John Perkins has written the book “confessions of an economic hitman”. In this interview Perkins explains how the economic hitmans put countries in debt in order for USA to dominate that country and take their resources.
“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword, the other is by debt”.
John Adams (American president 1797-1801)
We the economic hitmans has been the ones responsible for creating this first truly global empire. The most common way we work is that we will identify a country that has resources our corporations covet, like oil. Then we arrange huge loan to that country from the World Bank or its sister organizations. But the money never actually goes to the country, instead it goes to our big corporations to build infrastructure projects, power plants, industrial parks, ports and so on.
PUT A COUNTRY IN DEBT
The whole country is then left holding huge debt which is so big it can’t be paid, and that’s part of the plan. So in some point we economic hitmans go back to them and say: you owe us a lot of money. You can’t pay your debt, so sell your oil real cheap to our companies, allow us to build a military base in your country or send troops in support to ours to someplace in the world, like Iraq or vote with us in the next United Nations vote. Or let your electric utility company be privatized and your water-and sewer systems privatized too and sold to U.S. corporations or other multinational corporations. This is how the IMF and the World Bank works; they put a country in debt, the debt is so big that you can’t pay it. You then ask for a conditionality which means that they got to sell off their resources. Including many of their social services, their utility companies, their school systems, their penal systems, their insurance systems to foreign corporations.
The idea of an economic hitman began back in the early 1950’s with democratically elected Mosaddegh in Iran. One of the things Mosaddegh run on and began to implement was the idea that foreign oil companies needed to pay the Iranian people a lot more that they we’re taking out of Iran. USA didn’t like that, but we didn’t send in the military. Instead we sent in one CIA-agent, Kermit Roosevelt. He went to Iran with a few million dollars and was very effective. In a short period of time he managed to get Mosaddegh overthrown and then brought in the Shan to replace him. This established a whole new way of manipulating countries. Since Roosevelt were an CIA-agent it could have been trouble if he got caught. A decision was made to use private consultants to channel the money through the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund. If we private consultants got caught there would be no governmental ramifications.
When Jacobo Arbenz became president of Guatemala the country was very much under the thumbs of the United Fruit Company. Arbenz said that we want to get our land back to the people. He then implemented policies that would give the land rights back to the people. United Fruit didn’t like that very much. United Fruit hired a public relations firm that launched a huge campaign in United States to convince U.S, the people of the U.S, the press of the U.S and the Congress 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. The CIA and the military decided to take this man out and in fact we did, we sent in planes, we sent in soldiers, we sent in jackals. As soon he was removed from office the new guy that took over after him reinstated everything to the big international corporations.
Ecuador had for many years been ruled by pro-US dictators. Then there were a democratic election and Jaime Roldós won the election. Roldo’s goal was that Ecuador’s resources should belong to the people of Ecuador. He began to implement these policies so that the profits from oil went to help the people in Ecuador. Well, we didn’t like that in the United States. I was sent down to change Roldós, to corrupt him, to let him know that he could be very rich if you play our game. But if you continue to implement theses policies, you’re gonna go. But Roldós didn’t listen and he was assassinated (in a plane crash). When the plane crashed the whole crash area was restrained and the only people allowed was the U.S. military that came from a nearby military base. When an investigation was launched two key-witnesses died in car accidents before they had a chance to testify. I have no doubt that it was an assassination.
Omar Torrijos was the president of Panama and he really wanted to help his country and Latin America in general. John Perkins failed to corrupt Torrijos. Torrijos wanted back the control of the Panama canal from the USA. Torrijos died in an airplane crash in 1981. There was no question that the crash was executed by CIA-sponsored jackals. One of Torrijos security guards handed Torrijos a tape recorder before Torrijos got on the plane. The tape recorder contained a bomb.
In 1999 Hugo Chávez was elected in Venezuela and he stood up to the United States. Chávez demand that Venezuelan oil should be used to help the Venezuelan people. United states didn’t like that. In 2002 a coup was staged which there is no question that CIA was behind. The coup was very reflective of what Kermit Roosevelt had done in Iran; he paid people to go out into the streets, to riot, to protest and to say that Chavéz is very unpopular. If you can get a few thousand people to do that, the television can make it look like it’s the whole country and things starts to mushroom. Chavéz was smart enough and the people were so strongly behind him that he overcame the coup.
The modus operandi for USA to conquer a country via the economic hitman is:
Step one: we economic hitmans is the first line of defense. We try to go corrupt governments and get them to accept these huge loans which we then use as leverage to basically own them.
Step two: if the economic hitmans fails to corrupt the government we then send in the jackals. The jackals either overthrow governments or they assassinate them. And when the new government comes in its gonna toe the line because the new president knows what happens if he doesn’t. In the case of Iraq both of those things failed. The economic hitmans we’re not able to get through Saddam Hussein. We tried to get him to accept a deal very similar to what House of Saudi had accepted but Saddam wouldn’t accept it. The jackals tried to take him out but they couldn’t do it, his security was very good. Saddam Hussein had worked for the CIA earlier. Saddam had been hired to assassinate a former president of Iraq and failed. But he knew the system.
Step three: So we sent in the troops and we took out the Iraqi military and Saddam Hussein. In the process USA created for ourselves a very very lucrative construction deals to reconstruct the country that we essentially destroyed.
Iraq shows the three stages: the economic hitmans failed, the jackals failed and as a final measure the military goes in.