Revisiting Corporate Manipulation
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously and accepting both of them." - George Orwell, 1984
The originally peaceful BLM protest voices quickly morphed into violence and extended into Europe with a heavy influx of groups similar to Antifa. In Europe, we continue to see the same inconsistency regarding the removal of historical figures and stories. It’s an interesting dynamic that’s clearly been overtaken by a political movement lurking in the background. If the protests were indeed about equality and civil rights, would these corporations be exempt from knowing their exclusive relationships with the NAZI Party or ongoing corruptible behaviors?
Is this writing intended to promote protests? No. The exclusion isn't unintentional or merely an oversight by the protesters. With that being understood, we are left with no worries on that half of the table. Let's review companies with worrisome histories of poor choices related to social justice.
The first example is one of the most guarded abuses of trust in modern times on-the-ground reporting...
AP News Agency
AP provides much of the basic, on-the-ground-reporting and images for much of the news that you now read and watch. They were also NAZI collaborators.
Most international news organizations withdrew from Germany during the NAZI years, but the AP remained — and fired all their local Jewish staff along the way. As early as the mid-1930s, AP began refusing to publish images depicting the discrimination against Jews in Germany.
The AP knowingly sold images of Jews from inside Germany and around the world to be used in anti-Semitic propaganda. They were also the leading supplier of images for a propaganda book called The Jews in the USA, and in third place among suppliers of photos for the anti-Semitic book The Subhuman.
The AP also sold images from Germany to the rest of the world. These images could only leave the country after being inspected by senior SS members. As a result, the AP was publishing images that showed NAZI members as heroic leaders and Jews as subhuman cowards.
This collaboration with the German government was unprecedented for a foreign news press service and contributed to NAZI propaganda both within and outside of Germany.
History shows us IBM chose to develop and sell the equipment needed to calculate the Nazi concentration camp(s) census’ and accept Hitler's accommodation medals. All the while, through their subsidiary, Dehomag, IBM made several other indefensible choices while counting profit revenue along with Jews - for Hitler.
Dehomag IBM also worked with the Nazi government to carry out a massive nationwide census of Germany. This census was designed to identify populations of Jews, Gypsies, and other ethnic groups deemed undesirable by the regime so that they could be marked for extermination.
This ugly history of decision making is outlined in IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black. An uncomfortable relationship between the iconic company and the Third Reich.
Barclays Bank, aka Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Arena, seems to glide under the radar. Barclays is one of the world’s most powerful global corporations in terms of ownership and corporate control over global financial stability and market competition. There are also the same company to gain favor with NAZI Germany, offered names of Jewish staff to its NAZI. Documents from the US national archives reveal how senior officials from Barclays Bank provided information about its Jewish employees to senior NAZI officials and helped arrange financing for projects to sustain Hitler's lifestyle and war machine.
One of the first meetings was with US businessmen Sosthenes Behn, then the CEO of ITT, and his German representative, Henry Mann. Anthony C. Sutton, in his book Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, outlines ITT making cash payments to SS leader Heinrich Himmler. The Office of Military Government of the United States, OMGUS, documents reveal the extended role of NAZI support from ITT could not be determined during WWII because of the inability to locate information (thought to be destroyed).
How many times have you walked instead of using an elevator that prominently lists ThyssenKrupp on the interior frame? I’m guessing the protest wasn’t as convenient as the elevator ride. After all, ThyssenKrup was only a major manufacturer for NAZI Germany’s war efforts. CEO Fritz Thyssen thought Nazism was the wave of the future, and he was one of the earliest and largest contributors to surf the NAZI party wave. The NAZI leadership rewarded him by electing him as a member of the Reichstag and appointing him to the Council of the State of Prussia, the largest German state.
Nestle is simply a consistently unethical company. But you must give them credit for not hiding from who they are all these years. Concentration camp forced labor, child labor in West Africa, NAZI business ties and hiding Jewish money, water rights manipulation, etc
I don’t want to lose your interest in older history, so we’ll stay focused on the last 20 years as the ongoing pattern of behavior.
At the second World Water Forum in 2000, Nestlé and other corporations persuaded the World Water Council to change its statement to reduce access to drinking water from being defined as a "right" rather than a "need".
In 2002, Nestlé demanded that the nation of Ethiopia repay $6 million of debt to the company when Ethiopia was suffering a severe famine.
In Canada, the Competition Bureau raided the offices of Nestlé Canada (along with those of Hershey Canada and Mars Canada) in 2007 to investigate price-fixing of chocolates. It is alleged executives with Nestlé (the maker of KitKat, Coffee Crisp, and Big Turk) colluded with competitors in Canada to artificially control prices.
