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NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs)

"NGOs are Washington's means of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, such as funding and organizing "color revolutions" in Georgia and Ukraine. The National Endowment for Democracy is a principle funder of political opposition and protest groups in countries with governments to which Washington is opposed. Despite its original purpose, the National Endowment for Democracy has been converted into an agent for US hegemony."

Paul Craig Roberts

 

"In every country, embassies are used for spying. So, it would be dumb for a country to put its real intelligence-gathering officers inside an embassy or consulate or attaché', because that is the first place a hosting nation is going to look for spies. So, the number one place the United States and other countries place their intelligence-gathering officers and informants is NGOs. In Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and elsewhere in the world, United States' NGOs - over 90% of them - are operations bases for the CIA."

Sibel Edmonds

 

"In 2000, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, several specific organizations were key players: the National Endowment for Democracy and two of its offshoots, the International Republican Institute, tied to the Republican party, and the National Democratic Institute, tied to the Democrats. While claiming to be private Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), they were, in fact, financed by the US Congress and State Department. Armed with millions in US taxpayer dollars, they were moved into place to create a synthetic movement for 'non-violent change'."

F. William Engdahl in his book "Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order"

 

"In 1988, Washington had sent in advisers to Yugoslavia from a curious, private, non-profit organization with the high-sounding name, the National Endowment for Democracy, or NED as it was known in Washington circles. That 'private' organization began handing out generous doses of dollars in every corner of Yugoslavia, financing opposition groups, buying up hungry young journalists with dreams of a new life, and financing trade union opposition, pro-IMF opposition economists such as the G-17, and human rights NGOs."

William Engdahl in his book "A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order"

 

"National Endowment for Democracy (NED) was one of the few Western organizations, along with the Soros Foundation and some European foundations, to make grants in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and to work with local NGO's and independent media throughout the country. During the cold war, such internal intervention in a foreign country would have been labeled a CIA destabilization. In Washington newspeak, it was called, 'the fostering of democracy.' The result, for the living standard of Serbs, Kosovans, Bosnians, Croats and others, was disastrous."

NED director Paul McCarthy, 1998

 

"The US ambassadors to Latin American countries ... have practical experience in destabilizing and subverting political regimes unfriendly to the US , launching propaganda campaigns, and creating fifth columns in the form of various NGOs."

Russian analyst Nil Nikandrov

 

"NGOs worldwide have total turnover in excess of $1 trillion a year, making them a force to be reckoned with... NGOs might evolve into among the most influential institutions of the twenty-first century."

David Rothkopf in his book "Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making"

 

"NGOs are like a fig leaf that Western governments hide behind when they don't have -or want - a diplomatic or political solution," one NGO coworker told me. "In any conflict, any crisis, who goes in first? Aid organizations of course, so the West can say 'look, we're doing something,' even if they don't really want to solve the real problems in the end."

Jenny Williams, worked with NGOs in Africa - emailed John Perkins in September 2006

 

"The [human rights] movement's deep uneasiness with all forms of radical and revolutionary social change was already evident in 1961, when the newly founded Amnesty international pronounced that no prisoners who advocated violence could be considered prisoners of conscience: thus no revolutionaries-not Nelson Mandela in South Africa, nor even the Berrigan brothers (who had destroyed draft-board records) in the United States."

James Peck in his book "Ideal Illusions: How the U.S. Government Co-opted Human Rights

 

"The U.S. Pentagon, working covertly through the USAID under the Department of State, had been diverting millions of dollars of USAID funds earmarked for 'gorilla conservation' in the Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and using it instead to explore the vast oil and mineral riches located in the same area.
... When skeptics investigated, they found that USAID money officially paid to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and Conservation lnternational, were being misused.
... The USAID was apparently covering up for the diversion of US taxpayer dollars from gorilla conservation to minerals exploration and providing arms to various organizations in Congo's Kivu.
... There was reason to believe that the USAID funds were being merely laundered via the conservation NGOs to create a massive arms buildup in the region."

F. William Engdahl in his book "Full Spectrum Dominance"

 

"The International Planned Parenthood Federation was founded in London, in the offices of the British Eugenics Society.
... The Birth Control League had long trumpeted the need for eugenical births -- fewer births for parents with "inferior" bloodines... The Birth Control League ... chang[ed] its name to Planned Parenthood."

Webster Griffin Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin in their book "George Bush : The Unauthorized Biography"

 

"Haiti is called "the Republic of NGOs," with over 10,000 operating (according to World Bank estimates) for its nine million people, the highest per capita presence worldwide in all sectors of activity and society, many with sizable budgets. Yet their numbers beg the question. With that abundant firepower, why is Haiti the poorest country in the hemisphere, one of the poorest in the world."

Stephen Lendman, 2010

 

"Human Rights Watch (HRW), and its close ally, the British Foreign Office's Amnesty International, have established themselves as a tightly coordinated international hit squad against nations which oppose free trade and globalization; they package their attacks as campaigns against "human rights" violations."

Executive Intelligence Review, April 1997

 

"Human-rights interventionism became a consensus among the 'foreign policy elite' even before September 11, 2001. Human Rights Watch (HRW) itself is part of that elite, which includes government departments, foundations, NGO's and academics. It is certainly not an association of 'concerned private citizens'. HRW board members include present and past government employees, and overlapping directorates link it to the major foreign policy lobbies in the US."

Paul Treanor

 

"Failing in its attempt to pressure Sudan to break its ties with China, Washington turned its human rights and other guns on Khartoum directly. They launched a massive campaign to save Darfur.
... Washington and its NGOs ... charge[ed] Khartoum with genocide, as a pretext for bringing UN/NATO troops into the oil fields of Darfur and southern Sudan. Oil, not human misery, was behind Washington's new interest in Darfur.
... US military objectives in Darfur - and the Horn of Africa more widely - were being served by US and NATO backing for African Union (AU) troops in Darfur."

F. William Engdahl in his book "Full Spectrum Dominance"

 

"We should be wary of the role of international NGOs. While many NGOs are trying to address the crisis, the U.S. and other governments are funneling aid to them in order to undermine Haitians' democratic right to self-determination. The international NGOs are unaccountable to either the Haitian state or Haitian population. So the aid funneled through them further weakens what little hold Haitians have on their own society."

Ashley Smith

 

"[Human Rights Watch] HRW has been an important contributor to human rights violations in the former Yugoslavia. HRW helped stir up passions in the demonization process from 1992 onward and actively and proudly contributed to preparing the ground for NATO's 'supreme international crime' in March 1999."

Edward S. Herman, David Peterson and George Szamuely, 2007

 

"In most cases the NGOs are not even membership organizations but a self appointed elite which, under the pretence of being "resource people" for popular movements, in fact, competes with and undermines them. In this sense, NGOs undermine democracy by taking social programs and public debate out of the hands of the local people and their elected natural leaders and creating dependence on non-elected overseas officials and their anointed local officials."

James Petras, 2001

 

"Through slick Madison Avenue marketing techniques and careful study of genuine protest movements, the US Government had perfected techniques for 'democratically' getting rid of any opponent, while convincing the world they were brought down by spontaneous outbursts for freedom.
The Serbian Otpor! revolution had been founded, guided and financed covertly by the US Government via select NGOs."

