneyâ€™s on Social Security, you said, â€œYou know, I suspect that, on Social Security, weâ€™ve got a somewhat similar position.â€
Really, Mr. President, REALLY? …more
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A Book Review by Greg Palast, for FireDogLake.com
on Poisoned Legacy: the Human Cost of BP’s Rise to Power (St. Martin’s Press) by Mike Magner.
Here’s my bead on Magner’s book….
I almost fell off the barstool when I read that it was Bain Capital (Mitt Romney, former CEO), that told oil giant BP it was a good idea to cut costs. …more