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rman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-16-06 08:05 AM
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3. The military is a means to and end for the MIC,
as are the so-called Intelligence Agencies (Covert Operations Agencies) and Congress. Not just for robbing us by means of all kinds of (often questionable) military contracts, but also for robbing the people of other nations by means of overt and/or covert interventions of various kinds.

That's why some call it the Military Industrial Intelligence Complex, and some call it the Military Industrial Congressional Complex. These days certain other institutions also play prominent roles: Think Tanks, PR firms and last but not least the mainstream media.

I'm pretty sure Ike would say it has gotten much worse than he ever imagined.

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