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Operation CHAOS, CACTUS channel

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When I first heard of the FBI’s secret COINTELPRO program, after I had already heard of MKULTRA, I expected that they must be connected.
Operation CHAOS (or MHCHAOS) of the CIA and the CACTUS communication channel shows that the FBI and CIA were indeed working together against “targeted groups” not only abroad but especially in the US.

Under its 1947 National Security Act charter, the CIA is forbidden to have “police, subpoena, law enforcement powers or internal security functions” inside the United States. This makes spying on Americans by the CIA completely illegal.
CIA Director Richard Helms later testified to the Rockefeller Commission in 1975 that the CIA General Counsel was never consulted whether CHAOS was legally within the CIA’s charter:
Sometimes we did [consult the General Counsel]; sometimes we did not.
I think the record on that is rather spotty, quite frankly.

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson pressured CIA Director Richard Helms to do something against those anti-Vietnam war protest, and more or less ordered him to find evidence that these were controlled from outside the US.
This led to the creation of the super-secret Operation CHAOS, which embarked on an initiative of spying, provocation, crossing and double-crossing and illegally gathered data on hundreds of thousands of innocent American citizens for what they might do.
Director Helms and Deputy Director of Plans, Thomas Karamessines tasked Counterintelligence Staff Chief James J. Angleton with setting up this Special Operations Group within the Counterintelligence Staff, and appointed Richard Ober to head it. Ober was probably chosen as he had already started illegally collecting files on the HYDRA system on persons associated with Ramparts magazine after it reported in March 1967 on clandestine CIA activities in private American institutions.

In the summer of 1968, also 2 other shady CIA projects were started:
Project RESISTANCE used information from police departments and college campus officials to predict threats to the CIA.
Project MERRIMAC involved the infiltration by CIA agents of peace groups, collectives and black activist groups in Washington DC.

President Johnson had the scope of CHAOS expanded to a total of 80 full-time agents that were infiltrating “radical activities” in the US.
In June, 1968 CHAOS compiled a staggering 1,000 reports per month. All of the information was indexed, analysed and filed in HYDRA. By checking a name in HYDRA, an agent could find everything in the system that referred to the individual.
While eventually only 7,200 Americans and 1,000 groups had actual files, over 300,000 Americans were indexed in HYDRA.

CHAOS’s top-secret report to Johnson, Restless Youth, September 1968, concluded that in each nation, including the US, student dissent was the result of home-grown social and political alienation, instead of an international conspiracy. I couldn´t find this “Restless Youth” report on the internet...
In his cover letter, to then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Helms emphasised that spying on US students was illegal:
In an effort to round out our discussion of this subject, we have included a section on American students. This is an area not within the charter of this Agency, so I need not emphasize how extremely sensitive this makes the paper. Should anyone learn of its existence, it would prove most embarrassing for all concerned.
In summarising the letter, Kissinger more or less indicated that the report shouldn´t be taken seriously, because it “tends to dismiss the communist and other outside influence as a factor”.
An updated version to Nixon via Kissinger was issued in June 1970, which left out the domestic dissidence.

After Richard Nixon became president in 1969, CHAOS was expanded even more.
At the end of 1972, CHAOS was reviewed by Assistant Deputy Director of Plans Cord Meyer and Inspector General William Broe, who raised questions about its legality. Helms’ solution to concerns over CHAOS’s legality, was to suddenly call it an operation against “international terrorism” and transferred it from the Counterintelligence Staff to the newly formed Operations Staff within the Plans Directorate. Richard Ober, however, remained in charge.
Angleton even charged Richard Ober to spy on the White House as he worked closely on CHAOS with the President and his aides Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, whose “Plumbers” unit was also receiving CHAOS’ anti-war intelligence.

Later, under intense pressure, Helms and Karamessines had to resign, and Nixon appointed James Schlesinger as CIA Director. CHAOS was finally terminated on 5 March 1974, by order of President Gerald Ford and CIA Director William Colby (Schlesinger´s successor).
Richard Ober was abruptly transferred from the CIA to a staff position at the National Security Council.

On 4 January 1975, President Gerald Ford issued executive order 11828, to start a commission on CIA activities within the US, chaired by Vice President Nelson Rockefeller (who was very close to Henry Kissinger, Richard Ober and Director Colby). The Rockefeller Commission is widely considered a whitewash.
On 16 September 1975, Congress convened the Church Committee to investigate intelligence offenses. The six volume report found numerous civil liberty violations and criminal acts committed by both the FBI and the CIA during the 1960s: ... 88ae97385e

While the CIA is prohibited to spy in the US on American citizens, the FBI is entitled to, whose COINTELPRO (“COunterINTELligence PROgram) since the late 1950s included to monitor, harass and disrupt “extremist” groups like the Communists, KKK, Black Panthers and “New Left” movement.

The highly classified CACTUS channel was never even disclosed in the Church Committee reports.
CACTUS was used by the CIA and FBI to transmit information on “the New Left, Black Militants and related matters”.
A formerly SECRET memo, shows that nearly a year after COINTELPRO was officially disbanded, the CIA still used CACTUS to transmit and request information on figures in the “New Left” like (former) Beatle John Lennon.
The following shows that around the same time the CIA was providing information to the FBI on US citizens travelling to North Vietnam, North Korea and China.

Another formerly secret CACTUS memo, shows that nearly 2 years after COINTELPRO was officially disbanded, 6 March 1973, the CIA was still providing information on the Eldridge Cleaver faction of the BPP.
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John Pilger – Hidden agendas

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I´ve earlier posted a good documentary by the Australian John Pilger in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=713&p=4303#p4303

Because the 1998 book in this post describes different situations in a variety of (mostly third world) countries I find it hard to catagorise and summarise the book.
According to Pilger it’s about the “slow news” that never gets much media attention. The news about “unpeople” in underveloped countries being terrorised by dictatorial goverments that are supported with arms from the US and Britain. Brutal dictatorial regimes are even helped to get control over a country.

The wars of Britain and American are against democracy and freedom; and are nothing but genocide.
In 1998, President Clinton is re-arming much of Latin America, and a £22 billion arms bonanza is near with NATO expanding into Eastern Europe.
British arms company Mil-Tac, armed the Hutu militia in former Zaire.

