Gregory F. Fegel: The Godfather USA


Richard Moore

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The Godfather USA


To be an American citizen is very much like being the child of a wealthy and 
unscrupulous criminal 'Godfather,' who appears to be kind and generous to his 
own children at home, but is unflinchingly treacherous and murderous in 
conducting his family business, which is based on coercion, domination, 
exploitation, and violence. The average US citizen enjoys prosperity and 
relative freedom, but US prosperity derives in large part from the criminal 
exploitation of, and frequently the outright murder of, millions of innocent 
people in developing countries throughout the world. Most US citizens choose to 
remain in a perpetual state of denial regarding the criminal activities of their
government, because they lack the courage and the character to learn and face 
the truth. An unquestioning acceptance of the values, motives, and goals of the 
US government by the majority of US citizens allows those citizens to be easily 
fooled and manipulated by the propaganda presented to them by the US government 
and by the US government-controlled 'Mainstream Media.'

From early childhood, US citizens are raised on a steady diet of pro-US 
government propaganda that is fed to them at school and at home through the 
media of television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, and popular music. The
propaganda presents the US government as an ethically superior exemplar of 
justice for the entire world, as an exceptionally generous contributor to global
economic development, and as a benevolent arbiter of world affairs. Furthermore,
a great deal of crucial information about US political history, particularly 
regarding events of the past half-century, is not taught in US schools and is 
never allowed to appear in the Mainstream Media outlets.

According to the US Census report of 1998, 12.7% of the US population lives in 
poverty, 15.7% lack health insurance, and at least 38% of the wealth in the USA 
is owned by just one percent of the US population. The personal wealth of 
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates exceeds that of the total combined wealth of the 
poorest 45% of US households, which amounts to at least 133 million people. The 
USA has the highest concentration of individual wealth in all of the 
industrialized nations, and about three times that of the second-placed nation 
for concentrated wealth, which is Germany. The USA also leads the world in the 
number of its citizens who are incarcerated in prisons: one out of seventy-five 
US males are in prison, of whom 68% belong to racial or ethnic minorities. As of
2003, 12% of the USA's black males in their twenties were living in prison, 
compared to 3.7% of the USA's Hispanic males and 1.6% of the USA's white males.

The USA consumes about 25% of the world's oil and natural resources, but 
compared to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the nations of Europe, 
the USA ranks 21st in the percentage of its Gross National Income that it gives 
as Official Development Assistance to developing countries.

The US government wants to act as the 'world's policeman,' but the USA behaves 
like a corrupt cop, using its military might to coerce or to force other 
countries into cooperating with the USA's economic and strategic interests.

The USA is a democracy in name only, because for the past forty years the US 
government has been dominated and controlled by a ruling elite of wealthy 
individuals and powerful corporations that carefully grooms and selects, based 
on the vested interests of that same wealthy elite, most of the candidates for 
federal office, including the Presidency. The wealthy ruling elite of the USA 
maintains their control over the US government through their enforcement 
apparatus, which includes all of the US government's intelligence agencies, 
operating under the overall leadership of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the creation of the Office of
Strategic Services, which participated in both intelligence gathering and 
military activities for the Allies during World War Two. The OSS established 
several precedents, including the preferential recruitment of persons of wealth 
as agents, a thorough integration of the intelligence agency with various 
businesses, the utilization of known criminals as agents, and direct 
participation in drug smuggling as a means of fund-raising, that would continue 
within the CIA, which was created to replace the OSS shortly after the end of 

The newly-formed CIA drew much of its membership from the ranks of the disbanded
OSS, and the CIA continued the preferential recruitment of its agents from the 
wealthy upper class of US society, just as the OSS had done. The CIA has also 
integrated itself almost seamlessly with many international businesses, through 
hundreds of companies worldwide that act as CIA 'assets.' Just like a business, 
each individual regional foreign office, or Station, of the CIA is referred to 
within the Agency as an 'account.'

The CIA was to be much, much more than an intelligence-gathering agency. The CIA
was given the authority to initiate and conduct its own military operations, and
also to establish fully-functioning businesses of whatever kind it chose, legal 
or illegal, throughout the world. Furthermore, the CIA was to be answerable only
to the President and to the National Security Council. Those freedoms placed the
CIA largely 'outside the law,' and prepared the way for the CIA's eventual 
domination of the entire US government. The CIA-engineered assassination of 
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1963 was a military coup that effectively 
marked the death of real democracy in the USA.

