The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits by Greg Palast (2016)

I want my fair share…  And that’s ALL OF IT! — Charles Koch

My name’s Palast – I am an investigative reporter, I have billionaires who misbehave, and every four years I become a crime reporter – the crime – election theft!  Election thieves, vote rustlers, ballot bandits.  Investigative reporter Greg Palast wades through the dirty political tactics.

It all began in 2000, when a little birdie dropped off an envelope, marked confidential, it was a secret list kept in Florida State computers that stole the election for George W Bush.

2004, the birdie’s back, with what some people call a caging list, and they stole the White House again. Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters from casting ballots. [i]

This is the story of the investigation of the theft of the 2016 election; it’s a crime still in progress, and the hunt for the very rich guys behind the crime.  How they’re going to do it, I had no clue.

Then, one night, my little New York City detective agency office on 2nd Ave., Fox News’ Dick Morris claims that 35,500 people voted in North Carolina and voted in some other state, and that “probably over 1 million people that voted twice in this election… the first concrete evidence we’ve ever had of massive voter fraud.”

Really Dick? You vote twice, you get five years in the slammer.  What? We’ve listened to this wacky accusation.

Trump: You have people, who, in my opinion, that are voting many, many times.

Say what Donald?  A double-voting crime wave? Is it really a gigantic conspiracy of 1 million Democrats voting twice, or is it a massive scheme to take away the votes of a million innocent people?  There’s only one way to find out; I have to get the lists of these skanky alleged double voting fiends, so the next day, I called down to Carolina; if they really caught thousands of double voting criminals, I want their names!

“All I’m asking for, is can we get a copy of the names?”  I’m requesting those names of the double voters, but all I got was the official “screw you!” This was a criminal investigation; and it’s all confidential.

You’ve got a list of 35,000 suspects, and the names are secret, you’re telling the list of bad guys is completely confidential, I tried, Mississippi, Arkansas, Arizona – 28 states in all – and in all cases, they said these lists of names were confidential.

I put my entire team on it, screw confidential, get me the lists, it took five months, but what do you know, our “little birdie” schmoozes some bureaucrat into turning over the confidential list, a list we’re not supposed to see.  So here’s their big secret: Interstate CrossCheck – and here they are – the suspects.  Look at this, 7.2 million “suspects” 29 states, a list of “duplicate” voters – if that’s what they are; with a “hit list” this big, you can fix any election; you can steal the White House.

Interstate Voter Registration CrossCheck Program

National voter registration – Which party has the highest number of registered voters?

As of October 2017, Gallup polling found that 31% of Americans identified as Democrat, 24% identified as Republican, and 42% as Independent. [ii]

Interstate CrossCheck, a list of 7 million voters; I’ve seen lists like this before, it was 16 years ago in Florida [2000 Gov. Jeb Bush inspired election of his brother George to presidency] , a different hidden database of voters secretly tagged for elimination, the year was 2000; it was during that fight between  George W. Bush and Al Gore when the battle for the White House was down to the count.  Before the election, Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, and his trusted secretary of state, Katherine Harris, hunted down convicts, convicted felons who had registered to vote, and kicked them right off the voting rolls, we’re talking killers, bank robbers, drug lords, they had **** roguefully removed the voting rights of an astonishing 94,000 Florida voters, and other states, Colorado, Tennessee, Arizona, secretly joined in the great felon voter purge – ex-cons, willing to go back to prison just to vote?  My suspicions got me moving, I grabbed a plane I had to see these ex-con voters for myself, I hopped around the country to see and investigate this supposed crime wave of ex-cons voting, but I couldn’t find a single illegal voter, so I went to the big house; I’d find out once and for all, do felon voters even exist?

Palast (at a women’s prison): “Are any of you registered to vote?” But I just couldn’t find these criminal felon voters.  Then an envelope arrived on my desk.  It was the list of those Florida murderers and mobsters (2000 Florida felon list) who had registered to vote.  Hmmm… nothing matched up; the names of the voters didn’t match up with the names of the felons.  Jonathan Barber lost his vote because Vincent Barbieri was convicted of a crime, and Jonathan has a different birthday than Vinnie.  A black man lost his vote because a white man was convicted of a crime.  Thousands of mismatched birthdates.  Some of the criminals were convicted [as much as 90 years] in the future (showing a future date of conviction on the database of voters).

Accused of voting in 14 states on the same day is one guy is named Willy, and another woman is called Willie Mae [both typically African-American names] , they must have their own bus to vote in 14 states at once. He’s even got his own bus, William Nelson, or Willie Nelson (Yes, the famous Singer), it says here, Willie Mae Nelson voted in Georgia, and then you voted again as Willie J Nelson in Mississippi and Oklahoma, so the first time you voted as a woman?

How good is the shit on this list? Here is the big secret list of millions our accused of voting twice. Look at this, Maria Isabel Hernandez is supposed to be the same voter as Maria Christina Hernandez. James Elmer Barnes Jr. of Georgia is supposed to have voted a second time in Virginia as James Ross Barnes III.

We ran it through a computer, 2 million of these middle names don’t match.

How about this, Billy Ray Jackson Sr., accused of voting again as Billy Manuel Jackson Jr., who are both accused of being the same guy. Looks like the entire Jackson 5 is here; in fact it’s actually the Jackson 5,000. What’s going on here, the CrossCheck PowerPoint (which originated in Kansas) sales pitch say that they use Social Security numbers and birthdates to verify accuracy, but on these lists there are no Social Security numbers nor birthdates.

[Korean-American] Mr. Park complains about losing his vote, forget about it Mr. Park, you still lose your vote.

Each of these voters is sent a postcard, but the postcard doesn’t say, “you’re a criminal, report to prison [for illegally voting], it says, return the card, then you’re off the hook. It looks like junk mail, many just throw it away.

Why postcards? Mismatched names on the list people with different middle names are the same voter? They don’t want to catch double voters, t’s just a bunch of common names.

Why pay millions of dollars to send out postcards, why wipe out a voter’s rights just because their last name is common like a Brown, or a Patel? Seems like someone really hates people with common names, and will do anything to make sure they can’t vote.

Why Kansas?

SVU (Special Voters Unit).

OK, Sherlock, tell me about this list.

It’s not a list of double voters, is it Palast?

It’s just a giant list of common names, Jackson, Wall, Hernandez, etc.

So you’re trying to tell us that they hate them enough to spend millions of dollars to write them off the voter rolls, really?

So where do I go now?

It says Kansas, Dorothy, Kansas!  Let’s hit the yellow brick road,Toto!

That’s just great, I guess I’m off to Kansas. Here’s our file on the wizard of CrossCheck. The wizard is this guy Kris Kobach of Kansas (who many have noted has the “initials” KKK, indicating someone who is determined to keep black voters off the rolls.

Wow, Harvard, Yale, Oxford, the ultimate of elite universities he attended.

This Republican “WizKid” created the computer databases for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which tracks Arabs traveling around the U.S., very successful businessman, with a family friendly assault rifle company.

As the “lord” of the nationwide interstate CrossCheck data system Kobach is an elected official [who could easily rig it for his own election in Kansas], and also a lawyer for FAIR, (Federation of American Immigration Reform) whose goal is to preserve a White European American majority (or at least those who can vote) in the country, this means these voters must maintain a majority of votes that are counted, even if they were no longer the majority of the population.

As Secretary of State, he is the top election official of Kansas, Republican superstar. Kobach and FAIR convinced the little town of Farmers Branch, Texas to pass a law arresting anyone doing business with illegal immigrants, for example like selling them a slurpee for one dollar.  The business owner of a 7-Eleven could go to jail for that even though they have no idea if the customers are legally in the United States or not. The courts found this law both racist and unconstitutional.  It’s interesting that someone gave the town $100,000 to pay Kobach’s lawyers fees.  Racism and violating the Constitution have proven to be very profitable personally for Kobach. He’s already become a Fox News national hero for saving America from “an invasion of alien voters.”

With no corroboration, Fox News (Republicans) claim that millions of illegal aliens voted in our elections.

Donald Trump said that Mexicans are bringing crime, drugs, and rapists to the United States.  And he also said, “some I assume are good people.” By saying that he assumes, he leaves open the possibility that none of them are good people.  He may not know, because he doesn’t see very many of them at his country clubs of extremely wealthy Americans.

During the campaign of 2016, Kobach said, “those are the reasons why I am endorsing Donald Trump as the next president.”

Republicans claim that millions of illegal alien voters are pouring across the border, Arizona built this prison for alien voters.  Only problem is, there aren’t any to grab and jail them.

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Kobach wrote Arizona’s infamous SB-1070 law, which is about racial profiling, which is known as the “Driving While Brown” law, or DWB, which encouraged Arizona police officers to pull over anyone suspected of being a “Mexican,” and possibly to arrest them if they could not prove they are legal residents of the U.S.

Other Kobach laws were credited with stopping “terrorists” who were apparently plotting “evil schemes” to vote in Arizona and other states.

I tracked down one suspect intent on voting, she who uses the name Shirley.

“Shirley, are you a terrorist? Will you blow up buildings?”

Here, in a desert hide out, I found a whole gang that the law blocked from voting.

Kobach laws have blocked 200,000 voters in Arizona alone, over 60 percent are Hispanics and Native American. Kobach has ruled that voters must prove that they are Americans to vote, but he was blocked by a lawsuit filed by a group of American ladies called the League of Women Voters, which he called the “communist” League of Women Voters.

How many terrorist come to this country, with the idea that we are going to VOTE! Is that really what terrorists plan to do?

When the League of Women Voters were demanding the right for women to vote in the early 20th century, did this make them communists?

So I hit Wichita [Kansas] I arrived just in time to catch white Republicans in their natural habitat, it’s feeding time! What anthropologists call an ice cream social! I was in the mood for chocolate, but all they served was vanilla.

Kobach’s citizenship test for voting knocked out 36,674 voters, under 30 years old, targeting the millennial generation. I can see why, Kobach voters have an average age of 115 [Slight exaggeration] the majority of these were young unaffiliated voters, but ones who would very likely not vote Republican. So they had to be struck down.

There he is, the wizard of CrossCheck. Kobach refused to meet with me, but I am about to meet with him.

Kobach: We are number one when it comes to guns and protecting elections, and I’ll take take that any day.

Q – What are the two most important things to Kobach that his career is focused on?

Palast: Mr.Kobach, I wanted to congratulate you, you are the number one fraudulent voter hunter in the United States; you are the guy behind the CrossCheck list.  The title on this list is duplicate voters.

This reminds me, Kobach took on the president over double voters.

Take doublevoting, that’s a slamdunk to prove that he’s voted in Kansas and he’s also voted in Colorado, [Notice how he says he come in and not she] it’s a state crime, and also a federal crime. The Obama administration is not interested in prosecuting, surprise surprise someone who voted in two states.

I want to know why CrossCheck is so secretive.

Palast: Why wouldn’t you give out the list? Why are these such secret lists?

Kobach: It’s not.

But his office said that it was a secret list not subject to disclosure. Why the contradiction?

We had to lift it through a side channel. My bullshit alarm was ringing.

What is the point of sending a card to James Evans Johnson in Virginia [implying that he double voted in Kansas] to prove that he is not James P Johnson in Kansas?

[And if he doesn’t prove it, his vote gets erased. There are thousands of “James Johnsons” in the country, imagine if every single one had to prove that he was not every other James Johnson, otherwise all of the votes get discounted.]

Kobach: That one should not be an individual who is getting matched.

Excuse me, but you tell people to ignore the matches, this is you, right, Kansas Secretary of State, it says right there on your shirt that’s who you are.

How come you have these as the same voter, potentially the same voter?

Kobach says his system would not do that, but his system actually does do that.

This is the list that you gave Virginia, and on the basis of this list, Do you know that Virginia removed 41,000 voters based on the list you gave them?

Kobach smiles, then says that is false.

Palast then goes to the Virginia State Board of Elections.

But as of December 26, 2013, Virginia DID cancel the registrations of these voters, 41,637 to be exact.

You said that there is a massive problem with double voters, you’ve given out this list which you say is potential double voters.

All of his propaganda says potential double voters; it’s his own words. These documents CrossCheck with his wardrobe.

Kobach gets up to walk away from the interview after being faced with tough questions.

Palast calculates that over 1 million votes where unduly struck from about 20+ states.

One of Kobach’s tough guys comes to intimidate Palast, then a White Republican woman comes and steals his hat off of his head, and then he and his cameraperson get thrown out of the gathering.

They get on a train to leave Kansas.

Kobach is behind the CrossCheck con, but who is behind Kobach? Just give me a sign, Lord. Just give me a clue, who’s got the millions and millions? Who art thou my little billionaire?

Genius, nobody takes a crap in Kansas without the approval of the Koch brothers [Charles & David, net worth of about $42 billion each (that’s billion, not million)].  The Kochs, again.  I’ve been on the trail of the Kochs for two decades. Koch Industries operatives would bury oil next to drinking water sites, would pollute rivers.  

20 years ago, David and Charles Koch were the richest guys you’d never heard of. They got their money the old fashion way, they stole it from the Indians like this, the Osage Indians, Poorer than dirt, they let the Kochs truck away oil from their Oklahoma reservation ; Koch would pay for 90 barrels of oil, but Charles told their truckers to take 100. One of the Kochs’ buddies told us when we asked why the billionaires would skim three dollars a week from some poor Indian family, Koch said, “I want my fair share, And that’s all of it.” It added up to be more than $1 billion for the Kochs, and the U.S. government and federal prosecutors wrote up a criminal indictment that could put Charles behind bars for theft and racketeering.

But the Kochs got their buddy, Kansas Senator Bob Dole to get the prosecutor replaced with a crony and the criminal indictment went poof! The Kochs then paid off senator Dole with $100,000 which federal authorities made him give back. In 1995 Koch Oil was charged with 312 criminal counts of dumping 3,000,000 gallons of oil sludge into rivers in six states. Rather than comply with the law,, they decided to buy control of the U.S. Congress to change the law. How? The answer came from an insider who called me to rat on Charles and David, their little brother Billy.

Transcription of tape recording from Bill Koch: they, my brother, Charles, unfortunately, views himself as above the law, back to his libertarian philosophy where he believes that laws are immoral, he views himself as being above it, so he’ll go out and do whatever he wants, steal oil, pollute the environment, etc. and then when he gets caught or someone’s coming after him then he goes and buys all the politicians he can, to counter that influence, to try to mitigate the cost of the crime, and they’ve been very effective at it, very effective. I know they’ve given a couple [censored] dollars to Dole, and let’s say they’ve given [censored] dollars to TRIAD.

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TRIAD was the secret conduit of those millions of Koch Brothers’ money to a front called Coalition for our Children’s Future, the “children” ran ads linking Democrats to child molesters, wife beaters, and they even accused one Democrat of being Jewish!

The smear worked, and the Koch Republicans, led by Newt Gingrich, took control of the 105th Congress in 1994.

If Koch Industries had secretly funded TRIAD then the brothers had committed a “go to jail” crime.  At the time it was illegal for corporations to grease political campaigns.

It doesn’t matter in the case of Citizens United. The Supreme Court decriminalized campaign contributions, basically legalizing bribes, so that now politicians can be legally bought and owned by the richest people like the Koch Brothers (Charles & David).

The Citizens United v. FEC (Federal Election Commission) was a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court on January 21, 2010,  ruled 5-4 (5 Republicans vs. 4 Democrats) that corporations and unions can essentially buy out politicians, albeit not directly, but indirectly thru the formation of PACs (Political Action Committees).  The court said essentially that “money is speech”, and whoever has more of it has more of a right to the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech.

The Citizens United ruling, released in January 2010, tossed out the corporate and union ban on making independent expenditures and financing electioneering communications. It gave corporations and unions the green light to spend unlimited sums on ads and other political tools, calling for the election or defeat of individual candidates.

In a nutshell, the high court’s 5-4 decision said that it is OK for corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they want to convince people to vote for or against a candidate. [iii]

Billy Koch also told me that his brothers put up $75 million to set up a series of front groups including Citizens for a Sound Economy which the Kochs morphed into Freedom Works which drafted the demand for a group called the Tea Party. Their target, eliminate the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, or the “pollution police”, who were giving the Kochs such a hard time for polluting the environment. The Kochs also fund the Heritage Foundation [iv] which promotes the mass purge of voter rolls, targeting mainly minority voters.

