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“Voting Fraud is a Fraud.”
Buzzflash interviews Greg Palast

Greg Palast 

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

“However, the Republican cry of ‘Vote Fraud!’ has become the cover for purges and challenges to legal voters by the millions. I even tracked down and filmed some of these so-called fraudulent voters handed me from a GOP list. Every one was a legal voter.”

— Greg Palast, Intrepid Investigative Reporter and Author

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Greg Palast and BuzzFlash go back to the election of 2000. At that time, large progressive political news sites were hard to come by – and there was only one investigative reporter who was able to unravel the theft of the Florida election: Greg Palast.

Greg didn’t just expose the mugging of democracy. As a University of Chicago trained researcher, he was able to detail how Katherine Harris used an outside vendor to create caging lists that prevented legitimate voters from casting their ballots. In fact, Greg has a laptop presentation that actually shows you the lists that Harris’s office worked from in keeping minorities from voting.

Of course, Greg’s investigation on vote theft – which has branched out widely in the intervening years – is persuasive and thorough enough for the BBC and British newspapers, but not for the corporate press in America! We kid you not.

To this day, Palast is effectively banned from reaching the mainstream American voter because television stations and big papers are owned by companies that don’t want to rock the vote. It might hurt their tax cuts or efforts to deregulate media ownership.

BuzzFlash thought that now would be a good time to revisit with our most interviewed expert on BuzzFlash, Greg Palast. After all, we have an election coming up.

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BuzzFlash: You have been investigating the coordinated and vigorous GOP effort to suppress and steal votes since the theft of the election in 2000. You and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. just did a BBC Documentary on what nefarious voter suppression tactics the Republicans have in store for us in 2008. Can you summarize some of the methods that the GOP are using to disenfranchise non-Republican voters prior to the election, to prevent them from voting during the election, and to keep their votes from being counted after the polls close?

Greg Palast: It’s ugly. Consider:

– In the swing state of Colorado, we found that the Republican Secretary of State wiped out 19.4% – one in five – voter names in an unnoticed mass purge.

– In swing-state New Mexico, in the February caucus, one in nine Democrats found their names missing from the voter rolls supplied by the State. The elections supervisor of San Miguel County – whose own name was missing from the rolls – has no confidence the state contractors will fix it. Our statistical analysis showed there was a direct relationship between your name and your race and income. The poor and the dark were disappeared.

– In Indiana, you heard about 10 nuns who lost their vote because their ID – drivers’ licenses – had expired (they were all over eighty). But what about the others? We’ve calculated that 143,000 others were turned away – disproportionately Blacks and new voters.

And so on and so on.

BuzzFlash: BuzzFlash has been covering one public relations effort by the Republican National Committee to create a false context for claiming voter fraud. In short, they have been attacking a national community organizing group called ACORN with news releases, lawsuits, surrogate assaults, etc., falsely claiming (as they did in 2004 and 2006) that ACORN is engaged in the massive illegal registration of primarily minority voters. Can you explain the significance of the ACORN slander by the RNC?

Greg Palast: As RFK and I report, there are only about SIX voters found guilty of federal voting fraud in a year. SiX! Out of 178 million registered voters.

So the GOP (and Fox and CNN) are running stories about ACORN signing up zillions of illegal voters. Yep, there are a handful of phony names – but ‘Mary Poppins’ has never shown up to vote.

However, the Republican cry of ‘Vote Fraud!’ has become the cover for purges and challenges to legal voters by the millions.

I even tracked down and filmed some of these so-called fraudulent voters handed me from a GOP list. Every one was a legal voter.

Tell us a bit about the site and downloadable comic book that you launched with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on how to prevent the theft of millions of votes by the Republicans, yet again in 2008. The website is: http://www.stealbackyourvote.com.

Greg Palast: Our Rolling Stone report that’s out this week is all about how they’ve stolen so many legitimate votes. The comic book, which includes the Rolling Stone findings also includes the SEVEN WAYS TO STEAL IT BACK.

