before and after Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan


"There's a clear cause and effect here that is
as neat and predictable as the law of physics:
as government expands, liberty contracts."

Ronald Reagan and the Taliban

"They can run but they can't hide!" Achille Lauro hijack

President Ronald Reagan meets Taliban in the White House

Ronald Reagan dedicates the Space Shuttle Columbia to the Taliban

"To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom." - Ronald Reagan, March 21, 1983

"The "favor bank" of Roy Cohn and his unique position as a liaison between the criminal underworld, the rich and famous, and top media influencers made him a force to be reckoned with.

Yet, it was his political connections to leadership figures in both the Republican and Democratic parties and his close relationship to long-time FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, among other figures, that made him and his dark secret "untouchable" for much of his life.

Though most of his political influence was forged in the 1950s, Cohn became even more powerful with the rise of Ronald Reagan.

Among Cohn’s friends were top media personalities like Barbara Walters, former CIA directors, Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy, media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Mort Zuckerman, numerous celebrities, prominent lawyers like Alan Dershowitz, top figures in the Catholic Church and leading Jewish organizations like B’nai B’rith and the World Jewish Congress.

Many of the same names that surrounded Cohn until death in the late 1980s would later come to surround Jeffrey Epstein, with their names later appearing in Epstein’s now-infamous "little black book". " - Whitney Webb, Government by Blackmail

1983 Reagan proposes $110 million for increased arms aid to El Salvador.

National Security Directive 77 authorizes 'Project Democracy.'

'Project Democracy' gathers together 44 separate proposals for seminars, institutes, publications, and fellowships, to be engaged by private foundations.

'Project Democracy': Reagan tries to export the US way of governing

Funding comes from the National Endowment of Democracy orginally funded with $80 million from Congress.

Henry Kissinger and the ex-wife of William Colby are directors.

1985 National Security Decision Directive 166,29 is a secret plan to escalate covert action in Afghanistan dramatically: Abandoning a policy of simple harassment of Soviet occupiers, the Reagan team decides to secretly let loose on the Afghan battlefield an array of US high technology and military expertise in an effort to hit and demoralize Soviet commanders and soldiers.

CIA supplies mujahideen rebels with extensive satellite reconnaissance data of Soviet targets on the Afghan battlefield, plans for military operations based on the satellite intelligence, intercepts of Soviet communications, secret communications networks for the rebels, delayed timing devices for tons of C-4 plastic explosives for urban sabotage, and sophisticated guerrilla attacks, long-range sniper rifles, a targeting device for mortars that was linked to a US Navy satellite, wire-guided anti-tank missiles, and other equipment.

1986 The mujahideen have been provided with more than 1,000 state-of-the-art, shoulder-fired Stinger antiaircraft missiles.

1987 Annual supply of arms had reached 65,000 tons, and a "ceaseless stream" of CIA and Pentagon officials are visiting Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters in Rawalpindi.

At any one time during the Afghan fighting season, as many as 11 ISI teams trained and supplied by the CIA accompany mujahideen across the border to supervise attacks.

The teams attack airports, railroads, fuel depots, electricity pylons, bridges and roads.

CIA operations officers help Pakistan trainers establish schools for the mujahideen in secure communications, guerrilla warfare, urban sabotage and heavy weapons training.

Mujahideen trained in these techniques using chemical and electronic delay bomb timers supplied by the US carry out numerous car bombings and assassination attacks in Kabul.

"The influence of establishment insiders over our foreign policy has become a fact of life in our time.

This pervasive influence runs contrary to the real long-term national security of our Nation.

It is an influence which, if unchecked, could ultimately subvert our constitutional order.

The viewpoint of the establishment today is called globalism.

In the globalist point of view, nation-states and national boundaries do not count for anything.

Political philosophies and political principles seem to become simply relative.

Indeed, even constitutions are irrelevant to the exercise of power.

Liberty and tyranny are viewed as neither necessarily good nor evil, and certainly not an element of policy.

In this point of view, the activities of international financial and industrial forces should be orientated to bringing this one world design - with a convergence of the Soviet and American systems as its centerpiece - into being.

