So what is an "economic hitman"?Of course , it has nothing to do with assasinating any person but they are responsibile for "assasinating" moral values and destroying one country's economy, profit and independence.How? Economic hitmen work more as agents in many different ways.The most common thing would be the identification of a country that has resources that their corporations covet, like oil, and then arrange a huge loan to that country from the World Bank or one of its sister organizations. But the money never actually goes to the country…instead it goes to their big corporations to build infrastructure projects in that country-power plants, industrial parks, ports <-> things that benefit a few rich people in that country, in addition to our corporations but really don`t help the majority of the people at all.However those people, the whole country, is left holding a huge debt.
It's such a big debt that they can`t repay it, and that`s part of the plan, that they can`t repay it. So at that point the country owe a large amount of money and can't pay their debt.This is when the economic hitman appears.He is more like a diplomat , a middleman which announces conditions and/or solutions for the country being.
Countries may be asked to :
♦sell the oil real cheap to US oil companies
♦allow US to build a military base
♦send troops as support to someplace in the world, like Iraq
♦ vote with US the next U.N.
♦vote to have their electric utility company privatized, and their water and sewage system privatized, and sold to US corporations or other multinational corporations
Confused?Can't really believe this exists?Have a look at some facts showing how economic hitmen first started their actions.
The precedent for economic hit men really began in the early fifties, when Mossadegh, was democratically elected in Iran.He was considered to be the hope for democracy in the Middle East and around the world.He was Time Magazine`s "Man of the Year"but, one of the things that he`d run on and began to implement was the idea that foreign oil companies needed to pay the Iranian people a lot more for the oil that they were taking out of Iran, that the Iranian people should benefit from their own oil. The US didn't like it and was afraid to send the army.Instead they sent in one CIA agent, Kermit Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt's relative. Kermit went in with a few million dollars and was very, very effective and efficient, and in a short amount of time he managed to get Mossadegh overthrown…and brought in the Shah of Iran to replace him, who always was favorable to oil and it was extremely effective.
So back in the United States in Washington people looked around and said "wow, that was easy , and cheap". So this established a whole new way of manipulating countries, of creating empire. The only problem with Roosevelt was that he was a card carrying CIA agent, and had he been caught, the ramifications could have been pretty serious. So very quickly at that point the decision was made to use private consultants, to channel the money through the World Bank or the IMF or one of the other such agencies, to bring in people who work for private companies so that if they got caught there would be no governmental ramifications.
When Arbenz became president of Guatemala, the country was very much under the thumbs of United Fruit Company, the big international corporation, and Arbenz ran on this ticket that says "we want to get the land back to the people". Once he took power he started implementing policies that would do exactly that, give land rights back to the people. United Fruit didn`t like that very much, and so they hired a public relations firm, launched a huge campaign in the United States to convince the United States people, the citizens of the United States, and the press of the United States, and the congress of the United States that Arbenz was a Soviet puppet, and that if we allowed him to stay in power the Soviets would have a foothold in this hemisphere, and that at that point in time was a huge fear on everybody's mind, the red terror, the communist terror and so to make a long story short, out of this public relations campaign came a commitment on the part of the CIA and the military to take this man out.In facet , they did , they sent in planes, sent in soldiers, sent in jackals, sent everything in to take him out, and did take him out. And as soon as he was removed from office, the new man that took over after him basically reinstated everything to the big international corporations, including United Fruit.
Ecuador for many, many years had been ruled by pro-US dictators, often relatively brutal. Then it was decided that they were going to have a truly democratic election. Jaime Roldos ran for office, and his main goal he said as president would be to make sure that Ecuador's resources were used to help the people. And he won, overwhelmingly, by more votes than anyone had ever won anything in Ecuador, and he began to implement these policies , to make sure that the profits from oil went to help the people.
Well, they didn`t like that in the United States. As John Prekins(former hitman) confesses "I was sat down as one of several economic hit men, to change Roldos, to corrupt him, to bring him around. To let him know, you know, ok, you know, you can get very rich you and your family if you play our game, but if you continue to try to keep these policies you`ve promised, you`re gonna go… he wouldn`t listen".Later , he died in a plane crash.It is no doubt he had been assasinated.
