Monday, August 4, 2014

Argentina Meet Your Future – Detroit: Think Tank Mafia Justice

If you want to know what America’s shadow government has in store for Argentina, look no further than Detroit.  Argentina has been in the sights of RAND Corporation for some time now but recently there has been an increased urgency for bankrupting Argentina.

2001 was quite the year for the world, 2001 is the year that the U.S. Government was replaced with a shadow government run by think tanks.  After the December 12, 2000 Supreme Court coup that installed the George W. Bush Administration, there was a purge of federal judges in the United States. 

The Bush Administration installed, in its place, the most highly ideological judges and Supreme Court members he could scrape up from Reagan’s Administration and the Christian law school, Regent University.

Dahlia Lithwick and Linda Greenhouse, two veteran Supreme Court reporters, recently appeared on Moyersand Company and had this to say about the Roberts Court:  


“You can’t look at the Roberts court and say that they’ve done anything other than systematically unravel voting rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights [and] environmental progress,” Lithwick tells Moyers.
Greenhouse adds: “I think it’s hard for anybody looking at this court objectively to come away not thinking that it’s a court in pursuit of an agenda.”

It is hard to remember America before December 12, 2000.  In the spring of 2001, RAND Corporation’s Frank Carlucci, Robert Hunter, and Zalmay Khalilzad prepared “A Global Agenda for the U.S. President”. 




By Frank Carlucci, Robert Hunter, and Zalmay Khalilzad

The authors co-chaired Transition 2001, a panel of 54 American leaders in foreign and defense policy who were convened by RAND to forge a bipartisan agreement on the central tenets of U.S. national security policy and to offer bipartisan recommendations to the new U.S. president.

Frank Carlucci, a RAND trustee, was secretary of defense from 1987 to 1989. Robert Hunter, a senior advisor at RAND, was ambassador to NATO from 1993 to 1998. Zalmay Khalilzad, corporate chair for international security studies at RAND, was assistant deputy undersecretary of defense for policy planning from 1991 through 1992 and director of President George W. Bush's Department of Defense Transition Team in December 2000 and January 2001. The conclusions of the panel are summarized below. 

Now, isn’t that nice?  One thing is for sure, when RAND offers a “global plan for the new president” you’d better be listening. 


The array of new global challenges and opportunities will significantly increase the demand for U.S. diplomacy and other nonmilitary involvement abroad. Therefore, nonmilitary spending on foreign policy and national security should increase substantially as well.

Thus, Mr. President, we urge that you ask Congress for a 20 percent hike in spending for the U.S. Department of State, for payment of U.N. dues, and for other critical nonmilitary requirements of foreign policy. We also recommend that you seek about a 10 percent increase in defense spending, or about $30 billion more for procurement plus another $5-$10 billion for property maintenance, recruitment, targeted pay raises, retirement, and medical care. 

When George W. Bush took office in 2001, there was a peace dividend, a budget surplus and prosperity was spread across the United States and thus the world.  So it’s quite fortuitous that RAND would have the foresight to bulk up military spending in spring of 2001. Part of RAND’s road map for the president were short term objectives, such as missile defense system.

Mr. President, we believe that you will need to address three critical issues right away, involving (1) national missile defense, (2) a modernized defense program, and (3) Arab-Israeli peacemaking. 

Yeah, I’ll be RAND wanted that missile defense shield right away.  That missile shield boondoggle is worth a shitload of money for RAND.  Remember all those missile tests that failed?  Think those days are over with the Obama Administration?  Not so, check out this April 2014 article from Mark Strauss at


Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a scathing report: the system to defend the U.S. from ballistic missiles doesn't work, and probably never will. But it gets worse. Congress then voted to expand the broken system, allocating money for a new, sub-par missile defense site. How did this happen?

It's the latest iteration of federally-funded cognitive dissonance that has been going on for years. In theory, the U.S. Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system—which is overseen by the Missile Defense Agency —should be capable of launching missile interceptors, each tipped with a "kill vehicle" that detaches, detects and destroys the incoming threat. In the real world, ground-based missile defense has failed all three of its flight tests since 2010.

