“Our transnational corporations need very big projects to keep growing: building airports, railroad systems, telecommunications enterprises and substations, oil drilling operations, pipelines, refineries. Our country needs resources: oil, natural gas, precious metals. Our economy needs cheap goods to placate the people.
So we, I, go in and propose to the country in question and tell them I have the figures that if they agree to deal with our corporations, the return on their dollar of investment will be three to one.”
So the country’s president or finance minister signs off on the deal because they truly believe the numbers we float to them: money for schools, hospitals, roads, bring their people out of poverty, create better lives for the indigenous people.”
The corporation comes in and builds the infrastructure and the assets of the poor nation begin flowing to America.
“What if the country won’t agree to allow U.S. corporations to do business in the country?” you asked.
“Well, then, our silent partners go in and explain the new reality to them.”
“The CIA?”
“They tell Mr. President that if he doesn’t cooperate, then there will be a coup d’ etad and the next day he’ll be on the other side of the prison bars.”
“There is no spiritual god when it comes to the transnational corporations. There’s only the God of money. Soon the country’s resources run dry or become too expensive to develop. However, the debt remains and only gets bigger since the country can barely pay the interest.
“Soon, the country’s bankrupt. So they turn to us, meaning the CIA, and ask what they can do.”
“Why not just declare bankruptcy,” you asked.
“If they do that they get locked out the international payments system and all their foreign assets can be confiscated. They can’t trade except with cash, no credit and they can’t trade at all with debtor nations. It’s a death sentence.”
“So they go along with the program?” you asked.
“There is no option. They are caught in a web of debt than ensures their continued cooperation with the CIA and the corporations.
“The CIA sets up death squads that crush any opposition to the president and his party. The government spies on left-leaning individuals and groups and fills the prisons with them. Our military sets up a base in the country to protect the interests of our corporations and the loyalty of the local government. Maybe we control their vote in the U.N.
“In the mean time, our corporations hire the local people at slave wages, who then toil in inhuman conditions: heat, chemicals, poisons. The oil companies pump toxins into rain forest rivers; kill indigenous people who just happen to live in a flood plan or below an unstable rock quarry, the forest denuded, the lakes poisoned,
“We create energy companies like Enrons who are audited by accounting firms like Anderson who cover up the fact that massive bribes are being paid to keep the operation going. It’s Monsanto, General Electric, Nike, General Motors, Wal-Mart, Exxon/Mobil. They, we, rape and pillage countries with the same intensity and lack of concern for human life than the Vikings of yore. We turn human beings into slaves. It’s no different from the slavery here in America in the 16th and 17th centuries. These were people who live in harmony with the environment, care for Mother Nature because they know that in turn, she will care for them.
“Instead of helping indigenous people by building schools, roads, hospitals, we wage war. Already we’ve dropped an estimated five trillion dollars on Iraq and Afghanistan alone, and counting those ‘relevant legacy costs,’ like long-term healthcare commitments to U.S. veterans and interest on the debt incurred by these wars, the total is projected to top twelve trillion dollars by 2053.”
“For one tenth of the cost of servicing the debt we saddled those countries with, we could feed, provide housing, education, hospitals, clean water, clothing, communications net works, and safety for every single poor person living there.”
“The key to any contract was to show the GNP growth of the country due to the project. But the closer was, how much of a kickback to the leaders and the wealthy landowners of the country. The bigger the project, the larger the loan, the greater the effect on the GNP of the country and, last but not least, the amount of money that would flow into the local politicians’ pockets And the bigger the loan, the longer the country would be politically loyal to America.
“Often, we focused on countries that were anti-American, anti-capitalistic. Those were the ones where we could derive the most benefit.
“While some would say, why didn’t we just get out of those countries, we saw it as a way to bring the country into the U.S.’s sphere of influence. It was to fill our pockets with gold.
“We need examples.”
“How about Bechtel, Halliburton, Stone & Webster, Brown & Root.”
“More specific,” Rebecca urged.
“You want names, dates, places?”
“The whole thing started in Iran in 1951. Iran rebelled against a British oil company that was exploiting Iranian natural resources and its people. In response, the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, nationalized the country’s petroleum assets.
