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April 21, 2007

Silent Partners

There are never wanting some persons of violent and undertaking natures, who, so they may have power and business, will take it at any cost." -Francis Bacon

Private enterprise is ceasing to be free enterprise. -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. [1] The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960, p. 1035 - 1040

The Indian elite [from India], like the elite anywhere in the world, finds it hard to separate itself from the state. It sees like the state, it thinks like the state, it speaks like the state. - Arundhati Roy, Public Power in the Age of Empire

Reprise: There are men in all ages who ...mean to be masters. -Daniel Webster

The masters of the government of the United States are the combined capitalists and manufacturers of the United States. ... The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of their bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. -Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, Speeches published as "The New Freedom," 1913

When I was a boy, my father... took me aside to explain that in the Chicago aldermanic races of the day, candidates were spending as much as a quarter of a million dollars to acquire jobs that would pay them an annual salary of $15,000. "Think about this, son, and let me know what you conclude," he said, walking off with a sly smile. --Joseph Epstein in the Wall Street Journal

"There are over 22,000 [27,000 now (2005A.D.)] corporate lobbyists in the capital. These are the people who are running Washington, D.C. ...Our country has been hijacked by corporate supremacists who have bought and rented our government right out from under the people." -Ralph Nader, Fox News Channel, 12 November, 2000, 5:10:26 PM

Obama: "They write the checks, you get stuck with the bill."
ABC's This Week, Feb. 11, 2007
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Christopher Deliso: Could this apparent toleration of dangerous criminal groups in the midst [of the U.S. Government] possibly be interpreted to mean that American policy is driven by the "ends justify the means" philosophy?
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Sibel Edmonds: But how are the ends possibly met by such activities? To this day, I just can't see how. What is happening does not benefit 99.9 percent of Americans --just a very small elite. - An Interview with Sibel Edmonds, FBI Whistleblower Talks to Antiwar.com, by Christopher Deliso, balkanalysis.com, July 1, 2004

Corporate Interests and the Bolivian Government VClip ?

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Democracy NOW!, May 25, 2005

THIS book attempts the history of a small class of men who arose at the time of our Civil War and suddenly swept into power. The members of this new ruling class were generally, and quite aptly, called "barons," "kings," "empire-builders," or even "emperors." They were aggressive men, as were the first feudal barons; sometimes they were lawless; in important crises, nearly all of them tended to act without those established moral principles which fixed more or less the conduct of the common people of the community. At the same time, it has been noted, many of them showed volcanic energy and qualities of courage which, under another economic clime, might have fitted them for immensely useful social constructions, and rendered them glorious rather than hateful to their people. These men were robber barons as were their medieval counterparts, the dominating figures of an aggressive economic age. - Matthew Josephson, THE GREAT AMERICAN CAPITALISTS 1861-1901, Forward, HARCOURT, BRACE AND COMPANY, NEW YORK, 1934

Read says that groups are delighted to have the aggressive man as a warrior, for he fights well and commands well in battle. However: "the precipitate, compulsive individual may be a constant source of irritation or disruption in his own group, where the use of force or the threat to use force is proscribed under the ideal of group consensus. In other words, it seems that the character structure of the really 'big' or 'strong' man is not fitted for the subtleties of generalized authority. -(Read 1959:435) (Christopher Boehm, Hierarchy in the Forest, page 111) [italics emphasis added]

^^w^^w^^w^^w It was tea smugglers who did Boston Tea Party against duty-free tea brought into uS by East India Company. -DN!, December 22, 2006, 11:50:49 ^^w^^w The biggest problem is the deepening capitalist order. -DN!, December 13, 2006, 11:43:32 + There are systems beyond capital. Accepting the logic of capital in many contexts makes life impossible. -, December 13, 2006, 11:44:29 + [BREAK]-, December 13, 2006, 11:45:36 + farmer suicides. This didn't happen till last decade of globalization. Allowed Monsanto to distribute seeds, hybrids that can't be re-seeded, farmers have to buy seeds, creating debt trap. This area became the suicide -DN!, December 13, 2006, 11:47:30 + ^^w^^w^^w^^w Cotton subsidies in U.S. has driven prices of cotton on world markets way down. -DN!, December 13, 2006, 11:49:06

