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Wall Street ‘Exposé’ Directed by CFR Shill

31 August 2010 20,787 views 10 Comments

By the Editor.

My curiosity was piqued when a friend told me of the upcoming Wall Street documentary exposé ‘Inside Job’. It’s got some pretty good reviews, and perhaps it will pack enough punch to educate the general public about the theft of taxpayer money that constituted the euphemistically termed ‘bailout’. Online reviews have praised the film, “A wake-up call of macroeconomic proportions”, “Economics explained beautifully” – certainly sounds worth a watch.

Admittedly though, you have to be quite naive to think that a genuine expose of Wall Street could even see the light of day in Hollywood, considering the corporate nature of media ownership. After a short Internet search, things begin to fall into place.

‘Inside Job’ is directed by Charles H. Ferguson. His past works include a film called ‘No End in Sight – The American Occupation of Iraq’ – a piece critical of the Bush administration’s management of the war in Iraq. So far, so good. Sort of.

The alarming thing about Ferguson is his lifelong membership of the Council on Foreign Relations. See CFR’s private membership roster and Ferguson’s Wikipedia page.

CFR is a think tank which, in a nutshell, exists to shape the US international agenda in favour of its corporate members. CFR’s corporate roster is here, and it makes for some startling reading.

The founding member corporations of CFR are as follows:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Chevron Corporation
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Hess Corporation
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
The Nasdaq OMX Group

(I’ve added the emphases for obvious reasons).

How can a ‘lifelong member’ of this global banking and Big Oil corporate cabal make such an exposé? Well, Ferguson’s membership of CFR does not constitute a conflict of interest as one might surmise. Instead, it illustrates his real motives; his film is not an exposé, it is a distraction.

The focus of Ferguson’s 2007 piece, ‘No End in Sight – The American Occupation of Iraq’, is the US government’s post-invasion decision-making failures. Insufficient troop levels, looting in Baghdad, and corruption in the Iraqi government form the backbone of the film. Clearly, the film distracts audiences from what really matters: the decision to go to war in the first place, absent of evidence, and the relentless propaganda campaign from the media that aimed to legitimise the illegal war.

Let’s take a look at some of Ferguson’s other fellow CFR (corporate) members:

DynCorp International
Raytheon Company
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Shell Oil Company
General Electric Company
JPMorgan Chase & Company
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Morgan Stanley
Rockefeller Group International, Inc.
The Blackstone Group L.P.
Rothschild North America, Inc.

Many of these companies have profited to the tune of trillions of dollars from the destruction and reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan. Some even played integral parts in calling for the wars. Two of these corporations, DynCorp and KBR, are even in the ‘top ten’ list of companies profiting from the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.

As with ‘No End In Sight’, ‘Inside Job’ will not reveal the truth or bring the real culprits to light. Ferguson’s agenda is clear; he is a mouthpiece for his corporate CFR bedfellows. This type of pseudo-exposé aims to distract audiences from the significant truths by focusing on secondary matters. The viewer will be led around by the nose like a blinkered horse, while Ferguson’s war criminal pals can continue bombing and looting to their black hearts’ content.

The writers at The Daily Bell explain it much better than I can. I’ve paraphrased a few apt passages from two articles published there.

The financial elite pushes memes that are designed to avoid casting blame on the central banking system which, in the modern era, involves printing money-from-nothing, with no underlying asset base. The idea is to create diversionary blame that can then be translated into further government action, usually regulation.

This finger pointing exercise was used successfully during the Great Depression in America when “Wall Street” was exclusively blamed for the market crash, rather than reckless Federal Reserve inflation.

What this means in practice is that central banking blows up economies, leading to more regulation (something which Ferguson calls for himself) which further concentrates power in the hands of a few, allowing government and society to be even more efficiently run by the elite. It’s kind of a closed feedback loop. The more chaos, the more regulation, the more leverage the elite has to reignite the process. Power is continually being centralised and the middle classes themselves (the elite’s ultimate target) will actually clamour for the regulation that facilitates the process.

Notwithstanding the criminal recklessness and greed on the part of Goldman Sachs et al, the money-from-nothing central banking system is the root problem. Ferguson’s dog and pony show distracts viewers from this by focusing on a few fall-guy figures in the private sector. He can call for them all to go to prison; we all know that none of them actually will. Inside Job? I couldn’t think of a better name.

CFR’s private membership includes neo-con warmongers such as: Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Elliott Abrams, Vin Weber, John R. Bolton, General Colin L. Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Robert Zoellick, General David H. Petraeus, Robert M. Gates, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Timothy F. Geithner, Paul Volcker, and Henry M. Paulson Jr.


  • albert said:

    Charles D. Ferguson of the cfr is a different person than Charles H Ferguson of inside job

  • admin said:

    This is not the case – 10 seconds on Google can find this.

    Basic research. Type in:

    Charles H Ferguson site:cfr.org

    You will see in the search results the following page:


    And on that page you will see Charles H Ferguson. His membership is hardly a secret – see his Wikipedia page.

  • Greg Diablo said:

    This is the sort of post where my immediate reaction is “too smart by half”. Have you even seen the film? I have, and I thought what it did well was take a very complicated subject and make it accessible to the layman. And IMHO, that is all that is needed to get a critical mass of TV-narcotized sheeple to rouse themselves to understand how much of a threat these Too Big To Fail SOBs are to their quality of life (after all, self-preservation is a pretty basic instinct).

    Another point against your hypothesis is Ferguson’s speech at the Oscars. Why would he call for the prosecution of the fraudsters in this debacle if he was so concerned about his membership in the CFR?

    As Freud stated “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

  • Kittie said:

    Self-preservation is only a basic instinct to those whose survival instinct is not traumatized. The instincts of an addict are destruction and self-destruction. The higher up the heirarchy one dlimbs, the more power addiction one finds. If we understand this basic psychological complex, we will go a long way to understand why things are as they are, run by addicts to the “thrill of the kill.”

  • Michael said:

    @Greg. What does it matter that he called for the prosecution of fraudsters? There is zero political incentive to do so, and the CFR and Wall Street know it. It is just another level of distraction for the director of a propaganda piece to make such a statement. It gives the appearance of independence but it has no substance. People far and wide have called for such prosecution and it has all been meaningless. But to do so makes Ferguson seem on the side of Main Street and gives the gloss of trustworthiness his film.

  • JW n FL said:

    To Big To Fail Banks are doing “God’s Work”! How dare any of you speak against “God’s Work” being done?

    If “To Big To Fail Banks” were NOT! doing “God’s Work”! how would they all be able to maintain an almost prefect trading record?

    To maintain an almost perfect trading record and to NOT! be doing “God’s Work”! would surely lead to an S.E.C. investigation of some kind!

    So! Liar! Liar!! pants on FIRE!!! to you all!

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