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Pravda Interview with Greg Palast

These are troubling times - restriction of traditional American freedoms, the occupation of Iraq, and continued US aggression based on the Bush administration"s "War on Terror" conspire to make the world a more fearful and less safe place. Two days before an official day of Mourning in America and the burial of Ronald Reagan, PRAVDA.RU contacted author Greg Palast to ask a few questions and provide this legendary journalist with an opportunity to speak directly with PRAVDA readers.
Pravda Exclusive with BBC-TV journalist Greg Palast, author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy"
06/10/2004 20:18

These are troubling times - restriction of traditional American freedoms, the occupation of Iraq, and continued US aggression based on the Bush administration"s "War on Terror" conspire to make the world a more fearful and less safe place. Two days before an official day of Mourning in America and the burial of Ronald Reagan, PRAVDA.RU contacted author Greg Palast to ask a few questions and provide this legendary journalist with an opportunity to speak directly with PRAVDA readers. The winner of Salon.com"s 2001 "Politics Story of the Year," and known in Britain as "the greatest investigative reporter of our time" (Tribune magazine), Palast has broken some of the most infamous stories of the past decade, including:
- How the Bush family stole the election in Florida in 2000
- How Bush killed the FBI's investigation into the financing of terrorist
organizations by Saudi Arabia, and why
- How Enron cheated, lied, and swindled its way into an energy monopoly

In short, Palast reports the news today"s corporate news "shows" are afraid to cover.

PRAVDA.RU - To what degree do you think Reagan"s rhetoric of Russia as an "Evil Empire" has been replaced by George W. Bush"s "Axis of Evil"?

Greg Palast - You need an enemy. In order to continue a regime of brutality and lying, you need to have a threat and it"s even better if that threat is non-existent. In Reagan"s case he built upon an established fear of communism, but it is absolute nonsense that he drove the Soviet Union into the ground and "won" the Cold War by outspending them on armaments. People are writing that to this day and it is complete crap-ola. The truth is America is lost without an enemy. We started something with "The War on Drugs," but now almost everyone in America has had a puff at some point in their lives and they didn"t go crazy. Plus if there was going to be a real war on drugs they would have to go after the CIA and they aren"t going to do that. The terror attack enabled this administration to find the "Axis of Evil" but they aren"t going to go after the real source of the attacks, the oil sheiks, because that"s where the money is. With this administration it"s a matter of principal up to a point, once they get to the money then principal doesn"t matter.

PRAVDA.RU - Are you working on something now that can back up these claims?



Greg Palast - We"ve received documents, hundreds of pages of classified documents, that people within the Department of Defense and the State Department have sent to us which outline the truth behind the oil companies" involvement in this administration"s actions. There will be more written about this in the coming weeks and I recommend your readers check out www.gregpalast.com for the latest reporting on this topic. Additionally, the purging of the voter rolls in Florida is still going on four years later. Black voters in that state are systematically being excluded from the democratic process.

PRAVDA.RU - Regarding democracy in America, much of the debate could be characterized by the writing of Ann Coulter on the right and Maureen Dowd on the left. In this environment of two monologues, can any meaningful dialogue take place or is America drifting deeper into two entrenched camps?

Greg Palast - Look, I"m interested in truth. I"m interested in providing accurate information that is absent from the American media today. Those people you mentioned are "opinion carriers" - for the average person looking for information, Maureen Dowd is useless. She"s more interested in cocktail parties and "Sex in the City." I hate to pay for opinion. I had to leave the country to write the stories I thought needed to be written. It"s not about politics with me, I"m non-partisan, I"m not a member of a political party nor do I feel any journalist should be. Like I said brutality and lying go together, and if there isn"t someone willing to confront the lies with truth then the brutality will continue.

PRAVDA.RU - How do you think this administration is lying?

Greg Palast - The War on Terror is a lie. The Axis of Evil is a lie. Don"t you think if Osama bin Laden really had a weapon of mass destruction he would have used it by now. And, we have North Korea on that list and they have admitted to having a nuclear program, but this administration does nothing to confront them because there is no money in it. This administration is all for fighting terror if they can make a buck on it, but they are not up front about their killing. At least Osama is honest about his brutality.

