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75,228. The United Fruit brings in Bernays and he basically understood that what the United Fruit Company had to do was change this from being a popularly elected government that was doing some things that were good for the people there into this being close into this being very close to the American shore, a threat to American democracy. Being at a time in the Cold War when Americans responded to issues of the red scare and what communism might do. He was trying to transform this and brilliantly transform it into an issue of a communist threat close to our shores. (Guatemala & Empire US & Propaganda & Corporation & Coup) Larry Tye, journalist Boston Globe
75,232. Guatemala 1954: flushed with success America’s Secret Government decided another troublesome leader must go. This time it was Jacobo Arbenz, the democratically elected President of Guatemala ... President Arbenz had admired Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and his government voted often with the American position at the United Nations. But in trying to bring a new deal to Guatemala, Arbenz committed two sins in the eyes of the Eisenhower administration: first, when he opened the system to all political parties he recognised the communists too. Arbenz also embarked on a massive land reform program. Less than 3% of the landowners owned 70% of the land. (Guatemala & Empire US & Government Secret) Bill Moyers, The Secret Government: Constitution in Crisis
81,095. The US military, unlike any other, maintains a doctrine of global power projection: that it should have the ability, through roughly 800 overseas military bases, to intervene with deadly force absolutely anywhere on the planet. In a way, though, land forces are secondary; at least since World War II, the key to US military doctrine has always been a reliance on air power. The United States has fought no war in which it did not control the skies, and it has relied on aerial bombardment far more systematically than any other military – in its recent occupation of Iraq, for instance, even going so far as to bomb residential neighborhoods of cities ostensibly under its own control. The essence of US military predominance in the world is, ultimately, the fact that it can, at will, drop bombs, with only a few hours’ notice, at absolutely any point on the surface of the planet. No other government has ever had anything remotely like this sort of capability. In fact, a case could well be made that it is this very power that holds the entire world monetary system, organized around the dollar, together. (Military & Empire US) David Graeber, Debt: The First 5000 Years 2011
85,003. I wanted the American eagle to go screaming into the Pacific ... Why not spread its wings over the Philippines, I asked myself? ... I said to myself, Here are a people who have suffered for three centuries. We can make them as free as ourselves, give them a government and country of their own, put a miniature of the American Constitution afloat in the Pacific, start a brand new republic to take its place among the free nations of the world. It seemed to me a great task to which we had addressed ourselves.
But I have thought some more, since then, and I have read carefully the treaty of Paris [which ended the Spanish–American War], and I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem.
It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to make those people free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land. (Philippines & Empire US) Mark Twain, New York Herald 16th October 1900
86,085. Puerto Rico was annexed by the US. But then in 1952 it got some independence just enough to stop the Pentagon making it a home away from home. At its peak the US had no less than 25 installations across the island. Orlando believes that many of the phenomena that occur on this island can be explained by this massive military presence. And that Puerto Rico is being used as a giant petri dish for American experiments ... This is true: Puerto Rican women were given birth control pills that were still highly experimentally, and basically they were used as guinea pigs. (United States & Empire US) The World’s Strangest UFO Stories
99,340. United States’ politicians have demonstrated an almost fanatical zeal in a race against the clock to institute policies asserting US superiority. (New World Order & Empire US) NWO 2016: The Final Warning, Youtube
100,457. The dream was not to be. On February 1st 1999 the Clinton administration released its new federal budget: it contained a tiny 3% increase on social programs, meanwhile, $112 billion in new funds were allocated to the military which the budget of the CIA and other intelligence agencies rose by $29 billion. (Power & Clinton & Foreign Relations US & Empire US) The Power Principle, 2011
100,458. The US now spends as much on war as the rest of the world combined. (Power & Foreign Relations US & Empire US) ibid.
100,459. NSC68: ‘A policy which the United States would probably pursue even if there were no Soviet Union’. (Power & Foreign Relations US & Empire US) ibid.
100,460. Guatemala didn’t even have diplomatic relations with Russia … Bernays was offered huge sums of money to develop a propaganda campaign against Arbenz and the people of Guatemala. (Power & Foreign Relations US & Empire US & Guatemala) ibid.
100,461. ‘Under the United Nations flag Lumumba was killed in the Congo.’ (Power & Foreign Relations US & Empire US & Congo) ibid. Che Guevara
100,462. Under the auspices of the UN, the Belgiums insisted on retaining a strong military presence in the country. (Power & Foreign Relations US & Empire US & Congo) ibid.
100,463. ‘The Mafia Principle is correct: if you want to maintain order and discipline you have to make sure there is no disobedience.’ (Power & Foreign Relations US & Empire US) ibid. Chomsky
100,464. September 11 1973: the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende was overthrown in a violent coup-d’etat: it established a military dictatorship. (Power & Foreign Relations US & Empire US & Chile) ibid.
