An alter ego. It’s a term that we are all familiar with, and in many cases love to use when describing (either legitimately or playfully) the reasoning behind doing something we aren’t regularly noted to partake in. By definition an alter ego is recognized as a second self which displays characteristics, behaviors or holds belief systems noticeably different from our primary self. Amongst celebrities the creation of an alter ego has become more than a popular thing, with several prominent figures at the forefront of entertainment currently embracing their so-called 2nd self – Beyonce’s ‘Sasha Fierce,’ Eminem’s ‘Slim Shady,’ Nicki Minaj’s ‘Roman Zolanski’ and Lady Gaga’s ‘Jo Calderon’ to name a few.
“Sometimes if it’s really early in the morning, Roman gets cranky and doesn’t want to get out of bed. Roman…wants to stay out all night and not wake up so I send Nicki into the world.” – Nicki Minaj
Alter ego recognition has become so popular and mainstream that even an entire children’s program, Hannah Montana, was dedicated to the storyline of a preteen needing to create an alternate persona to help separate her famous from normal self.
With alter egos being thrown around so casually throughout the entertainment world, is it any coincidence that the creation of an alternate persona is the primary goal of Monarch Mind Control -an extension of the well recognized and CIA developed MK Ultra? In full, Monarch Mind Control (MMC) is noted as a mind control technique that combines occult rituals, psychology and neuroscience to create an alter ego within a desired subject. Within MMC the subject is often referenced to as ‘the slave,’ while those responsible for both applying the technique and activating it are known as ‘the handlers.’ It is believed by many that once fully programmed, monarch slaves are then used on demand by an elite group to carry out rituals, performances, deliver messages, etc. that are in-line with a desired outcome.
Am I, through this article, saying that MMC is the cause behind each of the alter ego’s in entertainment today? Not at all. Nor am I even stating it’s existence as a 100% fact. I’m just presenting some interesting and noteworthy findings in relation to the theory. It’s up to you as the reader to decipher whether or not what I present resonates as true or is merely a coincidence.
The History of Monarch Programming
Mind control techniques have been noted throughout history dating as far back as Ancient Egypt. However mind control did not enter the realm of science until the 1930’s when a physician by the name of Josef Mengele brought it into full practice within Nazi concentration camps. The majority of Mengele’s research within mind control remains classified to this day, however some has slowly come to the surface including the recognition of it being the basis for the covert CIA research program MK Ultra.
MK Ultra is widely known to have run throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s and is admittedly said to have been done for the purpose of developing the best torture and interrogation methods to later use on enemies of the state. The testing is said to have included, but is not limited to: the administering of LSD, electroshock, physical abuse, isolation and sensory deprivation, and was conducted on both adult and children test subjects. Once light was shed on the existence of MK Ultra in the 1970’s, the CIA quickly stepped forward saying that it had stopped all such experiments. Since that point however, several whistle-blowers have come forth saying that the project merely went completely underground with MMC being the classified continuation.
As a continuation, MMC is said to use intense trauma and unbearable pain, through some of the previously mentioned methods, to force subjects to dissociate from reality. The dissociation is believed to be critical in unlocking the ability to create a secondary persona within the slaves psyche that can then be programmed and activated at will by the handler.
In a controversial and courageous speech held in 1992, well-respected author and psychologist Dr. Cory Hammond delved deeper into the process of MMC shedding light on how exactly the process works. His research was founded in speaking to fellow therapists and specifically recommended clients across the country, identifying a number of common brainwashing techniques. Here are some key excerpts from his talk:
When you find the same highly esoteric information in different states from Florida to California and from different countries, you start to get an idea that there’s something going on that is very large and very well coordinated. So I have gone from someone not knowing what to think about it all to someone who clearly believes ritual abuse is real.
What they basically do in these programs is they get a child and start programming in basic forms, it appears, by about age two and a half, after the child’s already been made dissociative. They’ll make him dissociative not only through abuse, like sexual abuse, but also things like putting a mousetrap on their fingers and teaching the parents, “You do not go in until the child stops crying. Only then do you go in and remove it.” They start in rudimentary forms at about age two and a half and kick into high gear, it appears, around six or six and a half. They continue through adolescence with periodic reinforcements in adulthood.
