Stanford’s Hoover Institute liaisons- From Bechtel to the Bush Administration; Following the Money Trail involving Oil, Pipelines, Drugs, Martial Law, Water Privatization, the Proposed Delta Tunnel project, and now… Fracking.
By Bryan Maddan,
President Hoover started Stanford’s Hoover Institute Library/Think Tank back in 1919 at his Alma mater. The Stanford’s Hoover Institute endowment was 342,000,000 (342 million), as of August 2010, according to the Stanford’s Hoover Institute’s last published annual report on their website. This money is under the umbrella of the Stanford University’s 501c nonprofit status endowment currently totaling 21,900,000,000 (21.9 billion) dollar fund according to Stanford’s Management Company. This is practically tax-free money for one of the largest endowment of any university in the US.
Stanford is intimately tied to the military industrial complex; the politically dangerous opaque entity perilously coexisting with democracy. This, byproduct of WWII, was first solemnly forewarned against as a major threat to our constitutional democracy and that specific warning was the center of President Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell speech. One of the epicenters for this military-monetary link is the Stanford’s Hoover Institute.
Stanford’s Hoover Institute was founded by a former President and members include a robust list of former Heads/Deputy Secretary of State and Defense, advisors to Presidents, four star US generals, members of the Bohemian Club, many from the boards of directors from some of the largest US banks, private tax-subsidized mega military industrialists, and many from the boards of directors from the largest Wall Street Financial Creation Firms (Hedge funds etc.). This influential group at Stanford is the one percent of the one percent of material wealth accumulation in the US.
Many of these hefty contracts appear to be from political connections, extraordinary tax subsidies, and revolving doors from regulator to regulatee. In one instance, a Stanford Hoover fellow could be writing policy increasing private military contracts meanwhile, another Stanford Hoover fellow could be accumulating impressive financial returns from the same altering of governmental goals and military mandates.
These perceived conflicts of interests made these gentlemen, and a few women, some of the wealthiest marionettes of the “free market” on this side of the Mississippi. This Palo Alto clique cleverly followed Milton Friedman’s (Friedman was a Stanford’s Hoover Institute member) mantra of “externalizing costs” where the public foots the bill, takes all the risks, and this tight knit group appears to walk away with all too often nearly no-bid (sometimes negotiated in secret) government contracts bursting at the brim with copious amounts of cash.
Drugs and Martial Law
David Packard was a Stanford’s Hoover Institute member as well as co-founder of Hewlett Packard. Hewlett Packard headquarters is located on the Stanford Research Park, Stanford Property. David Packard was the Deputy Secretary of Defense under Nixon during the Air America CIA drug smuggling ( CIA run Air America was involved in the opium trade to fund a secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War), according toGuns Drugs, and the CIA, Frontline, PBS May 17, 1988, Directed by Leslie Cockburn. As Deputy, David authored the “Packard Memo” leading to the initial attacks on the Posse Comitatus Act by further outlining circumstances for martial law in cases of sudden emergencies, even without an Executive Order from the President.
According to Lindorff, David. “Could It Happen Here?”. Mother Jones magazine, April 1988, Martial law defined by FEMA is,
“suspends all prior existing laws, functions, systems, and programs of civil government, replacing them with a military system.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s (who is not officially a Stanford Hoover fellow, but many of his Bush/Reagan contacts and former coworkers are) Halliburton subsidiary, KBR, is building, or has already built, prison looking detention camps all over the nation for FEMA, according to Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US, April 29, 2010, Projectcensored.org.
It is starting to have the feel of another “Business Plot”. This kind of racket profiteering while demoralizing democracy is not really out of character for the families of this motley crew. According to The Whitehouse Coup, BBC 4 radio July 23, 2007, Prescott Bush, the grandfather of Bush II, alongside some heavy hitters from Wall Street, attempted a Coup d’état on FDR in 1933.
Stanford INC; a Bohemian Club Creation
Stanford Research Institute International with almost 585,000,000 (585 million) of revenue in 2011, began as the Stanford Research Institute, directly attached to Stanford. According to Stanford Research Institute International’s website, http://www.sri.com/about/corporate-history, the Stanford Research Institute idea was pitched by Stanford faculty to Stanford trustees at the Bohemian Grove (Bohemian Club), back in 1939. After WWII, The Stanford Research Institute was finally founded by Stanford trustees in 1946. The Stanford Research Institute was officially part of Stanford University until 1970. In 1977, the now private Stanford Research Institute changed its name to the Stanford Research Institute International, or SRI International.
According to, http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2013/09/f2/W(A)2012-030.pdf, a contract published with the US Department of Energy, there has been an ongoing business partnership with the triad of the Department of Energy, Stanford Research Institute International and Bechtel.
US Treasury or Bechtel’s Bank?
President Bush appointed Riley Bechtel, a Stanford Grad and Chairman of the Board of Bechtel, was named to Bush’s export council in 2003, according to, It’s a Bechtel World, By Lisa Davis, Wednesday, Jun 18 2003, SFWeekly . Bechtel received a (some of the contracts were completed by secret bidding) contracts totaling 2,000,000,000 (2 Billion) dollars, according to, Bechtel’s Projects Lacking In Iraq, By Dana Hedgpeth, July 26, 2007, Washington Post.
