“We economic hit men have been the ones responsible for creating this first truly global empire. And we work many different ways,” said John Perkins.
“We … are the first line of defence. We go in, we try to corrupt the governments and get them to accept these huge loans which we then use as leverage to basically own them. If we fail … then the second line of defence is: we send in the jackals. And the jackals either overthrow governments or assassinate them.” If that fails then they send in the military.
Formerly, as the chief economist for Chas. T. Main, John Perkins, advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, US Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies. He is the author of the 2015 book ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’.
Perkins says that he was an “economic hit man” for 10 years, helping US intelligence agencies and multinational corporations cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving US foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. However, after several years struggling internally over the role he was playing in crippling foreign economies, he quit his consulting job.
Perkins defined economic hit men as:
Highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign ‘aid’ organisations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources.
Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalisation.
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