Sherman H. Skolnick
by Sherman H. Skolnick
Some years ago the federal government set up a special study group. For two and a half years they met in secret at Iron Mountain, New York. Their findings were called "Report From Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace". Their document, by some of the leading thinkers, was suppressed. Later it WAS printed in a limited edition with the "names" of the authors removed. Some readers were shocked by what it contained.
Throughout history, permanent peace was dangerous to established government. War, and the threat of War, are the principal organizing forces for most societies. They divert attention from "other" economic and political problems. War keeps the factories going, wasting government manpower and material that would otherwise be of surplus. Peace brings unemployment the collapse of prices of goods and property, and knocks down the government. In simple terms, war prevents economic depression. [By the way, sooner or later, whatever nation loses a war is overthrown. So it has been all the centuries. The American ruling circles lost the Vietnam War. The aftermath is bound to scatter the rulers to the winds.]
As the Report says, in Europe, over the years, the typical standing army consisted of troops unfit for employment in commerce, industry, or agriculture, led by officers unfit to practice any legitimate profession or to conduct a business enterprise. A large standing army is a form of social welfare program; a form of control of the population. War, and the threat of war, keep all levels of society busy. The newspapers are kept rich reporting it. Pundits are employed to mouth off. Wars speed up so-called "scientific" development. War goods do not have to show a profit or be the lowest price. In permanent peace, there are vast cutbacks in research and development. And yes, wars kill off surplus population; young men with no good job waiting for them.
[Note: the statistics as to the nationwide audience of CNN goes way up with the Whitehouse ordering overseas bombing of supposed "enemies", Iraq, Iran, Serbia, etc. CNN's audience nationwide, without war scares, go way down. Our public access Cable TV Program, cablecast just within the city limits of Chicago, has MORE viewers than CNN nationwide in peaceful times.]
The Iron Mountain Report points out that the war system makes stable govenment of society possible. The end of war means the end of national sovereignty.
Without an identified enemy, why would the CIA have a large secret budget to assassinate political leaders and overthrow other governments the White House does not like?
To promote their secret agenda, the CIA has taken over a part of the savings and loan system to funnel men and money for "dirty tricks" here and overseas. [One author in newspaper articles and later in a book documented the CIA taking over 26 S & Ls in the U.S. "The Mafia, the CIA,and George Bush" by Pete Brewton. We have commented on four or more S & Ls in the Chicago-area actually CIA's using the S&L as a covert money laundry front. One was Clyde S & L, of which Congressman Henry Hyde had been a director. Another, Libertyville S & L, a director of it was the financial chief of Walgreen's Charles Hunter.]
The CIA likewise manipulates the Federal Bankruptcy Court, to grab up companies for use as covert action fronts. In Chicago, this was done with the help of foreign intelligence agencies, such as Israel's the Mossad[the Institute]. Chicago Bankruptcy Trustee William A. Brandt, Jr., is a top honcho of the CIA and other spy shops. He was trained by CIA for this type of work, according to documents we obtained under a Freedom of Information request.
In the name of "national security", the mass media have been "ordered" to "soft pedal" or "stay shut" about spy agencies doing such things. The CIA involvement in Bankruptcy Court sould have made headlines as the number one item on the evening network TV News. Yet, not one word by the liars and whores of the press.
By the way, some critics of the
"Report From Iron Mountain" contend it was some kind of "hoax", that
there was no such secret study group. And that the book was written by
some clever economist under a pen-name, such as by Kenneth Galbraith.
The statements in the book, however, are something to think about, as to