MAJOR MERCANTILISM DOCUMENTATION FOR U.S. RIGHT FROM THE FOUNDING

Oh. Yes. Now I remember. When it's not a direct buy-out by businessmen like John D. -- or Johnny "I see the White House is like a subway" Chung [2] -- they call it "Capture Theory." Gonzo empirical economist George J. "Gonzo" Stigler got the 1982 Nobel Prize in economics for thoroughly documenting it. Mega-capitalists (the average run-of-the-mill capitalist can't afford it) regularly manage to create and/or take over such sacred regulatory cows as the FAA, [3] FCC, [4] FDA, [5] USDA, CIA, [6] etc. Moyers;_FCC_'captured'_by_industry_DN!061002.VOB>

The SUBTOPICS:

Symbiosis?
Buying Your Leaders
Capitalism: The War Connection

MUST SEE: ***** CORPORATIONS -- ENDING CORPORATE GOVERNANCE It's a Firefox bookmark folder containing a bunch of references as to how corps fuck-up and how they evolved as a result of the Santa Clara case. Crime Without Conviction: Special deals made -- "Deferred Prosecution" agreement, originally to clear charges against minors. 34 of them. No major corporation has been convicted since Aurthur Anderson in 1992. If you and I did what KPMG did -- cost USA Corp. $2.2 billion, we'd go to jail. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:27:04 Naming names: Monsanto bribery in Indonesia on planting genetically engineered plants. Computer Associates. There are obstruction of justice going on, and that should tilt the case into prosecution. Of the 34 cases, 23 came in the last three years. Corporate defense councils like this. The benefit is not having a criminal record. There's a stigma attached to a corporation being a convicted criminal. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:30:11 There's more damage done to society by these corporate-government crimes than is done by all street crime combined. Including government crime. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:33:30 Deferred crime agreement means that after two years of good behavior, charges will be dropped. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:35:39 Health South: If Corporate defense lawyers help by turning over info on individual Execs, this leads to individual convictions -- but many sentenced to house arrest. Sometimes they use the "Idiot CEO defense." Consolidated Edison put on 4 years probation. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:36:25

Cost of street crime vs. Corporate crime. FBI has no comprehensive info on corporate crime, though extensive info on street crime. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:38:50 Companies want something and prosecutors can give it to them -- corruption open door. EXAMPLES GIVEN. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:40:28 Sears. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:42:46 Tommy Hilfiger: Avoiding income tax. No indictment, no charge. Couldn't get copy of agreement. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:43:24 Eli Lilly: Pled guilty yesterday. Often they plead-out a subdivision -- because a convicted corp can't do business with the government. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:44:20 You asked McClelland if the President believed in the 6th Commandment, Thou Shalt Not Kill. How he was handled by the Bush Administration in media conferences after that. -DN!, December 29, 2005, 11:45:47

