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From Vice.com UK
[Astana, Kazakhstan] Following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, I received documents marked “SECRET” from the files of the FBI’s Washington field office. The information in those files will make you sick.
[Click through to get a download of the film Bush Family Fortunes, which contains the fascinating background to this story.]
When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, I grabbed those FBI files – and a plane for Kazakhstan, bullying cameraman Rocco D into joining me. [Rocco, no fool, won’t let me print his full name.]
After we landed, word came that two Kazakh teens, friends of the bombers, had been arrested by Boston police and, yesterday, charged with hiding evidence of the bombers’ guilt.
Here in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, televisions everywhere run endless …more
Bush Family Fortunes is a documentary that will make you shake your head and want to throw something at your TV. If even half of what BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast reveals is true and you happen to be an American you may or may not be calling for a revolution depending on whether you are a democrat or a republican.
Bush Family Fortunes is a look at George W Bush’s career, his rise to power and the blatant back door activities that handed him the Presidential Office over Al Gore. Michael Moore already covered this with Fahrenheit 911 and really you will ask yourself is there really a need to do another documentary on the exact same topic? Normally I would say no but in this case I say yes. I am a big fan of Michael Moore’s filmmaking but let’s not kid ourselves he has an agenda with each and every film he makes and its as much about his political message as it is about the truth.
Greg Palast is a bit quirky in his presentation and it appears is stuck in a 50’s crime novel in his appearance as a cliche crime reporter but say what you will about how he dresses and acts he dug up the goods. Michael Moore revealed the icing and Greg Palast gets you through the icing, into the cake and down to the plate. Bush Family Fortunes reveals the lies, the deception and the absolute insanity that got George W Bush into the presidential office. From the Air National Guard Controversy to the 170,000+ Florida votes that were thrown out and never counted Bush Family Fortunes gives hard numbers, hard facts and shares documents I had no idea even existed and will leave you questioning democracy.
Greg Palast’s Bush Family Fortunes is shocking and disturbing in a way that Michael Moore could never be. Greg Palast’s film is shocking because it’s not simple facts wrapped up in a chuckle like Fahrenheit 9/11 its hard hitting truths, from people who were on the inside, and with documents to back it all up.
If you like Political documentaries and still live under the allusion that everyday people elect our leaders watch Bush Family Fortunes. In The Matrix Neo woke up to find out he was asleep and machines had taken over the world. What would you do if you found out you were asleep and a Saudi Family, The House of Saud now ran the US governments highest office? Watch this movie! Whether you agree with the politics or not you can’t disagree with the facts! Scary! I watched this on NetFlix on Demand and this is one of my favorite things about Netflix. Sure the titles are not the greatest for Canadian users but the Documentaries are fantastic and make it entirely worth while!
Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2003) and Armed Madhouse (2007), and co-author of Democracy and Regulations: How the Public Can Govern Essential Services (2003). Palast has won numerous awards for his investigative journalism. His stories have been published in many newspapers and magazines, as well as broadcast on the BBC and Democracy Now! His website is at www.GregPalast.com.
The BBC broadcast that first exposed how Boy Bush got into the Texas Air Guard and out of Vietnam through a fix from Daddy Bush. We busted the story and got it right – including the $23 million pay-out that Dan Rather missed.
“Great fun,” says the New Yorker. So much fun that it still hurts – from Iraq to Detroit.
Watch Palast chase down Katherine Harris’ ballot-box bender – and Palast then marched out of her office in the custody of Florida State Troopers. The crime: committing acts of journalism.
The Balitmore Chronicle said, “No one has exposed more truth about the Bush Cartel and lived to tell the story.”
On the Bush money trail, Palast discovers the spike of the pre-2001 FBI investigation of the bin Ladens … then shows you the secret oil company plans for the oil fields of Iraq.
Join “America’s best investigative reporter – and the funniest” (Air America) as he hunts down the icons and idiots of the Bush regime before they were even known – from Karl Rove, to General Jay Garner … even an Enron party film.
Bush Family Fortunes weaves together the original reporting behind Fahrenheit 9-11, the BBC report that Michael Moore called, “courageous.”
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On September 11, 2001, my office building, the World Trade Center, was attacked by al Qaeda, a murder cult of Saudi Arabians, funded by Saudi Arabians. And so, in response to the Saudis’ attack, America invaded … Afghanistan. Like, HUH?
And here we go again. New York Times headline last Friday: “Pakistani Army, In Its Campaign In Taliban Stronghold, Finds A Hint Of 9/11.”
Google it and you’ll find the Times report repeated and amplified 5,785 times more.
Taliban = 9/11. Taliban = 9/11. Taliban = 9/11.
Your eyelids are getting heavy. Taliban = 9/11. Taliban = 9/11.
It’s the latest hit from the same crew that brought you Saddam = 9/11 and its twin chant, Saddam = WMD, Dick Cheney’s chimerical tropes which the New York Times’ Judith Miller happily channeled to the paper’s front page.
And they’re at it again.
Every war begins with a lie. In addition to Saddam = WMD, I’m old enough to remember the Gulf of Tonkin resolution authorizing the war in Vietnam, based on a fictional Vietnamese gunboat attack on our Navy. (White House recordings have Lyndon Johnson gloating privately, “Hell, those damn stupid [US] sailors were just shooting at flying fish.”)
On September 12, 2001, George Bush asked Americans to go shopping.
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