F. William Engdahl in his book "Full Spectrum Dominance"

 

"CARE in Haiti was a perversion of American charitable ideals with its false claims to be aiding the 'poorest of the poor' when what it was really doing was throwing exquisite banquets at plush hotels while carrying out US political policy in the interest of international venture capitalists and industrialists."

Timothy Schwartz in his book "Travesty in Haiti"

 

"Behind the veil of legitimacy and humanitarian concerns can be found the same powerful people and organizations such as the Open Society Institute of George Soros, the Ford Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, the National Endowment for Democracy and many more, financing and using a maze of well known NGO's such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Crisis Group, etc., as well as more obscure entities.
With the help of these various groups it is possible not only to shape but to create the news, the agenda and public opinion to further aims which are, in short, the control of the world, its natural resources and the furtherance of the uniform ideal of a perfect world polity made in America."

Gilles d'Aymery

 

"US policy towards China's economic emergence across Asia, Africa and beyond, incorporated unexpected weapons of war - 'Human Rights' and 'Democracy.' Atypical as weapons of warfare, 'Democracy' and 'Human Rights' were a 21st Century version of the 1840 Opium Wars.
... The main US targets in the new 'Opium War' against China, euphemistically termed 'promotion of democracy,' were China's vital sources of raw materials. Specifically, the US targeted Myanmar, Sudan, and China itself - through the Dalai Lama organizations in Tibet and the Falun Gong 'religious' sect inside China. To accomplish their goal, the US clandestine intelligence services turned to an arsenal of NGOs they had carefully built up, using the battle cry of 'human rights violations' and weakening of 'democracy.'
... Countries to be targeted were singled out and repeatedly charged - typically in a massive international media assault led by CNN and BBC - as violators of 'human rights... It was a controlled game in which US agencies, from the State Department to the intelligence community, worked behind the facade of a handful of extremely influential, allegedly 'neutral' and nonpartisan' NGOs... from the National Endowment for Democracy to Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institutes.

F. William Engdahl in his book "Full Spectrum Dominance"

 

"You can't talk about disaster capitalism and then donate to the big NGOs. If you donate to the Red Cross, for instance, some help will go to Haiti. At the same time, you are also donating to a system which is not designed to empower Haitians. So if you are progressive, if you want democracy in Haiti, and if you have some faith in the Haitian people, you should be looking for the groups most closely related to, and working with, the grassroots organizations."

Robert Roth a teacher and long-time Haiti solidarity activist, co-founded Haiti Action Committee in 1992

 

"Right wing [American] ideologues and shell NGOs based out of Washington played a critical role in the coup [in Honduras in 2009 ... and are hell bent on stopping the growing populist movements throughout Latin America from gaining more influence and power."

Bill Quigley and Laura Raymond

 

NUCLEAR WEAPONS

"The nuclear weapons' industry, which includes the production of nuclear devices as well as the missile delivery systems, etc., is controlled by a handful of defense contractors with Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Boeing in the lead."

Michel Chossudovsky

 

"The Bush administration, in a secret policy review... [had] ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the "axis of evil" Iraq, Iran, and North Korea but also China, Libya and Syria."

William Arkin, 2002

 

"Under the banner of nuclear non-proliferation, the US [Obama] Administration's objective is to gain a monopoly over the stocks as well as the production of nuclear materials worldwide."

Michel Chossudovsky, 2012

 

"The US has supplied some 480 nuclear bombs to five non-nuclear NATO countries including Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey, and to one nuclear country, the United Kingdom.
... Turkey, which is a partner of the US-led coalition against Iran (along with Israel), possesses some 90 thermonuclear bunker buster bombs at the Incirlik nuclear air base.
... Germany remains the most heavily nuclearized country with three nuclear bases, and may store as
many as 150 bunker buster bombs... While Germany is not officially a nuclear power, it produces nuclear warheads for the French Navy. It stockpiles nuclear warheads and it has the capabilities of delivering nuclear weapons."

Michel Chossudovsky, 2012

 

"Washington is forcing Russia and China to spend resources on military preparedness that the countries could better use in economic development and in protecting the environment. It is my belief that Washington's drive for world hegemony is driving the world toward nuclear war."

Paul Craig Roberts

 

"The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.
[HIroshima was a Japanese city with a population of 400,000. The atomic bomb killed more than 150,000 civilians.]

President Harry Truman, August 9, 1945

 

"Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey's opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945, and in all probability prior to November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated."

U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey [1945] - which interviewed 700 Japanese officials after WWII

 

"It wasn't necessary to hit them [Japanese] with that awful thing ... To use the atomic bomb, to kill and terrorize civilians, without even attempting negotiations, was a double crime."

General Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

"The truth is we are guilty. Our conscience as a nation must trouble us. We must confess our sin. We have used a horrible weapon to asphyxiate and cremate more than 100,000 men, women and children in a sort of super-lethal gas chamber - and all this in a war already won or which spokesman for our Air Forces tell us we could have readily won without the atomic bomb."

David Lawrence, founder and editor of U.S. News And World Report

 

"It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.
... In being the first to use atomic weapons, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children."

Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman

 

OFFSHORE BANKING

"Rich individuals and their families have as much as $32 trillion of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens."

Tax Justice Network, UK [based on a 2012 study of data from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations]

 

"Offshore banking as a whole is under the thumb of the Anglo-Dutch oligarchy.
The British pre-eminence makes the world picture of offshore banking and dirty money more comprehensible. If the world offshore banking sector appears to run as a single operation under British monarchy control, that is because the same group of people who run it also run the opium traffic whose proceeds this banking sector was created to handle."

www.bibliotecapleyades.net "How the Drug Empire Works"

 

"With very few exceptions, offshore banking as a whole is under the thumb of the British oligarchy."

from the book "DOPE, INC." - Executive Intelligence Review, 1992


"Large amounts of money transit through the banking system, from the banks to the hedge funds, to offshore banking havens and back to the banks."

Michel Chossudovsky

 

"A study entitled "Crime and Secrecy: The Use of Offshore Banks and Companies," issued by the Permanent Investigations Subcommittee of the Senate in 1983 after two years of investigations. The investigators estimated the illegal economy of the United States at up to 10% of reported Gross National Product, or over $300 billion. The study reported that London is the leading center worldwide for the concealment of funds ... that two-fifths of all foreign banking activities conducted out of Switzerland are performed with other offshore centers."

from the book "DOPE, INC." - Executive Intelligence Review, 1992

 

"Merrill Lynch, conservatively estimates the wealth of private individuals managed through private banking accounts in offshore tax havens at $ 3.3 trillion. The IMF puts the offshore assets of corporations and individuals at $ 5.5 trillion, a sum equivalent to 25 percent of total world income. The largely ill-gotten loot of Third World elites in numbered accounts was estimated in the 1990s at $ 600 billion, with one third of that held in Switzerland."