World Bank, IMF, debt and “free” trade
Countries are enslaved by debt and it are only the wealthy that profit from these loans. Multinational corporations take the profit from exploiting the third world.
In 1995, more than 80% of investment ended up in just 12 countries. The 48 least developed countries attracted only 0.5%.
In 1998, a Filipino child died every hour, in a country where more than half the national budget is given over to the World Bank and IMF to repay “loans”.

Almost half the world's “free trade” is conducted as transactions within 180 multinational corporations, mostly from the US and Japan, with the rest British, French, German and Swiss. Annual sales of the largest 8 companies exceed the Gross Domestic Product of 50 countries with over half the world's population.

The world government was hard at work following the collapse of Asia. What was reported in the West as a “bail out” by the International Monetary Fund, in reality the IMF's “rescue packages” represent an audacious takeover of Asian economies, for example in South Korea, where companies are forced to surrender to foreign control and workers' rights are slashed.

Following a plan devised by President Reagan's Treasury Secretary James Baker, indebted countries were offered World Bank and IMF loans in return for “structural adjustment”. This meant that the economic policy of these countries would be dictated from Washinton DC.
To add to the bewildering array of imperial acronyms (TRIMS, TRIPS, NAFTA, SAPs and so on), there is now the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) that gives multinational corporations the right to challenge local laws before an international tribunal, while governments or their citizens have no right to take action against offending corporations.

The industrial military complex
In Britain, almost half of all research and development funds are allocated to “defence”.
More than half of all British “aid” to the developing world goes through the Aid for Trade Provisions (ATP) scam. In 1988, Alan Clark, Thatcher's Trade Minister, set up a little-known fund of £1 billion, from which the Export Credit Guarantee Department (ECGD) financed Third World regimes to buy British arms. By 1993, more than half of the credit guarantees of the ECGD underwrote arms sales, mostly to Indonesia and Malaysia. In one of those strange coincidences, the highest recipients of British “aide” are among the biggest buyers of British weapons...

In 1995, the Independent reported that the British subsidiary of the now bankrupt British multinational Astra, BMARC, circumvented a British Government embargo by sending arms to Iran via Singapore.
What wasn´t revealed was that in 1990, BMARC also secretly supplied arms and ammunition to the Burmese generals through Singapore and in defiance of another British Government ban.

Reportedly the group surrounding Margaret Thatcher´s son, Mark, received 5% of $4 billion as commission on the arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Diego Garcia is a British colony in the Indian Ocean. Its inhabitants were simply deported to install a US army base there, in violation with Articles 9 and 13 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “no one should be subjected to arbitrary exile” and “everybody has the right to return to his country”.

In the 1960s, 40% of US tax dollars went towards subsidising the “'military industrial complex”.
In 1993, almost two-thirds of American arms export agreements with developing countries were with Saudi Arabia.

The end of the Cold War
Gore Vidal described the Cold War with the Soviet Union as “an American fiction”, with an effective agreement on “spheres of influence”. The United States had no intention to rescue the Hungarians when Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest in 1956 or the Czechoslovaks when they were invaded in 1968. The Soviet Union had no desire to help the Vietnamese to expel the American invader, or to fight in Latin America.
Secret British planning documents, dismiss the “Soviet threat” as non-existent, even in the Middle East.

Since the re-invasion of Russia by the forces of globalisation, Russia's economy has halved and its GDP has been reduced to that of the (much smaller) Netherlands.

The free press myth
We have government by the media, and media for the government.
Alfred Hugenberg controlled nearly half the German press by the end of the 1920s. Without Hugenberg “the triumph of the Nazis” wouldn´t have been possible.

In 1991, Richard Norton-Taylor of the Guardian disclosed that some 500 prominent Britons were paid by the CIA through the corrupt Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) in London, including 90 journalists, many in “senior positions”.
The supposed once “high standards” of British journalism were destroyed, mostly by Rupert Murdoch, who has succeeded in evading taxes by shell companies in offshore money laundering paradises. MI5 agent Robert Maxwell looted the pension fund and destroyed the “quality” of the Mirror (where Pilger worked at the time).


Genocide of Iraq
The Gulf War in 1991 was reported as an event of bloodless science in which there were “miraculously few casualties” – and quite a miracle it was! In reality 70% (!) of the 88,500 tons of bombs dropped on Iraq and Kuwait missed their targets and many fell in populated areas, killing civilians.
Few journalists reported the truth that at least 250.000 Iraqis were slaughtered by the brutal bombing – including cluster bombs. Since then, another at least half a million children died as a result of the economic sanctions. Because of munition made from Depleted Uranium, with a radioactive half-life of 125,000 years, the devastating effects on future generations will be similar to those of “Agent Orange” in Vietnam.

Norman Schwarzkopf boasted that at least 100,000 Iraqi soldiers were killed, he forgot the civilian deaths.
US Ambassador to the UN, Madeleine Albright, who later was appointed Secretary of State, answered the question whether the lives of half a million Iraqi children were too high a price, with: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, is worth it”.

Exploiting the third world
According to the World Health Organization in 1998, one third of the children in the world are malnourished.

Thailand, China and India produce sport shoes and toys for very low wages, including child labour.
In 1993, 2 industrial fires in toy factories in Thailand and China, killed 275 workers, most of them in their early teens. Hundreds were terribly burned.
In Haiti, girls from very poor families produce baseballs for the US.

General Augusto Pinochet was made dictator with the help of the CIA, during his military reign 130,000 Chileans were murdered, tortured and “disappeared”.
The World Bank and IMF proudly boasted on the results: Chile's debt grew to officially a whopping almost half of the GDP but in reality was even higher, with most of Chile's debt concealed in “debt-equity swaps”.

Mandela the president for white South Africa
In 1975, IMF funded “Apartheid” South Africa more than the rest of the continent together.

After the lawyer Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa, it were mostly the white elite that profited. Mandela became president on condition that the multinational corporations would be helped as they “opened up” the South African economy.
Black frontmen were selected as the corporate faces for white-controlled companies. Like for example Cyril Ramaphosa, chairman of a number of leading companies, and a close ally of the next President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki.

