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BBC journalist warns against voter irregularities

Greg Palast 

Palast and Randi RhodesBy Dwayne Robinson
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The BBC journalist who uncovered possible voter fraud in the 2000 and 2004 U.S. presidential elections told a South Florida crowd Sunday those same forces that led to President Bush’s victories will not “steal” this year’s election.

“They’ve already stolen it,” Greg Palast told a crowd at the Palm Beach Democratic Club on Sunday. “But, you can steal it back.”

Speaking before a crowd of more than 400 at the Kravis Center, Palast outlined what he said were Republicans erasing black, homeless and military voters from voter registration rolls, possibly preventing millions from casting votes in razor-thin races.

Palast Has the DocsThe latest example came in 2004, he said, in a method known as vote caging.

There, voters’ registrations were challenged after registered letters with “do not forward” instructions addressed to, for instance, black college students on summer vacation or naval officers on active duty overseas were returned as undeliverable.

“Go to Baghdad. Lose your vote. Mission Accomplished,” Palast quipped.

In Florida’s 2000 presidential contest, nearly 100,000 voters, many incorrectly identified as felons, were expunged from voter rolls, Palast added.

Hawking his book – “Armed Madhouse” – he urged the enthusiastic crowd to support his Palast Investigative Fund to research voter suppression schemes.Palast, Tony Jordan and Elna Laun

Some Democrats Sunday viewed the electoral system as skewed against their party and saw the only means to overcome that this year was through overwhelming numbers.

“Voter turnout is everything for us in November,” said liberal talk radio host Randi Rhodes, who opened for Palast. “We haven’t been able to have our votes counted because of the games people play.

“That ends in November.”

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Greg Palast, Amy Goodman, Paul Krugman & Randi Rhodes – Live in NYC!

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Four of America’s boldest journalists met on 13 June 2006 in New York City to break the silence surrounding the topic that dare not speak its name: Class War in America. Paul Krugman, op-ed columnist of the New York Times, takes on the issue of inequality. Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now!, will discuss the latest tricks played by the movers and shakers against the moved and the shaken. And BBC investigative reporter and bestselling author Greg Palast will preview tales of economic conflict from his new book, Armed Madhouse: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War. Plus a special guest, Randi Rhodes, from Air America Radio.

Greg Palast Interviews Randi Rhodes

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The Real Randi Rhodes:Greg Palast interviews the high school troublemaker turned troublemaker in uniform turned troublemaker on the air. An exclusive podcast — listen to it here

In Part I, Randi reads, “Nose-twist’s Hidden Hand” from Armed Madhouse, and in Part 2, “Rodeo Day and No Ideology” from the Secret War over Oil in Iraq section of Palast’s new book.

And — quick! before Patriot III goes into effect and makes reading it illegal — get your copy of Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats Bush Sinks, the Scheme to Steal ’08, No Child’s Behind Left and other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War here

Hear Palast reading from the hit audio book with Larry David, Jim Hightower, Janeane Garofalo, Brad Friedman and Ed Asner. [Others to be posted shortly — stay tuned to www.GregPalast.com]

Larry David: “Kerry Won” Listen here

Jim Hightower: “The Best Little Legal Whorehouse in Texas” Listen here

Janeane Garofalo: “The Tallahassee Lassie and the Bleaching of the Voter Rolls” Listen here

Brad Friedman: “Jim Crow Goes Digital” Listen here

Ed Asner: “The Network” Listen here

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