“What’s the purpose of it?” My best guess is that they want an army of Manchurian Candidates, tens of thousands of mental robots who will do prostitution, child pornography, smuggle drugs, engage in international arms smuggling, do snuff films, and all sorts of other very lucrative things. These Manchurian Candidates will do the bidding of their masters, so that eventually the megalomaniacs at the top believe they can create a Satanic Order that will rule the world.
One of the most powerful examples Dr. Hammond also brought up in his talk was the findings of Bernard Diamond, who had worked with Sirhan Sirhan, the individual incarcerated since 1969 for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. To this day Sirhan has total amnesia of the act of killing Kennedy, but when under hypnosis is able to remember it all in great detail. Does this potentially suggest that Sirhan’s action was a byproduct of MMC? That perhaps his dissociated alter ego had been programmed and activated to carry out this “manchurian-esque” act? We can’t say for sure, but it certainly is worth considering.
Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan-Sirhan, Charlie Manson, John Hinckley Jr., Mark Chapman, David Koresh, Tim McVeigh and John Salvi are some notable names of infamy, strongly suspected of being pawns who were spawned by MKULTRA – Ron Patton
It is also worth noting that shortly after delivering this speech, Dr. Hammond completely stopped all research and talks on the subject. The primary reasoning: the alarming number of threats (including death threats) that he had received in response to his revelations. Could these threats have come from those hoping to keep MMC out of the public eye? Potentially, but once again it is certainly worth considering.
Potential MMC Victims in Pop Culture
We have all seen it by now. For many of us, I’m sure more often than we would have probably liked to. What I am referring to is the “performance” that Miley Cyrus put all of humanity through at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. From the incessant gyrating, to the sexually derogatory humping, to her incredible inability to keep her tongue in her mouth, Miley sure did a great job at seeming like someone who had been monarch programmed. The fact that the performance directly coincided in timing to some of the most critical moments in the Global Crisis in Syria, I’m sure was merely a coincidence. The last thing those in governing power would want is for the vast majority of North America to be more preoccupied with a 20-year-old twerking rather than a pending third world war right? Again, it’s simply worth considering.
Whether or not it was intentional, it certainly worked. A statistical analysis run by Michael Lofti, a Persian-American Political Commentator, found Google search interest ratings (scale of 1 to 100) for ‘Miley Cyrus’ jump and stay at 100 while ‘Syria’ fell to a disappointing 2 over that same time frame.
Many believe the performance itself was even littered with symbolism suggesting that Miley truly is 2013’s intentional version of America’s ‘good girl gone bad.’ Rather than go into this symbolism myself I simply suggest that those who are interested take the time to read this FULL BREAKDOWN put together by those at The Vigilant Citizen.
Miley is certainly not the first celebrity to find themselves suspect to potential MMC manipulation. Britney Spears is perhaps the most infamous American sweetheart to eventually find herself a living example of an individual under manipulation. Britney’s marquee performance also coincidentally took place at the MTV Video Music Awards, 10 years prior to Miley’s debacle, and featured the infamous make-out extravaganza for music legend Madonna, who took the time to publicly lock tongues with both Britney and Christina Aguilera as part of a live performance. It was the kiss that officially sealed Britney as America’s new ‘bad girl’ with the content of her music supporting that, gone were the days of innocence and ‘Oops I Did It Again,’ and in stepped in the days of uncontrollable sexuality and ‘I’m A Slave 4 U.’
Aside from both publicly becoming entertainment’s ‘good girl, gone bad’ on the same platform, what do Britney and Miley also have in common? They both shaped their good girl images through childhood careers with Disney. Disney coincidentally has been linked on numerous occasions to potentially having its films used as a part of MMC and is also believed by many to be one of the leaders behind it.
…Disney movies and the other shows are so important to the programmers. They are the perfect hypnotic tool to get the child’s mind to dissociate in the right direction…Most of the Disney films are used for programming purposes. Some of them are specifically designed for mind-control. – Fritz Springmeier, The Illuminati Formula to Create a Mind Control Slave
If Britney truly was victimized by MMC than the toll it seemed to take on her over time is certainly worth noting. Drug use, mental instability, questionable parenting choices and the random shaving of her head are just some of the behaviors that many have brought into question in regards to Britney over time. Perhaps the strongest piece of evidence to potential manipulation and the existence of a secondary persona within Britney came in an interview she had with Diane Sawyer, which you can watch below.