All that matters to this club is the maximization of profits resulting from the practice of what can be described as finance capitalism, a system which rests upon the twin pillars of debt and monopoly.

This isn't real capitalism.

It is the road to economic concentration and to political slavery." - Senator Jesse Helms 15 December 1987 comments directed to Ronald Reagan on the floor of the Senate

"Government's view of the economy
could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession.
I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first."

"Government does not solve problems;
it subsidizes them

"Ronald Reagan was one of the nearly 100 million Americans who tuned in on November 20, 1983, to watch the television movie "The Day After," about the consequences of a nuclear holocaust.

In his diary, Ronald Reagan reported that the movie left him "greatly depressed."

According to the film's director, after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1987, he received a telegram from Reagan's office saying: "Don't think your movie didn't have any part of this, because it did." - Kelly M. Greenhill

Reagan meets George Walker Bush and Laura

Ronald Reagan and The Great Social Security Heist

"A moment I've been dreading.

George brought his n'er-do-well son around this morning.

He asked me to find the kid a job.

Not the political one who lives in Florida.

The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless.

This so-called kid is already almost 40 and never had a real job.

Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something.

That looks like easy work." - REAGAN DIARIES, May 17, 1986

Office of Public Diplomacy

"Ronald Reagan's administration brought CIA tactics to bear domestically to reshape the way Americans perceived the world." - Robert Parry

November 23, 1981

Reagan approves National Security Directive 77 providing a budget of $19.3 million for the Contras.

The directive is made after the Contras have begun earning a gruesome reputation as human rights violators and terrorists.

To change this negative perception of the Contras, the Reagan administration designs a full-blown, clandestine propaganda operation.

Gary Webb on CIA Trafficking of Cocaine

Clintons, Contras and Cocaine™

CIA/MSM Contra-Cocaine Cover-up

Media blackout on CIA drug trafficking accusation in Chile

Key Figures In CIA Crack Cocaine Scandal Come Forward

1983 William Joseph Casey participates in the creation of an inter-agency public diplomacy mechanism that included the use of seasoned intelligence specialists to accomplish what a covert CIA operation in a foreign country might attempt – to change the opinion of and Congress and the American public that Reagan administration's policies followed the right path - specifically give aid and support to human rights violators and terrorists.

Involved in the propaganda initiative were veteran populace officer Walter Raymond Jr. and chief of the Intelligence Directorate of the National Security Council Donald Gregg - a specialists in propaganda and disinformation.

This effort resulted in the creation of the Office of Public Diplomacy for Latin America and the Caribbean in the State Department (S/LPD), headed by Otto Reich*, a Cuban exile.

A senior American official described Office of Public Diplomacy of the National Security Council as 'a vast psychological warfare operation of the category the military conducts to influence a population in enemy territory.'

On one occasion, intelligence experts from the Army's 4th Psychological Operations Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were assigned to work with Otto Reich's fast-growing operation.

National Security Council staffer Lt. Col. Oliver North served directly under Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, Richard Norman Perle.

Oliver North Worked with Cocaine Traffickers to Arm Terrorists

February 26 1985 Chip Tatum flies Bill Cooper and Buzz Sawyer, Corporate Air Services, to a meeting with the Contras.

Tatum, given a sealed cooler marked "Vaccine" weighing ~ 200 pounds, is instructed to deliver it to a USAF C-130 transport plane at La Mesa Airport, Honduras.

Two crew members offloading the cooler accidentally dropped it, breaking the seal.

Inside are over 100 kilos of cocaine.

Chip Tatum is ireminded of earlier missions dating back to 1983-84 when he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a Special Operations pilot.

Regularly he would trans-ship white coolers, marked as "Medical Supplies", to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.

On two occasions he carried similar coolers to Mena Airport, Arkansas.

Deliveries of medical coolers to Little Rock AFB were picked up by Dan R. Lasater - a close confidant of the then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.

Dan R. Lasater bought Angel Fire Resort on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway just a few miles from Donald Rumsfeld's digs in 1984 for $19 million.

Angel Fire Resort went bankrupt and was purchased by a group of Texas investors for $12 million in 1995.

Chip Tatum Warns US Citizens

1986 Walter Raymond Jr. sent a memo to William Casey which described a shift of control of the S/LPD to the control of the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, which is headed by Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams*.