Since South Africa became a “democracy”, the amount money going to the police and prisons has risen by a quarter in a country with already one of the world's biggest security systems. From 1995 to 1998, deaths in police custody doubled.
Since Mandela became president the wealth gap has grown like never before, up to 100,000 jobs a year were lost and the desperately needed public services were curtailed. Many farm labourers are arbitrarily evicted as if nothing had changed.
But instead black South Africans have received the right to abortions!

From Thatcher and Reagan to Blair and Clinton
While small-time dealers are pursued in Clinton's “war on drugs”, money laundering, much of it related to the international “narco-trade”, flows unimpeded through the Caribbean tax havens to the US.
At the end of Reagan as president, the top 20% of the population got most of the income, while the bottom 60% had record lows. Wages fell below 1973 levels.
In Clinton's “Democracy”, 1% of the population controls 40% of the national wealth; profits are at an all-time high, having risen by 19% in 5 years while wages and welfare benefits have grown with only 1%.

Since the year Lady of the Garter Margaret Thatcher became Elizabeth’s Prime Minister, more than £63 billion in subsidies has been transferred from the poor to the rich. When Margaret Thatcher was PM, the number of poor Britons rose with 60%, to a quarter of the British population by 1998. The UN Human Development Report for 1997 writes that in no other country has poverty “increased as substantially” since the early 1980s.
In Britain, Peter Mandelson solved the problem of the “poverty” by renaming it “Social Exclusion”.

Peter Mandelson, George Robertson, Marjorie Mowlam, Chris Smith, Elizabeth Symons and Blair's chief of staff Jonathan Powell were members of the British-American Project for the Successor Generation funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts of Philadelphia, established by the billionaire J. Howard Pew, chairman of Sun Oil.
Among the right-wing groups supportd by Pew are the Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (set up by former head of the CIA William Casey).

In the 1980s, hundreds of miles of waterfront and docks in Britain were handed over to bankers, financiers and speculators.
According to chairman Gordon Waddell “It was odd, that a company with a government shareholder should be buying a privatised port”. This is a striking example of “wealth creation”, using tax pounds.

Liverpool dockers replaced by cheap labour
While in Liverpool the dockers generated greater profit than almost anywhere in Britain, its inhabitants remain very poor.

On 25 September 1995, dockers working for Torside, were ordered to work overtime for a disputed rate. After they protested, they were immediately fired. Three days later, they mounted a picket line and the 329 men employed by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company that refused to cross it, were also summarily dismissed.
They were replaced with cheap, flexible labour, for an hourly rate of £4 for “all hours”, without any guarantee on the amount of hours of work and pay per week. Men were placed “on call” during their days off, so that they could be summoned back to work at any time.

The dockers were represented by Britain's second largest union the Transport and General Workers' Union that did nothing for them “because” the dockers' action was technically against the recently introduced law.
The Liverpool dockers succeeded in arranging strikes in ports all over the globe instead, including in: Newark, Florida and Los Angeles in the US; New Brunswick and Montreal in Canada; Sweden; Denmark; Rotterdam in the Netherlands; Greece; France; Germany; Sydney, Australia; Auckland, Wellington and Lyttleton in New Zealand; South Africa.

Suharto and the Timor genocide
More than 60,000 people were slaughtered in the first 3 months of the invasion. In the 20 years since Indonesia illegally invaded East Timor, at least 200,000 people have died. According to Gabriel Defert, the real figure is closer to 300,000.

On arrival in Indonesia, Robin Cook gave one of the world's most vicious dictatorships a “deal on human rights”. At the time, Suharto’s Indonesia were conducting “Operation Finish Them Off in East Timor”, with British arms whose delivery he refused to stop.
Indonesia's special forces, Kopassus, patrol East Timor in civilian dress in unmarked vehicles, armed with Heckler and Koch automatic weapons from British Aerospace. Their marksmen train on simulators used by the SAS and their death squads train in British equipment. Indonesian military officers and pilots are trained in Britain.

Burmese days – Ne Win
In February 1995, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions reported that in the Burma of dictator General Ne Win a million people had been forced from their homes in Rangoon alone. The following violations were commonplace: “Torture, summary and arbitrary executions, forced labour, abuse of women, politically motivated arrests and detention, forced displacement, important restrictions on the freedoms of expression and association and oppression of ethnic and religious minorities”.
Burma plays an important role in the world production of heroin.

In the south of Burma, the death railway was constructed with slave labour, including children. This is connected to the pipeline of the French oil company Total in a consortium that includes Unocal, the British Premier Oil, Nippon Oil and Texaco.
The German electronics conglomerate Siemens, the Dutch multinational Philips and Ireland's Dragon Oil are major investors in this project.

The US victory in Cambodia and Vietnam
Orchestrating the Cambodia genocide started in 1969, with the brutal secret bombing campaign, launched by President Nixon and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (who later was awarded the Nobel Price for bringing peace to the region!). Between 1969 and 1973, American bombers killed some 750.000 Cambodian peasants. To conceal this crime, US pilots' logs were falsified.
In reality, the genocidal Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge were promoted by the US and Britain.
In 1992, when the Western powers returned to Cambodia, they came under the United Nations' flag to impose a “peace plan” devised by US Congressman Stephen Solarz.

Not only the Gulf of Tonkin attack was completely fake; the later announced “conclusive proof” of Hanoi's preparations to invade the south - weapons found floating in a North Vietnamese junk off China Beach were a “master illusion'”.
In 1983, former senior CIA specialist Ralph McGehee told Pilger that “The CIA, loaded up the junk with communist weapons, floated it off the coast, then brought in the international press. We got the headlines we wanted, and the marines followed".

According to Pilger, the US didn´t really lose in Vietnam as they took control of all the countries surrounding it.
In the 1990s, Vietnam was told that the price for entry into the “global economy” are cities of sweatshops and a countryside of landlords.

Vietnamese journalist Nhu T. Le wrote that the new foreign banks and private enterprises “
are meant to create a Hobbesian world of scarce resources inhabited by desperate people willing to do almost anything to feed their families. The marketeers are making an argument about human nature – that fear and greed are the fundamental human motivations. But in Vietnam, three million people in the grave serve as its greatest refutation.

