By Al Duncan
April 22, 2011
Politicians look at war much differently than the public.
In 1981, President Reagan issued Executive Order 12333, known as “Title 18, Section 6,” authorizing U.S. intelligence services to establish and operate corporations for intelligence purposes and deny any intelligence community connection. Now, U.S. intelligence services could covertly establish and operate corporations with taxpayer’s funds, they could compete against taxpayers with taxpayer’s funds and they could legally lie about their real “corporate” purpose. [click here]
From 1989 to 1993 Dick Cheney (a founding member of the Project for the New American Century, the group that planned the takeover of the Middle East) served as Secretary of Defense. August 1992 a contract was cut with Kellogg, Brown and Root Services Corp (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton, to study whether the Pentagon should use the private sector for service-type jobs such as preparing food, latrine and laundry cleaning, etc.; services previously provided by U.S. servicemen. Cheney approved a contract with KBR, calling it “a terrific deal”. Within 10-years KBR and Halliburton acquired between 700 to 800 contracts, employing approximately 100,000 people worldwide. [click here]
From 1995 to 2000, Cheney was chief executive and chairman of Halliburton, the major provider of products and services to the military. Most of Halliburton's government contracts were won by its construction subsidiary, KBR. Under Cheney the company benefited from $3.8 billion in government contracts or insured loans. Cheney’s wealth also advanced from $700,000 to $65mil in 5 years. [click here]
Walter Pincus, of the Washington Post, December 16, 2009, stated, “According to a study by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a provider of background information to members of Congress on a bipartisan basis, the surge of 30,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan could be accompanied by up to 56,000 contractors, expanding personnel from the U.S. private sector in a war zone. CRS expects an additional 26,000 to 56,000 contractors to be sent to Afghanistan, bringing the number of contractors in the country to anywhere from 130,000 to 160,000.” This would all take place at the U.S. taxpayer’s expense.
Apparently, Halliburton brought Cheney in to open doors for contracts, not only in Washington, but Capitals around the world. It would also appear that while electing George W. Bush, we also elected a government contractor and PNAC member as Vice President.
October 10, 2002, Congress passed Joint Resolution 114, granting the president the right to use force against Iraq at his discretion. If the president, advised by members of the Military Industrial Complex, establishes a need to drop bombs or send land forces somewhere, the Pentagon is then utilized to shape the News to sway the public in support of the latest strategic plan. [click here]
So let us continue down the money-trail of collusion and corruption as we examine some of the revolving doors between the Military Industrial Complex, the corporate/banking world and the U.S. government.
Director and co-founder of the Carlyle Group, William Conway, recently boasted about his bank and the cast of ex-Presidents and former officials, including George H. W. Bush, James Baker III, and Frank Carlucci, on its payroll. It is the use of former government officials for their access to government bureaucracies to determine contractual relations. It is inside knowledge—knowing exactly where the government is going to spend money and then investing in it. [click here]
Under Frank Carlucci (former CIA deputy director and Defence Secretary), Carlyle has become the nation's eleventh-largest defence contractor, a major arms exporter to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, one of the biggest foreign investors in South Korea and Taiwan, a key player in global telecommunications, wireless, real estate, and healthcare markets. Since 1987 it has invested $6.4 billion in 233 transactions, with a 35 percent return rate on its completed investments. [click here]
Considering the huge profits (the military is now 36 percent of the annual budget) and the enormous power involving corporations, the Military Industrial Complex, and the U.S. government, it is understandable that anyone in opposition to a strong defense policy poses a huge threat. [click here]
In 1515, Machiavelli authored The Prince, here is a quote regarding mercenaries, “The mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous, and if anyone supports his country by the arms of mercenaries, he’ll never stand firm or sure, as they are disunited, ambitious, without discipline, faithless, bold amongst friends, cowardly amongst enemies, they have no fear of God and keep no faith with men.”
Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, PhD, U.S. Air Force, stated, "In terms of people, there are 1,473,900 active personnel and 1,458,500 reserves. That’s before the broad-based government and military outsourcing rage [Private Military Company] of the last 15 years. Total numbers of PMCs exceed all U.S. combat forces combined.” [click here]
Founded by former U.S. Navy Seal, Erik Prince, Blackwater is currently the largest of the U.S. state department's private security contractors, it’s earned more than $1 billion from the U.S. government in the last nine years. [click here]
"What we know now is that Blackwater was part of the highest level, the innermost circle strategizing and exercising strategy within the Bush administration," says Jan Schakowsky, chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, "Erik Prince operated at the highest, most secret level of the government. Prince was more trusted than the U.S. Congress because Vice President Cheney made the decision not to brief Congress." [click here]
On August 19, 2009, the New York Times ran an article by Mark Mazzetti, who stated, “In 2004 the CIA hired outside contractors from the private security contractor Blackwater USA as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al Qaeda, according to current and former government officials.” [click here]
Joseph Black, CIA Directorate of Operations, testified to Congress, "There’s a before 9/11, and there’s an after 9/11. After 9/11 the gloves come off." Black outlined a ‘no-limits, aggressive, relentless, worldwide pursuit of any terrorist who threatens us.’ In 2004 Black bragged, ‘over 70 percent of Al Qaeda's leadership had been arrested, detained or killed.’”
