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Unformatted text preview: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man John Perkins CONTENTS Preface ix Prologue xvi PART I: 1963-1971 1 An Economic Hit Man Is Born 3 "In for Life" 12 Indonesia: Lessons for an EHM 20 4 Saving a Country from Communism 23 5 Selling My Soul 28 PART II: 1971-1975 6 My Role as Inquisitor 37 7 Civilization on Trial 42 8 Jesus, Seen Differently 47 9 Opportunity of a Lifetime 52 10 Panama's President and Hero 58 11 Pirates in the Canal Zone 63 12 Soldiers and Prostitutes 67 13 Conversations with the General 71 14 Entering a New and Sinister Period in Economic History 76 15 The Saudi Arabian Money-laundering Affair 81 16 Pimping, and Financing Osama bin Laden 93 PART III: 1975-1981 17 Panama Canal Negotiations and Graham Greene 101 18 Iran's King of Kings 108 19 Confessions of a Tortured Man 113 20 The Fall of a King 117 21 Colombia: Keystone of Latin America 120 22 American Republic versus Global Empire 124 23 The Deceptive Resume 131 24 Ecuador's President Battles Big Oil 141 25 I Quit 146 PART IV: 1981-PRESENT 26 Ecuador's Presidential Death 153 27 Panama: Another Presidential Death 158 28 My Energy Company, Enron, and George W. Bush 162 29 I Take a Bribe 167 30 The United States Invades Panama 173 31 An EHM Failure in Iraq 182 32 September 11 and its Aftermath for Me, Personally 189 33 Venezuela: Saved by Saddam 196 34 Ecuador Revisited 203 35 Piercing the Veneer 211 Epilogue 221 John Perkins Personal History 226 Notes 230 Index 240 About the Author 248 PREFACE Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign "aid" organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy fami-lies who control the planet's natural resources. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrify-ing dimensions during this time of globalization. I should know; I was an EHM, I wrote that in 1982, as the beginning of a book with the working title, Conscience of an Economic Hit Man. The book was dedicated to the presidents of two countries, men who had been my clients, whom I respected and thought of as kindred spirits Jaime Roldos, president of Ecuador, and Omar Torrijos, president of Panama. Both had just died in fiery crashes. Their deaths were not accidental. They were assassinated because they opposed that fraternity of corporate, government, and banking heads whose goal is global empire. We EHMs failed to bring Roldos and Torrijos around, and the other type of hit men, the CIA-sanctioned jackals who were always right behind us, stepped in....
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