“Both the U.S. and England feared any retaliation against the Iranian government would lead to a confrontation with The Soviet Union. So instead of sending in the marines, the US sent in CIA agent Kermit Roosevelt who used payoffs and threats to win people over. He organized street riots and violent demonstrations that made Mossadegh look unpopular. Finally, he was over thrown and the pro-American Mohammad Reza Shah, or as we knew him, The Shah of Iran, a brutal dictator who killed tens of thousands using CIA-trained death squads.”
“Men like me, not just me. I have enough blood on my hands; I don’t need to take credit for others.
“The timing was perfect. The 60s saw the growth of organizations like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Many people think they are independent entities when in fact they are funded primary by the U.S. and so they do the bidding of the U.S. and U.S. interests.”
“The CIA would target certain countries, then notify the companies, like the one I worked for, and point out the targets. We went in, developed a business plan that would make the rulers and their friends rich and then make the country dependent on continued American investment. If things went south, if we were exposed, then the situation would be chalked up to corporate greed, not American intervention.”
“Specific examples,” you insist.
“Okay. Indonesia. 1965. Sukarno took over the country. He formed close ties with Russia and the Communist governments in exchange for military equipment and training.
“America saw it was losing the war in Vietnam, decided Indonesia was all of a sudden important. The U.S. government, the CIA, wanted to make Indonesia an example of success that other countries in the region would follow. And it just so happened they had oil.
“It was decided that to modernize the country and make it a model of capitalism and Democracy, we would electrify the country.”
“The people on the team I was with rationalized that we were helping the country, but I knew it was all selfish: enrich ourselves, enrich the leaders and their cronies in Indonesia, make the poor people poorer. It was the opposite of everything I learned in school: modernizing a country made the rich richer and the poor poorer.
“We didn’t work with countries; we worked on countries. Anyway, I digress. In 1972, my old boss was in Panama. President Oman Torrijos was a populist, loved by his people, dedicated to the poor and dispossessed. He gave no favor to the rich and he offered sanctuary to rebels and freedom fighters.
“Other countries in South and Central America looked to Torrijos’ style of government as a model for their own. Bottom line was, Torrijos was not a puppet of America. He worked for social reform without aligning himself with either the U.S. or the communist countries.
“But now Torrijos was standing in the way. He objected to the U.S. base located in the Canal Zone, which taught dictators and military leaders of the countries in Central America the techniques of torture, interrogation and forming death squads. He insisted that the Panama Canal be the solely the possession of his country.
“Torrijos was negotiating with Japanese businessmen to build a new, larger canal whose construction would exclude American firms like Bechtel and Stone & Webster. He was assassinated by American business interests when the CIA put a bomb on his plane. When the U.S. invaded Panama in 1989, the documents of the investigation of the crash mysteriously disappeared.
“Torrijos was a marked man when he supported the Nicaragua’s Sandinista rebels who had toppled the U.S. back Somoza dictatorship
“Torrijos died just after Reagan inauguration, just two months after Ecuador’s president Jaime Roildos died under similar circumstance.
“The CIA is so blatant that they didn’t even feel the need to create a new method of execution.
“Then there’s Ecuador. In 1968, we discovered oil. Texaco went in, builds a trans-Andean pipe line. It’s already spilled a million barrels of oil into the rainforest. That’s four times the damage the Exxon Valdez did.
“Recently the big construction companies built a billion dollar, three hundred mile pipeline. They had to cut down vast areas of the rain forest. The country used to have fifteen percent of the world’s birds species. They’re pretty much gone, along with Macaws and Jaguars. The indigenous cultures have collapsed, the rivers transformed into flaming cesspools.
“Between 1971 and 1992, Chevron/Texaco spilled four million gallons of toxic waste water in almost three hundred and fifty uncovered pits that are killing people, deforming babies, making many animals extinct.
“Poverty wet from 50% to 70%, unemployment went from 15% to 70%. National debt went form $240 million to $16 billion. And we call that progress.
“The cost of servicing that debt is ten times what the country spends on health and education. The only way they can service the debt is to sell the rest of the rain forest to the oil companies.
“After the oil embargo ended in 1974, the U.S. needed a way to control the price of oil. So they made a deal with the devil. The U.S. would provide guaranteed military protection for the Saudis. In exchange, when the U.S. bought oil and paid the Saudis, they, in turn, would use the monies to buy U.S. treasury bonds. The interest on the bonds would pay for the modernization of the country.”
“How did that lead to 9/11,” you asked.
