Wednesday, October 25, 2006

RNC Rigs Another Election With Dubious Diebold

Greg Palast, the award winning BBC Investigative Reporter, has just come out with a new book, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy - An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance." In December 2000, Palast published the story exposing how Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris stripped thousands of their right to vote - 54% of them African-Americans - overwhelmingly Democrats. See Salon Magazine article: Florida's flawed "voter-cleansing" program, and the Nation Magazine article: Florida's 'Disappeared Voters': Disfranchised by the GOP Since then, Palast has dug deeper - in reports for BBC Television and for page one of London's Guardian - big news in Europe, embargoed by US media. Palast exposes "some of the most egregious cases of political corruption, corporate fraud, and political manipulation, globally."

Palast has been sounding the alarm on Enron for seven years (see the "Power Pirates" chapter). For BBC Television Palast broke the news that Bush quashed intelligence agencies' investigations into the bin Laden family prior to September 11. For these and other stories, Palast was named "Reporter of the Year" by America's Guerrilla News Network. For review by Marta Steele, click on Palast Review.

The stories were big around the globe - but not in the USA. But you'll have it all in the book - introduced by Joe Conason and Will Hutton - which will include the never-published stories of ugly doings in Katherine Harris' office prior to the election. A bit will be excerpted in the upcoming issue of Harper's Magazine. But the book goes way beyond the election. Palast follows the money: from the $13 million payment by Global Crossing Inc to Poppy Bush, the bin Ladin story, and an award-winning exposé of the World Bank's mad doings from Tanzania to Argentina ("Globalization and its Discontents").

About the author Gregory Palast

Greg Palast is an internationally recognized expert on the control of corporate power working with labor unions and consumer groups in the USA, South America and Europe. In America, among his more noted cases, he directed government investigations and prosecution of racketeering by nuclear plant builders and, for the Chugach Natives of Alaska, probed charges offraud by oil companies in the grounding of the Exxon Valdez.

Greg hard at work, chasing em down and smokin em out !

Five years ago, Palast turned his investigative skills to journalism. His 1998 undercover exposé of corruption at the heart of Tony Blair's cabinet, "Lobbygate," earned him the distinction of being the first journalist in memory berated personally on the floor of Parliament by a prime minister - as well as an award for Story of the Year. His column for Britain's Observer newspaper, "Inside Corporate America," and other writings, have won him the Financial Times David Thomas Prize (1997) and nomination as Business Journalist of the Year (1999). In America, Palast broke the story of how Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush removed thousands of Black and Democratic voters from registration roles prior to the presidential election. The series of revelations, appeared in The Nation, the Washington Post, Harper's, the Guardian -- and in which named the exposé Politics Story of the Year. Palast's investigativereports can also be seen on BBC Television - "Newsnight's own Sam Spade."Publication of Democracy and Regulation, Palast's lectures at Cambridge University and the University of São Paulo, co-authored by Theo MacGregor and Jerrold Oppenheim, is forthcoming. He divides his time between London and New York.
Thanks for your work Greg, and for your integrity, courage and steadfastness. I rarely come away from your articles without the who, what, when, where,why and how of my curiosity being satisfied. Isn't that afterall what journalism is all about?


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