CIAO DATE: 10/04
Volume 8, Number 2 (April-June 2004)
Exposing the Superpower
America's Classical Security Dilemma: Search for a New World Order
Armand Clesse sees the USA becoming a totalitarian militaristic society, increasingly intolerant of different economic and political systems. Washington's policy of pursuing the elusive goal of absolute national security is in fact making both America and the world more and more unstable and dangerous.
The Black Budget of the United States: The Engine of a "Negative Return Economy"
Chris Sanders and Catherine Austin Fitts highlight the evidence that a very large proportion of the nation's wealth is being illegally diverted since several decades into secret, unaccountable channels and programmes with unspecified purposes, including covert operations and subversions abroad and clandestine military R&D at home. Public institutions have been infiltrated and taken over by shadowy groups in the service of powerful private and vested interests, often at the expense of the common good.
The Unacknowledged Threat: Secret and Covert Operations by the USA
Steven M. Greer points out that since the Second World War, the US military industrial complex has secretly sponsored at great public cost the R&D of new technologies for energy generation, air and outer space flight, futuristic weaponry for mostly military ends, which have not been made available for the common good. Yet today's environmental and economic emergencies dictate that the accumulated know-how be used for the benefit of mankind in its peaceful applications.
The Origins of Al-Qaida
Pierre-Henri Bunel is one of the intelligence specialists who has concluded that Al-Qaida is not an organised terrorist group formed to fight the US, as the Bush administration has repeatedly alleged. An investigation into its past yields clues about its real nature.
The Links Between the Bush Administration and Al-Qaida
Awareness is spreading fast worldwide that the US government is using fear (that is, terror) as a weapon to manipulate the masses at home and abroad in order to muster compliance with its repressive policies. According to Michel Chossudovsky Al-Qaida is a mere tool in the hands of Washington's national security establishment.
Washington's Global Drug Crusade
Nedd Willard argues that the US-led war on drugs appears to have only made the narcotics abuse problem worse while causing widespread destruction in a number of developing countries where it helps justify American political interference and military intervention. It is clear that the policy of violent repression has failed and has resulted in civil strife and ecological devastation.
Depleted Uranium: The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War
Leuren Moret points out that the use of depleted uranium by the American forces, in defiance of all treaties banning weapons of mass destruction, constitutes a violation of the laws of war and poses a major threat to human health and the environment across vast regions, possibly jeopardising the future of all life on the planet.
Did America Use Chemical and Biological WMDs in Iraq?
David Guyatt has investigated reports that the Pentagon and the CIA attacked Iraq on at least two occasions with chemical and biological banned weapons in 1991. That further exposes the hypocrisy of the US campaign to eradicate the alleged but hitherto undiscovered WMDs in Iraq and other nations.
Can The United States Correct Itself?
Jan Nederveen Pieterse notes that while building a global empire, with a huge but rather inefficient military, America has become a conformistic, authoritarian and socially backward oligarchic plutocracy whose vices are systemic and thus go much deeper than the problems connected with the Bush administration.