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Greg Palast is an investigative reporter, whose stories appear on BBC Television, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Rolling Stone. You can read/watch his reports at GregPalast.com. He is the author of the NY Times bestsellers The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse, and the highly acclaimed Vultures’ Picnic. You can stream his new film, Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman — introduced by Martin Sheen and narrated by Rosario Dawson — for a limited time at: VigilanteMovie.com

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Greg Palast is an investigative reporter, whose stories appear on BBC Television, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Rolling Stone. You can read/watch his reports at GregPalast.com. He is the author of the NY Times bestsellers The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse, and the highly acclaimed Vultures’ Picnic. You can stream his new film, Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman — introduced by Martin Sheen and narrated by Rosario Dawson — for a limited time at: VigilanteMovie.com

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Surreal News: Don’t Buy Exxon’s Fable Of The Drunken Captain

4/10/2024
35 years after the Exxon Valdez ran aground, causing America’s greatest environmental disaster, investigative journalist Greg Palast explains why you shouldn't buy big oil's fable of the drunken captain. Get the full story at: https://www.gregpalast.com/dont-buy-exxons-fable-of-the-drunken-captain-2/

Duration:00:19:21

Elise Paschen reads Wi’-gi-e, the inspiration for Killers of the Flower Moon

3/10/2024
Before Scorsese’s film, before Grann’s book, there was a poem... Osage poet Elise Paschen reads “Wi’-gi-e”, the poem which inspired the title of the book and film, Killers of the Flower Moon. We filmed her special reading of the poem, which she dedicates to Lily Gladstone, who portrays Osage Native Mollie Burkhart in the film. If there is any justice in this world, Gladstone will win the Oscar for Best Actress. It was Elise, co-founder of Poetry in Motion, whose poem is spoken in the voice of Mollie Burkhart, who first brought Mollie’s story to wider attention. (In the film, Mollie’s husband, Ernest Burkhart, is portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio.) After you hear Elise, make sure you catch the trailer for our documentary, Long Knife, produced by George DiCaprio and Greg Palast, which brings the story of the Osage up to date, focusing on the Osage Nation’s fight against the thievery of the Brothers Koch. This video was filmed by Battiste Fenwick on the Osage Reservation and edited by Esther Shubinski | @manytrailsproduction. Elise Paschen 's poem “Wi’-gi-e” is published in Bestiary (Red Hen Press, 2009). #KillersOfTheFlowerMoon #ElisePaschen #LilyGladstone #MartinScorsese #LeonardoDiCaprio #AcademyAwards #AcademyAwards2024 #Oscars #Oscars2024

Duration:00:02:20

Court Approves Vigilante Mass Voter Challenges; Devastating Threat to 2024 Election

1/8/2024
A federal court in Georgia has just ruled that a challenge to 360,000 Georgians’ right to vote—suspiciously targeting Black voters—does not violate the Voting Rights Act. This decision poses a devastating threat to the 2024 election. Judge Steve C. Jones slapped aside the suit brought by Stacy Abrams’ Fair Fight against Texas group True the Vote, which had created the hit list of voters. The judge cited “lack of evidentiary support”—but he refused to hear our evidence, which is featured in our film Vigilante. And because the ruling came down from a federal court, True the Vote has a green light to expand its mass challenge of voters to other states including, according to the triumphant group itself, Arizona, Texas and several other swing states. One disastrous decision by the court helped sink Fair Fight’s case. Fair Fight needed to show that the 80 vigilante challengers relied on True the Votes’ target list. The incriminating evidence was caught on camera and included in our film Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman. Republican Party official Pam Reardon personally challenged a breathtaking 32,379 voters. Reardon told me, cameras rolling, that she didn’t bother to check any of the info on these voters because she simply took the list from True the Vote. GOP official Reardon said, “I can’t go through 32,000 people. I was handed the list by True the Vote.” Case closed…except the judge would not let Fair Fight put our film into evidence. To match the expansion of True the Votes’ vigilante vote challenge tactics, we're expanding our exposé. Support our new film, Vigilantes Inc. (out Fall 2024), and help us stop these mass voter challenges. ➡️ Donate and get a screen credit: https://palastinvestigativefund.org/vigilantes-2024/

Duration:00:20:22

Court Rules only Voting Rights Criminals Can Sue Voting Rights Criminals—No Kidding!?!

