“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
-- Benjamin Franklin
Vladimir Illich Ulyanov (later known as Lenin) was the leader of the Bolsheviks. In 1917, he was elected head of the newly created Soviet State in Russia after the February Russian revolution. One of the first things he did was establish the secret police (euphemistically referred to as the “state security organization”), the cheka, which later evolved under Stalin into the NKVD, under the notorious criminal Lavrenti Beria.
The Soviet state was based upon guile and duplicity, controlled by what are now known as “intelligence” organizations, and supported by a ruthless state security apparatus.. To this day, one of the most feared intelligence services in all the world is the Russian GRU (Military Intelligence). The current Russian President, according to intelligence analyst Christopher Story, is himself GRU, which means that he is an intelligence agent masquerading as the Russian president.
To make a long story short, Lenin organized the Soviet state so that a small elite could control the entire country. He did so by building a strong Interior department with a large military force that was used to crush dissent within Russia. The organization of the Soviet State applied the concept of “dialectical materialism” in which one part of the government could be used to stymie the actions of another department.
Lenin (and his successor, Stalin) created a Communist Party system that mirrored the departments in the Soviet government, so that a complainant might go to the relevant government department, only to be told that he must check with the mirror Party structure. In this way, confusion and obfuscation was created, which served two purposes: it created chaos, unpredictability, and confusion, which allowed a very small group at the top to exercise power over the population (and the eventual collapse of the Soviet state, for that is always the outcome of obfuscation and chaos); and two, this system allowed those at the top to avoid the Rule of Law and play the game by their own rules.
In America at the present time, we also have Leninist structures in place. These structures are contained within the vast Intelligence complex. In 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 that formally created the Central Intelligence Agency and its spin-offs; and in 1952, the super-secret National Security Agency, which is the mirror of the Soviet Interior department, responsible for keeping domestic “order.” Many people think that our intelligence services only operate abroad, to defeat terrorism and protect the United States from attack. This is not so! The NSA was set up specifically to spy on American citizens and monitor domestic activity.
Furthermore, a series of National Security Council Directives since 1947 has essentially created hidden structures which have carte blanche to conduct assassinations, overthrow governments, engage in blackmail and other “covert” operations, all under cover of “national security.”
On the organization chart, the Intelligence structures are contained within the Executive Branch, but the reality of the past 30 years or so is that the Intelligence structures are above the government, and have a very powerful (and unhealthy) influence on government policy. We have seen, in the Bush II administration, how the President issued Executive Orders that simply blocked Executive Branch agencies from implementing Congressional legislation. This is just one example of the unhealthy influence of these hidden structures on the democratic process. We know of many instances where the CIA simply lied to Congress and its Intelligence Oversight committees. It turns out that the Gulf of Tonkin Incident which began the Vietnam war, was a fantasy. It never happened!
(http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... GN521.DTLo)
Yet tens of thousands of American soldiers died in that war, not to mention tens of thousands of Vietnamese. How many Americans even know this, or care?
In fact, in the United States today, the Vice President is more powerful than the President. The President has essentially become a figurehead.
The Vice-President heads the National Security Council, which issues secret directives and exerts an unhealthy influence on the President and the Executive branch of government. In the Bush II administration, we had a President who could barely speak coherently. The real power behind the throne was Vice President Cheney, who was in direct contact with the Intelligence structures. The situation has continued under President Obama. Vice President Biden, chairman of the National Security Council, is more powerful than the President when it comes to making crucial decisions. Obama gets all the publicity and he makes all the speeches, just like George W. Bush, but his power is limited.
Our democracy is being undermined and usurped by the secret Intelligence structures.
William Casey former head of the CIA, said this in 1981, at his first staff meeting: “We will know when our disinformation program is a success when everything the American people believe is false.” (quoted by Christopher Story at worldreports.org). Does this sound fantastical?
Well, the unhealthy and covert intelligence influence has led to a breakdown in the Rule of Law not only in government, but also in finance and banking. It is a cancer that must be excised before it becomes malignant.