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Atlas, Mont Pelerin, NED

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Firestarter wrote: Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:52 pmThe Atlas Network works with 450 foundations, NGOs, think tanks and advocacy groups, with an operating budget of $5 million in 2016, coming from charitable and non-profit foundations from the US.
Atlas helped to alter the political landscape in various countries in Latin America and is effectively an extension of Anglo-American foreign policy. The think tanks associated with Atlas are financed by the Koch billionaire brothers, State Department and National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The libertarian Atlas Network has "reshaped political power in country after country", operating as an extension of U.S. foreign policy.
Atlas’ methods include providing grants for new think tanks and education on how to run a think tank and manipulate opinion through social media and online videos.
In 2014, Atlas provided $4,340,000 in funding to 177 partners in 68 different countries.

In 1981, Atlas was founded by Sir Antony Fisher.
In 1955, Fisher had founded the Institute of Economic Affairs (IAE) in London and helped to create the Fraser Institute, the Manhattan Institute and the Pacific Research Institute in the 1970s.
The basis for Fisher’s ideals came from Friedrich Hayek, who helped to found Otto von Habsburg’s Mont Pelerin Society. Member of Mont Pelerin, Ed Feulner, helped found the Washington Heritage Foundation. Another Mont Pelerin member, Ed Crane, founded the Libertarian Cato Institute.

None other than Milton Friedman said about the Institute of Economic Affairs:
It made possible Margaret Thatcher. It made possible not her election as prime minister but the policies that she was able to follow. And the same thing in this country, the developing thought along these lines made possible Ronald Reagan and the policies he was able to follow.

In 1981, Fisher sent his proposal on the Atlas Network to a list of prominent executives, including Richard Mellon Scaife, and soon money began to pour in from corporate coffers like Pfizer, Procter & Gamble and Royal Dutch Shell.
But Fisher knew that his financers needed to remain secret (like for the IAE), because:
To influence public opinion, it is necessary to avoid any suggestion of vested interest or intent to indoctrinate.

Atlas was funded over the years by Koch family foundations and by 2005 had received $440,000 from ExxonMobil and at least $825,000 from the tobacco company Philip Morris. MasterCard was also an Atlas donor.
In 1986, Atlas scheduled meetings with business executives so its network of think tanks could be funded from the US. An official from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) once recommended that the head of Coca-Cola’s subsidiary in Panama work with Atlas to set up an IEA-style Atlas think tank.
Atlas’ partners were also funded by CIA-front National Endowment for Democracy (NED, founded in 1983), which is funded largely by the State Department and USAID. The NED also controls Wikileaks…

In 1980, at age 26, the Argentinean born Alejandro Chafuen was invited to become the youngest member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He travelled to Stanford and within 5 years married an American.
Chafuen, like Fisher, noted that donors cannot appear to pay for polls because they would lose credibility:
Pfizer Inc. would not sponsor surveys on health issues nor would Exxon pay for surveys on environmental issues.
In 1991, 3 years after Fisher died, Chafuen became chairman of Atlas. Chafuen got the support of leading Libertarians, like investor John Templeton and the billionaire Koch brothers.

The Atlas network has funded hundreds of free-market think tanks in Latin America, including groups that supported the Free Brazil Movement.
Numerous Atlas-affiliated leaders are now in power:
Atlas funded a think tank that merged with the political party formed by Mauricio Macri, who became the president of Argentina and is connected to several ministers in Argentina;
Atlas has also supported protests in Venezuela and the campaign of Sebastián Pinera, the president of Chile;
Several senators in Bolivia.

Gerardo Bongiovanni, the president of Atlas think tank Fundación Libertad (Argentina), admitted that the first needed money came from NED’s grant partner, the Center for International Private Enterprise, $1 million between 1985 and 1987.
In 1998, Cedice Libertad, Atlas’s flagship in Caracas (Venezuela) received financial support from the Center for International Private Enterprise. Records leaked from Eva Golinger and Bradley Manning were used to insinuate that Atlas think tanks were trying to destabilise the Venezuelan of Hugo Chavez, a sophisticated effort to support Chavez…

The Trump administration is filled with alumni of Atlas-related groups and friends.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (sister of Erik Prince) and Alejandro Chafuen both were leaders at Michigan think tank the Acton Institute, which now has an affiliate in Brazil (the Centro Interdisciplinar de Ética e Economia Personalista).
Vice President Mike Pence has attended an Atlas event and spoken highly of the group.
Trump’s counterterrorism adviser, Sebastian Gorka, once led an Atlas think tank in Hungary.
Senior fellow at the Atlas Network, Judy Shelton, was previously an adviser to the Trump campaign and transition and is now chairperson of the NED: ... ca-brazil/
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G. Edward Griffin – The creature from Jekyll Island

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In this post my summary of a good book on the creation of the Federal Reserve (on Jekyll Island) and how the international money system works (including the World Bank and IMF).
Even Ron Paul agrees that this is a “superb analysis”…

Paper (fiat) money from England – inflation tax
Fiat money is paper money without precious-metal backing. The first recorded appearance of fiat money was in thirteenth century China, but its use on a major scale only first occurred in colonial America.
The Bank of England was formed in 1694 to institutionalise fractional-reserve banking. This was used to bribe politicians with spendable money (created out of nothing by the banksters) without having to raise taxes. In return, the bankers would receive a commission — called interest.
In England, the first paper money was the exchequer order of Charles II. It was replaced in 1696 by the exchequer bill that was redeemable in gold.

Expanding the money supply causes inflation, and the amount lost in purchasing power could be seen as money stolen from us by our government or a hidden tax.
Since the establishment of the Bank of England in 1694, most wars couldn’t have been financed without fiat money. Or in other words: wars cause inflation…

US Central banks until the Fed and rising US debts
The formation of the first US central bank, the Bank of the United States, was primarily to create money for the federal government. The creation of millions of new fractional-reserve dollars made prices inflate. In a five-year period, prices rose by 72%, or in other words 42% of people’s savings in the form of money was confiscated by the government through inflation.
The Bank of the United States also came to the assistance of “good” state banks, which allowed them to act recklessly.
In 1791, the First Bank of the United States (America's second central bank) was created by Congress, as almost a replica of the first, including fraud.
The story of the Second Bank of the United States, the third central bank of the USA, ended after President Andrew Jackson won the battle with the head of that bank, Nicholas Biddle.

