by Phil Hingston
By now, just about everyone in the world (except those living under a rock) is aware of Donald Trump’s Executive Order from the 21st December, 2017, targeting human rights abuse (read child sex trafficking) and corruption. Corruption in all its forms being financial, criminal, moral, political, religious, sexual…. we all know what corruption is. We just didn’t know how to stop it.
“Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption.”
Having watched the scandals being uncovered over the last year, from the Hollywood sex scandals, to the shenanigans over ex-FBI head Robert Mueller desperately attempting to find any dirt on the Trump administration in relation to Russian collusion, to the Main Stream Media being repeatedly caught out fabricating FAKE NEWS (and being vilified by Trump via his Twitter weapon), the goings on in the USA have left one’s head spinning. It has been nothing less that apocalyptic, as well as cathartic!!
Of particular note is the specific wording in Trump’s executive order relating to subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) and C.
(ii) any foreign person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General:
(A) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse;
(B) to be a current or former government official, or a person acting for or on behalf of such an official, who is responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in:
(1) corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery; or
(2) the transfer or the facilitation of the transfer of the proceeds of corruption;
(C) to be or have been a leader or official of:
(1) an entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, any of the activities described in subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) of this section relating to the leader’s or official’s tenure;
Well that just about includes all living current and past Prime Ministers, and a vast majority of Federal Ministers, as most, if not all of our politicians are “foreign persons” to the the Americans. And between Rudd and Gillard, Turnbull, Bishop and Carr, various estimates ranging from $100 million to $500 million AUSTRALIAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS were “donated” (misappropriated state assets) to the now-discredited and deregistered Clinton Foundation or the Clinton Global Initiative.
I guess money is no object when it comes to using other people’s money (ours) to buy power, influence, favours and to line your own pocket. Paid your taxes???
Tony Thomas from Quadrant Online has written a superb overview of the depth of this mind-numbing corruption, entitled “The Clintons and Their Corruptocrats”.
How many “Corruptocrats” can you think of?
As to “current and former government officials”, I recall certain Swamp Creatures pushing for and attempting to justify Australia’s multi-billion Lockheed Martin boondoggle involving the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter purchase. Is it possible that some of our esteemed current and former bureaucrats may find themselves squarely in the cross-hairs of “The Donald??” Remember this from May 2017??
And let’s not forget the $50 billion being spent on submarines, being built and supplied by the French company DCNS.
You remember them? The French company eliciting headlines in the Sydney Morning Herald such as this:
“Contract-winning French sub builder DCNS tied up in deadly Malaysian bribery saga”
Or this: “French subs firm in bribery scandal” from May 2016 in The Australian. And who was the Defense Minister at the time.
And who was his Chief of Staff? Sean Costello.
And who ended up as the CEO of DNCS Australia (the French company)? Sean Costello.
What an amazing coincidence!
Back to Trump’s Executive Order.
In summary, it looks like Trump is attempting to freeze the assets of just about person or any entity who or which has been involved in serious human rights abuse or corruption. As it relates to the Australian Swamp, it looks to be just about anyone who has held a senior political or bureaucratic position in recent history and who has been “playing in the trough” may regret their previous activities.
To make it simple, I’ve paraphrased the best bits of the E.O.:
“any foreign person …responsible for or complicit in… serious human rights abuse… corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets… corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery… to be or have been a leader or official of any entity… where the activity is conducted by a foreign person… or any activity described in subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) of this section that is conducted by a foreign person…”
And just to put the icing on the cake, there’s a bit about CONTRIBUTIONS to charities and foundations.
Sec. 4. The prohibitions in section 1 include:
(a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and
(b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.
Think Rudd, Gillard, Bishop, Turnbull, et al and their “donations”(bribes) of hundreds of millions of YOUR TAX DOLLARS to the Clintons.
Hey Swamp, are we getting just a teensy, weensy bit nervous yet?? Hope so!!
And then there’s the pedophiles or as Trump calls them, “human rights abusers”!
–Phil Hingston is an observer of economics and a vociferous critic of “pedophiles down under”.