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June 28, 2012

The Real McCloy

Seems to have served to continue the ideology of the eugenicists, to put it nicely.

A review of Kai Bird's bio, from the LA Times, of all places:

The Real McCloy

THE CHAIRMAN: JOHN J. McCLOY; The Making of the American Establishment, By Kai Bird (Simon & Schuster: $30; 800 pp.)

April 19, 1992|Robert Sherrill | Sherrill is corporations correspondent for The Nation magazine


First let's trace his muddy footprints through the business world. McCloy was a key member of various Wall Street firms dedicated to greed; for a while he was chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, and also for a while boss of the Ford Foundation. In those roles he assisted railroad management in swindling thousands of small shareholders, helped Chase achieve a merger that launched a flood of other mergers and damaged many smaller banks and made the nation's wealthiest foundation virtually a piggy bank for the CIA.


McCloy became, Bird says, "the country's first national-security manager," someone who believed that when the choice was between national security and constitutional civil liberties, "why, the Constitution is just a scrap of paper to me." Those are McCloy's words. No wonder Interior Secretary Harold Ickes wrote in his diary: "I have been told that he is more or less inclined to be a Fascist."


He commuted two-thirds of the death sentences of mass murderers (such as the SS officer who personally executed 1,500 Jews) and radically reduced the prison sentences of doctors who had conducted experiments on death-camp inmates, of high-ranking Nazi Judges who had administered Gestapo justice, and of industrialists who had built the Nazi war machine.

McCloy freed some immediately, including Alfred Krupp, whose munitions factories had worked thousands of slave laborers to death. Krupp's original sentence had included loss of all property; McCloy canceled that punishment and within a few years Krupp was again one of the richest industrialists in the world. Obviously McCloy's obsequiousness toward money and power made him the wrong man to reform Nazi Germany. "Though he could understand the special culpability of the 'big Nazis,' " Bird writes, "when it came to a wealthy and politically well-connected man like Krupp, he suspended his good judgment."

As high commissioner, McCloy dabbled disastrously in the intelligence business, setting up a network of agents in Germany that included the likes of Klaus Barbie, who had shipped 78,000 French Jews to the gas chambers, and Gen. Reinhard Gehlen, who had been responsible for some of the "grisliest mass killings on the Eastern Front." Not surprisingly, many of the intelligence operations carried out under McCloy were, says Bird, "fiascos."



PS: You are most welcome, Tierra_y_Libertad! Mil gracias, Hermano!
June 28, 2012

''People don't understand that impeaching presidents don't get to defend themselves.''

Right you are, joshcryer: Paraguay, Honduras, Haiti. All saw the first democratically elected leaders in decades toppled. They never had a chance to say "Boo."

Of course, the new governments just happened to have restored the 1-percent's stooges in each nation. Like control of the judiciary and land, ex-presidents and the people who elected them had nothing to say about that, either.

June 27, 2012

Fraud R Money

The guy is so fake he has to get a uniform.

Maybe all the dress-up in State Trooper's, fire fighter's, etc. uniforms is compensation for what he lacks: compassion, curiosity, critical faculties. Certainly demonstrates a lack of judgment.

June 27, 2012

How Republicon.

Dana sits as proof: It's not what you know, even when it's nothing.

Dana Perino: ''Wasn’t that, like, the Bay of Pigs thing?''


June 26, 2012

Coup of the Elites: A Free Pass for Financial Predators

Peace, at last! The class war is over!

[font size="1"]Conspiratorial Wink by Michael Samuels.[/font size]

Guess who won?

A Free Pass for Financial Predators

Coup of the Elites

June 26, 2012

The American plutocratic revolution is now complete. The proof is: There are no criminal charges for the housing bust and financial meltdown of 2008. Starting with Reagan in the 1980s, as of today the Right has won their decades-long overthrow for complete control of America. An elite corps of wealthy now runs the country. Their bloodless rebellion, a coup d’etat whereby the Left was nullified by a tripartite (bankers, academia, and politicians) cabal’s tour de force, is a sharp contrast to the old-fashioned traditional bloody coup d’etats were accustomed to in South America, e.g., the Chilean September 1973 military coup against President Allende conducted by ultra right wing General Pinochet, who, after bombing the presidential palace, massacred the Left (See: the film Missing, by Costa-Gavras, Universal Pictures, 1982.). Of course, Pinochet’s old-fashioned coup had the advantage of speed and efficiency, completed within hours, whereas America’s bloodless coup took decades to accomplish, but on the other hand, America has not yet condoned military occupation on domestic soil.


