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Sunday, December 05, 2004

Free Speeches: John Perkins

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man:
John Perkins was recruited in the late 1968 by the National Security Agency, while he was attending business school at Boston University. From 1971 to 1981, he worked for the international consulting firm “Chas T. Main.” He is the author of the new book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

Mr. Perkins has been working on this book for the past two decades. Until recently, Mr. Perkins says he’s been holding back from publishing this book because of very convincing incentives to refrain from doing so. For example, he says, “I accepted a half a million dollar bribe [from Stoner-Webster] in the nineties not to write the book.”

In the book, he writes, “The book was to be dedicated to the presidents of two countries, men who had been his clients whom I respected and thought of as kindred spirits - Jaime Roldos, president of Ecuador, and Omar Torrijos, president of Panama. Both had just died in fiery crashes. Their deaths were not accidental. They were assassinated because they opposed that fraternity of corporate, government, and banking heads whose goal is global empire. We Economic Hit Men failed to bring Roldos and Torrijos around, and the other type of hit men, the CIA-sanctioned jackals who were always right behind us, stepped in.”

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