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Greg Pallast Charged with Journalism

From the Pages of "What Really Happened"
Greg pallast is questioned by Homeland Security on Sept 11
While filming in New Orleans for LinkTV and Democracy Now, Exxon calls their Boys out to issue a criminal complaint
UPDATE -->
on Sept 14 2006: from Greg Pallast website ((  http://www.gregpalast.com/ ))
(quote) Forget the orange suit. Exxon Mobil Corporation, which admits it was behind the criminal complaint brought by Homeland Security against me and television producer Matt Pascarella, has informed me that the oil company will no longer push charges that Pascarella and I threatened "critical infrastructure."

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Palast Charged with Journalism in the First Degree
((  http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/palast.php ))

September 11, 2006
by Greg Palast

It's true. It's weird. It's nuts. The Department of Homeland Security, after a five-year hunt for Osama, has finally brought charges against ... Greg Palast. I kid you not. Send your cakes with files to the Air America wing at Guantanamo.

Though not just yet. Fatherland Security has informed me that television producer Matt Pascarella and I have been charged with unauthorized filming of a "critical national security structure" in Louisiana.

On August 22, for LinkTV and Democracy Now! we videotaped the thousands of Katrina evacuees still held behind a barbed wire in a trailer park encampment a hundred miles from New Orleans. It's been a year since the hurricane and 73,000 POW's (Prisoners of W) are still in this aluminum ghetto in the middle of nowhere. One resident, Pamela Lewis said, "It is a prison set-up" -- except there are no home furloughs for these inmates because they no longer have homes.

To give a sense of the full flavor and smell of the place, we wanted to show that this human parking lot, with kids and elderly, is nearly adjacent to the Exxon Oil refinery, the nation's second largest, a chemical-belching behemoth.

So we filmed it. Without Big Brother's authorization. Uh, oh. Apparently, the broadcast of these stinking smokestacks tipped off Osama that, if his assassins pose as poor Black folk, they can get a cramped Airstream right next to a "critical infrastructure" asset.

So now Matt and I have a "criminal complaint" lodged against us with the feds.

The positive side for me as a journalist is that I get to see our terror-busters in action. I should note that it took the Maxwell Smarts at Homeland Security a full two weeks to hunt us down.

Frankly, we were a bit scared that, given the charges, we wouldn't be allowed on a plane into New York last night. But what scared us more is that we were allowed on the plane.

Once I was traced, I had a bit of an other-worldly conversation with my would-be captors. Detective Frank Pananepinto of Homeland Security told us, "This is a 'Critical Infrastructure' ... and they get nervous about unauthorized filming of their property.

Well, me too, Detective. In fact, I'm very nervous that this potential chemical blast-site can be mapped in extreme detail at this Google Map location

What also makes me nervous is that the Bush Terror Terriers have kindly indicated on the Internet that this unprotected critical infrastructure can be targeted -- I mean located -- at 30 29' 11" N Latitude and 91 11' 39" W Longitude.

After I assured Detective Pananepinto, "I can swear to you that I'm not part of Al Qaeda," he confirmed that, "Louisiana is still part of the United States," subject to the first amendment and he was therefore required to divulge my accuser.

Not surprisingly, it was Exxon Corporation, one of a handful of companies not in love with my investigations. [See "A Well-Designed Disaster: the Untold Story of the Exxon Valdez."]

So I rang America's top petroleum pusher-men and asked their media relations honcho in Houston, Marc Boudreaux, a simple question. "Do you want us to go to jail or not? Is it Exxon's position that reporters should go to jail?" Because, all my dumb-ass jokes aside, that is what's at stake. And Exxon knew we were journalists because we showed our press credential to the Exxon guards at the refinery entrance.

The Exxon man was coy: "Well, we'll see what we can find out... . Obviously it's important to national security that we have supplies from that refinery in the event of an emergency."

Really? According to the documents our team uncovered from the offices of Exxon's lawyer, Mr. James Baker, the oil industry is more than happy to see a limit on worldwide crude production. Indeed, the current squeeze has jacked the price of oil from $24 a barrel to $64 and refined products have jumped yet higher -- resulting in a record-busting profit for Exxon of nearly $1 billion per week.

So this silly "criminal complaint" has nothing to do with stopping Al Qaeda or keeping the oil flowing. It has everything to do with obstructing news reports in a way that no one would have dared attempt before the September 11 attack.

Dectective Pananepinto, in justifying our impending bust, said, "If you remember, a lot of people were killed on 9/11."

Yes, Detective, I remember that very well: my office was in the World Trade Center. Lucky for me, I was out of town that day. It was not a lucky day for 3,000 others.

Yes, I remember "a lot" of people were killed. So I have this suggestion, Detective -- and you can pass it on to Mr. Bush: Go and find the people who killed them.