According to the National Banking Act of 1863, banks only had to keep a percentage of their notes and deposits in the form of lawful money (gold coins). That percentage averaged about 12%.
This means that a bank with $1 million in coin deposits could use approximately $880,000 of that ($1 million minus 12%) to purchase government bonds, exchange the bonds for bank notes, lend out the bank notes, and collect interest on both the bonds and the loans. So the bank could earn interest on $880,000 loaned to the government in the form of coins plus interest on $880,000 loaned to its customers in the form of bank notes. That doubled the bank's income without needing more capital; and basically means that the effective reserve fraction of 12% is really only 6%...
By failing to veto the National Bank Act, President Lincoln delivered the American people into the claws of the international Cabal, an act which was similar to the forcible return of captured runaway slaves.
By participating in the greenbacks, President Lincoln violated one of the most important sections of the Constitution. During the war, the money supply increased by 138% and the purchasing power of the greenbacks fell by 65%. Prices more than doubled while wages rose by less than half. In this way, Americans surrendered more than half of all the money they earned or held during that period to the government and to the banks — in addition to their “normal” taxes.

Griffin blames most of what’s wrong with our Brave New World on the Fabian Society and its bastard offspring that includes the Round Table, RIIA and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
See the stained-glass window that was once in the Beatrice Webb House in Surrey, England, former headquarters of the Fabian Society. It is now on display at the London School of Economics.
It shows Sidney Webb and George Bernard Shaw striking the earth with hammers to "REMOULD IT NEARER TO THE HEART'S DESIRE". Note the wolf in sheep's clothing in the Fabian crest above the globe.

The first draft of the Jekyll Island plan (for the Federal Reserve) was submitted to the Senate by Nelson Aldrich but had actually been written by Frank Vanderlip and Benjamin Strong (the buddy of the Governor of the Bank of England, Montagu Norman).
The presidential campaigns of Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt included propaganda against the evils of the Money Trust while both of their campaigns were financed by that same Trust.

It’s obvious that Americans and their government have become mired in debt.
Annual federal deficits have grown steadily since 1950. It had taken 198 years for the federal government to borrow the first trillion dollars. Then, in only twelve years — mostly when B-actor Reagan played president — it borrowed another $3 trillion. By the end of 1995, the debt had grown to about $5 trillion. It has continued to rise almost vertically.
By 1993, net interest payments on that debt were $214 billion per year; about 14% of all federal revenue. It now represents the government's largest single expense. These charges are paid by the American tax payer. On average, over $5,000 is extracted per American family annually, only to pay the interest.
Private investors in the US hold about 37% of this debt; foreign investors own approximately 27%; agencies of the federal government have 28%; and the Federal Reserve owns only about 8% of the US national debt.

Firestarter wrote: Sat May 04, 2019 4:26 pmToday’s $22.5 trillion, rising to $34 trillion, is just the US national government debt. Total US debt includes state and local government debt, household debt, corporate bond and business commercial & industrial loan debt, central bank balance sheet debt, and government agencies (GSEs) debt. Add these other forms of debt to the national debt makes the total debt in the US rises some $53 trillion. This lead to an estimated grand total US debt of more than $70 trillion by 2028 (the $900 billion a year in interest charges for the banksters is probably too low an estimate): ... debt-bomb/
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Karl Marx, Trotsky, Bolsheviks
In 1904, Jacob Schiff (head of the New York investment firm of Kuhn, Loeb, and Company), had raised capital for large war loans to Japan so they could fight against Russia.

This 1911 cartoon by Robert Minor shows Karl Marx surrounded by delighted Wall Street financiers: Morgan partner George Perkins; J.P. Morgan; John Ryan of National City Bank; John D. Rockefeller; and Andrew Carnegie. Behind Marx stand Teddy Roosevelt…

In January of 1916, Leon Trotsky was expelled from France and came to the US at the invitation of Schiff. His travel expenses were paid by Schiff.
On 23 March 1917, the abdication of Tsar Nicholas was celebrated at Carnegie Hall. When Trotsky returned to Petrograd in May 1917, he carried $10,000 for travel expenses, again from Kuhn, Loeb.

Contrary to believe, Lenin, Trotsky, and their Bolsheviks did not overthrow the monarchy but overthrew the first democratic society in Russian history, set up through the March 1917 revolution. Lenin and Trotsky weren’t sent to Russia to overthrow the Tsar but to make an end to the (real?) revolution.
After the October 1917 Revolution, all the banks in Russia were "nationalised" by the Bolsheviks except for the Petrograd branch of Rockefeller's National City Bank.

Arsene de Goulevitch mentioned that Knight of the Garter Alfred Milner (head of the Round Table) financed the Bolshevik Revolution with over 21 million roubles and that another of its financers was British Ambassador to Russia Sir George Buchanan.
At the same time that Morgan was funding pro-Bolshevik groups, he also founded the extreme anti-Bolshevik “United Americans” that was trying to frighten Americans into believing that a Red mob was ready to take New York. In a strange twist the officers of “United Americans” were Allen Walker of the Guarantee Trust Company (the Soviet's fiscal agent in the U.S. at the time); Daniel Willard president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railway (that was developing Soviet railways); H.H. Westinghouse of Westinghouse Air Brake Company (which operated a major plant in Russia); and Otto H. Kahn of Kuhn, Loeb & Company (arguable THE principal financial backer of the Soviet regime).
Morgan and a consortium of British financiers, including Alfred Milner, also financed the army of Admiral Kolchak, who was fighting against the Bolsheviks in Siberia.

In the years after the Bolsheviks took dictatorial control of the Soviet Union, lucrative contracts were issued to British and American businesses affiliated with the Round Table network.
Chicago meat packers Morris & Company, for example, got a 50 million pounds contract. Edward Morris was married to Helen Swift, sister of Harold Swift who had been a "Major" at the Red Cross Mission in Russia.
From 1921 to 1925, Standard Oil and General Electric supplied $37 million worth of machinery.
Junkers Aircraft in Germany literally created Soviet air power.
At least 3 million slave labourers perished in Siberia digging ore for Britain's Lena Goldfields, Ltd.
W. Averell Harriman — who later became US Ambassador to Russia — acquired a twenty-year monopoly over Soviet manganese production.

