[R-P] Advertencia del Director de Inteligencia de EEUU: el principal criadero de terroristas es Wall Street
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Mie Feb 18 08:00:54 MST 2009
[Lo del título. No tengo tiempo para traducir. Va en inglés. Disculpen.
Solo traduzco los dos primeros párrafos y el último. De éste se deduce
que en la IN es hora de "descular el marxismo" otra vez, no para
sacárselo de encima sino para reapropiárselo. Las confusiones del
momento de la derrota tienen que quedar atrás. Nada hay más nacional que
el pensamiento más avanzado de nuestros tiempos:]
[Los estadounidenses]tenemos una notable capacidad de crear nuestros
propios monstruos. Nos metemos en el Medio Oriente con nuestro socio
Israel, y en pocas décadas tenemos Jesbolá, Jamas, Al Qaida, el
movimiento de la resistencia iraquí y ahora un resurgente Talibán. Ahora
hacemos pomada la economía mundial, destruimos el entorno natural, y nos
sentamos a ver qué tal salió el trabajito. El jueves pasado se filtraron
algunas sugerencias sobre el mundo nuevo que se está gestando, cuando el
nuevo director de inteligencia nacional de Washington, el almirante
retirado Dennis Blair, prestó declaración ante el Comité de Inteligencia
del Senado de EEUU. Advirtió que la crisis económica, que se está
profundizando, planteaba quizás la más grave amenaza a la estabilida y
la seguridad de la nación. Según dijo, podría ser el disparador de un
retorno al "violento extremismo" de las décadas de 1920 y 1930.
Así que nuestros terroristas más peligrosos los produjo Wall Street,y no
la Yijad Islámica. Lo que tenemos por delante es un movimiento acelerado
de cierres de fábricas y negocios, inflación, una epidemica de
bancarrotas, colas de asistidos alimentarios, un desempleo superior al
alcanzado en tiempos de la Gran Depresión y, como teme Blair, un
Los ladrones corporativos, los que exigieron cobrar decenas de millones
de dólares porque eran los mejores y los más brillantes, han quedado
expuestos como los artistas de la estafa que son. Nuestros funcionarios
electivos, con la prensa, quedaron al desnudo como lacayos de las
corporaciones, corruptos y desvertebrados. Se puso al descubierto que
nuestras facultades de economía y nuestros cuadros intelectuales son
fraudes. Ha terminado la era de Occidente. Miren a la China. El
capitalismo del laissez-faire se destruyó a sí mismo. Es hora de
desempolvar esos libros de Marx.]
Original completo en inglés
U.S. Intel Chief's Shocking Warning: Wall Street's Disaster Has Spawned
Our Greatest Terrorist Threat
By Chris Hedges, Truthdig. Posted February 17, 2009.
/The Director of National Intelligence argued that Wall Street, rather
than Islamic jihad, has produced our most dangerous terrorists./
We have a remarkable ability to create our own monsters. A few decades
of meddling in the Middle East with our Israeli doppelgnger and we get
Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaida, the Iraqi resistance movement and a
resurgent Taliban. Now we trash the world economy and destroy the
ecosystem and sit back to watch our handiwork. Hints of our brave new
world seeped out Thursday when Washington's new director of national
intelligence, retired Adm. Dennis Blair, testified before the Senate
Intelligence Committee. He warned that the deepening economic crisis
posed perhaps our gravest threat to stability and national security. It
could trigger, he said, a return to the "violent extremism" of the 1920s
It turns out that Wall Street, rather than Islamic jihad, has produced
our most dangerous terrorists. We will see accelerated plant and retail
closures, inflation, an epidemic of bankruptcies, new rounds of
foreclosures, bread lines, unemployment surpassing the levels of the
Great Depression and, as Blair fears, social upheaval.
The United Nations' International Labor Organization estimates that some
50 million workers will lose their jobs worldwide this year. The
collapse has already seen 3.6 million lost jobs in the United States.
The International Monetary Fund's prediction for global economic growth
in 2009 is 0.5 percent--the worst since World War II. There are 2.3
million properties in the United States that received a default notice
or were repossessed last year. And this number is set to rise in 2009,
especially as vacant commercial real estate begins to be foreclosed.
About 20,000 major global banks collapsed, were sold or were
nationalized in 2008. There are an estimated 62,000 U.S. companies
expected to shut down this year. Unemployment, when you add people no
longer looking for jobs and part-time workers who cannot find full-time
employment, is close to 14 percent.
And we have few tools left to dig our way out. The manufacturing sector
in the United States has been destroyed by globalization. Consumers,
thanks to credit card companies and easy lines of credit, are $14
trillion in debt. The government has pledged trillions toward the
crisis, most of it borrowed or printed in the form of new money. It is
borrowing trillions more to fund our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And
no one states the obvious: We will never be able to pay these loans
back. We are supposed to somehow spend our way out of the crisis and
maintain our imperial project on credit. Let our kids worry about it.
