Blog: Murder, Incorporated. Redux
Oakland, California July 4. 2014
Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager …[in Iraq] issued a threat: “… he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it… .”
Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater
By James Risen, New York, June 29, 2014
A forthcoming Princeton study finds that the United States is not a democracy, but a profoundly corrupt oligarchy. The study raises the question: "Who governs America?” The answer is “Murder, Incorporated.”
Lucky Luciano and the Crime Commission
Murder, Incorporated was the enforcement organization for the nationwide criminal syndicate that developed in the US during the late 1930s. Some refer to this criminal syndicate as the “Commission” and others call it the “Mafia.” Charles “Lucky” Luciano created and ran this criminal syndicate and Luciano’s ‘capo,’ Albert Anastasia, enforced the syndicate’s orders and decisions through Murder, Incorporated. Under Luciano and Anastasia’s leadership, Murder, Inc. executed over 1,000 contract killings.
Lucky Luciano's criminal empire included prostitution and in 1936, Thomas Dewey prosecuted Luciano for running the prostitution ring known as "the Combination." On June 7, 1936, Luciano was convicted on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution and sentenced to 30 to 50 years in Sing Sing state prison. Luciano appealed his conviction all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
Luciano’s ‘Get Out of Jail’ Card: World War II Sabotage
Early in 1942, a few months after the US entered World War II, the US Navy undertook the conversion of the French luxury liner, the S.S. Normandie, into a troop transport. The conversion took place in the New York shipyards controlled by the Commission.. Luciano wanted to show the US government that he controlled the docks of New York City and ordered Anastasia to sabotage the S.S. Normandie. Anastasia set fire to the S.S. Normandie on February 9, 1942. It was the most spectacular fire in New York City's history. For hours the Normandie burned, until, listing heavily to port, it capsized.
The destruction of the Normandie prompted the Navy to approach the mob boss. To protect other Navy ships berthed at the New York docks granted Luciano leniency. The government transferred Luciano from the tough maximum security prison to a minimum security prison. The next year, when Luciano provided the U.S. military with his Sicilian Mafia contacts in preparation for the 1943-allied invasion of Sicily, the US government released Lucky Luciano from prison.
US Aryanization Program
At the same time that the US government was cowering before the Mafia, it was boldly rounding up every American of Japanese descent and imprisoning them in concentration camps. Though no charge of treason or espionage was brought against any of these American citizens, the US government stripped them of their personal and real estate properties, farms and businesses as well as the assets of their bank accounts.
The war was merely an excuse for white racists to seize the land in California, Oregon and Washington owned by Japanese-American citizens. Half of the Japanese-Americans employed on the West Coast were in agriculture. They were the largest force in California's fruit and vegetable markets. Agricultural experts expected thirty-five percent of California's 1942 truck crops to come from Japanese-Americans farms. In 1940, farm lands owned by Japanese-Americans were valued at $72 million and an additional $6 million in equipment. When he signed his executive order in February 1942 ordering the relocation of all Americans of Japanese ancestry to concentration camps, Roosevelt gave his white cronies permission to seize all Japanese-Americans’ farms as well as their crops and equipment. It was a repeat of Roosevelt’s earlier New Deal seizure of black-owned farms.
The California Evacuated Farms Association of the U.S. Farm Security Administration helped whites acquire of Japanese-American farms with "special loans." The Farm Security Administration negotiated the sale of Japanese farms to white farmers, but saw that the Japanese farmer was sent to a concentration camp before the loan arrived. Then the white farmer returned the loan to the Farm Security Administration, clearing himself of the debt, and the Farm Security Administration gave the white farmer legal ownership of the property. The Japanese farmer received nothing for his farm, his crops or for his equipment. U.S. citizens of Japanese descent were subjected to a process similar to Germany’s Aryanization program that allowed Nazis to acquire lands and properties of Jews being shipped to German concentration camps.