And the whole thing is illustrated brilliantly by comic crazies Ted Rall, Lukas Ketner and Troubletown’s Lloyd Dangle. I loved doing it.

You can download the whole comic book for a penny or more (donate more please) at StealBackYourVote.org. And better yet, you can order bunches of the comic book there as well (and see the short movies). Cool eh?

BuzzFlash: Can you briefly explain the role of ProsecutorGate at the DOJ in efforts to suppress the Democratic vote in 2006? How did this fit in with Karl Rove’s grand voter suppression and theft plan?

Greg Palast: You betcha! Fired prosecutor David Iglesias told us something astonishing: He said that he was fired because he refused to arrest innocent citizens for voter fraud that didn’t happen. That’s obstruction of justice. It was all about creating a hysteria over fraudulent voters that didn’t exist.

This is what Iglesias basically said: “They wanted some splashy pre-election indictments [Rove and the RNC] that would scare these alleged hordes of illegal voters away.” Only the voters were legal.

BuzzFlash: Isn’t there one bright spot? You cut your teeth on GOP voter disenfranchisement with brilliant reporting on how the Bush campaign team, Jeb Bush, and Katherine Harris prevented tens of thousands of valid minority voters from voting through a scheme to use an outside vendor, ChoicePoint, to create an inaccurate list of felons who could not vote in 2000 in Florida. Hasn’t the current GOP governor, Charlie Crist, had the right to vote of ex-felons restored?

Greg Palast: Crist is a duplicitous phony. On the one hand, he pretends they’ll let ex-cons vote as in almost every state. On the other hand less than a handful of the half million ex-cons in the state have been able to get through the insane rigamarole required to actually register. In most states ex-cons can vote like anyone else.

BuzzFlash: As a follow up, from a practical matter, don’t the Republicans have to be within a certain striking distance to steal the election. If Obama keeps trending up, or ends up with a double-digit popular vote victory, how could the GOP steal the election? After all, if Nader weren’t on the ballot in Florida – despite all the nefarious Republican voter suppression and theft – Al Gore would be president, right?

Greg Palast: That’s what RFK and I say: you can’t steal ALL the votes ALL the time.

BuzzFlash: Okay, it’s less than a month before the election, what can anyone do to halt another theft of the White House?

Greg Palast: Go to STEALBACKYOURVOTE.ORG. Get the comic book. Now was that so difficult?*

BuzzFlash: For 8 years, you’ve been covering this issue. Some others have joined you over time and it’s a bit of a movement, albeit still relatively small. But, as in 2000, not much has changed with the corporate media. They are still pretty much ignoring the clear evidence of a coordinated GOP effort to keep non-Republicans from voting and to steal votes wherever they can. Is there any reason to think that they might awaken to their journalistic responsibility to report on the mugging of democracy?

Greg Palast: Zero. That’s why we have BuzzFlash. Bless you.

[*In brief, Palast advises voters to vote early; do not mail in your ballot; check on your registration in advance to make sure there is not a glitch; don’t vote a provisional ballot; volunteer on election day; go to the polls with someone for mutual support; and use the resources that you can get at stealbackyourvote.org.]

BuzzFlash interview conducted by Mark Karlin.

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Resources:

Greg Palast website: http://gregpalast.com

To Download “Steal It Back” comic book: http://www.stealbackyourvote.org/

To Purchase “Armed Madhouse” by Palast: http://www.buzzflash.com/store/items/566

To view the documentary on Republican election theft just released and available for free on the Internet (with the participation of Palast), go to: http://www.freeforall.tv

The May 17, 2007, BuzzFlash interview with Palast, “Greg Palast, Author of Armed Madhouse, on How Rove May Have Already Stolen the 2008 Election”: http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/interviews/061

For a BuzzFlash Editor’s Blog on how the Republicans Use A.C.O.R.N. to achieve racist goals, go to: http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/editorblog/128

[BuzzFlash Afternote: The GOP assault on the right of every American to vote is so widespread that we can barely touch upon it in one interview.  Of course, there is the whole additional issue of electronic voting theft, for example.  The Republican effort to disenfranchise legitimate voters is a vast criminal enterprise.]

