How Corrupt Is the American Government?

Government and political corruption and the conspiratorial criminality of the activities of the American covert hidden state are not only endemic to the American empire, they mostly go unreported in our mainstream media. One does not have to think too hard to understand why.

As the George Washington blog has written below a partial list of American government corruption (the reality is far, far worse), I thought it worthy to provide a few quick blurbs from a book by an insider, Russ Kick, on just two acts of corruption that went either underreported or not reported at all.

The CIA’s involvement in the drug trade ( yes, very actively pursued under that paragon of patriotic virtue George Bush Sr. when head of the CIA and I am sure while serving in the White House under Reagan and then under his own mantel) was not only criminal in and of itself, but it resulted in the decimation of a significant sector of the American population. It was murder.

How in the name of God can anyone trust a government that is willing to pursue actions that result in hundreds of thousands of deaths of its own citizens? But then again, the American government has been doing this in so many ways for over a century.

Months before the 2000 presidential elections, the offices of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Katherine Harris ordered the removal of 90,000 citizens from the voter rolls because they were criminals, evil-doers, convicted felons…and felons can’t vote in Florida. There was one problem: 97 percent of those on the list were, in fact, innocent. They weren’t felons, but they were guilty…of being black. Over half the list contained names of non-whites. I’m not guessing: I have the list from out of the computers of Katherine Harris’ office—and the “scrubbed” voter’s race is listed with each name.

At BBC Television, we had Florida’s computer files and documents, marked “Confidential”—stone-cold evidence showing how the vote fix was deliberately crafted by Republican officials. Not a single major US paper asked for the documents—from the state nor from the BBC. Only one US Congressperson asked for the evidence and made it public: Cynthia McKinney of Atlanta. That was her mistake. The company that came up with the faux felon list that determined the presidency: a Republican-tied database company named “ChoicePoint,” one of the richest, most powerful companies in Atlanta.

Yet, one of Nightline’s stories I did find unforgettable. It was a kind of follow-up to the BBC elections story. Our BBC team discovered that of the 180,000 votes never counted in the Florida 2000 presidential race, a sickeningly disproportionate number came from black counties. In Gadsden County, where more than half the population is black, one in eight ballots was marked “spoiled” and, thus, never counted. Koppel’s team got on the case, flying down to Florida to find out why thousands of black votes were never counted. They talked to experts, they talked to important white people, and Koppel reported this: Many Blacks are new to voting and, with limited education, have a difficult time with marking the sophisticated ballots. In other words, ABC concluded, African Americans are too fucking dumb to figure out how to vote.

Here’s the real scoop: All races of voters make errors on paper ballots. But in white counties, like Leon (Tallahassee), if you make a stray mark or other error, the vote machine rejects your ballot, and you get another ballot to vote again. But in black counties like Gadsden, you make a mistake and the machine quietly accepts and voids your ballot. In other words, it wasn’t that African Americans are too dumb to vote but that European American reporters are too dumb to ask, too lazy to bother, too gutless to tell officialdom to stop lying into the cameras.

Drugs–death and corruption:

When President Nixon first declared war on drugs in 1971, less than half a million hard-core addicts were in the entire nation, most of whom were addicted to heroin, with the problem being centered largely in inner city areas (the largest percentage of heroin addicts was found in the New York City metropolitan area).

Only two federal agencies were charged with any significant enforcement of the drug laws—US Customs and the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, two agencies that were greater enemies to each other than they ever would be to any drug cartel. The total Drug War budget was less than $100 million. Three decades later, despite the expenditure of $1 trillion in federal and state tax dollars, the number of hard-core addicts is shortly expected to exceed five million.

Our nation has become the Wal-Mart of the drug world, with a wider variety and more drugs available at cheaper prices than ever before. The problem now not only affects every town and hamlet on the map, it is difficult to find a family anywhere that is not somehow affected. There are now 55 federal and military agencies involved in federal drug enforcement alone (not counting state and local agencies), and US military troops are now invading South and Central American nations under the banner of the Drug War.

The federal Drug War budget (not counting state and municipal budgets) is now well over $20 billion a year, and my personal quest to find one individual anywhere in the world who could honestly testify that the trillion-dollar US War on Drugs had somehow saved him or her from the white menace has thus far been fruitless.