Whether or not Miley will find herself on a similar path one cannot know at this time, but the early signs and similarities are certainly worth noting, especially considering the sexual turn that Miley’s music, much like Britney’s before her, has recently taken.
Monarch Symbolism In Entertainment
The all-seeing eye, demons, ancient symbols and baphomet are just a few of the reoccurring items and themes that seem to love appearing, usually in completely unrelated ways to the content, throughout music videos, movies and TV shows. Their existence is one thing that I feel can certainly be stated as a fact, see any of the following music videos and tell me that it all is either mere coincidence or directly related to the songs content and I will be shocked:
- Lil Wayne – Love Me (Explicit) ft. Drake, Future
- Ke$ha – Die Young
- Lady Gaga – Alejandro
- Katy Perry – Wide Awake
- Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me
Nonetheless, if you do truly feel that these symbols were fitting and not purposely placed I do respect that opinion, I also invite you to search for a breakdown of any of the above listed videos to make sure that you are made aware of some that you may have either missed or may not be aware of. It’s also worth noting that these 5 videos are not the only ones out there, they are simply a small sample size of the hundreds if not thousands that seem to feature these symbols to varying degrees.
Assuming that these symbols/ themes do recur, the question now becomes why? Could it be a level of programming that they are attempting to inflict on us the viewers? Could it be to desensitize us to their existence and placement throughout society? Or could it simply be artistic coincidence? In my opinion, the best answer to that question lies within. Let this article simply be a starting point for your own research and findings on all of the aspects of both MMC and MKUltra, there really is a lot of information and well-formulated opinions out there that are worth considering. Once you have done your research, see what resonates with you as true and don’t be afraid to stand by it even if it isn’t in-line with popular opinion. No matter which side of the spectrum you stand on having an awareness towards this subject is important, and that’s why I felt inspired to write this article.
Vigilant Citizen – http://vigilantcitizen.com/hidden-knowledge/origins-and-techniques-of-monarch-mind-control/#fn-12502-5
Zap2It – http://www.zap2it.com/news/pictures/-celebrities-with-alter-egos-pictures,0,3940742,showall.photogallery
Vigilant Citizen – http://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/mtv-vmas-2013/
Examiner – http://www.examiner.com/article/courageous-professor-silenced-after-talk-on-cults-ritual-abuse-and-mind-control
Whale.co – http://www.whale.to/b/monarch_q.html
Christian Post – http://www.christianpost.com/news/american-media-ignore-syria-crisis-possible-wwiii-to-cover-miley-cyrus-vma-controversy-analysis-finds-103306/
Vigilant Citizen – http://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/britney-spears-mind-control-and-hold-it-against-me/
Multiple Investigations Reveal Secrets About Where US Tax Dollars Are Really Going
- The Facts:
Multiple investigations and testimony from high ranking sources have discovered that trillions of dollars of our tax dollars are going towards programs that not even the highest ranking people within government know about.
- Reflect On:
Why are we made to believe our taxes dollars are going towards necessary services that favour the population? Why do we so easily trust our government and take their word for it when evidence says otherwise.
It’s amazing how much money is scraped off of each paycheque, and how much money multiple small and big businesses pay. We are told that it’s necessary, that this is the money going towards various programs that are responsible for building our schools, employing people for necessary services and infrastructure, among many other things. It’s truly amazing how much money governments rake in from taxes.
It’s an astronomical amount that makes it hard to see how all of the money is allocated to services that are in the people’s favour, instead of the possibility of it going into the pockets of certain politicians and elitists, among other places. Yet we are heavily taxed, and reasons for taxation are constantly brought up and justified, almost as if to imply that there really is no other way of changing things and doing things differently here on planet Earth. Our potential is huge, yet we are convinced that money and taxation are our only ways to operate.
Sure, some of our taxes are going toward various needs and services we deem necessary, but how much off of our paycheques is really required for this? Judging by the amount of money that has been poured into black budget programs, it doesn’t seem like much is needed at all, and this is because trillions upon trillions of our tax dollars are actually going towards projects that the public has absolutely no idea about.
These projects are known as ‘black budget programs,’ which include Special Access Programs (SAPs). Within these we have unacknowledged and waived SAPs. These programs do not exist publicly, but they do indeed exist. They are better known as ‘deep black programs.’ A 1997 US Senate report described them as “so sensitive that they are exempt from standard reporting requirements to the Congress.”