And the Heritage Foundation’s latest crusade? Kansas Interstate CrossCheck program. Connect Kris Kobach of Kansas. The Kochs have created a extremely complex national network of groups which promote their interests. The Koch Brothers run the Republican party, which in turn has run the entire country, (at least from 2017-18) from the executive branch, to the legislative, to the judicial, a “straight flush. Kobach’s voter purge ïn 29 states (which have Republican governors) has been extremely successful.

So the Kochs shoved a pile of cash to Donors Trust, which gave a cool million to Numbers U.S.A, which dropped $100,000 to Farmers Branch, Texas, and that’s the mystery money that found its way into the pocket of Kris Kobach, so Kobach is just another spider in the Koch web, and now he’s purging the voter rolls for the Kochs.

But why do guys who have a hundred billion dollars need to buy the White House?  I had no idea, until Badpenny received a message from the Chief of Criminal Intelligence of the Arctic Republic, based in Kaktovik, Alaska. The chief demanded that I travel immediately to Kaktovik (Russian name).  I hit Google Earth, Kaktovik is an island just above the Arctic Circle, in the far north part of Alaska, I thought there’s no way I’m traveling up to the Arctic to chat with some crazy Eskimo.

“We are not a conquered people, we’re not defeated, what gives you the right to trespass you motherfucker, you God damn white trash?”, Etok said.

This is Etok, the legendary whale hunter and former professor at the University of California at Berkeley and leader of the Inuit speakers of the Alaskan Arctic and one badass Eskimo.

“This is the healthiest whaling stock in the fucking world.” he said. This is not commercial, this is cultural.

Koch Industries and British Petroleum need the oil under this very shale?

Etok: “28,000 years and you want to come here and fucking destroy it? I don’t give a fuck what the government” [unintelligible]

This is destruction in progress and you are the witness to that destruction. What are you doing about it?

I’ve seen this before, what happens when the poor and the powerless get in  the way of the oil drill, I saw it in the Amazon — a mass poisoning, I saw it in the Cascade Sea, “Cancer Alley” and right here in Alaska when I investigated the smash up of the Exxon Valdez.

Here’s some of Exxon sludge I picked up 20 years after the spill. If there’s such a thing as a victimless billionaire and there’s no way to control an oil spill among these icebergs so how do the Kochs make money from such an environmentally obscene venture?

The scent of money  and oil from here to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska).

The starting point for this rusty old piece of pipe – the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (Alyeska pipeline Service Company) the Kochs have bought into this pipeline, but the pipeline was shut down for lack of oil so why in the world did the smartest white businessmen in America buy into an oil pipeline with no oil in it?

The answer: they can fill it up with Arctic oil, oil that can also supply the stranded refinery in Fairbanks, Alaska but this would require the Kochs to get a president of the United States nuts enough to drill under detox whales.

The Kochs dumped $750 million into the 2016 election , for three-quarters of a billion bucks they expect the second pipeline.  They bought Donald Trump and Ted Cruz who both vowed to build the Keystone Pipeline.  Sure enough, right after Trump took office in January 2017, he allowed the Kochs’ pipeline, even though it violated a treaty with the Native American Oglala people by allowing their reservation in South Dakota to be dug up without their permission.

No wonder Ted Cruz said: “You should love the Keystone Pipeline.” Like Trump, he’s a mouthpiece for the Koch Brothers. Not surprisingly, Trump and Cruz finished 1-2 in the Republican primaries in 2016.

Love the Keystone Pipeline? The Keystone XL pipeline will bring the world’s filthiest oil, tar sands, all the way across the belly of the United States down to Corpus Christi, Texas.

Why in the world would you have to ship oil down to Texas? The answer is here in Corpus Christi Texas, home of the Koch brothers’ giant refinery. The Kochs have a problem, they can’t use Texas oil;  it’s not dirty enough for their refinery, they have to use super heavy crude like the kind that you get with tar sands. From Corpus Christi, the Kochs had to import their extra filthy crude from Caracas, Venezuela and the price of that heavy crude was set by (anti-American oil companies) Hugo Chavez, the “Frank Sinatra” of Venezuela. Years ago, Hugo Chavez told me that Venezuela, with the world’s biggest reserves of oil, would really stick it to U.S. customers like the Kochs.

Do the math, Canada charges $15 a barrel less than Venezuela if the Kochs can get their Canadian sludge down to the Texas refinery, they will earn a billion dollars each.

Who is the political plumber who will put in the fix for the Kochs’ pipes? Karl Rove on Fox News: “Look, the oil is coming from up here.”

Karl Rove, Chief of Staff of President George Bush II, was known as “Bush’s brain”, but Bush himself referred to Rove as “turd blossom.”

Rove: “One other geopolitical point, this would this would reduce our reliance on the heavy crude similar that comes out of Canada but that comes out of Venezuela; it would allow us to further crater our opponents in Venezuela, the despotic regime there that is anti-American (as Hugo Chavez has used Venezuela’s oil profits to help the country’s poor, a concept that is anathema to American oil company billionaries.

“Turd Blossom” has been in the computer targeting game since his twenties as a voter database nerd in 1972 working for Richard Nixon’s CREP (“Committee to ReElect the President), when Nixon got caught cheating in the Watergate scandal and later resigned the presidency.

Dan Rather: “It’s part of a revolution in campaign financing. Massive computerized fields based on direct mail lists. The plan is to keep such complex expensive campaign technological apparatus out of site and out of the headlines as much as possible, and this is how Rove uses his computers.

Palast: I know, I’ve been investigating Rove since 2004 when that “little birdie” dropped off some highly confidential emails from Karl Rove’s research chief.

Tim Griffin: (Research Director & Deputy Communications Director) of the Republican National Committee in Washington DC to George W. Bush’s campaign chief about “caging”, lists of names of voters living in homeless shelters and minority soldiers at the Naval Air Station in Florida and Badpenny discovered the sailors were overseas.

So I took the thousands of names to a law school dean, Robert F Kennedy Jr., who explained caging to me caging is a system  by which you can target certain voters and get them excluded from the list, and it’s illegal in this country, and it’s illegal if you target black or minority voters which was made illegal under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Specifically it’s a felony, and can be punished by high fines or prison time. The Republican party has done this in the past, they will get the addresses of African-American voters in a particular state, then they will mail certified letters to each of those homes, and if the voter is not there at the time that the letter is delivered to accept delivery, then the post office will automatically send that letter back to the sender which in this case to Tim Griffin, the deputy communications director of the Republican National Committee (RNC), if the letter comes back, the RNC uses that letter as presumptive evidence that the voter gave a false address on his voter registration form, and is therefore ineligible to vote. In reality you may have a Black or Latino service man who is serving overseas at the time, that’s why s/he was not there to receive the letter.

Go and serve in the U.S. military in Iraq, lose your vote, “Mission Accomplished.”

It’s effective, it’s illegal, it’s Rove. Now Rove and his computers have grown up – the simple Caging computers have morphed into “DataTrust – data done right.”

DataTrust is now tracking your voter and consumer data, tracking more than 1,800 things about you – yes, you – teletrack what kind of computers you have, what college you went to, what you like to cook, what crafts you are involved in, things about your health, whether you’re interested in American history, whether or not you buy Hispanic ethic products, and hundreds of other things, including how you downloaded porn, tracks every website you go to, tracks whether you order Chinese food just before you vote.

“I think that’s creepy,” said Mark Swedlund, who is an expert analytics specialist for American Express, amazon.com, Dell, eBay, and many other corporations who live and die by their databases. DataTrust market themselves as the leading data and technology resource for the free market political advocacy community. This phrase has the Republican Party written all over it, clearly working chiefly if not entirely for this one political party.

They have literally thousands of data points on you Greg Palast, and on myself, and on everybody who is reading this.

Wait, what’s this I360?

Swedlund: This is a database that has trillions of data points on hundreds of things on people.

Rove has partnered with this big voter surveillance system called I360 who gets all this creepy data? It turns out I360 was founded by two brothers – the Koch brothers.

Is it possible to find real double voters?

Swedlund: using sophisticated databases like I360,  you could easily find real double voters if they existed, I would argue it would be a piece of cake.

I360 vs. CrossCheck

So is CrossCheck more sophisticated?

Swedlund : CrossCheck is incredibly simplistic, it uses some very sloppy techniques, and did some very dangerous things, what they did is come up with the most simplistic mushing together of data, first name, last name – a child could develop that software.

Why do Republicans use CrossCheck?

Rove was the former White House Deputy Chief of Staff to George Bush II and Senior Advisor to the same Bush.

Because it names 7,264,422 “suspected double voters” in 28 States (including Arizona), in 2015, there have been lots of things that really have to make you wonder if this isn’t effort to try and see how many people you can take off the voter rolls as opposed to really finding those rare cases when you can find where voters went across state lines to vote twice.

In 2016, Rove has been giving $500 million dollars through his cover operation called American Crossroads.

Rove: From winning back the White House, from taking the Senate and keeping the house in Republican hands.

Officially, Rove’s American Crossroads operation is a social services charity, like Save the Whales, so he can keep his donors’ names in the dark. And look who we found in the darkness, Rove’s top donor Paul Singer, “the Vulture.”  I’ve been following this billionaire bird for a decade, from the Andes. In Africa, the Vulture got his name by the way he made his billions on the corpses of dying nations. He figured out a way to grab the aid money meant for nations suffering from the Civil War, and mass starvation, and epidemics, and like any Vulture, Singer feasted on victim’s dying. The Vulture has been accused by Oxfam of grabbing money meant for cholera clinics in the Congo.

Why would a “social services charity” knock over 7 million people who can legally vote, mostly poor and minorities, off of the voter rolls?

Oxfam is stunned that Vulture financiers have seized over $100 million needed to clean the Congo’s water supply.

Palast: “With 100 million dollars, how many villages could you clean the water supply?”

UNICEF (African) representative: 5 million people could have access to clean water and sanitation and 200,000 children.

The Vulture paid just $10 million for some old Congo bonds which he used to bleed $127 million dollars from a suffering nation.

Vultures are known to vomit on their enemies which is no surprise when Singer’s henchmen called my TV network to stop my investigation saying, fire Greg Palast. But today, (in 2017) Singer the Vulture is the new number one donor to the Republican party, Singer’s money also hatched house Speaker Paul Ryan the most powerful Post in Washington DC after the president. So why does the Vulture have to spend all this money to buy the U.S. Congress? Because he needs a government who will declare war on Argentina – you know tango dancers, gauchos – the Vulture pulled his old Congo trick, he paid $50 million for some ancient Argentine bonds , then demanded $3 billion ransom for those bonds. That is 60 times more than the value that he paid for them. Argentina resisted, but Singer put Argentina in a chokehold until he got his billions.

President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to court to stop Singer’s attack on Argentina, trying to put him out of business, but her efforts failed.

He may have controlled Learjet jobs there, and many may have gotten fired from those jobs if Argentina had not paid his $3 billion extortion fee.

The Vulture made his biggest killing ever by preying on this “third world nation” – Detroit.  Feasting on this – the corpse of the Auto industry when it collapsed in 2009.

10 years earlier, General Motors had spun off its famous car parts company Delco, and turned Delco into a separate company called Delphi as part of a plan to bail out the Auto industry.  The government agreed to help GM buyback Delphi and save Delco’s 25,000 happy dancing union workers.

But what GM and the government didn’t know was that the Vulture and a partner had secretly scooped up ownership of Delphi and the president of the United States Obama gave the Vulture $12.9 billion and now they would close down Delphi, and cut off GM’s Parts Supplier  it without Parts, the entire Auto industry would shut down forever and over a million jobs vanished.

Called the Vultures demand extortion.

The Vulture had bought Delphi stock for just $0.67 a share and then after the government bailout news, the shares immediately zoomed to $22/share. Paul Singer’s cut: $1,284,514,099.

The celebration was short, Singer fired every single one of the union workers. Delphi moved 100,000 jobs overseas, mostly to China.

Then the little birdie dropped another paper to my hand showing that before the 2012 election Singer set up a special partnership with a blind trust with the wife of a presidential candidate, Willard Mitt Romney (Ann Romney blind trust). The Vulture paid the Romney’s up to $115 million out of the auto bailout loot.  This was a whole new way to influence a president by putting one hundred million dollars into his bank account.

I thought to ask the billionaire himself about his special way of enriching politicians, so I went to the Vulture’s nest, (NYC, The Pierre, New York, a Taj Hotel) to ask and see if he would meet with me – never ever!

Then we got a tip; he’d be speaking at a fancy-ass hotel in New York City, and writing out an elaborate plan to cover his escape routes out of the hotel. We practiced signals with three undercover cameramen, with visible and hidden cameras, this bird was gonna get plucked.

The Vulture suddenly appeared with two bodyguards.

Palast: How many politicians have you made rich with secret partnerships?

He then locked himself in the nearest boys room. There is no such thing as a victimless billionaire.

I met some of the victims from Detroit. The city streets, closed houses foreclosed, and empty, their windows smashed out, weeds belly-high, it looked like the city had been punched in the face, its teeth knocked out.

This here is vacant, then you look across the street over there, those houses are vacant.  This is Robert and Andrea Pratt; they’re going to lose their home too (20212 Fleming St., Detroit MI 48234).  And his wife lost her job at the City of Detroit, then they couldn’t make the payments on some predatory mortgage.

Robert Pratt: This is my son Robert, this is the one that got shot in the back.

Like I tell my wife, I go to work every day, I’m a maintenance man, I go in the maintenance shop and I close the door, and that’s when I cry, because some people are trying to stay strong and keep my eyes open and everything, but the pain grows so deep, that I wake up every day wondering if they’re going to try to take my house away.  I mean, what’s next?

Here’s what’s next. We snuck into Republican Party headquarters to investigate evidence the GOP was challenging the right of voters like Pratt, whose homes were in foreclosure, on grounds that their homes were no longer valid addresses even though they were still living in the home.

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After the hard-working Robert Pratt and his wife have already had their jobs and house taken away in Detroit in 2009, that isn’t quite good enough for the Wall Street-based vulture capitalists.  Now they’ve also taken Robert’s vote away.

Robert Pratt: I have to wake up and I’m like, man, they’re trying to take my right to vote away!? I mean, come on, how low can you go?!

He’s not alone Mr. Pratt, you and 2 million other families out of their homes, and someone couldn’t be happier.

Record hedge fund haul for John Paulson, who made a personal profit of more than $5 billion last year, and that is probably the biggest one-year personal gain in investment history.

A hedge fund is, for example, Wall Street speculators such as John Paulson bet that someone anywhere in the nation will lose their home (unbeknownst to the homeowner).  And if they do, they may, for example, receive a $10,000 payment for each home that is lost, even if the family goes homeless.  It is profiting off of someone else’s misery.

John Paulson, known as JP, the foreclosure king (president, Paulson & Co., Inc.), one guy, gets $5 billion in one year.  He must have gotten it from Santa Claus.

In 2008, when the mortgage market was heading over a cliff, JP gave it an extra kick in the ass – because every time a mortgage in America went “kabooey”, he made another buck, and it added up to $5 billion – more than any human since the pharoahs.

So it’s lose your job, home, lose your vote.

In 2007 JP cut a deal with Goldman Sachs, Goldman had lined up some schmucks (suckers) – investors such as some big European banks and pension funds.  Goldman told them that they and JP together would buy billions of dollars of something called CDOs, which stands for synthetic collateralized debt obligation derivatives – if you don’t know what this is you are not a billionaire. Derivatives is a kind of insurance on home mortgages, so if someone is unable to pay their mortgage and their home gets foreclosed, the insurers must pay, what Goldman didn’t tell the schmucks providing insurance was that JP was secretly betting against these very mortgages; he was the secret beneficiary of these insurance policies.

JP was the one who would collect the insurance when the mortgages went to hell and people lost their houses.  It’s kind of like an arson buying fire insurance on buildings that he’s sure will burn down.  JP even helping out the mortgages that the schmucks would insure, he deliberately chose the shittiest subprime mortgages at horrible interest rates, like the one sinking the Pratt family. These stinking bags of mortgages were packaged into securities – those collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). Within a year those stinking bags of mortgage securities went down the toilet, losing 99% of their value as home owners went bankrupt.

The schmucks paid out approximately $14 billion collected by JP, while the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought charges against JP’s assistant – the French kid who translated JP’s sales pitch. Goldman Sachs got charged with fraud and paid a $500 million fine. The mortgage Market imploded, and foreclosures exploded, and JP, lots of folks assumed he would go to prison. No! The politically-connected JP kept the whole $5 billion!  He’s not in jail, he’s living large. Welcome to the Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless.