September 2008, the Hong Kong government found melamine in Nestlé milk products. Six infants died from kidney damage, and a further 860 babies were hospitalized. Nestlé's division made the dairy farm milk in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao.
In June 2009, an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to Nestlé's refrigerated cookie dough originating from a plant in Virginia.
In November 2015, Nestlé disclosed that seafood products sourced in Thailand were produced with forced labor – primarily for its Purina products.
In May 2015, Food Safety Regulators from the state of Uttar Pradesh, India found that samples of Nestlé's noodles Maggi had up to 17 times beyond permissible safe limits of lead in addition to monosodium glutamate.
In September 2017, it was found that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Nestlé and other major chocolate companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas of Africa.
In 2019, The Washington Post reported Nestle had quietly resumed its child labor law abuses in Africa.
JP Morgan - Chase
What can you say about JP Morgan - Chase that hasn’t already been said about Nestle? Chase financed NAZI Germany and its leaders, manipulated markets for their benefit and actively punished Jewish persons.
Chase Bank looked for the association with power at every turn. It’s been revealed that NARA records show the details of Chase’s operations during the occupation of France by Germany from the late 1930s through the early 1940s when President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) issued an Executive Order freezing German assets, Chase National Bank worked with the NAZI government to secretly release funds. The Secretary of the Treasury issued the order blocking any access to French accounts in the US by anyone, but Henry Morgenthau Jr., with the approval of FDR. Within hours of the order, Chase unblocked the accounts, and the funds were transferred through South America to Nazi Germany.
Fast forward to the turn of the century. We still find Chase Bank’s loyalty to their past with refusal to release funds stolen from Jewish people during the NAZI Germany occupation of France. The US Treasury officials requested an investigation into French subsidiaries of American banks, such as Chase Bank, J.P. Morgan & Co, National City Corporation, Guaranty Bank, Bankers Trust, and American Express. Of these banks, only Chase and Morgan remained open in France during the Nazi occupation. The Chase branch chief in Paris, France, Carlos Niedermann, told his supervisor in New York that there had been an "expansion of deposits". Also, Niedermann was, "very vigorous in enforcing restrictions against Jewish property, even refusing to release funds belonging to Jews in anticipation that a decree with retroactive provisions prohibiting such release might be published soon by the occupying Nazi authorities".
The U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control has found JPMorgan had illegally aided dictatorships in Cuba, Sudan, Liberia and Iran, including transferring 32,000 ounces of gold bullion to the benefit of a bank in Iran. JPMorgan did not voluntarily self-disclose the Iranian matter to OFAC.
Among its other transgressions, JPMorgan has been found to have:
Engaged in fictitious trades
Collected illegal flood insurance commissions
Wrongfully foreclosed on soldiers; charged veterans hidden fees for refinancing
Violated the Federal Trade Commission Act by making false statements to people seeking automobile loans
Illegally increased their collection of overdraft fees by processing large transactions before smaller ones
Helped drive Jefferson County, Alabama (Birmingham), into bankruptcy by switching its fixed-rate debt to variable
The German government was also given the ability to offer these Deutsche Marks below of because they had been stolen from citizens, primarily of Jewish heritage, fleeing the NAZI country. Between 1936 and 1941, the German government amassed more than $20 million, and the businesses enabling these transactions earned $1.2 million in commissions. Of these commissions, over $500,000 went to Chase National Bank and its sub-agents.
These facts were discovered when the FBI began its investigation in October 1940. The purpose of the investigation was to follow German-Americans who had bought the Marks. However, Chase National Bank's executives were never federally prosecuted because Chase's lead attorney threatened to reveal FBI, Army and Navy "sources and methods" in court (needs reference). Publicly naming sources and methods would have posed security risks and threatened future operations. To avoid those revelations, the executives' violations of the Johnson Act, the Espionage Act, and the Foreign Agents Registration Act were never prosecuted.
ExxonMobil and Chevron
Standard Oil antitrust law required Standard Oil to be broken into smaller, independent companies operating through the war years. Among the "baby Standards" that still exist are ExxonMobil and Chevron.
And yes, today's protesting crowd has become fans of the Bush family. It's a patterned expectation that isn't surprising considering the GOP blue-blood faction dislikes President Trump as well. Take a few moments and review the Standard Oil, NAZI, and the Bush family's deep connections.
Messerschmitt was an aircraft manufacturing company founded by and named after Ernst Heinkel. It is noted for producing bomber aircraft for the Luftwaffe in World War II In 1965, the company was absorbed by Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke (VFW), which was absorbed by Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm in 1980 and later became part of Airbus.