As Charles H. Ferguson, winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Inside Job, says, “There is overwhelming evidence of massive criminal behavior” in the 2007-08 real estate bust and financial meltdown, but nobody has been charged with a crime. This, in part, is why he recently published Predator Nation, Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America, Random House, 2012, which book footnotes/documents the virulent combination of unchecked greed and criminal behavior behind the financial collapse of 2008. Ferguson identifies leading bankers, academics, and politicians who collaborated to pillage the American public. The book has been called a “roadmap for prosecution,” naming the culpable, stating the crimes, referencing laws that were broken.


The real mystery is how and why they get away with it when their crimes and/or despicable ethical behavior prove so hideous… and so obvious, and thus, many astute progressive mouths dropped wide open with dismay when President Obama insanely appointed Summers as the Director of the National Economic Council, which only goes to prove what a tight clique exist amongst academia, politicians, and Wall Street whereby bad judgment and/or unethical practices are overlooked in favor of companionship-to-profits.

Nobody has gone to jail and as Ferguson explained in an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, “There is overwhelming evidence of massive criminal behavior.” Ferguson says: “the American people need to take their country back.” He suggests some kind of nationwide movement but without stating specifics. Indeed, the stench of the entire cabal, including academia, politicians, Wall Street, and rating agencies is so loathsomely squalid, and rotten to the core, it would not surprise if perpetrators are dragged into the streets in the middle of the night, stripped naked, tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail, assuming some daring citizens become so fed up with the ‘system’ they take matters into their own hands.



What's that system called when the same group that's above the law also happens to be the wealthiest, best-armed, and most politically powerful in the country?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it starts with an "F."
June 25, 2012

Like the Washington Generals.

The Harlem Globetrotters win every time.

War. Justice. Civil Rights. Domestic Spying. Torture. Health Care. Jobs. Education. Welfare. You name it.

June 24, 2012

You are most welcome, WorseBeforeBetter!

Everybody knows Rush Limbaugh Who ever heard of Phil Zelikow?

PS: Missing the boat isn't the expression: Only an authoritarian douche would believe in censoring speech.

PPS: Sorry I missed your post at first read, WorseBeforeBetter. I want to make sure everyone is appreciated.
June 22, 2012

Sorry, forgot one.

One of the more recent ones, on the forgettable Chief Just-Us:

Know your BFEE: John Roberts earned his Sgt. Pepper stripes as an Iran-Contra cover-up artiste.

June 22, 2012

Remember how Tenet's hair was on fire and Bush just looked at him stupidly?

Figuratively and literally, of course, Tenet's man was just "covering his ass." From Robert Parry in 2007:

Tenet-Bush Pre-9/11 'Small Talk'

In late August 2001, when aggressive presidential action might have changed the course of U.S. history, CIA Director George Tenet made a special trip to Crawford, Texas, to get George W. Bush to focus on an imminent threat of a spectacular al-Qaeda attack only to have the conversation descend into meaningless small talk.

By Robert Parry
May 6, 2007


When Rice asked what needed to be done, the CIA’s Black responded, “This country needs to go on a war footing now.” The CIA officials sought approval for broad covert-action authority that had been languishing since March, Tenet wrote.

Despite the July 10 briefing, other senior Bush administration officials continued to pooh-pooh the seriousness of the al-Qaeda threat. Two leading neoconservatives at the Pentagon – Stephen Cambone and Paul Wolfowitz – suggested that the CIA might be falling for a disinformation campaign, Tenet wrote.

But the evidence of an impending attack continued to pour in. At one CIA meeting in late July, Tenet wrote that Rich B. told senior officials bluntly, “they’re coming here,” a declaration that was followed by stunned silence.

The intelligence community’s evidence was summarized in the special PDB that was delivered to Bush while he was vacationing at his ranch in Crawford.

The PDB ended by noting that “FBI information … indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York. The FBI is conducting approximately 70 full field investigations throughout the US that it considers Bin Ladin-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our Embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group of Bin Ladin supporters was in the US planning attacks with explosives.”

Bush apparently was not pleased by the CIA’s intrusion on his vacation nor with the report’s lack of specific targets and dates. He glared at the CIA briefer and snapped,[font color="red"] “All right, you’ve covered your ass,” [/font color]according to an account in author Ron Suskind’s The One Percent Doctrine., which relied heavily on senior CIA officials.



Prison awaits these traitors. Hope they rig up a 24/7 webcam with which we can monitor their whereabout, particularly Smirko and Sneer's.

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