What follows is to a large extent an abridged version of a very illuminating article by Steve Kangas, who died under mysterious circumstances, some say because of the kind of truth he exposed in what he wrote. This carefully footnoted and well documented article originally appeared at the American Patriot Friends Network web site. http://www.apfn.org/apfn/mockingbird.htm. Go there to read all the footnotes.
Included in the article that follows is a summary of one of investigative reporter Gary Webb's last articles to appear before he too died under mysterious circumstances. In the San Jose Mercury News, Webb alleged that the CIA was complicit in large-scale drug smuggling into the US that allowed a good percentage of the millions in drug profits to be funneled to the Contra cause in Central America. Problem was, the smuggling operation fueled a disastrous crack explosion in L.A. and other cities, and enabled drug gangs to buy automatic weapons, sometimes from the CIA operative, Oscar Danilo Blandon, who managed the smuggling operation. As a result, parts of L.A. became a virtual war zone and many people died.
The wealthy have always used many methods to accumulate wealth, but it was not until the mid-1970s that these methods coalesced into a superbly organized, cohesive and efficient 'machine.' After 1975, it became greater than the sum of its parts, a smooth flowing organization of advocacy groups, lobbyists, think tanks, conservative foundations, and PR firms that hurtled the incomes and wealth holdings of the richest 1%, and especially the top tenth of 1%, into the stratosphere.
The origins of this wealth concentration 'machine,' interestingly enough, can be traced back to the CIA. The principle creators of this wealth concentration 'machine' were Irving Kristol, Paul Weyrich, William Simon, Richard Mellon Scaife, Frank Shakespeare, William F. Buckley, Jr., the Rockefeller family, and others. And almost all had CIA backgrounds.