Not many people have investigated the black budget world, but The Washington Post revealed that the “black-budget” documents indicate that a staggering 52.6 billion dollars was set aside for operations in fiscal year 2013.(source) More recent investigations, however, reveal a lot more than that. The topic was discussed in 2010 by Washington Post journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin. Their investigation lasted approximately two years and concluded that America’s classified world has:
Become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work. (source)
Recently, Arkin quite NBC/MSNBC and went public outing them as completely fake government run agencies. You can read more about that here. Here is another article we published that has links within it to documents showing the close relationship between mainstream media, academia, and the CIA.
The most recent investigation was conducted by economist and Michigan State professor Mark Skidmore, alongside some of his graduate students as well as Catherine Austin Fitts, former assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development. They discovered trillions of unaccounted for dollars missing from the Department of Housing & Urban Development as well as the Department of Defense. For their research, the team used several government websites and made inquiries to multiple U.S. agencies. Much of the time they received no response and the Office of the Inspector General even disabled links to all key documents that revealed unsupported spending, according to the team.
Given the Army’s $122 billion budget, that meant unsupported adjustments were 54 times spending authorized by Congress. Typically, such adjustments in public budgets are only a small fraction of authorized spending… Skidmore thought Fitts had made a mistake. “Maybe she meant $6.5 billion and not $6.5 trillion,” he said. “So I found the report myself and sure enough it was $6.5 trillion.” – Michigan State News.
They went on to find documents indicating a total of $20 trillion worth of undocumented adjustments made from 1998 t0 2015. Our tax dollars are going directly into these black budget programs, which often cost far more than our roads and services. If this information was made transparent and public for discovery and use, it would leap all of humanity into the stars and into new discovery and exploration. The implications would be huge, and it would force us to ask more questions.
Here’s a great quote from Paul Hellyer.
It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war, allegedly in search of weapons of mass destruction when the most worrisome developments in this field are occurring in your own backyard. It is ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can no longer claim to be called a democracy when trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on projects which both congress and the commander in chief know nothing about. (source)
What’s even more interesting is that Fitts has been quite outspoken about a secret space program and where this missing money is actually going. She explains how enormous amounts of resources were handed over to covert operations to develop a security system of finance. This then created the CIA and a select group of people who were in charge of UFO technology. “By the time JFK came into office ready to challenge this shadow government and make space program the centrepiece of his administration, the civil war between the Deep State and the public state was in full force.” (source)
Interesting to say the least.
Deeper Black Budget Discussion On CETV
CETV is a platform we created in order to combat censorship and demonetization we have been facing over the past few years. On episode 4 of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV, we discussed the Black Budget in much deeper detail. Below is a clip exploring the validity behind missing money from the black budget and special access programs, explaining where the money is going and what exactly it’s being used to do.
You can become a member of CETV, get access to the full show and many others, and support conscious media here.
The takeaway here is to really question what’s going on with our tax dollars. Whose pockets is the majority of money going into, and for what purpose? What are we really paying for? Secret space programs? Deep underground and under ocean military bases? Have we just been made to believe that the way we are taxed is absolutely necessary? What is really going on here and how come nobody is questioning it?
Investigation Shows The MMR Vaccine Was Approved Based On Small Studies Showing Disturbing Results
- The Facts:
A FOIA request by Del Bigtree reveals that the 8 studies supporting the release of the MMR vaccine were only 6 weeks long, used only 800 children, and led to damaging respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses to many of the children.
- Reflect On:
Are we ready to collectively deal with the implications of ongoing revelations of industry malfeasance with regards to vaccines that for some may require a shift in long-held beliefs?
Amidst a rash of efforts to bring forward mandatory vaccination in pockets of the United States is the recent move in New York City to declare a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak and order mandatory vaccinations in one neighborhood for people who may have been exposed to the virus.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order to address what he said was a measles “crisis” in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section, where more than 250 people have gotten measles since September. The order applies to anyone living, working or going to school in four zip codes in the neighborhood. The declaration requires all unvaccinated people who may have been exposed to the virus to get the vaccine, including children over 6 months old. People who ignore the order could be fined $1,000.