It's been five years and the Bush regime has not done that. Instead, the War on Terror is reduced to taking off our shoes in airports, hoping we can bomb Muslims into loving America and chasing journalists around the bayou. Meanwhile, King Abdullah, the Gambino of oil, whose princelings funded the murderers, gets a free ride in the President's golf cart at the Crawford ranch.

I guess I shouldn't complain. After all, Matt and I look pretty good in orange.


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A personal request to readers. Many have written to ask what can be done to protect Matt and me from becoming unwilling guests of the State.

First, this ain't no foolin' around: Matt and I are facing these nutty charges. So spread the info. We believe that getting the word out is the best defense.

Second, call Homeland Security and turn us in. They seem to have trouble finding us. If you get a reward, you may choose to donate it to the Palast Investigative Fund, a 501(c)(3) educational foundation which supports our work and pays our legal fees.

Third, ask your local library to order our book, Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf? Homeland Security now reserves the right to read over your shoulder at the library; therefore, the more our agents are forced to read this subversive material, the more likely we can convince them to come in out of the cold. All kidding aside, we do ask you to request your library order the book: not everyone can afford to purchase this hardbound edition.

Our thanks to Amy Goodman at Democracy Now! and the folks at LinkTV for broadcasting our report from New Orleans and the Exxon refinery. And to Gil Noble, host of the ABC Television's Like It Is, our Courage in Journalism award for broadcasting our report on his network's New York affiliate. Catch Gil on WABC every Sunday at noon.

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HomelandFurrier over Nuttin Honey 15.Sep.2006 07:59

Teresa Teater teater1956@hotmail.com

Could you email me your Location, I promise to only spend $ dollars of the reward on my Bus Ticket to Lousianna,To help Habitat for Humanity, and send you the rest in chips and smokes in Jail.....

All kidding aside,Could the current Government Fear-monger just a little bit harder, cause some of the gullible citizens ,like from Portland ,Oregon whom have bought into the fact the Persons killed in the World trade Center were HERO'S...on 9-11.
Hello...the last time I checked in on an airflight, I did not check the box that said, I'd like my choice of flying unwillingly into the U.S. Pentagon, or the World Trade Center, or the Whitehouse, and I want it on my headstone that I died a HERO...

These people were "VICTIMS" on 9-11-01.
I say this, because a bus load of Portlanders are on the way in a few weeks to the BIG Apple,as a contingency of GOODWILL and Sister City support to the widows and families that were left behind (dont call me ANN COULTER).
And personally, someone ought to get the Bus route itenery,and change every highway marker thats says this way to NEW YORK, but the Bus ends up in LOUSIANNA, where 1000's of people are waiting for there housing to be built. DA.........

If you want to honor the memory of a The Grandfather of Physcology, "Cliff", from the Gallup ,Organization said, if you ever want to lift the memory of a dead loved one, do sometime memorable in the name of their death"

Going to New York to stare at a Big hole in the ground,(Thank-You Mayor Ray Nagin )That will take 8 years to rise from the ashes into something, is not helping someone in Lousianna.

You New Yorkers,and Government persons all played on America's emontions and pockets, so that Widows and family left behind could get $2,000,000 checks of grief given to them for their lost loved ones, yet a Natural diaster in Louisanna, gets you an airsteam,a chain link fence and empty promise's.

You restored the levy's to pre Katrina strengh, which means they are as they were when Katrina Hit, whose light bulb moment was that, to just do a half-assed job twice in the same place....

So if the reporter and his crew are charged with filming and showing the obvious, an oil facility, that probably any 5th grader could find on the internet, and then try to strong arm the reporter and crew,
exon is nothing but BIN LADEN in USA SHEEPS CLOTHING. IT's ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL about the Money...but they have to spin it to fear monger and file a lawsuit, which further draws attention to the location.
I bet the Lousianna people across the street from that EXON Location are feeling like Gauntonimo prisioners (spelling sucks)and sitting ducks and possible targets.

Now where is that Guy whom hauled his FEMA trailer back to the WhiteHouse...to thank "God (Bush ) Almighty" he is needed back there in Louisanna to haul all those airstreams to a different location ASAP,(not the whitehouse) cause Exon across the street is sure not going to Offer to move those people,cause they have a reporter and film crew as their target

Keep up the great reporting and exposeure of Coorporate Greedy ASS America,

Meanwhile about Bus from Portland,Oregon..... The had a huge banner, OREGON "HEARTS" NEW YORK.

Bless you all in LOUISANNA...
National Habitat for Humanity has $3,000,000 to build you some houses, "NBC Today show" in Sept aired their request for ManPower to build them....And Brad Pitt's project thru Global Green wants to build you some eco friendly one too......
Can someone BUY me a Ticket to Build, in the Name/Memory of "Clifton"Former CEO of the Gallup Family based in Omaha,Nebraska

terrorist! terrorist! 15.Sep.2006 11:41

911 truth

Palast conveniently wasn't in the WTC on 9/11. He knew it was coming. He's complicit! Terrorist! Jus' kiddin'. We know he's not guilty.