The sinking of the Lusitania
It’s no secret that the bombing of the British passenger liner Lusitania by those horrible Germans was the reason that the US joined WW I.
Calling the Lusitania a “passenger liner” is certainly misleading. In May 1913, the Lusitania was outfitted with extra armour, revolving gun rings on her decks, and shell racks in the hold for ammunition. In Jane's Fighting Ships the Lusitania was now listed as an auxiliary cruiser and in the British “The Naval Annual” an armed merchant man.
In October 1914, Winston Churchill issued orders that British merchant ships must no longer obey a U-boat order to halt and be searched but instead shoot at the enemy or ram the submarine. The result was that German U-boats were forced to sink ships without warning.

The cargo that was loaded on the Lusitania on her last voyage included 600 tons of pyroxyline (gun cotton), 6 million rounds of ammunition, 1,248 cases of shrapnel shells, plus an unknown quantity of munitions that filled the holds on the lowest deck and trunkways and passageways of F deck.
As the Lusitania moved into hostile waters, First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, ordered her destroyer protection to leave. This made her an easy target. After the impact of one torpedo, a mighty second explosion from within ripped her apart, and it quickly gurgled to the bottom.

Colonel Edward Mandell House was highly influential at that time, a trustee of the Carnegie Foundation and very close to Andrew Carnegie himself. House was in England at that very day to meet King George V. He was accompanied by Sir Edward Grey (Knight of the Garter, KG, 1912), who asked him: "What will America do if the Germans sink an ocean liner with American passengers on board?". According to House, "I told him if this were done, a flame of indignation would sweep America, which would in itself probably carry us into the war".
After arriving at Buckingham Palace, King George (another KG) asked House, "Suppose they should sink the Lusitania with American passengers on board...".

William Jenning Bryan became so disillusioned by the duplicity of his own government that on 9 May, he sent a note to Wilson:
Germany has a right to prevent contraband going to the Allies and a ship carrying contraband should not rely upon passengers to protect her from attack-it would be like putting women and children in front of an army.

On 16 April 1917, the US officially declared war on the Axis powers. Eight days later, Congress passed the War Loan Act which extended $1 billion in credit to the Allies. The first advance of $200 million went to the British to repay the debt to Morgan. A few days later, $100 million went to France for the same purpose.
Within 3 months Britain had run up their overdraft with Morgan to $400 million dollars, and the firm presented it to the government for payment. The Federal Reserve System created the money to give to England and France so they could pay back the American banks. The same process was done again in World War II and the “bailout” of the 1980s and '90s.

International loans, World Bank, IMF
American banks had always been willing to make loans to the Soviet Union, except for short periods of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and other minor “business interruptions”.
The Soviets bought American goods with “loans” from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Almost all of these loans were guaranteed by the US government, which means that if these countries default, the gullible American taxpayer will once again have to pay.
America gives billions to Russia, which uses it to build and sell missiles to China. China then sells those Russian-made missiles to the oil-rich Iran.

American banks and businessmen — with taxpayers’ guarantees — have provided power-generating equipment, modern steel mills and military hardware to China.
Within a few weeks of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, at the very time that student leaders were executed, the Bush Administration approved a $200 million, low-interest loan for delivery of 4 brand new Boeings. In 1993, 47 more Boeing jetliners were sold with another 800 Boeings over the next 15 years projected. China paid for all this through guaranteed loans and subsidies from the World Bank.

The US also provided aid to Eastern Europe, under control of the Soviet Union, which strengthened the Communist regimes.
In November 1988, the World Bank made its first loan to Poland for $17.9 million. In 1991, the Bush Administration cancelled 70% of the $3.8 billion owed to the United States, which had to be paid by American taxpayers instead.
During 1992, Yeltsin wheeled and dealed with Royal Dutch Shell, British Petroleum, Amoco, Texaco, and Exxon.

Shortly after the Mexican government loaned $55 million to Fidel Castro’s Cuba, head of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker offered Mexico's finance minister, Jesus Silva Herzog, a $600 million short-term loan to get Mexico past its election date of 4 July.

After Brazil in 1982 announced it couldn’t make payments on its debt, the U.S. Treasury loaned $1.23 billion to keep those checks going to the banks. Twenty days later, it gave another $1.5 billion; the Bank of International Settlements advanced $1.2 billion. The following month, the IMF provided $5.5 billion; Western banks extended $10 billion in trade credits; and $4.4 billion in new loans were made by a Morgan Bank syndication.
This plan set the precedent of "curing" the debt crisis by creating more debt.

The global environmental threat - depopulation
The pollution of the environment global threat has been carefully planned since at least the 1960s. This was viewed as likely to succeed because it could be related to observable conditions like smog and water pollution and would therefore look “credible”.
In 1989, an article by CFR member George Kennan was published:
We must prepare instead for ... an age where the great enemy is not the Soviet Union, but the rapid deterioration of our planet as a supporting structure for civilized life.

Fabian Bertrand Russell (of the Noble English Russell family, the handler of H.G. Wells) explained:
I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing... War, as I remarked a moment ago, has hitherto been disappointing in this respect, but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation, survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full....
A scientific world society cannot be stable unless there is world government... It will be necessary to find ways of preventing an increase in world population. If this is to be done otherwise than by wars, pestilences and famines, it will demand a powerful international authority. This authority should deal out the world's food to the various nations in proportion to their population at the time of the establishments of the authority. If any nation subsequently increased its population, it should not on that account receive any more food. The motive for not increasing population would therefore be very compelling.

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Lundberg – America’s sixty families

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In 1937, a book by Ferdinand Lundberg was published detailing an oligarchy of 60 wealthy families that control the United States of America.
The "60 families" named by Lundberg include the Rockefeller, Morgan, Ford, Vanderbilt, Mellon, Guggenheim, Harkness, Whitney, Du Pont, Astor, Paynes, and Stillman families.
Many wealthy Americans were not on Lundberg’s list because their wealth was not in the form of family or dynastic assets, like Harvey Firestone, Frederick H. Prince, and Samuel Zemurray.