The US Government and the Commission: A New Axis of Evil
When the US invaded and captured Italy, General George Patton released Mafia leaders jailed by Mussolini. At the end of the war, Patton installed Mafiosi to run the Italian government and created the denazification program responsible for slipping 9000 Nazis into Central and South America and 2000 Nazis into the US. The US government and its Mafia partner used their new Nazi allies to further US policy interests in Central and South America. Especially helpful was the experience the Nazis brought in establishing the School of the Americas. Located at Fort Benning, Georgia, the School of the America specialized in training Latin American ‘torture and death squads’ that were not only deployed in Central and South America but also in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam, as well. The Nazi emigres helped US interests expropriate goods and minerals by treating South America as their own private plantations while depressing living conditions for the inhabitants and suppressing dissent from unions, press, church and students.
Luciano’s Commission Gets Its Own Country
Mafia and Nazi support for US imperialism in Latin America worked so well that the US government awarded the Mafia its own country to exploit. When Luciano was released from prison, he lived in Italy but Cuba became his base of operations. Luciano held business meetings in Havana for developing his nternational criminal syndicate. He was even seen enjoying Havana’s night life in the company of Frank Sinatra and other Hollywood celebrities.
At one Havana meeting, Vito Genovese tried to force Luciano into retirement. Genovese wanted to run the Commission, but needed Luciano’s government contacts. But Luciano was not ready to retire. "There is no Boss of Bosses,” Luciano told Genovese. “I turned it down in front of everybody. If I ever change my mind, I will take the title. But it won't be up to you. Right now you work for me and I ain't in the mood to retire. Don't you ever let me hear this again, or I'll lose my temper."
From Cuba, Luciano planned the expansion of the Commission’s criminal enterprises in the US including gambling, prostitution, looting union funds and, most importantly, the trafficking of narcotics. In a parley of more than thirty Sicilian and American Mafia leaders held in Genoa, Luciano drew up the plans for the smuggling and distribution of heroin into the United States. Luciano later held a meeting in the Grand Hotel et des Palmes in Palermo, Sicily. He awarded the Sicilian Mafia the rights to distribute heroin in the U.S. and gave the American mobsters the right to collect "franchise fees" as their share of the narcotics profits. Luciano's plan mimicked the franchising strategies used by such corporations as MacDonald’s and Coca-Cola. Luciano adopted another corporate strategy to expand the tiny heroin and cocaine market in the U.S. by reducing the price of his narcotics and targeting white working class and black urban neighborhood as the most lucrative markets. All the while Luciano’s government contacts assured him that his drug trade as well as his other criminal enterprises were protected.
By 1957, Vito Genovese and Carlo Gambino felt strong enough to move against Luciano. Genovese murdered Luciano’s Lord High Executioner, Albert Anastasia, the head of Murder, Incorporated and anointed himself the boss of the crime commission. But the US government stepped in and on April 4, 1959, convicted Genovese of violating federal narcotics laws. Genovese died in prison. On January 26, 1962, Luciano died of a heart attack at Naples International Airport. Carlos Gambino then headed the Commission and the most powerful man in the Mafia.
Castro Closes Cuba to the Commission
In 1959, Fidel Castro took Cuba away from Luciano’s Crime Commission. When the US government under John F. Kennedy failed to implement the Commission’s plans for regime change Luciano and his criminal confederates decided to find a more reliable partner. The found one in Corporate America. With the assassination of President John Kennedy and the seizure of the government’s legal, military and legislative apparatus. Luciano’s Crime Commission cemented its new partnership and the international crime commission and the multinational Corporate America experienced an explosion in profits. The Crime Commission grabbed billions from drug trafficking, prostitution and gambling, both legal and illegal. Corporation profits skyrocketed from insider trading, junk bonds, banking deregulation, no-bid contracts, right to work laws, free trade treaties and war profiteering. The partnership between the International Crime Commission and Corporate America was implemented by their absolute freedom from any legal, judicial or regulatory restraint, guaranteed by Murder, Incorporated. The reconstituted Murder, Incorporated got access to the vast resources found in the US legal, intelligence, internal revenue, justice and military establishments creating the American oligarchy that is “too big to fail and too powerful to jail.”
