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Crime, Inc

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Let's not mince words. The way the US acts in the world should be referred to as Crime, Inc.

It has become the most sinister entity on Earth.

Most sinister because what it does is under the guise of bringing "freedom and democracy" to others while using the Constitution and the rule of law as a fig leaf cover but betrays with impunity. And all done in the name of the American people which makes it so despicable.

Consider all the illegal wars from Viet Nam in the 1960's to Iraq in 2003 to Syria today, the "false flag" operations from the Tonkin Gulf incident in 1965 to downing of the Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine in 2014, the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the resort to torture from Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib, targeted assassinations-including American citizens in Yemen-drone strikes and missile attacks killing innocents in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, initiating coups against legitimately elected governments from Iran in 1953 to Ukraine in 2014, supporting and arming ruthless, brutal dictators from the Shah in Iran after the 53' coup to Ukraine in 2014,training and arming terrorist mercenaries from the death squads in Central America in the 1980's to al Qaeda in Syria today-just to name a few of the many lawless, criminal acts the US has committed since the end of WW II. It has "earned" the ignominy it has wrought in the world.

Of course none of this is brought before the eyes of the American public. That ended with televised images beamed back from the Viet Nam war. Now what's delivered to the public is all sanitized and made palatable by the complicit corporate MSM. We only kill "terrorists" and if innocents are killed they're merely "collateral damage". Torture-"enhanced interrogation" is done only "by a few bad apples". Certainly not a widespread practice as was authorized by the "Dubya" Bush administration using Justice Department memos to give it "legal" cover but kept secret for reasons of national security.

The wars fought with untold thousands, maybe millions dead were simply fodder to keep the wheels of the war machine's defense contractors and their assorted corporatist henchmen thriving while enriching themselves in the process.

None of the above should come as a surprise. It's been pretty much the same since the country's inception.

First the land was stolen piece by piece from the indigenous peoples who were exploited and plundered through "Manifest Destiny" then killed off in genocide being portrayed as nothing more than savages.

The trail of colonialism, slavery and death runs right through today only now it's called neo-liberalism, globalism, accompanied by harsh austerity measures and debt peonage to the big banks. Nothing has changed.

C'mon, even domestically today, let's open our eyes.

When an older person dies in America because they couldn't afford the meds they needed so it was either eating and doing without the meds then eventually dying, who is to blame for that? Could it be big Pharma that charges the exorbitant prices?

How about the ex-GI's that commit suicide after they've returned from the unnecessary wars and occupations. Figure they would just off themselves anyway and it had nothing to do with what they and others were ordered to do but they couldn't live themselves any longer so they just ended their agony with a bullet to the head.

Or the people from former industrialized "rust belt" areas who lost their jobs when the company plant they'd worked for years closed and left for some 3rd world backwater meanwhile blaming the American worker for the "high" wages and benefits they earned which caused the company to close its doors in the US.

This should not happen in a country that truly cares for its people, putting their interests first.

The sad fact is the "deep state"-those unelected bankers, defense contractors, former generals, oil company execs, billionaire insiders, Rockefellers, Rothschild's, the Carlyle Group et al who actually run the country behind closed doors while having the politicos they've bought do their bidding-simply don't give a damn what happens to the people.

More and more Americans are coming to that conclusion yet many (most?) won't allow themselves to believe it. They're too indoctrinated, too propagandized to believe anything beyond what they were taught. What writer, philosopher, filmmaker Andre Vltckek refers to as those Americans who are "totally, blissfully ignorant about America's role in the world". They can't fathom the thought their country could be so sinister, so evil. It would undercut the very ground they're standing on, too horrible to fully comprehend, much less face squarely.

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