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

Now in Print: The RFK/Palast
STEAL BACK YOUR VOTE! COMIC BOOK

Greg Palast 

WHAT’S THAT UP IN THE SKY?!

It’s Bobby Kennedy and Greg Palast releasing the flaming hot full-color investigative comic book, STEAL BACK YOUR VOTE!

Pow! Zap! No more joking with our rights, Mr. Rove!

Click here and get the 24-page investigative comic book by Greg Palast and Bobby Kennedy:  STEAL BACK YOUR VOTE.

With the full story of the investigation you’ll soon see Rolling Stone magazine – illustrated by razor-sharp pencils of Ted Rall, Lukas Ketner and Lloyd Dangle.

SIX ways they’re STEALING your vote – and SEVEN ways to STEAL IT BACK.

(C’mon – ‘fess up – do you really know what to do if they hand you a ‘provisional’ ballot?)

Make a $100 tax deductible donation at StealBackYourVote.org and we’ll send you 25 to pass out to troublemakers of your choice.

And, for every $100 donation, we will give away another 400 to voters to vulnerable voters in swing states.  We just sent eight cases to Santiago Juarez.  Santiago’s working with young Hispanic voters of New Mexico.  Can you help us send him more?

Or donate $75+ and get a half dozen comix plus the DVD, ‘The Election Files’ – my BBC reports on the vote snatchers. Pick up 10 copies of the guide for a donation of $50.

We send’m right away by priority mail.

Get five hundred copies for your local school or group for a $1000 donation at http://www.palastinvestigativefund.org/print-copies-of-steal-back-your-vote.  Or give us the donation, we’ll send’m to a church designated by our co-sponsor Jesse Jackson’s Operation Rainbow/PUSH.

Thanks to your prior generosity, we’re offering the printing plates FREE of any fee to us to any magazine or weekly that wants to insert comic.  (You want to reproduce the guide on a mass scale – you got it.  Contact zach (at) gregpalast.com

Or you can download the comic for a donation of a penny or more (more, PLEASE), at StealBackYourVote.org.

Hey, radio stations:  download the Willie Nelson PSA for ‘Steal Back Your Vote.’

Spread this link!  Pow! Zap! Take that, Katherine!

Steal Back Your Vote is a project of the not-for-profit non-partisan Palast Investigative Fund.

WHAT’S THAT UP IN THE SKY?!  It’s our Super Sponsors!  Voto Latino, Operation Rainbow Push, Air America Radio, Juan Gonzales of Democracy Now! and other crusaders for Truth, Justice and the American Way.

Contact us at interviews (at) StealBackYourVote.org.

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BBC-TV: “Set up to steal it again.”
Is 2008 already fixed?

Greg Palast 

Friday October 10, 2008

“A lot of Europeans wonder:  Why are Americans so crazy, they keep reelecting this guy?”  Well the answer is, we don’t!  They keep stealing these elections!  And they stole it in 2000, they stole it in 2004, and they’re all set up to steal it again!” – Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on BBC Television Newsnight.

On Friday at 6pm  and 10pm Eastern Time, BBC America will bust open the story of the systematic attack on US voters that could easily cost Barack Obama the White House. (Watch the promo below)

Or watch it, beginning Friday night, at www.Gregpalast.com.

Newsnight investigative reporter Greg Palast travels from the Native pueblos of New Mexico to the war-zone of the 8 Mile neighborhood of Detroit to meet some of the three million voters …more

Steal Back Your Vote!

Greg Palast 

Bobby Kennedy Jr. and I have had it UP TO HERE. They stole 2000.  They stole 2004. Now, they’re snatching it again.  So Bobby and I are doing the most important thing we can do in a crisis of democracy:  write an investigative comic book.