The Crime Commission and Corporate America: An American Oligarchy
The American oligarchy has an international reach. Global trade agreements underwritten by IMF allow corporations to loot countries around the world while an international ‘War On Drugs’ allows the Mafia to use the CIA, FBI and DEA to import cocaine and heroin from all over the world and distribute tons of drugs throughout the United States. The Commission also profits from all forms of legal and illegal gambling and burgeoning that includes everything from online prostitution, child pornography to medical sex products, physical and pharmaceutical. Profits earned by the American oligarchy are used to purchase and punish legislators, judges and executives throughout the country as well as in Washington.
The American corporate and criminal oligarchy is fully entrenched only because of Murder, Incorporated’s to unrestricted violence. Murder, Incorporated guarantees that no matter how heinous their crimes, no matter how many its victims, the alliance between corporations and criminal elements need never be concerned with criminal prosecution or criminal punishment. Murder, Incorporated has eliminated all democratic control over the American oligarchs. Murder, Incorporated’s violence against innocent people and subversion of sovereign nation states bears the trademarks of Nazi fascism that provided the blueprint for the oligarchic takeover of democratic and non-democratic states all over the globe.
Barack Obama and Murder, Incorporated
Fearing that they had overstepped themselves, the American oligarchs took the unprecedented step of installing a “negro” in the American presidency. The move has proven extremely successful. President Barack Obama has given the oligarchs billions from the US treasury and, thanks to the finely-tuned Nazi-styled propaganda machine and, due to the woeful ignorance of the American public, plans to give them billions more. The oligarchs use of propaganda has played a major role in selling the multi- billion dollar revenue stream for insurance companies to the American public. Obamacare is nothing more that a 21st century improvement on the Mafia’s 19th century protection racket. But its Obama’s utilization of Murder, Incorporated that really keeps the oligarchs in power. Obama has contracted out so many ‘hits’ on Americans and non-Americans, alike, that during his 2012 presidential campaign, Obama boasted to his aides: “I’m really good at killing people." And by all accounts, this was not an idle boast. In 2009 Obama oversaw a surge of 30,000 American troops in Afghanistan. 1,593 of the 2,162 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan, 73.7 percent, occurred after 2009 Obama’s surge. Between 2001 and 2008, 21,136 Afghan citizens and 4,478 militants were killed by the US military. Between 2009 and 2011, during Obama’s presidency 8,210 Afghan civilians and less than a thousand militants were killed. In 2011, Obama launched 145 Predator drone strikes on Afghanistan.
Obama oversaw the bombing of Libya, the destabilization of the Libyan government and the murder of Muammar Gaddhafi. He directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Obama ordered his CIA-led army to dis-stabilize the Syrian government and overthrow Bashar al-Assad. When his attacks against Syria failed, Obama had Turkey supply the Syrian rebels with Saran gas for use against Syrian women and children as a ruse for using US air power. 140,000 civilians have been killed in Syria by Obama’s Murder Incorporated.
Obama’s expanded his use of drones everywhere. 326 drone strikes in Pakistan, 93 in Yemen, and 80 in Somalia. Obama refuses to provide the information on the number drone strikes in Africa or the number of civilians killed. In 2011, he ordered the murders of American-born Anwar al-Awlaki and his American-born, 16-year-old son with drones without a trial and without being accused of any crime.
Obama has pioneered "signature strikes.” Drone operators are directed to choose their targets based on ‘suspicious behavior’ where the identities of those killed aren't known. These “signature strikes” target all "military-age males" in a strike zone. Furthermore, Obama has pioneered the “double tap” bombing mission. Drone operators are directed to bomb the same place in quick succession in order to kill first responders such as doctors, fire fighters and other emergency personnel, coming to render aid to civilian casualties. The US government under Barack Obama gave millions to the Ukrainian press, politicians and neo-Nazi organizations to implement regime change in the Ukraine. His successful use of Murder, Incorporated had caused a civil war in the Ukraine where neo-Nazi thugs and Russian loyalists are killing Ukrainian civilians in the thousands. Obama has more than justified his boast of being good at killing people. With Murder, Incorporated firmly in his grasp, Obama has indeed killed a lot of innocent people and is the ideal tool for the American oligarchy.