12/6/2023
Set your hair on fire right now, because a recent ruling by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals virtually repeals the last living section of the Voting Rights Act. This ruling, at the moment, applies to Arkansas, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri. But it's going to go to the US Supreme Court, then look out. Because if the SCOTUS judges go along with this ruling, the whole of the United States will be Jim Crow’d. ► For more on this go to: https://www.gregpalast.com/court-says-only-voting-rights-violators-may-sue/

Duration:00:22:31

Lawyers Guild Show: Palast Reports from the Frontlines of Democracy

9/7/2023
If the new vote suppression tactics first used by Brian Kemp in Georgia — and exposed in investigative reporter Greg Palast’s new film Vigilante — are allowed to spread across the United States, then vote suppression, not the voters, will pick the next president. In this episode of the KPFK Lawyers Guild Show, hosts Jim Lafferty and Maria Hall talk to Palast about the new existential threats to our democracy.

Duration:00:24:22

Will Venue-Shopping Help Trump Evade Conviction in Georgia?

8/25/2023
Will Georgia DA Fani Willis secure a conviction in her case against Donald Trump? Or will venue-shopping help Trump secure a more amenable jury pool to help him evade conviction?

Duration:00:29:11

Trump indicted under RICO statutes

8/16/2023
Donald Trump and 18 others have been indicted by Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, under RICO organized crime statues for trying to fix the 2020 presidential elections. Greg Palast reports from Oklahoma on the RICO indictment and on the planned right-wing high-jacking of the Native American vote in 2024. “The RICO statutes are designed to find the spider in the middle of the web, and there's one spider, an orange spider, in the middle of this web.” Learn more at GregPalast.com

Duration:00:15:38

Georgia scrubs voter rolls — again — removes 191,473 voters

7/26/2023
Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, has just announced he’s removing 191,473 voters from the Georgia voter rolls. In the press release, Raffensperger boasts that Georgia has the “Cleanest voter lists in America” — of course, they've bleached them whiter than white. Meanwhile, as reported by Meidas Touch host Fred Wellman, a right wing data miner has filed an Open Records request for “Copies of the signature cards used in the election process” — for ALL 7 million Georgia voters — including “the voter's name, address, and signature.” This is very dangerous. I presume it’s for the purpose of mass vigilante challenges to ballots. And it's not just about Georgia. The Peach State is the GOP's test kitchen for vote suppression trickery, which they then roll out nationwide. Vote suppression is class war by other means. It's about power and resources. They're not stealing votes to steal elections. They're stealing votes to steal the money. Stay informed, sign up to our FREE newsletter at: GregPalast.com/subscribe

Duration:00:24:38

Paul Singer funded the SCOTUS case that gutted the Voting Rights Act

6/29/2023
When ProPublica reported on the undeclared luxury fishing trip Justice Samuel Alito took courtesy of billionaire Vulture Fund manager Paul Singer, they reported there was a major conflict of interest with a case that Singer brought in front of the Supreme Court against the Nation of Argentina (which I wrote about in my book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits). But they failed to mention another very important case Singer was involved in. Singer's big goal in influencing the judiciary was to overturn the Voting Rights Act. He was a big promoter of Shelby v. Holder. Now, Shelby, Alabama didn’t have the money to take the case to the Supreme Court, it came from two groups of donors: the Koch Brothers, through Donors Trust, and Paul Singer, through the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank which he funds and pretty much directs. So, Shelby v. Holder, the most devastating decision against voting rights, was directly created and propagated by Singer. His fishing buddy, Justice Alito should have recused himself. That would've changed the outcome, because the decision was made 5 to 4, with Alito's being the surprise deciding vote. Alito should not have been on that case, and if he'd recused himself — as he should have done — we would still have the full Voting Rights Act. ▶️ Get the full story. Download my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy — available for FREE for a limited time.