Michel Chossudovsky in his book "The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order"

 

"Under U.S. law, banks must report all cash deposits of $10,000 or more. Traffickers have turned to high cash-turnover businesses - such as hotels, casinos, restaurants, and sports events-to launder their money. Since banks don't have to report deposits made by these businesses, drug profits are simply mixed in with legal cash flows.
Cash is also frequently shipped out of the United States. Often planes which fly cocaine into the U.S., fly back loaded with $20, $50, and $100 bills. The bills can then either be deposited directly in offshore banking centers - where no questions are asked - or in remote bank branches in the drug-producing countries. These funds are then wire-transferred out to the offshore banks, into secret accounts where there is no government supervision."

from the book "DOPE, INC." - Executive Intelligence Review, 1992

 

"Offshore banking [1960s] marked a sea change in New York banking practice that would explode in importance during the next three decades and beyond. Chase Manhattan, Citibank and other major US money center banks were to launder hundreds of billions of dollars of illicit hot money, no questions asked, whether the funds originated from US-friendly dictators like the Philippines' Ferdinand Marcos, Iran's Shah Reza Pahlavi, Mexico's Rañl Salinas de Gortari, or Juárez drug cartel money being transferred to Uruguay and Argentina, or from countless other controversial and politically sensitive transactions."

F. William Engdahl in his book "Gods of Money"

 

"The global banking cartel, centered at the IMF, World Bank and Federal Reserve, have paid off politicians and dictators the world over [Including Washington]. In country after country, they have looted national economies at the expense of local populations, consolidating wealth in unprecedented fashion ­ the top economic one-tenth of one percent is currently holding over $40 trillion in investible wealth, not counting an equally significant amount of wealth hidden in offshore accounts."

David DeGraw, 2011

 

"A large share of the multibillion dollar revenues of narcotics are deposited in the Western banking system. Most of the large international banks together with their affiliates in the offshore banking havens launder large amounts of narco-dollars."

Michel Chossudovsky in the book "The Global Economic Crisis"

 

"More than half of world trade passes, at least on paper, through tax havens. Over half of all banking assets and a third of foreign direct investment by multinational corporations, are routed offshore.' Some 85 per cent of international banking and bond issuance takes place in the so-called Euromarket, a stateless offshore zone. The IMF estimated in 2010 that the balance sheets of small island financial centres alone added up to $18 trillion - a sum equivalent to about a third of the world's GDP. And that, it said, was probably an underestimate. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported in 2008 that 83 of the USA's biggest 100 corporations had subsidiaries in tax havens... The Tax Justice Network discovered that ninety-nine of Europe's hundred largest companies used offshore subsidiaries. In each country, the largest user by far was a bank."

Nicholas Shaxson in his book "Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World"

 

"The Status Quo around the world - from France to China to the U.S. - is optimized to protect its Elites and the sprawling Upper-Caste of academics, managers, think-tank toadies, technocrats, apparatchiks, functionaries, factotums, lackeys and apologists who serve the Elites, and are well-paid for enforcing the Status Quo on the disenfranchized castes below."

Charles Hugh Smith, 2014

 

"The legal structure of a family trust differs greatly from public corporations, in that their focus is not on maximizing short-term quarterly profits for shareholders, but in maintaining multi-generational wealth and prestige. Family trusts are increasingly used to manage the wealth of the world's super-rich dynasties, alongside private banking institutions and other wealth management and consulting firms. There is an entire industry dedicated to the management of money, wealth and investments for the super-rich, and it is focused largely - and increasingly - on family dynasties."

Andrew Gavin Marshall

 

"The lesson is clear: if you are a thief, steal by the billions or trillions, and then no one can do anything about it. If you are in the drug trade: handle only billions (or hundreds of billions) in drug money, and then you will get away with it. If you don't want to pay taxes, be a member of the top 0.001% of the world's super-rich and hide your billions in offshore tax-free accounts. If you want more, create a global economic crisis, demand to be saved by the state to the tune of tens of trillions of dollars, and then, tell the state to punish their populations into poverty in order to pay for your mistakes.
In other words, if you want to indulge your criminal fantasies, lie and steal, profit from death and drugs, dominate and demand, be king and command, become the highly-functioning socially-acceptable sociopath you always knew you could be... think big. Think bank. Serial killers, bank robbers and drug dealers go to jail; bankers get bailouts and get an unlimited insurance policy called "too big to fail."

Jurriaan Maessen, Global Research

 

"The emergence of the US as an offshore jurisdiction in its own right attracted vast financial flows into the country boosting bankers' power even further. The old alliance between Wall Street and the City of London, which had collapsed after the Great Depression and the Second World War, had been resurrected."

Nicholas Shaxson in his book "Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World"

 

"The City of London is the money-laundering centre of the world's drug trade. In addition, due to incredibly lax financial laws by the British government, the London property market is built largely on the laundered money of crime from all over the world involving hidden tax havens, most of which are British."

Graham Vanbergen

 

"More than 170 of the Fortune 500 companies have a Luxembourg branch. A total of $95 billion in profits from American corporations' overseas operations flowed through Luxembourg in 2012, the most current statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show. On those profits, corporations paid $1.04 billion in taxes to Luxembourg - just 1.1 percent."

Stephen E. Shay, professor of international taxation at Harvard Law School, 2014

 

"The top economic one-tenth of one percent is currently holding over $40 trillion in investible wealth, not counting an equally significant amount of wealth hidden in offshore accounts."

David DeGraw

 

"Pepsi, IKEA, FedEx and 340 other international companies have secured secret deals from Luxembourg, allowing many of them to slash their global tax bills while maintaining little presence in the tiny European duchy.
These companies appear to have channeled hundreds of billions of dollars through Luxembourg and saved billions of dollars in taxes.
Big companies can book big tax savings by creating complicated accounting and legal structures that move profits to low-tax Luxembourg from higher-tax countries where they're headquartered or do lots of business. In some instances, companies have enjoyed effective tax rates of less than 1 percent on the profits they've shuffled into Luxembourg."

report from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

 

"The process of moving massive amounts of international capital from typical tax havens, into the U.S., is being driven by a familiar name in the world of international finance - Rothschild & Co.
Rothschild, a centuries-old European financial institution, manages the wealth of many of the world's most wealthy families and has been instrumental in helping move the global elite's wealth from traditional tax havens like the Bahamas, Switzerland and the British Virgin Islands to the U.S.
... After opening a trust company in Reno, Nev., Rothschild & Co. began ushering the massive fortunes of the world's most wealthy individuals out of typical tax havens, now subject to OECD international disclosure requirements, and into the Rothschild run U.S. trusts, which are exempt from the international reporting requirements.
The U.S. Treasury Department takes a very strong stand against international tax evasion - unless you put that money into a U.S trust account - which coincidentally is being helmed by Rothschild & Co."

Jay Syrmopoulos

 

"The U.S. is effectively the biggest tax haven in the world."

Andrew Penney, managing director of Rothschild & Co.

 

"The incestuous embrace of privilege and power by entrenched, socially isolated Elites characterizes failed states and brittle, doomed regimes throughout history. This is what the Status Quo everywhere is optimized for: protecting those who have secured the wealth, perquisites and power by strangling competition, democracy and social mobility."

Charles Hugh Smith, 2014

 

"Greed has grown so extreme that even within the top 1% inequality is soaring. The top 1% of the 1%, the .01%, now has 28% of the 1%'s wealth. When you factor in hidden wealth, they have an estimated 33% of the 1%'s wealth. An individual must have over $100 million in wealth to be in the .01%."

