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President Xi Jinping is finding and prosecuting banksters and crooks who use government office to profit friends and family. Xi even busted the former Chinese internal security chief Zhou Yongkang, sort of a cross between J Edgar Hoover and Zapata Petroleum.
Xi cages big tiger in anti-corruption drive
Few will shed tears over the arrest of former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang
BBC, Dec. 6, 2014
All China's recent leaders have agreed that curing corruption is life and death for the party, but Xi Jinping's campaign is the most significant effort to tackle it.
Sixty-five years ago, many Chinese welcomed the Communist Party because they saw it as less corrupt and more committed to social justice than the Nationalist government that went before. Now China is one of the most unequal societies in the world and the party is widely reviled as a machine for the self-enrichment of those who control it.
He has promised zero tolerance of corruption among party officials, warning that he is going after "both the tigers and the flies", villains from the top to the bottom of the system. Arresting Zhou Yongkang is caging the biggest tiger.
And despite another of President Xi's favourite themes, the rule of law, other rules clearly take precedence over judicial process. Neither Zhou Yongkang nor any of those associated with him have been seen in the past year. They simply disappeared. So it is with hundreds of others. The anti-corruption campaign is being run by the party's internal investigation unit. It is warning of a wave of new arrests to come.
Some doubt whether this approach can work in the long run. The Berlin-based group Transparency International, which compiles a global corruption ranking, notes that perceptions of corruption have worsened this year despite the high profile eradication campaign. It says China needs permanent and systematic changes including better whistle-blower protection and freedom of the press.
Sure wish we had some kind of anti-corruption campaign going on here in the USA.
Posted by Octafish | Sat Dec 6, 2014, 04:23 PM (47 replies)
For those interested in how the New World got Ordered:
The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
by Stephen Kinzer
A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today’s world
During the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world.
John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the background of American culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world?
The Brothers explores hidden forces that shape the national psyche, from religious piety to Western movies—many of which are about a noble gunman who cleans up a lawless town by killing bad guys. This is how the Dulles brothers saw themselves, and how many Americans still see their country’s role in the world.
Propelled by a quintessentially American set of fears and delusions, the Dulles brothers launched violent campaigns against foreign leaders they saw as threats to the United States. These campaigns helped push countries from Guatemala to the Congo into long spirals of violence, led the United States into the Vietnam War, and laid the foundation for decades of hostility between the United States and countries from Cuba to Iran.
The story of the Dulles brothers is the story of America. It illuminates and helps explain the modern history of the United States and the world.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013
There was a short spell when things were different.
Posted by Octafish | Sat Dec 6, 2014, 03:42 PM (1 replies)
"A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime... A prominent executive of one of the largest corporations, told me point blank that he would be ready to take definite action to bring fascism into America if President Roosevelt continued his progressive policies. Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there. Propagandists for fascist groups try to dismiss the fascist scare. We should be aware of the symptoms. When industrialists ignore laws designed for social and economic progress they will seek recourse to a fascist state when the institutions of our government compel them to comply with the provisions." -- William Dodd, US Ambassador to Germany, 1933
BBC Radio did a nice report on Prescott Bush and chums: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/document/document_20070723.shtml
Posted by Octafish | Sat Dec 6, 2014, 12:44 PM (1 replies)
How the Doomsday Project Led to Warrantless Surveillance and Detention after 9/11
Nov 13, 2014 by Peter Dale Scott
Since World War II, secrecy has been used to accumulate new covert bureaucratic powers under the guise of emergency planning for disasters, planning known inside and outside the government as the “Doomsday Project.”
Known officially (and misleadingly) as “Continuity of Government” (COG) planning, the Doomsday Project, under the guiding hands in the 1980s of Oliver North, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and others, on 9/11 became the vehicle for a significant change of government. The extreme repressive powers accumulated under the guise of the Doomsday Project were first developed to control the rest of the world. Now, to an unprecedented extent, America itself is being treated as an occupied territory.
In 1994, Tim Weiner reported in The New York Times that “The Doomsday Project” had “less than six months to live.” (1) Weiner’s language was technically justifiable, but also very misleading. In fact COG planning now simply continued with a new target: terrorism. On the basis of Weiner’s article, the first two books to discuss COG planning, by James Bamford and James Mann, both reported that COG planning had been abandoned. (2)
What Weiner and these authors did not report was that in the final months of Reagan’s presidency the purpose of COG planning had officially changed: it was no longer for arrangements “after a nuclear war,” but for any “national security emergency.” This was defined in Executive Order 12656 of 1988 as: “any occurrence, including natural disaster, military attack, technological emergency, or other emergency, that seriously degrades or seriously threatens the national security of the United States.” (3)
In this way a totally legitimate program dating back to Eisenhower, of planning extraordinary emergency measures for an America devastated in a nuclear attack, was now converted to confer equivalent secret powers on the White House for anything it considered an emergency.