It is not the first time that Stanford’s Hoover Institute/Bechtel team had worked with the White house. According to, Ultimate Insiders ,By Bob Herbert, April 14, 2003, New York Time, Bechtel, alongside the State Department, was lobbying when George Shultz, the “Hooverite”, was Secretary of State for building 100,000,000 (1 billion) dollar pipeline through Iraq with Saddam even though it was known that Saddam had illegally used chemical weapons on Iran.
Steven Bechtel Sr.’s former business partner, John McCone (who donated his papers to the Stanford’s Hoover Institute), became head of the Atomic Energy Commission. Did he award our tax dollars to his friend Steven Bechtel Sr. to build a nuclear reactor and other government projects around nuclear energy? Bechtel was building the Dresden Nuclear plant during John McCone’s tenure as Chair of US Atomic Energy Commission.
George Shultz (a Stanford’s Hoover Institute member and one of the co-founders of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research) was the Secretary of Treasury under President Nixon, then became president of Bechtel, and later was Reagan’s Secretary of State during the Iran Contra Affair. According to the same program, Guns Drugs, and the CIA, Frontline, PBS May 17,1988, Directed by Leslie Cockburn, it linked some of the same people involved in Air America to the Iran Contra Affair. (Iran Contra Affair; Covert CIA agents assisted in bringing in cocaine into the US for funding to buy arms from outlawed Iranian Arms dealers to be sent to Nicaraguan Contras, who trained on torture techniques on the US military base in Fort Benning, Georgia; the infamous School of Americas, The School of the Americas: Class over?, 9/20/2012, Joining Inside Story Americas, presenter Shihab Rattansi, Aljazeera.com). William Casey was a Bechtel consultant and later became the director of the CIA during the Iran Contra Affair. Casey dedicated his papers to the Stanford Hoover Institute.
During the Iran Contra Affair, Caspar Weinberger was Secretary of Defense. Weinberger, who has co-written papers for Stanford’s Hoover Institute, was the Director of Office of Management and Budget (This Director is one of the President’s top advisors sitting on his/her Executive Office of the President assisting create the Federal Budget) during the Air America drug scandal before he became Vice President of Bechtel.
During the Iran Contra Affair Oliver North was questioned by a Senate committee in the 1987 about a secret, almost fascist sounding, Orwellian creation; Continuity of Government. The Continuity of Government (or called by some, Change of Government) was an expanded plan, that was co-crafted with some “Bushites/Regeanites” and Stanford “Hooverites” such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld (Rumsfeld is another Stanford’s Hoover Institute member and was after the Iran Contra Affair, the Secretary of Defense for George Bush), to implement a contingency government, “Shadow Government”, in case of a nuclear attack, major disaster or emergency where the US constitution would be suspended, according to the book, The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America by retired UC Berekeley Professor Peter Scott Dale.
The Continuity of Government was implemented on September 11, 2001. According to the Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret, By Barton Gellman & Susan Schmidt, March 1, 2001 Washington Post this secret Government was in some sort of backup power from September 11, 2001 to at least March 1, 2001 with the, then VP, Cheney, according to the article, apparently, hiding out for months in the Shadows Government’s secret facilities.
“Known internally as the COG, for “continuity of government,” the administration-in-waiting is an unannounced complement to the acknowledged absence of Vice President Cheney from Washington for much of the past five months.”
Apparently, upon activation only the President yields power and not the congress nor the Supreme Court. What kind of power did the COG secret government yield during six months? What was Cheney doing as some sort of Shadow Government leader during that half of a year? The Washington Post goes on to say,
“Only the executive branch is represented in the full-time shadow administration.”
According to National Presidential Directive NSPD 51, the President can decide under threat or perceived threat to suspend the constitution, in the name of protecting the constitution, for up to 30 days or longer. Since when does a President of a democracy have the right to set the perimeters of suspension of the US constitution in an executive order?
Water Wars; First Bolivia, now all the Americas?
The Stanford Hoover Institute fellows working with Bechtel (the co-owner, Stephen Bechtel Jr., is a Stanford Hoover Institute member) have been involved in water privatization in its past. In 1999, Bechtel (who was awarded the contract to build the controversial Keystone pipeline from Alberta, Canada to the Midwest) bought up water rights from city of Cochabamba, Bolivia because of the privatization requirements imposed upon the country for access to loans by the World Bank. The Bechtel contract included the water that fell from the sky, with Bolivia’s rain water consequently belonging to Bechtel. The violence that resulted involved the shooting of innocent civilians, including children, protesting the privatization of water and the increasing rates that resulted in crippling poverty according to, Leasing the Rain” is co-produced by FRONTLINE/World and NOW with Bill Moyers, June 2002. PBS.ORG.
Cal Water Service group is a 1,500,000,000 (1.5 Billion) dollar water company in California, Washington, New Mexico and Hawaii. Cal Water’s board of directors are, or were, closely linked with Stanford.
Cal Water; The Board.
Douglas Brown is a former Trustee of Stanford University.