At least 36 large nonbanking corporations with assets totalling about $22 billion have a direct connection to John D. Rockefeller’s interests.

The Mellon group dominates about 35 banks and insurance companies and some 40 non-financial corporations with a total of $4.25 billion in assets.
The Mellon group is directly or indirectly represented in corporations with about $13 billion in assets.

The 10 largest foundations, according to a Twentieth Century Fund study in 1934:
1. Carnegie Corporation of N.Y.
2. Rockefeller Foundation
3. General Education Board (Rockefeller)
4. Commonwealth Fund (Harkness)
5. W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Kellogg cereals)
6. Carnegie Institution of Washington
7. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
8. Russell Sage Foundation
9. Buhl Foundation (Henry Buhl, Jr.)
10. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Louis D. Brandeis concluded that the wealth of the elite is understated because they also control “other people’s money”.
This makes their recklessness unpunished, as great losses were paid for by citizens with an average income.

The elite control education, by financing schools and universities.

Besides the rich and corrupt, at least 75% of Americans own nothing except clothing and a few chattels.

Ferdinand Lundberg – America’s sixty families (1937): ... an/page/n4

Thirty years later, Lundberg came with a new book on the same topic.

The United States can be looked upon as a single party “democracy”, divided in 2 subdivisions: the Republican Party (dubbed "Conservative") and the Democratic Party (dubbed "Liberal").

The 3 richest, most influential families, in 1968, are:
1 - Du Pont worth $7.6 billion
2 - Mellon worth $4.8 billion
3 - Rockefeller worth $4.7 billion (only third?)

The Ford family is the 4th most influential, rich oligarchic family in the USA.
J. Paul Getty is thought to be in the same class, with $1.2 billion.

Other leading family names that dominate the 200 largest nonfinancial companies: Adler, Astor, Cabot, Clapp, Doris Duke Cromwell, Cunningham, Doherty, Drexel, Fleischmann, Forstmann, Goelet, Goldman, Guggenheim, Hanna, Hearst, Hillman, Hutton, Jones, Laughlin (Jones and Laughlin Steel), Lynch, McClintic, Miller, Milbank, Palmer, Payson, Penney, Pillsbury, Rosenwald, Schott, Skaggs, Vanderbilt, Watkins, Whitney, Widener and Winthrop.

In 1953, 32% of the private assets were held by the richest 1.6% of the adult population of 103 million.
According to Lundberg, the American tax system favours the wealthy over the poor, amongst others because of sales taxes and tax-exempt foundations

Ferdinand Lundberg – The Rich and the Super-Rich (1968): ... 670846.pdf
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Shareholders - health insurers

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Firestarter wrote: Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:17 pmI´ve earlier posted in this thread on the biggest shareholders in the US, that often include the largest investment funds in the world Vanguard and BlackRock: ... &start=200

Here’s a post on the major shareholders in the 8 biggest health care insurers in the US.
Capital and Vanguard are the largest shareholders in these companies. BlackRock is relatively low in the largest 6 (with an around 5% stake)...

Major Shareholders in UnitedHealth Group Inc. include – Vanguard (more than 10.5%), Capital (at least 9.7%), Blackrock, Fidelity (FMR), SSgA Funds (State Street): ... titutional

Major Shareholders in Anthem Inc. include – Vanguard (more than 16.3%), Capital, Blackrock, Fidelity (FMR), SSgA Funds (State Street); and T. Rowe Price Associates, Wellington Management Co.: ... titutional

The third health insurer Aetna is a subsidiary of CVS Health Corp.
Major Shareholders in CVS Health Corp. include – Vanguard (more than 15.3%), Capital, Blackrock, Fidelity (FMR), SSgA Funds (State Street); and Wellington Management Co.: ... titutional

Major Shareholders in Cigna Corp. include – Vanguard (more than 12.4%), Capital, Blackrock, Fidelity (FMR), SSgA Funds (State Street); and T. Rowe Price Associates, Dodge & Cox (at least 7.5%): ... titutional

Major Shareholders in Human Inc include – Vanguard (more than 12.5%), Capital (at least 16.5%), Blackrock, Fidelity (FMR); and Wellington Management Co., Washington Mutual Investors Fund: ... titutional

Major Shareholders in Centene Corp. include – Vanguard (more than 17.7%), Capital (at least 9.8%), Blackrock, Fidelity (FMR), SSgA Funds (State Street); and Wellington Management Co., Washington Mutual Investors Fund, T. Rowe Price Associates, American Funds Investment: ... titutional

Major Shareholders in Molina Healthcare Inc. include – Vanguard (more than 17.3%), Capital (at least 13.2%), Blackrock, Fidelity (FMR), SSgA Funds (State Street); Wellington Management Co., T. Rowe Price Associates, American Funds (at least 8.1%), Renaissance Technologies LLC (6.8% of Robert Mercer): ... titutional

Major Shareholders in WellCare Health Plans, Inc. include – Vanguard (more than 21.2%), Capital, Blackrock, State Street; and Wellington Management Co., T. Rowe Price Associates (at least 12.4%):

SSgA Funds (State Street Global Advisors) is the investment management division of State Street Corporation (one of the “big four” American investment funds).

John C. Bogle founded Vanguard in 1974 directly after he was fired as CEO of Wellington Management.
Wellington is Vanguard’s biggest external fund manager. In 2010, Wellington managed 19 funds and 4 subaccounts for Vanguard.
In 2019, Wellington was hired by Vanguard as subadviser.