Many people within the ranks of the CIA, the US military, and the US government 
resented President Kennedy because Kennedy refused to authorize direct US 
military support for the CIA's 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion of Castro's Cuba, 
support that might have prevented the Invasion's costly failure. After the Bay 
of Pigs fiasco, Kennedy fired the top three men at the CIA: Allen Dulles, 
Richard Bissell, and General Cabell, whose brother was the mayor of Dallas, 
Texas, where Kennedy was later to be assassinated. Kennedy also announced his 
intention to withdraw US forces from South Viet Nam, which was another one of 
the CIA's pet projects. After Kennedy's assassination, his successor, Lyndon 
Baines Johnson, met with the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff at the White 
House, where Johnson made his first Presidential decision: to escalate the 
involvement of US troops in the Viet Nam War.

In 1977 the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that a lone 
gunman did not kill President Kennedy, but instead that Kennedy was shot by at 
least two snipers, one of whom delivered the final, fatal shot to Kennedy's 
right temple from the famous 'grassy knoll' in Dealey Plaza. Marita Lorenz 
testified to the HSCA that in November 1963 she had accompanied CIA agent Frank 
Sturgis, Lee Harvey Oswald, and a couple of Cuban immigrants with a small 
arsenal of firearms on a road trip from Miami, Florida to Dallas, Texas, where 
they met with CIA agent E. Howard Hunt and Jack Ruby at a Dallas motel. In 1994 
James Files (also known as James Sutton) confessed that he had served with a 
team of snipers working under orders from US government agents to assassinate 
Kennedy, and that he personally had fired the fatal head shot that killed 
Kennedy from a hidden position behind a fence on the grassy knoll.

In addition to the assassination of President Kennedy, there is considerable 
evidence of CIA and/or FBI involvement in the political assassinations of Martin
Luther King, Malcom X, Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr., and others.

In support of the success of the USA's international business interests, the CIA
has subverted and disrupted the democratic process in Italy, Iran, Iraq, 
Guatemala, Haiti, Ecuador, Zaire, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Indonesia, 
Greece, Uruguay, Cambodia, Bolivia, Australia, Angola, El Salvador, Honduras, 
Nicaragua, Panama, and many other countries. Using propaganda, rigged elections,
extortion, blackmail, sabotage, assassination, death squads, and torture, the 
CIA has deposed democratically-elected leaders and governments throughout the 
world and replaced them with ruthless right-wing dictators who were more 
accommodating to US business interests.

Saddam Hussein was twenty-two years old when he was hired by the CIA to serve on
a six-man team that tried to assassinate Iraq's Prime Minister Qasim, who had 
stated his intention to nationalize Iraq's oil industry and to decriminalize 
Iraq's Communist Party. When the assassination attempt failed, Saddam escaped to
Egypt, where he remained in frequent contact with the US Embassy and the CIA. In
1963, after Baath Party agents, supported by the CIA, succeeded in killing 
Qasim, Saddam returned to Iraq. In 1980 Iraq attacked Iran, starting the 
Iran/Iraq War, during which the USA openly sold arms and provided logistic 
support to Iraq, while the CIA secretly sold arms to Iran, using Israel as a 
go-between. More than one million Iraqi and Iranian soldiers were killed in the 
Iran/Iraq War, which also took a heavy economic toll on both countries. The 
Iran/Iraq War, one of the longest and deadliest wars of the 20th Century, served
the purpose of weakening and punishing two of the USA's major rivals for the 
control of the Middle East and its massive oil reserves.

On July 29th, 1991 the US Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, met with Saddam 
Hussein at his Presidential Palace in Baghdad, where Glaspie assured Saddam that
the USA would not interfere or intervene if Iraq invaded Kuwait, which many 
Iraqis considered to historically be a part of Iraq. Four days later the Iraqi 
Army invaded and occupied Kuwait.  In January and February of 1991 a US-led 
military coalition representing the United Nations assaulted the Iraqi forces in
Kuwait, and in the desert borderland of northern Kuwait and southern Iraq the 
US-led force slaughtered more than 100,000 Iraqi troops with only minimal losses
to the coalition forces.