Bonnie Hill is a member of an Advisory Panel at Stanford University as well as a former special advisor to George H.W. Bush.
Dr. Thomas Krummel is Chair of Dept. of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine as well as Surgeon in Chief at Lucile Packard Children’s hospital at Stanford.
George Vera was the Vice President and CFO of the 6,000,000,000 (6 Billion) dollar David and Lucile Packard Foundation (they only paid 2% taxes on 570,000,000/ 570 million earned) in 2011. He previously worked for Authur Anderson until 1997 (Athur Anderson is the iniquitous accounting firm that fraudulently cleaned up the books for Enron when Enron bought PG&E and robbed California blind in the deregulation fraud of 2000 according to, The Fall of Anderson, written by Flynn McRoberts, September 1, 2002, CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
Peter Nelson was Vice president, division operations of PG&E until 1995, leaving right before energy was deregulated in California in 1996. PG&E was also implicated in that same Auther Anderson/Enron/PG&E Scandal. According to , Attorney General’s Study Energy White Paper, California Attorney General’s Study, Attorney General Bill Lockyer State of California April 2004.
Lester Snow is a staff member at the Resources Law Group which operates with Resource Legacy Fund and Foundation. The Resource legacy fund also co-founded some of the same water privatization studies with Bechtel, which are currently being taught at Stanford.
Barton Thompson, who was a visiting professor to the Stanford Hoover Institute, is a professor at Stanford and is currently teaching there a series called “Water In the West”. Stanford Professor Barton Thompson, just as Cal Water board member Lester Snow, works with the Resource Legacy Fund. He has co-written studies with funding coming from the Bechtel Corporation (Riley Bechtel, Stephen Bechtel Jr., Secretary of State George Shultz, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, CIA director William Casey all worked for Bechtel in leadership positions, or as high counsel, and all 5 are “Hooverites”) and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation founded by David Packard, also a “Hooverite”.
According to the Studies taught by Barton Thompson at Stanford, one major goal is to deregulate the water market similar to the one that was implemented for the electricity market in California in the late 90’s. With the intimately connected Stanford/Cal Water, Is everything in place, with this experienced staff of the Stanford Connection, to once again profit from the legal pillaging of the public coffers by personal contacts?
Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). It sounds almost too incredible to believe the apparent conflicts of interest, but the Public Policy Institute of California’s is located inside of the Bechtel Conference Center right near the Hoover tower (Where the Stanford’s Hoover Institute’s Library is), on Stanford’s campus.
This particular PPIC “study”, taught by one of authors, Barton Thompson at Stanford, is called, Managing California’s Water; from Conflict to Reconciliation.
There are numerous references to a peripheral canal, but clearly stated in the study on page 266,
“The results highlight the value of building alternative conveyance-either a peripheral canal around the Delta or tunnel underneath the Delta- to allow continued movement of water to urban and agricultural water users.”
Bechtel, the Packard foundation, and the Resource Legacy Fund funded this Public Policy Institute of California study.
Another study, that is being currently taught at Stanford, sheds some light on the potential profits. The study was co-produced by two groups officially affiliated with Stanford, the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
On page 111, Water Energy Nexus,
“Obtaining water rights is a prerequisite for production, and may be one of the hurdles for developing oil shale for example.”
(Oil shale development is what we now know as fracking.)
This appears to be a two piece legislative plan; step one is to lay down the political groundwork for the expansion of the privatization of California’s water (with Cal Water leading the way), step two is to build some sort of taxpayer funded canal, or tunnel, structure (which really only Bechtel has the expertise to build). Conservative estimates of the cost of the aqueduct system start at 24,000,000,000 (24 Billion), ranging up to 67,000,000,000 (67Billion), when interest and wetland restoration is included according to, Delta tunnels plan’s true price tag: As much as $67 billion, Paul Rodger, 12/26/2013, San Jose Mercury News
With all that access to water, are the Fracking flood gates open for the “Hooverites” to once again cash in? It is incredible how legally different entities of Bechtel, the Public Policy Institute of California, the Packard Foundation and Stanford are acting in truth as if they are informally apart of the same money making machine on a common piece of real estate, Stanford. Does Stanford’s nonprofit status cloak the true profit nature of these seeming facades of scientific studies?
We can’t Eat Money nor Drink Oil
Some of California’s prime agriculture land, our own human lives & amazing wildlife (both terrestrial and the especially sensitive to water pollution, aquatic species) , will be put at mortal risk by fracking the Monterey Shale formation. According to Gasland, the Oscar nominated documentary in 2011, by Josh Fox, the consequences of Fracking involve cancer, health problems, pollution of water tables, loss of farm/grazing land as well as gas leaking from water faucets that can be ignited by match.
“Fracking a single well requires up to 7 million gallons of water, plus an additional 400,000 gallons of additives, including lubricants, biocides, scale and rust inhibitors, solvents, foaming and defoaming agents, emulsifiers and de-emulsifiers, stabilizers and breakers. About 70 percent of the liquid that goes down a borehole eventually comes up—now further tainted with such deep-earth compounds as sodium, chloride, bromide, arsenic, barium, uranium, radium and radon.”, Fracking Our Food Supply, by Elizabeth Royte on November 28, 2012, in The Nation.
