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Major General Smedley Butler – The Military Industrial Complex’s Original Whistleblower

MEME Smedley ButlerSigmund Fraud, Staff Writer
Waking Times

After marking the 12th anniversary of the terrible events of 9/11 and remembering the over 3000 lives that were lost, the American people find themselves embroiled in endless military conflict without clear objectives, without a clear definition of who or what we are still fighting, and without respectable leadership. This confusion has been highlighted by the recent push to initiate a bombing campaign against Syria, even though it is widely known that any campaign against the Syrian government would be in direct support of Al Qaeda, the group supposedly to blame for the attacks on 9/11.

For 12 years now the casualties on all sides have mounted and the Middle East has become increasingly destabilized. How is it that our national response to the 9/11 attack has triggered such a destructive, expensive, confusing and open-ended military conflict, largely presided over by a Nobel Peace Prize winning president?

Cui Bono – Who benefits?

In the 1930’s, an outstanding Major General of the Marine Corps, Smedley Butler, went public with information that he was approached by powerful industrialists to be involved in a plot to overthrow the United States government. Led by powerful business magnates with the intention of ousting President Roosevelt and installing a Fascist dictatorship ruled by business magnates and a private army of half a million US soldiers, this coup was disrupted by Butler’s integrity and willingness to be one of the military industrial complex’s first whistle-blowers.


These events led Butler to publish a short book that today still gives us a realistic and truthful picture of the forces keeping this nation in a perpetual state of emergency, involving us in war after war against other nations, and diverting so much of our wealth and resources to military buildup.

War is a Racket

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Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler

His credibility is immense. A highly decorated and courageous veteran of multiple overseas conflicts, Smedley Butler is still, to this day, one of a small handful of American soldiers to twice receive the Medal of Honor for bravery in combat. Having been wounded in the boxer Rebellion in China in 1900, and having seen the horrors of France during World War I, as well as combat in several other conflicts, Maj. Gen. Butler has unique credibility when it comes to discussing the workings of the war machine.

His book, War is a Racket, denounces the workings of the military-industrial complex, the network of industrialists, financiers, and government officials who directly profit from war, a security state, and the industries that support this. It is a must read still today, as his logic and clarity offers deep insight into why our priorities are so stoutly centered around war and security. It is very, very lucrative for people in high places.

He writes:

“WAR is a racket. It always has been

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.”

Conclusion

Since Smedley Butler’s warnings nearly a hundred years ago, we have since received warnings from other high-ranking Americans about the insidiousness and danger of permitting an economy to be created out of war and destruction, most notably from former US Presidents Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

President Eisenhower:

President Kennedy:

These warnings by such prominent Americans are worth repeating and spreading as the national debate is steered toward military endeavors and away from other critical concerns. And with the high profile whistle-blowing cases of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, the American public has again been alerted to the fact that government does not always obey it’s own laws, reveal it’s true motives, or serve the interests of the citizenry.

War is definitely a racket, and unless you’re taking dividends from the industries that press for it, you have nothing to gain.

About the Author

Sigmund Fraud is a survivor of modern psychiatry and a dedicated mental activist. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com where he pursues the possibility of a massive shift towards a more psychologically aware future for mankind.

Resources:

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAbutlerSD.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smedley_Butler

http://www.examiner.com/article/smedley-butler-the-greatest-man-you-ve-never-known

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  • Carl Collicott

    The Department of Defense is chartered Petroleum Corporation, global murder and mayhem in the name of the people of the United States.

    “The aggressor always pretends to be peace-loving because he would like to achieve his conquests without bloodshed . . . Therefore, aggression must be presented as a defensive reaction by the aggressor nation”.
    Karl von Clausewitz, War, Politics, and Power.