100,466. The brutality of the Contras took its toll … The Contras had raped, tortured and killed unarmed civilians including children … burnt, dismembered, blinded and beheaded. (Power & Foreign Relations US & Empire US & Nicaragua) ibid.
123,660. At the end of empire as you begin decay they engage – historians call it micro-militarism – they carry out suicidal military fiascos. (Corporation & United States of America & American Empire & Democracy) Chris Hedges, lecture Seattle University 2018, Corporate Totalitarianism: The End Game *****
127,832. The American empire is coming to an end. The American economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion across the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits along with the devastating effects of de-industrialisation and global trade agreements. Our democracy has been captured and destroyed by corporations that steadily demand more tax cuts, more deregulation and impunity of prosecution for massive acts of financial fraud, all the while looting trillions from the US treasury in the form of bail-outs … A recipe for an emerging dystopia. (United States of America & Empire US) Chris Hedges, lecture The Sanctuary For Independent Media, New York, 10 November 2017
127,833. Empires in decay embrace an almost wilful suicide. Blinded by their hubris and unable to face the reality of their diminishing power, they retreat into a fantasy world where hard and unpleasant facts no longer intrude. They replace diplomacy, multilateralism and politics with unilateralism, bombastic threats and the blunt instrument of war. (United States of America & Empire US) ibid.
127,834. Exposed us a state terrorists: we have replicated in the Middle East the US military’s penchant for widespread atrocities, indiscriminate violence, lies and fatal miscalculations that led to our defeat in Vietnam. The brutality abroad is matched by a growing brutality at home. (United States of America & Empire US) ibid.
127,835. Many of our cities are in ruins, our public transportation is in shambles, our educational system is in steep decline and being privatised. (United States of America & Empire US) ibid.
127,836. We are worldwide objects of ridicule and hatred. (United States of America & Empire US) ibid.
127,837. The project has been for all but a handful of global elites a spectacular failure. (United States of America & Empire US) ibid.
127,840. We are paying the price for discarding hundreds of millions of people on to the dung-heap of history. (United States of America & Empire US) ibid.
127,841. This slow-motion march towards apocalypse is assured. (United States of America & Empire US & Apocalypse) ibid.
127,842. There is a inner freedom that comes from defiance … In every act of rebellion we are free. (United States of America & Empire US & Dissent & Resistance & Freedom) ibid.
127,843. The communal has been shattered. The concept of the common good obliterated. Greed is celebrated. The individual is a god. The celuloid image is reality. ibid.
102,356. Eugene Debbs, the famous Socialist candidate during World War I, was sentenced to ten years imprison for his opposition under the Sedition Act. (Propaganda & Dissent & Empire US) Abby Martin, The Empire Files with Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda and the Enemy Within, Youtube 2015
102,357. The Sedition Act, the Espionage Act, and more importantly, the Committee for Public Information. (Propaganda & Dissent & Empire US) ibid. Hedges
102,358. After the war the dreaded Hun becomes the dreaded Red. (Propaganda & Dissent & Empire US) ibid.
102,359. Allende was overthrown in 1973 and Pinochet was put in power to protect the copper industry from being nationalised. And these elites were given tremendous resources … 1954: Arbenz who wanted to challenge United Fruits … Arbenz becomes a communist in the eyes of the press … It’s a different kind of empire. (Propaganda & Dissent & Empire US) ibid.
102,360. Half of the population in El Salvador at the time was landless … people living in tremendous deprivation. (Propaganda & Dissent & Empire US & El Salvador) ibid.
102,361. The pressure that Empire will put on those few reporters who attempt to go out and actually report is fierce and can even involve loss of life. (Propaganda & Dissent & Empire US & Journalism) ibid.
102,326. For the last twenty-five years people from all over the US have converged at the gates of the Fort Benning army base in Georgia. (Empire US & Terror) Abby Martin, The Empire Files: The US School that Trains Dictators & Death Squads, Youtube 2015
102,327. One of the school’s star graduates - notorious Panamanian dictator and cocaine smuggled Manuel Noriega. (Empire US & Terror) ibid.
102,328. Dozens of military interventions including coups shaped the region. (Empire US & Terror) ibid.
102,329. The School of the Americas became an essential force for the empire … churning out thousands of puppets and proxies. (Empire US & Terror) ibid.
102,330. The most heinous right-wing death-squads of our time. (Empire US & Terror) ibid.
102,331. US Instructed Latins on Executions, Torture. (Empire US & Terror) ibid. Washington Post article 21st September 1996