David DeGraw, 2014

 

"The City of London now stands as money launderer of the world, the capital of global crime. It is the heart and engine of the offshore haven, with Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man its european collection centres, the caribbean and others hoovering up billions of dollars from all over the globe... It has a dark and shadowy client list; terrorists, drug barons, arms dealers, politicians, corporations and companies, millionaires, billionaires - most with something to hide."

Graham Vanbergen, 2016

 

"Much of the untaxed corporate foreign income is actually held in U.S. banks and stocks and other assets. Microsoft, for example, at one point held 93 percent of its offshore profits in U.S. assets."

Paul Buchhet

 

"Vested interests everywhere use this script to maintain the status quo:
1. Control the media so it focuses exclusively on manufactured "good news". Anything that undermines the dominant narrative is buried, discredited or ignored.
2. Buy political favors and influence to insure that "reforms" are superficial public relations exercises rather than than actual reforms that change the power structure.
3. Rig the accounting, regulations and reporting so any scrutiny is misdirected or blunted. This enables the status quo to continue on unfazed, despite the erosion of the economy's fundamentals and the widening gap between those with power and those who are powerless."

Charles Hugh-Smith

 

"If you want to know the true state of our government and where it's heading, follow the money, and remain vigilant: our kleptocratic Houdinis are hard at work, seeking to make yet more money vanish from your pockets - and reappear in theirs."

William J. Astore

 

"British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies make up around 25 per cent of the world's tax havens.
Tax havens include Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos Islands to name just a few and each is inextricably linked to the City of London's crime offices.
The consequence of its operations is that money laundering is now at such levels and so widespread that the authorities have recently admitted defeat in its battle of attrition by stating openly it has been completely overwhelmed and lost control."

Graham Vanbergen

 

OIL

"After 1971, a White House policy was initiated, under the effective control of Henry Kissinger, to control the economies of the nations and to reduce their populations, rather than to facilitate technology transfer and industrial growth. The strategy was to force the price of the cartelized world oil up by about a factor of four, recover the Arab oil receipts back into the British and American central banks, and lend them to the Third World to acquire control over those countries. To this end, the Bilderberg group, containing the world's top financial and political insiders, met privately in Saltsjoebaden, Sweden in May 1973 to discuss how the coming flood of oil dollars was to be handled.
... The great bulk of the petro-dollars were repatriated in purchasing U.S. government debt and in deposit accounts in Chase Manhattan, Citibank, et al. From there they were loaned to the Third World, which could not otherwise buy the fuel they needed to survive, whence many of those countries became enslaved to the bankers, and forced to follow their edicts on how to run their countries.

F William Engdahl in his book "A Century of War"
reviewed in the book "How The World Really Works" by Alan Jones

 

"Since the Bush-Cheney Administration took office in January 2001, controlling the major oil and natural gas fields of the world had been the primary, though undeclared, priority of US foreign policy... Not only the invasion of Iraq, but also the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, had nothing to do with 'democracy,' and everything to do with pipeline control across Central Asia and the militarization of the Middle East."

F. William Engdahl

 

"The dollar's current strength is supported by the requirement of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), secured originally by a secret agreement between the United States and Saudi Arabia, that all OPEC oil sales be denominated in dollars."

Peter Dale Scott in his book "The Road to 9/11"

 

"Everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil."

Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, 2008

 

"We must never make it appear as if we went into Iraq for its oil."

Republican Arizona Senator Jon Kyl

 

"The United States handled the quadrupling of oil prices in the 1970s by arranging, by means of secret agreements with the Saudis, to recycle petrodollars back into the U.S. economy. The first of these deals assured a special and ongoing Saudi stake in the health of the U.S. dollar; the second secured continuing Saudi support for the pricing of all OPEC oil in dollars. These two deals assured that the U.S. economy would not be impoverished by OPEC oil price hikes. The heaviest burdens would be borne instead by the economies of less developed countries."

Peter Dale Scott, 2003

 

"One of the verboten topics is oil. Do you notice how it is almost never mentioned in the press as a real reason we went into Iraq. When is the last time you heard any major media outlet talking about it? Was there ever a magazine cover that asked -- Was it About the Oil? Can you imagine Wolf Blitzer asking this question of a government official?
... Do Americans realize that the rest of the world, is absolutely convinced we went in for the oil?

Cenk Uygur, 2008

 

"We had virtually no economic options with Iraq, because the country floats on a sea of oil."

Paul Wolfowitz, 2008

 

"Only in an America dumbed down by constant propaganda about our innate moral superiority will anyone any longer believe that we didn't invade Iraq for the oil."

Robert Scheer, 2008

 

"In Colombia, we are fighting a war (supposedly on drugs but in fact financed in part by drugs) with a drug proxy - the corrupt Colombian army and its even more corrupt paramilitary auxiliaries. In 2001 Colombian government sources estimated that 40 percent of Colombian cocaine exports were controlled by rightwing paramilitary warlords and their trafficking allies. Meanwhile the amount controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the target of the U.S. "war on drugs," was estimated by the Colombian government to be 2.5 percent."

Peter Dale Scott, 2003

 

"The United States is not interested in the oil in that region from Iraq. That's just utter nonsense."

Donald Rumsfeld, US. Secretary of Defense, interview with Al Jazeera TV, February 25, 2003

 

"We're there in Iraq because that part of the world controls the world supply of oil, and whoever controls the supply of oil would have a stranglehold on the American economy and indeed on the world economy."

Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, 1990

 

"Regardless of whether we say so publicly, we will go to war, because Saddam sits at the center of a region with more than 60 percent of all the world's oil reserves."

Anthony H. Cordesman, senior analyst at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies

 

"After U.S. troops captured Baghdad in April 2003, they were ordered to protect the Oil Ministry even as looters ransacked priceless antiquities from Iraq's national museums and stole explosives from unguarded military arsenals."

Jason Leopold, Global Research, 2009

 

"The US-led war in the broader Middle East Central Asian region consists in gaining control over more than sixty percent of the world's reserves of oil and natural gas. The Anglo-American oil giants also seek to gain control over oil and gas pipeline routes out of the region. Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen, Libya, Nigeria, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, possess between 66.2 and 75.9 percent of total oil reserves."

Michel Chossudovsky, 2012

 

"Right after World War II ... the United States moved to dominate a global system for the production and distribution of oil. Starting with the Truman Doctrine in 1946, U.S. geostrategic thinking was oil based. What began as a strategy for containment of the Soviet Union has become more and more nakedly a determination to control the oil resources of the world. This pursuit has progressively deformed the domestic U.S. economy, rendering it more and more unbalanced and dependent on heavy military expenditures in remote and ungovernable areas-most recently Afghanistan."

Peter Dale Scott, 2003

 

"Washington and the New York banks had exchanged their flawed postwar Bretton Woods gold exchange system for a new, highly unstable petroleum-based dollar exchange system, which, unlike the gold exchange system, they reckoned they could control. Henry Kissinger and the financial establishment of London and New York had in effect replaced the old gold exchange standard of the postwar world with their own 'petrodollar standard.'"

William Engdahl in his book "A Century of War"

 

"The American habit of training, arming, and financing its drug-trafficking allies in order to help secure oil resources abroad has been a major factor in the huge increase in global illicit drug trafficking since World War II."