According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture,
“Agriculture is a major industry for the Golden State. With 80,500 farms and ranches, California agriculture is a $44.7 billion dollar industry that generates at least $100 billion in related economic activity.”
Why would we risk our own food production autonomy when it is obvious to nearly everyone in the non-corporate scientific community that fossil fuels are on their way out of our national energy policy? California farming is ultimately a 100,000,000,000 (100 billion) dollar industry and is actually economically more profitable than fracking especially considering environmental cleanup costs of the fracking and the increase expense of food and water importation versus local production with the loss of prime farm and grazing lands. In energy issues, there are alternatives to Fracking, however eating is not an option for our species.
In 2005, the then Vice President Dick Cheney (who has many Stanford’s Hoover Institute connections) crafted the 2005 energy bill, being well named by some, the “Halliburton Loophole”. The bill protects hydraulic fracturing from the legislative power of Safe Drinking Water Act. Now companies, like Cheney’s Halliburton, can reap enormous profits, while remaining eerily silent about what chemicals are seeping into our aquifers.
X marks the Spot
Another Stanford’s Hoover Institute fellow is George Bush’s former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. She was the former Provost of Stanford (1993-1999) while concurrently being on the Board of Directors of the Chevron Corporation before leaving for Public Office in 2000. Chevron is the biggest oil player in California. If the Delta aqueduct project were built, it could bring a profitable return of Chevron to the oil shale business in the Monterey Shale.
According to, Chevron: The World’s Biggest Gusher, By Christopher Helman, March 4, 2013, Forbes.
“Geologists think the Monterey Shale, which stretches from the coast near Santa Barbara clear over to the San Joaquin Valley, holds 15 billion barrels. Chevron already has a lot of land in the region. Why not drill there? Because it will cost more than Chevron’s other options. So it waits.”
According to Forbes, Chevron is waiting for the market to get better to get back into the fracking game. CEO of Chevron John Watson and Jerry Brown, who has been lobbying for the Delta tunnel project, have a strong relationship,
“Watson is, ultimately, a pragmatist. He has forged such a close relationship with California Governor Jerry Brown that the two recently huddled for a two-hour one-on-one meeting to discuss the state’s myriad problems.”
Chevron: The World’s Biggest Gusher, By Christopher Helman, March 4, 2013, Forbes.
What Chevron is waiting for brings us back to Bechtel and Stanford’s Hoover Institute; the Delta tunnel project. The proposed (formerly the Peripheral Canal) Delta tunnel project would be perfectly placed for oil interests. Delta water would start bubbling out right where those potential Bechtel pipes would pop up near Modesto at the most northern point of the Monterey Shale formation.
Perfect for Chevron and Big Oil. Perfect for Cal Water. Perfect for Condoleezza Rice.
Condoleezza Rice is currently on the board of directors of Makena Capital Management Company. Makena owns over 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) dollars in oil stocks according to their SEC filings. Makena’s portfolio includes most of the big oil companies such as Chevron and Occidental Petroleum Corp. Occidental Petroleum is currently one of the largest drillers in the Monterey oil shale deposit today. Makena’s investments are heavy in hydrocarbons including the stocks of the kings of insider deals, no-bid contracts/cost-plus contracts, and the friendly face of a former co-worker of Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney’s Halliburton.
Makena Capital Management is worth over 15,000,000,000 (15 Billion) dollars. Makena’s Board Chairman and co-founder Mike McCaffery and Makena’s CEO and c0-founder David Burke were former managers of the Stanford’s 21,900,000,000 (21.9 Billion) endowment fund . McCaffery is a fellow board member with Condoleezza Rice at the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research, as well.
Makena Capital is also on Stanford property right next to Stanford’s world famous National Accelerator Laboratory. Do potential investors visiting Makena have the impression that Makena’s business is endorsed by the prestige of Stanford simply by association?
“What a tangle web we weave when at first we try to deceive”
Around Stanford’s Hoover Institute, there is web of interlocking non-profits, secret contracts, apparent conflicts of interest, and cross over board of directors. This web is spun like the revolving doors of public policy makers turning to private profiteers. At the center of the web lays, Stanford as one of the most central players in an expanding military industrial complex. President Eisenhower saw the potential threats of this industry in its expansion into the shadows.
As President, he made it a point to leave his civil service career on that note of caution. Perhaps it would be wise to consider the consequence of historically empowering a secret group of military contractors and enormous financial interests to flex their economic muscles at the expense of an open and free democratic government. Is Stanford merely a meeting point as a perfect legitimate front for the corporate collusion and erosion of our democratic process? Where Stanford begins, and subsidized Corporate America’s ends, is elusive. However, it is a small world, when you follow the oil slicks.
“Behind every great fortune there is a crime.”-BALZAC
Perhaps the solution to our democratic return of our current governmental system within the legal perimeters set by our Constitution would involve the following; ending corporate personhood & off shore corporate banking that escapes taxation, revoking the Patroit Act & COG, closing School of the Americas (Western Hemisphere Institute for Securtiy Cooperation), renationalizing the US Federal Reserve & the entire US Military, repassing Posse Comitatus Act, and having only public funded elections.
