An agency of the US State Department created in 1961 with the stated mission to provide “international development“. In addition, it has also gained global notoriety for its extensive role in helping brutal dictatorships repress, torture and murder; its role in facilitating drug trafficking; and its decades-long effort in mass sterilization. A former USAID director, John Gilligan, admitted it was “infiltrated from top to bottom with CIA people.” Gilligan explained that “the idea was to plant operatives in every kind of activity we had overseas; government, volunteer, religious, every kind.” It also plays a big role in other strategic projects, such as population control and forced sterilization campaigns. In January 2021, unindicted war criminal Samantha Power was nominated by the Biden junta to be the head of USAID.
USAID is an independent agency of the United States federal government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance. With a budget of over $27 billion, USAID is one of the largest official aid agencies in the world, and accounts for more than half of all U.S. foreign aid and assistance.
Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act on September 4, 1961, which reorganized U.S. foreign assistance programs and mandated the creation of an agency to administer economic aid. USAID was subsequently established by the executive order of President John F. Kennedy, who sought to unite several existing foreign assistance organizations and programs under one agency. USAID became the first U.S. foreign assistance organization whose primary focus was long-term socioeconomic development.
USAID’s programs are authorized by Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act, which Congress supplements through directions in annual funding appropriation acts and other legislation. To support U.S. geopolitical interests, Congress appropriates exceptional financial assistance to allies, largely in the form of “Economic Support Funds” (ESF). USAID is called on to administer the bulk (90%) of ESF.
Also, when U.S. troops are in the field, USAID can supplement the “Civil Affairs” programs that the U. S. military conducts to win the friendship of local populations. In these circumstances, USAID may be directed by specially appointed diplomatic officials of the State Department, as has been done in Afghanistan and Pakistan during operations against al-Qaeda.
OPIC Collaboration with Other Federal Agencies from USAID’s broad spectrum of financial services to the private sector help pave the way for later stage OPIC support. OPIC’s tools build on and amplify USAID investments. OPIC and USAID’s staff meet every quarter to share information about projects and decide how to refer projects to one another, allocate or share investment risks.
ALMOST ALL U. S. AID IS PAID TO U. S. CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO ACT AS A CHANNEL FOR THE MONEY TO REACH THE “INTENDED” RECIPIENTS WHO ARE OSTENSIBLY IN GREAT NEED. In fact, $50 billion a year is parceled out to the same old corporate cronies that it is always given to — Wells Fargo, Citibank, hedge funds, off-shore shell companies, etc. Then, other organizations, like the pseudo-government agency called the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), add to the flow of money with huge loans guaranteed by the United States government. Therefore, the U. S. tax payer pays three times for the same alleged assistance going to some foreign country where few Americas ever go or may even have heard of.
It is also well-known that most of this “international development” money never reaches the intended goal. Often there is little or no compliance follow-through or reporting requirements. OPIC is the worst for this type of mismanagement. Essentially, any “U. S. sponsor” can file for an OPIC loan and loan guarantee and if the U. S. bureaucracy – Senior Executive Service – says yes, then the applicant can basically count on OPIC funding the project for the entire length of the project, which is often ten years.
This report provides many OPIC funding examples that show the transparent corruption and obvious theft of OPIC funding through corporate cronyism and bureaucratic obfuscation and deceit. The use of off-shore tax havens or Delaware incorporations for many of the recipient U. S. sponsor companies reads like a cheap criminal novel.
In one OPIC contract in 2016, Noble Energy was given a $4.5 billion dollar loan to drill for oil in Israel so that foreign companies could benefit from the proceeds. Power plants in Jordan, Israel, and Ukraine are funded by OPIC so that there will be power supplied for oil companies to exploit and fleece foreign nations, often surrounded by hostilities requiring U. S. military presence to “support” the U. S. corporation.
OPIC also provides a huge amount of loans to banks to make smaller loans to other banks, themselves, or customers. OPIC simply gives money to banks and calls it foreign aid, or international development. These types of corrupt practices are only slightly hidden. The sleight of hand is passed off as a noble and humanitarian deed that should be unquestionable because it is based upon the theoretical premise of “helping” other nations.
It is also helpful to realize that U. S. State Department “aid” is usually in the form of weapon contracts with leading U. S. military contractors, the largest companies in the world, who also make weapons for our enemies.
This is considered U. S. “foreign aid”, even though private multi-national military contractors benefit from the “aid” more than anyone else. In fact, the U. S. money is simply given to the corporation along with the weapons order made by the country being “given” this “aid.”
The big question then arises, “Who gets the $50 billion or so each year? Who determines who gets this money?”
Of course, one might imagine that the U. S. Congress or the White House or the Secretary of State might carefully review the national security and economic considerations of throwing $50 billion around the world in foreign aid. Actually, none of the above make the decisions. Senior Executive Service members in the State Department, U. S. Treasury, FBI, CIA, NSA, and many other federal agencies work together through the Senior Executive Association to set the standards for giving this money to the same channels they have been told to give it to for a long, long time. Bureaucratic status quo tendencies die hard, especially when the usual criminals are expecting their cut of the pie.
Take for example Crown Agents USA Inc. who pose as an humanitarian relief agency which has the capacity to “accomplish anything” that USAID or OPIC need done. They are a trusted British agency that goes back to the year 1711 and have been serving the British Crown ever since. Yes, British “agents” simply stand in line and get their share of the U. S. “foreign aid” pie and then take the money to Africa (in most cases) to help the very Africans who they already manipulate by owning the corporations that control African economics (banks, gas stations, media, etc.). In other words, USAID and OPIC give Crown Agents USA Inc. (actually owned by the British Crown) money and huge loans to enrich their personal “overseas” ventures.
THEY TAKE MONEY FOR HUMANITARIAN CAUSES AS IF THEY WERE A PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATION AND YET ARE SIMPLY WELL-ESTABLISHED CRIMINALS STEALING FROM THE POOR TO GIVE TO THE RICH.