Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson was a former national security adviser to the Reagan administration and spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations. He’s been among the “bad guys” in our Military-Industrial Complex. He’s been a card-carrying member of the “bad guys”.
However, about a decade ago, he decided to “come clean”.
In the following interview, he describes the rampant corruption inside the de facto government and the corporate interests driving foreign policy.
As you listen, take notes. You might be surprised at what you learn.
For example, Col. Wilkerson predicts that US military will remain in Afghanistan for another 50 years. I doubt that our nation and/or military-industrial complex can coexist and both survive for another 50 years. I therefore doubt Co. Wilkerson’s prediction. Nevertheless, for the first time, I understand his argument that our government intends to remain in Afghanistan for the next 50 years.
“On Friday [Nov. 6, A.D. 2015] the Bank of Japan [BoJ] revised down its inflation and growth forecasts, and pushed back its expectation of hitting the 2 per cent inflation target to the end of next year. It seems likely, and indeed desirable, that the BoJ will be forced to expand its programme of quantitative easing [QE] before too long.”
QE is intended to cause more borrowing, more spending and more inflation in whichever country/economy that promotes it. In the case of Japan, continued reliance on QE is strange since they’ve tried to use some version of QE for most of 25 years without much success.
Why does Japan continue to beat that dead horse? Could it be because that’s the only horse they have? Financial Times:
In order to understand the concept of “treason” as it exists under The Constitution of the United States, you have to closely read Article III Section 3 which first declares, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”
The words “them” and “their” are plural and refer back to the “United States”. Thus, treason–as defined in the People’s Law . . . the Constitution–was only against the several “United States” a/k/a The United States of America. Note that the Constitution does not define or prohibit treason against the territories, Washington DC, the federal government, or the singular “United States” found in the 14th Amendment. Constitutional treason can only be against the people of the several States of the Union.
Article III Section 3 continues with “No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”
It’s tough to prove treason. It requires at least two witnesses to the same “overt Act”. If I, alone, were to witness a Congressman committing treason, I might file a “criminal complaint” with the alleged authorities–but that complaint would be almost instantly dismissed. Why? If I can’t produce a 2nd witness, the charge of treason can’t be proved so there’d be no point to proceeding with a prosecution.
Earlier this year, a virtually unknown Tunisian was so frustrated with his life of poverty and government tyranny, that he doused himself with gasoline, set fire to himself and died as an act of protest against the Tunisian government. That suicide triggered the “Arab Spring,” a jump in the price of crude oil and and the fall of several Arab governments.
Mohammed Bouazizi’s suicidal protest should scare the hell out of politicians around the world. His death illustrates how a single, seemingly insignificant event can trigger consequences that can’t possibly be anticipated or prevented. We live in an age where people are under so much stress–where there is so much anger, fear and frustration is bottled up–that a society or entire region of the world that appears “orderly” can suddenly explode into confrontations and revolution.
The fundamental cause for this global instability, fear, frustration and anger might be described as the “love of money”. Our world is not merely run by, it is largely owned by, a handful of super-rich psychopaths and legal fictions whose only love is for money. Each of these crazy multi-billionaire individuals and corporations have more money than they could ever need and yet appear to be driven to the point of madness by the fact that they don’t personally hold all of the money. If you really love money, it’s not enough to have some of it–you’ve ultimately got to have it all.
Mindblowing. MSNBC describes a Rolling Stone article. That article declares that the crooks on Wall Street will not be prosecuted for their crimes because, according to one Senator, “Everything is all f****d up.”
This refusal to prosecute the Wall Street rich is as much attributable to Congress as Wall Street. It’s more evidence that your Congress and federal government are just as greedy and corrupt as Wall Street.
Contrary to what the Senator said, Everything is not “f****d up”. Washington’s failure to prosecute Wall Street is not evidence of governmental incompetence. It’s evidence that we are, in fact, living under a fascist system of government.
The Washington Times reports that,
“The Wall Street financial crisis of 2008, which led to the deepest recession since the Great Depression, might have been prevented if not for business and regulatory corruption, according to the most extensive congressional investigation to date. The 635-page report, “Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse,” was released Wednesday and blames financial firms for taking advantage of their clients and investors, credit rating agencies for inflating the market with high-risk securities, and federal regulators for turning a blind eye.”
(Note that there’s no mention of corruption or blame attributed to Congress.)
“According to Senator Carl Levine, the report . . . tell[s] ‘the inside story of an economic assault that cost millions of Americans their jobs and homes, while wiping out investors, good businesses, and markets.’” Senator Tom Coburn said a lack of ethics led to the fall of Wall Street. “The free market has helped make America great, but it only functions when people deal with each other honestly and transparently. ‘At the heart of the financial crisis were unresolved, and often undisclosed, conflicts of interest.’”
Indeed. Curiously, the Congress (whose principle political campaign contributors have been Wall Street financiers) is happy to talk about Wall Street’s lack of ethics and Wall Street’s “conflicts of interest”—but sees no “conflict” in congressmen taking “political campaign contributions” (bribes) from Wall Street to pass laws that empowered Wall Street to rob Mainstreet.