    The Rockefeller Committee prompted the creation of the Department of Defense

    The Department of Defense was created by President Eisenhower who issued an executive order, Reorganization Plan No. 6,to provide a quick fix” that avoided the need for legislation. Implemented in April 1953, the reorganization eliminated the Munitions Board and the Research and Development Board, transferring their functions to the Secretary of Defense. It also created six additional assistant secretaries of defense and a general counsel, and empowered the chairman of the Joint Chiefs to manage the Joint Staff (the JCS bureaucracy). The Reorganization Plan was prompted by the Rockefeller Committee.
    The plan is reproduced below, with the statute listed as 67 Stat. 638

    Munitions Board, together with office of Chairman, abolished by section 2 of Reorg. Plan No. 6 of 1953, eff. June 30, 1953, 18 F.R. 3743, 67 Stat. 638, set out in the Appendix to *Title 5, Government Organization and Employees. All functions vested in Munitions Board transferred to Secretary of Defense by section 1(a) of Reorg. Plan No. 6 of 1953
    *(note) Title 5 Government Organizations and Employees is not Federal Government Employees
    .
    67 Stat. 638 SEC. 5. ABOLITION OF FUNCTIONS
    (c) Any functions which were vested in the Army and Navy Munitions Board or which are vested in the Munitions Board with respect to serving as agent through which the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Department of Interior jointly act, under section 2(a) of the Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act, as amended [former section 98a of Title 50], are hereby abolished.
    THE REAL ENTITY KNOWN AS THE D.o.D is the chartered COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION
    Title 50 United States Code

    (c) The functions vested in the Munitions Board by section 4(h) of the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter
    Act, as amended (15 U.S.C. 714b(h)), and by section 204(e) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services
    Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 485(e)). Are delegated to the Secretary of Defense.

    *(note) section 714 of Title 15 lists the reorganization of the Department of Interior section 715 is the jurisdiction and subject matter for section 714. Listed below is the actual Legislation, updated.

    COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION CHARTER ACT
    [As Amended Through P.L. 110–246, Effective May 22, 2008]
    AN ACT
    To provide a Federal Charter for the Commodity Credit Corporation.
    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
    United States of America in Congress assembled, [15 U.S.C. 714
    Note] That this Act may be cited as the Commodity Credit Corporation
    Charter Act. SEC. 2. [15 U.S.C. 714] CREATION AND PURPOSES.
    …..The determination of the quantities and qualities of such materials which are desirable for stockpiling and the determination of which materials are strategic and critical shall be made in the manner prescribed by section 3 of the Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act (50 U.S.C. 98 et seq.).
    NOTE: Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 485(e))., is leased property by the Corporation, it’s not Federal property, managed by the General Service Administration, GSA, see the GSA scandal in recent news.
    THE REAL DEFINITION OF NATIONAL DEFENSE, SECURING PETROLEUM PRODUCTS
    Title 15 USC 714-714
    CHAPTER I5A. INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS
    Section 715. Purpose of 15 USCS 715 et seq.
    HISTORY; ANCILLARY LAWS AND DIRECTIVES Other provisions:
    Construction of petroleum pipe lines. Act July 30, 1941, ch 333, 55 Stat. 610; June 30, 1942, ch 180, 57 Stat. 270; June 8, 1945, ch 177, 59 Stat. 233; July 25, 1947, ch 327, § 1, 61 Stat. 449, related to the construction of pipe lines for the transportation and/or distribution of petroleum or petroleum products moving in interstate commerce, or the extension or completion of any such pipe lines already wholly or partly constructed, that might be necessary for national-defense purposes. see also “a carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs”(online)
    The Federal Register, entry reproduced below confirms the Department of Defense is chartered.
    [Federal Register Volume 75, Number 21 (Tuesday, February 2, 2010)]
    [Contents]
    [Pages I-VII]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [http://www.gpo.gov/]
    Defense Department
    See Navy Department
    NOTICES
    *Charter Modification:
    Federal Advisory Committee; Advisory Panel on Department of Defense
    Capabilities for Support of Civil Authorities after Certain
    Incidents, 5287
    Charter Renewal:
    Federal Advisory Committee; Western Hemisphere Institute for
    Security Cooperation Board of Visitors, 5287-5288
    THE ARMED FORCES, FORMELY THE ARMED SERVICES IS NOT THE MILITARY
    THERE IS NO ARMED FORCES COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS, ONLY THE ARMED SERVICES, LIMITED TO CONSTRUCTION OF MILITARY BASES
    CREATION OF THE ARMED SEVICES, AUGUST 31, 1842, NAMED CHANGED TO ARMED FORCES BY, 70A Stat. 641. Section 1 of act Aug. 10, 1956, enacted “Title 10, Armed Forces”
    The act of August 31, 1842 (5 Stat. 579; 5 U. S. C. 429), abolished the Board of Navy Commissioners and established the Bureau of Navy Yards and Docks, Bureau of Construction, Equipment, and Repair, Bureau of Provisions and Clothing, Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, and Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. The act of July 5, 1862 (12 Stat. 510; 5 U. S. C. 429), established the following organizations: Bureau of Yards and Docks, Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting (later changed to Bureau of Equipment and still later abolished), Bureau of Navigation (now Bureau of Naval Personnel), Bureau of Ordnance. Bureau of Construction and Repair.
    COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION *CHARTER 15 U.S.C.
    Change of Name
    National Military Establishment changed to Department of Defense by act Aug. 10, 1949.
    Codification
    The Department of War was designated the Department of the Army and the title of the Secretary of War was changed to Secretary of the Army by section 205(a) of act July 26, 1947, ch. 343, title II, 61 Stat. 501. Section 205(a) of act July 26, 1947, was repealed by section 53 of act Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 641. Section 1 of act Aug. 10, 1956, enacted “Title 10, Armed Forces” which in sections 3011 to 3013 continued the military Department of the Army under the administrative supervision of a Secretary of the Army.
    PRESIDENT BUSH NEVER ORDERED THE MILITARY TO IRAQ OR AFGANISTAN, WITHOUT A FORMAL DECLARATION OF WAR BY CONGRESS; THE PRESIDENT IS NOT COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE MILITARY. YOUNGSTOWN SHEET & TUBE CO. ET AL.v.SAWYER. 343 U.S. 579 (1952)
    THE ARMED FORCES IS STILL LIMITED TO MILITARY CONSRUCTION.
    National Emergency Construction Authority Executive Order 13235, 66 F.R. 58343, 10 U.S.C. 2808 note
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I declared a national emergency that requires the use of the Armed Forces of the United States, by Proclamation 7463 of September 14, 2001, because of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and because of the continuing and immediate threat to the *national security of the United States of further terrorist attacks. To provide additional authority to the Department of Defense to respond to that threat, and in accordance with section 301 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1631), I hereby order that the emergency construction authority at 10 U.S.C. 2808 is invoked and made available in accordance with its terms to the Secretary of Defense and, at the discretion of the Secretary of Defense, to the Secretaries of the military departments
    CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE UNDER DECLARATION OF
    WAR OR NATIONAL EMERGENCY
    Pub. L. 97-99, title IX, Sec. 903, Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1382, which authorized the Secretary of Defense, in the event of a declaration of war or the declaration of a national emergency by the President, to undertake military construction without regard to any other provisions of law, was repealed and restated as section 2808 of this title by Pub. L. 97-214, Secs. 2(a), 7(18), July 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 157, 174, effective Oct. 1, 1982.
    GUATANANAMO, AN EXAMPLE OF THE COMING LABOR CAMPS, IS NOT A NAVAL BASE
    The Japanese internment camps were ordered, and constructed by the Department of Interior
    The detention Facility at Guantanamo is not a Naval Base; it’s a naval reservation, listed as division 10 of the Bureau of Insular Affairs, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Interior, Commodity Credit Corporation, Puerto Rico.

    UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MANUAL

    No. 10. Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, Virgin Islands and the *Naval Reservation, Guantanamo -San Juan, P. R

  • Please do you readers a solid and swap out that first video of “war is a racket” for this one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3_EXqJ8f-0

    Reason I say this is the narrator on that video sounds remedial or on downers…

    Thanks Great post other then that poorly done video…

  • Victor Gagnon

    Great article! Interesting to see how money is more powerful than life.

  • Fantastic post! Can we please make this mandatory reading for every student in the western world, or better yet, worldwide? And we can loop Dylan’s Masters of War to play along with it. Let’s arm the young with knowledge so they will no longer see any glory in being fodder for their war machine.

  • Great post! “War is a Racket” is just as topical today as it was 80 years ago when Butler delivered that speech.

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