Richard R. Miller, former head of public affairs at AID, and Francis D. Gomez, former public affairs specialist at the State Department and USIA, were hired by S/LPD through sole-source, no-bid contracts to carry out a variety of activities on behalf of the Reagan administration policies in Central America.

They became the key link between the State Department and the Reagan White House with the private groups and individuals engaged in a myriad of endeavors aimed at influencing the Congress and public opinion.

The truth is the State Department was used to run a prohibited, domestic, covert propaganda operation.

An investigation by the congressional General Accounting Office found that Office of Public Diplomacy of the National Security Council had engaged in 'prohibited, covert propaganda activities'.

Established despite résistance from the Secretary of State, and reporting directly to the National Security Council, the S/LPD attempted to mask many of its activities from Congress.

American journalists who reported information that undermined the pro-Contra propaganda were targeted by S/LPD. News executives removed or punish out-of-step reporters.

Another Walter Raymond Jr. authored memo dated Aug. 9, 1983 suggests the right-wing media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, was already part of the covert propaganda operation.

October 5th, 1986 Felix Rodriguez, logistics officer for airlifts of weapons and supplies from the Ilopango air base, in El Salvador, to the jungle hide-outs of the Nicaraguan rebels known as Contras, reports a a Southern Air Transport C-123K, loaded with 10,000 pounds of ammunition, failed to return from a scheduled drop in Nicaragua.

The Dirty Secrets of George Bush

rupert murdoch

"Keith Rupert, a Melbourne Australia newspaper publisher, married Elisabeth Joy Greene, daughter of Rupert Greene a Conservative Jew in 1928. Keith Rupert was educated at Geelong private school and went to Oxford University in England." - Candour (UK) magazine.

"Today's powerful right-wing media gained momentum as part of the Casey-Raymond operations of the early 1980s." - Robert Parry

"Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, publisher of the Washington Times, also showed up in the Iran-Contra operations, using his newspaper to raise contra funds and assigning his CAUSA political group to organize support for the contras.

In the two decades since the Iran-Contra scandal, both Rupert Murdoch and Sun Myung Moon have continued to pour billions of dollars into media outlets that have influenced the course of US history, often through the planting of propaganda and disinformation much like a CIA covert action might do in a hostile foreign country." - Robert Parry

Elliott Abrams was convicted of misleading Congress in the Iran-Contra and later pardoned by George Herbert Walker Bush.

Elliott Abrams then became deputy adviser to George Walker Bush's National Security Council, where he directed US-Middle East policy.

Otto Reich became a senior advisor for John McCain on Latin American affairs.

Reagan Doctrine consisted mainly of supporting four anticommunist and ostensibly pro-democratic insurgencies:

UNITA in Angola, Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Mujahedeen in Afghanistan and Contras in Nicaragua.

Reagan Doctrine also included support of the Baath Party of Iraq.

In retrospect, the results of this policy were decidedly mixed even though Saddam Hussein was able to avert imminent defeat in the war with Iran.

Ronald Reagan romanticizing the past and drawing on essential American optimism placed image over substance.

Cultural recognition made him a larger than life hero.

Ronald Reagan's survival of an assassination attempt set his legendary life in stone.

The Ronald Reagan adminstration oddly did precisely the opposite of its stated goals:

campaigned as an implacable foe of government deficit spending but he left office with a federal debt that was nearly triple its level when he took office;

vowed to shrink government and eliminate Cabinet departments but he wound up adding one, the Department of Veterans Affairs;

fired striking air traffic controllers ultimately destroying their union although at one time he was union president of the Screen Actors Guild;

claimed he would never bow to terrorists and yet his administration supplied arms and spare parts to Iran in an arms-for-hostages deal;

espoused basic small-town American values but he was a divorced man with estranged children.

Many of the Executive Orders given by Reagan were actually authored by George HW Bush or his legal associates.

remembering Reagan


"I helped the Office of Policy Development organize a two-day brainstorming conference on the subject at Wye Plantation in Maryland, where the UK experience was reviewed, possible privatization candidates assessed, and possible next steps debated.