Here it is:  Steal Back Your Vote is out today.  Download it right now at StealBackYourVote.ORG

Its 24 full-color pages cut open the Rove-arian cancer on our ballot box:  the Six Ways They’re Stealing Your Vote – plus a two-page pull-out guide – 7 Ways to Steal it Back.

Print it out.  Pass it out.  Right now.

Illustrations from the rapier-sharp pencils of Ted Rall, Troubletown’s Lloyd Dangle and Lukas Ketner.

Or you can order copies (minimum 25) here at StealBackYourVote.org

To cover costs, we’re asking you to make a donation – it can be a buck, ten bucks, a penny, a grand.  This will pay for print copies we’re sending to vulnerable voters.  (We’ll send them gratis to churches designated by our co-sponsor, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Operation Rainbow/PUSH.)

And tonight: go to StealBackYourVote.org and watch the BBC Television report from London by Greg Palast with Bobby Kennedy on the strange disappearance of several million voters from US voter rolls.  And while you’re there, download the guide and order print copies.

And join co-sponsors Voto Latino, Randi Rhodes, Willie Nelson, Jesse Jackson, Thom Hartmann, Air America Radio, Democracy for America and more …more

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Greg Palast 

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The video with Willie Nelson


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The video with Rev. Jesse Jackson


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The video with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.


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Sample Voter Guide Page from Ted Rall

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Sample Voter Guide Page from Louis Ketner

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Sample Voter Guide Page from Lloyd Dangle

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“Download it and fight back!”
urges Rev. Jesse Jackson

Greg Palast 

“This is Reverend Jesse Jackson from the Rainbow/Push Coalition. Your vote must count and not be stolen. This time protect that vote, download it and fight back contact GregPalast.com – for the vote, for Dr. King, for Mandela, for Medgar Evers, for Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney. We’ve marched to long, worked to hard, we’ve died to young don’t let them steal your vote. Vote in big numbers and fight back and through it all keep hope alive we can and must win this election.”

– Rev. Jesse Jackson

Support the Palast Investigative fund and save this election, download the comic book voter guide right now. Send it to your friends and spread the word – “Don’t let them steal your vote!”

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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Armed Madhouse and Vultures’ Picnic , a BBC Television Book of the Year.

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Night of the Living Vote-Snatchers
from Steal Back Your Vote!

Greg Palast 

Excerpted from the Greg Palast, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Robert F. Kennedy’s comic book voter guide Steal Back Your Vote.

In 2002, George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act.

When a Bush tells you he’s going to “help” you vote – look out!

The result: in the 2004 presidential election, over three million votes – 3,006,080 – were cast and not counted. Like, what the !@#!?

That’s from the official data from an agency created by George Bush called the “Elections Assistance Commission.”  When a Bush tells you he’s going to “assist” our elections… (well, you get it).

Three MILLION ballots disappeared – Pfft!

And not just anyone’s ballots.  U.S. government experts reported, for example, that a black voter’s ballot is 900% more likely than a white voter’s ballot to get “lost” in the machine. Bush fired the experts.

Three million voters went missing in – 04 – but that ain’t nuthin’!www.StealBackYourVote.org

Law professor and voting law expert Robert F. Kennedy Jr. warns that it’s about to get a whole lot worse.  Nasty new spores of the “Help” America Vote Act went into effect since the last election that have turned the process into a vicious game of “Chutes and Ladders,” with traps and tricks between you and your vote…

Example: the Republican Secretary of State of Colorado “helped” her state vote by eliminating 19.4% of the voters from the voter rolls.  That’s one in five !@#$#@ voters!

Over three million missing ballots – and now the voters themselves are disappearing by the millions.  Where the hell did they go?

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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Armed Madhouse and Vultures’ Picnic , a BBC Television Book of the Year.

HELP US FOLLOW THE MONEY. Visit the Palast Investigative Fund’s store or simply make a tax-deductible contribution to keep our work alive!

Subscribe to Palast’s Newsletter and podcasts.
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www.GregPalast.com

 

Steal Back Your Vote!