Duration:00:36:12

The Justice & The Vulture: How Samuel Alito & Paul Singer tore apart the Voting Rights Act

6/23/2023
On June 25th, 2013 the US Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, when they ruled 5 to 4 that Section 4 was unconstitutional. The case, Shelby v. Holder, was financed in part by multi-billionaire hedge fund manager Paul “The Vulture” Singer. Earlier this week, ProPublica revealed that Singer flew Justice Samuel Alito on his private jet to Alaska for a luxury fishing vacation in early 2008 (a gift which Alito failed to disclose). Singer subsequently had multiple cases before Alito and the Supreme Court — including a 15-year long dispute with the nation of Argentina. Justice Alito also just happened to be the surprise deciding vote on Shelby v. Holder. That was Singer's holy grail, to destroy the Voting Rights Act, because he knew it was the key to Republican vote suppression efforts. Indeed, the entire vote suppression effort that we've been reporting on for the past decade relied on the destruction of the Voting Rights Act. ▶️ Get the full story. Download my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy — available for FREE for a limited time.

Duration:00:10:09

Trump indicted — but will he serve time?

6/15/2023
Trump's been indicted for mishandling classified documents. Charges include Obstruction of Justice and violation of Espionage Act — but will he serve time? "I have now read this indictment three times — and remember I was a Justice Department investigator and I've been in many litigations on these big cases — and I've never seen such an indictment," says Greg Palast. "I don't see how Trump gets out of this unless he's Houdini... But I'm very concerned that the clock is Trump's friend." In this week's edition of the Election Crimes Bulletin, Greg Palast and FlashPoints News host Dennis J. Bernstein discuss special counsel Jack Smith’s case, and the likelihood that it will result in jail time for Trump.

Duration:00:21:25

“Rev” Pat Robertson: Diamonds for the Antichrist

6/14/2023
I did a massive investigation of the late, defrocked "Reverend" Pat Robertson, who died on Thursday at the age of 93 and was, weirdly, a fan of mine. I wrote the exposé for The Guardian and had secretly recorded Robertson admitting to several financial crimes. He had raised millions of dollars from his flock, the 700 Club (which was named after those who donated $700 a year). They raised millions for “Operation Blessing”, supposedly to help alleviate the woes of refugees fleeing genocide in Rwanda. “Operation Blessing” then purchased planes, ostensibly to shuttle medical supplies in and out of the refugee camp in Goma, Congo (then Zaire). However, investigative reporter Bill Sizemore of the Virginian-Pilot discovered that, except for one medical flight, the planes were used to haul heavy equipment for something called the African Development Corporation, a diamond mining operation distant from Goma. African Development was owned by Pat Robertson. Get the full "Diamonds for the Antichrist" story at Greg Palast.com In addition, as those who've seen my film The Assassination of Hugo Chavez know, the ex-Reverend called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez. Why would he care so much about removing Chavez? Because Chavez refused to give Robertson a gold mining concession in Venezuela. Watch The Assassination of Hugo Chavez using this FREE download link. * * * * * Robertson also gave us the phrase "New World Order", for George Bush Senior's New World Order creation that would replace the Communist world order after the Cold War. And it was Robertson who warned us that there was a cabal of bankers, Presbyterians, the Federal Reserve, and the US Senate Finance Committee who are taking their orders directly from Satan. Now, I should note that the chairman of the banking committee who helped create the Federal Reserve was Pat Robertson's father; Absalom Willis Robertson was a Senator, was chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and helped create the Federal Reserve Board. So, Pat Robertson basically saw his father as Satan’s Commander on Earth. But it’s no joke, because we all paid the price for the Christian Coalition’s “good works”. The Christian Coalition illegally backed George Bush Senior for president by sending out tens of millions of pieces of mail to Born Again Christians telling them to vote for George Herbert Walker Bush. Robertson deserves credit, if you wanna call it credit, for recreating the Republican Party as an adjunct of the Christian Coalition, and making Born Again Christians supreme — basically kingmakers — within the Republican Party. * * * * * I spent all day with Robertson, with my concealed recorder, and because he said that God asked him to run for president, I asked him, with a campaign manager like the Lord, how could you lose? And he said, well, the Lord asked me to run for president, not to win. Out of that run, I created a mailing list of 3 million people. The Christian Coalition grew out of Robertson’s presidential campaign, and as Robertson said, now no Republican can run for dog catcher without the Christian Coalition's approval. So, Robertson may be gone, but the dead hand of the Christian Right is running the Republican party — and that was Robertson’s goal. For those who want to read the full investigation, which was also in my book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, I’m offering a FREE download of the audiobook, in which Al Franken reads the chapter about the ex-Reverend Pat.

