• Organized Crime

    Crime Pays (If You’re in Government)

    Source: The Corbett Report October 13, 2018 James Corbett “The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. The Shadow knows!” Perhaps you’re old enough to remember this tag line from the 1930s radio dramatization of The Shadow. Or perhaps, like me, you spent your childhood listening to “Those Old Radio Shows” on your local radio station before going to bed every night. Or perhaps you’re only familiar with Woody Allen’s retort that “I think crime pays. The hours are good, you travel a lot.” But however you encountered the “crime does not pay” formulation, you’ve doubtless heard it and internalized it. Of course it’s true. Crime doesn’t…

  • Organized Crime

    Big Pharma and the Rise of Gangster Capitalism

    Source: Washington’s Blog July 13, 2018 by Charles Hugh Smith Thanks to decades of gangster films, we all know how gangster capitalism works: the cost of “protection” goes up whenever the gangster wants to increase revenues, any competition is snuffed out, and “customer demand” is jacked up by any means available– addiction, for example. This perfectly describes the pharmaceutical industry and every other cartel in America. You might have read about the price increase in Acthar gel, a medication to treat Infantile Spasms. (via J.F., M.D., who alerted me to the repricing of this medication from $40 in 2001 to the current price of $38,892.) The compound first received approval in 1950, and various branded versions…

  • CIA

    The CIA: 70 Years of Organized Crime

    Photo by Tom Thai | CC BY 2.0 Source: counterpunch September 22, 2017 by Douglas Valentine – Lars Schall Lars Schall: 70 years ago, on September 18, 1947, the National Security Act created the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA. Douglas, you refer to the CIA as “the organized crime branch of the U.S. government.” Why so?  Douglas Valentine: Everything the CIA does is illegal, which is why the government provides it with an impenetrable cloak of secrecy. While mythographers in the information industry portray America as a bastion of peace and democracy, CIA officers manage criminal organizations around the world. For example, the CIA hired one of America’s premier drug trafficker…