BlackRock also manages funds under the name iShares...
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African Development Bank and Gates Foundation

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Here’s some interesting information on the African Development Bank (AfDB). There is a connection to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In June 2019, the AfDB in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Agence Française de Développement (AfD) and the Government of Luxembourg launched the Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility (ADFI): ... ility-adfi

Since 2011, the African Development Bank has been working with (for?) the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on sanitation for sub-Saharan African cities.
According to eugenics psychopath Bill Gates, the African Water Facility Urban Sanitation program (2018-2022), new approaches for sterilizing human waste may help end almost 500,000 infant deaths and save $233 billion annually in costs linked to diarrhoea, cholera and other diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene: ... tion-18644

Rodrigo Salvado worked for the African Development Bank before joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: ... go-Salvado

A more recent story is that the African Development Bank has sold $4.6 billion in bonds on the London Stock Exchange’s Sustainable Bond Market.
$3 billion of this money will be used to make Africa into the perfect corona police state: ... bank-group

The COVI-PASS™ Digital Health Passport works on an intelligent colour mapping system (green, amber, red) to authenticate and validate a COVID-19 test providing test history and relevant health information. This allows for accurate data metrics to assess those who have tested positive and negative and the location only of their testing. The COVI-PASS™ Digital Health Passport can be used as an authenticated gateway for Public Services, Businesses and Employees to manage a safe return to work, life, and safe travel. ... countries/
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Good Club – billionaires for depopulation

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The Good Club was started in 2009 by some of the richest American billionaires with some of the most powerful media moguls. The meeting was called by Bill Gates to discuss how they could join forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to “solve” the problem of overpopulation.

The exclusive letter of invitation was signed by Gates, David Rockefeller Sr. and Warren E. Buffett.
They met on 5 May 2009 at the home of British Nobel prize winner Sir Paul Nurse in Manhattan.

According to Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the Good club is “a veritable rogues gallery of anti-life and anti-family plutocrats”, and:
They agreed that the world’s number one problem is that there are too many poor people. And what is their solution? Get rid of the poor people.

These fabulously wealthy people with their grand houses, private jets, yachts and lavish lifestyles have decided to pool their massive resources to declare war on the world’s poor by spending billions of dollars on population control! ... population

Some of the American oligarchs present, besides Gates, David Rockefeller Sr. and Jr. and Buffett...

Michael Bloomberg; George Soros; Eli Broad (real estate developer);
Oprah Winfrey; Peter G. Peterson (co-founder of the Blackstone Group);
Julian H. Robertson Jr. (who ran a prominent hedge fund); and John P. Morgridge (former chairman of Cisco Systems): ... ummit.html

Also present was Ted Turner, the billionaire founder of CNN, who in 1996 stated that a 95% reduction of world population to 225 to 300 million would be “ideal”. In a 2008 interview Turner rephrased the objective to 2 billion, a population reduction of more than 70%.
Turner stated, “we have too many people. That’s why we have global warming. We need less people using less stuff”:

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any more information on this so-called “Good club”...
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The Tides Foundation NWO

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There are many “conspiracy theories” about American billionaires, who use their billions to control politics and/or philanthropy.
The Tides Foundation unfortunately doesn’t get much attention from our wonderful media and is more interesting than Rockefeller, George Soros, the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson together.

Now there are some stories on the Tides Foundation funding some “hated” left wing groups, but Tides is much bigger than the backing of only 1 or 2 groups...

From 2001 to 2018 the Tides Foundation had a total revenue (most of it coming from donations) of $2.6 billion ($143 million per year on average) and paid grants in total of $2.2 billion ($123 million per year on average).
In 2018, the Tides Foundation paid out $291 million in grants...
That kind of money buys a lot of influence!

The San Francisco based tax exempt Tides Foundation was founded in 1976 by Drummond Pike to funnel grants to “centre-left nonprofits”, while the donors have an advisory role in its grant making.
So basically the donors have a say in where their money goes to, while the grants are labelled as coming from Tides.
Initial funding for the Tides Foundation came from Jane Lehman, heiress to the Reynolds tobacco fortune and ex-president of the Arca Foundation.

The Tides Foundation is the most important of a group of “Tides” named entities in the Tides network. The Tides Center is also important.

The donor list of Tides includes the elite of the world, including:
The Pew Charitable Trust (of the family of Sun Oil);
The Ford Foundation;
Open Society Institute (of George Soros);

Carnegie Corporation;
Rockefeller Foundations/Funds.

The Tides Foundation has been accused of funnelling millions of dollars from American donors to block the joint U.S.-Canadian Keystone XL pipeline.

The Tides Foundation also receives regular grants from a number of nonprofits associated with for-profit investment companies, including Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund and Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program. Vanguard and Fidelity are of course some of the largest investment funds in the world that completely control the world economy.
Fidelity Charitable is the largest charitable grant making organisation in the United States (before nr. 2 the Gates Foundation).

The Tides Foundation and affiliated Tides Center also received millions from the US government (paid for by the American taxpayer): ... oundation/

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Re: The Tides Foundation NWO

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I’m no supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is now being built after being approved by president Donald, but financing opposition to this is one of the few Tides scandals that has gotten some media attention (and is an interesting story, wait for the punchline!).

The (American) Tides Foundation and Tides Canada (founded in Canada) receive funding from other donors and then pass the money on to various organisations. Tides is not required to reveal which donors provide funding for the various grants to conceal which donors are funding what causes and groups.

Pew Charitable Trusts funnelled $42.6 through Tides million for grants to Ducks Unlimited, as part of the campaign against Keystone XL.
Part of what Ducks Unlimited does is, like Tides, passing through funds. Its main function is hunting ducks (sure you could call that nature preservation).

Now here it gets really strange, in a scheme that looks like some sort of money laundering (using tax exempt foundation).
In March 2009, Pew gave Ducks Unlimited $4.4 million, partly to be re-granted to the Boreal Songbird Initiative, which is a project of the Pew Environment Group”. So in short, Pew donated to Ducks Unlimited that was funnelled back to Pew: ... -pipeline/

Rockefeller that has gotten most of its billions from oil is one of the funders of the Tides Foundation to oppose Keystone XL.
The Pew Charitable Trusts was founded by Joseph Pew and his heirs, who got rich from Sun Oil, now Sunoco. Sunoco’s Canadian subsidiary, Suncor, runs the second largest operations in Alberta's tar sands.

Why would big oil oppose the destruction of nature by big oil?
It looks like the Pew Charitable Trusts uses front groups to counter the demands of the “genuine” environmental groups, a scheme that is sometimes called “controlled opposition”.

According to US-based author Alex Cockburn:
In its initial National Forest Campaign, Pew demanded that recipients of grant money agree to focus their attention on government actions; corporate wrongdoers were not to be named. This extreme plan was modified after some recipients balked.
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