September 12, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
In a previous post, I mentioned that Greg Palast - investigative reporter and blogger - was being charged with Homeland Security Charges. Well, he's been officially charged with "unauthorized filming of a "critical national security structure" in Louisiana."

On August 22nd, for LinkTV and DemocracyNow! we videotaped the thousands of Katrina evacuees still held behind barbed wire in a trailer park...

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

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

After getting wind of the video, the good folks at Exxon decided to lodge a criminal complaint against Palast and company, stating that "it's important to national security that we have supplies from that refinery in the event of an emergency." Right. When the refineries get knocked out by the hurricanes, guess what happens to gas prices in the US? They go up. And who maintains their profit margin? The oil companies.

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


deek said:
I imagine Exxon had some "help" in filing the complaint. It is probably FEMA who doesn't want the conditions shown at the concentration camp, uh sorry, trailer park, but FEMA wouldn't look good making the complaint.
September 13, 2006

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