A Comprehensive List of the US Government’s Crimes and Mismanagement (2/3)

The cover image of every post in this series is one of the many variants of Irish Regiment Flags in use during the US Civil War. North or South, the major design elements are the same, with some combination of: a green field, a gold harp, the sun shining through clouds, and a gold inscription either directly on the green background or a red banner.

The title says it all. Similar to the earlier entry where I cataloged various instances of Police Brutality, here’s a collection of the US Government’s major crimes, abdications of duty and harmful policies towards the citizens of this and other countries. This project will serve as a companion piece to the earlier Declaration of Grievances Against the United States Government, as proof such a rebuke is valid.

I admit that my efforts here amounted to a somewhat less than fully comprehensive list; the scale of US atrocities is so large that no one person could compile all of them. I also acknowledge that the grouping and classification of the materials can absolutely be improved upon for ease of browsing. Please keep in mind that this is still a rough draft, and for this first step in the process, my focus was to collect as many sources as possible. That alone was a herculean task, as was tediously copying every article’s title and URL to make clickable links. My thinking is, either I could have held off on posting this collection until it was absolutely 100% perfect and orderly, which would probably take the better part of 6 months to a year. In that scenario, either the endeavor becomes an albatross around my neck, preventing me from enjoying any other projects because I feel I have to complete it ASAP, or I continuously put it off to focus on articles that are more enjoyable to work on, and thus the process takes much longer. At least by publishing my work as I go, the ongoing project, flawed though it might be in the meantime, might at least provide readers with a good idea of the scope and severity of our nation’s troubles.

This will be an ongoing project as I find more information to share, and if you have any stories you know I missed, feel free to share them in the comments or via email. Part one will constitute failures to ensure the well-being of the American people, infrastructure and land. Part two will be comprised of corruption/incompetent waste in various agencies, legislation, crony capitalism and foreign adventurism. Part three shall explore the fundamental breakdown of civility, constitutional norms and wrongdoing from unelected agencies. The notations underneath each embedded flag, including the cover images, link to articles dealing with historical discrimination against racial minorities.

There will be a redundancy of information in many articles included with this series. This is to safeguard against articles getting taken down or skepticism levied against any particular source.

For anyone who would say that criticism of the United States is immoral or unpatriotic, I refer them to the immortal words of my favorite American policy-maker, Senator McGovern.

Wasting Money on Ineffective Programs or Legislation

Federal abstinence-only funding had no effect on adolescent birthrates overall but displayed a perverse effect, increasing adolescent birthrates in conservative states

Corruption in US Border Patrol Agency

Trump Administration Paid Firm Nearly $14 Million For Just 2 New Recruits

Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion

Deceptive Pentagon Math Tries to Obscure $100 Million+ Price Tag for F-35s

(Related to the War on Drugs) Man kept in a San Diego Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell, forgotten for four days without food or water (Alternate Source)

The Wasteful War on Drugs

Mismanagement, Disproportionate Arrests in War on Drugs

Exorbitant Budget of the DEA

Policing for Profit: The Drug War’s Hidden Economic Agenda

Science and the End of Marijuana Prohibition

Reforming The Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century

The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding And Rejecting Science

Feds Raid 11 Medical Marijuana Clinics

Santa Cruz officials fume over medical pot club bust / DEA arrests founders, confiscates plants

The FED, despite being created to stop recessions, failed to prevent or adequately rebound from the Great Depression (Scholarly Article)

The Federal Reserve’s Framers Would Be Shocked

End the FED by Ron Paul

The Great Contraction, 1929-1933 by Milton Friedman and Anna Jacobson Schwartz

The Mystery of Banking by Murray Rothbard

Senator Robert L. Owen of Oklahoma, father of the Federal Reserve act, charged in an interview that the Federal Reserve Board, in effect, had abdicated its powers in favor of the bankers who elect six out of nine Federal Reserve Bank Directors

A lonely voice against the Fed now leads a chorus

Monetary Central Planning and the State

The Fed and the Crisis: A Reply to Ben Bernanke

Did the Fed Cause the Housing Bubble?

How the Fed helped cause the housing bubble and financial crisis

The Case Against the FED by Murray Rothbard

Did a Group Financed by Exxon Prompt IRS to Audit Greenpeace?

“During the Bush administration, liberal groups were targeted” by the IRS, similar to recent targeting

IRS Has Long History of Political Dirty Tricks

We conducted our second annual analysis of the performance of the 15 federal agencies that consistently receive the most Freedom of Information Act requests. Most agencies have improved, but scores are once again low overall.