Capitalism: The War Connection

The view that sustaining capitalism requires aggressive war is usually said to originate with V.I. Lenin ...But was Lenin really the originator of the theory? Not at all. The capitalists beat him to it. As Murray N. Rothbard explains in his History of Money and Banking in the United States(2002) , the idea began with a group of Republican Party theoreticians during the late Gilded Age, who were concerned that the falling rate of profits would end up crippling capitalism and that the only salvation was a forced opening of foreign markets to US exports. These were the brain trusters of Theodore Roosevelt...
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The best way to find new consumers and resources, he [Economist Charles Conant in a series of essays beginning in 1896, including "The Economic Basis of Imperialism " ] said, is to go abroad, using force, if necessary, to open up markets. He further said that the US industrial trusts then dominant on the landscape could be useful in promoting and waging war. ... By the turn of the century, this view had largely caught on in the economics profession, with even the eminent theorist John Bates Clark of Columbia praising imperialism for providing American business "with an even larger and more permanent profit." ... Today the same creed is captured in the pithy if chilling mantra of the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman: "The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist" (The Lexus and the Olive Tree , p. 464). ... Brink Lindsey of the Cato Institute puts a different spin on the same line. His goal in Against the Dead Hand is to convince military imperialists that international trade can be an important ally in the fight for global dominance. ... Historian Robert Kagan is even more brutally clear: "Good ideas and technologies also need a strong power that promotes those ideas by example and protects those ideas by winning on the battlefield."
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So there you have it: if you want to use a cell phone, you have to be willing to send your son to die for the US imperium in a war against Iraq! And if you do lose your son in battle, know that this was necessary in order to shore up US domination of the world economy.
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With the communists and capitalists agreeing that war and profit are mutually dependent, how is a believer in peace and freedom to respond? While war can result in profit for a few, it is not the case that the entire system of a free economy depends on such wartime profiteering. Indeed, war comes at the expense of alternative uses of resources. To the extent that people are taxed to pay for armaments, property is diverted from its most valuable uses to purposes of destruction. Indeed, the idea that commerce and war are allies is a complete perversion of the old liberal tradition. Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., A Capitalist War?,
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. ...
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I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. [7]
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I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). {[8]} I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. - -- Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, Originally published in Common Sense, November, 1935. Quoted in Felix Greene's The Enemy, Vantage Books, New York, 1971. From the Federation of American Scientists web-site Also available from http://www.mmmfiles.com/amerimpe.htm
Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder. In the Middle Ages when the feudal lords who inhabited the castles whose towers may still be seen along the Rhine concluded to enlarge their domains, to increase their power, their prestige and their wealth they declared war upon one another. ...The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another's throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. ...The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose--especially their lives. ... Yours not to reason why; Yours but to do and die. That is their motto ... Excerpts from the Anti-war Speech That Earned labor organizer and perennial presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs 10 Years in Prison, Socialist Party convention in Canton, Ohio, 16 June 1918
Reprise: Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along -Adolph Hitler's designated successor Hermann Goering
Reprise: There wouldn't have been a war if it had been left to the public. We didn't want to fight but we thought we were defending England." -England's Oldest Man Remembers The 1915 Christmas Truce

I'm sure I will have to repeat the following many times if this chapter gets around: I do not oppose corporations per se. Only the unholy alliance of corporations with so-called governments in any way what-so-ever. I am opposed to "capitalism" as that practice is commonly understood (2005 A.D.) because, as it is commonly understood, it refers to that unholy alliance. I am thus "against" so-called "capitalism" and strongly in favor of free trade.

|cm: "Brain trusters" controlled labor unions.

Labor organizer observes that labor leaders have "isolated themselves from the workers," Ken Moody, author of "Workers in a Lean World." -DemocracyNOW!, July 22, 2005, 11:18:47

AFL foreign policy: Against Mexican Revolution, for involvement in WWI, interfered in Guatamala, etc. ... It's the upper-echalon leaders like Sweeney that does this in 40 countries around the world. ... Disses "National Endowment for Democracy," again top-down -- and linked to Republican Party, Democratic Party, and AFL-CIO. ... Chile & Alende -- AFL-CIO had been deeply involved in Chile coup, killing 3,000 couldn't have taken place without AFL-CIO. Alende put responsibility on the pro labor leaders. Names organizations, etc. Anaconda Copper, Rockefeller, etc. International Center for Labor -DemocracyNOW!, July 26, 2005, 11:49:51

AFL-CIO continues historic breakup as a result of control by centralists. New amalgam to form in September in mid-west & one has now voted to endorse withdrawal of troops from Iraq. -DemocracyNOW!, July 28, 2005, 10:16:40

Ayn Rand & capitalism mentioned and blasted. -DemocracyNOW!, June 3, 2005, 11:03:50

SEE:

Symbiosis?

"I see the White House is like a subway -- you have to put in coins to open the gates." -businessman Johnny Chung testifying in the 1997 Clinton fundraising scandal Chung, asked if the subway ride was worth the price, answered that it certainly was and he would be more than happy to take the White House subway ride again anytime.
By a close vote, the Senate voted NOT to close debate on a bill significantly changing the way class-action lawsuits would be handled ...the insurance industry mobilized an army of at least 400 lobbyists to press congress for passage. [That's 4 lobbyists for each of the 100 U.S. senators. -lrw.] -CNBC, October 22, 2003, 13:17:50
"The Japanese have now seen that US business is in partnership with the US government, and they had better sit up and take notice." -Lee Iococca after Jan. 1992 trip to Japan with George Bush and other US Auto CEOs
The Wall Street Journal reports today that the CIA was spying on Japanese negotiators and reporting daily to U.S. chief negotiatior Mickey Cantor during the U.S. - Japan auto trade negotiations earlier this year. -CNBC, 16 Oct 1995 ~ 9:15:03 AM
The Central Intelligence Agency is stepping up efforts to discover "who in foreign countries is bribing who else in order to get contracts that American companies are losing." according to James R. Woolsey, the CIA director. -International Herald Tribune, Hong Kong, Wed. Dec. 18, 1993, pg. 3

