In what has become a annual event Greg Palast wins two Project Censored awards. Project Censored compiles an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country’s major national news media. Both winning stories, Bush Didn’t Bungle Iraq, You Fools and Opec and the Economic Conquest of Iraq can be read below.
Bush Didn’t Bungle Iraq, You Fools: The Mission Was Indeed Accomplished
From The Guardian
Harper’s Magazine investigation reveals how Big Oil vanquished the neo-cons – and OPEC is the winner.
“For months, the State Department officially denied the existence of this 323-page plan for Iraq’s oil”
Some conspiracy nuts believe the Bush Administration had a secret plan to control Iraq’s oil. In fact, there were TWO plans. In a joint investigation with BBC Television Newsnight, Harper’s Magazine has uncovered a hidden battle over Iraq’s oil. It began right after Mr. Bush took office – with a previously unreported plot to invade Iraq.
Congratulations, Mr. President!
Florida’s Computers Have Already Counted Thousands of Votes For George W. Bush
Before one vote was cast in early voting this week in Florida, the new touch-screen computer voting machines of Florida started out with a several-thousand vote lead for George W. Bush.
The case of Florida’s felon list – used by state officials, as in 2000, to try to wrongly disenfranchise thousands of blacks – has been widely reported. Less widely reported has been overwhelming evidence that the errors were deliberate.
For Harper’s Magazine
In November the U.S. media, lost in patriotic reverie, dressed up the Florida recount as a victory for President Bush.
But however one reads the ballots, Bush’s win would certainly have been jeopardized had not some Floridians been barred from casting ballots at all. Between May 1999 and Election Day 2000, two Florida secretaries of state – Sandra Mortham and Katherine Harris, both protegees of Governor Jeb Bush- ordered 57,700 “ex-felons,” who are prohibited from voting by state law, to be removed from voter rolls.