This kind of invasive move gives rise to several serious questions, including challenging many of the assumptions that are necessarily made to justify such a move.
Assumption #1: People who may have been infected with the measles should get vaccinated immediately. De Blasio wants people who may have been infected with the measles to get vaccinated. The assumption here is that the vaccine would actually help someone who has the virus by preventing them from getting the measles or preventing them from spreading it to others. But this just doesn’t stand to reason. If someone is already infected, getting a measles vaccine will not prevent the outbreak. That’s not what a vaccine is designed for. And while the person is going through the 2-week period it takes for the vaccine to take hold, it’s quite possible that this will weaken the immune response to the actual measles infection the person has. Quarantining people suspected of being infected would be the sensible response, not vaccinating. If they happen to have the measles, no problem. Once they recover they will then be immune for life.
Assumption #2: The MMR Vaccine Can Create Herd Immunity. There is an article in the Huffington post entitled ‘I’m No Anti-Vaxxer, But the Measles Vaccine Can’t Prevent Outbreaks,’ in which Dr. Gregory Poland, who strongly advocates for vaccines, notes that outbreaks are often initiated and spread by people who have been fully vaccinated against the measles–over 50% in the case of a 2011 outbreak in Quebec. How is this possible? While this Quebec outbreak happened within a community that supposedly had achieved herd-immunity status of over 95% vaccinated, the facts are, as the article notes, that “9 per cent of children having two doses of the vaccine, as public health authorities now recommend, will have lost their immunity after just seven and a half years. As more time passes, more lose their immunity.” Therefore, herd immunity for measles is simply impossible to achieve with this vaccine.
Assumption #3: The MMR Vaccine, in de Blasio’s words, is ‘safe, effective, and life-saving.’ The claim that the MMR vaccine is ‘life-saving’ does not stand up to simple statistics, as we detail in our article ‘Statistics Show The MMR Vaccine Kills More People Than The Measles Does.’ Whether it is effective, we have already seen that it is incapable of creating herd immunity, wanes over time, does not work at all for some people, and in some of the latest outbreaks the majority of people infected were fully vaccinated. Is it safe? This is the important question we cover in the next section.
The Studies That Stand Behind The Approval Of the MMR Vaccine
The pharmaceutical industry, as well as governmental regulatory bodies like the CDC and the FDA, assure the public that they take the safety of vaccines seriously, and that there is irrefutable science behind the notion that vaccines are safe in terms of the studies that their approval is based on.
However, a Freedom of Information Act request by Del Bigtree has revealed absolutely startling information about the studies that supported the approval of the MMR vaccines that have been injected into our children. To begin with, only 8 studies were conducted and the total combined number of children participating in the studies was only a little over 800! Furthermore, the studies only recorded symptoms for the first 6 weeks after the vaccines were given, unlike many other drug studies that follow symptoms for 5 years or more. And finally, the study revealed serious side-effects in those receiving the vaccine, including a highly significant number of participants who suffered upper respiratory illness and gastrointestinal illness, which has been linked to autism.
In our latest episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV, Joe, Arjun and I discussed New York’s mandatory vaccination order as well as Del Bigtree’s analysis of the MMR studies he received and the reason that Big Pharma not only does not want to do proper, large-scale studies on the safety of vaccines, but they also want to try to prevent other researchers like Dr. Christopher Exley from doing so as well.
You can watch the full episode of The Collective Evolution Show where we talk about this subject in more detail here.
The veils of illusion that have been masking the truth are lifting as our consciousness awakens. Transparency is coming, though how long it takes will depend on our continued efforts to dig for and spread the truth far and wide.
Leaked Wikileaks Doc Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank As “Unconventional” Weapons
- The Facts:
In light of recent events in Venezuela Wikileaks published a revealing document that highlights the fact that financial institutions are not independent, that they are owned by, and in turn own/work together with the US government to fulfill agendas.
- Reflect On:
The secrecy in our world runs rampant, under the guise of 'national security' when it's really because secrets need to be kept to avoid the population waking up to the tremendous amount of unethical corruption that plagues our geopolitical world.
As most of you reading this will know, Julian Assange was recently dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy. Assange has long been subjected to ridicule and character assassination by the Deep State owned mainstream media, and for one reason, it’s the same reason they’ve been wanting to snatch him up for so long.