Congress Says DHS Oversaw $15 Billion in Failed Contracts

Credit Card Fraud at DHS

Who’s running dozens of top-secret unpatched databases? The Dept of Homeland Security

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is the Worst Landlord

Leader of H.U.D. Assesses It Harshly

Introduction to the Israel Lobby

Israel Has Reached Childhood’s End — It’s Time to End U.S. Aid to Israel (Alternate)

US Aid to Israel

The Complete Unexpurgated AIPAC Tape

The dark roots of AIPAC, ‘America’s Pro-Israel Lobby’

David or Goliath? The Israel Lobby and Its Critics

The Best Congress AIPAC Can Buy

US tiptoes between terror, Castro’s policies

“Under the trade dispute, soybean exports to China alone have plummeted by 22 million tonnes, or over 90 percent,” said the USDA.

Trump Trade War Triggering $1.9 Billion Plunge In Farm Exports: USDA


FEMA paid for at least 203 funerals not related to 2004 hurricanes

U.S. Senate committee and the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security found that FEMA inappropriately declared a disaster area and then awarded millions without verifying storm damage or a need for assistance.

FEMA gave $21 million in Miami-Dade, where storms were ‘like a severe thunderstorm

Army of the Peninsula Battle Flag, used by the forces of Major General John B Macgruder. I do not support or condone the Confederate States or their cause, I’m just sharing this as a lover of vexillology, since it’s another example of a lesser known historical flag used as an emblem of American defiance against perceived tyranny.

Wasteful Military Adventurism

President Obama Secretly Approved Transfer of Bunker-Buster Bombs to Israel

On America’s Role as an Unbiased Broker Between Israel and Palestine

How the US lost billions over nine years in Iraq

The Truth About Tonkin

When presidents lie to make a war

The Gulf Of Tonkin Incident: The Lie That Sparked The Vietnam War

The Iraq War and WMDs: An intelligence failure or White House spin?

Lie by Lie: A Timeline of How We Got Into Iraq

16 Years Later, How the Press That Sold the Iraq War Got Away With It


Over $8B of the Money You Spent Rebuilding Iraq Was Wasted Outright


Most Veterans Say America’s Wars Are a Waste. No One’s Listening to Them.

Billions Spent and a Million Dead: The Iran-Iraq War Was An Enormous Waste Of Everything

Report: More Than $30 Billion Wasted in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit

Use-it or lose-it: DoD dropped $4.6 million on crab and lobster, and $9,000 on a chair in last-minute spending spree

It’s Time to Stop Our Wasteful Military Spending

The Disturbing Ways We Waste Money Our Military Budget

Overspending on the Pentagon Won’t Make Us Safer

The 10 Most Blatantly Wasteful Defense Items In The Recent $1.8 Trillion Spending Bill

Waste, Greed, and Fraud: The Business that Makes the World’s Greatest Army

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

The Israel Lobby

Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide

Netanyahu Has Been Rewarded for Blatantly Disrespecting the U.S. and the United Nations

Netanyahu’s speech wasn’t just bad politics – it was unconstitutional

Netanyahu and the Republicans

How Netanyahu’s speech to Congress has jeopardised US-Israel relations

Israel: Second F-35 deal is in the cards

the vice president and the secretary of defense created a “Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal” that hijacked U.S. foreign policy

Where Is U.S. Foreign Policy Headed?

Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower

The American Warfare State: The Domestic Politics of Military Spending

Putting Terrorism in Context: Lessons from the Global Terrorism Database

The Central Intelligence Agency: Security Under Scrutiny

Washington’s War on Nicaragua

CIA Weapon Sales to Iran

Bombing of Cuban Jetliner 30 Years Later

Smokescreen: The US, NATO and the Illegitimate Use of Force

The Central Intelligence Agency: Security Under Scrutiny

Colombian Paramilitaries and the United States: “Unraveling the Pepes Tangled Web”

Colombian Armed Forces Directive No. 200-05/91

the Colombian military had embarked on a new relationship with the U.S. military, eager to confront the communist threat to the south (Continuation)

Guerrillas, Bandits, and Independent Republics: US Counter-insurgency Efforts in Colombia 1959-1965

Supreme Court denies cert in el-Masri rendition case


President Issues Military Order: Detention, Treatment, and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism

Renditions: Constraints Imposed by Laws on Torture

US turned blind eye to torture

CIA Interrogation Techniques

Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower

The Dark Shadow of Agent Orange

The legacy of Agent Orange

Vietnam’s horrific legacy: The children of Agent Orange

Agent Orange Birth Defects

“Veterans and Agent Orange Update 1996: Summary and Research Highlights” by the US National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine

Cold War Exposures

The Sword & The Dollar: Imperialism, Revolution & the Arms Race

Statement of APA Board of Directors: Outside Counsel to Conduct Independent Review of Allegations of Support for Torture