Yep, doesn’t work and never will.  So while public pension funds are decimated and our military is left sick and wounded from all the wars that have been fought for a war based economy, our congress is shoveling billions more into a missile system that will never work. 

So RAND had 3 short-term goals for the G.W. Administration, missile defense shield, modernize military and Israeli Arab peace.  Sounds like a great big goose egg for the United States, but a huge cash cow for RAND. 

So why the heated rush to destroy Argentina?  This from


Preparing the Beggar’s Banquet

The Ukraine is being prepped, like an ingénue for a beggar’s ball, for mass immiseration. How frankly the terms are discussed in the mainstream, such is the pervasive nature of groupthink (a tautology, perhaps). The blandly discussed facts tumble forth—a 50 percent increase in gas prices, property tax hikes, reduced pensions (pensioners not consulted), and efforts to hollow out regulatory bodies…

Have a glance at this image, of a hushed exchange between the central puppets in the Ukrainian debacle. First, the PM of the ‘people’s putsch’, Arseny Yatseniuk or, affectionately, “Yats” to coup director Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State John Kerry’s hitman, or hitperson, as it were…

Bribe the leaders. Fill their coffers with cash. Promise them protection. Embrace them in public. Then watch them slip the keys to the kingdom into your pocket. For every Nestor Kirchner there are a dozen Yatseniuks. And for every Kirchner that succeeds there’s a dead Allende, an isolated Castro, an exiled Aristide, or a hanged Hussein.

(Kirchner threw the IMF out of a bankrupt Argentina and helped rebuild the Argentine economy.)

That’s right, Argentina threw out the corrupt IMF and has been coming out of bankruptcy and building up their economy since.  Argentina has been pissing off RAND Corporation, the IMF, Victoria Nuland, Joe Biden and John Kerry with their support of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and their defiance of the austerity that caused their bankruptcy.
and their defiance of the austerity that caused their bankruptcy.

So it wasn’t any surprise when a corrupt New York court declared that Argentina is not allowed to pay off its creditors that were willing to work with them, until they pay shake down money to America’s think tank financial vultures.  From New York Times

The hedge fund firm of billionaire Paul E. Singer has about 300 employees, yet it has managed to force Argentina, a nation of 41 million people, into a position where it now has to contemplate a humbling surrender.

Argentina on Wednesday failed to make scheduled payments on its government bonds. The country has the money to pay the bonds. But a federal court in Manhattan has ruled that unless Argentina settles its debt dispute with Mr. Singer’s firm, Elliott Management, it is barred from paying its main bondholders.

Now what kind of judge forces a country, with cash on deposit to pay their creditors, to default on their loan obligations?  I suspect a crooked one installed by a rogue government.

After more than five hours of meetings on Wednesday, the sides failed to reach an agreement and the court-appointed mediator said that Argentina would “imminently be in default.” Because a $539 million interest payment was not made, the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said that Argentina was in default on those bonds.

So not only is a crooked N.Y. judge presiding over Argentina’s dispute with venture capitalist firm, Elliott Management, but the COURT has APPOINTED a mediator.  What a racket 1) crooked judge issues court order blocking Argentina from making it’s agreed interest payments to its creditors; 2) payments to creditors won’t be released by court until Argentina pays off vulture capitalists and 3) crooked rating agency, Standard and Poor’s downgrades Argentina’s credit rating for missing payment to creditors. 

Man, what some crooks.

The government of Argentina now faces a stark choice: Try to restart negotiations with investors it has repeatedly called “vultures,” who have insisted on full repayment. Or it can remain ensnared in a default that could weigh on the country’s fragile economy and unsettle global markets.

After the talks collapsed, the economy minister of Argentina, Axel Kicillof, characterized the negotiations as extortion.

“We’re not going to sign any deal which compromises the future of Argentines,” he said at a news conference in Manhattan.

Damn straight its extortion, but that’s the world of think tank mafias. This is the new world order baby.

