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        Monday, May 15, 2006

       Greg Palast interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now

Greg Palast Interview



GREG PALAST: And ‘08, so what's happening is there is no fix of the system. In other words, just like black folk get bad schools and bad hospitals, they get the bad voting machines, which are going to kill those votes. But they're not satisfied with just letting the ballots be thrown away. They're going to move it along. And one of the things I discovered is the Republican Party has something called “caging lists,” which came to our -- you know, just like you had Friday, the way the Yes Men capture material by using false websites, so through a false website we were able to capture Republican Party internal missives, through

And so, what happened was is that they sent us a bunch of lists of literally tens of thousands of names of voters and addresses. We were wondering what the heck this was. It turns out these were almost all African American voters, who they were prepared to challenge in 2004, and they did, to say that these people shouldn't vote, because their addresses are suspect. And you'll see in the book that in the lists of thousands of black voters that they were challenging over their address were thousands of black soldiers who were sent to Iraq; go to Baghdad, and the Republican Party challenges your vote.

And that’s the beginning, and because there's been really no action taken, they're accelerating the system now. And the next thing that they’re going after is the Hispanic vote. So when we saw two million votes cast/not counted in 2000, nearly four million votes cast/not counted in 2004, you're going see that number massively increase in challenges to voters in 2008. And that's what's going back to this database story with the National Security Agency.

AMY GOODMAN: We have 30 seconds.

GREG PALAST: So, you have to say, “Why are they collecting this data?” The answer is 2008. It's ultimately all about the elections.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, this is part one. Greg Palast, I want to thank you for being with us. You'll be traveling around the country, and you can go to our website at We will link to Greg's website, Greg Palast’s book is called 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.

       2 More Marines Killed By Bush, Bush to Campaign Against Criticism of NSA, Bush Sending Nat. Guard to Border

Al Bawaba
Iraq: Two US troops die, four British soldiers wounded

Fighters in Iraq shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting south of Baghdad, killing two soldiers, the U.S. command said Monday. The attack occurred Sunday during fighting in Youssifiyah, 12 miles south of the Iraqi capital, the military said in a brief statement, cited by the AP.

H.L.s Take: As Eddie Vedder asked. Why aren't Demcorats leading an anti-war movement? Are they waiting for a shift in the polls???

Washington Post
Bush Set To Send Guard to Border

President Bush tried to ease the worries of his Mexican counterpart yesterday as he prepared for a nationally televised address tonight unveiling a plan to send thousands of National Guard troops to help seal the nation's southern border against illegal immigrants.
Mexican President Vicente Fox called to express concern over the prospect of militarization of the border, and Bush reassured him that it would be only a temporary measure to bolster overwhelmed Border Patrol agents, the White House said.

H.L.s Take: In a sign of true desperation, Bush tries to revive his rating by reaching out to the only people who still approve of him, (how that will help his ratings I don't know) Southern Yahoo's who are afraid that The Mexicans will come in and Invade their all white towns. Forget George, not going to work.

Fox News
Bush to Campaign Against Criticism of NSA Wiretap Program

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is launching a campaign to go on the offense against criticism of its wiretapping program...
The administration argues that the president has the constitutional authority to let intelligence officials listen in on international phone calls of Americans with suspected ties to terrorists.
Protesters gather to denounce "Guantanamo North"

Opponents of the detention facility are calling it "Guantanamo North," in reference to the United States' notorious facility in Cuba...In an official statement released by the Coalition for Justice for Adil Charkaoui, opponents of the new jail alleged that prisoners are to be held there without charges being laid against them, and based upon secret evidence.

Brad Blog
IDENTICAL DOCS: PA State 'Directive' on New Diebold Security Hole a Word-for-Word Parrot of Diebold's Own 'Notification' Sent to State

While we're unable to give a definitive answer to those who ask why so many of these Election Officials seem to stand by their vendors, we might suggest it most likely has to do with a) Most of these officials have been wined, dined and wooed by the Voting Machine company reps, and in the process told that anybody who suggests these machines are enormously flawed are little more than kooks, luddites and/or conspiracy theorists

Daily Kos
Time Magazine Doing Everything Possible To Help Bush's Ratings.

The President's approval ratings are at a shocking low 29%, a number Stephen Colbert joking referred to as "backwash". Yet it seems that no all-time low is low enough to dampen the hopes of some in the media that the President will rebound and become Mr. Popular again. Take, for example, this ridiculous speculation from TIME:

There was a time -- say, four years and nine months ago -- when news that the government has been gathering up phone records might have the makings of a scandal, or even a constitutional crisis. But while there have been protests from civil libertarians and some criticism on Capitol Hill, early indications suggest the disclosures could actually give a political boost to a president who hasn't had many of those lately.

H.L.s Take: No amount of Whoring is too much for Time, and the MSM

Think Progress
Hagel on Bush Immigration Plan: ‘That’s Not The Role of Our National Guard’

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) sharply criticized President Bush’s proposal, expected to be announced Monday, of sending thousands of National Guard troops to police the southern U.S. border. Hagel said flatly, “that’s not the role of our national guard.” He added that “we’ve got National Guard members in their second, third and fourth tours in Iraq” and “stretched our military as thin as we have ever seen in modern times.”

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) has also spoken out against the plan.

Mel Gibson inspired by 'fear-mongering' Bush.

Gibson reveals he used present day American politics as an inspiration, claiming the government callously plays on the nation's insecurities to maintain power.
He tells British film magazine Hotdog, "The fear-mongering we depict in the film reminds me of President Bush and his guys".