Peter Dale Scott, 2003

 

"The oil market is now cornered by five major companies - Exxon-Mobil, Chevron-Texaco, British Petroleum-Amoco-Arco, Royal Dutch Shell and Conoco-Phillips - which control over 60 percent of refinery output.
... The operating strategy ... is to force independent refiners out of business, tighten gasoline supplies, and then jack up the price. Finally, when the profit skyrockets, take ads in newspapers to claim that the profit is reasonable."

Ravi Batra in his book "The New Golden Age", 2007

 

"Drug networks are important factors in the politics of every continent. The United States returns repeatedly to the posture of fighting wars in areas of petroleum reserves with the aid of drug-trafficking allies - drug proxies - with which it has a penchant to become involved."

Peter Dale Scott in his book "Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina"

 

ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT

"The master planners devised the strategy of a merger - a Great Merger - among nations.
But before such a merger can be consummated, and the United States becomes just another province in a New World Order, there must at least be the semblance of parity among the senior partners in the deal. How does one make the nations of the world more nearly equal? The Insiders determined that a two-prong approach was needed; use American money and know-how to build up your competitors, while at the same time use every devious strategy you can devise to weaken and impoverish this country. The goal is not to bankrupt the United States. Rather, it is to reduce our productive might, and therefore our standard of living, to the meager subsistence level of the socialized nations of the world.
The plan is not to bring the standard of living in less developed countries up to our level, but to bring ours down to meet theirs coming up... It is your standard of living which must be sacrificed on the altar of the New World Order."

Gary Allen in his book "The Rockefeller File"

"The future of the global political economy is one of increasing moves toward a global system of governance, or a world government, with a world central bank and global currency.
... What we are witnessing is the creation of a New World Order, composed of a totalitarian global government structure.
... The very concept of a global currency and global central bank is authoritarian in its very nature, as it removes any vestiges of oversight and accountability away from the people of the world, toward a small, increasingly interconnected group of international elites."

Andrew Gavin Marshall, Global Research

 

"With the exception of the U.S.S.R. as a federate-Eurasian state, all other continents will become united in a world alliance, at whose disposal will be an international police force. All armies will be abolished, and there will be no more wars. In Jerusalem, the United Nations will build a Shrine of the Prophets to serve the federated union of all continents; this will be the seat of the Supreme Court of Mankind, to settle all controversies among the federated continents."

David Ben-Gurion

 

"Through the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations its ideology is constant: That the best way to fight Communism is by a One World Socialist state governed by "experts" like themselves. The result has been policies which favor the growth of the superstate, gradual surrender of United States sovereignty to the United Nations and a steady retreat in the face of Communist aggression."

Kermit Roosevelt, 1961

 

"Every step the United States takes toward political and economic entanglements with the rest of the world is a step toward realization of the end objective of Communism: creating a one-world socialist political and economic system in which we will be one of the subjugated provinces.
... If the world government included the despotic, oligarchic, militaristic, feudalistic, and primitive systems of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, it would necessarily become the bloodiest and most oppressive tyranny the world has ever known."

Dan Smoot in his book "The Invisible Government"

 

"The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super capitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control. Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent."

Congressman Lawrence P. McDonald, 1976 (he was killed in the Korean Airlines 747 that was shot down by Soviets)

 

"If you wish to establish national monopolies, you must control national governments. If you wish to establish international monopolies or cartels, you must control a world government."

Gary Allen in his book "None Dare Call It Conspiracy"

 

"A purpose of the Bretton Woods system is to create a world government ruled by the banking elites, using the United Nations as the core of a political structure and the IMF as the world central bank.
... The [global banking] elites understand that they will never be able to consolidate and hold their power by means of a gradualist program unless and until they are able to make the IMF the sole issuer of the world's only important currency [the dollar]."

G. Edward Griffin in his book "The Creature from Jekyll Island"

"Regionalization is in keeping with the tri-lateral plan which calls for a gradual convergence of East and West, ultimately leading toward the goal of 'one world government'. National sovereignty is no longer a viable concept."

Zbigniew Brzezinski

 

"George Bush has been surrounding himself with people who believe in one-world government. They believe that the Soviet system and the American system are converging," and the manner in which they would accomplish that was through the United Nations."

David Funderburk, a former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, 1991

 

"A radical alternative scheme for the next century [would be] the creation of a common currency for all the industrial democracies, with a common monetary policy and a joint Bank of Issue to determine that monetary policy ... How can independent states accomplish that? They need to turn over the determination of monetary policy to a supranational body."

Richard Cooper, Harvard professor and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member, in Foreign Affairs, 1984

 

"The world is ... prepared to march towards a world government. The supra national sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries."

David Rockefeller at the June 1991 Bilderberg meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany

 

"We shall have world government whether or not you like it - by conquest or consent."

James Warburg, son of Council on Foreign Relations founder Paul Warburg

 

"The organized intellectual powers of the West - the principle think tanks and banking interests - have sought to create a perfect global system of governance, one in which power does not sway from nation to nation, or West to East, but rather that power is centralized globally... it is through crises - economic, political, and social - that this process of global governance can be rapidly accelerated."

Andrew Gavin Marshall, 2011

 

"The big question is why hasn't government and the Fed tried to solve the economic situation [in the United States]? The answer is they have no intention of doing so, because they want the public on their knees economically and financially so they can impose World Government."

Bob Chapman, 2011

 

"The network of world financiers are not pro-Communist. Their motivation is profit and power. They are now working to bring both Russia and the United States into a world government which they expect to control. War and threats of war are tools to prod the masses toward the acceptance of that goal. It is essential, therefore, that the United States and the industrialized nations of world have credible enemies."

G. Edward Griffin in his book "The Creature from Jekyll Island", 1994

 

"The entities who now control the wealth and power will accumulate even more wealth and power. A new global reserve currency will emerge and a global central bank will be the global governing authority where the heads of state report to a group of central bankers and their anonymous shareholders who control the money, power and politicians on a global scale."

Craig Harris, 2008

 

"The two aims of the Party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought.
The capitalists owned everything in the world, and everyone else was their slave. They owned all the land, all the houses, all the factories, and all the money. If anyone disobeyed them they could throw him into prison, or they could take his job away and starve him to death."

George Orwell in his book "1984"

 

"Who shall rule the world: the emerging 1% as a financial oligarchy, or elected governments. The two sets of aims are antithetical: rising living standards and national independence, or a renting economy, austerity and international dependency."

Michael Hudson

 

"Big government is the necessary ally of monopoly, and world government is the goal of the cartelists who are the quiet, seemingly philanthropic sponsors of the U.N..
... Everything the cartels and multi-national companies do is in furtherance of one or both of their two objectives: the creation of greater wealth for those who control them; and the coalescing of political power into a true world government - with themselves in control from behind the scenes."

G. Edward Griffin, 2011

 

"About two hundred years ago, at the beginning of the industrial revolution, there was what was called the "great divergence" as industrialization made some economies rich. Western empires forced many developing countries to deindustrialize, and to remain as colonial export-oriented economies, while the colonial powers industrialized to advance their economies. This created a great divergence between what we call the third world, developing, emerging economies and the developed, advanced economies - Western Europe, United States and Japan.
Now there is a process of convergence, as countries such as China, Russia, Brazil, India, South Africa, and others rise economically. The G20 is trying to advance the process of global convergence by allowing the twenty largest economies in the world to try to manage the global economic system in a process called global governance."

