The Most Destructive Presidencies in U.S. History: George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama

Powers once granted are almost impossible to take back.

After 13.5 years, there is more than enough evidence for reasonable people to conclude that the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama are easily the most destructive in U.S. history.

When historians speak of failed presidencies or weak presidencies, they are typically referring to presidencies characterized by uneven leadership, petty corruption by self-serving cronies or in extreme cases such as the Nixon presidency, abuses of executive power.

But weak or failed presidencies are not destructive to the rule of law and the foundations of the nation. The failed president leaves office and the basic structure of the nation continues: the rule of law, the balance of powers and a free-market economy.

A destructive president weakens or corrupts these core structures in favor of executive-branch powers, and passes these unconstitutional powers to the next executive for further expansion.

The Bush and Obama presidencies have effectively dismantled the rule of law and the Constitution by invoking essentially unlimited executive powers in the name of “national security:” we the citizens of the U.S. can now be accused of violating secret laws, be indicted in secret, tried in secret and sentenced to life in prison based on evidence fabricated in secret, i.e. declaring unclassified documents classified after the fact to incriminate and imprison whistleblowers.

How is this any different from totalitarian fascist regimes?

This is absolutely contrary to basic civil liberties defined by the Constitution. Who benefits from this destruction of fundamental civil liberties? (Always start by asking cui bono–to whose benefit?)

The Big Lie is that this destruction of the foundations of the rule of law and civil liberties is for our own good: if the President and the National Security State don’t grab all these powers and deprive you of your constitutional rights, bad guys will destroy the nation.

This is of course the same old tired justification used by dictators and despots everywhere, and it is always a lie. The truth that must be hidden is that this wholesale expansion of executive powers at the expense of civil liberties, democracy, the rule of law and the balance of powers benefits the executive branch.

Every abuse of the law is now declared legal by executive order. Anyone questioning the legality of extra-legal abuses of power is told “this is legal because it was authorized by the President.” In other words, executive power is now unquestioned and cannot be challenged.

For a variety of unsavory reasons, the Supreme Court has enabled this expansion of essentially unlimited executive power. Congress has also rubber-stamped it as part of The Global War on Terror (GWOT), the unlimited war that justifies unlimited executive powers, unlimited secrecy and unlimited expansion of the National Security State, the Deep State that is impervious to changes in electoral government.

Presidents Bush and Obama have directed this expansion of the National Security State because it greatly enhances the power of the Presidency. This is how we get a president who is delighted to discover that he’s good at killing people remotely with drone strikes.

The expansion of secret programs and secret wars has engorged the Pentagon, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A., not just with funding but more importantly, with new powers granted by the executive branch and rubber-stamped by an impotent Congress and supine Supreme Court.

The president’s power is greatly enhanced by this expansion of the National Security State, and the self-serving “patriots” empowered by the essentially unlimited secrecy are free to do whatever they please under the umbrella of executive privilege.

True patriots attempting to defend basic constitutional rights are labeled terrorists by the phony patriots busy destroying the foundations of the nation. The Orwellian doublespeak is as unlimited as executive power: a citizen who releases unclassified material about the secret abuse of power can be accused of treason on the Kafkaesque basis that unclassified material can be considered classified if it exposes the abuse of executive power.

All of this is well-documented and has been in the public realm for years. There is nothing mysterious about the destruction of basic rights or the abrogation of the balance or power or the rule of law. It’s visible and painfully obvious to anyone who cares to read or watch a few interviews of whistleblowers who have been hounded and harassed by the Obama Administration.

For two examples of hundreds of articles and interviews, please read:

Senior NSA Executive: NSA Started Spying On Journalists in 2002… In Order to Make Sure They Didn’t Report On Mass Surveillance (washingtonsblog.com; I recommend the entire series of interviews) 
“To me, there’s a psychology that’s not often written about: What happens when you have this much reach and power, and constraints of law and even policy simply fade into the woodwork.”

PBS Frontline Interview – Thomas Drake.