Greg Palast 

Palast: One out of five Colorado voters purged from voter registration
Outcome of 2008 election likely to be skewed by unethical tactics

RealVail.com

By David O. Williams

August 27, 2008 – Robert Kennedy Jr. had a pretty good excuse for skipping his scheduled appearance with investigative journalist Greg Palast to promote their latest project, “Steal Back Your Vote” – a report on voting irregularities and fraud in the 2008 election.

Palast, speaking at the Progressive Democrats of America gathering at a downtown Denver church during the DNC Tuesday, excused Kennedy’s absence to be with his uncle, Monday’s inspirational surprise speaker Sen. Ted Kennedy, and introduced a surprise replacement of his own, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.
Progressive investigative journalist Goodman asked a delegate to hold up a goody bag with sponsor logo from AT&T on one side and decried the influence of big corporate money on the modern American political process.

She talked about trying to get into a delegate gathering at Mile High Stadium Monday and being denied access by towering security guards. Goodman said delegates at a corporate party are in training for just how skewed by campaign contributions politics in America have become, and added that there can be no good reasons to keep the press out, only bad ones.

When you’ve got money saturating politics, and even if you care deeply about the public good, you have got to see where the money is and that is what this is about every four years, Goodman said. It’s about teaching (budding politicians) big-money politics. …more

The Razorcake Interview:
“Vote Theft: Class War by other Means”

Greg Palast 

by Chris Pepus for Razorcake.org 

We need to learn the issues. People are unarmed. That is, people know that they’re getting shafted, but they don’t really know exactly how.

The American press corps has finally begun to report on illegal activities of the Bush administration. However, the subject of election theft remains largely ignored. In recent years, the Republican Party has used an array of tactics to subtract votes from opposing candidates. These include sending defective voting machines to strongly Democratic precincts and removing low-income and minority voters from electoral rolls.

Reporter Greg Palast has been covering this issue since 2000, when he revealed that Florida officials ensured the election of George W. Bush by illegally suppressing the African-American and Democratic vote. (Learn more about that subject here.) In this interview, I asked Palast about his reports on the GOP’s dirty electoral tricks since 2000 and the possibility that the ’08 election will be stolen. He explained how the Help America Vote Act actually helps crooked …more

Steal Back Your Vote

Greg Palast 

A lot of advice we’re getting from our progressive friends is to take photos of your ballot and silly stuff like that. Well, that’s all about how to complain after they steal it. I have a better idea: Win, don’t whine.

#1: Gang Vote

Arrive with five! Never go bowling, make love or vote alone. And volunteer at get-out-the-vote operations. It’s worth it just for the stale donuts, cold coffee and hot democracy.

#2: Tell Them to Take Their Provisional Ballot and …

If they try to hand you a “provisional ballot,” scream bloody murder. If there’s a problem with your ID or registration, demand adjudication from a poll monitor, come back with proper ID, or demand appeal to the county supervisor of elections.But don’t just walk away. If it’s provisional or nothing, take it — then return for the count to defend it.

#3: Get to Work

Volunteer to bring out the vote. Or watch a poll — to challenge the challengers. Get credentials; don’t freelance — you’ll likely get thrown out. Either get credentials from the parties or get information on how you can slay vote-eating dragons in your area from the National Campaign for Fair Elections the umbrella group including NAACP, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and People for the American Way (NationalCampaignForFairElections.org).

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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “ARMED MADHOUSE.” Go to www.gregpalast.com

Catch Greg Palast on Election Night on the new Mike Malloy Show on NOVA M Radio and some Air America Radio affiliates.

Bonnie Raitt, Larry David and friends invite you to join Jackson Browne, Ed Asner, Ben Vereen and other stars on the November 16, 6-8pm at an intimate gathering in the home of Code Pink’s Jodie Evans in Beverly Hills, California, to support the Palast Investigative Fund, a 501c3 educational foundation. For details and to request one or two of the limited number of invitations, go to http://www.palastinvestigativefund.org/november-16th-fundraiser .