Duration:00:15:44

Trump’s Townhall Ballot-Box BS Is a Bigger Threat Than You Think

5/19/2023
It’s easy to make fun of Donald Trump’s brain vomit unleashed on CNN Wednesday. But one of his Big Fibs is seriously threatening the 2024 election. Trump said: “If you look at True the Vote, they found millions of votes on camera, on government cameras, where they were stuffing ballot boxes. … Look at what happened in Atlanta, millions of votes, and all you have to do is take a look at government cameras. You will see them, people going to 28 different voting booths to vote, to put in seven ballots apiece. I mean, and they’re all on camera.” The Palast Investigative team took on this very claim in our film Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman. Trump’s claim of one guy stuffing ballots into “28 voting booths” (he meant, absentee ballot dropboxes) comes, as he says, from the Texas group of self-proclaimed vote fraud vigilantes True the Vote, producers of the film 2000 Mules, premiered by Trump at Mar-a-Lago. In 2000 Mules, as sinister music plays, we see a Black man get out of his car, approach a ballot drop box—and put in his vote. Yes, it’s all on camera Mr. Ex-President. It’s a lot of shots of Black men…voting, putting their ballots in the box. One of them, Mark Andrews, an Atlanta tech exec., who was hunted down by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation because of the Trump/True the Vote claim, has now sued True the Vote for defamation—and they have not denied he was falsely accused. (Andrews had placed his ballot in the box along with his wife’s and three adult kids’ ballots.) It’s very satisfying to say, as the CNN pundits do, that Trump is lying, that this ballot-box stuffing claim by True the Vote has been “de-bunked.” But what preening pundits leave out is that Trump’s claims have been astonishingly effective in changing laws to coldly block Black voting. ▶️ Get the full story at GregPalast.com

Duration:00:09:27

Fani Willis Flips 8 Fake Electors in Georgia Grand Jury Investigation

5/7/2023
This week it’s been revealed that Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis has done immunity deals with at least 8 of the 16 fraudulent electors involved in the scheme to fix the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. In this week’s show investigative journalist Greg Palast and host Dennis J. Bernstein also talk about how Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is punishing the victims with his recent interest rate hike. For more on that, read "Powell’s Bag of Leeches: Hiking interest, the Medieval cure for inflation” at GregPalast.com

Duration:00:12:17

Dominion v. Fox, et al.

4/19/2023
What happened in the Dominion case against Fox? What about Smartmatic, the voting machine company which Hugo Chavez helped launch that’s also suing Fox? Why has Fulton County DA Fani Willis filed a motion to remove the attorney representing 10 of the Georgia fraudulent electors? And what’s happening with Ali Alexander? Why was he banned from Twitter — again!?!

Duration:00:17:38

Trump indictment, even conviction, won’t bar him from Presidency

4/5/2023
I hate to rain on the parade, but Trump’s indictment — even felony conviction — will not bar Trump from holding office. While I’ve reported on Trump as a one-man crime wave, the cold truth is, if convicted, it will be his first offense for low-level felony — so forget jail time. Other problems with New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg's case... The prosecutor has to prove that Trump INTENDED to hush up his affair to save his election — as opposed to saving him from the Wrath of Melania. This is nearly identical to the case of ex-Sen. John Edwards [D-NC] who paid off the girlfriend he got pregnant during his run for President and for Vice-President (as John Kerry’s running mate). The jury didn’t buy the line that hush money was a hidden campaign contribution. The case was then dropped. And let’s not sugar-coat the problems for prosecutors in Manhattan. Their two key witnesses are creeps: Michael Cohen, a convicted felon knuckle-breaker for Trump, and Stormy Daniels, a woman who blackmailed Trump into paying hush money. (On the other hand, Cohen and Daniels come off as sincere and contrite about their affairs with The Donald.) A similar problem arises with the case in Georgia, which will soon go to a new grand jury. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis will have to PROVE that Trump KNEW he’d lost the election and KNEW that he was committing a crime by promoting a bogus slate of Electors to the Electoral College. When Trump said to the Sec. of State of Georgia, "find 11,780 votes," it was preceded by Trump’s crazy-town claims about illegal voters. Trump’s lawyers will argue, in the UNLIKELY case he’s indicted, that Agent Orange was relying on a legal memo by professor of law John Eastman. They’ll also claim that Trump truly believed the goofy BS about stuffed ballot boxes and illegal voters from grifter groups like True the Vote. Sorry to give you the bad news about the prosecutions. But that’s why they call it LAW school and not JUSTICE school.