In many states, such as California, US corporations have to be dismantled, with their corporate stature revoked, when they break the law, and are no longer serving the public interest. The California State Attorney General can revoke their corporate statures. Assets are to be liquidated by careful court orders to others, who will carry on the public interest, according to, The Corporation, the 2004 Sundance Film Festival award winning documentary, directed by Mark Arcbar.
Are there similarities in the Nazi’s rise to power as the Bush-Bechtel Stanford’s Hoover Institute nexus growing trend? How different is the 1933 Reichstag fire The Bush/Bechtel/Stanford Hoover fellows mandates that blame terrorists for a security state even though the coincidences of who profited by military contracts, who created the COG structure, who wrote policy in line with their own business interests, and who has in the past been involved with drugs and democratic overthrows, all seem to point back to the real terrorists?
According to Noami Klien in The Shock Doctrine, the rise of Disaster Capitalism, 2007 Metropolitan Books and from her website, attributes much of this Neo-liberal philosophy and implementation to its “Hooverian” architect, Milton Friedman, the principal propagator of the “Shock Doctrine”,
“At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq’s civil war, a new law is unveiled that would allow Shell and BP to claim the country’s vast oil reserves…. Immediately following September 11, the Bush Administration quietly out-sources the running of the “War on Terror” to Halliburton and Blackwater…. After a tsunami wipes out the coasts of Southeast Asia, the pristine beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts…. New Orleans’s residents, scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public housing, hospitals and schools will never be reopened…. These events are examples of “the shock doctrine”: using the public’s disorientation following massive collective shocks – wars, terrorist attacks, or natural disasters — to achieve control by imposing economic shock therapy. Sometimes, when the first two shocks don’t succeed in wiping out resistance, a third shock is employed: the electrode in the prison cell or the Taser gun on the streets.”
If September 11, 2001 was a “Shock doctrine” event, what role might have any of the Stanford Hoover Institute/Bechtel/Bush cohorts play in the events leading up to and following this traumatic event in our history?
According to Historians find ‘proof’ that Nazis burnt Reichstag, By Tony Patersonm, Apr 15, 2001, Hitler attacks his own country to gain total control and make the economic elites very wealthy in his pursuits of an empire. How different was September 11, 2001?
According to The Deafness Before the Storm, By Kurt Eichenwald, September 10, 2012. The New York Times, the Bush administration was aware that 9/11 was perhaps looming.
According to Stanford Will Make Effort to Oust Director of Think Tank, May 18, 1988 by Dan Morain, LA Times,
“Stanford political scientist John Manley, a critic of the institution, pointed out that at least 50 Hoover Fellows have served as presidential advisers in the Reagan Administration.”
Bush/Reagan policies co-crafted by Stanford’s Hoover Institute connections run deep with complexity, leading to some extreme consequences as our search for dominance in the oil region of the Middle East lead the US to make uneasy allies with the strangest of partners; Bin Laden. According to, Frankenstein the CIA created; Mujahideen trained and funded by the US are among its deadliest foes, reportsJason Burke , Sunday 17 January 1999, The Gaurdian. & Bin Laden comes home to roost, his CIA ties are only the beginning of a woeful story,By Michael Moran MSNBC, Brave New World, Aug, 24,1998. .
According to Our terrorists, By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed October 2009, New Internationalist
“Yet as the respected Pakistani correspondent Ahmed Rashid reported, US intelligence supported the Taliban as a vehicle of regional influence at least between 1994 and 1998. This policy continued up to the year 2000, despite growing cautions.”
“If the ‘war on terror’ is to end, it won’t be won by fighting the next futile oil war. It will be won at home by holding the secretive structures of government to account and prosecuting officials for aiding and abetting terrorism – whether knowingly or by criminal negligence.”
It took the Nazis many years to whittle away at Germany’s democratic rights. When land reforms almost passed in 1926 in Germany, German elites began to search for a more extreme solution to protecting their wealth; Hitler. Hitler was funded by people like the Grandfather of George Bush, Prescott Bush. Hitler and German elites grew rich on fear protecting their large land holdings, military build ups, unregulated industry and even prisoners from Auschwitz doing labor in their factories according to How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power,Ben Aris and Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 25 September 2004. Whether in the concentration camps or in the streets of Berlin, the Nazi power play was dividing and conquering. Nazi divisions of economic resource and privileges pitted prisoners of the concentration camps against each other in fear of losing their meager statuses. This kind of manipulation was a founding block of Nazi power politics and mass psychology.
“Camp authorities then instituted a hierarchy among the inmates that mirrored the Nazi racial hierarchy of “Aryans” on top, Jews at the bottom, and others ordered in between. To enforce the hierarchy, guards chose some prisoners from higher-ranking groups to help them control the rest of the inmates. These kapos, block supervisors, and other privileged prisoners were often extremely brutal. Many understood that brutal behavior would prove their toughness to the guards and result in more privileges, goods, and power for themselves and their friends. This strategy worsened the horror of the camps and revealed the total destructiveness at the core of Nazi ideology and practice.”