JP’s Puerta Rica tax haven so he doesn’t have to pay any taxes on all the money he has taken in.  JP’s Ski Hut in Aspen, Colorado. Billionaire John Paulson – JP has more than this man with 70 rooms, 2000% bigger than that pathetic little home that he took away from the Pratts.

JP’s Hamptons Hangout, JP’s neighbor Koch’s “cottage”.

And another of JP’s homes is one of the largest in Manhattan, where he hosted a billionaire’s brunch for Donald Trump.  You can get in, but only if you pony up $250,000.

Greg rings doorbell at his Manhattan pad, I don’t have a quarter million, but look, a back entrance to the secret location to the billionaires’ chow down right here on Wall Street (no, I wasn’t invited).

And this is Old Trees, JP’s gorgeous mansion, ritziest in the Hamptons (east end of Long Island, NY). So how do I get to Trump’s billionaire backyard?

Palast on telephone interview: How do I go back to your statement, it was a question, I want an answer, not a statement, I’m serious about this, you know you keep saying I’m wrong, I have said that the SEC statements, that has never been contradicted, is that Paulson sat in those rooms, and didn’t tell those poor schmucks, that they were buying crap, that he had picked out to go down the toilet.

Why were they schmucks?

Wait. JP’s flunky just called to say that Paulson was unhappy with my report on his flim flam.

Palast: “Is this a yes or no, I want Mr. Paulson’s answer.”

The $5 billion on foreclosures wasn’t enough for JP; he also flocked up with the Vulture, (Paul Singer) to feast on the corpse of Delphi. JP’s pound of flesh from Delphi, $2,604,090,433 (more than $2.6 billion).  That’s one fact they wanted me to get right, he’s continuing to fund Republicans.  Working together in concert, Paulson’s Republican buddy Paul Singer sent 100,000 Delphi jobs in Detroit overseas, mostly to China, and got a $1.2 billion cut from it.  Both men became top donors to the Republican party.

Why would JP, with all his trophy houses, bother to invest a pile in buying the White House? Because JP and his ultra buddies have one big fear about their billions, that they’ll have to pay taxes on it.  Currently, JP and his buddies have a special tax loophole called Carried Interest, that saved JP and the Vulture a cool $1 billion in taxes, on their profit from shipping Delphi jobs to China, Democrats would shut the loophole, and that would hit speculators for a whopping $170 billion in taxes, and JP’s taking his Wall Street buddies uptown, and in 2017 he became the chief of a group of economic advisors to Mr. Trump, JP was hiding from me, but then we heard that JP and a bunch of billionaires had paid some big name tennis pros to pretend to play tennis with them.  The billionaires all want trophies; they always do.

Our plan was to hunt him down in the Hamptons – Badpenny make sure that this time we wouldn’t miss – she wires up Greg with his miniature recording devices.  She has a little”  helicopter drone they get in a boat to approach the backyards of the billionaire mansions in the Hamptons, which is surrounded by the Long Island Sound of the Atlantic Ocean.  Badpenny planned an “invasion” by sea.  We thought we’d join in his ritzy celebration, So we hit his $1,000 a plate vanity fundraiser celebrating his tennis “victory” against the professional players he paid to lose to him. A full $0.20 of each dollar would go to charity.

We were stationed by the servants, and hunted our Vulture by the billionaire birds sucking their champagne cocktails. There he was – JP – the foreclosure profiteer of the century. Badpenny played my ditzy wife. Greg asked him about possibly allowing some of the people who he put out of their homes to stay in his billionaire’s mansion, JP responded by saying that he had “nothing to do with the mortgage market?”  He made $4 billion his hedge fund Paulson & Company by trading in the beleaguered mortgage market, which plunged the world into a major financial crisis.

Palast: Did you ever think about the tens of thousands of Americans who lost their jobs at Delphi?

Paulson walks away, Greg says, “you didn’t give me an answer.”

Hey I want to know, you made over a billion bucks on Delphi, right, and 30,000 workers were shifted to China, does that make you happy? Is that how you want to make your money? Paulson tells Greg that Delphi had “21,000 engineers in Detroit”, but Greg did his homework and saw that in a December 31st, 2014 report to the SEC that Delphi filed paperwork with the SEC that they left only 5,000 jobs in the U.S., and moved 122,000 jobs abroad.

Are the documents lying? Or Paulson?

I found the workers; they were having dinner too – at a homeless shelter

I’m Cameron, a Delphi worker: “I got the notice too, it was a like a two week notice, they just said they were closing the doors, we just didn’t know if they were sending the jobs somewhere else . They were giving out gloves and hats, they do it every year, well you know going to lose their job, well you know we’ve got kids, I’ve got a couple of buddies who wanted to commit suicide over their job. Well there’s a lot of people saying they’re losing their homes, with the mortgages on their homes, the bank forecloses.

Dale Stanford joined some old friends at Delphi for a Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter, these were not $1,000 a plate servings like the billionaire Paulson’s New York City dinner who took their jobs.

This is Delphi, or the carcass of Delphi in Dayton, Ohio left after JP and his Vulture buddy Singer got through with it. I don’t see a tennis court., and I don’t see those 21,000 workers that Paulson claimed he saved. How does this happen? I know they can’t take your job and home and hope, plus they take away your power to do something about it. If they’re going to take away your job, and take away your home, they might as well go for the “trifecta” and take away your vote.

After all, America is the “Land of the Free” and that means our lords the billionaire Wall Street hedge fund managers should have the freedom to take all these away from as many Americans as they see fit to.

And I discovered how they did it in 2012. But I visited a nearby church that ministers to the laid-off Delphi workers. It was election day, or for Black Folk, “Souls to the Polls” day on November 4, 2012.  They were sucessful in helping to re-elect Barack Obama to a second term as president, defeating Mitt Romney.

Shepherding the souls is Tara Williams. “Our congregation is going to take individuals down to the voting elections after service.”

And then they piled into the church van to vote. Greg went with them, he got into a very long line to vote, and waited… and waited…, which appear to be about 1-2 hours long in the black neighborhood. The overwhelming amount of black people in Ohio vote on the Sunday before election day, because they can’t take Tuesday off.  Early voting is required by U.S. law, but Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State (Jon Husted) has resisted it. He shut down almost every big city early polling station – in Dayton he permitted only one single polling place for over 80,000 black voters. So those who were not discouraged by the long lines to vote waited in line for hours.  Nevertheless, Obama won the state of Ohio’s 18 electorial votes in 2012.

Outside the city, in a suburb, I checked the wait in the lines where white people vote… well actually there is no line. Back in Dayton, they waited, and waited, nearly half a million blackfolk all over Ohio, then something odd happened at the end of the line, after hours, the “souls at the polls did not get ballots.” What a coincidence. They got a number to wait for this instead; these are applications for absentee ballots, where they had to provide such things as bank statements, etc. in order to vote.  But they’re not absent, they’re right here at the legal poll!  Then they got mail-in ballots and envelopes to put them in.  Using an absentee ballot is playing bingo with your vote. The nasty secret of American democracy is over 1 million absentee ballots were rejected never counted. Is this ballot switch-a-roo even legal? I drove through the night with one of these pseudo ballots to Ohio’s capital and at midnight I reached the home of law professor Robert Fitrakis (voting rights expert). He was crazy enough to let me in. I showed him what they were giving black voters.

Palast: “Every early voter, almost all of them African-Americans, where handed this, an absentee ballot, is that common practice here?”

Fitrakis: “Absolutely uncommon and I would suspect it’s either done out of incompetence or convenience or to defraud people of their vote. You vote absentee, they can pick through the absentee, and say they didn’t fill this out all the way, they didn’t sign here, they didn’t initial there, and thus toss the absentee, essentially they’re treating the absentee like a second-class provisional ballot, none of that could be done in regular early voting.”

But the state did it anyway. I didn’t have the heart to tell them that their ballots may never get counted. In fact over 2 million ballots (2,706,275) not just absentees, are cast and not counted, that’s official, they call it “spoilage.” How do votes spoil?  By leaving them out of the fridge? There are 10 ways to spoil your vote, or wipe away your registration.

Steal your vote game. Think you’re registered? In this election over 3 million of you will find your registration — poof — they toss out your mail-in ballot because you used the wrong envelope, or for postage due, or you forgot to use your middle initial or you didn’t fill in the bubble.  We’ve been invited into the home of voters whose votes didn’t count.

There’s purging, caging, or you have the wrong ID, in Texas, gun ID OK, school ID not. In some states, like Kansas, up to 45% of new registrations are simply tossed in the spoilage bin. Don’t worry, they’ll tell you if your name is missing from the voter roll, you’ll get something called a provisional ballot but because your name is not on the roll, they’ll throw it out. But you get to pretend you voted.

According to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, you have a 900% higher chance of your vote spoiling (losing your vote) if you’re black than if you’re white. For voters of color in the U.S., voting has become some kind of crazy obstacle course.

First, don’t get purged, don’t get caged, then drag yourself to the single black voting station and wait for 5 hours. Wrong ID? Go back home. Fill out absentee or provisional ballots, don’t miss the bubble, or it will get thrown in the garbage. So how do they get away with it? Creating these obstacles to voting? Easy. The Kochs and their minions like the Heritage Foundation, they yell voter fraud. And the media eats it up. To sell the nonsense of mass voter fraud, they built a hysteria factory. They claim there are millions of dead voters, felon voters, ghost voters, alien voters, and now double voters.

Dick Morris on Fox News: “There are probably over a million people that voted twice in this election.”

Probably? So even he is admitting that he could be wrong on this.  He offers no concrete evidence to back up his claim.

The double voting accusation is old stuff. In The Birth of a Nation 100 years ago  the most influential film of its time, and endorsed by President Woodrow Wilson, depicted white actors painted up in black faces sneaking in a second ballot.  It praised the Ku Klux Klan for “saving the South from black rule.”  The film helped the Democratic Party (the most racist party at that time) block the passage of a federal law to stop lynching.

By 1968, 3,446 black people we’re hanged from trees and bridges.  Today they don’t use hanging ropes to get rid of black voters – it’s now “lynching by laptop.”  And the nightriders’ white sheets have turned into spreadsheets.

So I quit, I give up.  I can’t stop the electronic lynchings but I can’t stop the Vultures stealing lives because once again, not one American network, not one American newspaper would agree to run this story of CrossCheck, nor the story of billionaires crushing Delphi nor let me expose the con of American democracy. My work is banished to Britain and abroad. No one in America would hear this story, so forget it.

Young woman: Greg, it’s time for you to go home

Greg: No, I’ll never go back home.  8413 Wendt Avenue, where I grew up in the east valley of Los Angeles.

So this is a former GM plant, huh?

Greg: My own Ohio. This was the old GM plant that made Chevys and Frigidaire refrigerators, my father sold the refrigerators. So now it’s all shut down, they took it all to Mexico. The union guys at GM bought campers for their vacations. Now they live in the campers next to the tracks.

Why’d you quit?

Because the system is screwed, and fixed, and I hate it.

This is why you can’t stop. If you don’t do it, no one else will. So look Greg, your phone is going to ring, it’s going to be Badpenny, and you have to answer, and you have to pay attention.

Badpenny calling, you’ve got to get back right now and look at these Ohio numbers.

Republican John Kasich has been Ohio governor since January 10th 2011, and his current term continues until January 2019. [v]  The manipulation of Ohio’s votes on 2012 occurred on Kasich’s watch.

43,000 black voters have just vanished. And 497,000 suspected “double voters.” So it’s back to Ohio.

Ohio – this is the ultimate swing state. Ohio voters will choose our president – if they’re allowed to vote.

Donald EUGENE Webster – “That’s not my middle name.”

Greg: Eugene is not your middle name?

Donald Webster: No.

Did you ever use the name Eugene?

No.

They say you do. Do you know it’s a crime if you vote more than once?

Of course. It never occurred to me to do that. You know, what’s two votes going to do, when you’ve got thousands and thousands and thousands, you’ve got to have a bunch of people doing that.

Well do you, are you part of a larger conspiracy?

No. I’m not, sir.

You’re not?

No, I just go to vote every election, and every primary. Every one.

When a young man, he moved to Dayton. It was a different time.  He signed on with GM Delphi, called Delco at the time, although he was training as an engineer.

Webster: I was working as a janitor at GM, they just would take your application, and either throw it in the trash, or just mark a great big red C on it, or something crazy, so they would know that…

What was the C for?

 Webster: Colored. I remember the Civil Rights Act, I remember all of those things, almost all gone, somebody dropped the ball, maybe it was us.  In our age group, we thought it [the discrimination] was over, and that we didn’t have to fight no more. You know, so you’re fighting the same battles over again. I’m 70 years old, almost all the fight in me is gone. I’m not going to go out there, and try to, you know, bust no heads up, but I’d like for the people who know what the problem is to name the names of these people who are doing this.

The ACLU sued Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for removing voters from the roll.

And here’s the name he’s looking for: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, the “Kris Kobach” of Ohio. The Republican Secretary of State has conducted what may be the biggest purge of voters in the nation. Well over 100,000 voters are gone. While investigators did not know all the reasons for The Purge, we found a big one.  When Ohio joined CrossCheck in 2013 they purged 497,039 voters from the rolls.

Professor Robert Fitrakis: He (Husted) knows what he’s doing is illegal, what he’s doing is he’s counting on bigotry to get away with it, he’s picking out first and last names only, because he doesn’t want to actually match people by using the middle name. He wants to purge Blacks and Hispanics and he’s trying to make Ohio winnable in the only way he knows how, by stealing American citizens’ votes.

So Steven Williams voted in Georgia, Georgia again, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Massachusetts…

… You do get around, your husband really gets around (wife laughs).

You’ll remember Steven Williams’ wife Tara, she led the “Souls to the Polls” four years ago.

Tara: “I used to work at Delphi, I was an Operations General Foreman, I worked there until the last day, June 30th, 2008. A lot of the members in our church worked there at delphi. A lot of people had tough times after the plant closed.

Paulson and Singer’s actions strongly impacted the national economy, which crashed in October 2008, near the end of George Bush II’s final term as president.

Take your vote, take your job. Class war, American Style.

Steven Williams: “It’s becoming a “Have” and “Have Nots” situation and taking away the access to vote. That’s like a heart attack, that’s like an artery being clogged.”

And whether it’s CrossCheck, alien voter purges, fake felon list, or absentee ballot games, it seems like all the vote suppression victims have one thing in common.

But exactly how does CrossCheck target voters of color?

We did a deep dive into the data, and we found lots of interesting findings such as that the most common surnames hit at an incredibly high rate.  God forbid that your last name is Garcia, of which there are 858,000 in the United States. and you’re first name is Jose or Joe or Joseph, because you are suspected of voting in 27 different states.

If your last name is Jackson, it’s likely you’re African American. 90% of all Washington’s are black, Garcia’s 91% are Hispanic and Park or Kim 94% Asian.

There is an ethnic bias we discovered in the states we look in detail in the CrossChecklist basically, it says Asians, Hispanics and African-Americans are over represented.  20% of the minority voters in those states are on the CrossCheck list – an extraordinarily high number.

The racial bias on the list would make a klansman’s heart go pitter-patter. Republicans love their CrossCheck. Is it because it captures double voters, or because it captures voters of color?

So I can’t tell you what the intent was, I’m just a data guy, I could only tell you what the outcome was. And the outcome was discriminatory against minorities.

A cheap racist vote suppression trick? I thought so, but then I found Maria Hernandez. What it says here is that Maria Isabel Hernandez in Georgia voted a second time as Maria Cristina Hernandez of Louisiana.

Maria: clearly, obviously. (sarcastically)

Greg: Do Hispanics vote consistently more than one time?  According to these documents, there are literally hundreds of thousands of Hispanics voting several times.

Maria: (sarcastically speaking) Yeah it’s been this big outrageous plan that we’ve all been working on since childbirth, it’s like make sure that we all have similar names so that we could vote multiple times across states, it’s like the big major plan of how we’re going to take over this country. You’re talking about Wong’s, you’re talking about Hernandez’  you’re talking about Washington’s, and there’s a lot of Asian folks, and there’s a lot of Black folks, and there’s a lot of folks who have common names, and the reason why we do that is specifically so we can get around these voter laws and actually vote twice.

Greg: (facetiously) Wow! A full confession!

Asian Americans nationally are the fastest-growing electorate and our political power is growing. My maiden name is Helen Kim.  If you Google “Helen Kim” there’s like a million Helen Kim’s.

An amazing one in eight Asian Americans are on the suspect list.

In Korean surnames, Kim is like Smith, Park is like Johnson.

Greg so your last name is Kim to? How many times did you vote?

I only vote once each time.