Of the dozens of books published on the abuses of executive power and the uncontrolled expansion of the National Security State, here are two worthy starting points:

The Family Jewels: The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power

The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

This destruction of the fundamental building blocks of the nation has been rubber-stamped by gutless Republicans and Democrats alike. Cowed by the threat of appearing “soft on terrorism,” left and right alike have scrambled to appear “tough on terrorism” by approving the wholesale transfer of power to the National Security State and the executive branch.

It is laughable to see so-called liberals and conservatives alike in Congress kow-tow to the National Security State while claiming they have effective oversight, even as the revelations of whistleblowers reveals them as clueless toadies with no real grasp of what is being done in the name of the American people they claim to represent.

Those abusing executive power in the Nixon administration knew they were breaking the law. Those abusing power in the Bush and Obama administrations simply declare their actions legal. In effect, any action taken by the president or the National Security State is legal in name if not in principle.

Powers once granted are almost impossible to take back. What president will give away essentially unlimited executive powers established as “law” by previous presidents? We don’t elect saints as presidents, we elect infinitely ambitious people desiring power. We should not be surprised that such people not only consolidate the power they inherit but actively seek more.

We should also not be surprised that all these power grabs by the executive branch and the National Security State are cloaked in secrecy, and that anyone who dares to reveal the power grabs and abuses of power to the public is declared a traitor and crucified.

A traitor to what? It’s a question every citizen should ask and answer for themselves. 

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  • peacefield

    It is sheer joy to come aside from the main stream media and read the straight truth. Thank you Charles Hugh Smith. Your column made my day!

  • Carl_Herman

    That’s what I’m talking about! The crimes of “leaders” in government, so-called “money” (creating debt, actually), and corporate media are many; the crime of treason among them.

    The solution that’s easiest, it seems, is for public breakthrough to recognize the obvious and call for arrests. We need to split the criminals from those who will stand for truth and American values.

    Thanks, Charles 🙂

    • Bev

      Is the following true? Please review for our consideration:

      http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/06/15/worldwide-financial-criminal-network-revealed-part1/

      Worldwide Financial Criminal Network Revealed Part1 (Part2 posted now)

      (MDC-NYSC) Denver Headquarters of Organized Crime. Illegal Mortgage Backed Securities $100 Trillion, Bank Bailouts, Derivatives $5,000 Trillion and the theft of 12 million American’s Homes through illegal foreclosures.

      By Stew Webb

      Denver’s Organized Crime Boss Hogs Leonard Millman and Larry Mizel who run MDC a Financial Conglomerate of Organized Crime who are the Bankers behind the Illegal Mortgage Backed Securities Frauds that lead to the 2008 Bank Bailout which was set up by their partner in crime U.S. President George W Bush to loot the U.S. Treasury and hide their crimes. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his Law partner Lanny Breuer maintained the cover up without any prosecutions of these horrendous crimes. Eric Holder and Lanny Breur head of the justice Department’s criminal division were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who’s Who of big banks and other companies at the center of foreclosure fraud. Breuer resigned last year from the Justice Department after a series on the Bank Frauds done by PBS Frontline.com.

      more

      • Bev

        Is this a way for Al Gore to strengthen his work on Climate Change and Fukushima/WIPP, for Dennis Kucinich to strengthen his work on Debt-Free Public Money ( http://www.monetary.org/ ) to pay for jobs to address Climate Change and Fukushima, and for Ralph Nader ( http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=183 ) to strengthen his work to undo Fascism with corporate, government accountability to the public citizen? Then I am for it: via comments @ http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/president-carter-bush-didnt-win-2000.html
        via: http://markcrispinmiller.com/2013/08/obama-didnt-prosecute-bushcheney-out-of-fear-hed-end-up-like-paul-wellstone/
        http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/05/03/impeachment-of-u-s-president-albert-gore-jr-_ref-u-s-supreme-ct_case-no-00-949/

