We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The WikiLeaks revelations and the crimes of US imperialism

Click here to access article by Andre Damon from World Socialist Web Site.
The WikiLeaks documents expose the United States as the world’s greatest “rogue state” and “cyber criminal.” The monstrous US espionage network, paid for with hundreds of billions in tax dollars, uses diplomatic posts to hide its activities from its “allies,” spies on world leaders, organizes kidnappings and assassinations and aims to influence or overturn elections all over the world.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for this excellent post, Ron - as well as many, many others during the past week.

    Damon, in the paragraph you quote, makes the one comment erroneous comment in his otherwise astute analysis. I very seriously doubt the spy network is paid for with tax dollars, but with part of the CIA's $600 Billion annual income from worldwide drug sales, drugs being a chief weapon for keeping subjugated peoples down and drug sales being a favorite method for CIA-selected heads of states to get rich(er) quick(er).

    In a quick double-check of the annual figure (from Douglas Valentine's recent book), I found these two extremely prescient paragraphs which Michael Ruppert in 2001, thirteen years before everything he'd learned about CIA/government corruption took his life. Note especially the 2nd paragraph:

    Throughout the 1990s the United States - under an exclusive arrangement coordinated by the Harvard Endowment, Goldman Sachs and the U.S Treasury - looted some $300 billion from Russia. During the period from 1989-2001 the population of that country shrank from 165 to 145 million people. As infrastructure collapsed, as services disappeared, as unemployment skyrocketed, as the Ruble collapsed, the life expectancy for a Russian male dropped from 68 to 48 years.

    Make no mistake. Russia is the target here just as much as is the propping up of a feeble U.S. economy with drug money. And remember that Russia still has most of its nuclear arsenal intact.

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    1. You are no doubt correct about the CIA's funds coming from drug trafficking and supporting many of its operations. There has been so much evidence found to support this in addition to what Ruppert found.

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  2. Addendum to my previous comment:
    Link for Michael Ruppert quote:
    http://fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/10_10_01_heroin.html

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