Republicans fear Asian-Americans vote like they “turned black,” Democrats now capture three out of four Asian-American votes. Why are they using these tricks to get rid of “voters of color?”

Bill O’Reilly (Fox News, on Election Day 2012): Because it’s a changing country, the demographics are changing it’s not a traditional America anymore whereby 20 years ago President Obama would have been roundly defeated, the White establishment is now the minority.

So what can the Republicans do, if you can’t win the black vote, reduce it., block it, Rove says, if black voters drops just one point in North Carolina, Democrats winning margin there is wiped out.  CrossCheck will purge 10% of the black vote in North Carolina, and a million voters nationwide.

If Virginia’s 13% is any indication, almost 1 million Americans will have their right to vote challenged. – Rolling Stone magazine

In 2012 all the tricks and long lines failed to steal the election, but then just eight months after Obama’s Nov. 2012 reelection, there was an earthquake in voting rights law, and it was devastating, the implications for the 2016 presidential race, and for CrossCheck would be enormous.  Seven months after Obama’s reelection, on June 25th, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court, took Martin Luther King’s dream act, the Voting Rights Act and burnt out its heart.

The Supreme Court ruling striking down that key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act has prompted some new moves in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Arizona, and many other states, which allowed the requirement of showing a voting ID in order to vote.

After the Supreme Court ruling, Florida then immediately began a purge of 181,000 Hispanics from its rolls as “illegal aliens.” Would Black people still have the right to vote?

Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina smiling broadly, saying that every voter requires photo ID before they can vote. In fact, just hours after the court eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, Alabama passed a law requiring voters to have a driver’s license or ID from a motor vehicle office then the state shutdown most of the motor vehicle offices in the 10 black belt counties.

When the Supreme Court struck down section 4B of the Voting Rights Act, that was a powerful setback.

Hank Sanders (an African-American attorney and expert on the Voting Rights Act of 1965): Now people can come up with all kinds of laws that can make it difficult, and by the time you go to court, and spent all that time, money, and effort, and even if you win, then all they do is come up with another approach [to suppress voting].

The 1965 Voting Rights Act banned all forms of racist trickery in voting. A state couldn’t adopt a scheme like CrossCheck unless the state could prove that it did NOT discriminate against voters of color, not many states would dare try until the court ripped out the key section of the Voting Rights Act. And almost overnight CrossCheck would spread like a virus. The courts Republican majority (5-4) said racial voting trickery is gone. The court said “blatantly discriminatory evasions are rare” and “Jim Crow practices have been eradicated.”

Is that Sanders’ experience?

I literally went to vote and my name was not on the voter list. Remember this man is a voting rights attorney who was definitely registered to vote. He is also the honorable Senator Hank Sanders, representing Selma Alabama. I’ve been on the ballot any number of years running as a senator, but my name wasn’t on the voting list. But largely because he was black, even he was struck from the rolls.

Palast: It’s a half-century after Martin Luther King was here, and I’m back in Selma, Alabama, investigating suppression of the Black vote. What the hell happened to my country?

We have a long history of suppressing the black vote; we also have a long history of suppressing the poor vote. But all of that is being magnified now by these various kinds of institutes which have devised all of these modern-day ways to be able to diminish voter participation. And of course these are being funded by a few folks who have billions of dollars, like the Koch Bros., Paul Singer, and John Paulson.  They have found ways not to pay taxes and now they are using those same dollars to be able to take away the right to vote from poor folks, and Black folks, and other minorities.

It turns out Maria Hernandez’ real name is Rosario Dawson of Voto Latino: “And so I think right now what we’re looking at is a combination of things, because not only was the Voting Rights Act gutted, but Citizens United was passed, now there is a flood of money that is meeting the crisis of our voting rights being gutted. There are two parts at play right now so it’s exacerbated that much more because of how much money is poured into making these changes happen making local officials  be elected who will do these purges.”

The Supreme Court case against the Voting Rights Act was brought by Shelby County, Alabama. So where did poor little Shelby County get the cash to bring the case? The money behind Shelby came from Project Fair representation and the money behind this project, came from Donors Trust (Whitney Ball), ($100 million), and who was behind this money?  The Koch Brothers.  So it was Koch money behind the hit on the Voting Rights Act and that let CrossCheck loose on the entire U.S.A.  Look who locked up with the Kochs to attack the Voting Rights Act –  the Manhattan Institute, whose Chairman is Paul Singer,  the Vulture.

So some billionaires are spending their loot on destroying Martin Luther King’s Voting Rights Act. Well, there aren’t enough white guys to elect Donald Trump nor a Republican Congress, so you’ve got to get rid of the un-white guys.  With CrossCheck, and all those other voting tricks you eliminate a few million voters of color, and you’ve got your tax break for billionaires , you got your oil pipelines, and you’ve got nothing between you and your next billion. Is voter suppression just another profit sector?  Just follow the money – time for another Vulture hunt.

[In order to slip through and gain admittance into the Vultures’ billionaire extravaganza at the New York East Side, Greg cleverly replaces his fedora with a yarmulka (small, round, Jewish headpiece which fits on the back of the head).]

So one more time we decided to talk to the billionaire funding the vote munching machine.

“Please help me welcome Paul Singer [applause] appears to be seated beside Mark Teixeira, first baseman (at the time) of the New York Yankees.  Because America is clamoring for reassurance that our system is not rigged in favor of the rich and powerful (Paul Singer’s net worth is an estimated $2.1 billion).

Singer: I’m supposed to be a great fundraiser, but we raised a lot of money, trust me but I never had anybody be angry because I was asking for money.

Borrowing the name tag Craig Kettleman, I tried to get close to ask the GOP’s top sugar daddy about the missing votes. And the missing Delphi jobs in Ohio. And why he needs to buy a new president (Trump). Greg is trying to get a question into Singer, but he’s blocked by Singer’s bodyguards, and in the scuffle his yarmulka falls off. [My disguise failed].

How many billions is it worth to buy the White House?

The Vulture’s Hospitality Chiefs blocked me from… (Palast is forced outside).

Greg is unable to get to Singer to ask a question, and gets thrown out of the meeting.

How do you defeat voter suppression tactics when it’s fueled by billionaires cash and partisan power?

The same way the Voting Rights Act was first won 50 years ago.

Hank Sanders: “One side literally had everything, they had all the laws, all of the lawman, they had all of the guns, they had all of the banks and money, and the other side didn’t have anything. But yet, we took marching feet, we took singing songs, we took prayer and was able to forge a great victory.”

The Voting Rights Act was won here on this bridge, the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama over the Alabama River when Reverend Martin Luther King came to the town.

And so I marched the last leg of the 50 mile Selma-to-Montgomery march with about 35,000 other people, and what I remember so graphically was Dr. King saying, “How long?” And eventually the crowd was saying, “Not long.”

They introduced Martin Luther King Jr. – everybody got quiet, and it was telling our parents that it was time for them to get the right to vote. When we got to the top of the bridge then you could really see what was on the other side and there were white people sitting on their cars with their Confederate flags and their banners, die Nigger and go home, Coon.  I heard these pops, pop pop pop this gas came and with this gas you couldn’t breathe, you couldn’t see.  I ran into this big old thing of tear gas and he was running behind me with the billy club.  When I woke up, Lynda Blackmon Lowry: “They had me on a stretcher putting me in the back of a Hurst, I just jumped up, and before anybody could catch me, I was heading back across that bridge.”

Marsha Edwards (Selma marcher): Judy was older than me, so if I were 11, she had to be like 12, going on 13 and she starts walking, “nobody’s going to stop me I’m getting my freedom, as soon as she said ‘freedom’ one of the troopers hit her and blood just went everywhere, I mean I was just in horror.”

Different people in the group would just strike up and start singing and then others would join in, “Deep in my heart I do believe we shall overcome,” someday that was the hope of that song that was the hope of that time. – Marsha Edwards

I had made this vow when I was 7 when my mother died because everybody said that she died because of the color of her skin that if she had not been colored, she wouldn’t have died.  She died with four children, 7, 5, 4, and 2.  I made up in my mind when I was 7 years old that when I grew up no one would ever have no one to call Mommy because she died because of the color of her skin. I wanted to do whatever it took for our parents to get the right to vote because getting the right to vote was the first step. – Lynda Blackmon Lowry

Voting impacts everything in our lives the air we breathe, the water we drink, the work we do. – Hank Sanders

And the last thing in the world America needs today is for someone to take their right to vote away. That’s why we have to keep marching across the bridge every single time that we get a chance.

That’s why they want so many “illegal” Latinos in the country today, so they can do the low-wage work which produces wealth for the landowners and business owners, and not have the right to vote themselves higher wages. It’s a new twist of modern day slavery.

The right to vote is always going to be under attack. Because when we march we go forward. When we stop marching, we go backwards.

In 2015 Alabama became the 30th state to join interstate CrossCheck.

1996–2002: Peruvian debt

In 1996, Singer’s hedge fund, Elliott Management Corporation (EMC) bought defaulted Peruvian debt for $11.4 million.  Elliott won a $58 million judgement  and Peru had to re-pay the sum in full under the pari passu rule.  When former president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori was attempting to flee the country due to facing legal proceedings over human rights abuses and corruption, Singer ordered the confiscation of his jet and offered to let him leave the country in exchange for the $58 million payment from the treasury, an offer which Fujimori accepted.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the Peruvian government paid Elliott (Singer) $56 million to settle the case. [vi] 

The losers were the Peruvian people.  The winner was Paul Singer.  The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.


[i] Rolling Stone Magazine, Thursday, June 1, 2006

[ii] Political party strength in U.S. states. Retrieved 2018–Mar-22 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_party_strength_in_U.S._states

[iii] The ‘Citizens United’ decision and why it matters, By John Dunbar. October 18, 2012; updated November 29, 2017. Retrieved 2018–Apr-8 from: https://www.publicintegrity.org/2012/10/18/11527/citizens-united-decision-and-why-it-matters

[iv] founded in 1973 by arch-conservative Paul Weyrich, Edwin Feulner, and Coors Bear magnate Joseph Coors.

[v] Wikipedia.org list of governors of Ohio

[vi] . Retrieved 2018–Apr-8 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Singer_(businessman)#1996–2002:_Peruvian_debt

A History of the Democratic-Republican Party (now known as Democratic Party) – Part 3 (2016-2020)

2016

By October 2015, about one year before the next President election, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was generating huge enthusiasm at campaign rallies all over the country, attracting huge crowds, many of whom were young people under 40 – many of which occurred on college campuses all over the U.S.  Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton was generating virtually no enthusiasm, with small, virtually lifeless crowds at her campaign stops in many different states.  Despite this phenomenon, DNC party insider Howard Dean stated on national TV (MS-NBC) that Hillary Clinton will be the party’s nominee by the July 2016 convention.  He didn’t say probably, or maybe, or likely – he said will be. It was not the first time that Dean accidentally blurted out the truth that Hillary was pre-ordained to get the nomination, indicating that the primary “elections” had been rigged all along.

The 2016 Democratic Party presidential convention occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25-28, 2016. [i] Many people working for the DNC were Sanders supporters, especially younger party members who had been involved in much of the technical computer work during the campaign season.  About two weeks before the convention, one of these young men was shot dead in Washington, DC under very mysterious circumstances.

The murder of 27-year-old Seth Rich occurred on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 4:20 a.m. in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. [ii] Rich died less than two hours after receiving two gunshot wounds to the back. He was murdered by unknown perpetrators for unknown reasons. Rich’s death was labeled a “robbery” by D.C police, but none of his personal items – neither his watch nor his wallet – were taken.

During the 2016 American presidential campaign season, Rich was working for the DNC, and was reputed to be a Bernie Sanders supporter who may have felt jilted by the Hillary Clinton-led DNC, and according to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, took revenge by apparently leaking internal high-ranking DNC emails (from Hillary Clinton and John Podesta) to Australian journalist Julian Assange  WikiLeaks during that year’s presidential race.  Just days later (coincidentally no doubt) Rich turned up dead after being shot in the back twice.

After the murder, Assange named Rich as the source of the DNC leaked e-mails.  Since his founding of WikiLeaks in 2006, Assange has never been found to publish any false information.  The DNC, which includes Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden, has used its immense influence to imprison Assange since March 2019, and also to prevent him from testifying in court in London that Rich was indeed the one who leaked Hillary’s and Podesta’s e-mails to WikiLeaks, by keeping Assange locked in a sound-proof glass booth so he would not be able to shout out any truths in the courtroom, nor even talk to his defense lawyers, during the farcical trail in London in late September, 2020.  The hearings began in August 2020, when since the first day the DNC ensured that Assange was wheeled into court in a plexiglass, soundproof booth.  Assange had previously stated that Seth Rich knew about the risk of leaking information before he was murdered, which of course would guarantee that he could never talk about the incident, and therefore protect the DNC.

In 2012, Julian Assange went to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was allowed to seek safe haven by leftist Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa to avoid capture and imprisonment by American President Barack Obama and the CIA/DNC, where he stayed until 2019, when new Ecuadorian right-wing president Lenin Moreno turned him over to the British / American governments, and Assange been imprisoned in solitary confinement ever since.

After the Rich murders, the FBI subpoenaed the DNC servers, but the DNC denied them access to the servers, then destroyed them, which was illegal, but they got away with it – as they were too powerful to jail.  This demonstrates the immense clout they have over the FBI and the local  D.C. police department.  Podesta and Hillary were never even questioned under oath, which further smacks of a high-level cover-up.

In August 2016, Assange gave a TV interview with a Dutch TV program. WikiLeaks had published thousands of leaked DNC emails, which shows how Hillary, Podesta, and Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) had conspired against popular progressive candidate Bernie Sanders to ensure that he would not win the party’s nomination.  (They would repeat the same conspiracy in Feb.-Mar. 2020).  It threw the presidential race into chaos, and led to the resignations of top officials at the Democratic National Committee, including Wasserman Schultz, but she retained her seat in Congress amid widespread outcries of election fraud in her South Florida district.

In the Dutch TV interview, Assange demurred on how he obtained the DNC emails, then dropped a tantalizing hint. “There’s a 27-year-old who works for the DNC who was shot in the back, murdered, just a few weeks ago, for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington.” [iii]

WikiLeaks’ release of John Podesta’s emails in the fall of 2016 confirmed suspicions that Hillary Clinton & the Democratic Party, along with their ministers of propaganda, which include MS-NBC, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post, et al. (aka “mainstream media”) colluded to make Clinton the Democratic nominee before a single vote was cast.  Clinton and Podesta have since publicly acknowledged the contents of WikiLeaks emails as legitimate.  After Clinton lackey Wasserman-Schultz resigned as DNC chair in disgrace, and DNC operative Donna Brazile was thereafter fired by CNN following the exposure of their wrongdoing, which included Brazile’s infamous efforts to covertly pass debate questions to Clinton ahead of time to give her an advantage over Sanders, who had no foreknowledge of the questions that he would be hit with. [iv]

In the 2016 Democratic Party primary in West Virginia, Bernie Sanders handily defeated Hillary 51.4% – 35.8%, winning all 55 counties, but nevertheless the DNC overrode the will of the voters and capriciously awarded the state to H. Clinton. [v]  After later being sued, the DNC said in court that they were a “private organization” and need not abide by the will of the voters, in other words, they could do whatever they wanted – ensuring that the “Democratic” Party would indeed in no wise be democratic at all. [vi]

In Wisconsin, Sanders defeated Clinton 57% – 43%, winning 71 of the state’s 72 counties, yet the DNC gave only 49 of the delegates to Sanders compared to 47 to Clinton, grossly disproportionate to Sanders’ huge victory there.  A similar pattern emerged in many other states as well, ensuring that Sanders’ great success would only be in vain.

The pattern that emerged in 2016 was very clear — if Clinton won a state, she would never get cheated, but Sanders routinely would.

They tried the same thing with Hillary Clinton in 2016, who was far less popular than was Bernie Sanders.  Although many polls showed that Sanders would, on average, defeat Trump by 10 points, the Democrats preferred to lose with Clinton than to win with Sanders.  A virtually identical scenario would play out four years later when the Democrat Party elitists conspired to knock out Sanders once again and select conservatives Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as their next presidential hopefuls.  Sanders meekly demurred by endorsing the DNC’s Wall Street corporate picks.