Duration:00:18:06

Election Crimes Bulletin: It’s Georgia — AGAIN!!!

3/30/2023
Georgia is on our minds — again —this week on the Election Crimes Bulletin, with new GOP laws to eliminate absentee voting by dropbox (SB 221), to stop the use of (unfortunately) much-needed donations to support election administration (SB 222), and to create a new Georgia commission to restrict and remove prosecutors (SB 92). The later law is clearly aimed at curtailing the activities of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who’s investigating criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election by Donald Trump and his cronies, and is edging ever closer to indictments. Meanwhile the Biden Administration has joined Fair Fight, the voting rights organization founded by Georgia’s should-have-been-governor Stacey Abrams, in their legal action against True the Vote, the right wing "election integrity" organization that attempted to overturn the 2020 and 2022 elections with mass voter challenges. Earlier this month, US District Court Judge Steve C. Jones ordered True the Vote to stand trial in Atlanta. In his summary judgment, Judge Jones noted that even True the Vote’s so-called expert, Gregg Phillips, “candidly admits that there will be voters on the challenge list that are eligible to vote.” But it remains to be seen how far the Biden Administration will go to support Fair Fight’s action against True the Vote and its army of vigilante vote challengers, which we exposed before the 2022 election in on our film, Vigilante. Also in the news is Ginni Thomas, the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who’s raised new ethics questions after it was revealed that Crowdsourcers for Culture and Liberty, a conservative think tank led by her, accepted anonymous donations totaling $596,000 in 2019. Much of the money, $400,000, came via Donors Trust, an organization that has long been on the radar of the Palast Investigations team. As a funnel for Koch funds, Donors Trust had a prominent role in our 2016 film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Learn all about this and more on the latest edition of the Election Crimes Bulletin with Dennis Bernstein and Greg Palast.

Duration:00:25:58

The legal heat is on for Donald Trump

3/21/2023
As things heat up for Donal Trump on the legal front, we take a look at the possible indictments heading his way from New York and Georgia. Though it looks like New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg might pip Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis to the post with his case involving Trump’s payoff to adult film star Stormy Daniels, it’s perhaps the possible Georgia indictment that’s proving to be more intriguing. Especially since this past week it was revealed that the Georgia Grand Jury was played a recording of a call Trump made in December 2020 to then-Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (who since died in November 2022) asking him to convene a special session of the state legislature to overturn Georgia's presidential election results. Meanwhile New York Attorney General Leticia James has revived the case Bragg controversially dropped in February 2022 involving faked financial documents. Though James’ action is civil rather than criminal, the case extends beyond the former-president to three of his children — Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump — and could see them all barred from doing business in New York.

Duration:00:20:28

The words that could convict Trump

1/25/2023
“It’s in front of him” may be the words that finally send Donald Trump to the hoosegow. The focus of Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis' Grand Jury investigation was on the scheme to present a fraudulent slate of Electors to Congress (which VP Mike Pence was supposed to select for the Electoral College). And, according to the January 6th Committee report, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel sent an "elector recap" memo to Trump summarizing the scheme, based on a phone call between McDaniel, lawyer John Eastman, and the then President. Crucially, a Trump aide told McDaniel, "It’s in front of him." Years back, I was principal investigator on a major RICO conspiracy case in Georgia, where the state's racketeering law is tougher than federal law. I cannot see how Trump avoids state RICO charges — as the instigator of the fraud who has, apparently, signed off on the plans for the Electoral vote heist.

Duration:00:18:20

The Secret History of the Jan 6 Riot

1/9/2023
The 800-page gorilla of a report from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the Capitol seems strangely silent on a few matters that, apparently, were a bit too uncomfortable for the Committee to take on. So, buckle up for a discomfiting ride with our investigative team that has been tracking the insurrectionists for years before the Insurrection in this Special Edition of the Election Crimes Bulletin with FlashPoints host Denis J. Bernstein, investigative journalist Greg Palast, and Palast Investigative Fund researcher and photojournalist Zach D. Roberts. For more on this, read our report: The Secret History of a Riot.

Duration:00:29:24