There is no coherent and realistic plan, one built around our severe
limitations, to stanch the bleeding or ameliorate the mounting
deprivations we will suffer as citizens. Contrast this with the national
security state's strategies to crush potential civil unrest and you get
a glimpse of the future. It doesn't look good.
"The primary near-term security concern of the United States is the
global economic crisis and its geopolitical implications," Blair told
the Senate. "The crisis has been ongoing for over a year, and economists
are divided over whether and when we could hit bottom. Some even fear
that the recession could further deepen and reach the level of the Great
Depression. Of course, all of us recall the dramatic political
consequences wrought by the economic turmoil of the 1920s and 1930s in
Europe, the instability, and high levels of violent extremism."
The specter of social unrest was raised at the U.S. Army War College in
November in a monograph [click on Policypointers' pdf link to see the
report] titled "Known Unknowns: Unconventional 'Strategic Shocks' in
Defense Strategy Development." The military must be prepared, the
document warned, for a "violent, strategic dislocation inside the United
States," which could be provoked by "unforeseen economic collapse,"
"purposeful domestic resistance," "pervasive public health emergencies"
or "loss of functioning political and legal order." The "widespread
civil violence," the document said, "would force the defense
establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic
domestic order and human security."
"An American government and defense establishment lulled into
complacency by a long-secure domestic order would be forced to rapidly
divest some or most external security commitments in order to address
rapidly expanding human insecurity at home," it went on.
"Under the most extreme circumstances, this might include use of
military force against hostile groups inside the United States. Further,
DoD [the Department of Defense] would be, by necessity, an essential
enabling hub for the continuity of political authority in a multi-state
or nationwide civil conflict or disturbance," the document read.
In plain English, something bureaucrats and the military seem incapable
of employing, this translates into the imposition of martial law and a
de facto government being run out of the Department of Defense. They are
considering it. So should you.
Adm. Blair warned the Senate that "roughly a quarter of the countries in
the world have already experienced low-level instability such as
government changes because of the current slowdown." He noted that the
"bulk of anti-state demonstrations" internationally have been seen in
Europe and the former Soviet Union, but this did not mean they could not
spread to the United States. He told the senators that the collapse of
the global financial system is "likely to produce a wave of economic
crises in emerging market nations over the next year." He added that
"much of Latin America, former Soviet Union states and sub-Saharan
Africa lack sufficient cash reserves, access to international aid or
credit, or other coping mechanism."
"When those growth rates go down, my gut tells me that there are going
to be problems coming out of that, and we're looking for that," he said.
He referred to "statistical modeling" showing that "economic crises
increase the risk of regime-threatening instability if they persist over
a one to two year period."
Blair articulated the newest narrative of fear. As the economic
unraveling accelerates we will be told it is not the bearded Islamic
extremists, although those in power will drag them out of the Halloween
closet when they need to give us an exotic shock, but instead the
domestic riffraff, environmentalists, anarchists, unions and enraged
members of our dispossessed working class who threaten us. Crime, as it
always does in times of turmoil, will grow. Those who oppose the iron
fist of the state security apparatus will be lumped together in slick,
corporate news reports with the growing criminal underclass.
The committee's Republican vice chairman, Sen. Christopher Bond of
Missouri, not quite knowing what to make of Blair's testimony, said he
was concerned that Blair was making the "conditions in the country" and
the global economic crisis "the primary focus of the intelligence
The economic collapse has exposed the stupidity of our collective faith
in a free market and the absurdity of an economy based on the goals of
endless growth, consumption, borrowing and expansion. The ideology of
unlimited growth failed to take into account the massive depletion of
the world's resources, from fossil fuels to clean water to fish stocks
to erosion, as well as overpopulation, global warming and climate
change. The huge international flows of unregulated capital have wrecked
the global financial system. An overvalued dollar (which will soon
deflate), wild tech, stock and housing financial bubbles, unchecked
greed, the decimation of our manufacturing sector, the empowerment of an
oligarchic class, the corruption of our political elite, the
impoverishment of workers, a bloated military and defense budget and
unrestrained credit binges have conspired to bring us down. The
financial crisis will soon become a currency crisis. This second shock
will threaten our financial viability. We let the market rule. Now we
are paying for it.
The corporate thieves, those who insisted they be paid tens of millions
of dollars because they were the best and the brightest, have been
exposed as con artists. Our elected officials, along with the press,
have been exposed as corrupt and spineless corporate lackeys. Our
business schools and intellectual elite have been exposed as frauds. The
age of the West has ended. Look to China. Laissez-faire capitalism has
destroyed itself. It is time to dust off your copies of Marx.
Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, is a Senior Fellow at
the Nation Institute. His latest book is Collateral Damage: America's
War Against Iraqi Civilians.
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