I think the title is as much lead-in as I need for this topic, so I’ll jump right to it. Here is a partial transcription for the YouTube clip below (and the photo it shows) taken from the documentary Zeitgeist (2007).
“This is Aaron Russo, a filmmaker and politician. To his left is Nicholas Rockefeller, of the infamous Rockefeller banking and business dynasty. After maintaining a close friendship with Nicholas, Aaron eventually ended the relationship, appalled by what he had learned about the Rockefeller’s and their ambitions.” The movie then plays a voice recording from Aaron Russo, discussing a conversation he’d had with Nicholas Rockefeller prior to September 11, 2001:
Uh, I got a call one day from um, the Terri woman I knew, and she said, ‘would you like to meet one of the Rockefeller’s?’ I said, ‘Sure, love to.” And uh, we became friends, and um, he began to divulge a lot of things to me- so he said to me one night, he says that uh, ‘There’s going to be an event Aaron, and out of that event you’re going to see- we’re going to go into Afghanistan so we can run pipelines from the Caspian Sea, we’re going to go into Iraq, to take the oil and establish a base in the Middle East, and we’re going to go into Venezuela and get rid of Chavez.”
But don’t let that convince you just yet. In Zeitgeist‘s sequel, Zeitgeist: Addendum (both can be found on Netflix for those interested), they explain to you exactly how our government might manage such a feat (and has perhaps already done so in the past). This portion is an interview with John Perkins, who claims to have taken part in many of these schemes, and in this clip he discusses what goes on behind the curtain.
A partial transcript for the interview is as follows:
“We economic hit men really have been the one’s responsible for creating this first truly global empire and we work many different ways. But perhaps the most common is that we will identify a country that has resources our corporations covet, like oil, and then arrange a huge loan to that country from the World Bank or one of it’s sister organizations. But the money never actually goes to the country, instead it goes to our big corporations to build infrastructure projects in that country. Power plants, industrial parks, ports… things that benefit a few rich people in that country in addition to our corporations. But really don’t help a majority of the people at all. However, those people, the whole country is left holding a huge debt.
It’s such a big debt they can’t repay it, and that’s part of the plan, that they can’t repay it. And so at some point we economic hit men go back to them and say ‘Listen, you owe us a lot of money. You can’t pay your debts, so sell your oil real cheap to our oil companies, allow us to build a military base in your country, or send troops in support of ours to someplace in the world like Iraq, or vote with us on the next U.N. vote, to have their electric utility company privatized and their water and sewage system privatized and sold to US corporations or other multinational corporations.’
So there was a whole mushrooming thing, and it’s so typical of the way the IMF and the World Bank work. They put a country in debt, and it’s such a big debt it can’t pay it, and then you offer to refinance the debt and pay even more interest. And you demand this quid pro quo which you call ‘conditionality’ or ‘good governance’ which means basically that they’ve gotta sell off their resources, including many of their social services, their utility companies, their school systems sometimes, their penal systems, their insurance systems, to foreign corporations.
So it’s a double, triple, quadruple whammie! “
“Venezuela 2002″ – Headline
“It is interesting to me how this system has continued pretty much the same way for years and years and years, except the economic hit men have gotten better and better and better.
Then we come up with very recently what happened in Venezuela. In 1998, Hugo Chavez gets elected president, following a long line of presidents who’d been very corrupt and basically destroyed the economy of the country. And Chavez was elected amidst all that. Chavez stood up to the United States, and he’d done it primarily by demanding that Venezuelan oil be used to help the Venezuelan people.
Well… we didn’t like that in the United States. So in 2002, a coup was staged which was no question in my mind, in most other peoples minds, that the CIA was behind that coup.
The way that that coup was fomented was very reflective of what Kermit Roosevelt had done in Iran. Of paying people to go out into the streets, to riot, to protest, to say that Chavez was very unpopular. You know, if you can get a few thousand people to do that, Television can make it look like it’s the whole country and things start to mushroom.
Except in the case of Chavez, he was smart enough and the people were so strongly behind him that they overcame it. Which was a phenomenal moment in the history of Latin America.”
And of course, folks, you have to beware of the information you see and hear. Is this possibly an incorrect conspiracy theory like many others floating out around there? Absolutely. Check your facts by paying attention to not only what this information tells you, but check those facts too.
A one-stop source for information, be it a media outlet or a person or an institution, is your most assured way to get duped.
So please do also check out all the skepticism surrounding these documentaries here. (The link leads you to the introductory page, and you can find all the links to the rest of the documentaries on the left hand bar on your screen).
All I can conclude is that quite simply, you can’t believe everything you see and hear. Oh, and even if these movies are crazy conspiracy theories, they accurately predicted Chavez’s death in 2007. And I think that’s a good note to leave you with. You do the rest of the thinking on your own.
See the entire transcript for Zeitgeist here.
See the entire transcript for Zeitgeist: Addendum here.
See and read John’s entire book, Confessions Of An Economic Hitman, here.