Andrew Gavin Marshall

 

"Today's world is ruled by a myriad of multinational corporations and financial institutions that belong to a network of private round table organisations that stretch across the planet. There exists an international ruling elite that has been building an economic-corporate empire for over a century, which oppresses any dissent to their agenda."

Steven MacMillan

"We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent."

international banker James Warburg testifying before the United States Senate on Feb. 7, 1950

 

"The wheels now are in motion to create a world political entity... With possession of all nuclear weapons, that super-state would be so powerful that no man and no disarmed nation-state could resist its edicts.
... However, before it would be possible to merge the United States with the rest of world, it would be necessary to bring their economies and standards of living into line. That means massive foreign aid to the less developed nations to bring them up, and all kinds of wasteful spending, exhausting wars, and productivity-crippling restrictions to bring the United States down."

G. Edward Griffin, 2011

 

"There is a transnational ruling class, a "Superclass", that agrees on establishing a world government. The middle class is targeted for elimination, because most of the world has no middle class, and to fully integrate and internationalize a middle class, would require industrialization and development in Africa, and certain places in Asia and Latin America. The goal of the Superclass is not to lose their wealth and power to a transnational middle class, but rather to extinguish the notion of a middle class, and transnationalize a lower, uneducated, labor oriented class, through which they will secure ultimate wealth and power.
The global economic crisis serves these ends, as whatever remaining wealth the middle class holds is in the process of being eliminated, and as the crisis progresses, the middle classes of the world will suffer, while a great percentage of lower classes of the world, poverty-stricken even prior to the crisis, will suffer the greatest, most probably leading to a massive reduction in population levels, particularly in the "underdeveloped" or "Third World" states."

Andrew Gavin Marshall in the book "The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century"

 

PATHOCRACY
government created and run by psychopaths

"Pathocracy is a system of government wherein a small pathological minority takes control over a society of normal people."

Andrzej Lobaczewski in his book "Political Ponerology: a science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes"

 

"During the past fifty years, psychopaths have gained almost absolute control of all the branches of government."

Andrzej Lobaczewski in his book "Political Ponerology: a science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes", 1998

 

"CIvilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been built on slavery and mass murder. Psychopaths have played a disproportionate role in the development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie, kill, cheat, steal, torture, manipulate, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse, in order to establish their own sense of security through domination."

Andrzej Lobaczewski in his book "Political Ponerology: A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes"

 

"Our society is ever more soulless because the people who lead it and who set the example are soulless - they literally have no conscience."

Andrzej Lobaczewski in his book "Political Ponerology: a science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes"

 

"The problem of psychopathy in politics remains steadfastly ignored. Political scientists refuse to look at psychopathy, and psychopathy experts refuse to look at politics. The results of such blindness are evident in history - and the present - for anyone to see. Genocides, dictatorships, state-sanctioned torture, "war without end", political assassinations, death squads, corruption, blackmail, spying on civilians, "state secrets", illegal "espionage", and on and on."

Andrzej Lobaczewski in his book "Political Ponerology: a science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes"

 

"The political psychopath, in a position of the utmost prestige, power, and influence, has the potential to rule - and ruin - empires. His influence reaches every level of society and his decisions have the potential to affect billions."

Andrzej Lobaczewski in his book "Political Ponerology: a science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes"

 

"A normal person's actions and reactions, his ideas and moral criteria, all too often strike abnormal individuals as abnormal. For if a person with some psychological deviations considers himself normal, which is of course significantly easier if he possesses authority, then he would consider a normal person different and therefore abnormal.
... Any person rebelling internally against a governmental system shall easily be designated by the representatives of said government as "mentally abnormal", someone who should submit to psychiatric treatment. A scientifically and morally degenerate psychiatrist becomes a tool easily used for this purpose."

Andrzej Lobaczewski in his book "Political Ponerology: a science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes"

 

"Experts have made it increasingly clear that psychopaths can occupy prominent positions in all professions: law, business, medicine, psychology, academia, military, entertainment, law enforcement, even - and perhaps especially - politics."

Andrzej Lobaczewski in his book "Political Ponerology: a science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes"

 

"In his book "Political Ponerology", Andrej Lobaczewski explains that clinical psychopaths enjoy advantages even in non-violent competitions to climb the ranks of social hierarchies. Because they can lie without remorse (and without the telltale physiological stress that is measured by lie detector tests), psychopaths can always say whatever is necessary to get what they want... All hierarchies inevitably become top-heavy with psychopaths. Since psychopaths have no limitations on what they can or will do to get to the top, the ones in charge are generally pathological. It is not power that corrupts, it is that corrupt individuals seek power."

Clinton Callahan in his book "Beware the Psychopath, My Son"

 

"Psychopaths, like anyone else, are born with different basic likes and dislikes and desires, which is why some of them are petty thieves or rapists and others are doctors and presidents."

Martha Stout, author of the book "The Sociopath Next Door", 2005

 

"If violent offenders are psychopathic, they are able to assault, rape, and murder without concern for legal, moral, or social consequences. This allows them to do what they want, whenever they want. Ironically, these same traits exist in men and women who are drawn to high-profile and powerful positions in society including political officeholders."

Jim Kouri

 

"Some of the character traits exhibited by serial killers or criminals may be observed in many within the political arena. They share the traits of psychopaths who are not sensitive to altruistic appeals, such as sympathy for their victims or remorse or guilt over their crimes. They possess the personality traits of lying, narcissism, selfishness, and vanity. These are the people to whom we have entrusted our fate."

Jim Kouri

 

"The US presidency demands sociopathic behavior, because the decisions that have to be made once in power, harm tens-of-thousands, even millions of people around the world."

Andrew Gavin Marshall

 

"The top people in the foreign policy establishment, like Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright, are sociopaths. If you have empathy, compassion and common decency, you wouldn't rise to the top of the foreign policy establishment (think tanks, foundations, government, academia). It is not logical to expect these people to engage in a foreign policy that doesn't result in suffering, war and atrocities."

Andrew Gavin Marshall

 

"American leaders are perhaps not so much immoral as they are amoral. It's not that they take pleasure in causing so much death and suffering. It's that they just don't care ... the same that could be said about a sociopath. As long as the death and suffering advance the agenda of the empire, as long as the right people and the right corporations gain wealth and power and privilege and prestige, as long as the death and suffering aren't happening to them or people close to them ... then they just don't care about it happening to other people, including the American soldiers whom they throw into wars and who come home-the ones who make it back alive-with Agent Orange or Gulf War Syndrome eating away at their bodies. American leaders would not be in the positions they hold if they were bothered by such things."

William Blum in his book "Killing Hope"

 

"The leaders of the empire, the imperial mafia - George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, et al.- and their scribes as well, are as fanatic and as fundamentalist as Osama bin Laden."

William Blum in his book "Killing Hope"

 

"Our leaders are cruel because only those willing to be inordinately cruel and remorseless can hold positions of leadership in the foreign policy establishment. People capable of expressing a full human measure of compassion and empathy toward faraway powerless strangers do not become president of the United States, or vice president, or secretary of state, or national security adviser."