Nazi Ideology and the Camp System, by Doris Bergen, Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State Series, PBS.org,2004
How different are we today from Germany in 1933 with our prison populations disproportionately representing minorities and the poor? According to, A Country of Inmates, By Albert Hunt, November 20, 2011, New York Times,
“ It seems clear that the U.S. penal system discriminates against minorities. Some of this is socioeconomic, as poorer people, disproportionately blacks and Hispanics, may commit more crimes.”
According to, U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations, By Adam Liptak, Wednesday, April 23, 2008
“The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners”
The consolidation of Corporate wealth in the financial markets had been increasing dramatically since 2008.
According to How Banks Got too Big to Fail, Jan/Feb 2010, Mother Jones
“The nation’s 10 largest financial institutions hold 54 percent of our total financial assets; in 1990, they held 20 percent.”
According to, The US is an oligarchy, study concludes, By Zachary Davies Boren, 16 Apr 2014, The Telegraph
“The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.”
According to UC Santa Cruz professor G. William Domhoff
in Who Rules America, The triumph of the Corporate Rich, May 2013 and his website
“Members of the upper class, with the help of their high-level employees in profit and nonprofit institutions, are able to dominate the federal government in Washington.”
According to, Chris Hedges: We’re Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy By Chris Hedges, May 5 2014, Alternet.org, with laws like the patriot act continuing to be upheld there has been an onslaught on the very fundamentals of our constitutional democracy, implementing a corporate campaigned (over 2 Billion dollars of private money dictated the public debate in the last presidential election)and corporate constructed legal framework that appears to be fearlessly approaching neo-fascism.
“The U.S. Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. It means the nation has entered a post-constitutional era.”
Now with the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty, being secretly formalized with limited debate and feedback from congress, is this another example of corporate influence approaching a near feudalistic domination by sheer legislative clout?
According to Noam Chomsky: Trans-Pacific Partnership is a “neoliberal assault”, By Natasha Lennard Jan 13, 2014,SALON.COM.
“It’s very hard to make anything of the TPP(Trans Pacific Partnership) because it’s been kept very secret. A half-secret, I should say. It’s not secret from the hundreds of corporate lawyers and lobbyists who are writing the legislation. To them, it’s perfectly public. They’re, in fact, writing it. It’s being kept secret from the population. Which of course raises obvious questions.”
The new corporate nobility is inherently antidemocratic with policies being formed in secret and mass market by public relations firms and the press that are overwhelmingly owned by a few wealthy groups. According to These 10 Companies Control Enormous Number Of Consumer Brands, By Harry Bradford March 5, 2014 Huffington Post,
“Ninety percent of the media is now controlled by just six companies, down from 50 in 1983….”
It is often only the environmental and health consequences that bring some of the most questionable governmental secret programs, flirting with disaster, in the name of national security, including Chemtrails sprayed from British military planes in the 1950’s to the 1960’s. According to,Inside out By Mike Kenner, Nov 6 2006, BBC
“During November 1998, the Sunday Telegraph published an exclusive article by Rob Evans and Andrew Gilligan.
“It revealed that scientists from the Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment (CDEE), Porton Down, had in the past, sprayed large parts of the UK with a toxic chemical compound - Zinc Cadmium sulphide (ZnCds).
According to the documentary similar tests were carried out in the US. According to Toxicologic Assessment of the Army’s Zinc Cadmium Sulfide Dispersion Tests
By Subcommittee on Zinc Cadmium Sulfide, National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Commission on Life Sciences, National Academy Press, 1997,
“ During the 1950’s and 1960’s Stanford University and other contractors for the US Army Chemical Corps. conducted dispersion tests using fluorescent particles zinc cadium sulfide (ZnCdS) as part of the BW program in Minneapolis, MN Corpos Christi TX, Fort Wayne, IN, Saint Louis, MO and 29 other urban and rural locations in the United States and Canada.”
According to Minneapolis Called Toxic Test Site in ’53, June 11, 1994, New York Times,
“In a 1953 cold war experiment, the Army sprayed clouds of toxic material over Minneapolis dozens of times and may have caused miscarriages and stillbirths, a public television station here has reported.”
Perhaps it is only now on the brink of environmental collapse, that is epitomized by the apparent economic and environmental suicide of Fracking, will we consider the wisdom of a corporate dominated political system whose financial oligopoly eagerly approaches the callousness of the democratically oppressive European nobility of two centuries prior and the International industrialists who bank rolled the Nazis of the 1930’s.
According to Iceland Prosecutor Investigates, Convicts Bankers for financial crimes, Steven Farris September 12, 2013 Bloombergbuisnessweek, and Iceland rises from the ashes of banking collapse, Simon Bowers, Sunday 6 October 2013 The Guardian
Iceland refused to ignore the fundamentals of corporate corruption and is now comfortably bouncing back both economically and democratically after the near melt down of 2008 of “market” capitalism. Their example is one the US could follow and prosecute corruption to take both the power, and the money back.
