Drowning New Orleans: Washing Away the Black Vote

August 17

“Do you what the Bush Administration calls the survivors displaced from New Orleans? Democrats.”

There are still 89,000 families still imprisoned in FEMA’s aluminum Guantanamo – the mobile home gulag where Katrina’s survivors remained barred from returning to the Big Easy.

Hear the Palast Report on the untold story off the drowning of New Orleans – Air America’s ‘Clout’ with Richard Greene. Listen the broadcast here.

And for the untold story of how the White House drowned New Orleans, get Greg Palast’s, Big Easy to Big Empty, an investigation for Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman. Watch a segment here. or check it out on our YouTube page.

New Orleans — Still Under Water

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

The White House knew [the levees broke] because the Army Corps of Engineers sent them photographs. Again, I want to emphasize that the White House had the photographs of the levees breaking, and didn’t tell state and local officials who had stopped the evacuation because the hurricane missed New Orleans. Everyone thought they dodged a bullet, but the White House didn’t tell anybody the levees broke and were drowning the city. — Greg PalastDVD cover

Greg Palast is just unstoppable, and after you watch his remarkable new DVD, “Big Easy to Big Empty: The Drowning of New Orleans,” you’ll understand why. You have read about the Katrina disaster for more than a year now, but you’ll see it in a new light after watching Greg Palast’s reporting.

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Reporter Palast Slips Clutches of Homeland Security

eptember 14th, 2006
by Greg Palast
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.”

The allegedly criminal act, which put us on the wrong side of post-9/11 anti-terror law, was our filming of Exxon’s Baton Rouge refinery where, nearby, 1,600 survivors of Hurricane Katrina remain interned behind barbed wire.

I have sworn to Homeland Security that we no longer send our footage to al-Qaeda — which, in any case, can get a much better view of the refinery and other “critical infrastructure” at Google Maps. —–Read the rest here

Palast Charged With Journalism in The First Degree

September 11, 2006Not Greg and Matt
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.

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Hurrincane Expert Threatened For Pre-Katrina Warnings

A Greg Palast special investigation for Democracy Now!
Monday, August 28. From New Orleans.

DON’T blame the Lady. Katrina killed no one in this town. In fact, Katrina missed the city completely, going wide to the east.It wasn’t the hurricane that drowned, suffocated, de-hydrated and starved 1,500 people that week.

The killing was done by a deadly duo: a failed emergency evacuation plan combined with faulty levees. Behind these twin failures lies a tale of cronyism, profiteering and willful incompetence that takes us right to the steps of the White House.

Here’s the story you haven’t been told. And the man who revealed it to me, Dr. Ivor van Heerden, is putting his job on the line to tell it. ——Read the rest here

Big Easy to Big Empty The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans

A Greg Palast special investigation for Democracy Now!
Monday, August 28. From New Orleans.

DON’T blame the Lady. Katrina killed no one in this town. In fact, Katrina missed the city completely, going wide to the east.It wasn’t the hurricane that drowned, suffocated, de-hydrated and starved 1,500 people that week.

The killing was done by a deadly duo: a failed emergency evacuation plan combined with faulty levees. Behind these twin failures lies a tale of cronyism, profiteering and willful incompetence that takes us right to the steps of the White House.

Here’s the story you haven’t been told. And the man who revealed it to me, Dr. Ivor van Heerden, is putting his job on the line to tell it.  ——–Read the rest here

The Year The Levees Broke

By Greg Palast in New Orleans

The Year the Levees Broke

America went through a terrible year. The levees broke in New Orleans. When bodies floated in the streets, the Republican Congress saw an opportunity for more tax cuts and consolidation of the corporatopia they had created for their moneyed donors. The Democratic Party was clueless, written off, politically at death’s door.

The year was 1927.

Back then, when the levees broke, America awoke. Public anger rose in a floodtide, and in that year, the USA entered its most revolutionary period since 1776. The thirty-four-year-old utility commissioner of Louisiana, Huey P. Long, conceived of a plan to rebuild his state based on a radical program of redistributing wealth and power. The ambitious Governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt, adopted it, and later named it The New Deal. America got rich and licked Hitler. It was our century. —–Read more here