Greg Palast Blogs Another Bombshell posted by Rick at 4:30 PM
In his latest blog entry, "STILL UNREPORTED: THE PAY-OFF IN BUSH AIR GUARD FIX," investigative reporter Greg Palast presents evidence bearing on the how and why of George W. Bush's having gotten into the Texas Air Guard, and the price Bush eventually paid for the favor.
In 1994, George W. Bush was elected governor of Texas by a whisker. By that time, [confessed string-puller and former Lt. Gov. Ben] Barnes had left office to become a big time corporate lobbyist. To an influence peddler like Barnes, having damning information on a sitting governor is worth its weight in gold – or, more precisely, there’s a value in keeping the info secret. Barnes appears to have made lucrative use of his knowledge of our President’s slithering out of the draft as a lever to protect a multi-billion dollar contract for a client. That's the information in a confidential letter buried deep in the files of the US Justice Department that fell into my hands at BBC television.
How much of this will you see in the corporate American media? Probably very little, considering that when Palast first reported it in 1999 they ignored it, and that last year they declined BBC's offer to run Palast's one-hour "Bush Famnily Fortunes" report ("Wonderful film, but Time-Warner is not going to let us put this on the air") which included the story. However, you can buy it on DVD next month--and see a preview here right now.