        IMPEACHMENT OF U.S. PRESIDENT ALBERT GORE, Jr._REF: U.S. Supreme Ct_Case No. 00-949, Constitutional Grounds for the Impeachment and Fraud Upon the Supreme Court, et al…

        (Editor’s note: Only when America’s legally elected president, Al Gore, is returned to office and subjected to required impeachment proceedings, can constitutional authority in the United States be re-established. Toward that end, all actions of the Bush (43) presidency are to be declared “null and void,” all treaties abrogated, all executive actions declared unlawful and all actions including but not limited to the establishment of the United States as a criminal empire undone. The subsequent election of Barak Obama as president thus has no legal standing. Gordon Duff and Lee Wanta)

        Before the Supreme Court of the United States

        1. IMPROPER FAILURE TO REPORT,
        2. CONTINUOUS ABSENCE FROM HIS U.S. PRESIDENTIAL DUTIES,
        3. REFUSAL TO ACCEPT THE ELECTORAL VOTE DECISION OF THE AMERICAN POPULACE MAJORITY,
        4. CONTINUING VIOLATIONS OF PUBLIC TRUST AND EMPLOYMENT, WITHOUT DUE
        PROCESS, INCLUDING ATTEMPTS TO SUBVERT THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.
        ………………..

        COMMENT of U.S. Supreme Court Reporter Jeffrey Toobin :

        ”To know Justice O’Connor as I am privileged to do is to know that the word ‘regret’ never passes her lips,” Toobin said. ” Did she regret her vote in Bush v. Gore? Did she regret the Bush presidency? You bet she did, and you bet she does.” 20apr13

        ”Maybe the court should have said, ‘we’re not going to take it, goodbye,”‘ O’Connor told the Chicago Tribune editorial board, in reference to the controversial Bush v. Gore
        decision resolving a dispute over the 2000 election in George W. Bush’s favor. “It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn’t done a real job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme Court added to the problem at the end of the day.”
        ………………………..

        I like this idea because we could correct the illegal 2000 election, return all the public interest laws (Bill of Rights, Privacy rights, Human Rights against Torture, habius corpus, even the 500 year old Magna Carta) that Bush now even fearful Obama have overturned, finally try to turn around dangerous climate change, and get dangerous fukushima entombed as Al Gore is a scientifically based realist and so would act
        as he has done for years as this is his life’s-work. Dennis Kucinich’s life’s-work of HR 2990 The NEED Act would provide the funding for jobs to reduce dangers of Climate Change and Fukushima now and for the many generations it will take to address. Ralph Nader’s life’s-work prepares him to successfully increase corporate and government accountability to the public citizen and so stop Fascism. Those are the best people who should be made able to do their important life’s work for all our safety.

        That would be so good for the common good. I love it.

        …………

        via: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/nader-impeach-obama-libertarians-progressives-must-unite.html

        Nader: Impeach Obama … Libertarians and Progressives Must Unite
        Posted on April 29, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog

        In comments: Impeach Bush and Obama both. Impeach all the way back to Gore whose election was stolen by the “supreme” court, media, and the Bushs. And, lost to a lack of fight from most of the Democratic Party (with the exception of the heroic Democratic Black Caucus).

        via: via: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/president-carter-bush-didnt-win-2000.html
        President Carter: Bush Didn’t Win in 2000
        Posted on April 9, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog

        See statistician Richard Charnin’s work: http://richardcharnin.com/ Richard Charnin (Truth Is All)

        “Election Fraud (1968-2012) Quantitative Analysis and True Vote Models In 2000,

        Al Gore won the 540,000 recorded votes (48.4-47.9%). But the unadjusted state exit polls (58,000 respondents) indicated he won by 50.8-44.4%, a 6 million vote margin. There were nearly 6 million uncounted votes.The True Vote Model had him winning by 51.5-44.7%. But the Supreme Court awarded the election to Bush (271-267 EV). In Florida, 185,000 ballots were uncounted. The following states flipped from Gore in the exit poll to Bush in the recorded vote: AL AR AZ CO FL GA MO NC TN TX VA. Gore would have won the election if he captured just one of the states. Democracy died in this election.”