The Senate Committee’s Report on the C.I.A.’s Use of Torture

Red Cross Report on Guantanamo

Medical Ethics Lapses Cited in Interrogations

Experiments in Torture: Medical Group Accuses CIA of Carrying Out Illegal Human Experimentation

Medics performed ‘interrogation research’

Cries From the Past: Torture’s Ugly Echoes

No End in Sight

Exploiting Veterans for Profit

Killing of Americans Deepens Debate Over Use of Drone Strikes


Obama’s Weak Defense of His Record on Drone Killings

The U.S. keeps killing Americans in drone strikes, mostly by accident

Obama Killed a 16-Year-Old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed His 8-Year-Old Sister.

White House Says ‘No American Citizen Will Ever Be Targeted’ After 8-Year-Old Girl Dies in Yemen

flag used by the “Saint Augustine Blues,” a unit of troops in the Civil War. I do not support or condone the Confederate States or their cause, I’m just sharing this as a lover of vexillology, since it’s another example of a lesser known historical flag used as an emblem of American defiance against perceived tyranny.

Crony Capitalism (# EpsteinDidntKillHimself)

Paradise Papers: Secrets of the Global Elite

What are the Paradise Papers and what do they tell us?

Paradise papers: a special investigation

Paradise Papers: Everything you need to know about the leak

Paradise Papers Shine Light on Where the Elite Keep Their Money

What Are the Panama Papers?

The Panama Papers: Exposing the Rogue Offshore Finance Industry

What are the Panama Papers? A guide to history’s biggest data leak

Panama Papers

About the Panama Papers

Panama Papers Q&A: What is the scandal about?

Nestlé Pays Only $200 to Take 130 Million Gallons of Michigan’s Water

GOP rejects bill to give back pay to federal contractors, wants to repeal estate tax instead

This Infographic Shows How Only 10 Companies Own All The World’s Food Brands

Why a Full-Blown Banking Crisis Is Inevitable

Gap between rich and poor growing, fueling global anger

The top 26 billionaires own $1.4 trillion — as much as 3.8 billion other people


The Trump Tax Cut: Even Worse Than You’ve Heard

Companies’ pursuit of high profits is making the rich richer at everyone else’s expense, according to new research

World’s wealthiest ‘deserve heavy taxes’ if they fail to make capitalism more inclusive

Having a ‘good’ job in America no longer makes you financially secure

Amazon Will Pay a Whopping $0 in Federal Taxes on $11.2 Billion Profits

One year after the tax cuts, the market is worse and the economy is a mixed bag

Rich People Broke America and Never Paid the Price

Gig economy could be dragging down wages for everyone — even those with regular employment

Diplomas For Sale

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Major Study Finds the US is an Oligarchy

FCC accused of colluding with Big Cable to game 5G legal challenge

Mitch McConnell BUSTED Helping Donors Get Contracts From His Wife

FCC Says Gutting ISP Oversight Was Great For Broadband

Former Trump Officials Are Supposed to Avoid Lobbying. Except 33 Haven’t.

Why Amazon is a ‘bully’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’

‘Lobbyists Are Here. Goldman Sachs Is Here. Where’s Labor? Activists?’ Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez Pull Back Curtain on Corporate-Sponsored Freshman Orientation

Last-Minute Push to Restore Net Neutrality Stymied by Democrats Flush With Telecom Cash

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Harvard orientation for freshman lawmakers as ‘lobbyist project’ that hypes tax cuts for corporations

IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

Billionaires Flooded Republicans’ Coffers Just Before the Tax Cuts Passed

Terabytes of Enron data have quietly gone missing from the Department of Energy

House Democrats Who Haven’t Supported Net Neutrality Yet Have All Taken Money from Telecoms

Trump Tax Cuts Are (Probably) About to Become a Political Disaster

Capitalism is Dangerous for Your Mental Health

It was the Democrats’ embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump

It’s Official: The Trump Tax Cuts Didn’t Pay for Themselves in Year One

11 Million Taxpayers Losing $323 Billion In Deductions In Trump Tax Hit

The Government’s Elite and Regulatory Capture

Affirmative Action Lands in the Air Traffic Control Tower

2 Paths of Bayer Drug in 80’s: Riskier One Steered Overseas

Ousted F.D.A. Chief Charges ‘Pressure’ From Drug Industry

Panel: FDA needs more power, funds

Preemie outrage: Cost of drug that prevents premature birth to rise from $10 to $1500

The Case Against The Drug Industry’s R&D “Scare Card”

Some raising red flag over use of gas to keep meat in the pink

Why is the CEO of Merck leading the sex-abuse investigation at Penn State?