Osama bin Laden is another 'enemy' of the USA who began his career as a CIA 
'asset,' brokering the exchange of arms and heroin between the Afghani 
Mujahideen and the CIA during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. During the 
1990s bin Laden provided financial support and recruited fighters for the Kosovo
Liberation Army, an organization that smuggles heroin and cocaine into Europe. 
The KLA also receives protection and support from the CIA and the US government.

The CIA has participated in a major and an ongoing way in international drug 
smuggling, using its own private airline called 'Air America' to bring heroin 
and marijuana out of Southeast Asia during the Viet Nam War, bringing cocaine 
into the USA as part of the illegal Iran-Contra operation during the 1980s, and 
now, once again, smuggling heroin out of Afghanistan. The CIA currently utilizes
several airfreight companies that pose as Christian charities to ferry cocaine 
from Latin America into the USA and heroin from Afghanistan into Europe and the 

Beginning in the late 1940s with Operation Mockingbird, the CIA infiltrated all 
of the major media outlets in the USA, by forming alliances with publishers and 
media moguls, and by hiring hundreds of journalists to work as CIA stringers and
propagandists. Today the major media outlets in the USA are owned and controlled
by a very limited number of wealthy individuals and corporations, and the USA's 
Mainstream Media presents a uniformly biased version of national and 
international news, full of lies and omissions, that conforms closely to the US 
government's own dogma and propaganda.

The CIA and the FBI also infiltrated the civil rights and anti-war movements of 
the 1960s and 70s in an attempt to derail those movements and discredit their 

In his famous Farewell Speech of 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned US 
citizens against the growing power of what he called the Military/Industrial 
Complex, an unholy alliance of big business and the military which Eisenhower 
said was already well on its way to subverting the ideals and the principles of 
US democracy. Today, fifty per cent of the annual budget of the US government is
spent on the military and the military debt. The many industries that support 
the US military are dependent on the US government's pursuit of a continual 
state of warfare, as now exemplified by the USA's manufactured, never-ending 
'War on Terrorism.' War is essentially a business, and the essential business of
the USA is war.

Prescott Bush, the father of the USA's 41st President and grandfather of the 
USA's current, 43rd President, served as a US Naval Intelligence officer during 
World War One. After the war, Prescott Bush worked for the Brown Brothers 
Harriman Bank of New York, which bankrolled the Nazi rise to power in Germany 
from 1920 to 1942, when the US government finally ordered the BBH Bank to cease 
its illegal financial support for the rearmament of Germany. Like his Nazi 
clients and friends, Prescott Bush was an active white supremacist who hosted, 
along with his friend George Walker, another ancestor of ex-President George 
Herbert Bush and President George Walker Bush, the Third International Congress 
of Eugenics in New York City in 1932.

The young Richard Nixon was a protégé of Prescott Bush, and after WW2 Nixon 
worked with Project Paperclip to bring hundreds of Nazi scientists and 
industrialists into the USA. Nixon was also Senator Joseph McCarthy's partner in
the famous Red-baiting 'witch hunts' of the House Committee on Un-American 
Activities during the early 1950s. Nixon authorized the infamous Watergate 
burglary, in which the burglars and their associates included CIA agents Frank 
Sturgis, Bernard L. Barker, and E. Howard Hunt, who were assisted by Cuban 
exiles with CIA connections. All of them had been associated with the Bay of 
Pigs Invasion or the Kennedy assassination, or with both.

Prescott Bush's son, George Herbert Bush, owned the Zapata Oil Company, which 
included an island 30 miles from Cuba that served as the staging area for the 
CIA's 'Operation Zapata' in 1961, which became known afterward as the failed Bay
of Pigs Invasion. Although he denies being there, George H. Bush was 
photographed standing in front of the Texas Schoolbook Depository just after 
President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas on November 23rd, 1963. A 
declassified document from the office of former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover 
which is dated November 29th, 1963 mentions 'George Bush of the Central 
Intelligence Agency.' George H. Bush was named Director of the CIA in 1976, 
although he denied having ever served the CIA in any capacity. During his term 
as Director of the CIA, Bush gave exclusive private briefings on the future of 
the world energy market to the executives of Brown Brothers Harriman Bank and to
the board of directors of the Chase Manhattan Bank, which was obviously an act 
of conflict of interest.