Cheney and Rumsfeld in from the Start
From its beginning in 1982, two of the key planners on the secret COG planning committee were Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, the same two men who implemented COG on 9/11. (4) The committee had been established by Reagan under a secret executive order, NSDD 55 of September 14, 1982. Despite what Weiner implied, the committee continued to meet without interruption until the George W. Bush presidency in 2001. (5)
An expanded application of COG was apparently envisaged as early as 1984, when, according to Boston Globe reporter Ross Gelbspan,
Lt. Col. Oliver North was working with officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency… to draw up a secret contingency plan to surveil political dissenters and to arrange for the detention of hundreds of thousands of un-documented aliens in case of an unspecified national emergency. The plan, part of which was codenamed Rex 84, called for the suspension of the Constitution under a number of scenarios, including a U.S. invasion of Nicaragua. (6)
1In other words, extreme measures, designed originally to deal with an externally directed and devastating nuclear attack, were being secretly modified to deal whenever desired with domestic dissenters: a situation that still pertains to today. (7)
Anyone got Lexis/Nexis might want to call up:
William Neikirk, "Bush to be exempt from House's hostage probe," Chicago Tribune 8/8/1991.
Posted by Octafish | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 10:46 PM (0 replies)
¿Conoces a alguien de esa playa?
Posted by Octafish | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 11:56 AM (1 replies)
Posted by Octafish | Thu Dec 4, 2014, 12:30 PM (0 replies)
Smear someone as an anti-Semite, repeatedly, not because it's true, but because of WikiLeaks and Assange. If enough people believe you, no one will pay attention when I bring up what WikiLeaks has shown: members of the US Government use war to make a very, very small part of the nation very, very wealthy.
I got links for that, my journals on DU3 or DU2.
Posted by Octafish | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 05:05 PM (1 replies)
Is that what you'd like to make DU into, msanthrope? Anyone who disagrees with you over Assange or WikiLeaks, let alone NSA wall-to-wall spying and online disinformation in the service of War Inc, is fair game.
Posted by Octafish | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 04:57 PM (0 replies)
It's not democracy when the government operates in secret.
A Long List of What We Know Thanks to Private Manning
The Nation on August 23, 2013 - 2:44 AM ET
The debate in the media, and in political circles over Edward Snowden—Right or Wrong—often doubles back on references to Pfc. Manning, who was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison on Wednesday. Too often (that is, most of the time), the value and import of the Manning/WikiLeaks disclosures are ignored or dismissed, just as Snowden’s NSA scoops are often derided as “nothing new.”
And let’s not forget what started it all: the “Collateral Murder” video.
First, just a very partial list from “Cablegate” (keep in mind, this does not include many other bombshells that caused a stir in smaller nations abroad):
• Yemeni president lied to his own people, claiming his military carried out air strikes on militants actually done by the US. All part of giving US full rein in country against terrorists.
Now, an excerpt from our book on just small aspect of the Iraq war cables. As I noted, this doesn’t even include the release of the “Collateral Murder” video earlier.
Al Jazeera suggested that the real bombshell was the US allowing Iraqis to torture detainees. Documents revealed that US soldiers sent 1,300 reports to headquarters with graphic accounts, including a few about detainees beaten to death. Some US generals wanted our troops to intervene, but Pentagon chiefs disagreed, saying these assaults should only be reported, not stopped. At a time the US was declaring that no torture was going on, there were forty-one reports of such abuse still happening “and yet the US chose to turn its back.”
While the great journalist Greg Mitchell's list makes the USA national press corps look lazy and cowed, it really shows our government to contain a pack of money-grubbing warmongers that make Wall Street almost look honest in comparison.
Mitchell's reportage of WikiLeaks also brings up their most undemocratic rub: When Money and Power can be applied by secret agents, they benefit secret agendas and players.
Assange, Manning and WikiLeaks have lifted the veil on these operators.
Posted by Octafish | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 09:59 AM (2 replies)
Not so shocking, considering...
J. Edgar Hoover Was Homosexual, Blackmailed by Mob, Book Says
February 06, 1993|From Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A new book contends that former FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover was a homosexual who was blackmailed by the Mafia into denying the existence of organized crime for decades.
Author Anthony Summers writes in his book, "Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover," that top organized crime figures Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello obtained photos of Hoover's alleged homosexual activity with longtime aide Clyde Tolson and used them to ensure that the FBI did not target their illegal activities.
The new book quotes two former Office of Strategic Services officials who said they saw pictures of Hoover engaged in a sexual act with Tolson. One, John Weitz, said he could not recognize anyone in the photo he was shown at a dinner party in the 1950s but was told by his host, whom he would not identify, that it depicted Hoover and Tolson.
Summers writes that electronics expert Gordon Novel said that CIA counterintelligence chief James J. Angleton, now deceased, showed him several photos, including one of Hoover engaged in sexual activity with Tolson.
Summers writes that the Mafia may have obtained the photos from the OSS, the forerunner to the CIA. He offers the theory that OSS chief William Donovan and Hoover, while feuding over control of foreign intelligence, investigated each other and Donovan came up with the photos.
What's really evil is what came later...
Joseph Adams Milteer pretty much outlined the 'official version of Dallas' before it happened.
A rabid right-wing racist who was tape-recorded by FBI detailing the assassination of JFK "with a high-powered rifle from a high-rise office building," then a couple of weeks later appears in photographs in Dealey Plaza should make the front page and lead every broadcast, but it doesn't, for some reason.
Milteer didn't know he was being taped by an FBI informant.
The late-FBI agent Don Adams, who interviewed Milteer, came forward a few years ago and reported the FBI intentionally obstructed justice in its investigation of Milteer and in its investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy.
Those with open minds also may want to learn about Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden, the first African American on the White House Secret Service detail who reported overt racism by his fellow agents and outright hostility toward the "n------loving president" and was railroaded after reporting what he saw to the Warren Commission.
These are fascinating facts hidden to much of the public -- but not DUers.
Posted by Octafish | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 09:18 AM (1 replies)