Progressives should not be cheerleaders for the FBI when it shaves the truth, even if the bureau is now portrayed as Donald Trump's enemy. This is, after all, the FBI infamous for the wiretap of Martin Luther King Jr., the broader COINTELPRO operation, and, recently, smearing ...more
by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein for Reader Supported News
Itâ€™s been an action-packed week in politics. Hillary Clinton has been given the official all-clear by the FBI, who have said she wonâ€™t have to face charges for the Clorox cleaning job she did on her email server. And with her path to power given the personal red carpet treatment by FBI director James Comey, the fact that a hundred thousand votes or so have yet to be counted in California has been swept under the high thread count rug â€” where a lot of inconvenient votes end up these days! But the missing emails and votes havenâ€™t been forgotten by our resident sleuth, Greg Palast. In this weekâ€™s Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Election Crimes Bulletin he gives Dennis J. Bernstein the skinny on Sandersâ€™ stolen California win, Clintonâ€™s bleached communications â€” and a multi-million dollar Kazakhstan bribery and corruption scandal that got Cloroxed with them!
Dennis J. Bernstein: There has been a lot going on. Weâ€™ve got the announcement today that Hillary Clinton will not be indicted, after a little visit that Bill had with the Attorney General. There is still some left over results that weâ€™re trying to figure out in terms of what happened in California. And youâ€™ve got a big event coming up. So thereâ€™s a lot to talk about. Why donâ€™t we start back in California?
Greg Palast: Well, I was reading something called The Washington Post, which is like the American Izvestia, and it said, â€œGreg Palast made a mistake.â€ Because I had announced on your show â€” weâ€™re infamous now â€” that 2 million ballots were …more
Listen to The Best Democracy Money Can Buy podcast with Greg Palast and Flashpoints’ Dennis Bernstein. This week they expose Donald Trumpâ€™s go-to operative who would steal your vote â€” by accusing you of not being an American. The Vote Rustler of the Week: Kris Kobach, Trump’s man behind SB 1070, the “Driving While Brown” law.
Dennis Bernstein: Welcome to our weekly Election Protection Bulletin withÂ best-selling author Greg Palast. Let’s start in Topeka, Kansas withÂ its Secretary of State Kris Kobach. He’s definitely going head toÂ head with the ACLU there.
Greg Palast: Kris Kobach is the most influential Republican Secretary of State inÂ America – the Katherine Harris of 2016.
He’s one of the very firstÂ governmental Republican supporters of Donald Trump. Anne Coulter hasÂ said Trump should pick him as his running mate. This guy is anÂ important cat.
What’s he up to? He’s â€œsavingâ€ America from anÂ invasion of aliens – not from outer space, but from other nations,Â wading the Rio Grande to vote in American elections. He claims thereÂ is a mass incursion of illegal aliens coming to the US to vote forÂ Hillary.
Reporter Greg Palast confront Trump ally Kris Kobach, Secretary of State of Kansas from the video by Zach D. Roberts
The federal government, despite a massive and costly hunt, has foundÂ almost no non-citizen has voted. (Floridaâ€™s campaign to stop alienÂ voters netted a single convictionâ€”an …more
Mrs. Clinton’s forgotten fling with the Killer of Karachi
He was the other man in Hillary’s life. But it’s over now. Or is it?
You’ve seen all those creepy photos of George Bush rubbing up against Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, the two of them grinning and giggling like they’re going to the senior prom. So it’s hard to remember that it was Hillary and Bill who brought Pervez to the dance in the first place.
How that happened, I’ll tell you in a moment.
But first, let’s get our facts straight about the man in the moustache. Musharraf, according to George Bush, The New York Times, NPR and the rest of press puppies is, “our ally in the War on Terror.” That’s like calling Carmine Gambino, “Our ally in the War on Crime.”
Musharraf’s the guy who helped the Taliban take power in Afghanistan in 1996. And, through his ISI, Pakistan’s own KGB, he is still giving the Taliban secret protection. And this is the same Musharraf who let Khalid Sheik Muhammed, Osama’s operations chief for the September 11 attack, hang out in Quetta, Pakistan, in the open, until Khalid embarrassed his host by giving a boastful interview to Al Jazeera television from his Pakistan hang-out.
And this is the same Musharraf who permitted his nation’s own Dr. Strangelove, A.Q. Khan, to sell nuclear do-it-yourself bomb kits to Libya and North Korea. When the story of the flea-market in fissionable materials was exposed, Musharraf (and Bush) both proclaimed their shock – shock! – over the bomb sales. Musharraf didn’t know? Sure. Those tons of lethal hardware must have been shipped by flying pig.
But, unlike Saddam and Osama, creations of Ronald Reagan’s and George Bush Sr.’s Frankenstein factories, Musharraf was a Clinton special.
And it all began with an unpaid electricity bill. In 1998, Pakistan wouldn’t pay up millions, and they owed billions, to British and American electricity companies. And for good reason: the contracts called for paying insanely …more
Palast is the author of Armed Madhouse, released last week in a new, expanded edition, in paperback – the newest addition to the New York Times list of non-fiction bestsellers.
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Before his untimely death in a plane crash, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown said, “I’m not Hillary’s mother-f****** tour guide!”
That wasn’t a nice thing for a member of the President’s cabinet to say about the First Lady, now my Senator, Hillary Clinton.
And it’s probably not polite for me to bring it up now. But if I don’t, surely the Karl Rovarians will – if Senator Mrs. Clinton nails the Presidential nomination. …more