The public is very much unaware of the seriousness of issues
concerning the cashless society and also the degree to which the
technology relating to identification has now advanced.
Financial institutions and the banking industry would have us
believe that all the technology being introduced is for our good
and convenience. The advertising presented over the media invites
us to embrace the new systems without reservation, suggesting
that progress demands we must implement them, and that there is
only positive advantage to be gained, with no downside.
This is nothing short of deception and our acceptance without
question is absolute folly. There are far more disadvantages in
my opinion than there are advantages in embracing these new
technologies. In saying this I am acutely aware that many out
there will call me alarmist, behind the times, a doom sayer, and
short sighted, among other things, but I make no apology for
I have watched the development of these technologies for
several decades now, having a recent personal involvement with
the EFTPOS Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
financial transaction system as the direct front man for an
international company associated with major international Banks.
I sat with leading bank officials of Singapore, South Africa,
Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong discussing the
very issues of electronic banking, also having private
discussions with American Express, Diners and other major
financial corporations. Added to this, I have had the privilege
of extensive international travel through many other countries
with discussions at a governmental level, regarding trends in
this area .
who hold the
power are the
least able to be
I am concerned the half is not being told. In fact the truth
is being obscured. There are so many cases of heart ache and
devastation resulting from the lack of duty of care and
consideration toward customers in the banking industry. One of
the major issues being debated behind closed doors of banking and
government, is the serious issue of identity fraud which is at
mammoth proportions. The horror stories are to numerous to
publish and when you see the neo-political influences driving our
socalled modern society you come face to face with this
realization - Citizens and the general public no longer matter to
bankers and power brokers. They are just seen as stepping stones
to greater profit and control. Those who hold the power are the
least able to be entrusted with it.
You may have heard of the adage POWER CORRUPTS, AND ABSOLUTE
POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY. This is true without exception. The
corporate fraud associated with government institutions, private
corporations and public companies, not to mention the banks, is
staggering, and we only know of that which has become public.
Consider as one example the lies and deception at the highest
levels of international government that were perpetrated by Kofi
Anan and the Oil for Food deal .
Then there are the lies that initiated the Iraqi war, and at
the very date of writing this article, the news bulletins
conveyed the information that the President of the U.S.A. has
slated the Central Intelligence Agency as being incompetent
because of the false information it supplied him. But the truth
is that documents have surfaced and the information revealed
shows the Bush Administration knew the information they received
was flawed. Their main aim was not negotiation, but oil.
The die was cast as far back as 1991 by Bush senior and
certainly by Bush junior well before he came to office. For the
discerning, the documents covering the flawed information can be
obtained without difficulty. Even Colin Powell is now stating
publicly that the information was unreliable but the necessity of
policy at the time negated excluding its content.
Another disgrace is the Halliburton fiasco with its incestuous
relationships with the same directors and cronies of the Carlyle
group of Bush and Chaney as well as many others. It is public
knowledge that Osama Bin Laden’s brother, a major share
holder in the Carlyle group, was in Frank Carlucci’s office
opposite the twin towers when the planes actually hit them.
Former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci is Carlyle’s
chairman and managing director, who by the way, was college
roommate of the current Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld. Bush
Senior is a current advisor for Carlyle Group, in running what
its own marketing literature spookily calls "a vast,
interlocking, global network of businesses and investment
professionals". It operates within the so-called iron triangle of
industry, government, and the military, and is valued at 13.5
billion dollars, leaving itself wide open for conflict of
interest. We can see in Carlyle, how those weilding power
interact together to create huge international control in links
outside of their public duty. Here to illustrate, is a list of
politicians affiliated with the Carlyle Group.
George H. W. Bush, Staff member under Ronald Reagan and George W.
Bush, Carlyle Senior Counselor
the Carlyle Asia Advisory Board from April 1998 to October
from 1987 to 1989, Chairman Emeritus and currently strategic
Richard Darman, former Director of the U.S. Office of
Management and Budget under George H. W. Bush, Senior Advisor and
Managing Director of The Carlyle Group.
William Kennard, former chairman of the U.S. Federal
Communications Commission, Carlyle’s Managing Director in
the Telecommunications & Media Group.
Arthur Levitt, chairman of the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) under President Bill Clinton, Carlyle
Europe until May 2004, and other posts to the present.
Frank McKenna, Canadian ambassador (effective March 1, 2005)
to the United States, former member of Carlyle’s Canadian
Mack McLarty, President of Kissinger McLarty Associates,
Carlyle Senior Advisor.
Anand Panyarachun, former premier of Thailand.
Fidel Ramos, former president of the Philippines, Carlyle Asia
Advisor Board Member until the board was disbanded in February
Caspar Weinberger, former Secretary of Defense.
Park Tae Joon, former prime minister of South Korea.
Colin Powell, former United States Secretary of State.
Alice Albright, daughter of ex- Secretary of State Madeleine
The Saudi Arabian relatives of Osama bin Laden (not Osama bin
Laden himself) were also minor investors in Carlyle until October
2001 when the family sold its $2.02 million investment back to
the firm in light of the public controversy surrounding the bin
Laden family after September 11.
Halliburton, Chaney’s old company, controls most of the
oil flow from the Middle East and also holds the bulk of the U.S.
Government contracts to reconstruct Iraq - how fascinating and
honorable of them. This company, who executes the contracts to
rebuild Iraq, were so blessed to be on hand to receive its multi
billion dollar rewards at a time, so strangely and
coincidentally, when they were tied in with the administration of
the US Government, the very ones who simultaneously directed and
orchestrated the devastation of Iraq.
Dick Chaney has resigned from the position of director of
Halliburton, but his wife still holds power there. Surely that is
still an unacceptable conflict of interest? The corruption and
backhanders that have taken place in the rebuilding of Iraq is
astronomical but no one questions or speaks out, least of all
senior church leaders. The reason maybe that to do so could
expose many of them to public scrutiny, which may in turn
disclose that they have benefited in some way from this
I think it was Abraham Lincoln who once said the best form of
government is the least amount of government. As you look at the
example of the United States of America without looking too close
to home in Australia, New Zealand, Britain or Asia, you observe
one blatant fact. The cronyism of political buddies lining each
others corrupt pockets is a sad, seemingly permanent reality of
our now socially engineered godless, greed obsessed society .