America’s best gadfly investigative reporter is gearing up for the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Annette Hinkle reports for the Sag Harbor Express:
In this election year, Greg Palast wants you to vote…but he’s afraid it may not count — especially if you’re black, Native American or Hispanic and you live in certain states — notably Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida or New Mexico.
Palast, a former private eye, has made a name for himself by exploring cases of voter suppression in this country — beginning with the infamous 2000 presidential election in which Palm Beach County, Florida became known as the home of the hanging chad.
For Palast, the real story of that election lay not in the confusing butterfly ballot which confounded the county’s predominately wealthy Jewish voters, but in two computer disks he said were slipped to him from the office of Florida’s then Secretary of State Katherine Harris. According to Palast, those disks showed the names of 91,000 Florida felons that had been purged from the voter rolls. Most were black, says Palast, and when he checked further, he found that almost none of them were felons.
And, he adds, things have only gotten worse for voters in the years since.
A journalist by trade, Palast regularly delves into issues like the corporate funding of elections, vulture financiers, and the hidden issues behind disasters like the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska and the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the gulf. All-American issues that you would expect he writes about for one of the big U.S. dailies…
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