2020

As a repeat of the 2016 Democratic Party primaries, the DNC (spearheaded once again by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama) once again rigs the primary to ensure victory of a Wall Street / corporate Democrat, which guaranteed that neither Bernie Sanders, nor Tulsi Gabbard, nor Andrew Yang, nor Marianne Williamson, nor any other free thinker in the party could win the primary, no matter how much popular support they would get.  Even tho Kamala Harris got only about 2% overall of the primary vote, she would be appointed by Clinton / Obama as the next President in 2021, provided Joe Biden wins the election in November.  With Biden’s advanced senility, it is widely believe he would serve no more than the first year before the selected, and not elected, Harris would assume the final three years of the presidency should Donald Trump be defeated in the November 2020 election.

In February 2020, DNC and CIA colluded to write an “app” (computer application) to ensure that establishment candidates such as Pete “CIA” Buttigieg, [vii] Amy Klobuchar, Robert Francis O’Rourke, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris would emerge as the winner, and to ensure that any candidate who questioned the status quo, such as Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders, or Marianne Williamson would not emerge victorious, regardless of the degree of popularity their national support was.

This app the DNC developed is a private app with proprietary code, that would never be transparent to the public, for the purpose of reporting the results of the Iowa Caucuses, the first state in the nation to start off the Democratic party’s primary season.  It would guarantee to deny Bernie Sanders a victory in Iowa, which is exactly what DNC Chairman (and Wall Street banker) Tom Perez executed.

The DNC political network brought into being a group called ACRONYM putting Tara McGowan in charge of it.  She had worked for PACRONYM (a division of ACRONYM) since January 2019.  The acronym PAC stands for Political Action Committee, which is essentially the Washington, DC political apparatus that allow billionaires to legally bribe politicians of both the Democratic and Republican parties so they will write them favorable legislation which will exponentially increase their personal wealth. 

McGowan then proceeded to spin out the “Shadow Incorporated” app for the DNC political establishment that’s deeply connected to Pete Buttigieg and his campaign – a network that has been practicing techniques of disinformation in political campaigns across the country for the past several years. McGowan, the head of ACRONYM, is married to a senior adviser on Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, and these DNC dark money forces include the founder of LinkedIn, Reed Hoffman.

McGowan is a 33 year old veteran of Obama’s two political campaigns; she was getting tons of positive public relations in Silicon Valley publications like OXY which called her “the most dangerous political weapon” and the most important Democratic Party consultant and she was using this PR to build up her name and to reap donations at the same time that her group ACRONYM was being funded and developed by the billionaire Reed Hoffman who funded LinkedIn, and is close friends with Peter Thiel, who used to be at PayPal.  Hoffman was also a mentor to billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and after Trump was elected, Hoffman decided to kind of supplant the pre-existing Democratic apparatus by funding what he called “founders”– founders like Tara McGowan of online organizations 30 and 40 something, tech-savvy Ivy league-educated type people who know how to manipulate social media and Hoffman hired McGowan as his political strategist. [viii]

Shadow Inc. is a software development company which resided at 1342 Florida Ave., Washington, DC.  David Plouffe is also on the board of PACRONYM.  Plouffe is a lobbyist and political strategist best known as the campaign manager for Barack Obama’s successful 2008 presidential campaign. [ix] This, Shadow, Inc., (sounds a bit “shadowy”, or shady, doesn’t it?) received the following sums of money as listed: (numbers came directly from an Federal Elections Commission (FEC filing): [x]

Pete for America, Inc.July 23, 2019$21,250
Pete for America, Inc.July 23, 2019$21,250
Nevada State Democratic PartyAug. 27, 2019$58,000
Total invested for DNC “Shadow” app:$100,500
DNC invests $100 K in shady app to thwart Sanders

Pete Buttigieg’s DNC-sanctioned campaign paid for this app so the Iowa results could easily be manipulated or hacked to deny Sanders the bump that he earned by winning the state, which would have carried over to the following states to hold primaries, which were New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.  By fending off Sanders’ momentum, and keeping him at bay, the DNC was able to coalesce all of its corporate (establishment) candidates around a single candidate, which turned out to be Joe Biden.

Shadow, Inc. used proprietary, secretive code that only the CIA / DNC could access, so nobody in the general public, including Democratic Party voters, could possibly verify the accuracy of the results the app “reported”.  After the DNC conspired to swindle its voters at large, they then deployed their party media outlet, MS-NBC, to conveniently blame the DNC-instigated primary fraud on “Russian hackers.” [xi] — while giving the Russian government no chance to respond to the scurrilous accusations — a blatant violation of good journalistic principles.

Iowa precinct captains were given a phone number to call in the results should the app fail.  When the Story County precinct captain had difficulty with the app and tried “Plan B” to call in the results, she was kept on hold for over one hour by the DNC, which finally hung up on her, so she was unable to report the results, as the Iowa Democratic Party officials (appointed by the DNC) apparently weren’t interested in the true numbers, as they knew they would greatly favor Sanders.  That same night, the precinct captain was on CNN with Wolf Blitzer describing her frustrating experience.  This is a credit to CNN, which was practicing real journalism, at least for one segment, while MS-NBC would not allow this woman to be shown on its national network — in order to provide cover for the DNC’s corrupt primary practices.

While Bernie Sanders received over 6,000 more votes than did Buttigieg in the Iowa caucuses, Buttigieg nevertheless inexplicably declared himself the winner before any of the state’s precincts had reported, which was unprecedented. [xii]  This indicates he had inside information that the DNC would ensure his “victory” using the secret “Shadow” app.  Mysteriously, 39 billionaires donated to Buttigieg’s campaign, which may explain how a small-town mayor from South Bend, Indiana, with deep ties to the CIA, was nearly catapulted into a position of becoming the next President of the U.S. without working his way up thru the normal hierarchy.  This illustrates an unbreakable bond between American billionaires and the CIA.

Only an abject lack of support from Democratic Party voters kept Buttigieg from achieving his goal.  In contrast, Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont for more than two decades, had exactly zero billionaires who donated to his campaign.  By depriving Sanders of the critical momentum of winning the first state Iowa, this ensured that the DNC could be quickly deflate his campaign despite his popular national support, which he had built up since 2015.

During the night of the Iowa caucuses, as soon as Sanders pulled ahead of Buttigieg, Buttigieg immediately called DNC Chair Tom Perez, the Wall Street banker put in charge of the DNC by Hillary Clinton (following a sham party “election”).  Perez, refusing to accept the fact that the populist Sanders was surging in the Iowa’s satellite caucuses (which consisted primarily of working-class people, immigrants, many of whom were Spanish language speakers), and therefore en route to easily defeating the corporate Buttigieg, responds by demanding an immediate “re-canvass,” in other words, completely annulling the caucuses, despite all of the local caucus counts being accurate.  In 2016, that same Tom Perez urged Hillary Clinton, as a strategy to beat Bernie Sanders, to portray all Sanders’ supporters as “young white college students” [xiii] when in reality his supporters included people from all races and ethnic groups.

Two members of DNC rules committees simultaneously work on a campaign of former New York Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a glaring conflict of interest when there were still more than 10 Democratic candidates running. [xiv]  Bloomberg had a personal net worth of about $54 billion, and was able to easily slide over from the Republican party to the Democratic Party without a single “bump in the road” – in the American political system, cash is king.  Bloomberg donated $320,000 to the DNC on November 19, 2019 in three donations of $106,500, as well as an $800,000 down payment that same day to a joint fundraising PAC between the DNC and state Democratic parties. It was Bloomberg’s first donation to the DNC since the 1998, which bought himself a candidacy to the Democratic Party for his 2020 run, which imploded due to an utter lack of support from Democrats across the country.  So his $1.1 million investment did not yield him the return of becoming the President of the U.S., which he had been hoping to purchase.

Michael Nutter, the former Mayor of Philadelphia who is a member of the DNC standing rules and bylaws committee, was selected by Bloomberg in December 2019 to serve as his campaign’s national political chair.  Nutter was nominated by Hillary Clinton’s “yes woman”, former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in 2013, and he served on the rules committee from 2017-2020. [xv]

Democratic Party Elitist Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi owns and operates Financial Leasing Services, a San Francisco-based Real Estate and Venture Capitalist Firm.  Financial disclosures in 2018, showed Speaker Pelosi’s estimated net worth to be $114 million. [xvi]  Other estimates were as high as $150 million.

Meanwhile, for the past couple decades, Nancy Pelosi has sat idly by in her mansion, (see no evil, hear no evil) while the City of San Francisco has thrown thousands of long-time residents out of their homes due to never-ending rising rents, designed to further enrich the bank accounts of Nancy and her venture capitalist husband Paul — and to further amplify boundless wealth inequality.  Hundreds of these residents have set up cardboard shacks on the streets of the neighborhoods where they had lived for generations. end


[i] Retrieved 2020-Sept-29 from: https://ballotpedia.org/Democratic_National_Convention,_2016

[ii] Morton, Joseph (August 4, 2016). “D.C. police, family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich urge anyone with information about murder to come forward”. Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

[iii] Will Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Finally [be allowed to] Tell the Truth About Seth Rich? Retrieved 2020–Sept-15 from: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/will-julian-assange-and-wikileaks-finally-tell-the-truth-about-seth-rich-918946/

[iv] (medium.com)

[v] 2016 West Virginia Democratic presidential primary. Retrieved 2020–Sept- from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_West_Virginia_Democratic_presidential_primary

[vi] DNC to Court: We Are a Private Corporation With No Obligation to Follow Our Rules

May 2, 2017. Retrieved 2020-Oct- from: https://ivn.us/posts/dnc-to-court-we-are-a-private-corporation-with-no-obligation-to-follow-our-rules

[vii] Buttigieg is a Maltese surname which means, “father of chickens.”

[viii] YouTube video, Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russia gate hucksters, failed DNC elites. Grayzone, Published 7-Feb-2020, viewed 5-Oct-2020.

[ix] Retrieved 2020-Oct-5 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Plouffe

[x] Deep State Rigs Iowa Caucus For Mayor Pete — The Political Vigilante. YouTube video, Graham Elwood, Published 6 Feb 2020, viewed 16 Sep 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG2qM5-DsSU&list=PLJN0pSNvJ_GCB6JWvLLpuwvwmjlG8cX9A&index=1

[xi] Lee Fang, the Intercept, 3 February 2020.

[xii] Deep State Rigs Iowa Caucus For Mayor Pete

[xiii] YouTube video, Ryan Grim: Tom Perez’s ‘CORRUPT’ recanvass call, The Hill, Published 7-Feb-2020, viewed 7-Feb-2020.

[xiv] Moore & Shaw, Sludge, 5-Feb-2020.

[xv] YouTube video, DNC Caught Rigging Primary For Bloomberg, TYT. Published 6-Feb-2020, viewed 7-Feb-2020.

[xvi] Did Pelosi Pass a Bill Allowing Her Husband To Make Millions Selling USPS Property? Retrieved 2020-Sept-14 from: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/pelosi-usps-husband-meme/

A History of the Democratic-Republican (now known as Democratic) Party – Part 2 (1960- 2015)

1960

It’s common knowledge that the 1960 election was between Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon.  But what almost no one knows is that the Democratic Party allowed another Democrat to run in the same election – not the primaries, but actually on the general Election Day, 8-Nov-1960.  Democrat Harry Byrd from Virginia actually got 15 electoral votes by winning Mississippi and Alabama (and one “stray” electoral vote from Oklahoma). [i] Kennedy won the election with strong support of working class Americans, and becomes a beacon of hope among progressives all across the U.S.  But Southern Democrats had an “ace up their sleeve” – they installed Lyndon B. Johnson as JFK’s vice president, setting up a Southern coup d’etat (overthrow of state) which would simply require an assassination of JFK for Southern Democrats to recoup control of the party.

1963

In the first 2½ years of his administration, President John F. Kennedy began to pull troops out of Vietnam, threatened to “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces,” began to give African Americans voting and civil rights, while also failing to overthrow Fidel Castro as president of Cuba, who came to power after the Cuban Revolution of 1959.  Meanwhile, the conservative Democratic Party, spearheaded by war hawk Lyndon Johnson and many other Southern Democrats, assisted in a CIA plot to assassinate JFK and have him replaced by LBJ, who was much more of a white supremacist and Vietnam war monger than JFK was willing to be. [ii]  Many military contractors were based in Johnson’s home state of Texas, and they easily foresaw that a war in Vietnam would be extremely profitable for them, and would bring great wealth to the “Lone Star” state.

1965-68

Massive anti-Vietnam War demonstrations took place in major urban centers all over the U.S.  Right-wing blowback, much of it originating from within the Democrat Party, led to the assassinations of Malcolm X in 1965, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.

In 1968 the Democratic Party establishment, led by the authoritarian Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley, rigged the nominating process at the Democratic National Convention, with the assistance of LBJ to ensure no anti-Vietnam War candidate (such as Edmund Muskie and Robert F. Kennedy) would receive the nomination.  RFK was extremely popular after winning the California primary in June 1968, and it was clear at that point that he would go on to easily win the nomination.  RFK’s popularity had a global reach far beyond the borders of the U.S.  But the Democratic Party had made provisions in case of an RFK victory in Los Angeles, colluding with the CIA and other agencies to set up his assassination just minutes after making his victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

In the run-up to the Democratic National Convention, over 80% of Democratic primary voters sided with the two anti-war candidates, Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-NY), the victim of the June assassination, and Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-MN).  As in 1944, the will of the vast majority of the Democratic Party electorate was ignored by party elites. Daley’s backroom maneuvers secured the nomination for a candidate who had not won a single primary — Vice President Humbert Humphrey was installed in much the same way that Harry Truman had been 20 years earlier – once again to defeat the peoples’ will.  The same underhanded, sneaky tactics would be used against Bernie Sanders in 2016 and 2020.

Daley’s authoritarian manipulation of the process produced chaos and violence both inside and outside the convention. During a convention speech, Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D-CT) denounced what he described as the “Gestapo tactics” of the Chicago Police Department — tactics that a federal commission later described as a “police riot” orchestrated by the Democrat Mayor Richard Daley. The violence and chaos inside and outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, not to mention the betrayal of the anti-war sentiments of the electorate by the party establishment, led to the party’s demise that November and six more years of state-sponsored savagery in Vietnam. [iii]

In Los Angeles, the CIA had taken a young, meek, and very innocent Palestinian-American man, Sirhan Sirhan, who had been proven to be very easy to hypnotize with LSD, and made him one of the gunmen who apparently shot Robert F. Kennedy, right after he won the California Democratic Party primary, which would have made RFK a virtual lock to win his party’s nomination to run in the November Presidential election. Sirhan said that he was “drunk” if and when he shot RFK, even by his own admission. To this day, after 52 years in prison, Sirhan still insists he has no memory of the event, as it was done from a hypnotic trance, induced by CIA-contracted Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, a doctor who operated from just across the border in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and frequently used LSD as part of his scientific hypnotic experiments.  Sirhan was clearly framed as the “fall guy” by the CIA, just like Lee Harvey Oswald was set up in the JFK assassination, as he was one of two or three actual shooters in that assassination.  A conspiracy, by definition, is when two or more people plot to carry out a plan, usually a nefarious one. Oswald was set up to be shot by Jacob Rubenstein (aka “Jack Ruby”), a Chicago gangster and good friend and frequent visitor of the Dallas Police Dept., who was invited to the police station that day specifically for the purpose of permanently silencing Oswald by killing him on the spot, as he was being marched our of the police station.

The wildly popular RFK would have been heavily favored to defeat Republican Richard Nixon in November 1968, but Kennedy’s own DNC party bosses were determined to stop him at all costs – in the same way they stopped JFK cold less than five years earlier.

In addition to hypnotizing Sirhan, Dr. Sidney Gottlieb drugged him with LSD by working for the CIA, making him into a real-life “Manchurian Candidate.”  In 1951, the CIA hired the 33-year-old Gottlieb to head up its Project MKUltra  [iv] to develop LSD during the 1950s specifically for the purpose of mind control via hypnosis.  The American government / media complex has been demonizing Palestinians ever since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 (which continues well into 2020), so Sirhan’s Palestinian heritage, as well as one who was rather weak-minded, feeble, innocent, and therefore easily hypnotized, made him their “perfect” candidate for the CIA to set up.

Who were the Democratic Party bosses in 1968?