That led to creation of an interagency Privatization Working Group, which the Reason Foundation supported via a whole series of federal privatization studies (on candidates such as the Postal Service, the air traffic control system, Amtrak, and others).

Two tangible accomplishments followed from these efforts.

The first was the successful privatization of Conrail, the northeastern freight railroad taken over by the feds from the bankrupt Penn-Central.

It was sold via a stock offering to investors in 1987 for $1.6 billion.

Second the appointment of the President's Commission on Privatization.

There was more real privatization during the Clinton administration than during Reagan's terms.

Under Clinton, the federal government sold off the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserves ($3.6 billion), the US Enrichment Corporation ($3.1 billion), and many billions of dollars' worth of electromagnetic spectrum, as well as the competitive contracting of more than a hundred airport control towers and numerous military base functions.

Reagan's Privatization Commission paved the way for the subsequent efforts by Clinton and Gore, having made privatization ideas respectable enough to be considered by National Performance Review of Al Gore and the National Economic Council and Office of Management & Budget of the White House.

Ronald Reagan changed the nature of the debate over the size and scope of the federal government.

It remains the job of our generation to privatize many more assets and business enterprises of our overgrown federal government." - Robert W. Poole Jr., director of transportation studies and founder of the Reason Foundation, August 1, 2004

With the revovling door whirling Ronald Reagan's second term looked to possibility of a federal privatization effort along the lines of Thatcher's.

Margaret Thatcher called for labor union reforms, less government intervention in the economy, less government spending and lower taxes.

Notable among her accomplishments are:

The promotion of the neoliberal philosophy of government which has to a large extent replaced the social democratic orientation of government.

Sir Keith Joseph

Part politician, part intellectual, part entrepreneur of ideas, he had an enthusiastic belief in his own ideas:

the restriction of trade union leaders' de jure powers;

the breaking of those trade union leaders' de facto power;

privatization of nationalized enterprises in coal, iron and steel, gas, electricity, water supply, railways, trucking, airlines and telecommunications;

privatization of public housing;

reduction of income tax rates;

monetary policy with a strong emphasis on controlling inflation;

restriction of local government spending;

reform of local government finance;

close ntegration of the British economy with those of the European Community;

sell billions of dollars' worth of federal assets and enterprises to investors and use the proceeds to pay down the national debt.

Zealously pursued is the deregulation of industry caused the savings and loan debacle which left middle class taxpayers holding the bag for $200 billion in losses while evil bankers bought assets for pennies on the dollar.

"Our efforts at The Hamilton Securities Group to help HUD achieve maximum return on the sale of its defaulted mortgage assets coincided with a widespread process of "privatization" in which assets were, in fact, being transferred out of governments worldwide at significantly below market value in a manner providing extraordinary windfall profits, capital gains and financial equity to private corporations and investors.

I now refer to privatization as "piratization." - Catherine Austin Fitts

"Ronald Reagan mesmerized us into believing in an imagined past, we were better than other people, God's chosen, citizens of a shining city on a hill.

In reality, he dumbed us down, persuading us to suspend belief by combining fact and fiction, persuading us to make politics and governance just another subsidiary of his old business - entertainment." - Richard Reeves

"A more factual synopsis of the Reagan presidency might read like this:

Reagan was a transformative figure in American history, but his real revolution was one of public-relations-meets-politics and not one of policy.

His 1981 tax cut was followed quickly by tax hikes that you rarely hear about, and Reagan's real lasting achievement on that front was slashing marginal rates for the wealthy - even as rising payroll taxes socked the working class.

Reagan expanded the federal payroll, added a new cabinet post, and built a huge debt that ultimately tripped up his handpicked successor, George HW Bush - who controlled the "President" during most of his term in office.

What Reagan did shrink was government regulation and oversight - linked to a series of unfortunate events from the savings-and-loan crisis of the late 1980s to the sub-prime mortgage crisis of the late 2000s.

This nation has never seen the kind of bold, crudely calculated and ideologically driven legend-manufacturing as has taken place with Ronald Reagan." - Will Bunch 01/028/09

reagan brain damage

"Most reliable scientific sources say permanent brain damage
is one of the inevitable results of the use of marijuana

Ronald "Raygun"

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