        This means Al Gore won Florida and also Al Gore won that long list of additional states including Texas, which then were flipped/stolen by the right wing e-voting, scanning, tabulating owned machines, in addition to the “supreme court”.

        …………

        Could this change to a better future with better people, be simple? Could the following work? Justice O’Connor, please reverse your past decision. Let’s see what happens.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/24/us-law-supreme-court_n_5386628.html#comments

        Final Word On U.S. Law Isn’t: Supreme Court Keeps Editing
        New York Times
        Posted: 05/24/2014 5:29 pm EDT Updated: 05/24/2014 5:59 pm EDT

        WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has been quietly revising its decisions years after they were issued, altering the law of the land without public notice. The revisions include “truly substantive changes in factual statements and legal reasoning,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a law professor at Harvard and the author of a new study examining the phenomenon.

        • Bev

          “WASHINGTON
          — The Supreme Court has been quietly revising its decisions years after
          they were issued, altering the law of the land without public notice.
          The revisions include “truly substantive changes in factual statements
          and legal reasoning,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a law professor at
          Harvard and the author of a new study examining the phenomenon.”

          Could
          this change to a better future, be simple? Justice O’Connor, please reverse your past decision.
          Let’s see what happens.

          above quote via: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/24/us-law-supreme-court_n_5386628.html#comments

          Final Word On U.S. Law Isn’t: Supreme Court Keeps Editing
          New York Times
          Posted: 05/24/2014 5:29 pm EDT Updated: 05/24/2014 5:59 pm EDT

          WASHINGTON
          — The Supreme Court has been quietly revising its decisions years after
          they were issued, altering the law of the land without public notice.
          The revisions include “truly substantive changes in factual statements
          and legal reasoning,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a law professor at
          Harvard and the author of a new study examining the phenomenon.

      • Carl_Herman

        Hi Bev. I personally haven’t invested the time for factual command on the issues in this article by Stew Webb. And that said, I’m among hundreds (thousands?) in alternative media who’ve done the homework for factual command on related issues to explain and document massive US “leadership” crimes centered in war and money; the obvious criminal suspects are in top positions of government, banking/finance, and corporate media to “cover” those crimes in lies of omission and commission.

        This is why I conclude the demand for arrests is our fastest path forward: it allows those with professional expertise the authority for full factual discovery (that said, such investigation could be more cover-up and another layer of criminal complicity).

        What I have to present in the topic of money is last reported here: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/06/7-minute-video-choice-experts-explain-us-1-hoodwink-99.html

        • Bev

          more important information…
          http://www.deepcapture.com

          The Deep Capture Analysis

          Introduction
          http://www.deepcapture.com/introduction-to-the-deep-capture-analysis/

          The Setting
          http://www.deepcapture.com/category/1-the-players/

          1. The Players (hedge funds)

          2. The Pawns (journalists)

          3. The Regulators

          The Crime
          http://www.deepcapture.com/category/4-the-crime-naked-shorts-other-insincere-ious/

          4. The Crime: Naked Short Selling

          5. The Corporate Democracy Hoax

          6. Ruined Firms & Looted Pensions

          7. Systemic Risk

          The Cover-up
          http://www.deepcapture.com/category/8-the-deep-capture-campaign/

          8. The Deep Capture Campaign

          9. The Hijacking of Social Media

          quoting from chapter 8:

          Deep Capture Files Major Lawsuit Against the SEC
          Posted on 10 June 2014

          I have filed a lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange
          Commission (SEC), which previously failed to respond adequately to my
          Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking SEC documents related
          to the SEC’s various investigations (and failure to perform adequate
          investigations) of naked short selling crimes that undermined the
          stability of the American financial system.

