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Tasered Florida Student Gets Britney Speared on Today Show

Greg Palast 

Due to issues involving Andrew Meyer’s litigation, his attorney has requested we hold off broadcast. As this young journalist has hadmeyerandpalast.JPGenough shocks in his life, I see no reason not to comply.

Now that I’ve met Andrew, I can tell you: he’s not some sensationalist fruitcake. He’s a sincere guy with a damn good question: why not count the votes, America? Andrew will be providing on-the-ground reports for us from Florida over the coming election season.

Apologies for the awful puns.

Air- Greg Palast
The Palast Report on Clout with Richard Greene

on The Air America Radio Network
IT’S NOT THE VOLTS, IT’S THE VOTES!
by Zach Roberts
GregPalast.com

The student shocked by a taser gun last month at the University of Florida while questioning Senator John Kerry will be providing regular reports on epalastmeyer.jpglection shenanigans for Air America’s ‘Clout.’ The program, hosted by Richard Greene carries the Palast Report weekly. Andrew will be interning with the Palast team as a journalist in training.
Palst is in contact with Kerry’s office to see if the Senator will answer Meyer’s question on air – without an armed guard.

Meyer, who appeared Thursday morning on the Today show sandwiched between reports on Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey and Heather Mills, was the only guest who

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Busted & Crimes of The Times

Greg Palast 

Palast and Conyers Looking over the E-mails

Cutely buried in the 18th paragraph in a story about Alberto Gonzales on Sunday was a slyly-worded updated confession by the New York Times that, in 2004, the Bush Administration leaned on its editors to spike a story about illegal invasions of citizens private records (“data mining”). The Times editors smothered the story. They finally ran it – a year later – after Bush was safely re-elected.

As a journalist, this makes me want to throw up.

For two reasons: First, while The Times was covering up Bush’s KGB-style data-mining operation, the Palast team was revealing its secrets. We published confidential FBI memos detailing horrific schemes for illegal spying using Bush’s favored contractor, a company called ChoicePoint Inc.

The second reason The Times confession makes me ill: While the publishers at the Paper of Record were counting their millions, the Palast Investigative Fund was slowly going broke.

Well, we’ve made it: Last Friday, the main-stream US media, through the venerable PBS program ‘NOW’, finally broadcast our reportage on the “caging” of voters, a story we first broke 3 years ago. BEFORE the 2004 election.

We’ve made it in another way: Friday was also the day I was informed that the Palast Investigative Fund was dead broke, technically bankrupt, with way less than zero in the account.

Bluntly: if we don’t get some help, and fast, we’re sunk. We are throwing staff overboard and halting some operations while we seek funds to keep afloat.

I’m pleading with you to do three things:

1. Watch PBS ‘NOW’ on voter caging. Then, if you think our work is important…
2. Donate at least $100 (tax deductible) to the Palast Investigative Fund. With heartfelt gratitude, I’ll send you a personalized, signed copy of Armed Madhouse (hardbound or paperback, your choice), or the DVD “Big Easy to Big Empty,” the untold story of the drowning of New Orleans.

(For $250, I’ll sign and send a whole BOX of Raw Journalism: 2 books: Armed Madhouse and Impeach the President, 2 DVDs: Big Easy to Big Empty and American Blackout, the Audio Book Armed Madhouse and the Spoken Word CD Live from the Armed Madhouse). Or simply make an open no-gift donation for a sum of your choice. (All options and many other signed items can be found at the Palast Investigative Fund Homepage.) …more

Purging the Purgers

Greg Palast 

By Barbara Bellows-TerraNova
http://oneperson-knowmore.blogspot.com/
The U.S. Attorney Firings Scandal is not just about the Politicization of Government agencies.

It is about Election Theft – both Past and Future.
It is about Rewarding…
And Protecting…
The Thieves.
It is also about our letting it – or not letting it – happen.
It is about the Press – Investigating and Reporting.
It is about Paying Attention – or not.

Then it is about being Responsible for what we’ve Learned – and doing something.

After all, what if the actual recipient of the most votes in either of the last two …more

Conyers Slams Gonzales Deputy Over Voter Caging

Greg Palast 

Congressman John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, grilled Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty on voter caging. Conyers forced McNulty to reveal that he had, in his original briefing papers, an article by Greg Palast about the attack on Black voters yet did nothing about it.

Read the Transcript 

Listen to the exchange here and watch this space for more information.

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Conyers Grills Deputy Attorney General McNulty
Transcript

Greg Palast 

June 21, 2007

Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on: The Continuing Investigation into the U.S. Attorneys Controversy and Related Matters

Transcript:

McNulty: … and the second has to do with the caging issue. And there it’s a rather simple issue of where she’s challenging my testimony. Senator Schumer asked me about an allegation involving Tim Griffin and a practice known as caging. And I said that I was aware of an article on that subject. But I didn’t and here is my quote I didn’t know anything about it personally and that’s perfectly true. I didn’t know anything about it personally. The night before my hearing I was given an article and a short explanation and I did not have an opportunity to read those things, I knew about the existence of the issue, and I therefore did not wanna testify about a matter that I did not know about personally. And I just said that at the time.

Rep. Conyers: Thank you Madam Chair. Now you never, did you just say you didn’t know anything about caging?

McNulty: What I said was that when I was asked that question at the Senate hearing, all I knew about the subject was that there was an article

Rep. Conyers: Was that article by Greg Palast about African American soldiers scrubbed by secret GOP hit lists? Dated June 16, 2006? Was that it as you recall?

McNulty: That’s the article I’m referring to. …more

The Tears of a Clone

Greg Palast 

Conyers Closes in on Karl and his Rove-bots …

Special to The BRAD BLOG
June 17, 2007

(Listen to the podcast of this article here)

Boo-hoo! I made Tim Griffin cry.

He cried. Then he lied.

You remember Tim. Karl Rove’s right hand (right claw?) man. The GOP’s ragin’ cagin’ man. …more

US Attorney Resigns
Following Conyers’ Request for BBC Documents

Greg Palast 

June 1, 2007

Tim Griffin, formerly right hand man to Karl Rove, resigned Thursday as US Attorney for Arkansas hours after BBC Television – Newsnight reported that Congressman John Conyers requested the network’s evidence on Griffin’s involvement conyersand-gregfinger.jpgin caging voters. Greg Palast, reporting for BBC Newsnight, obtained a series of confidential emails from the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign. In these emails, Griffin, then the GOP Deputy Communications Director, transmitted so-called – caging lists of voters to state party leaders.

Experts have concluded the caging lists were designed for a mass challenge of voters right to cast ballots. The caging lists were heavily weighted with minority voters including homeless individuals, students and soldiers sent overseas.

Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee investigating the firing of US Attorneys, met Thursday evening in New York with Palast. After reviewing key …more

Bush’s New US Attorney a Criminal?

Greg Palast 

Palast exposed 2004 voter attack scheme by appointee Griffin, a Rove aide on BBC Newsnight in 2004. Black soldiers and the homeless targeted.

There's only one thing worse than sacking an honest prosecutor. That's replacing an honest prosecutor with ...more

Conyers Confronts Bush On Vulture Bonds

ZACH for Democracy Now

AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about how your meeting went with the President yesterday?

REP. JOHN CONYERS: Well, we talked essentially about Iraq, Katrina and the domestic breakdown that’s going on right now. But it was my job, I felt, to raise the whole question of this bond speculation that goes on at the expense of poor debtor countries, in which their debt is bought up and then they’re sued for the full amount. It’s bought up at pennies on the dollar, …more