James Corbett writer, editor, publisher of Corbett Report



Against Phoney-9-11-War-on-Terror-Paradigm James Corbett

4 February, 16:30   Download audio file

In an interview to the Voice of Russia, James Corbett, the writer, editor and publisher of the Corbett Report, talked about the ever-present threat of a WWIII scenario developing from any number of threats. According to Mr. Corbett, the crimes, excesses and involvement of the Bush Administration in the events of 9/11 were an important reason for the creation of alternate media outlets. He spoke about the suppression of the reality behind the world's central banking systems as another chief motivator to get the truth out.

Robles: What would you say is the single biggest threat to the world today?

Corbett: That’s sadly a very good question, not because there’s one identifiable answer, but because there’re several candidates. And I think we could seriously face the possibility of an economic collapse, because of the global system of central banking and debt-based fiat money which has stretched to its breaking point and really threatens the economical livelihood of hundreds of millions of people around the world.

We could look at the ever-present threat of a WWIII scenario developing from any number of threats; from confrontation between the West and Iran and a scenario involving an exchange between India and Pakistan to some scenario involving North Korea or Taiwan upsetting the balance of powers in East Asia.

Robles: In your work, you’ve talked to thousands of people. Could you name three that really stood out and why?

Corbett: If I was pressed to think of just three off the top of my head, the first that would come to mind is Bob Chapman. He was the world’s largest silver and gold stock broker for a number of decades before his retirement in the 1980s. But he also was a prolific publisher of: Garry Allen, amongst other authors and researchers.

And he came to found his own International Forecaster newsletter, which was going out on a by-weekly basis there for a number of years. And the International Forecaster was one source of information that I looked forward to certainly every week to find out what was happening on the global, economic, financial, societal and geopolitical stage. Bob Chapman had a wealth of information and experience in that.

He had been a former military navy intelligence officer after WWII, had a lot of experience, spoke many languages and had a lot of connections around the world. So he had a wealth of information and, sadly enough, he did succumb to cancer last year and passed away. He was very greatly missed by a lot of people around the world. I’ve heard from quite a few of them. 

The second name that comes to mind is Sibel Edmonds, she’s a whistleblower who was working in FBI language translation unit in the Washington Field Office in the wake of 9/11, when they had fired a number of people because of a backlog of information that they had to translate.

Basically, in the wake of terrorist attacks there was so much information that they had not translated, that they suddenly realized it might be important.

So they hired a number of translators, including Sibel Edmonds and she was working in the translation unit, but the information that she was coming across, combined with the reticence of some of some of her FBI colleagues and superiors to actually look into the information that she was uncovering, started to raise her suspicions and eventually - there’s quite a big back story about this - but eventually she was approached by certain people who were working for foreign governments, including the government of Turkey, within the FBI that were basically starting to try to incorporate her into a spying/nuclear smuggling ring that was going on within the FBI.

When she attempted to blow the whistle, she kept encountering resistance from the superiors and the people who were put into place, supposedly to collect the information from the whistleblowers.

She tried that for a number of years and was actually gagged by the Bush administration with a State Secrets Privilege, which, up to that point, had almost never been invoked in the history of the United States, only a few times. She was one of the few, and since then it’s became something of a norm for both the Bush and Obama administrations to use that State Secrets Privilege to gag people from using their First Amendment right to free speech. But Sibel did not stop and she has not stopped and she now runs a website.

The third name that comes to mind, off the top of my head is Pepe Escobar, who is an independent journalist. He writes for a number of outlets, including the Asia Times online. And he’s absolutely just a complete encyclopedia of geopolitical information.

Robles: During the Bush years, you were one of the few voices speaking out. Did you pay price for telling the truth?

Corbett: One thing that particularly struck me when I started the website and was speaking quite vocally against the Bush administration at that time and the excesses of that administration and the crimes that had been committed by that administration.

I was approached by many of my friends who were not skeptical about the information I was presenting, regarding the U.S. government complicity in the 9/11 attacks and other such things, but they were more concerned that I would be out on some type of list, some Homeland Security list of some sort of whatever it was.

And I was approached by a number of friends in that regard, which I find somewhat surprising, because to me, that was the exact reason that I started the website. If I wasn’t concerned about the existence of the lists, I wouldn’t have started the website and started to speak out against the entire phony-war-on-terror-paradigm that the Bush years unfortunately brought into the global geopolitical theatre.

So this was exactly what I was fighting against. I think the perspective that we have to have is what price we pay for covering up the truth, for concealing the truth, for ignoring the truth, for knowing the truth, but not doing anything about it. That, to me, is the ultimate calculation at the end of the day, even if I’m not able to accomplish anything whatsoever in terms of a transformation in society or even amelioration of what’s going on, even if I accomplish nothing in regards to that, I don’t think I could look at myself in the mirror at the end of the day, knowing this type of extremely important information and not doing my level best to get that out to other people. So I really do think that the greater price to be paid is if we all are silent on these issues.

Robles: During your career, what was the most shocking thing you have ever heard?

Corbett: For the most shocking thing I’ve ever heard, I think I’d have to go back to the origins of my website and what type of information I was really encountering, when I started to get involved in this.

It was a combination of things, but one of the things that really struck me was, first of all, the documentary called “The Money Masters” and then other information that I encountered that backed up the information presented in that documentary. That really outlined how central banking actually functions and where the money supply actually comes from.

And it’s not a very large step between finding out about how money is actually created for the most part in most of the countries: in the Western world, at any rate. And really thinking about how much of the information has been suppressed and really kept from the general public, combined with the information that this was, in fact, one of the central themes of American history and the history of many countries around the world regarding central banks and whether there should be a central bank and how it should function and who should control it, who gets the control of printing the money.

This was something that was really dwelt upon by the citizens for a long time. And there were also political movements that arose around those ideas and you had all these political dynasties and fortunes that swell and fell upon these great ideas of how many and the economy should be organized.

James Corbett is the editor, webmaster and producer of the Corbett report


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