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Greg Palast is a Left Gakekeeper 11.Jun.2004 02:48

Destroy the Left Gatekeepers

Greg Palast is another damned Left Gatekeeper that the Liberals and Progressives always fawn over.

For all his strident rhetoric about the connections between the Bush family and
"the oil sheiks" he does not question the Official Lie of 9-11 itself that former American CIA asset Usama bin Laden did 9-11.

Ask Palast about the issue of NORAD standdown, or the fact that many of the 9-11 hijackers trained at secure American miltiary bases SUCH AS MONTEREY DEFENSE INSTITUTE IN CALIFORNIA IN THE 1990S, or how the WTC towers (particularly WTC-6) could have collapsed, or what really crashed into the Pentagon, or even on how the American Empire has been covertly sponsoring and supporting Islamicist terrorist groups (including Al-Queda) for the past several decades including in the Balkans under the Clinton Regime.

Palast avoids all these issues because for all his pseudo-populist rhetoric, he wishes to cover for and protect Imperialist America as a system and as a nation state.

For Palast--like most phony progressives--the problem is not with the American Empire in general or its capitalistic system--the problem is merely with a few "BAD INVIDIDUALS" or cabals--like the Bush Regime. Palast merely wishes to replace the Bush Regime and Republicans with "traditional" Democrats...like perhaps John F. Kennedy or Franklin Roosevelt who were just as murderous as any Republican.

Another thing, Palast whines that the Bush Regime has not "confronted" North Korea on its Nuclear program AS IF THE USA HAS ANY MORAL OR POLITICAL LEGITIMACY to dictate who can have nuclear weapons in the first place.

Let Palast confront America on the fact that it is developing an entire generation of mini-nukes designed to be used against Third World nations (like North Korea), or the fact that America's stated Nuclear Posture Review calls for conventionalizing nuclear war fighting, or that the USA has never admitted to the real reasons why it bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and then Palast can run his mouth.

The enemy ain't just Bush or the Neocons. Liberals and Phony Progressives who play the role of "good cop" to the Right Wing "bad cap" are just as evil.


musings on palast 13.Jun.2004 10:08

me

"Palast avoids all these issues because for all his pseudo-populist rhetoric, he wishes to cover for and protect Imperialist America as a system and as a nation state."

That in my opinion is really stretching it. First, Particularly considering his stance with Venezuela! Come on! If you have some evidence of Palasts American imperialism I would like to hear it, though its a strange kind of empire, second, when he is unable to get a job doing investigative reporting in the United STates and moved to Britain. Or perhaps your whole theme is misleading in its visciousness.

I will agree though that he may 'gatekeep' the left by seemingly wantting to work within the Democratic party when he does see fit to pressure in politics. This is sort of like the green in the closet Kucihich who should give the Democratic party up or even like Nader who mostly only sees the greens as some vehicle to pressure--they think--the Democratic party by the way, instead of seeing the requirements of tossing both of these parties aside as totally the same party and corrupt and unreformable.

If they are left gatekeepers, they are moving toward giving up the corporate leftists it seems as they are pressuring them in their way.

Back to Palast. He has been one of the people who has kept out of the 9-11 (actual) independent investigation of the MANY MORE oddities on that day. We know he could do a good job like the thorough job with the Florida 2000 Bush coup and massive vote fraud research of his. However, despite himself, he has conducted some useful 9-11 work that should be taken into account. I would defend him as the 9-11 investigator who did come out first (in UK) by interviewing those FBI officers who said that Bush explicitly told him to stop investigating Al-Queda and Bin Laden, before 9-11. And check his website: there is indeed 9-11 related materials. He simply has avoided identifiing it as 'the' issue in his mind, which I think is unfortunate.

However, personally, I bet that if he did get into 9-11 with his very straighforward brutal style and his popular following, he would probabaly be out of a job in the UK as well, to it all leading back to 9-11 co-criminal Britain particuarly Blair's connections to 9-11 capitalization and oil wars.

Perhaps he should move to Venezuela....and then we would see some palast action!

Palast isn't a gatekeeper 13.Jun.2004 13:39

Bushwhacked

"Greg Palast - The War on Terror is a lie. The Axis of Evil is a lie."

I think me is right. He can only do so much, and with no position at all, he can do nothing.
If we widen the cracks in our media walls, I'm confident that Palast will continue to push the boundaries, and eventually go where we need him to go.