False-flag bombings and murders are a common tactic of the intelligence agencies
of Britain, Israel, Russia, and the USA. Members of British intelligence 
participated in some of the murders and bombings that were committed by the 
Irish Republican Army. In the famous Lavon affair of 1954, Israeli Terrorists 
bombed several buildings in Egypt, but one of the bombs went off prematurely and
an Israeli bomber was captured, which led to the arrest of an Israeli spy ring. 
Abu Nidal was an agent-provocateur who assisted the Israeli Mossad by organizing
hijackings and Terrorist attacks in order to foster the illusion of 
international Arab Terrorism. In 1999 Moscow police caught members of the 
Russian FSB planting bombs in an apartment building in an attempt to enflame 
sentiment against the rebel Chechens.

Stoking the fires of war in support of the USA's Military/Industrial Complex is 
a primary function of the CIA, which has worked cooperatively with the British, 
Israeli, and other governments to create the bogeyman of an 'Islamic Terrorist 
threat.' A 1998 German public television documentary revealed that some of the 
main suspects in the Berlin disco bombing of 1986 had been working for the CIA 
and the Israeli Mossad. According to federal court records, FBI 
agent-provocateurs organized and allowed the 1993 bombing of the World Trade 
Center to proceed. There is also considerable evidence indicating that FBI and 
ATF agents participated in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 
Oklahoma City.

The attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 
9/11/2001; the anthrax letter attacks against two US Congressmen in October, 
2001; the Spanish railway bombings in March, 2004; the London subway bombings in
July, 2005; and the Bali bombings of October, 2002 and October, 2005 all show 
evidence of having been perpetrated by the USA and its allies, who are intent on
generating animosity against the Islamic world.

The US government's 9/11 false-flag attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon involved
a coordinated effort by the CIA, the White House, the NSA, the FBI, NORAD, the 
Pentagon, and other federal agencies, along with the ongoing complicity of the 
USA's major media outlets. The Israeli Mossad was also a likely accomplice to 
the 9/11 attacks, as indicated by evidence that demonstrates Israeli 
foreknowledge of those attacks. Since 9/11, the USA's intelligence agencies have
been further integrated under the overall leadership of the CIA, another step 
toward the formation of a monolithic US secret police with a global reach. 
Recently the arrest and 'rendition' by the CIA of so-called 'Terrorist suspects'
throughout the world to undisclosed locations, often against the protests of the
nations where the arrests take place, show us that not only does the USA fancy 
itself to be the 'world's policeman,' but the CIA also wants to be the 'world's 
secret police.'

Many US citizens who oppose the aggressive right-wing domestic and foreign 
policies of President George Walker Bush and the Republican Party still have a 
naïve faith that the opposition Democrat Party will 'turn the country around' 
with a return to more Liberal policies if the Democrats are voted back into 
office. However, the ruling elite of the USA controls both of the major US 
political parties, which it manipulates like a pair of hand puppets. The 
Harriman Bank heiress, Pamela Harriman, was the chief contributor to the 
Democrat Party for thirty years, until her death in 2001. Pamela Harriman 
bankrolled the two Presidential campaigns of Democrat William Jefferson Clinton,
who supported the CIA's Iran/Contra drugs and arms smuggling through the airport
at Mena, Arkansas while he was Governor of that State. During the 2004 
Presidential election, the candidates of both major political parties were both 
the wealthy sons of CIA men, both graduates of Yale, both members of Yale's 
secretive and elitist Skull and Bones Club, and both espoused a belief in the 
USA's manufactured threat of 'global Islamic Terrorism.'

The USA has all the ingredients of fascism: an intimate marriage of government, 
big business, and the military, in which the national media exclusively 
disseminates government-approved propaganda, and a ruthless, extra-legal and 
international secret police that enforces the policies of the ruling elite. 
Fascism in the USA is an accomplished fact, and it has been for the past forty 

What can US citizens do to change the situation? Not much, short of revolution, 
because the entire US government and both of the two major US political parties 
are irredeemably corrupt. To bring about meaningful reform, the USA would need 
to abolish the CIA, require a full vote of Congress for any overseas military 
activity, restrict foreign aid to democracies with a proven human rights record,
and eliminate financial contributions to politicians and their causes from 

But fantasies of political reform are for dreamers, because corruption is the 
way of the world. For their own personal good, concerned citizens should study 
the secret history of the USA, and share that knowledge with those who will 
listen. And if they are ethical they should avoid, in every way possible, 
supporting the US government.

Gregory F. Fegel

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