Demystifying the Military-Industrial Complex: News Clues

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This piece is the 3rd in a spiritual series aimed at demystifying the U.S. government’s military-industrial complex.

Last week in Demystifying the Military-Industrial Complex: A New Baby is Born we pinpointed the moment of origin for the military-industrial complex with the secretive founding of The Federal Reserve Bank, and we laid bare its true purpose.

This week we will explore how the Federal Reserve has enabled our government to control our access to reality via the media in order to advance that purpose.


“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” – Jim Morisson

Aaah, the media. Mainstream media has become second perhaps only to our politicians in the number of eye rolls they elicit when we speak of them. For many of us born before bell bottoms went out of style, there’s a strong yearning to see reporter Mike Wallace come back from his home in heaven for one last 60-minutes-style chase down, this time to surprise all the members of Congress on the Congressional floor with some hard-hitting questions about how much their Souls shrank when they decided to sell us out.

But I digress. The point here is that there is a lot of fluff airing on TV news, and conjecture and slanted viewpoints that bear little resemblance to the objectivity that we’d like our media to convey. A beautiful studio with beautiful people does not a news story make. Yet if we trace the ownership of the mainstream media, it becomes easier to see why their attitude seems to be more about towing the party line and less about finding out the story behind the story.

In 1983, 50 corporations dominated of the mass media.¹ According to Independent Lens, in conjunction with PBS, by 2006, that number had shrunk to 5:  Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany and Viacom.²

This shrinking of diversity in media is no mistake. Just as big bankers founded the Fed to gain more riches, so too did they form an organization that would work to ensure that their plan would not be exposed. The U.S. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) can be seen as an arm of the Fed that controls the media. The reason that media control is necessary is because otherwise mass amounts of people would have figured out years ago how the Fed is bankrupting us.

Just as the previous article took a look at the founding of the Federal Reserve Bank and some of it’s early actions in order to make the case that its purpose was to line the pockets of big bankers, so too can we take a look at the early makeup and actions of the Council on Foreign Relations – founded in 1921 – to make the connection between it and the Federal Reserve, as well as between it and media control:

Not So Fun  Facts About the Council on Foreign Relations

  • Paul Warburg was a founding father and the first director of the CFR.³ His name may see familiar, as he was also one of the select few who attended the secret meetings on Jekyll Island that established the content of the Federal Reserve Act4 and was a member of the first Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.³
  • An excerpt from a 1919 letter from CFR founding father Colonel Edward M. House6 to British politician David Lloyd George reveals its purpose: From the moment of my arrival here, it was evident to me that such an Anglo-American alliance as would ultimately result in the peaceful return of the American Colonies to the dominion of the Crown could be brought about only with the consent of the dominant group of the controlling clans…The censorship, together with our monopoly of cables and our passport control of passengers, enables us to hold all American newspapers as isolated from the non-American world as if they had been in another planet instead of in another hemisphere. The realization of this by the Associated Press and the other universal news gatherers — except Hearst — was most helpful in bringing only our point of view to the papers they served. British-born editors and reporters now create imperial sentiment in most American newspapers. As their identity and origins are not usually known, they can talk and write for us as Americans to Americans…5   
  • Colonel Edward M. House was also instrumental in the passing of the Federal Reserve Act.7;8 His influence on President Wilson was great, and according to his personal papers which were organized by Charles Seymour9, he worked with Paul Warburg to rally his political connections to pass the bill.10 Once it passed, he also selected and sent to Wilson a list of candidates for the Fed’s first Board of Governors.11

It would be well worth your time to read Edward M. House’s letter to David Lloyd George 12 in full, which was presented to the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Thorkelson of Montana on October 13, 1919 and is part of the Congressional Record.5 Despite this letter being available to the public, the CFR’s website makes no attempt to distance itself from House’s role in their history. Perhaps they agree with House’s assessment of the American people: “…for we have repeatedly proved beyond question that the American mind cannot synchronously fix and correlate facts…”5 

Let’s keep on correlating , shall we?

  • Big bankers and financiers J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Paul Warburg, Bernard Baruch, Otto Kahn, and Jacob Schiff all helped fund the founding of the CFR.13 Some of these names may sound familiar as being present or represented at the Jekyll Hyde meetings that established the content of the Federal Reserve Act.3
  • Today, the CFR has members of major media outlets as part of both it’s corporate14 and individual member rosters.15 In other words, our media not only reports the news, they also influence it – as long as it meets the CFR’s approval of course.

So a founding father of the CFR, who had a great deal of influence in passing the Federal Reserve Act, stated outright that the goal was to control American media in order to ensure that elitist sentiment be created in the U.S. press. More specifically, that ONLY elitist sentiment be created in the U.S. press.

What exactly is this sentiment?


War is a Racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. It has been estimated by statisticians and economists that the war yielded $16 Trillion in Profits. That is how the 21,000 Billionaires and millionaires got that way.” – Major General Smedley D Butler from War is a Racket

Access to a core level of money and to peace are both vital to being able to live our dreams. Both are tools to help We the People pursue our happiness. Nothing less, and nothing more.

Yet increasingly money has been diverted away from that task and is used for peace’s opposite: a nearly constant state of war. If we don’t look too closely, this can seem inevitable because there are genuine threats to our safety. But by insisting on taking a deeper look, we take responsibility for informing ourselves about all the causes of our conflicts – not just the obvious ones. And, as William Blake pointed out “Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.”

Next week we’ll attempt to do just that by delving into how allowing the Federal Reserve Banking system to continue to operate has led to our own country playing a role in exacerbating conflicts at home and around the world in order to feed its members’ “imperial sentiment” of huge profits.

Check out our next article in the series on Monday January 18th.

¹Media Reform Information Ed. Corporate Accountability Project. ActionPA. Web.

²“Who Owns the Media?” Ed. Democracy on Deadline. Independent Television Service. Web.

³Ron Paul, End the Fed (New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing, 2009) pgs 21-22

³”Paul M. Warburg.” FederalReserve.Gov. Board of Governor’s of the Federal Reserve System. Web.

4Ron Paul, End the Fed (New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing, 2009) pgs 21-22

5Congressional Record of October 13, 1919, p. 598-604/Full Text in Unbound Congressional Record of 1939 October 11, 1939 pag 714

6Grosse, Peter. “Continuing the Inquiry.” Council on Foreign Relations. Web.ttp:// – Edward M House founding father of CFR citation

7 Edward Mandell House w/Charles Seymour, The Intimate Papers of Colonel House (Cambridge, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1926) page 158 (Full Text)

8G. Edward Griffin, Creature from Jekyll Island (Westlake Village, CA: American Media, 1994) page 459.

9Edward Mandell House w/Charles Seymour, The Intimate Papers of Colonel House (Cambridge, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1926) – (

10Edward Mandell House w/Charles Seymour, The Intimate Papers of Colonel House (Cambridge, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1926) page 203 (Full Text)

11  Ibid., page 205 (Full Text)

12;nowap – Colonel House Letter

13A. Ralph Epperson, The Unseen Hand (Publius Press, 1985) page 197.

14Corporate Council on Foreign Relations. 9 Jan. 2016. Web.

15 Individual Council on Foreign Relations. 9 Jan. 2016. Web.




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