Letter: Beware the secret government
Vail, CO Colorado
David Levine’s excellent letter on America’s proper role in the world tells how our government, while preaching high ideals like liberty, democracy and human rights, has not always practiced what we preached. In the past the government “of the people” has overthrown democratically elected governments and supported repressive dictators, and fought numerous clandestine wars against anyone who threatened their national security.
What few Americans realize is that the “Government of the People, by the People, and for the People” no longer exists. We live in a plutocracy – the government of the rich and powerful. There is a secret government controlled by powerful groups like the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), and secretive societies. Our secret government works internationally with the Bilderburg Group and the Trilateral Commission towards a goal of global domination. As a director of the CFR told a U.S. Senate committee back in 1950, “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.”
They run our government for their own profit, and the best interests of the great majority “of the People” are secondary to them. The Council of Foreign Relations, organized in 1922 by oilman J.D Rockefeller and banker J.P. Morgan, has been controlling our foreign policies almost as long. Virtually every secretary of state, secretary of defense, and directors of the CIA since the end of WWII were members of this powerful group, as well as many presidents and members of Congress.
The CFR has about 4,000 members, and they are many of the most powerful people in our country. Around 10 percent are in mass media, and they control what we see and hear in the news, which is mostly propaganda designed to sway the masses. Under what has become known as ‘Operation Mockingbird’ the CIA had 400 top journalists on their payroll, writing and planting stories for them, and this continues today under the CFR.
The CFR has corporate members that include Halliburton, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Shell Oil, companies that have posted record profits in past years. Is it coincidence that Cheney was president of Halliburton, or that the Bush family is in the oil business? Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Time-Warner, Citigroup, Ford, IBM, and other powerful corporations and banks are CFR corporate members.
Threats to national security often mean threats to corporate profits, and this is why the secret government has often supported repressive governments. In 1953 the CIA helped overthrow the elected nationalist government in Iran because they wanted to nationalize the oil industry, and returned the Shah to power. In 1954 they overthrew the leftist government in Guatemala because it distributed land to the poor and threatened the profits of the United Fruit Company.
The CIA helped a military junta in Chile overthrow the government of socialist Salvador Allende in 1973. Thousands of Allende’s supporters were executed or disappeared. Saddam Hussein was a useful friend of the secret government and they covertly supported him in his eight year war with Iran. Pictures have showed Saddam being buddies with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld during this war.
To protect their profits, the secret government has spent trillions on the military- industrial-intelligence complex over the years. During the 1960s Allen Dulles, Director of the CIA and early CFR member, deliberately exaggerated estimates of Soviet ICBM and bomber strength in order to feed the profits of defense companies. This deceit continues today.
The secret government, with the help of the media, will keep making us enemies throughout the world who threaten our national security. Even al-Qaeda is a product of the secret government, working with the al-Saud family and the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency, and under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, a secretive Muslim group rarely mentioned in our media.
War is good business for these people and as long as they run our government we will have conflicts around the world, and the brave men and women of our military will continue to die in far-off places.