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Eisenhower warned about this: allowing a military industrial complex to grow – so powerful that it’s able to control the politics of war (i.e. stimulate conflict and war to make profits). In his farewell speech to the nation (after two full terms as president), he described the Cold War saying:

“We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method…” and warned about what he saw as unjustified government spending proposals and continued with a warning that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complexOnly an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” – Dwight Eisenhower (34th President of the United States (1953–1961))

The Carlyle Group was founded on 1987. Today, it has investors in 68 countries with $74.9 billion of equity capital. It has been criticized for the number of elite members in its group and for creating conflicts of interest when political decision makers have their own personal wealth linked to such investments.

The Saudi Arabian relatives of Osama bin Laden were also investors in Carlyle until October 2001 when the family sold its $2.02 million investment back to the firm in light of the public controversy surrounding bin Laden’s family after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.

George Bush Sr. & Jr. are both members of the Carlyle Group today.

Capital beyond imagination.

George Bush Sr. – a Saudi business leaders best friend.

How to make $237 million in one day:

Bush Sr. and Shafig bin Laden watch 9/11 attacks together at the Carlyle Group’s Washington conference – live.

Why bribe when you can give them a business?

Help suppress their people too!

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The Trilateral Commission is a private organization, established to foster closer cooperation between America, Europe and Japan. It was founded in July 1973, at the initiative of David Rockefeller; who was Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations at that time and the Commission is widely seen as a counterpart to the Council on Foreign Relations.

The organization has come under much scrutiny and criticism by political activists and academics working in the social and political sciences. The Commission has found its way into a number of conspiracy theories, especially when it became known that President Jimmy Carter appointed 26 former Commission members to senior positions in his Administration. Later it was revealed that Carter himself was a former Trilateral member. In the 1980 election, it was revealed that Carter and his two major opponents, John B. Anderson and George H. W. Bush, were also members, and the Commission became a campaign issue. Ronald Reagan supporters noted that he was not a Trilateral member, but after he was chosen as Republican nominee he chose Bush as his running mate; as president, he appointed a few Trilateral members to Cabinet positions and held a reception for the Commission in the White House in 1984. The John Birch Society, which takes a conspiracy-oriented view, believes that the Trilateral Commission is dedicated to a one-world government. In 1980, Holly Sklar released a book titled:

Trilateralism: the Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management

There are two levels of political process which need to be considered in any analysis of U.S. election campaigns. The first, which gets greater attention in the news media and academic writings, is best labeled the party politics level. This is the familiar world of political bosses and their machines, party elites, advertising agencies merchandising a candidate to the voters, and the often carnival-like atmosphere of grass roots campaigning. The second level, much less reported-at least partly because it takes place behind the scenes-is actually more important than the first. It is best called the ruling class level of U.S. politics. This term refers to the ways in which an upper class can control the political process. This level includes the world of large-scale fund raising from wealthy upper class individuals, the networks of influential people developed by exclusive private clubs and policy-planning groups, and the media’s merchandising of favored candidates through manipulation of the definition of news… read the rest!

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