In 2005, Electrolux obtained the rights to the brand name AEG, which it now uses on some of its products. The AEG name is also licensed to various brand partners under the Electrolux Global Brand Licensing program. AEG's links to the NAZI government include a long and consistent list..
AEG donated 60,000 Reichsmarks to the Nazi party after the Secret Meeting of 20 February 1933 at which the twin goals of complete power and national rearmament were explained by Hitler. During World War II, an AEG factory near Riga used female slave labor.
AEG used slave labor from Camp No. 36 at the new subcamp of Auschwitz III called Arbeitslager Blechhammer. Most of these [slaves] would die in 1945 during the death marches, and finally in Buchenwald.
AEG were also contracted to produce electrical equipment at Auschwitz concentration camp.
The 1936 Summer Olympics were the perfect marketing opportunity for Coca-Cola. Just like with most brands active in Germany Coca-Cola’s Fanta appeared beside waving banners emblazoned with swastikas. After this, the Coca-Cola logo was seen at various athletic competitions in Germany and later even on trucks at Hitler Youth rallies. And the ninth annual concessionaire convention ended with a Keith-led pledge to Coca-Cola and a rousing "Sieg heil!" to Hitler.
When Hitler invaded Poland in 1939 and declared war on Europe, Coca-Cola feared the American-owned business would be seized by the German government. While other multinational businesses operating in Germany were prohibited from making products, Coca-Cola was determined to still produce a product for Germany. Coca-Cola chemists went to work and developed an exclusively German soft drink called “Fanta” - “fantasie” (German for “imagination”). This was the only soft drink approved for sale in NAZI Germany and thus creating a cash cow of business for the American corporation.
Siemens is the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe with branch offices internationally. The principal divisions of the company are Industry, Energy, Healthcare (Siemens Healthineers), and Infrastructure & Cities, which represent the primary activities of the company. The company also owned a plant in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Really? This group has been given a pass. How can a pass be given to the Ford family? Amazing. Google keyword searches of "NAZI" and add Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Ford, General Motors.
Hugo Boss is one of the biggest German clothing companies, with global sales of nearly $3 billion in 2019. Their rise to prominence was built on the back of the NAZI movement in Germany. Beginning in 1928, Hugo Boss became an officially licensed supplier of uniforms to the NAZI SS, Hitler Youth Organizations, and other NAZI leadership extending from Adolph Hitler’s inner circle to local party officials.
The kicker? The German officer uniforms were designed using concentration camp labor.
Allianz it is the world's largest insurance company and one of the largest financial services groups and the largest company according to a composite measure by Forbes magazine. Yes, they’re working on a Samaritan image with the “Fireman’s Fund” – don’t you love the good wordplay?
Dresdner Bank was known as the bank of choice for Heinrich Himmler's SS. The bank also took part in Germany’s early confiscation of Jewish property and wealth. The bank assisted with the financing of concentration camps, including Auschwitz.
The bank was actively involved in the occupation of Europe, "essentially acting as the bank of the SS in Poland".
Following the banking crisis in 1931, the German government owned 66% and Deutsche Golddiskontbank owned 22% of Dresdner Bank shares. Its deputy director, Dr Schacht, was named Minister of Economy under the NAZI government.
I’m sure you can understand the pattern, right? Unpaid insurance policies to Jewish families or those sympathetic to the Jewish plight. The policies included property, auto and life insurance policies. Not to mention the redistribution of those private properties.
Medical and Chemical Companies
IG Farben was a German chemical and pharmaceutical conglomerate. Formed in 1925 from a merger of six chemical companies—BASF, Bayer, Hoechst, Agfa, IG Farben served as one of NAZI Germany’s most important partners, is well documented as having purged all Jewish employees per German government requests, used concentration camp labor for projects and supplied chemicals used in the infamous “showers” that murdered countless victims.
These companies were known as the German team that developed the Zyklon B gas used in Nazi death camps to kill Jews and other “undesirables.”
Hoechst - Hoechst was a chemicals and life-sciences company that developed into Aventis Deutschland after its merger with France's Rhône-Poulenc S.A. in 1999. With the new company's 2004 merger with Sanofi-Synthélabo, it became a subsidiary of the resulting Sanofi-Aventis pharmaceuticals group. in 2004, by the merger of Aventis and Sanofi-Synthélabo, which were each the product of several previous mergers. It changed its name to Sanofi. Check out the drug product line.
Bayer - This German company is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Fritz te Meer, who directed operations at the IG Farben plant at Auschwitz, later became the president of The Bayer Corporation.
It’s always an interesting trail to follow the money connected with distinct movements. As far as the George Floyd protests? The words “hijacked” and “manipulated” cannot be used often enough any time these companies become involved.