The Chicago Police riot

Just months after anti-Vietnam War and pro-civil rights leaders MLK and RFK were assassinated (in April and June respectively), on August 28, 1968, around 10,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters gathered in Grant Park, Chicago for a demonstration, intending to march to the International Amphitheater where the convention was being held.  At approximately 3:30 p.m., a young man lowered the American flag that was there. The police broke through the crowd and began beating the young man, while the crowd pelted the police with food, rocks, and chunks of concrete. The chants of some of the protesters shifted from “hell no, we won’t go” to “pigs are whores”. [v]

Tom Hayden, from California, one of the leaders of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) [vi], encouraged protesters to move out of the park to ensure that if the police used tear gas on them, it would have to be done throughout the city.  The police soon gained the upper hand after firing tear gas and chased the demonstrators down the streets, beating them with clubs and rifle butts before arresting them. The amount of tear gas used to suppress the protesters was so great that it made its way to the Conrad Hilton Hotel, where it disturbed presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey while in his shower.  The more conservative, far less popular Humphrey had been hand-picked by the DNC to replace RFK after he had been murdered by the political right. The police sprayed demonstrators and bystanders with mace and were taunted by some protesters with chants of “kill, kill, kill”. The police responded by shouting “Get out of here, you cocksuckers!”. The police indiscriminately attacked all who were present, regardless if they involved in the demonstrations or not. Dick Gregory, the African American comedian who permanently sacrificed his successful career to attend the protests, told the crowd that the police were merely following the orders of [Democratic Party] Mayor Daley and “the crooks downtown”.

In the end, the Democratic Party elite chose Humphrey, overriding the will of 80 percent of the primary voters (in those states which held primaries) who had overwhelmingly supported anti-war candidates RFK and Eugene McCarthy.  But the DNC delegates, most of whom had been hand-picked by the party elite, who were much more conservative than registered Democratic voters at-large, had defeated the peace plank decisively by a 3:2 ratio (1,567¾ to 1,041¼). The loss was perceived to be the result of President Johnson and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley influence-peddling behind the scenes, who wanted the Vietnam War to continue in order to continue profligate profits for military contractors.  Being that stock ownership is private, it is unknown how much stock these men held in military contractor corporations. Humphrey, who had not entered any of 13 state primary elections, “won” the Democratic nomination shortly after midnight and many delegates shouted “No! No!” when his victory was announced, but to no avail.  The party’s nomination was watched by 89 million Americans.  A similar scheme would be repeated in 2016 and 2020 when Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, respectively, were hand-picked by DNC party officials (meaning mainly Hillary Clinton herself, and her ultra-wealthy Wall Street donors) overriding Democrat voters’ overwhelming preferences for populist candidates such as Bernie Sanders.

As a sign of racial reconciliation, Humphrey had intended for his nomination to be seconded by a speech by Carl Stokes, the black mayor of Cleveland, Ohio.  Stokes’ speech was not shown on live national television as planned as the networks instead broadcast live the “Battle of Michigan Avenue” that was taking place in front of the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.  Humphrey went on to lose the election to Republican Richard Nixon, who continued the genocidal carpet-bombing war on Vietnam.  

History would repeat itself in both 2016 and 2020, when the nomination was rigged against progressive Bernie Sanders, who in polls showed that he would have beaten Donald Trump by about 10%, and given to the highly unpopular Hillary Clinton (who was favored on similar polls by only about 2-3% to beat Donald Trump), who went on to lose to Trump in the November 2016 election. For many decades, the pattern has been that the DNC would rather have a conservative Democrat lose to a Republican, rather than allow a progressive / leftist candidate such as a Henry Wallace, RFK, or Sanders to be allowed to become president. [vii]

At the 1968 Democratic National Convention, network newsmen Mike Wallace and Dan Rather of CBS, and Edwin Newman of NBC were assaulted by the Chicago police while reporting inside the halls of the convention. [viii]

1987

Nancy Pelosi was first elected to Congress in 1987, following her father into politics, Thomas D’Alessandro Jr., who served as a U.S. Representative from Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore,. Thru 2020, she was serving her 17th consecutive term (34 years, encounting). [ix]

As the biggest fundraiser in the Bay area, Pelosi rose quickly to the top of the Democratic Party as she had the biggest house in San Francisco with her financier real estate venture capitalist husband, Paul, using the house to host the biggest fundraisers from wealthy contributors.  In 2018 their listed net worth was $114 million, while her city of San Francisco continued to evict thousands of San Franciscans to homelessness, unable to pay their exponentially increasing rents.  Many have erected cardboard shacks on the sidewalks of the city, while Pelosi has stayed away and done nothing about the massive wealth inequality wreaking social havoc on her home city.

1993

Vince Foster, a lawyer and childhood friend of Bill Clinton’s from Hope, Arkansas, was found dead after he announced on July 20, 1993 that he intended to resign from working at the White House for the Clinton administration, exactly six months after Clinton began his term.  He was last seen alive that day in the White House.  Foster knew a lot, maybe too much, about Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Whitewater affair in Little Rock, Ark., and the Clintons did not want him to ever talk about it, as they feared that may ruin their political careers.  In a poll, more than 70% of Americans believed that Foster was murdered by a Clinton operative, despite the coroner ruling it as a “suicide.”  Just days before announcing his resignation from the Clinton White House, Foster had given a public speech about the importance of integrity.  Many pre-eminent expert police detectives unequivocally stated that his death was not a suicide, and that the body was moved, indicating a cover-up, and the crime scene tampered with after he supposedly committed “suicide.” [x]  For example, the body was dragged, leaving a trail of blood that was not consistent with a suicide, and the gun was placed tightly in his fingers, which was also not consistent with a suicide, in which case the gun would have dislodged from his hands when falling.

1994

Delaware Senator Joe Biden stood on the floor of the Senate, preaching his “fire and brimstone” crime bill, vociferously going out of his way to prove how much further to the right and harsher he could be in relation to the conservative Republican Party, and he co-wrote the bill that would soon create the largest mass incarceration period in American history.  It would make the U.S. the “prison capital of the world,” and catapult it to the highest per-capita incarceration rate in the entire world, from the early 2000s, up to and including the year 2020… with no end in site.

For the next generation plus, this would double and triple sentences for a host of non-violent crimes, institute mandatory minimum sentences even for trivial “crimes” such as marijuana possession, and result in the privatization of for-profit prisons in more than 30 American states.  This unprecedented mass incarceration has targeted disproportionately African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos, while creating a new wealthy class making new private prison operators richer beyond their wildest imaginations while effectively decimating the family units of these non-white demographics.

2008

March 2008 – In the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton was considered a cinch to win the Democratic Party nomination, as the party elite’s darling since the 1990s.  But she was being challenged by an up-and-coming young senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, whose father was an African man from Kenya, but he was raised by his European-American mother from Kansas, who raised him mostly in Hawaii, but also in Indonesia.  In early March 2008, as soon as Wall Street banker party elites put their money behind Obama, it immediately catapulted him right past Clinton en route to the Democratic Party nomination, when he would later go on to defeat Republican John McCain to become the 44th President of the U.S.

2011-2014

As California attorney general from 2011-17, Kamala Devi Harris spent years subverting a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring the state to reduce its prison population.

She consistently refused to abide by federal court orders which mandated that she reduce California’s grossly overcrowded prison population, which had ballooned to double the legal limit.  She would often keep people in prison beyond their release dates so that they could be used to fight out-of-control wildfires, because if they were released, according to state law, they would not be allowed to be hired by fire departments because of their criminal records, even if they had extensive experience fighting the fires.  But as long as they were kept in prison, she could used them as slave labor.  The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was passed after the Civil War, banned slavery – but it had one exception – it permitted slave labor in prisons, a federal law which still persists to this day).  Harris took full advantage of this federal law, even violating California state law to do so.

As a result of her record as California AG, Harris was hand-picked by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to be Joe Biden’s running mate in 2020.  Working in tandem with Gov. Jerry Brown, Harris and her legal team filed motions that were condemned by judges and legal experts as obstructionist, bad-faith, and nonsensical, at one point even suggesting that the Supreme Court lacked the jurisdiction to order a reduction in California’s prison population. [xi]

Observers worried that the behavior of Harris’s office had undermined the very ability of federal judges to enforce their legal orders at the state level, pushing the federal court system to the brink of a constitutional crisis. This extreme resistance to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling was done to prevent the release of nearly 5,000 nonviolent offenders, whom multiple courts had cleared as presenting next to no risk of recidivism or threat to public safety.

At its height, California was stuffed to some 200 percent of its designed capacity. There were not enough beds or medical personnel but an extreme excess of bodies. In one prison, 54 prisoners shared a single toilet. Preventable deaths due to substandard and overstretched medical care occurred every five to six days. Suicidal inmates were locked in telephone-booth sized cages for 24 hours at a time, a violation of the U.S Constitution’s barring of cruel and unusual punishment.

By April 2013, just two months from the initial deadline given in that Supreme Court decision, California still had 9,636 prisoners more than the court-imposed ceiling. The state submitted a proposal that involved relocating inmates to fire camps to fight wildfires (although largely untrained), and preventing out-of-state prisoners from being returned to their home states. But upon review, the three-judge panel found that that still left California’s prisons some 4,170 prisoners over the hard limit.

Even the state’s own expert witness had testified years prior that he did not oppose good time credit measures, and that there was no correlation between length of stay and recidivism, meaning that the public was not at risk. Other states—Washington, Illinois, even tough-on-crime New York—had implemented these programs with success. The court found good time credits alone would do more than enough to close the gap, and solve the problem for good. Some 5,385 inmates were eligible for release under good time credits.

But Gov. Brown, with Harris as his defense lawyer, refused. Harris’ office launched into a campaign of all-out obstruction, refusing to answer why they could not simply release low-risk, nonviolent inmates to conform to the Supreme Court’s request. “Defendants offered no explanation, however, why they could not release low-risk prisoners early,” the June 2013 ruling stated.

In late 2014, lawyers from Harris’ office claimed that nonviolent offenders needed to stay incarcerated, lest they lose bodies (slave labor) for fire camps in the wildfire-plagued state, as Jackie Kucinich of the Daily Beast reported. [xii]

As CA Attorney General, Harris was expected to, but refused to prosecute Republican Steve Mnuchin and Democrat George Soros, who were owners of One West Bank, who fraudulently foreclosed on hundreds of thousands of Californians’ homes in 2008-09.  As soon as they paid her off (in the form of legalized bribes called “campaign contributions”), she (coincidentally, no doubt) decided not to prosecute them.  Nothing like “one hand washing the other” in a perfect display of bipartisanship – Democrats and Republicans working together for the betterment of their own political careers – and their own personal wealth – never mind hundreds of thousands of working-class Californians losing their homes… Mnuchin, Soros, and Harris could then can just laugh it off as they add hundreds of millions of dollars more to pad their personal bank accounts.  In 2014, Harris married Los Angeles lawyer Douglas Emhoff, who now have a combined net worth of over $8.4 million, including three homes worth $5.8 million. [xiii]


[i] Retrieved 2020-Sept-26 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_United_States_presidential_election#Results

[ii] JFK movie, Oliver Stone

[iii] Retrieved 2020-July-19 from:  https://www.laprogressive.com/democratic-party-establishment/

[iv] Sidney Gottlieb. Retrieved 2020-Sept-14 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Gottlieb

[v] Retrieved 2020-July-19 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Democratic_National_Convention#cite_ref-Gitlin_1987:_335_44-1

[vi] SDS was made up mostly of White American young students, but was very sympathetic with the struggle of African Americans and other minorities to gain civil and voting rights.

[vii] Retrieved 2020-July-19 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Democratic_National_Convention#cite_ref-Gitlin_1987:_335_44-1

[viii] Gitlin 1987: 335

[ix] Nancy Pelosi. Retrieved 2020-Sept-14 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Pelosi

[x] The events surrounding the death of Vincent Foster. Retrieved 2020-Sept-14 from: http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/FOSTER_COVERUP/foster.php

[xi] How Kamala Harris Fought to Keep Nonviolent Prisoners Locked Up. by Alexander Sammon, July 30, 2020. Retrieved 2020-Sept- from: https://prospect.org/justice/how-kamala-harris-fought-to-keep-nonviolent-prisoners-locked-up/

[xii] https://prospect.org/justice/how-kamala-harris-fought-to-keep-nonviolent-prisoners-locked-up/

[xiii] https://heavy.com/news/2020/08/kamala-harris-net-worth-2020/

A History of the Democratic-Republican (now known as Democratic) Party – Part 1 (1788-1959)

Overview

Based on the ancient Greek word demos, which means the people; or the public; or the commonwealth of all the people, the English word democratic by definition means government of the people.  However, from 1792-1860, the Democratic-Republican Party (now known as the Democratic Party) was the party of Southern slave owners before the Civil War.

Since 1945, the party has been controlled by wealthy corporate oligarchs, and has hardly been representative of the people. Calling this party “democratic” has proven to be a misnomer throughout almost all of American history. It may have featured some elements of democracy in the 1930s and 1960s, but even in those decades it was very limited, and short-circuited by several big-name assassinations in the 1960s, such as John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy, in addition to countless others – all designed to wipe out any semblance of democracy in the “Democratic” Party.  This writing will explore how the Democratic National Committee has historically handled primary elections.  In 2017, it clearly stated in court that it is a “private organization,” and despite its nomenclature as the “Democratic” Party, it is under no obligation whatsoever to comply with democratic principles in primary elections, and can hand-select whichever candidate it wants without regard to vote counts in primaries in any state.  For example, in 1948 they hand-picked Harry Truman, in 1968 they hand-picked Hubert Humphrey, in 2016 they hand-picked Hillary Clinton, and in 2020 they hand-picked Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

The Jeffersonian Republicans and the Original Republican Party [i]

Timeline

1788

After defeating the British, the 13 original U.S. colonies on the Atlantic seaboard put their Constitution into effect.

1792

The Democratic-Republican Party becomes the first political party in the United States. This party was founded by James Madison, one of the primary writers of the U.S. Constitution, and Thomas Jefferson, one of the primary writers of the Declaration of Independence and champion of the Bill of Rights.  Both Madison and Jefferson were large landowners and slave holders.

Jefferson and Madison founded the Democratic-Republican Party in opposition to the Federalist Party, which was led by John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and John Marshall, who fought for a strong federal government which would support policies that favored the wealthy.  As a matter of fact, both of these original political parties heavily favored the wealthy.The primary difference between the Democratic-Republican Party and the Federalists was Jefferson’s belief in the authority of local and state governments, and limited power for the federal government.

“Jefferson’s party stood for rural agricultural interests, as opposed to urban commercial interests represented by Hamilton and the Federalists,” wrote Dinesh D’Souza in Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.

The Democratic-Republican Party was initially just a “loosely aligned group that shared their opposition to the programs introduced in the 1790s,” wrote University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato. “Many of these programs, proposed by Alexander Hamilton, favored merchants, land speculators, and the rich.”

In 1932, there was a party re-alignment, when African Americans left the Republican “Party of Lincoln,” and it changed course to a tendency to believe more in states’ rights, and the Democratic Party more so in a strong federal government that would force states to give African Americans more of a right to vote and other civil rights automatically granted to European-Americans.

Federalists, including Hamilton, favored the creation of a national bank and the power to impose taxes. Farmers in the Western United States strongly opposed taxation because they worried about not being able to pay them, which could then lead to having their land being levied and bought up by “Eastern interests,” Sabato wrote. Jefferson and Hamilton also clashed over the creation of a national bank; Jefferson did not believe the Constitution permitted such a move, while Hamilton believed the document was open to interpretation on the matter.

Jefferson initially founded the party without the “Democratic-“ prefix; its members were initially known as Republicans. But the party eventually became known as the Democratic-Republican Party. Jefferson initially considering calling his party the “Anti-Federalists” but instead preferred to describe its opponents as “anti-Republicans.”

1824

Following the 1824 presidential election, the Democratic-Republican Party simplified its name to the Democratic Party, though it has evolved and devolved much over time.

1831

Henry Clay formed a new political party, calling it the Whig Party. His goal was to ensure Jeffersonian democracy and fight President Andrew Jackson, a Democrat.  Jackson was a Southern plantation owner who owned more than 150 slaves.  Southern Whigs were slave owners, while Northern Whigs were industrialists who wanted to abolish slavery.  [ii]  This “schizophrenic” split made it inevitable that the Whig Party would be the first political casualty of the Civil War.

1849

Illinois Whig leader and abolitionist Abraham Lincoln quit politics completely in frustration with his party’s inability to come together. With the Compromise of 1850, in which Whig leaders strengthened the Fugitive Slave Act on the one hand and admitted California as a free state on the other, the Whig Party was fractured beyond repair. [iii]  The Fugitive Slave Act was a federal law which required all police departments in Northern states to capture, and return runaway slaves back to their Southern slave masters, further cementing the institution of slavery.