William Blum in his book "Killing Hope"

 

"Many politicians share the traits of psychopaths who are not sensitive to altruistic appeals, such as sympathy for their victims or remorse or guilt over their crimes. They possess the personality traits of lying, narcissism, selfishness, and vanity. These are the people to whom we have entrusted our fate. Is it any wonder that America is failing at home and world-wide?"

John Kozy

 

"Psychopaths seek positions of power and influence, and politics offers publicity, prestige, and other perks. It also provides positions of ultimate authority over military, industry, and entire populations. In a world where psychopaths are understandably viewed as morally repulsive, often finding themselves at home in the criminal world, politics offers an opportunity to create a new world, to be free from the ridiculous (in their minds) moral and legal rules of society."

Harrison Koehli

 

"While political psychopaths are instrumental in the rise of totalitarian political groups, they play an equally important role in apparently democratic governments."

Harrison Koehl

 

"Most [psychopathic] serial killers and many professional politicians must mimic what they believe are appropriate responses to situations they face such as sadness, empathy, sympathy, and other human responses to outside stimuli. ... If violent offenders are psychopathic, they are able to assault, rape, and murder without concern for legal, moral, or social consequences. This allows them to do what they want, whenever they want. Ironically, these same traits exist in men and women who are drawn to high-profile and powerful positions in society including political officeholders."

Jim Kouri

 

"Serial killers ruin families. Corporate, political and religious psychopaths ruin economies and societies."

Robert Hare

 

"A small proportion of people who suffer from psychologically abnormal personalities have, throughout history, had an immeasurable detrimental impact on our societies, our politics and our world. Enabled by their ruthlessness to readily acquire positions of power, they have long dominated the psychologically normal majority of the world's population."

Ian Hughes

 

"The world is a place where there are no good guys in positions of power. The ruling class, in all cases, is driven by a voracious appetite for supremacy, wealth, and control.
... No one in leadership positions in Washington DC, on Wall Street, in corporate America, or in the mainstream media are good. The entire world is under the control of deceitful, cunning, egomaniacal, corruptible, psychopaths who will stop at nothing to fulfill their personal agendas."

www.theburningplatform.com, 2015

 

"One cannot engage in barbarous action without becoming a barbarian.""

J. William Fulbright, The Arrogance of Power

 

"The political system that is in place is a pathological system that is at odds in a very profound way with the being or nature of most people. People of conscience are being ruled by people with no conscience. This fact is the primary injustice and is the basis for the other ills of society."

Henry See in his book "The Trick of the Psychopath's Trade"

 

"In a world of psychopaths, those who are not genetic psychopaths, are induced to behave like psychopaths simply to survive. When the rules are set up to make a society "adaptive" to psychopathy, it makes psychopaths of everyone."

Laura Knight-Jadczyk

 

"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives."

John Lennon

 

"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth."

H. L. Mencken

 

"We're living in a pathocracy. The asylum has been taken over by the inmates, and the craziest inmates are the ones who are in line to become the heads of the asylum."

Kevin Barrett, the editor of "Veterans Today", 2016

 

"Sometimes it seems impossible to escape the conclusion that the whole world is going insane with war and preparation for war. However, the situation is merely a manifestation of a psychopathic tendency in politics."

Jerry Russell and Richard Stanley

 

"Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms and sell them to one country for them to use against another country. The industry of death, the desire to have more money, the greed, harms us all. The economic system orbits around money and not men, women.
... Many powerful people don't want peace because they live off war."

Pope Francis, in 2015, met with pupils from Rome's primary schools 

 

"Over 400 years ago, the Florentine statesman Niccolo Machiavelli engaged in a profound study of methods used by various rulers to attain power... The findings of Machiavelli and other students of power decree that to obtain power it is essential to ignore the moral laws of man and of God; that promises must be made only with the intention to deceive and to mislead others to sacrifice their own interests; that the most brutal atrocity must be committed as a matter of mere convenience; that friends or allies must be betrayed as matter of course as soon as they have served their purpose. But, it is also decreed that these atrocities must be kept hidden from the common people except only where they are of use to strike terror to the hearts of opponents; that there must be kept up a spurious aspect of benevolence and benefit for the greater number of the people, and even an aspect of humility to gain as much help as possible."

E. C. Knuth in his book "The Empire of the "City"

 

PATRIOT ACT

"The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 [Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism] significantly weakened restrictions on law enforcement agencies' gathering of intelligence within the United States; expanded the Secretary of the Treasury's authority to regulate financial transactions, particularly those involving foreign individuals and entities; and broadened the discretion of law enforcement and immigration authorities in detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorism-related acts. The act also expanded the definition of terrorism to include domestic terrorism, thus enlarging the number of activities to which the USA PATRIOT Act's expanded law enforcement powers can be applied.
On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, a four-year extension of three key provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act: roving wiretaps, searches of business records (the "library records provision"), and conducting surveillance of "lone wolves" - individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups."

Wikipedia

 

"The USA/PATRIOT Act vastly strengthened the powers of the police over civil society... Every clause of this law violated the U.S. Constitution.
The USA/PATRIOT Act, like its totalitarian counterparts, has a vague, loose definition of "terrorism" that allows it to repress any dissident organization and protest activity."

James Petras

 

"The PATRIOT Act violates at least six of the ten original amendments known as the Bill of Rights - the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendments - and possibly the Thirteenth and Fourteenth as well."

John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute

 

"The PATRIOT Act wipes out the rights I enjoyed."

Daniel Ellsberg - released the Pentagon Papers (which revealed top-secret Pentagon study about the Vietnam War), 1971

 

"The PATRIOT Act creates a number of new crimes. One of the most threatening to dissent and those who oppose government policies is the crime of "domestic terrorism"."

Michel Chossudovsky

 

"The PATRIOT Act allows the government to spy on Internet surfing by Americans, including to collect the terms they enter into search engines such as Google. The person spied on does not have to be the target of the investigation, and the government is not obligated to report to the court or tell the person involved what it has done."

Chalmers Johnson

 

"Upon passage of PATRIOT Act II, which contains the amendment to overturn posse comitatus, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) will be re-militarized, which will give the agency military police powers."

Al Martin

 

"America's PATRIOT Act violates five of the ten cherished amendments of the Bill of Rights: freedom of speech and assembly, protection from unreasonable search and seizure, due process, prompt public trial, and protection from cruel and unusual punishment."

Parag Khanna

 

"In the PATRIOT Act, Congress has created a tool of punishment to shut us up, if Americans don't get the message. We can be silenced through secret accusations. The government has no burden to show evidence that a crime has been committed. They don't have to show evidence to a grand jury. They don't have to show proof to a Judge. The FBI and Prosecutors have no burden to confess afterwards that a defendant had a legitimate alibi for the alleged wrongdoing. American citizens can be detained indefinitely without trial. They can lock us up on military bases and deny us access to our attorneys."