          This is the first lawsuit against the SEC ever filed by a journalist
          seeking information about the SEC’s failure to regulate naked short
          selling, one of the most serious crimes affecting the American markets. I
          have filed the lawsuit with help from Gary Aguirre, a former senior
          enforcement official with the SEC, famous for having blown the whistle
          on the protection that top SEC officials were providing to hedge fund
          Pequot Capital and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack.

          Aguirre made headlines in 2006 by reporting in Congressional
          testimony that he had been improperly fired by the SEC after complaining
          that top SEC officials had derailed an investigation into an insider
          trading scheme perpetrated by Pequot Capital, and that the investigation
          had likely been derailed because the Aguirre had also been
          investigating Mack in connection with the insider trading, while
          Aguirre’s supervisor at the SEC was preparing to take a job with Mack’s
          law firm.

          What did not make the headlines was the fact that Aguirre reported in
          that same Congressional testimony that when he was improperly fired, he
          had been investigating not only insider trading, but also naked short
          selling. “The investigation was two-pronged,” Aguirre reported to
          Congress. One prong concerned “insider trading.” However, the second,
          and far more important prong, concerned “market manipulation” and, more
          specifically, “two suspected violations: wash sales and naked shorts.”

          “My colleagues,” Aguirre reported to Congress, “believed [the naked
          short selling] held a greater potential to severely injure the financial
          markets.” Indeed, Aguirre reported to Congress that naked short selling
          had the potential to deliver a market crash similar to the crash of
          1929, from which followed the Great Depression.

          Two years later, in 2008, that prediction proved correct when naked
          short selling contributed to a meltdown just as severe as the great
          crash of 1929. At that time in 2008, the CEOs of multiple Wall Street
          investment banks (long among the perpetrators of naked short selling)
          complained that naked short selling was contributing to the death
          spirals in their stock prices, and the SEC responded by issuing an
          unprecedented “Emergency Order” that temporarily banned all short
          selling of stock in more than 900 companies in the financial industry.

          In that Emergency Order, the SEC effectively admitted that naked
          short sellers were contributing to the worse financial crisis since the
          Great Depression, and the SEC subsequently enacted new rules that
          supposedly made it more difficult for traders to engage in naked short
          selling, but those new rules were not sufficient, and to this day, the
          SEC has not sanctioned even one trader for perpetrating the naked short
          selling that (according to the SEC) contributed to the great meltdown of
          2008, and nor has the SEC released any documents concerning its
          supposed investigation into that naked short selling—one of the great
          unsolved crimes of the century.
          snip

          5. Plaintiff is a reporter for DeepCapture.com, an online financial news service.
          He previously worked as editorial page writer for The Wall Street
          Journal in Europe, chief business correspondent for Time magazine’s Asia
          edition, and as assistant managing editor responsible for the Columbia
          Journalism Review’s online critique of business journalism. He holds an
          MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern
          University.

          6. Plaintiff gathers information from numerous sources often overlooked
          by the mainstream financial media, uses his editorial skills to turn
          this raw information into narratives regarding the financial industry,
          and regularly publishes that information on an internet website known as
          DeepCapture at no cost to the public.[1]

          7. Deep Capture also publishes news stories by other authors whose
          stories meet DeepCapture’s scope of interest and editorial standards.

          8. The website is called DeepCapture because it focuses on objectively
          presenting in-depth news coverage of events and actions that demonstrate
          that the independence of a federal agencies have been compromised by
          regulatory capture. Regulatory capture occurs when a regulatory agency, such as the SEC, which was created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or special concerns of interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating. These agencies are called “captured agencies.”

          9. The DeepCapture website, for which Plaintiff writes, has received
          awards, such as Business Insider’s award for best investigative
          journalism and the Webby award for best business reporting. The
          DeepCapture website has also been discussed by mainstream news
          organizations, e.g., CNBC and Wired magazine.

          10. Plaintiff has also written numerous articles on the DeepCapture
          website about how the SEC is not only a captured agency but is part of a
          larger group of institutions that have been captured by the financial
          industry in this country.