1854

Abolitionists, including Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, and John Fremont, formed the Republican Party, specifically to oppose slavery.  Lincoln was one of the key figures who helped to form the Republican Party, which had broken off from the Whig Party.  For obvious reasons, during the 1850s, almost all Africans living in the U.S. wanted to become Republicans, but couldn’t, because they weren’t recognized as citizens, and therefore were not allowed to vote.

The Whig Party was split between Northern abolitionists and Southern slave owners.  Interestingly, the Democratic Party had the exact same “split personality.”  So the stage was set for a major shakeup in political alignments, which the Civil War would certainly bring after all the dust would settle.  Only the progressive, anti-slavery Republican party and the Southern white supremacist Democratic Party would survive the war.

1860

In the 1860 United States presidential election, the new anti-slavery Republican Party ran Abraham Lincoln, while the Democratic Party, fiercely split between North and South, put up two candidates: a Northern Democrat, Stephen A. Douglas, and a Southern Democrat, John C. Breckinridge, who came in third place, while Douglas finished second, and Lincoln first with a plurality of nearly 40% of the popular vote, but the majority of the electoral votes.

1861

Just before Abraham Lincoln assumed the office of the presidency, very predictably, the Civil War broke out.  The Democratic Party remained the party of the Confederacy, which wanted to preserve the institution of slavery. While the word democratic still meant government of the people, the party did not consider African slaves to be people at all, therefore did not give them the right to vote based on their race.

Meanwhile, Lincoln’s Republican Party, set out on its quest to emancipate Africans from slavery in the U.S.  Incidentally, slavery also existed in many Northern states as well as Southern.

1865

After the Civil War ended, the Democratic Party’s philosophy remained staunchly white supremacist in nature, albeit very quietly for the next two decades.

1890s

A generation after the Civil War ended, the Democratic Party felt comfortable enough to re-institute its centuries-long philosophy of white supremacy, and introduced “Jim Crow” laws all over the South that effectively took away the right to vote for African-Americans which had been won after the Civil War.

1918

Former South Carolina Governor Benjamin Tillman, who also served as senator from South Carolina for 23 years, (1895-1918), stated quite directly:

“We re-organized the Democratic Party with one plank, and one plank only – namely, that this is a White man’s country, and the White men must govern it.”

A statue was eventually made in honor of this White supremacist, Ben Tillman, which the state of South Carolina erected at the State House in Columbia, S.C. on May 1, 1940.  More than 80 years later, thru August 2020, the statue was still standing, protected by police after national protests following the George Floyd protests in late May, 2020.  Tillman’s statue features the engraving of the words, Democratic Party, of which he was a member, on the plaque.

White supremacist Democratic President Woodrow Wilson (who served 1913-21) steadfastly refused to give women the right to vote, and subjected them to false imprisonment, torture in prison (see movie, Iron Jawed Angels  featuring Hillary Swank as Alice Paul, who had been summarily stricken from American history books) until President Wilson was finally forced to do so by these courageous, relentless American women who refused to give up the fight until they won the right to vote at the very end of Wilson’s term in 1921.  While sitting President, Wilson also screened the film Birth of a Nation, which further compounded White supremacy during his administration, and surged even more throughout the 1920s all around the U.S.

1932

In the first election of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt (“FDR”) is elected President, with a mandate from the people to extricate them from the dire, widespread poverty of the Depression, which had begun in late 1929, while the U.S government, led by President Herbert Hoover, did virtually nothing about it to help the common American folk thru the last three years of his term – the end of 1932. This resulted in a permanent party re-alignment, when about 90% of African Americans switched from the Republican Party, and began to vote for the Democratic Party, after they had been gradually marginalized for more than six decades by the Republicans, who had long since begun to represent Northern banking and land speculators interests.  FDR would serve as President until his death in April 1945 as World War II was winding down. The Democratic Party has often been referred to as the “liberal” party ever since, while the Republican Party assumed the conservative designation, the opposite of what it had been since its creation in the 1850s up until 1932.

1944

As World War II was drawing to a close, Allied forces were now closing in on Germany from both east and west – and it became clear that victory was inevitable. In July 1944, a key event in the future of the world was taking shape — the Democratic Party Convention opened in Chicago. His health clearly failing, Roosevelt easily secured the nomination for an unprecedented fourth term. Henry Wallace, his vice president, was probably the second most popular politician in America – the people’s choice to be his running mate. But he had made many enemies over the years. [iv]

In May 1942, Wallace had given the acclaimed “common man” speech:

Some have spoken of the American century. I say that the century on which we are entering, the century which will come out of this war, can be and must be the century of the common man.  There must be neither military nor economic imperialism. The march of freedom of the past 150 years has been a great revolution of the people. There was the American Revolution… The French Revolution… The Latin American revolutions… The Russian Revolution. Each spoke for the common man. Some went to excess, but people broke their way to the light.

Stone: He called for a worldwide Peoples’ Revolution and an end to colonialism. His speech was received coldly across the Atlantic. Churchill charged his secret agents in the U.S. to spy on Wallace. Wallace detested the British Empire.

Wallace’s voice:

I said bluntly that I thought the notion of Anglo-Saxon superiority, inherent in Churchill’s approach, would be offensive to many. Churchill had had quite a bit of whiskey, said, ‘why be apologetic about Anglo-Saxon superiority, that we were superior, that we had the common heritage that had been worked out over the centuries in England and had been perfected by our Constitution.’ ” [v]

Stone: Wallace’s hatred of imperialism was universally known and widely acclaimed. In March 1943, Roosevelt had sent Wallace to Latin America on a goodwill tour — secretly charging him to recruit nations for the Allied cause. A huge throng of 65,000 greeted him in Costa Rica, 15% of the population. More than one million cheered as he moved down the streets of Santiago, Chile, admiring Wallace as he was speaking Spanish to them.

Henry Wallace & The People vs. the DNC

Stone: The vice president returned having convinced a dozen Latin American countries to declare war on Germany – more than anyone had imagined possible. Back home, in a Gallup poll, Wallace was the choice of 57% of Democratic voters to succeed Roosevelt. But opposition to him among the party elite was enormous.

Jesse Jones was allied to a powerful group of Democratic party bosses, led by party treasurer and oil millionaire Edwin Pauley.  A millionaire was a very rich man in those days.  United by their hatred of Wallace, they would often derogatorily refer to him as the “assistant president,” in order to demean Wallace – refusing to acknowledge his actual title – Vice President.

James Byrnes was a member of the Democratic Party, former military officer, and also a judge who served on the U.S. Supreme Court. Byrnes had been raised in the hot-house politics of sultry South Carolina, an environment where white superiority and segregation trumped all other issues.

Historian George E. Mowry described Byrnes “the most influential Southern member of Congress between John Calhoun (1840s) and Lyndon Johnson (1960s).” [vi]

Byrnes was determined to maintain public lynchings of African Americans in the South, whether they were guilty of a crime or not.  He was a driving force behind blocking a federal anti-lynching bill in 1938. After making his name smashing trade unions in the South, Byrnes became a powerful U.S. senator from the Democratic Party, as conservative as any Republican, sometimes even more so. If you wanted something done on Capitol Hill, you saw Jimmy Byrnes. By 1943, the mood in Washington had shifted. It was no longer the “New Deal,” and Roosevelt removed Wallace from the Bureau of Economic Warfare and put Byrnes in charge of the new Office of War Mobilization. But Wallace still had a powerful supporter – the American working man.

Stone: Today, few remember that the Second World War saw more strikes by organized labor than at any other time in U.S. history.  In 1944 alone, one million workers were on strike at one time or another. The war had rejuvenated American capitalism.  Corporate profits rose from $6.4 billion in 1940 to $10.8 billion in 1944. Put simply, World War II was good business. But in the face of rising corporate profits, workers’ wages were frozen. As a result, a wave of strikes rocked the nation. It was Americans versus Americans.

Detroit was the key city in Roosevelt’s “arsenal of democracy.” Many African-American families migrated north in search of work in the armaments factories. Racial tensions soon escalated. One European-American worker jeered… “I’d rather see Hitler and Hirohito win, than work beside a nigger on the assembly line.”

Stone: In June, 1944, violence exploded, exacerbated by the city’s nearly all-white police force. Federal troops arrived to restore order – with live ammunition. 34 were killed in the riots– 25 of them African Americans. Wallace went to Detroit to survey the damage. He was appalled at the racism that existed from within the Democratic Party, altho almost all Blacks voted for this same party.

By 1944 powerful labor leaders Sidney Hillman and Scotsman Phil Murray, expressing complete confidence in Wallace, had taken a dislike to the new anti-working men like Byrnes taking power in Washington. But the anti-Wallace forces told the president that a Wallace re-nomination as vice president would split the party.  FDR would not answer their ultimatum. He stalled for time. Eleanor Roosevelt reminded him that Wallace had been there with him since the beginning, a fellow visionary. But the president’s attitude towards Wallace remained a puzzle. He sent Wallace to evaluate the war’s forgotten front– in China.  U.S. capitalist ally Jiang Jieshi had been fighting Japan since the early 1930s, and with his wife, the powerful, American-educated Madame Jiang, had strong ties to U.S. conservatives.  Chinese conservatives (capitalists) would eventually be exiled to Taiwan in 1949 – after being defeated by Mao’s communists – where they would take up residence for at least the next 80 years of truce.  Wallace, however, saw the growing power of Mao Tse-Tung’s Communist army and was unsure of Jiang’s future. Wallace’s final report was considered too controversial and suppressed, even tho it would prove to be correct five years later, when Mao and the Communists emerged victorious.  On his return, Wallace was summoned immediately to meet the president. The ticket would be the subject of discussion. It was the moment Wallace had been dreading.

Wallace: His affection for me seemed to be completely undimmed, because I can remember him pulling me down so his mouth was next to my ear and saying, “Henry, I hope it will be the same old team.”

This was FDR clearly indicating to his VP Wallace, that even he, as a four-time elected President, was not really in control of his own Democratic Party.

When the 1944 Democratic Party convention opened, Wallace was waiting for that support. But increasingly ill, the president, staying in San Diego, only sent a note. Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “if I were a delegate to this convention, I would vote for Henry A. Wallace.”

Stone: Despite these words, it was a cruel blow. The president was not willing to fight for his vice president.  Of course FDR knew he was in his dying days.  But Wallace remained the favorite.  Labor told the president that the strike-breaking South Carolinian Jimmy Byrnes was not acceptable, so he was out. Desperate, the party bosses, led by Edwin Pauley, Robert Hannegan, Ed Flynn, Ed Kelley and others, needed an 11th-hour substitute. And they settled on Missouri Senator Harry Truman, a man of limited qualifications, but one with few enemies. After graduating high school, he’d been involved in three failed businesses. He’d served honorably in World War I. His most ambitious business venture, a haberdashery, went belly up in 1922. In 1933 he wrote… Truman’s voice: Tomorrow I’ll be 49, but for all the good I have done, the 40 might as well be left off.  Truman himself was admitting that his accomplishments were only comparable to a nine-year-old boy!

In 1934, Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast, after having been turned down by his first four choices, picked the 50-year-old Truman to run for the U.S. Senate.  When asked why, Pendergast replied, “I wanted to demonstrate that a well-oiled machine could send an “office boy” to the Senate.”

The Democratic Party was so powerful, it could pick whoever it wanted to become president, as Truman was really nothing more than a figurehead of the behind-the-scenes party bosses.

Shunned by most senators, who dismissed him as the “senator from Pendergast,” and failing to gain Roosevelt’s endorsement in his re-election bid, Truman worked hard to achieve respectability in his second senate term.  But a Gallup poll on the opening day of the Democratic Convention showed 65% supporting Wallace as vice president– Jimmy Byrnes had 3% of the vote, and Truman came in eighth with 2%. As Wallace arrived at the convention, labor leaders Hillman and Murray had delivered.  Wallace supporters were there by the thousands. Murray, in a thick Scottish accent, shouted to his men, “Wallace! That’s it! Just keep pounding!”  The future must bring equal wages for equal work regardless of sex or race. Wallace’s speech was interrupted constantly by applause. A chant of “We want Wallace” filled the hall. We want Wallace! We want Wallace! We want Wallace! [vii]

Robert Hannegan, Kingmaker

Robert Hannegan was a St. Louis, Missouri politician who served as Commissioner of Internal Revenue from October 1943 to January 1944. He also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1944 to 1947. After his political career, in 1947, Hannegan and partner Fred Saigh purchased an elite team of Major League Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals. [viii] Much like in the movie The Wizard of Oz, Hannegan was the “man behind the curtains” pulling the levers as to who would succeed FDR as president after he died, when most Americans have historically thought that the Democratic Party was actually democratic in its nominating process.

In the same way Wallace, clearly the People’s choice, was summarily punched off the ticket by DNC elites in 1948 – reduced to irrelevancy as a “hanging chad” on a Florida ballot.  Bernie Sanders, the clear-cut People’s choice, would similarly be knocked out in both the 2016 and 2020 Democratic Party primaries, a coup against the people’s will primarily orchestrated by one Hillary Clinton, with help from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and their Wall Street billionaire donors.

Stone: Someone hijacked the loudspeakers and played Wallace’s campaign song with its chorus:

 ♪ ♪ “Iowa, Iowa, that’s where the tall corn grows!” ♪ ♪

Furious, elitist DNC operative Ed Pauley threatened to cut the sound to the amplifiers. A victorious vote was almost a foregone conclusion – a Wallace victory was certain. Florida Senator Claude Pepper realized that if he got Wallace’s name in nomination this night, Wallace would quickly sweep the convention. Pepper busted his way through the crowd to get to the microphone. But the bosses were now demanding that Session Chair Samuel Jackson quickly adjourn, before Wallace got to the microphone to acknowledge his throng of vociferous supporters.  Desperate to stop Wallace’s momentum, the party bosses quickly decided that the chaos all of a sudden became a “fire hazard,” they screamed, so Jackson called the vote for adjournment. A few said “aye,” but the overwhelming majority – boomed “nay.” – (gavel pounds) and yet, Jackson had the gall to announce that the vote to adjourn had passed. It was outrageous. Confusion filled the hall. Pepper had reached the first step of the stage, only five feet– probably nine seconds– from the microphone, before the bosses forced adjournment against the will of the delegates. If he could have nominated Wallace in those moments, there is no doubt Henry Wallace would have been overwhelmingly returned as vice president, and in turn would have gone on to replace the dying President Roosevelt. “What I understood,” Pepper wrote, “was that for better or worse, history was turned topsy-turvy that night in Chicago.” Samuel Jackson apologized to Pepper the next day, and Pepper wrote in his autobiography that Jackson said, “I had strict instructions from Hannegan not to let the convention nominate the vice-president last night.” Hillman and Murray rallied the same troops to return the next day and see it through to victory, but overnight, Edwin Pauley and the anti-Wallace forces united behind the establishment hack Harry Truman.  Overnight, deals were cut. positions offered– ambassadorships, postmaster positions. Cash payoffs. DNC party bosses called every state chairman, lying to them by and telling them that Roosevelt wanted the Missouri Senator as his running mate.  Bob Hannegan managed to put up 16 “favorite son” nominees to draw votes away from Wallace, and then channeled those votes to Truman. Even so, the next day when voting began, things started to swing Wallace’s way again. Iowa, the greatest agricultural state in the union, gives to this convention and to the Democratic Party its illustrious, distinguished son Henry A. Wallace for this nomination of the vice presidency of the United States.

(crowd at Democratic National Committee cheering, chanting) We want Wallace! We want Wallace! We want Wallace!

When the first ballot ended, it was Wallace 429, to Truman’s 319.  So the DNC then did second ballot, and now the deals and payoffs the bosses had made kicked into action. Jackson announced that the second ballot would begin at once – therefore, no new convention tickets would be honored. Mayor Kelley’s police barred thousands more of Wallace’s supporters from the hall. But those inside began chanting as before– attempting to drown out the proceedings.  Wallace started the second ballot firmly in the lead, but gradually he lost ground to Truman as the nominees put up by Hannegan signed over their votes to Truman, one by one.  Once, Truman prevailed, the DNC slammed down the gavel – as soon as the vote came out the way they wanted it to – it was over.

The DNC had its power connections with the mayor of Chicago in 1944, and they collaborated to squash any attempt at progressives/socialists to get to the power of the White House.

Hannegan later “joked” he wanted his tombstone inscribed with the words “Here lies the man who stopped Henry Wallace from becoming President of the United States.” [ix] He then proceeded to hand-pick Harry Truman to be the Democratic Party’s nominee to be the next U.S. President instead of Henry Wallace, the overwhelming favorite among the American working class. Republican Thomas Dewey of New York lost in the November 1948 election to the virtually unknown “office boy” Truman, who had been catapulted into the presidency by the establishment political machine know as the DNC.