Through the California state ballot Intuitive process, a potential piece of legislation could render theft over a million dollars under the legal parameters of a civil case. Government funded prosecutors could pursue alleged theft needing only to have a preponderance of evidenceburden of proof that is applied in most civil cases. Preponderance of evidence is where the litigants’ arguments only have to prove, more so than the thieves, alleged embezzlement. With that legal flexibility, the explosion of the possibility of prosecutions could possibly return ample amounts of stolen Wall Street money, and power, back to the Main Street.
Another possible legal route would be an addition Ballot Measure ending corporate personhood in our state, forcing Corporations to be held accountable for their actions. Why does an immortal person have the ability to avoid responsibility for their actions and yet enjoy nearly all the rights of a real person? While waiting for these measures to pass citizens could organize boycotts of corporate products to put immediate pressure.
Placing economic interests above the environment is costly and often the Oligopoly media does inadequate research into the possible outcomes of oil/Fracking, and other types of risky energy extraction, such as nuclear energy. Citizen activism can offer the counter balance.
Positive steps have been taken, considering how everyday people are searching for solutions and organizing their own discussions like residents of northern California meeting in Coffee shops to discuss research and solutions for possible radiation contamination arriving from the Fukushima accident (which has been leaking on and off for the last two years), outside of the agenda setting of the corporate mass media.
According to Us residents monitor Fukushima radiation, By Halima Kazem Jan 19 2014, Aljazeera
“He said he visited officials at the Department of Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
“They all said that it’s not their responsibility to test the Pacific Ocean for radiation. This issue is falling between the cracks of government responsibility. It’s a health and safety issue here,” Buesseler said.”
“A new study partly-sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilization could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.”
NASA-funded study: industrial civilization headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? By Nafeez Ahmed, The Guardian, march 26, 2014.
Apparently, democracy and environmental stewardship go hand in hand, likewise, as does voting and riding a bike, criticizing one’s government and buying local, discussing issues and planting a garden. Or, do it all by simply riding your bike with family and friends while discussing politics on your way to the local store before dropping of you absentee ballot on the way to the community garden. There are many environmental groups organizing for solutions to Fracking that can be found online or by asking a neighbor. Perhaps democracy is actually verb that never clashes with the color green.
“Canada, the most affluent of countries, operates on a depletion economy which leaves destruction in its wake. Your people are driven by a terrible sense of deficiency. When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.”
“Conversation with North American Indians” by Ted Poole
Bryan Maddan has been a Californian for over 25 years and worked in Education for over 10 years. He can be reached at: email@example.com
Maps & Sources
President Eisenhower’s Farwell speech
Bush’s Buisness Plot 1933
http://ir.calwatergroup.com/getattachment/9553e0f6-c94d-4aa1-811e-1531652557d4/2011-Proxy-Statement (pg 14-17 Board of directors’ CV)
US Prisons, the new concentration camps?
U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations, By Adam Liptak, Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A Country of Inmates, By Albert Hunt, November 20, 2011, New York Times
The Road to 9/11
Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America, by Peter Dale Scott, University of California Press, July 2008
The Deafness Before the Storm, By Kurt Eichenwald, September 10, 2012. The New York Times
Reichstag; Inside Job
Historians find ‘proof’ that Nazis burnt Reichstag,By Tony Patersonm, Apr 15, 2001
Inside out By Mike Kenner, Nov 6 2006, BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/east/series10/week9_spraying_war_extra.shtml
Stanford sprays Poisons across the US
Toxicologic Assessment of the Army’s Zinc Cadmium Sulfide Dispersion Tests,
By Subcommittee on Zinc Cadmium Sulfide, National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Commission on Life Sciences, National Academy Press, 1997, ISBN -0309-05783-3, www.nap.edu
Who rules America
Who rules America, G. William Domhoff, May 17, 2013, ISBN-10: 0078026717
Chris Hedges: We’re Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy
A ruling elite that accrues for itself total power, history has shown, eventually uses it. By Chris Hedges, May 5, 2014, Alternet.org
The 2012 Money Race: Compare the Candidates, By JEREMY ASHKENAS, MATTHEW ERICSON, ALICIA PARLAPIANO and DEREK WILLIS 2012 ongoing polling, New York Times
The Shock Doctrine, the rise of Disaster Capitalism, The rise of disaster capitalism, By Noami Klien, 2007 Metropolitan Books 2007 Metropolitan Books
Organizing against environment crisis
Kazem Jan 19 2014, Aljazeera
Us residents monitor Fukushima radiation, By Halima Kazem Jan 19 2014, Aljazeera
Bush & B. Laden
Bin Laden comes home to roost, his CIA ties are only the beginning of a woeful story, Brave New World, By Michael Moran MSNBC, Aug, 24,1998
Bombshell: Bin Laden worked for US till 9/11, July 31, 2009
Our terrorists, By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed October 2009, New Internationalist
Frankenstein the CIA created; Mujahideen trained and funded by the US are among its deadliest foes, By Jason Burke , Sunday 17 January 1999, The Gaurdian.
Prescott Bush & Hitler
Continuity of Government
Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret, By Barton Gellman & Susan Schmidt, Washington Post, March 1, 2002.
Peter Scott Dale’s article
Chevron’s White House
“Chevron in the White House“,By Amy Goodman, December 03, 2008, Democracy Now.