It’s because for years he has been sharing information that the global elite around the world did not want him to share. He’s been publishing information that threatens various elitist, corporate, and political interests around the globe as well as information showing just how much the public is deceived to, lied to, and manipulated in several different ways in order to justify actions that do not resonate with the majority of people on planet Earth.
Various media outlets have been silenced, censored, and have and their revenue streams taken away, including us. This is why we created CETV, a platform to combat the censorship we are currently experiencing.
In Episode 5 of The Collective Evolution Show, we go deep into Assange’s arrest. The purpose was to explore the deeper details behind why Assange is a threat to power structures as opposed to being a COINTEL or psy-op as some are suggesting. We understand this position, and duke it out on our episode of The CE Show, but there are areas we must discuss with this.
I also recently published an article about his arrest, and the truth behind his arrest: What Julian Assange’s Arrest Tells Us About Our World. We’ve published many Wikileak leaks as well, the latest one being a document exposing a “Secret Us Base on the Moon.”
I recently came across an article published on MintPress News. It was written by Whitney Webb is, who is a staff writer for MintPress News and has contributed to several other independent, alternative outlets. Her work has appeared on sites such as Global Research, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire among others. She also makes guest appearances to discuss politics on radio and television. She currently lives with her family in southern Chile.
In her article, she references a leaked military manual on “unconventional warfare” that was recently highlighted by WikiLeaks. The U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — are used as unconventional, financial “weapons in times of conflict up to and including large-scale general war,” as well as in leveraging “the policies and cooperation of state governments.”
She put it so well below that we have posted it below:
The document, officially titled “Field Manual (FM) 3-05.130, Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare” and originally written in September 2008, was recently highlighted by WikiLeaks on Twitter in light of recent events in Venezuela as well as the years-long, U.S.-led economic siege of that country through sanctions and other means of economic warfare. Though the document has generated new interest in recent days, it had originally been released by WikiLeaks in December 2008 and has been described as the military’s “regime change handbook.”
WikiLeaks’ recent tweets on the subject drew attention to a single section of the 248-page-long document, titled “Financial Instrument of U.S. National Power and Unconventional Warfare.” This section in particular notes that the U.S. government applies “unilateral and indirect financial power through persuasive influence to international and domestic financial institutions regarding availability and terms of loans, grants, or other financial assistance to foreign state and nonstate actors,” and specifically names the World Bank, IMF and The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as well as the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), as “U.S. diplomatic-financial venues to accomplish” such goals.
The manual also touts the “state manipulation of tax and interest rates” along with other “legal and bureaucratic measures” to “open, modify or close financial flows” and further states that the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – which oversees U.S. sanctions on other nations, like Venezuela — “has a long history of conducting economic warfare valuable to any ARSOF [Army Special Operations Forces] UW [Unconventional Warfare] campaign.”
This section of the manual goes on to note that these financial weapons can be used by the U.S. military to create “financial incentives or disincentives to persuade adversaries, allies and surrogates to modify their behavior at the theater strategic, operational, and tactical levels” and that such unconventional warfare campaigns are highly coordinated with the State Department and the Intelligence Community in determining “which elements of the human terrain in UWOA [Unconventional Warfare Operations Area] are most susceptible to financial engagement.”
The role of these “independent” international financial institutions as extensions of U.S. imperial power is elaborated elsewhere in the manual and several of these institutions are described in detail in an appendix to the manual titled “The Financial Instrument of National Power.” Notably, the World Bank and the IMF are listed as both Financial Instruments and Diplomatic Instruments of U.S. National Power as well as integral parts of what the manual calls the “current global governance system.”
Furthermore, the manual states that the U.S. military “understand[s] that properly integrated manipulation of economic power can and should be a component of UW,” meaning that these weapons are a regular feature of unconventional warfare campaigns waged by the United States.
Another point of interest is that these financial weapons are largely governed by the National Security Council (NSC), which is currently headed by John Bolton. The document notes that the NSC “has primary responsibility for the integration of the economic and military instruments of national power abroad.”
“Independent” but controlled
Though the unconventional warfare manual is notable for stating so openly that “independent” financial institutions like the World Bank and the IMF are essentially extensions of U.S. government power, analysts have noted for decades that these institutions have consistently pushed U.S. geopolitical goals abroad.