Susan Lindauer

 

"In theory, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 adopted in the wake of the US civil war, prevents the military from intervening in civilian police and judicial functions. This law has been central to the functioning of constitutional government.
While the Posse Comitatus Act is still on the books, in practice the legislation is no longer effective in preventing the militarization of civilian institutions.
Both the legislation inherited from the Clinton administration and the post-9/11 PATRIOT Acts I and II have blurred the line between military and civilian roles. They allow the military to intervene in judicial and law enforcement activities even in the absence of an emergency situation. "

Michel Chossudovsky

 

"The PATRIOT Act, which became effective on the October 26 2001, authorised indefinite detention without indictment for foreigners suspected of having links to terrorist organisations."

Jean-Claude Paye

"The Bush/Cheney regime rammed through the PATRIOT Act, which assaulted the US Constitution and took away US civil liberties. The Bush regime established that the president did not have to obey statutory US law, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act which requires a court warrant for spying on US citizens... Bush asserted and established by assertion, the power to negate Constitutional protections, such as habeas corpus, and confine US citizens to indefinite detainment without any evidence or court proceedings."

Paul Craig Roberts

 

PATRIOTISM

"America's state religion: patriotism, a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry that "treason" is morally worse than murder or rape."

William Blum

 

"Nationalism is a set of beliefs taught to each generation in which the Motherland or the Fatherland is an object of veneration and becomes a burning cause for which one becomes willing to kill the children of other Motherlands or Fatherlands... Patriotism is used to create the illusion of a common interest that everybody in the country has."

Howard Zinn

 

"Patriotism has got to be more than hanging out a flag and then sitting on your ass watching jets bomb Afghanistan."

Ruth Coniff

 

"We in the U.S. military are held to a high standard. Like the early Romans, we are expected to do the right thing, and when we don't, to make it right again ... And it's why each civilian casualty for which we are even remotely responsible sets back our efforts to gain the confidence of the Afghan people, months, if not years. It doesn't matter how hard we try to avoid hurting the innocent, and we do try very hard. It doesn't matter how proportional the force we deploy, how precisely we strike. It doesn't even matter if the enemy hides behind civilians. What matters are the death and destruction that result and the expectation that we could have avoided it ... Lose the people's trust, and we lose the war ... I see this sort of trust being fostered by our troops all over the world. They are building schools, roads, wells, hospitals and power stations. They work every day to build the sort of infrastructure that enables local governments to stand on their own. But mostly, even when they are going after the enemy, they are building friendships. They are building trust. And they are doing it in superb fashion."

General Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2009

 

"Patriotism in its simplest, clearest, and most indubitable meaning is nothing but an instrument for the attainment of the government's ambitious and mercenary aims, and a renunciation of human dignity, common sense, and conscience by the governed, and a slavish submission to those who hold power. That is what is really preached wherever patriotism is championed. Patriotism is slavery."

Leo Tolstoy

 

"The Japanese pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor were being patriotic. The German people who supported Hitler and his conquests were being patriotic - fighting for the Fatherland. All the Latin American military dictators who overthrew democratically elected governments and routinely tortured people were being patriotic - saving their beloved country from 'communism'."

William Blum

 

"The causes of the malady are not entirely clear but its recurrence is one of the uniformities of history: power tends to confuse itself with virtue and a great nation is peculiarly susceptible to the idea that its power is a sign of God's favor, conferring upon it a special responsibility for other nations - to make them richer and happier and wiser, to remake them, that is, in its own shining image."

former US senator William Fulbright, The Arrogance of Power, 1966

 

"Today in the United States millions find it easier to chant "USA, USA, USA" than to accept facts that indicate the need for change."

Paul Craig Roberts

 

"Thomas Paine was the most famous political thinker of his day, his books in the late eighteenth century selling more copies than the Bible, but after the Americans had won their War of Independence, his notions of democracy were deemed unsuitable to the work of dividing up the spoils. The proprietors of their newfound estate claimed the privilege of apportioning its freedoms, and they remembered that Paine opposed the holding of slaves and the denial to women of the same sort of rights awarded to men. A man too much given to plain speaking, on too familiar terms with the lower orders of society, and therefore not to be trusted.
... In 1794, Paine fell from grace as an American patriot as a consequence of his publishing The Age of Reason, the pamphlet in which he ridiculed the authority of an established church... When he died in poverty in 1809, he was buried, as unceremoniously as a dog in a ditch, in unhallowed ground on his farm in New Rochelle."

Lewis H. Lapham

 

"The leaders of imperial powers have traditionally told themselves and their citizens that their country was exceptional and that their subjugation of a particular foreign land should be seen as a 'civilizing mission,' a 'liberation,' 'God's will,' and of course bringing 'freedom and democracy' to the benighted and downtrodden. It is difficult to kill large numbers of people without a claim to virtue."

William Blum

 

"If we have to use force, it is because we are America! We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future."

Madeleine Albright, US secretary of State, 1998

 

"The framework of inherent evil in our enemies is accepted to such a high degree that war and military threats against those enemies often engender a sense of pride, patriotism, and righteousness. Their regular denunciation relegates vast populations to potential collateral damage, a class of sub-humans which can be destroyed at will by the most advanced military on the planet in the name of freedom and democracy. Countries are leveled to 'defend the peace' and 'protect human rights'. The ultimate double standard, one that justifies the death of others but from which we are immune, is highly entrenched. Its internalization is a triumph of indoctrination and propaganda in the service of wealth and power."

Michael Leung, 2007

 

"Patriotism and nationalism are enemies of the truth."

Robert Fearn in his book "Amoral America"

 

"The Japanese pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor were being patriotic. The German people who supported Hitler and his conquests were being patriotic, fighting for the Fatherland. All the Latin American military dictators who overthrew democratically-elected governments and routinely tortured people were being patriotic -- saving their beloved country from "communism"."

William Blum

PENTAGON

"The US spends almost half of all the military spending in the entire world, equal to virtually all the other countries combined. More than half of the weapons sold in the world are sold by the United States. The US has more than 700 military bases scattered across dozens of countries. The US is the world's leading trainer of paramilitaries. The US has a series of courses, from interrogators to generals, that have graduated military people guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in dozens upon dozens of countries. The US has a series of covert paramilitary forces of its own that get almost no attention... This is the military machine."

journalist Allan Nairn, 2010

 

"Over time, a commitment to both guns and butter has proven an unstable configuration. Military industries crowd out the civilian economy and lead to severe economic weaknesses."

Chalmers Johnson

 

"The Pentagon's penchant for military toys makes an ambitious, aggressive foreign policy essential. Without enemies and conflicts, real or potential, there is no reason to spend money."

Gabriel Kolko, 2007

 

"Although I'm not loyal to any country or government, I am loyal to certain principles, like political and social justice, economic democracy, human rights.
... If your heart and mind tell you clearly that the bombing of impoverished, hungry, innocent peasants is a terrible thing to do and will not make the American people any more secure, you should protest it in any way you can and don't be worried about being called unpatriotic."

William Blum, 2009

 

"[The Pentagon's] five-year campaign plan includes a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, L Somalia and Sudan."

General Wesley Clark

 

"The Pentagon sets its own agenda in collaboration with its transnational corporate masters. Gone is the older notion that the military is only one of several means that a democratic government uses to implement its policies. As their size and prominence grow, the armed forces of any empire tend to overshadow and displace other instruments of foreign policy. Militarism rules abroad and sets the tone at home."

William F. Pepper in his book "An Act of State: the Execution of Martin Luther King"

 

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