The Council on Foreign Relations

 

 
 
The stark contrast between these two mens’ responses (to the same question) conjures up what is undoubtedly one of the greatest speeches ever given by an American President:

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“The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society.  And we are, as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret procedings.  We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.” 
 
“Even today, there is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it.  And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand it’s meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.”
  
Why does the CFR matter?  Because they’re a private organization with private corporate interests.  And yet their influence upon the public sphere is immense, and without due accountability and transparency.  The conflict of interest here could hardly be more obvious. 
   
Talk about the elephant in the living room.  Yet many – like our new President elect – brush this aside as harmless or insignificant. 
 
 
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bonus material:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSXQLUIc1Ak&feature=related  (Ron Paul takes on the CFR one more time)


 

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