Here is a startling fact:
On July 21st, Neil Barofsky, the Congressionally appointed Special Inspector General looking into the TARP program (Troubled Assets Relief Program) stated that the Federal government has committed $23.7 TRILLION in guarantees to TARP, which means, essentially, the banks. That’s $23.7 TRILLION, not billion. That’s twice the size of the accumulated federal deficit. It’s twice the GDP of the United States. In his report on TARP to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Barofsky stated that "Although Treasury has taken some steps toward improving transparency in TARP programs, it has repeatedly failed to adopt recommendations that SIGTARP believes are essential to providing basic transparency and fulfill Treasury's stated commitment to implement TARP with the highest degree of accountability and transparency possible." (Barofsky is called SIGTARP).
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Politics ... 005&page=1
http://www.sigtarp.gov/987egapograbme12 ... SIGRTC.pdf
How can something like this – which will literally bankrupt the country – not make screaming headlines on every TV news program. radio program, and newspaper? Well, it did make headlines in the “Money” section of ABC News, but not on the front page where it certainly belongs.
Where is this $23.7 trillion in guarantees going? To prop up the overvaluied derivatives sector, which has been created by the banks. Essentially, banks have created exotic financial products like Credit Default Swaps (CDS’s), Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) and Mortgage Backed Securities, whose actual market value is a fraction of their stated value. The TARP program is, essentially, an effort by the U.S. Treasury to borrow and print literally trillions of dollars to continue a financial fantasy. It’s nutty! The U.S. Treasury insists that these grossly overvalued “structured products” be valued at their bloated face-value (the value that the banks claim they are worth) rather than at market value. What we have here is a complete lack of honesty and transparency. Sort of reminds you of...er...the Soviet Union, doesn’t it? In the Soviet Union, the Intelligence structures had complete control of government and finance.
You can just hear people screaming: “But America is the strongest country in the world!!” It certainly used to be, anyway. Now, the United States is bankrupt. Our government and our central bank – the Federal reserve -- simply will not admit it.
The only reason our economy has not collapsed and our government defaulted on its debts is that the dollar has been the linchpin world currency since the Bretton Woods agreement in 1944. Everyone is holding dollars, so everyone is involved. When we devalue our currency, everyone’s dollar-denominated investments are adversely affected. It’s like the old saying, “If I owe you $100, you’ve got me, but if I owe you $1,000,000, I’ve got you.” Those who hold dollar-denominated investments can’t afford to attack the United States financially, even when we recklessly destroy our own currency. The rest of the world is in the same boat as the United States, but we are at the helm, and not doing a good job of keeping the financial Ship of State afloat. Our planetary boat is leaking and we are all sinking!
What are our elected representatives in Congress doing about this mess? That is something each and every one of us must ask them.
Our government has been slowly penetrated, ladies and gentlemen, by the Intelligence power. And because the Intelligence structures are secret and hidden, it is impossible to properly monitor them. We need to open the Pandora’s Box of the Intelligence structures and let the light shine into the darkness.
A democracy doesn’t need secret, covert agencies that have the ability to commit acts that would be considered criminal in a court of law. That’s why there are separate Intelligence Courts and judges. These structures are justified on the basis of “national security.” Their proceedings are secret – of course they are secret – if the American public knew what was going on in the name of their democracy, we would all be shocked.
In essence, the Intelligence community is allowed to commit criminal acts in the name of “national security.” This is completely unacceptable. Lies lead to more lies, and weaken anyone or any organization that practices deceit. (See my blog post "Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?") Truth and openness comes from strength, covertness and secrecy is weakness. Those who insist on “national security” do so because they are covering up criminal activity. It’s just as simple as that.
It’s time to blow the lid off the CIA and the entire hidden labyrinth of the Intelligence structures, before we totally lose our democracy. It’s time to audit the Federal Reserve. It’s time to restore honest money and honest finance in America! This cannot happen unless the people demand it. But we have to be smart about this. Protesting and fighting in the streets is just stupid; it’s been tried, and it doesn’t work. Resisting anything just places your attention on it and makes it more powerful.
Do you want to make a difference? Go to DownsizeDC.org and sign up. Pick a campaign and begin to work for positive political change. Call your representatives and demand to know why the government and the Federal Reserve are borrowing and printing money like madmen, all in an attempt to shore up a financial fantasy.
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And above all, STAY INFORMED. The backbone of a strong democracy is an informed citizenship!