"’Outsourcing gave the agency more protection in case something went wrong,’ said a retired intelligence officer intimately familiar with the assassination program.”
September 16, 2007, Blackwater USA guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians trying to drive away from a Baghdad square. Lt. Col. Mike Tarsa, whose squad reached Nisoor Square 25 minutes after the gunfire subsided, reported, “Based upon eyewitness interviews and discussions with Iraqi police, we concluded that the shootings were criminal.” Their conclusions mirrored the Iraqi government, which said the Blackwater guards killed 17 people. [click here]
According to Blackwater USA, “Based on information available to us, we understand that these individuals acted within the rules set forth by the government and that no criminal violations occurred. It is important to note that these men are presumed innocent, that an indictment is only the first step in the Judicial process, and that these men have not been convicted of anything.” [click here]
The Associate Press reported that, “Citing Justice Department missteps, a judge dismissed all charges against the Blackwater guards accused in the killing of 17 civilians in Baghdad's Nisour Square in 2007.” [click here]
On October 25, 2007, Brian Ross of CBS News reported, “Even as she accepted the resigation of State’s security chief, Justine Sincavage, who was responsible for all State Department Security contracts for Iraq and Afghanistan, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice promoted two senior staffers who directly oversaw Blackwater security operations.
“Current and former officials were outraged,” Ross continued. “‘It is ironic; on the day the assistant secretary for DSS resigns, the two people with oversight responsibility for the program get promoted,’ said one current State Department official who asked not to be named
“Another State official who would not be named went further, calling the promotions of Sincavage and Barry a symptom of “a perverted system of government.”
Ross concludes, “’Two people got promoted in the face of all this mismanagement and controversy—talk about government B.S.,’ said another. ‘What does it say when the State promotes the two people into the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s most senior positions, when if they had properly managed the programs under their responsibility, we would not be in this mess.’” [click here]
When a New York Times journalist asked George W. Bush in March 2005, how he would justify the practice of extraordinary rendition, Bush replied, “Torture is never acceptable, nor do we hand over people to countries that do torture.” But with the emergence of de-classified U.S. Government documents and the findings of independent investigations, it has become clear that Bush’s statements were merely a façade for the surprise ‘holidays’ that the CIA was granting to terrorist suspects at the time. Even in the post-Bush era, the Obama administration has, continued to utilize and justify the use of extraordinary rendition. [click here]
Also included in President Reagan’s Executive Order 12333, under United States Intelligence Activities, Section 2.11 of the order was a provision stating: “Prohibition on Assassination. No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination.” Section 2.12 of the order prohibits indirect participation in activities prohibited by the order, stating: “Indirect participation. No agency of the Intelligence Community shall participate in or request any person to undertake activities forbidden by this Order.” E.O. 12333.” [click here]
However, on July 30, 2008, President Bush issued Executive Order 13470 amending Executive Order 12333. The Order states, in pertinent part: “The United States Government has a solemn obligation, and shall continue in the conduct of intelligence activities under this order, to protect fully the legal rights of all United States persons, including freedoms, civil liberties, and privacy rights guaranteed by Federal law.” [click here]
President George W. Bush then gave the CIA, and later the military, authority to kill U.S. citizens abroad if evidence existed that an American was involved in organizing or carrying out terrorist actions against the U.S. or U.S. interests, military and intelligence officials said. [click here]
According to Dana Priest, January 27, 2010, the Obama administration has adopted the same stance, “The operations, approved by President Barrack Obama, involved several dozen troops from the U.S. military’s clandestine Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), whose main mission is tracking and killing suspected terrorists. The recent JSOC list included three U.S. citizens.” [click here]
Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush seized the authority to order American citizens to be murdered based on the unproven claimes that they are associated with Terrorism and pose "a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests." They are afforded no trial to contest these accusations, they are just eleminated.
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The quote from the disgruntled State official calling our government system “a perverted system of government” is an understatement. Individuals and governments, in the name of peacekeeping and fighting terrorism, are being decimated because they will not submit to the extortion and tyranny being perpetrated upon them by the U.S. government and its band of NATO militia. If we are honest with ourselves, a cesspool of corruption permeates every branch of American government today; they are thieves and liars and murders and they can accurately be described as white-collar gangsters.
We, the people, had best come together. For the enemy is not the Democrats or the Republicans; the enemy is not liberalism or conservatism. The enemy is the devil, and he is directing an elite group of luciferians who are bent on corrupting everything that is Godly by everything that is ungodly.
And the outcry from the American people is deafening in its silence.
To be continued next week
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