As soon as the plane crashed, the whole area was cordoned off. The only people that were allowed in were US military from a nearby base, and some of the Ecuadorian military. When investigation was launched, two of the key witnesses died in car accidents before they had a chance to testify. A lot of very, very strange things that went on around the assassination of Jaime Roldos."
"In my position as an economic hit man I was always expecting something to happen to Jaime, weather it be a coup or an assassination I wasn`t sure, but that he would be taken down because he was not being corrupted, he would not allow himself to be corrupted the way we wanted to corrupt him." - John Perkins
Omar Torrijos, president of Panama,was very charismatic, he was a man who really wanted to help his country. When the economic hitman tried to bribe him or corrupt him he said "I don`t need the money. What I really need is for my country to be treated fairly. I need for the United States to repay the debts that you owe my people for all the destruction you`ve done here. I need to be in a position where I can help other Latin American countries win their independence, and be free of this terrible presence from the north that you people are exploiting us so badly. I need to have the Panama canal back in the hands of the Panamanian people. That`s what I want. And so leave me alone, don`t try to bribe me".
It was 1981, and in may Jaime Roldos was assassinated, and Omar was very aware of this. Torrijos got his family together and he said "I`m probably next. But it`s ok, because I`ve done what I came here to do. I`ve renegotiated the canal, the canal will now be in our hands"He had just finished negotiating the treaty with Jimmy Carter. In June of that same year, just a couple of months later, he also went down in an airplane crash , which there`s no question that was executed by CIA sponsored Jackals. Tremendous amount of evidence show that one of Torrijos' security guards handed him at the last moment as he was getting on the plane a tape recorder, a small tape recorder, that contained a bomb.
It is interesting how this system has continued pretty much the same way for years and years and years, except the economic hit men are getting better and better.
In 1998 Hugo Chavez gets elected president, following a long line of presidents who had been very corrupt, and basically destroyed the economy of the country.Chavez was elected amidst all that. Chavez stood up to the United States, and he has done it primarily demanding that Venezuelan oil be used to help the Venezuelan people. The US didn't like that so, in 2002 a riot was staged, which, there`s no question in most of people's minds that the CIA was behind that coup. The way that that coup was fomented was very reflective of what Kermit Roosevelt had done in Iran, of paying people to go out into the streets to riot, to protest, to say this Chavez is very unpopular. If one can get a few thousand people to do that, television can make it look like its the whole country, and things start to mushroom. Except in the case of Chavez, he was smart enough and the people were so strongly behind him that they overcame it which was a phenomenal moment in the history of Latin America.
Iraq actually is a perfect example of the way the whole system works.So, the economic hit men are the first line of defense, they go in, they try to corrupt governments and get them to accept these huge loans which they then use as leverage to basically own them. If they fail, as failed in Panama with Omar Torrijos, or in Ecuador with Jaime Roldos, men who refused to be corrupted, then the second line of defense is sending in the jackals. And the jackals either overthrow governments or they assassinate, and once that happens then a new government comes in and it`s going to tow the line, because the new president knows what will happen if he doesn't. In the case of Iraq, both of those things failed-economic hit men were not able to get through to Saddam Hussein, and so the jackals went in to take him out…they couldn`t do it, his security was very good…after all, he at one time worked for the CIA. He had been hired to assassinate a former president of Iraq, and failed but he knew the system. So in '91 they send in the troops to take out the Iraqi military. So they assumed at that point that Saddam Hussein was going to come around.
They could have taken him out, of course, at that point in time, but they didn`t want to because he was the kind of strong man they like. He controlled his people and US thought he could control the Kurds and keep the Iranians within their border, and keep pumping oil for them and that once they took out his military, he was going to come around. So the economic hit men went back in in the '90s, without success. If they had had success, he had still be running the country. The Jackals couldn`t take him out . So they sent the military in once again, and this time they did the complete job and took him out, and in the process created for themselves some very, very lucrative construction deals.They had to reconstruct a country that they had essentially destroyed, which is a pretty good deal if you own construction companies, big ones.
So, Iraq shows the three stages; the economic hit men, failed ; the jackals, failed ; and as a final measure the military goes in and solves it all.That is how empires are being built.
Still, need more evidence to support this article?Read the book "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins and you will get more than enough.
"I was sworn to secrecy , I've been bribed not to write it ,I've been threatened not to write it and I postphoned it..until 9/11." - J.Perkins