Do you need a cop to tell you that this is evidence of an overwhelming fraud? If your stockbroker invested your money the way our elected leaders have with our Drug War monte dollars, you’d have jailed or shot him before 1972, yet the game continues. Why? Because mainstream media, as they did during the Vietnam War, shill us—by means of an incessant flow of fill-in-the-blanks bullshit “victory” stories—into believing that Drug War monte is a real war that our leaders intend to win.

Media shills, which now include Hollywood and “entertainment” television and the publishing industry, are continuously conning us into believing that, if in a fit of sanity, we really tried to end the costly and deadly fraud, some unspeakable horror would be loosed upon us, like Mexican and Columbian drug dealers led by the latest media-created “Pablo Escobar” invading across our (forever) insufficiently protected borders to force-feed our kids heroin and cocaine.

The undercover case that brought me into Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War was the most dangerous of my career, only the source of that danger was not just the dealers. It was the case that first brought me face-to-face with the fact that, like the Vietnam War, the War on Drugs was never intended to be won—it’s a deadly fraud perpetrated against the people paying for it. It was also the first case that taught me that a runaway, corrupt federal bureaucracy could count on the mainstream media to shill for it.

The CIA seal at Langley, instead of reading, “…and the truth shall set you free,” ought to read, “…and the truth shall piss you off.”

In fact, throughout the Vietnam War, while massive amounts of heroin emanating from the Golden Triangle Area were documented by us as flooding into the US, and tens of thousands of our fighting men were coming home addicted, not a single important heroin source in Southeast Asia was ever indicted by US law enforcement. This was no accident. Case after case, like US v. Liang Sae Tiew, et al., was killed by CIA and State Department intervention, and there wasn’t a damned thing we could do about it.

After President Nixon declared war on drugs in 1971 and all of our political leaders began bleating about how drugs were our number-one national security threat, Congress began to raise our taxes and the Drug War budget on a regular basis that continues to this day.

The first President George Bush once said: “All those who look the other way at drug trafficking are as guilty as the drug dealer.” Ironically, not too many years earlier, as head of the CIA. Bush had authorized a salary for Manuel Noriega as a CIA asset, while the little dictator was listed in as many as 40 DEA computer files as a drug dealer. Seems only fitting that the CIA named its headquarters after Bush.

In any case, it was clear to us on the inside of international drug enforcement that Congress was either well aware of what was going on or was guilty of terminal ineptitude.

The media’s shill duties, as I experienced them firsthand, were twofold: First, keep silent about the gush of drugs that was allowed to continue unimpeded into the US. Second, divert the public’s attention by tricking them into believing the Drug War was legitimate by falsely presenting those few trickles law enforcement was permitted to stop as though they were major “victories,” when in fact we were doing nothing more than getting rid of the inefficient competitors of CIA assets.

On July 17, 1980, for the first time in history, drug traffickers actually took control of a nation: Bolivia, at the time the source of virtually 100 percent of the cocaine entering the United States. The “Cocaine Coup” was the bloodiest in Bolivia’s history. It came at a time when the US demand for cocaine was sky-rocketing to the point that, in order to satisfy it, suppliers had to consolidate raw materials and production and get rid of inefficient producers. Its result was the creation of what came to be known as La Corporacion—The Corporation—in essence, the General Motors or OPEC of cocaine.

Immediately after the coup, production of cocaine increased massively until, in short order, it outstripped supply. It was the true beginning of the cocaine and crack “plague,” as the media and hack politicians never tire of calling it. July 17, 1980, is truly a day that should live in infamy along with December 7, 1941. There are few events in history that have caused more and longer lasting damage to our nation.

What America was never told, in spite of mainstream media having the information and a prime, inside source who was ready to go public with the story, was that the coup was carried out with the aid and participation of Central Intelligence. The source would also testify and prove that, in order to carry out that coup, the CIA and the State and Justice Departments had to combine forces to protect their drug-dealing assets by destroying a DEA investigation—US v. Roberto Suarez, et al. How do I know? I was that inside source.