States are passing laws to limit communities from forming their own wide-area networks. In Penna, you have to get permission from Verizon if you want to form such a network -- and agree to buy service from Verizon at an unspecified speed and price for one year. -DemocracyNOW!, May 13, 2005, 11:58:03 [SEE FOR ALL KINDS OF GOOD (BUT OLD) EXAMPLES OF MODERN FASCISM] +

"The [FDA] Task Force considered various issues in its deliberations, including ... what steps are necessary to ensure that the existence of dietary supplements on the market does not act as a disincentive for drug development." (LifeNet News, Oct. 1993, pg. 4)

-Trump seeks help from Congress and the courts against "unfair" competition from Indian casinos. (09-22-93, Channel 6 Evening News, Philadelphia)

-CORPORATE WELFARE: Secretary of Labor {Robert Reich} proposes ending "Corporate Welfare," unfortunately by closing tax loopholes and by eliminating some subsidies. Commerce Secretary, Ron Brown, when asked about the proposal, repeatedly claimed he knew nothing about it. Secretary of the Treasury, Lloyd Bentsen indicated on Meet the Press, 27 Nov 1994, that he had "no interest" in "corporate welfare reform" and it was clear that "no interest" would be the Clinton Administration's response to Reich's proposal.

-CNN story 21 Aug 1993. It was reported today that the sale of a large number of jumbo jets to Saudia Arabia has become a contest between French and American aero-space companys. President Bill Clinton intervened in the negotiations on behalf of the American companies, McDonell Douglas and {Boeing}. Reports suggested the jury was still out on who got the contract.

-16 Feb 1994, CNN, CNN HEADLINE NEWS & CNBC Saudia Arabia agreed to buy 60 {50} aircraft from McDonnell Douglas & Boeing. Saudi Arabia is completely replacing their entire state-owned commercial aircraft fleet. The McDonnell Douglas-Boeing consortium beat out the European Airbus consortium for the six billion dollar contract. Sec. Ron Brown: ~"This is a new day. The private sector produces high quality jobs, but Government & Business must stand shoulder to shoulder in this era of global competition." Britain France & Germany all bid for the contract. Judy Woodruf "Today Clinton could as easily have been called chief salesman as chief executive." -17 Aug 1993 CNN story: Federal Trade Commission & Florida Attorney General are investigating charges by American Optometrists that Lens Express and other mail order lens sellers are endangering customers' health. Lens Express claims that the Optometrists are engaging in restraint of trade by refusing to supply their patients with copys of their perscriptions. Optometrists count on filling their own perscriptions as part of their income. Optometrists claim that patients might not come back in six months to have their lenses and eyes checked if they can get lenses mail order. Lens Express, showing a letter from a lens manufacturer refusing to sell lenses to Lens Express, claims restraint of trade and can get the lenses anyway, although they must pay more for them and must pass this extra cost on to customers. Mail order lenses are as much as 50% cheaper than lenses from optometrists. Lens Express claims the optometrists claims are motivated by nothing more than economic interest. "This is not a health issue, it is an economic issue." claims spokesman for Lens Express.

-07-15-93 CNN story: Russian Orthodox Church gets bill thru Russian Parliament prohibiting "foreign" missionarys because Billy Graham, etc. were lureing Russians away from the Russian church. Yeltsin hadn't signed the bill yet.

-07-15-93 CNN story: Japanese apple growers oppose open markets and open trade with US -- they say such trade would threaten their way of life. It probably would; they get $1.50 per apple!