On April 15, 1945, Truman and Wallace, who had remained in the Presidential cabinet in a reduced role as Secretary of Commerce, met FDR’s funeral train at Washington D.C.’s Union Station. There was another man with them– Jimmy Byrnes, Truman’s old mentor from his Senate days who had befriended the Missourian at a time when most senators avoided him as a Pendergast political hack. Impressed with the fact that Byrnes had accompanied Roosevelt to Yalta, although he found out later that he’d left the conference early and was not in on the important discussions, Truman came to rely on the white supremacist South Carolinian Byrnes above all others for advice. Byrnes gave Truman his first real briefing about the atomic bomb, which he described as an “explosive great enough to destroy the whole world that might well put us in a position to dictate our own terms at the end of the war” – which would turn out to be prophetic over the next 75+ years.

In the end, conservative Democrats Jimmy Byrnes and Bob Hannegan emerged victorious by quashing any democracy that may have existed within the Democratic Party, placing Harry Truman as a stand-in to prevent the presidency of socialist Henry Wallace, despite the fact that he had been by far the most popular choice among working class Americans who were members of the Democratic Party.


[i] By Tom Murse, April 20, 2018. Retrieved 2020–Feb-18 from: https://www.thoughtco.com/democratic-republican-party-4135452

[ii] Ben Shapiro. February 2, 2012. The Republican Party Becomes the Whig Party. Retrieved 2020-Aug-31 from: https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/ben-shapiro/republican-party-becomes-whig-party

[iii] Shapiro

[iv] Oliver Stone, The Untold Story History of the United States (video series), Episode 4, The Cold War.

[v] Oliver Stone, The Untold Story History of the United States (video series), Episode 4, The Cold War.

[vi] David Robertson, Sly and Able: A Political Biography of James F. Byrnes (1994) p. 126. Retrieved 2020-July-17 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_F._Byrnes#cite_note-2

[vii] Stone

[viii] Retrieved 2020-July-18 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Hannegan

[ix] What If 2? Edited by Robert Crowley. ‘The Presidency of Henry Wallace’, by James Chace, page 394

The 9/11 Attacks


1973 – The World Trade Center was built near Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

1980 – Larry Silverstein won a bid to buy the last undeveloped parcel from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build the 47-story 7 World Trade Center.

Larry A. Silverstein (born 1931 in Brooklyn, New York) is a NYC real estate investor and operator and the head of Silverstein Properties Inc., a real estate development group. Silverstein is known for being the developer and leasee of World Trade Center towers which were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He is the developer of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City, as well as one of New York’s tallest residential towers at 30 Park Place, where he owns a home. His worth has been estimated at $3.5 billion (as of 2016). [i]

“Larry Silverstein is a great guy, he’s a good guy, he’s a friend of mine.” [ii] — Donald Trump (fellow NYC real estate investor).

1993 World Trade Center bombing

During the 1990s, New York was suffering from the effects of Black Monday (1987) leading to high vacancy rates at the World Trade Center.

1993 – On February 26, 1993, al Qaeda terrorists parked a rental van in a garage underneath the World Trade Center’s twin towers and lit the fuses on a massive homemade bomb stuffed inside. Six people died and more than 1,000 were injured in the subsequent explosion, which carved out a crater several stories deep and propelled smoke into the upper reaches of the quarter-mile-high skyscrapers. At the time, it was one of the worst terrorist attacks ever to occur on U.S. soil.  But it would soon be overshadowed by the events of September 11, 2001, when al Qaeda operatives crashed hijacked airplanes into the towers. [iii]

The twin towers had had their structural integrity severely compromised after the underground bombing of the building in 1993. Any structural engineer could have suspected that the buildings may not stand long-term because of the permanent damage that had been inflicted upon its underground undergirdings foundation which had to support the overwhelming weight and stress of a 100+ story building.

President George Bush II and his Vice President Dick Cheney were determined to blame 9/11 on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein even though Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with it.  By making this claim, they could justify another invasion of Iraq’s oil fields so these two lifetime corporate oil men could further solidify the American control of Mideastern oil.  Bush II also wanted to punish Iraqi president Saddam Hussein for having sold oil to the French, in 1999, using French francs instead of the American dollar, which Bush II demanded that Hussein use, but Hussein ignored.

1995 – George Pataki became governor of New York in 1995 on a campaign of “cutting costs” including privatizing the World Trade Center. A sale of the property was considered too complex, so it was decided by the Port Authority of NY/NJ to open a 99-year lease to competitive bidding.

2001 – In January 2001, Silverstein, via Silverstein Properties along with Westfield America, made a $3.2 billion bid for the lease to the World Trade Center. Silverstein was outbid by $50 million by Vornado Realty. However, for some reason Vornado withdrew and Silverstein’s bid closed on July 24, 2001, just seven weeks before it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The deal was described in a press release on July 24, 2001, as:

“Silverstein Properties, Inc., and Westfield America, Inc. will lease the Twin Towers and other portions of the complex in a deal worth approximately $3.2 billion – the city’s richest real estate deal ever and one of the largest privatization initiatives in history.  [iv]

The lease agreement applied to World Trade Center Buildings One, Two, Four and Five World Trade Center, and about 425,000 square feet of retail space. Silverstein put up only $14 million of his own money [v] . Silverstein was also given the right to rebuild the structures, in the event that they be destroyed. [vi]

Where was Larry Silverstein on 9/11?  Larry Silverstein was the lesee (virtual owner) of the World Trade Center complex.  Although Silverstein worked in the World Trade Center every day, he curiously did not go to work they day of 9/11/2001, because his wife supposedly had made an appointment for him to see the dermatologist (which, by the way, he himself admitted that he didn’t even go to).

After putting up just $14 million of his own money, Silverstein collected $8 billion of insurance on the downed building, which he took control of less than two months before 9/11/01, the first time it was privatized, three decades after the building was built. He got back 571 times more money than he invested just two months prior.  [vii] He could keep all that money for himself, since the $10 billion clean-up costs were picked up by American taxpayers.  So the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings became enormously profitable for Larry Silverstein.

Osama Bin Laden’s motive for the attack was to get the U.S. military bases out of the Arabian peninsula, which he failed to achieve.

Who were the tenants in Building 7, a 47-story office building that was part of the World Trade Center?

Floor 9 – U.S. Secret Service

Floor 13 – Securities & Exchange Commission, American Express Bank International

Floor 23 – New York City Office of Emergency Management – worked hand-in-hand with federal government to quickly remove “black” (actually orange) boxes and steel from the twin towers “Ground Zero” to prevent it from being analyzed by laboratory metallurgy technicians.

Floor 24 – Salomon Smith Barney – Salomon Brothers was an investment bank founded in 1910 by three Jewish-American brothers along with a clerk named Ben Levy, it remained a partnership until the early 1980s, when it was acquired by the commodity trading firm Phibro Corporation and became Salomon Inc.  Eventually, Salomon (NYSE:SB) was acquired by Travelers Group in 1998; and, following the latter’s merger with Citicorp that same year, Salomon became part of Citigroup (a.k.a. Citibank). Although the Salomon name carried on as Salomon Smith Barney, which were the investment banking operations of Citigroup, the name was abandoned in October 2003 after a series of financial scandals that tarnished the bank’s reputation. [viii]

Floors 24, 25 – Internal Revenue Service Regional Council

Floor 25 – U.S. Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency

Floor 26-47 Salomon Smith Barney [ix]

Government Coverup of 9/11/01

There are many facts about the 9/11 attacks the U.S. government does not want the public to know.

Why weren’t the jetliners brought down? Military jets were  standing down – making no attempt to stop the last three attacks altho they were easily capable of doing so.

Why did the 9/11 commission (the government investigating itself) report say that the “black” (actually orange) boxes flight recorders were “not found”? They actually were found, then permanently disappeared by the FBI/NSA to ensure that no American citizen would ever hear what’s on them, for example which language is spoken on them, etc.

Super thermite paint is not noxious during the process of painting it on, but is extremely flammable when dry. Offices in the WTC were painted every day ad infinitum, and painters would never know the difference between super thermite paint and regular paint.

Building 7 came down so fast; it was a controlled demolition which had been set up at least two weeks beforehand. The high security building was occupied by the CIA, and Dept. of Defense among many other tenants.  They made sure that the building was 100% evacuated before the perfect controlled demolition was set off, as all walls were completely collapsed in less than 10 seconds (see YouTube video, Building 7).

Mike Bellone

Mike Bellone volunteered for 257 consecutive days to help clean up the mess after 9/11, starting in Sept. 2001.  On one of those days, he saw something “he wasn’t supposed to see.”  Bellone said he physically saw one of the flight recorders, and on the same day he was told by Nick, the FBI’s escort, that they had recovered three of the “black boxes,” (actually orange) and the FBI men “looked pretty happy” about successfully recovering these flight recorders.  Bellone was an actual witness who saw the orange boxes at the site before they were mysteriously disappeared by the FBI/NSA the very next day – never to be seen again.

Bellone wanted to go to Seneca Falls, NY (near Syracuse) to do the interview with Ventura, about 250 miles away from New York City.  He says the government is definitely lying, and the FBI told him they had already found 3 of the 4 boxes, then he got a visit from an FBI agent (the “Deep State”) telling him to hush… or else.

Bellone’s friends from Boston stopped cooperating with him and Jesse, because they were threatened to keep quiet by unnamed government officials.  They were all former employees of American Airlines.

One American Airlines employee who knew too much, had her cell phone, house and vehicle bugged, as she’s tracked and followed everywhere she goes. Several other ex-American Airlines employees are on the run.  Bellone said that these employees at the airport had previously said that the hijackers were already in the cockpit of the American Airlines airplane before it even took off, and yet it was still allowed to take off.  The “black” boxes would reveal whether or not they were speaking English, so that’s why the FBI had suppressed and “disappeared” these boxes – a fact that remains true even 19 years after the event.

Bellone himself was accosted by an undercover person who flashed a badge and told him to stop talking about the black boxes.  Nevertheless, about seven years later Bellone agreed to appear on a nationally televised program with Jesse Ventura to recount the incident.

Dale Leppard

Dale Leppard, of Morristown, NJ, spent 48 years as both an airline pilot and flight crash investigator, and is the ultimate expert in airline accident investigations.  Leppard said the orange boxes are practically indestructible, can easily withstand temperatures of 1,100º C, (2,000º degrees F) which would withstand burning jet fuel. They would record every word they said, who they were saying it to, etc.  In nearly five decades, Leppard said he had never been to a flight crash scene in which the flight recorders were not found.

Dave Lindorf

Ventura then went to interview award-winning investigative journalist Dave Lindorff, who lives in the Pennsylvania mountains.  He said that he has a source at the NTSA (National Transportation and Safety Administration) who corroborates the recovery of the supposedly obliterated flight data recorders from Ground Zero. Lindorff recounted asking his contact what had happened to the black boxes, and he said:

“Do you want the real answer or the official answer?” Of course I wanted the real answer. “Well if you want the real answer, it would have to be off the record…  well, the real answer is, we got all four of them, and they are now in the possession of the FBI, which took them away from us.”

He said “If you want the official answer, then call the public relations office at the NTSA and ask them,” which I did and they said “we’ve never gotten them.”  Then I called the FBI and got the official answer too, which is the official answer that they gave to the 9/11 commission, which is that they weren’t recovered.

They always found the black boxes, they found that TWA one in the middle of the ocean, and here they were finding fingernail sized shavings, pieces of bone to identify bodies in the WTC, and they didn’t find these big orange boxes? It’s not possible.  They have machines that can locate all black boxes, even if they fall into the middle of the ocean.

The evidence was stored in Hangar 17 at JFK Airport in New York City, but the U.S. government refused to allow Gov. Jesse Ventura to go in to examine the evidence, even without cameras… clearly another coverup by the U.S.  government.

A false flag operation is a covert operation designed to appear it was carried out by another nation or group, so they get blamed in order to justify a war against them.

Jeff Dahlstrom

Jeff Dahlstrom, an Air Force pilot during the Vietnam war, said they set up the 9/11 attacks a few months beforehand by conveniently changing the military policy so that only a civilian such as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld or VP Cheney or President Bush II could order planes to be shot down, therefore military planes were not authorized to take down the other 3 planes even though they easily could have.  This is called a stand down when military jets are grounded even though they are perfectly capable of taking off immediately to intercept hijacked airplanes.

Prior to this, according to Dahlstrom, there had been 67 plane hijackings – all stopped by U.S. military planes when they were allowed to intercept the planes – a 100% success rate.

A war on Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11, would greatly benefit Wall Street bankers, and also Vice President Dick Cheney personally, who would award a huge contract to his own company, Halliburton, to rebuild the city of Baghdad after he destroyed it in 2003.  As Halliburton CEO, Cheney was being paid approximately $20 million a year, which does not include stock ownership dividends.

William Rodriguez, who worked in the World Trade Center at the time of the event said he heard a powerful explosion down below which went off about 6-8 seconds before the first plane hit the towers.  He was later interviewed by the 9/11 Commission in a private room for about 30 minutes, and today there is no record of him even being there, because his story contradicts the official story the 9/11 Commission wanted to tell.  To this day, they deny he was even interviewed.

Rodriguez said that construction and painting occurred every day at the WTC twin towers, every time a tenant moved out, and the huge office space building had hundreds of tenants who frequently came and went.

The 9/11 “investigatory”commission said, “we’re not here to place blame.” Well, isn’t that the whole point of investigating, to discover who may be to blame?  So who are they trying to protect?

Dr. Steven Jones

Dr. Steven Jones is a former physics professor from Brigham Young University. He analyzed dust samples from 9/11, and he found explosive residue in it.  This residue was painted on the walls by maintenance men at the WTC, who would never have known the difference between this super-thermite (powdered iron-oxide and aluminum) paint and normal paint.  It does not explode until it is sparked by something such as a fire, when it then burns at 2,500℃ , much hotter than jet fuel.  This paint is perfectly safe in liquid form to paint onto the walls, and only becomes an explosive after it dries.  As soon as he published his findings, the “Deep State” forced him to leave his post at BYU.  This residue was never mentioned in the government’s “official report.”  This could make any building much more flammable, making it virtually impossible for any firefighter to quickly extinguish the fire.

Dr. Jones received an angry letter from an engineer who identified himself as a “consultant” with the Dept. of Homeland Security saying that if he published this, the “pain would be great.”  This is the nameless, faceless, “Deep State” which controls American politics from top to bottom, which even presidents and congressmen have virtually no control over.

Notes:

This piece includes some information gleaned from the “9/11” episode of the Conspiracy Theory television series with Jesse Ventura, which was broadcast on truTV  December 9, 2009.

A CIA agent in Phoenix properly warned about the events of 9/11 more than one month before they happened, but his report was for some reason ignored by his “superiors”.

Just 24 hours after the 9/11 event, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was bragging that they had already gotten 41 truckloads out of there, a rapid evacuation of mountains of evidence on the crime scene.  Sounds like the trucks were ready even before the event happened.

On 9/11, after all flights in the U.S. were grounded, there was one flight secretly allowed, which was to whisk several members of the bin Laden (Saudi royal) family out of the country, some of whom were staying at George Bush II’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.  The oil-rich Bush and Saudi bin Laden families had been very good friends for more than 50 years.  Osama was the “black sheep” of the family who wanted the U.S. military out of the Arabian peninsula, and fled his own country of Saudi Arabia in order to plan the attacks in Afghanistan.

 

Recommended movies:

World Trade Center – An Oliver Stone film, starring Nicholas Cage


[i] Retrieved 2020-Sept-9 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Silverstein

[ii] Viewed 2019-Sept-9 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o62aUVobO04

[iii] Retrieved 10-Sep-2017 from: http://www.history.com/news/remembering-the-1993-world-trade-center-bombing

[iv] ‘Governor Pataki, Acting Governor Difrancesco Laud Historic Port Authority Agreement To Privatize World Trade Center’ Port Authority Press Release, July 24, 2001

[v] Retrieved 10-Sep-2017 from: Frankel, Alison (2002-09-03). “Double Indemnity: Was the WTC disaster one incident or two?”. The American Lawyer

[vi] Retrieved 5-Oct-2010 from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Silverstein

[vii] Retrieved 10-Sep-2017 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Silverstein

[viii] Salomon Brothers. Retrieved 2019–Sept-8 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salomon_Brothers

[ix] Retrieved 2019–Sept-6 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tenants_in_7_World_Trade_Center