All the events I am referring to are detailed in my book The Big White Lie, a book that, to date, has been virtually ignored by mainstream media—with good reason, as I hope this article makes clear.

The smoking gun evidence of the CIA’s role in the Bolivian coup could be found in the Roberto Suarez case, a complicated DEA covert operation that I had run only two months before the Coca Revolution. Media shills had trumpeted it as the greatest undercover sting operation in history. Its finale occurred when Bolivian cartel leaders Roberto Gasser and Alfredo Gutierrez were arrested outside a Miami bank after I had paid them $8 million for the then-largest load of cocaine in history. Some of the facts of the case were used in the screenplay for Al Pacino’s Scarface.

What America was never told before the publication of my book was that within weeks of their headlined arrests, both Gasser and Gutierrez were released from jail. When I learned from my post in Argentina that these two men and their drug cartel were key players in the Cocaine Coup and that the whole thing was CIA-inspired and -supported, I wrote anonymous letters to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Miami Herald.

For the entire duration of the Contra war, we in the DEA had documented the Contras—those “heroes,” as Ollie North called them—putting at least as much cocaine on American streets as the Medellin Cartel. We had also documented the Mujihideen as vying for first place as America’s source of heroin. Yet not a single case of any significance was allowed to go forward to prosecution against either entity. All were effectively blocked by the CIA and the State Department.

The media’s shilling and misdirection were relentless and effective. As an example, Ollie North was voted in a media poll as one of the “ten most admired people” in the nation in spite of the fact that his efforts to protect major drug dealers and killers like Honduran army General Bueso-Rosa from prosecution had been well documented by Congress.

Astoundingly, North, a CIA station chief and a US Ambassador, has been banned from entering Costa Rica for running drugs through that democratic nation into the US (among other crimes) by that country’s Nobel-winning President, Oscar Arias, yet the news barely surfaced in the US. Now compare this to Monica Lewinsky coverage.

Even drug-dealing Contra supporters in other countries were being protected. In one glaring case, an associate of mine was sent into Honduras to open a DEA office in Tegucigalpa. Within months he had documented that as much as 50 tons of cocaine had been sent into the US by Honduran military people who were supporting the Contras. Enough cocaine to fill a third of the US demand. What was the DEA response? They closed the office

My book screamed in a loud, clear voice that the Drug War was a premeditated fraud, yet no one in media was interested in investigating the story.

===Abuse Your Illusions: The Disinformation Guide to Media Mirages and Establishment Lies (Disinformation Guides) (Kick, Russ)

There are two groups that know that exists: those that are members of the Conspiracy, and those that are trying to expose the Conspiracy. The strategy of the conspiracy has always been: “Never try to refute the accusations, but always destroy the accuser.”

The biggest companies own the D.C. politicians. Indeed, the head of the economics department at George Mason University has pointed out that it is unfair to call politicians “prostitutes”. They are in fact pimps … selling out the American people for a price.Government regulators have become so corrupted and “captured” by those they regulate that Americans know that the cop is on the take.

Institutional corruption is killing people’s trust in our government and our institutions. Neither the Democratic or Republican parties represent the interests of the American people.

Elections have become nothing but scripted beauty contests, with both parties ignoring the desires of their own bases.Indeed, America is no longer a democracy or republic … it’s officially an oligarchy.

And the allowance of unlimited campaign spending allows the oligarchs to purchase politicians more directly than ever.No wonder polls show that the American people say that the system is so thoroughly corrupt that government corruption is now Americans’ number one fear.And politicians from both sides of the aisle say that corruption has destroyed America.

Moreover, there are two systems of justice in America … one for the big banks and other fat cats … and one for everyone else. Indeed, Americans have less access to justice than Botswanans … and are more abused by police than Kazakhstanis.

How Corrupt Is the American Government

When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed.   

–  Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

There’s no such thing as markets anymore – only interventions.  –  Chris Powell, co-founder and Treasurer of GATA

Ayn Rand is a pariah among those who believe that government is our benefactor. There are times and conditions when government can be a benefactor of the people. But not in the Western world at the present time. As Michael Hudson and I agree, Western central banks refuse to create money to finance economy recovery. Money is created only for the benefit of the oligarchs’ banks in order that the oligarchs can continue to control the governments.

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