          11. Plaintiff has published numerous articles on the DeepCapture website
          describing how financial institutions and individuals have engaged in
          naked short selling in the stock of public companies. These violations
          were rarely reported by the mainstream or financial media. To the extent
          that naked short selling was reported in the financial media, some
          mainstream news organizations, including Bloomberg News,[2]
          reported that naked short selling was a serious problem, but these
          reports were few in number, and other journalists often expressed
          skepticism that naked short selling was even occurring, thereby giving
          false comfort to the public regarding the risks naked short selling
          posed to the nation’s capital markets.

          12. Plaintiff is one of the few journalists, perhaps the only one, who
          regularly writes about naked short selling. Plaintiff believes it is
          vitally important for the American public to be aware that the SEC is
          failing to contain market participants such as large investment banks,
          market-makers, and multibillion dollar hedge funds from engaging in
          naked short selling. It is as if the Department of the Treasury were
          aware of massive printing of US currency by counterfeiters and yet
          declined to take any action to stop them.

          01. The following examples illustrate the depth and uniqueness of news
          stories published on the DeepCapture website relating to naked short
          selling:

          01. In relation to the settlement between FINRA and UBS in October
          2011, Plaintiff was one of two media sources that reported that FINRA
          had found and UBS had admitted committing “tens of millions” of
          violations of Reg SHO and that those violations put at risk the
          integrity of the capital markets.[3] In the light of FINRA’s finding and UBS’s admissions, the FINRA enforcement proceeding against UBS was unquestionably the single most significant regulatory case brought by the government or a Self-Regulating Organization (“SRO”) relating to naked short selling since Reg SHO became operative on January 1, 2004. In contrast, neither the financial nor the mainstream media reported that UBS had committed “tens of millions” of violations of Reg SHO and that the cumulative
          effect was to create a significant risk to the integrity of the capital markets.[4]

          02. In a story written by another reporter, DeepCapture was one of two
          media sources that reported on the investigation conducted by the SEC’s
          Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) which resulted in a finding by
          the OIG in Case No. 512 (Unauthorized Disclosure of Non-Public Information)
          that two SEC attorneys had passed along nonpublic information through a
          corrupt FBI agent to a cabal engaged in naked short selling.[5]
          Through the reporter’s own exhaustive research and investigation, he
          identified the two SEC employees and published an article in
          DeepCapture, Moral Hazard at the SEC, which described in
          detail how the two SEC investigators had communicated the nonpublic
          information through a corrupt FBI agent to the naked short selling
          cabal.[6] The financial and mainstream media did not cover the story.

          13. As specifically alleged below, the magnitude and scope of naked
          short selling creates major risks to the stability of the nation’s
          capital markets. Equally disturbing, as alleged below, the SEC, a
          captured agency, is not protecting the nation’s investors or the capital
          markets from this form of market abuse.

          01. Plaintiff seeks the records described in this complaint to use in
          articles he and other guest authors will write and publish on the
          DeepCapture website informing the public of the risks naked short
          selling poses to the integrity of the nation’s capital markets and the
          SEC’s complicity in creating a regulatory system that does not deter
          naked short selling. All of the information from the SEC is vitally
          needed because, as alleged below, the system created by the SEC relating
          to the short sale trades of public companies has little if any
          transparency. Plaintiff intends to make avaiable to the public all
          records obtained through this proceeding.

          much more

          ……

          The Miscreants’ Global Bust-Out

          Preface
          http://www.deepcapture.com/the-miscreants-global-bust-out-preface/

          1. United States Attacked by Financial Terrorists?
          http://www.deepcapture.com/the-miscreants-global-bust-out-chapter-1-was-the-united-states-attacked-by-financial-terrorists

          2. The “Money Weapon”
          http://www.deepcapture.com/the-global-bust-out-series-capter-2-the-money-weapon-and-the-jihad-bigger-than-bin-laden

          3. The BCCI Enterprise and The Financial Jihad
          http://www.deepcapture.com/the-global-bust-out-series-capter-3-the-bcci-enterprise-and-the-financial-jihad/