-Alfred Kahn and the true purpose of airline regulation. Alfred Kahn, chairman and chief architect of CAB: "Essentially airline regulation was an organized attempt to keep out competition." from an episode of "Economics USA" aired on NJN 920705 produced by the Annenberg CPB project.

-07-18-93 "This Week with David Brinkley": New chairman of TWA: "There were two parts to deregulation; deregulation of routes and deregulation of fares. It was the deregulation of fares that was damaging to the airline industry and fares should be reregulated." "What we want is a good stable airline industry that customers can depend on."

-December 17, 1992, ABC Evening News with Dan Rather: US Government has stiff import dutys on hand-stiched brooms. This is to protect such brooms, manufactured by about ten small plants in US, from competition. The import duty protects US jobs by imposing $12/dozen ($1.00 per broom) duty because US produced brooms, due to higher wages, are more expensive to produce. {Isn't this just another degree of "make work" job?}
-Congressmen took 680 trips in {1992 or 1993} payed for by lobbists. (CNBC 9/17/93)

-The Clinton administration announced a joint venture with auto makers to develop a more efficient gasoline engine. The big three auto makers were in attendance. (CNN 09-29-93 ~14:32 EST)

"Whenever you see a business that's done the same thing for a long time, a new guy can come in and do it better. I guarantee it." Michael Bloomberg on the cover of Forbes, 911125.

-The US won't tolerate trade with countrys that keep our high tech products out of their markets. -Deputy US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, CNBC Inside Opinion, 10 Mar 1994 ~12:10:19 PM 15 Feb 1994, CNN & CNBC: Clinton Administration's chief trade "negotiator," Mickey Cantor announced pending trade sanctions against Japan. The americans claimed Japan didn't stick to its forced {1987} agreement to open the Japanese cellular market to american companies, specifically Motorola. In a Ron Insana interview, Christopher Galvin, CEO of Motorola, revealed that Motorola was doing fine in Osaka, with a healthy {40%} of that market. Spokesmen had been suggesting all day that Motorola had been "frozen out" of the lucrative Tokyo market. Buried in the interview in one brief exchange {Mr. Subliminal??} Mr. Galvin revealed just why Motorola had been "frozen out" of the market:

Insana: ~"But you don't make a unit that's compatible with the base switching equipment installed in Tokyo do you?"

Galvin: ~"It's true we don't make an ITT compatible unit. {but the units we make use the most advanced technology and sell well in major markets in other countrys.}"

For those of you confused by the technical jargon, none of Motorola's cellular phones will work in Tokyo! {with the Tokyo phone system!} Do you suppose this might have something to do with Motorola's difficulty in selling them there??

Clinton administration reinstitutes Super 301 Bush Era law, instigated by "Executive Order," last done in 1988 against {} It will be based on assertion that one company, Motorola, was barred from Japanese Markets. The Administration must put sanctions on in 18 months if it determines that US goods have been barred from a market. The amount of "damage" to the company must be determined and that amount recovered by tarrifs, the rates set at up to 100%!! -CNBC & CNN, 3 Mar 1994

-Japanese Company tentatively agrees to install 159 switching stations compatible with Motorola cellular phones in the southern Tokyo area -CNBC, 9 & 10 Mar 1994 {~11:04:40 AM}

-This settlement was a company-to-company deal and politicians deserve very little credit. Motorola calims government intervention was essential to causing this settlement. -CNBC, 14 Mar 1994 ~10:32:18 AM

-According to Gary Hufbaur, Institute for International Economics world opinion is against US in this policy [Super 301], which is not realistic with regards to macro economics and is undermining the Japanese Prime Minister. Pat Choate, author Agents of Influence, pointed out that the Japanese could protest Super 301 to GATT authorities as unilateral trade restrictions and win an enforcable judgement against the US. He further pointed out that in the last round of GATT talks the US gave up it's right to veto such a judgement, and thus lost soverignity. -CNBC,10 Mar 1994 ~12:23:50 PM

"Upstart cabs" in London are challenging the 300 year monopoly of the 21,000 traditional "black cabs" because of a "loop-hole" in the law. By law, the traditional cabs are the only ones allowed to pick up passengers signaling for a cab from the curb. Limo service, where people call for transportation by phone, is allowed however. With the advent of cellular phones, someone who wants a cab can tell an agent on the street, who then calls a non-traditional cab on his cellular. This apparently makes things legal, although the traditional cabs' trade organization is challenging the practice. -CNN, 25 Mar 1994

The USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] bought 5 million pounds of beef to prop up beef prices. This isn't enough to affect markets directly, but it is hoped it will effect market psychology. -CNBC, 11 Jul 1994 ~9:36 AM
PHOENIX -- Twentieth Century Fox will launch an animation division by building a $100 million studio that will employ 300 people here. The state has committed #300,000 to train workers. -USA TODAY, Aug. 3, 1994, pg 6A
GREENEVILLE -- Farmers and warehousemen protested against what they called unfair tobacco taxes by throwing tobacco in a creek. For every 2,500 pounds of tobacco a farmer sells, he makes $4,500; but the government makes $37,500, a tobacco expert said. -USA TODAY, Aug. 3, 1994, pg 6A

Buying Your Leaders

^^w^^w^^w^^w^^w 07:10 The system is predicated on idea that leaders across the world are corruptible. DemocracyNOW! SPECIAL -April 19, 2007 John Perkins, EHM + 09:00 Bechtel pulls Can strings. George Schultz, Winberger, etc. involved.

How Powerful Are They?

Greenspan on impossibility of turning a currency around.

Clearly the fingerprints of hierarchy and the Great Transition are all over Milgram's research results. See STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE? for a more comprehensive presentation for the sources of wars.

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Notes:

[1] In an earlier draft of his famous speech, Eisenhower more accurately referred to it as "the militaryindustrialcongressional complex," showing Ike's understanding of the mercantalist nature of the problem. And Ike, having been a career military man, clearly understood the potential connection to war. return

[2] To Senate during his testimony during the Clinton fund raising scandal hearings. return

[3] "Essentially airline regulation was an organized attempt to keep out competition." -Alfred Kahn, chairman and chief architect of CAB, "Economics USA," produced by the Annenberg CPB project, NJN July 5, 1992. return

[4] "[U]nder the licensing provisions," says Rep. John Dingell, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, "we give the broadcasters an absolute federally supported and sustained monopoly which denies anybody else the right to broadcast who does not have a license." -"The 'Fairness Doctrine': Keep It Buried!" by Jorge Amador, THE PRAGMATIST, Feb. 1994, pg. 10 return

[5] "The [FDA] Task Force considered various issues in its deliberations, including ... what steps are necessary to ensure that the existence of dietary supplements on the market does not act as a disincentive for drug development." (LifeNet News, Oct. 1993, pg. 4) return

[6] The [U.S.] Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] is stepping up efforts to discover "who in foreign countries is bribing who else in order to get contracts that American companies are losing," according to James R. Woolsey, the CIA director. -International Herald Tribune, Hong Kong, Wed. Dec. 18, 1993, pg. 3 return

[7] When Smedley says "capitalism" he clearly means that system of fascism and central control which is akin to mercantilism -- and antithetical to free markets. SEE Free Trade: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by journeyman return

[8] What Major-General Butler had in mind was probably the forerunner of the following:

"... the Dutch connection remained unexplored until 1994 when I published the book 'The Secret War Against the Jews.' As a matter of historical curiosity, I mentioned that Fritz Thyssen (and indirectly, the Nazi Party) had obtained their early financing from Brown Brothers Harriman, and its affiliate, the Union Banking Corporation. Union Bank, in turn, was the Bush [as in U.S. Presidents HW & GW Bush -lrw] family's holding company for a number of other entities, including the 'Holland American Trading Company.' It was a matter of public record that the Bush holdings were seized by the US government after the Nazis overran Holland. ... The Bushes knew perfectly well that Brown Brothers was the American money channel into Nazi Germany, and that Union Bank was the secret pipeline to bring the Nazi money back to America from Holland. The Bushes had to have known how the secret money circuit worked because they were on the board of directors in both directions: Brown Brothers out, Union Bank in. The Dutch Connection: How a famous American family made its fortune from the Nazis, Copyright September 27, 2000 by Attorney John Loftus

And remember, Mr. Butler fingered the connection between Brown Bros. and banking shenanigans in 1933, before the beginning of WWII! return