Gasland; Fracking Documentary
Exhibit traces history of Hoover Institution with rich display of artifacts,
By Denis C. Theriault, 7/26/2009an Jose Mercury News
Stanford Hoover Institute’s Biannual Report
(Members are listed on the annual report)
Nazi Ideology and the Camp System, by Doris Bergen Copyright © 2004-2005 Community Television of Southern California (KCET) Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State Series, PBS.org
“Researchers concluded that the US is dominated by its economic elite”
“Researchers concluded that the US is dominated by its economic elite”
The US is an oligarchy, study concludes, By Zachary Davies Boren, 16 Apr 2014, The Telegraph
Lindorff, David. “Could It Happen Here?”. Mother Jones magazine, April 1988
Stanford’s Hoover Institute = Reagan Policy
Stanford Will Make Effort to Oust Director of Think Tank, May 18, 1988 by Dan Morain, LA Times
Monterey Shale Formation
Monterey Shale Shakes Up California’s Energy Future, Josie Garthwaite,For National Geographic,Published May 27, 2013
CIA director on the COG
& COG 9/11 activation
Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret, By Barton Gellman and Susan Schmidt, Washington Post Staff Writers , Friday, March 1, 2002
School of the Americas; Torture School
( The name was changed to the; Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation)
|The School of the Americas: Class over?, 9/20/2012, Joining Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, to discuss this are guests: Hector Aristizabal, a Colombian torture survivor; Nico Udu-Gama, an organiser from School of the Americas Watch; and Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst from the National Security Archive.|
Bechtel Buys the Sky
Bechtel’s Bank, US Treasury?
Bechtel’s Projects Lacking In Iraq, By Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post Staff Writer, July 26, 2007
It’s a Bechtel World,Think that a $680 million Iraq contract is a big deal? You don’t know Bechtel, By Lisa Davis, Wednesday, Jun 18 2003, SFWeekly
Bechtel’s Nuclear history according to Bechtel;
Bechtel & Rumsfeld
Ultimate Insiders ,By BOB HERBERT, April 14, 2003, New York Times
Bechtel & Stanford’s Hoover Institute & Caspar Weinberger
Bechtel & Stanford Research Institute International & DOE
SRI International 2011 Revenue and Biography
KBR Contracts with FEMA
. Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US, April 29, 2010, Projectcensored.org
Chevron; Monterey Shale
Chevron: The World’s Biggest Gusher, By Christopher Helman March 4, 2013,Forbes.
Iran Contra Affair/Air America
Guns, Drugs and the CIA#613, Original Air Date: May 17, 1988,Produced and Written by Andrew and Leslie Cockburn, Directed by Leslie Cockburn
PG&E/Enron/Arthur Anderson Theft
City report suggests PGE overcharged ratepayers, November 30, 2005, by William McCall
As Blackouts Hit California, Traders Manipulated Market, By Scott Thurm, Robert Gavin n and
Mitchel Benson, Sept. 16, 2002, The Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1032141100214262955
Attorney General’s findings of Fraud
Arthur Andersen Indicted in Enron Case
W A S H I N G T O N, March 14 by Pierre Thomas, Linda Douglass and Betsy Stark, ABC News.
The Fall of Anderson, by Delroy Alexander, Greg Burns, Robert Manor, Flynn McRoberts and E.A. Torriero. It was written by McRoberts, September 1, 2002, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
How Banks Got Too Big to Fail, Jan/Feb 2010 Mother Jones
These 10 Companies Control Enormous Number of Consumer Brands, By Harry Bradford March 5, 2014 Huffington Post
Iceland Prosecutor Investigates, Convicts Bankers for financial crimes, Steven Farris September 12, 2013 Bloombergbuisnessweek
Iceland rises from the ashes of banking collapse; Populist programme of new government includes a squeeze on foreign creditors as country emerges from years of instability, Simon Bowers, Sunday 6 October 2013 The Guardian
Makena Capital Management Company
Can’t Eat Money
Who is the Chairman of this Meeting?, A Collection of Essays Ralph Osborne, 1972, (Conversation with North American Indians” by Ted Pool contained within these essays)
Fracking Our Food Supply ,Are dying cattle the canaries in the coal mine? Farmers and ranchers are sounding alarms about the risks to human health of hydraulic fracturing.,Elizabeth Royte, November 28, 2012 , This article appeared in the December 17, 2012 edition of The Nation
NASA Goes Green
Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? by Nafeez Ahmed, The Guardian, march 26, 2014
Parkard’s 6 Billion dollar 501c
Trans-Pacific Partnership Secret
Police and Thieves
“Police and Thieves” by Junior Murvin & Covered by The Clash
Delta Canal/Tunnel; Costs & geography
Delta tunnels plan’s true price tag: As much as $67 billion, Paul Rodger, 12/26/ 2013, San Jose Mercury News
Oil and water do not mix
California could be next oil boom state, By Steve Hargreaves , January 15, 2013, CNN Moneyhttp://money.cnn.com/2013/01/14/news/economy/california-oil-boom/
How Banks Got Too Big to Fail, Jan/Feb 2010 Mother Jones
This chart is part of Mother Jones’ coverage of the financial crisis, one year later.