          4. The BCCI Enterprise:Prelude to Our Present Predicament
          http://www.deepcapture.com/the-global-bust-out-series-capter-4-the-bcci-enterprise-prelude-to-our-present-predicament/

          5. Monzer al-Kassar, Model Citizen
          http://www.deepcapture.com/the-global-bust-out-series-chapter-5-monzer-al-kassar-model-citizen/

          6. An Oligarchical-Organized Crime and Terrorism Syndicate (and Some Stock Promoters)
          http://www.deepcapture.com/the-global-bust-out-series-capter-6-an-oligarchical-organized-crime-and-terrorism-syndicate-and-some-stock-promoters/

          7. Michael Milken and the “Insider Trading” Network (as of 2013)
          http://www.deepcapture.com/the-global-bust-out-series-capter-7-michael-milken-and-the-insider-trading-network-as-of-2013/

          8. Boris Berezovksy and the “Nexus” Between Organized Crime, Terrorism and the Global Oligarchy
          http://www.deepcapture.com/the-global-bust-out-series-chapter-7-boris-berezovksy-and-the-nexus-between-organized-crime-terorroism-and-the-global-oligarchy/

          …………

          http://www.deepcapture.com/economic-warfare-as-an-instrument-of-transnational-organized-crime-with-patrick-byrne/

          Economic Warfare as an Instrument of Transnational Organized Crime
          Posted on 25 December 2013 by Patrick Byrne

          • Bev

            above fold:
            quoting from chapter 8:

            http://www.deepcapture.com/category/8-the-deep-capture-campaign/

            Deep Capture Files Major Lawsuit Against the SEC
            Posted on 10 June 2014

            I have filed a lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange
            Commission (SEC), which previously failed to respond adequately to my
            Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking SEC documents related
            to the SEC’s various investigations (and failure to perform adequate
            investigations) of naked short selling crimes that undermined the
            stability of the American financial system.

            This is the first lawsuit against the SEC ever filed by a journalist
            seeking information about the SEC’s failure to regulate naked short
            selling, one of the most serious crimes affecting the American markets. I
            have filed the lawsuit with help from Gary Aguirre, a former senior
            enforcement official with the SEC, famous for having blown the whistle
            on the protection that top SEC officials were providing to hedge fund
            Pequot Capital and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack.

            Aguirre made headlines in 2006 by reporting in Congressional
            testimony that he had been improperly fired by the SEC after complaining
            that top SEC officials had derailed an investigation into an insider
            trading scheme perpetrated by Pequot Capital, and that the investigation
            had likely been derailed because the Aguirre had also been
            investigating Mack in connection with the insider trading, while
            Aguirre’s supervisor at the SEC was preparing to take a job with Mack’s
            law firm.

            What did not make the headlines was the fact that Aguirre reported in
            that same Congressional testimony that when he was improperly fired, he
            had been investigating not only insider trading, but also naked short
            selling. “The investigation was two-pronged,” Aguirre reported to
            Congress. One prong concerned “insider trading.” However, the second,
            and far more important prong, concerned “market manipulation” and, more
            specifically, “two suspected violations: wash sales and naked shorts.”

            “My colleagues,” Aguirre reported to Congress, “believed [the naked
            short selling] held a greater potential to severely injure the financial
            markets.” Indeed, Aguirre reported to Congress that naked short selling
            had the potential to deliver a market crash similar to the crash of
            1929, from which followed the Great Depression.

            more at above link

  • Undecider

    Not impossible. We have the 2nd Amendment.

  • Charlie Primero

    Presidents Bush and Obama didn’t do jack.

    This idea that U.S. Presidents make policy is a con job. It gives human cattle the illusion that elections provide them some say, and even worse, responsibility for what the U.S. Government does.

    Please stop promoting that con.

  • Otes

    Just one more destructive president will be the irreversible undoing of America. Did you know that if every national guard active personnel was ordered to kill 100 people each the entire civilian population would be wiped out, SCARY!

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    agree with no doubt
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