The Kochs have giant refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. They can't use Texas oil because it's not heavy and filthy enough, so they have to take almost all their oil from Venezuela. ...more
There are two dangers in the media howl over Trumpâ€™s computer gurus Cambridge Analytica, the data-driven psy-ops company founded by billionaire brown-shirts, the Mercer Family. The story is that Cambridge Analytica, once directed by Steve Bannon, by shoplifting Facebook profiles to ...more
There are two dangers in the media howl over Trumpâ€™s computer gurus Cambridge Analytica, the data-driven psy-ops company founded by billionaire brown-shirts, the Mercer Family. The story is that ...more
Bob Parry has died. He was a giantâ€¦ The reporter who uncovered the Iran-Contra scandal. Instead of a Pulitzer, he was fired by the AP.
Then fired by Bloomberg and Newsweek for more reports.
And, 30 years ago, he convinced me to take on ...more
Last month the Keystone pipeline cracked in South Dakota and dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of the dirtiest tar sands oil onto a previously pristine prairie. In this episode of Flashpoints we discuss how this burst came about when there were supposed to be foolproof ...more
Vote “Caging” Gets legal?!?RNC Asks Court To Lift Consent Decree That Blocked Jim Crow Voter Purge Scam
The RNC is petitioning a federal district court in New Jersey to lift a Consent Decree that blocked an ugly Jim Crow voter purge scam known as "caging." Hereâ€™s an excerpt from a memo ...more
Last week the Keystone pipeline cracked in South Dakota and dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of the dirtiest tar sands oil onto a previously pristine prairie. Was the problem caused by a muzzled ...more
This week, Nebraska will decide on whether to approve an extension of the Keystone pipeline which will carry the oil down to Texas.
Oil to Texas?!
Texas is drowning in oil. So why a dangerous pipeline to bring oil from Canada to Texas? The answer ...more
After reading myÂ report on the Kobach/Koch/Trump operation, which has removed tens of thousands of minority voters from the rolls in the swing states that surprisingly shifted to Trump,Â former federal judge (and now Congressman) Alcee Hastings told meÂ Crosscheck is a criminal violation of federal law.Â Hastings has called for criminal indictmentsÂ and written an official Congressional member letter to ask for investigation.hastings-crosscheck-letter-to-ag-lynch
Hastingsâ€™ demand for justice is backed by aÂ petitionÂ to expose and end Crosscheckâ€™s racist attacks on voting rights. So far it’s been signed by 50,000 people, including 29,507 members of 18 Million Rising,Â the Asian-American rights group. The group is joined by co-signers Rep. Keith Ellison, Bill Gallegos of Climate Justice, Martin Luther King III and others.
On Tuesday, December 13 I will join the leaders of 18 Million rising in Washington, D.C. to present the petition to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Stopping Crosscheck is the Standing Rock of racist vote suppression. Â If we donâ€™t open the investigations now, by January 21, Kris Kobach will be Homeland Security chief and Jeff Sessions Attorney General.
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
There’s yet another leak on the Keystone Pipeline – it was discovered by a “passerby” – not TransCanada itself. Â That doesn’t surprise us at all, if you’ve read my report on PIGS, you’d know why.
Reporting for Channel 4 News we talked to whistleblowers that told us the true story behind pipeline safety. The problem wasn’t just their terrible safety record, or even people taking shots at them. The problem was a PIG, not Porky, but a Smart PIG.
The Pig in the XL Pipeline
Insider reveals concealed â€œerrorâ€Â in pipeline safety equipment that could blow away the GOPâ€™s XL pipe dream
â€œThey threatened me. Last night I got a call and they threatened me. If I talked.â€His information: The software for the crucial piece of pipeline safety equipment, the â€œSmart PIG,â€ has a flaw known to the industry but concealed from regulators.
The flaw allows cracks, leaks and corrosion to go undetected â€“ and that saves the industry billions of dollars in pipe replacements. But thereâ€™s a catch. Pipes with cracks and leaks can explode â€“ and kill.
Federal law requires the oil and gas industry to run a PIG, a Pipeline Inspection Gauge, through big oil and gas pipelines. The robot porker, tethered to a GPS, beeps and boops as it rolls through, electronically squealing when it finds dangers.
But whistleblowers told us at Channel 4 Dispatches (the â€œ60 Minutesâ€ of Britain) that the software is deliberately calibrated to ignore or minimize deadly problems. They know because themselves worked on the software design team.
This week, President Obama refused to issue a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, but invited its owner, Trans-Canada, to re-apply. The GOP has gone wild over Obamaâ€™s hesitation, screeching that slowing the Canada-to-Houston pipe for a full safety review is a jobs killer.
But itâ€™s the Pipeline thatâ€™s the killer. Hereâ€™s what Pig Man #2 told me, on camera, his face in shadow: …more
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The Best Democracy Money Can Buyâ€”A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot BanditsÂ (out in 2016) is my biggest and most important full feature investigative film yet.
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Greg Palast, Reporting
Yesterday TransCanada called for the State Department to pause its review of the Keystone XL Pipeline until after the 2016 election. Of course, with every Democratic candidate against the filthy crude tube, and every Republican for it, the delay is a gamble on the race.
But whoâ€™s behind the pipe â€” that is, who benefits? And why in the world are we sending oil all the way down from Canadaâ€¦Texas? Texas, I hear, already has a little oil.
The answer is a four letter word: Koch. Read the story we broke in Vice Magazine, “I want my fair share â€“ and that’s ALL OF IT.”
This week, Cohen’s hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors will plead guilty to criminal charges of insider trading and pay $1.2 billion in fines and forfeitures.
Cohen says he’ll pay the $1.2 billion from his own pocket â€” but it’s a pretty big pocket.Â His net worth just hit ($9.4 billion).Â It would have been an even $10 billion, but last year he coughed up over half a billion for his company’s illegal trades.
For Vice Magazine
For BBC Television,Â Palast met several times with HugoÂ ChÃ vez, who passed away today.
As a purgative for the crappola fed to Americans about Chavez, my foundation, The Palast Investigative Fund, is offering the film, The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, as aÂ FREE download. Based on my several meetings with Chavez, his kidnappers and his would-be assassins, filmed for BBC Television. DVDs also available.
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Venezuelan President Chavez once asked me why the US elite wanted to kill him. My dear Hugo: It’s the oil. And it’s the Koch Brothers â€“ and it’s the ketchup.
Reverend Pat Robertson said,
“Hugo Chavez thinks we’re trying to assassinate him. I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.” …more
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., for EcoWatch
from the foreword toÂ Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
American democracy is under assault.
In one super-PAC alone, Karl Rove and the EnronÂ grifter Ed Gillespie, have assembled $200 million from big polluters and Wall Street moguls to buy the 2012 election.
Two of the Koch Brothers, Charles and David, pledged $130 million to elect candidates who favor unrestrainedÂ corporate profiteering.
The senators and congressmen they fund and elect areÂ not representing the United Statesâ€”they are representing Koch and its oil industry cronies, Big Pharma, and the Wall Street banksters currently mounting a hostile takeover of our government.
I have no problem characterizing these corporate-centric super-PACs as treasonous.Â We are now in a free fall toward old-fashioned oligarchy; noxious, thieving and tyrannical.