Year: 2003

Jessica Lynch Captures Saddam
Ex-Dictator Demands Back-Pay From Baker

Greg Palast 

Former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein was taken into custody yesterday at approximately 8:30pm Baghdad time. Various television executives, White House spin doctors and propaganda experts at the Pentagon are at this time wrestling with the question of whether to claim PFC Jessica Lynch seized the ex-potentate or that Saddam surrendered after close hand-to-hand combat with current Iraqi strongman Paul Bremer III.

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Fixing the Fixed Voting Machines

Greg Palast 

Right-Wing Corporations Are Programming and Manning Our Nation���s New Touch-Screen Voting Machines, Tallying Election Results With No Federal Supervision.
Worse, the Software They Use Is Disturbingly Tamper-Prone, and the Lack of a Paper Trail Makes Recounts Nearly Impossible. .. Award-Winning Investigative Journalist Greg Palast, Actor Peter Coyote and Author Bev Harris Explain Why the Fix Is Probably Already in for 2004. ...more

Paul Krugman Doesn’t Know The Half of It

Greg Palast 

Greg’s Letter Printed In The New York Times

Re: Paul Krugman’s Op-Ed on December 2

To the Editor:

Paul Krugman (“Hack the Vote,” column, Dec. 2) warns against the danger of computerized voting machines, but the real danger is the new, federally mandated computerization of voter rolls.

As he mentions, the disaster in Florida in 2000 was the wrongful disenfranchisement of voters.
Katherine Harris’s office, using a computerized database with known faults, misidentified these citizens as felons, then purged them from voter registries.

Last year, with little fanfare and less scrutiny, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act, which effectively orders all states to buy the computerized voting machines that Mr. Krugman rightly dreads. Worse, the law requires all states to computerize their voter rolls and purge those lists of suspect voters, a la Florida.

Heaven help us when President Bush and Congress tell us that they are going to “help” us vote.

GREG PALAST New York, Dec. 2, 2003

The writer, an investigative reporter, is the author of a book about the disenfranchisement of black voters in Florida in the 2000 election.

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ with Hugo

Greg Palast 

Greg Palast in Caracas.

Hugo Chavez has an attitude problem. Only last April the Venezuelan president escaped a kidnapping by the Chairman of the nation’s Chamber of Commerce. This weekend, Chavez is facing a recall petition by the angry rich of Venezuela. He also faces the wrath of an angry rich American president who does not appreciate Chavez’ bad attitude toward globalization a la Rumsfeld.

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