This is the 4th article in a spiritual series aimed at demystifying the U.S.’s military-industrial complex. There is also a correction to the 1st article in the series. The number of service members that the U.S. lost during WWI is 116,516.
Last week in Demystifying the Military-Industrial Complex: News Clues we explored how the Federal Reserve Banking system has enabled our government to control the media in order to advance it’s true purpose of making big profits off of us under the guise of helping keep us secure.
This week we’ll take a look at one of the Federal Reserve’s primary means of making those profits, and we’ll discuss why a grassroots economic revolution is a healthy idea.
THE WARS & THE FUNDING OF U.S. TERRORISTS
“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 (1935)
The information on bankers influencing war and funding known U.S. enemies during times of war has been well-documented. Washington’s Blog wrote a great piece entitled Bankers are Behind the Wars ¹ that provides numerous resources which show how from WWI (the time of the Federal Reserve’s founding) to the present our banking system has had undo influence on decisions that affect the lives of millions of our service members, as well as innocent civilians. During WWII for example, money from banks who had divisions that were part of the U.S. Federal Reserve banking system was loaned to Germany, an astounding fact when we consider the depth and scale of destruction that Hitler was causing.
Here’s further proof in more recent times that these bankers play both sides of war’s deadly game:
- In 2011 HSBC whistleblower Everett Stern went public about his former bank’s money laundering for organizations linked to Hezbollah and Al Qaeda.² In 2012, HSBC was ordered to pay $1.9 billion – but is still in operation in the U.S. today.³ The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation’s 330-page report on the matter stated that regulators at the Federal Reserve’s Office of the Comptroller had failed to monitor $60 trillion in activity and had not taken a single action against the bank in 6 years despite ample evidence of problems in their anti-money laundering division.4
- In The Fed Just Acknowledged It’s Too Big to Jail Policy, Shahien Nasiripour outlines how in late 2014, William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (one of 12 banks that make up The Federal Reserve Banking system), admitted that the Fed had not been criminally prosecuting big banks such as HSBC because such convictions might damage the financial system.5 So basically, rather than our laws telling our government who is criminally liable, the Federal Reserve is now telling our government who is criminally liable – even when it comes to terrorism.
- Former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. General Michael Flynn has been critical of both the Bush and Obama administrations6;7 – the former for the Iraq War that led to the formation of the Islamic State terror group and the latter for funding Syrian rebels who have joined the Islamic State. But these funding debacles didn’t start with Bush and Obama. For example, the now infamous arming and training of rebels against the Soviet army in Afghanistan back in the ’80s led to some of them forming into Al-Queda8. Despite these examples from recent history, in late 2015, Obama asked for and received $500 million to train even more Syrian rebels.9
Given these precedents, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the funding of rebel groups does not work out well for the U.S. when it comes to terrorism. It didn’t work in Afghanistan, it didn’t work in Iraq, it didn’t work in Syria, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say it won’t work out in Syria the 2nd time around either.
So why keep funding them? It’s because it does work out well for the so-called American banking interests, who are not actually interested in American service members or innocent civilians anywhere in the world; they are interested in making money off the interest on these loans, whether those loans be to the U.S. or those we are in conflict with. War and terrorism are great for their bottom line.
PEOPLE OVER PROFITS: MAKING THE SWITCH
“Though you may be wise, foolish friends will eventually destroy you. Though you may be foolish, wise friends will show and teach you success.” Proverbs 13:20
We are all the company we keep, and our leaders are no exception to this rule. U.S. politicians, large corporations, and some members of our military have become complicit in all of this. The Federal Reserve banking system has become like a cancerous tumor because its attitude of ‘love of profits’ over ‘love of people’ has infected those in charge of our country and our corporations. Finding out the names of all the guilty parties and what all they’ve done is a very time consuming process – and even when we do stop one unscrupulous official, another one pops up like a bad zit. In this way, the military-industrial complex lives up to its reputation as being a complicated maze of corruption.
So, we take another route. We cut them all off at the source. We end the Fed. By doing this, we are removing the harmful tumor and, though the cancer may still remain in the bloodstream of our leaders after its removal, our chance of healing it increases exponentially. In other words, no more Fed does not mean no more problems. What it does mean is that these problems will have to be faced honestly. They can’t be bought and sold to the bidder with the deepest pockets. They will be dealt with again the way that we meant them to be – through the checks and balances of a healthy government rather than through the written checks of those with the highest account balances.
So what’s all this got to do with spirituality, and enlightenment? Enlightenment is all about remembering our own inherent power – a humble strength born out of turning away from the outer world’s dictates and trusting our inner guidance. In order to convince a group of so-called elite bankers that We the People are in charge of the way our country spends our money – and not vice versa – we first have to convince ourselves of this fact. Every outer revolution starts with an inner evolution.
We also all have to decide together if this is what we truly want – do we want to end the Federal Reserve and replace it with a system that gives us more control? Uniting is the way that we can take Ghandi’s idea of being the change we want to see in the world and actually make that change a permanent part of our world. Our strength lies both in our inner power – and in our ability to use our large numbers to affect change.
“Somewhere inside of all of us is the power to change the world.” – Roald Dahl
In next Monday’s series finale, we’ll explore some mindset and practical action steps to take to help us help ourselves get out of the clutches of big bankers and start back on the road to peace, financial freedom, and dreams fulfilled – both individually and collectively as a country.
¹”Bankers Are Behind the Wars.” Washington’s Blog. 18 Apr. 2014. Web.
²Taibbi, Matt. “Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail.” Rolling Stone Magazine. 14 Feb. 2013. Web.
³Halasa, Marni. “Is Anybody Listening? HSBC Continues to Launder Money for Terrorist Groups Says Whistleblower.” The Huffington Post. 28 Aug. 2013. Web.
4“HSBC Exposed U.S. Financial System to Money Laundering, Drug, Terrorist Financing Risks.” Homeland Security & Government Affairs. 16 July 2012. Web.
5Nasiripour, Shahien. “The Fed Just Acknowledged Its Too Big To Jail Policy.” The Huffington Post. 21 Nov. 2014. Web.
6Howell, Kellan. “Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Former Military Intel Chief: Iraq War Helped Create Islamic State.” The Washington Times, 1 Dec. 2015. Web.
8Mekhennet, Souad. “The Terrorists Fighting Us Now? We Just Finished Training Them.” The Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2014. Web
9Ben, Swann. “Truth in Media: The Origin of ISIS.” Truth in Media. Web. 12 Mar. 2015.