While Mr. Singer’s firm has yet to collect any money from Argentina, some debt market experts say that the battle may already have shifted the balance of power toward creditors in the enormous debt markets that countries regularly tap to fund their deficits. Countries in crisis may now find it harder to gain relief from creditors after defaulting on their debt, they assert.

No shit it’s going to be a boondoggle for vulture capitalists with practically no capital at stake and huge profits for the very top.  It’s like taking candy from a baby.

As a hedge fund, Elliott’s pursuit of Argentina is motivated by a desire to make money. Having bought its Argentine bonds for well below their original value, the firm stands to make a killing if Argentina pays the bonds in full. Legal filings indicate that the face value of its Argentine government bonds was around $170 million, but the firm most likely acquired many of them for much less than that. Elliott and other investors are now seeking more than $1.5 billion, which includes years of unpaid interest.

Life is good for vultures in RAND’s America. So can Argentina get a “new” court appointed mediator, since the current one obviously is not an independent arbitrator?

From New York Times:

A lawyer for Argentina told a federal judge on Friday that the nation had lost faith in the mediator appointed to work with a group of hedge funds that hold the country’s bonds.

The lawyer, Jonathan Blackman, pointed to a statement issued by the mediator, Daniel Pollack, on Wednesday that said Argentina was in “imminent default.”

That statement, Mr. Blackman said, was “harmful and prejudicial,” and he asked that Mr. Pollack be replaced…

The statement is more than “harmful and prejudicial”, it’s more akin to pouring blood into shark infested waters.

On Wednesday, Argentina slipped into its second default in 13 years after missing a regular bond payment. The news sent Argentina’s bonds and stocks into turmoil on Thursday and Friday.

Yes, the first default for Argentina since 2001. So Argentina was forced to default because of their “court appointed” mediator.  Reminds me of Detroit and their “court appointed” emergency manager, Kevyn Orr.  From Black Agenda Report: 


The Siege of Detroit: A War of Black Urban Removal

Like the rapist who insists his victim “wanted it,” Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr claims city retirees were expressing “strong support for the city’s plan to adjust its debts” when they voted to accept a 4.5 percent cut in their meager pensions. Corporate media echoed the state appointee’s interpretation of the court-ordered ballot, in which about half the 32,000 eligible workers and retirees participated. In reality, Detroit’s pensioners were violated in broad daylight, stripped of retirement protections and forced to choose whether to die in poverty or an even more extreme destitution.

Earlier this year, as part of the Shock and Awe of state-imposed bankruptcy, Orr threatened to cut pensions by 26 percent, in defiance of Michigan state constitutional protections. He was backed by federal bankruptcy court judge Steven Rhodes, who has brushed aside every objection from lesser, non-corporate beings. Rather than risk the loss of one-quarter of an already meager $20,000 a year pension, 73 percent of retirees and workers accepted the lesser cut, plus an end to cost-of-living increases. This was not an election, but the cruelest coercion – a rape of the elderly, who were forced not only to acquiesce to their own further impoverishment, but to give up the right to challenge the process in court…

Boy, Detroit has RAND Corp’s fingerprints all over it with “shock and awe” state-imposed bankruptcy.  And, once again a crooked federal bankruptcy judge tilts the scale toward creditors.

Detroit’s elected officials cannot pass laws, and collect a salary at the pleasure of dictator Kevyn Orr, who is answerable only to the ruling class, as directly represented by the Fortune 500 clients of the law firm that spawned him, Jones Day. (Orr’s nominal boss, Gov. Rick Snyder, answers to the same people.) The state-imposed emergency manager is authorized to usurp the powers of the city – to act as a dictator – but he is not the city in any but the most technical, legalistic sense.

The 82 percent Black metropolis is under siege, in the Medieval sense of the term. Just as ancient armies deprived towns under siege of food and water, to starve and thirst them into submission, so Kevin Orr has caused the Detroit Water and Sewage Department to cut off tens of thousands of residents, in an escalating trajectory of systematically inflicted mass punishment and pain designed to make life in the city unbearable for a huge proportion of the population.

So Argentina, if you want to know what America’s shadow government has in store for you, look no further than Detroit, government by think tank mafias.

By:  Patricia Baeten

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