Several years ago, I went to California to do a speaking tour and to raise money to help me through the most difficult part of eleven years of litigation resulting from my efforts to prevent corruption in the federal finances. The speaking tour was successful. However, after spending many lunches and dinners entertaining numerous wealthy people, I came back empty handed. As one honest San Francisco Bay Area heiress said, “I would never give you money. I don’t want to piss off the CIA.”
Sound-bite explanations of who Catherine Fitts is, and what she is talking about would be inadequate. Suffice it to say that she was a Managing Director of Dillon Reid, and served as Assistant Head of HUD under Bush the Elder and also under Clinton. She became expert at tracing public, private and illegal cash flows in and out of urban neighborhoods, and in the process got close to information that would not shed a good light on our government - not the Republicans, not Democrats - but the structure they collectively manage, particularly the elements that are run with trillions of dollars that are outside any audit trail. Drug money comes into Catherine's account, as does financial fraud, as does high Wall Street finance, as do governmental goon squads. Catherine, as a move in a larger chess game, put it all on the net, on servers on foreign soil. If you have time and the stomach for it you can read all about it, laid out like a deposition. Of interest to me is that the funders Catherine describes above, going along to get along for fear of reprisal, are liberal or progressive. Catherine is staunchly Christian and conservative, a defender not of what the free market has become, but what it was supposed to have been. She is a conspiracy theorist in that she suggests that if you are not part of a conspiracy for the bad, you might as well start one for the good. America is a free country, under the rule of law. What am I leaving out?
If a true political return on investment would drive transparency in government finance, open government operations to public scrutiny, and hold politicians of both parties accountable to the law, and to the citizenry, I wonder where we would start? Who talks about these issues? Can anyone point me to a few good links?