“The Saudis had a small problem. They needed to keep the Wahhabes happy. Those extremists had the power to overthrow the regime. So the Saudis financed Jihadism throughout the Middle East. The U.S. chose to look the other way considering the need to keep oil process stable.
“The Saudis financed Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. After all, the Saudis supported Harken Oil, a company George H.W. Bush was an investor in. Later, Ol’ George, as a principal in the Carlyle Group, laundered money through the Saudis.”
“So when 9/11 took place, George Jr. made sure that wealthy Saudis, and members of the bin Laden family, got out of the country at a time when all flights were grounded.
“Modern empires pillage behind the pen and paper whereas the Roman in the 1st century, then the English in the 16th century and Spaniards in the 17th century, and who did not offer a hand in friendship, plundered, killed, stripped bare the people and the land. Now it’s like Oscar Wilde said, “There are those who do evil to attain the thing they love. Some do it with a bitter look, some with a flattering word. The coward does it with a kiss, the brave man with a sword. Some strangle with the hands of lust, some with the hands of gold. Some do the deed with many tears, and some without a sigh.’
“We worked hand-in-hand with the World Bank and The International Monetary Fund, organizations run by or controlled by America, which in turn is controlled by the transnational corporations and the military / industrial complex.”
“Give me names,” you insist.
“Sure. Robert McNamara went from Ford Motors Company to Secretary of Defense to the World Bank. George Shultz went from Bechtel to secretary of the treasury under Nixon. Casper Weinberger was Bechtel’s VP, then became secretary of defense under Reagan, Richard Helms was Johnson’s CIA director, then became Ambassador to Iran. Dick Cheney was president of Halliburton before becoming secretary of defense under George H.W. Bush, and VP under George W. Bush. George H.W. Bush founded Zapata Petroleum, then served as US Ambassador to the U.N. then CIA Director under Gerald Ford.”
“The World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the U.S., agency for International Development, International monetary Fund roam the globe providing money for the projects were put our stamp of approval on. They preach the virtues of modernization, technology, massive infrastructure. But all it does is indebt the country, turn the environment into a cesspool of toxic waste, enslave the local population and throw whatever progress those poor bastards made, back in the stone age.”
“The U.S. relied on the Monroe Doctrine, which took Manifest Destiny to the next level, asserting that we had the right to invade any country in Central or South America that refused to abide by U.S. policy. The Doctrine was used to invade the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, among others.
“It finally hit me that the goal, the rational behind every action of the CIA, transnational corporations, and men like me, was to make the U.S. the greatest empire in the world, not just now, but for all of history. Cheap labor and cheap, vital natural resources were the fuel that enables continued growth of America’s industry, thus, America itself.
“The people I worked with told me it was a win/win game. However, what I began to see, and finally saw was that it was a zero sum game. For the rich to get richer, the poor had to get poorer. It was, is, just one massive conspiracy.”.
“If it were that simple, the members of the conspiracy could be rooted out and brought to justice. But the system is based on a fantasy: that economic growth benefits mankind and the greater the growth, the more widespread the benefits. And the people and firms who provide that growth are rewarded commensurably. The economic growth only benefits the very rich and very powerful of the debtor nation while the people sink deeper into poverty and depravity.
“The bottom line is, greed is rewarded, the banks, corporations and our government, by its proxy, the CIA, form a corptocracy that uses it fiscal, military and technical expertise to suck the very lifeblood out of a country, then control what’s heard in the news, read in school and advertised on TV.
“But they didn’t realize one flaw in the system. The monstrous greed that feeds the system requires ever increasing amounts of fuel and maintenance. So much so that it will consume everything out there then have no choice but to consume itself.”
“And we’re guilty as well; not just the corporations. We buy and eat and eat and buy, consuming the resources of our world then the rest of the world. In turn, we ship them our toxic waste and destroy their air, water and soil. We’re all guilty as hell.
“Right now, we live in a world where a chosen few swim in riches that only a few Egyptian Kings or Roman Emperors had, while the majority drown in poverty, pollution and violence.”
“What can we do?” you ask.
“We don’t have to do anything. History tells us that empires never last. Every one of them, in the end, fails horribly. They destroy other cultures, which in turn leaves fewer to pillage. In the end, they consume themselves. Either we, the people, become aware of the devastation, rise up and force the system to change, or we, one day, will be the slaves of another, more powerful, younger culture.”

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