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September 11: What You "Ought Not to Know"

Document 199-I and The FBI’s Words to Chill The Soul
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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.”

Britain for Sale

LOBBYIST JON MENDELSOHN HAS BEEN RENTING HIS INFLUENCE WITH GORDON BROWN FOR A DECADE
From The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
ON THE first Wednesday of July 1998, on the floor of the House of Commons, Britain’s prime minister rose to defend himself. According to the news reports, for the first time since his election the year before, Tony Blair’s hands were shaking. The PM denounced the American reporter whose exposé of wholesale corruption in his cabinet “had not one shred of evidence”. Meanwhile, Blair’s press spokesman, a former pornographer named Alastair Campbell, grabbed every newsman he could find in the hallway to whisper that they should not trust a “man in a hat”, while Peter Mandelson, known as Prince of Darkness, and the power behind the power of the prime minister, hissed a warning about “the man with an agenda”.

Muckraker Says Things You Don't Want to Hear

Reprinted from April 2002

by Eric Zorn

Take my advice, dear readers, and spare yourself a couple of days like I’ve just had–days of anxiety, frustration and even a bit of despair.
If you see the new Pluto Press title on your bookseller’s shelves, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” by former Chicagoan Greg Palast, don’t pick it up.
If someone directs you to gregpalast.com to watch the BBC-TV “Newsnight” report in which the director of the Florida Department of Elections rips off his lapel microphone and scurries away from an on-camera interview with Palast, don’t touch that mouse.

A BuzzFlash Interview with BBC Investigative Reporter GREG PALAST

Greg Palast, an investigative reporter for the BBC and the Observer (sister paper of the Guardian), is well-known among BuzzFlash readers for his expose on how Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris disenfranchised black voters in Florida.
Based in London (because tenacious investigative reporters are not valued in the U.S. media, he says) Greg is thorough, cynical and fearless. In March, BuzzFlash.com will be featuring Greg’s new investigative reporting book, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.” Greg Palast takes no prisoners. Here’s Greg as quoted in news release by the Institute for Public Accuracy:

“The California blackouts are a simple case of greed run amok. The big winners in this monstrosity are Enron — the largest career contributor to George W. Bush — and other energy companies who have strangled the market. ‘Deregulation’ is a lie — it is simply moving regulation from democratic government agencies to an unelected circle of market manipulators.”

Guerrilla of the Year

Editor’s Pick
It was a big year for muckraker Greg Palast. He broke shocking stories about the Bush Administration’s spiking of intelligence probes into bin Laden and Jeb Bush’s role in the Florida election theft. The Nobel Prize winner in Economics and former World Bank Chief Economist told him the bank, “condemned people to death.” A gold mining company sued him for his story about their alleged connections to a homicidal regime in Africa.

Bush Energy Plan: California Reamin'

You nasty-minded readers probably believe George Bush’s Energy Plan is just some pee-brained scheme to pay off the Presidents oil company buddies, fry the planet, and smother Mother earth in coal ash, petroleum pollutants and nuclear waste. If that’s what you think, you’ve overlooked the really vicious intent of the whole program.
It’s payback time – and Bush intends to make California pay. Let me list California’s sins.

IMF and World Bank meet in Washington

GREG PALAST:
It’s quiet now, but all police leave in the capital has been cancelled. They’re taking no chances after last week’s anti-globalisation protests in Quebec and the street wars on this spot during the same meeting last year of the IMF and World Bank. So what’s their complaint? The protesters say that what we have here is a conspiracy – the World Bank, IMF and World Trade Organisation don’t help the poor of the world, they crush them. Well, the bosses are here today, let’s ask them. Mr Wolfensohn, the protesters say you are the chief of a secretive, undemocratic world government which has made poverty worse worldwide. How do you respond?