Armed Madhouse : Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War
Palast ' s old ' style gum ' shoe detective work to dig out the info on the War on Terror, greed ' dripping schemes to seize little nations with lots of oil, the hidden program to steal the 2008 election, and the media biases that keep it unreported are the meat and bones of this BBC television reporter ' s new book. Armed Madhouse is illustrated with dozens of documents marked ' secret ' and ' confidential ' that have walked out of file cabinets and fallen into Palast ' s hands. You won ' t find Palast in The New York Times (except its bestseller list), but you will read his reports on the hottest Web sites worldwide, hear him regularly on Air America and the Pacifica radio networks, and see his stories reappearing as the basis for Eminem ' s hit video ' Mosh, ' Michael Moore ' s Fahrenheit 9/11, and sampled by a dozen of today ' s top platinum rock artists.
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June 06, 2006
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Excerpt from Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast
CHAPTER 1: THE FEAR
Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf
Including Marines in a tube, learning to speak Terrorist, Bush's Khan job, National Security Document 199-I and Osama's Mission Accomplished. What are you afraid of Our Fear Salesman-in-Chief has something for everyone.
So, Osama Walks into This Bar, See
' and Bush says, "Whad'l'ya have, pardner " and Osama says '
But wait a minute. I'd better shut my mouth. The sign here in the airport says, "Security is no joking matter."
But if security's no joking matter, why does this guy dressed in a high-school marching band outfit tell me to take off my shoes All I can say is, Thank God the "shoe bomber" didn't carry Semtex in his underpants.
I'm a bit nervous. It's an "ORANGE ALERT" day. That's a "low threat" notice. According to the press release from the Department of Homeland Security, low-threat Orange means that there will be no special inspections of passengers or cargo today. Isn't it nice of Mr. Bush to alert Osama when half our security forces are given the day off
Hmm. I asked an Israeli security expert why his nation doesn't use these pretty color codes.
He asked me if, when I woke up, I checked the day's terror color.
"I can't say I ever have. I mean, who would "
He smiled. "The terrorists."
America is the only nation on the planet that kindly informs bombers, hijackers and berserkers the days on which they won't be monitored. You've got to get up pretty early in the morning to get a jump on George Bush's team.