Indeed, the myth of World Bank and IMF “independence” is quickly eroded by merely looking at the structure and funding of each institution. In the case of the World Bank, the institution is located in Washington and the organization’s president has always been a U.S. citizen chosen directly by the president of the United States. In the World Bank’s entire history, the institution’s Board of Governors has never rejected Washington’s pick.
This past Monday, it was reported that President Donald Trump nominated former Bear Stearns economist David Malpass to lead the World Bank. Malpass had famously failed to foresee the destruction of his former employer during the 2008 financial crisis and is likely to limit World Bank loans to China and to countries allied or allying with China, given his well-established reputation as a China hawk.
In addition to choosing its president, the U.S. is also the bank’s largest shareholder, making it the only member nation to have veto rights. Indeed, as the leaked unconventional warfare manual notes, “As major decisions require an 85% supermajority, the United States can block any major changes” to World Bank policy or the services it offers. Furthermore, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs banker and “foreclosure king,” Steve Mnuchin, functions as the World Bank’s governor.
Though the IMF is different from the World Bank in several respects, such as its stated mission and focus, it too is largely dominated by U.S. government influence and funding. For instance, the IMF is also based in Washington and the U.S. is the company’s largest shareholder — the largest by far, owning 17.46 percent of the institution – and also pays the largest quota for the institution’s maintenance, paying $164 billion in IMF financial commitments annually. Though the U.S. does not choose the IMF’s top executive, it uses its privileged position as the institution’s largest funder to control IMF policy by threatening to withhold its IMF funding if the institution does not abide by Washington’s demands.
Protestors hold an effigy of Captain America with a photo of IMF Director Christine Lagarde during meetings by the IMF and World Bank in Lima, Peru, Oct. 9, 2015. Geraldo Caso Bizama | AP
As a consequence of the lopsided influence of the U.S. on these institutions’ behavior, these organizations have used their loans and grants to “trap” nations in debt and have imposed “structural adjustment” programs on these debt-saddled governments that result in the mass privatization of state assets, deregulation, and austerity that routinely benefit foreign corporations over local economies. Frequently, these very institutions – by pressuring countries to deregulate their financial sector and through corrupt dealings with state actors – bring about the very economic problems that they then swoop in to “fix.”
Guaidó hits up IMF
Given the close relationship between the U.S. government and these international financial institutions, it should come as little surprise that – in Venezuela – the U.S.-backed “interim president” Juan Guaidó – has already requested IMF funds, and thus IMF-controlled debt, to fund his parallel government.
This is highly significant because it shows that top among Guaidó’s objectives, in addition to privatizing Venezuela’s massive oil reserves, is to again shackle the country to the U.S.-controlled debt machine.
As the Grayzone Project recently noted:
Venezuela’s previous elected socialist president, Hugo Chávez, broke ties with the IMF and World Bank, which he noted were “dominated by US imperialism.” Instead Venezuela and other left-wing governments in Latin America worked together to co-found the Bank of the South, as a counterbalance to the IMF and World Bank.
However, Venezuela is far from the only country in Latin America being targeted by these financial weapons masquerading as “independent” financial institutions. For instance, Ecuador – whose current president has sought to bring the country back into Washington’s good graces – has gone so far as to conduct an “audit” of its asylum of journalist and WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in order to win a $10 billion bailout from the IMF. Ecuador granted Assange asylum in 2012 and the U.S. has fervently sought his extradition for still sealed charges ever since.
In addition, last July, the U.S. threatened Ecuador with “punishing trade measures” if it introduced a measure at the UN to support breastfeeding over infant formula, in a move that stunned the international community but laid bare the willingness of the U.S. government to use “economic weapons” against Latin American nations.
Beyond Ecuador, other recent targets of massive IMF and World Bank “warfare” include Argentina, which awarded the largest IMF bailout loan in history just last year. That loan package was, unsurprisingly, heavily pushed by the U.S., according to a statement from Treasury Secretary Mnuchin released last year. Notably, the IMF was instrumental in causing the complete collapse of the Argentinian economy in 2001, sending a poor omen for last year’s approval of the record loan package.
Though it was released over a decade ago, this “U.S. coup manual” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks serves as a salient reminder that the so-called “independence” of these financial institutions is an illusion and that they are among the many “financial weapons” regularly used by the U.S. government to bend countries to its will and even overthrow U.S.-disfavored governments.
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