American Red Cross Dogged by Allegations of Discrimination

Facebook labelled ‘digital gangsters’ by report on fake news

Fox News tells Americans to stop complaining about their shrunken tax refunds

Nearly all the GOP candidates bow down to Grover Norquist

The Pledge: Grover Norquist’s hold on the GOP

Republican Party Asks Candidates to Sign Loyalty Pledge

President ‘ordered murder’ of Congo leader

Opening the Secret Files on Lumumba’s Murder

Net neutrality: ‘Dead people’ signing FCC consultation

Political Operatives Are Faking Voter Outrage With Millions Of Made-Up Comments To Benefit The Rich And Powerful

FCC Chair Ajit Pai Admits Millions of Russian and Fake Comments Distorted Net Neutrality Repeal

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Mocks Net Neutrality Advocates With Cringeworthy Video

Watch FCC’s Ajit Pai dress up as Santa and wield a lightsaber to mock net neutrality rules

The FCC’s Ajit Pai now openly mocking net neutrality protesters with his dumb new video

We need a new trust-busting movement in America

Trust Busting the Tech Giants?

Disney acquiring Fox means big, scary things for film and TV

Disney Won. Now What?


AT&T and Time Warner Merger Case: What You Need to Know

U.S. Loses Appeal Seeking to Block AT&T-Time Warner Merger


Nestle takes water from California forest

The fight to stop Nestlé from taking America’s water to sell in plastic bottles

Nestlé is still taking national forest water for its Arrowhead label, with feds’ help

Nestlé Offered Permit To Continue Taking Water From California Watershed

How Nestlé Gets Away With Pumping California’s Water for Next to Nothing

Among 41 countries, only U.S. lacks paid parental leave

Maternity leave: US policy is worst on list of the world’s richest countries

Countries Around The World Beat The U.S. On Paid Parental Leave

The world’s richest countries guarantee mothers more than a year of paid maternity leave. The U.S. guarantees them nothing.

The Hilliard Flag, used by the forces under the command of Colonel Henry Washington Hilliard during the Civil War. (I’ve seen an alternate version with a red St Andrew’s Cross as well.) I do not support or condone the Confederate States or their cause, I’m just sharing this as a lover of vexillology, since it’s another example of a lesser known historical flag used as an emblem of American defiance against perceived tyranny.

Alienating Our Allies Abroad

Trump rebuked by Macron over Syria troop withdrawal: ‘An ally should be dependable’

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted for murder in a cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager in 2012

Since 2010, at least 15 civilians, the majority Mexican, have been killed in confrontations with Border Patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Border Patrol shooting of Mexican teen draws condemnation

The Justice Department announced that it will not pursue federal charges against the federal agents involved in the death of Mexican national

San Diego judge poised to approve $1 million settlement in border death case

US Border Patrol shooting (new video) threatens Mexico drug war cooperation

Mexico urges US probe of border deaths


Bolivia’s Morales insists no return for US drug agency

Putting the UN Veto in Perspective

Once Upon a Time, America Supported Palestinians

President Donald J. Trump’s Proclamation on Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel

Effect of AIPAC Lobby on America’s Foreign Policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran

Why the US has the most pro-Israel foreign policy in the world

Ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous

What Ilhan Omar Said About AIPAC Was Right

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen violate laws of war, rights group says

Castles Made of Sand: A Century of Anglo-American Espionage and Intervention in the Middle East

Obama’s intelligence pick linked to Saudi Arabia



Two Senior AIPAC Employees Ousted

Defense Analyst Guilty in Israeli Espionage Case

Trump continues to ignore a law requiring him to appoint blame for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and some Republicans are getting restive

Why was the Trump administration so eager to give nuclear technology to the reckless Saudi regime?

The War on Democracy

European court rejects Polish appeal in CIA jail case

Court Censures Poland Over C.I.A. Renditions


Chile and the United States: Declassified Documents Relating to the Military Coup, September 11, 1973

Reagan’s Pro-Contra Propaganda Machine

Castro Foe Puts U.S. in an Awkward Spot

The Bush dynasty and the Cuban criminals

Orlando Bosch: CIA-backed Cuban exile implicated in numerous anti-Castro terrorist operations

Terrorists ‘helped by CIA’ to stop rise of left in Italy

The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability

CIA Activities in Chile

Three jailed for 1969 Milan bomb

US ‘supported anti-left terror in Italy’

1969: Deadly bomb blasts in Italy

The Declassified Record of Ambassador Otto Juan Reich

The Oliver North File: His Diaries, E-Mail, and Memos on the Kerry Report, Contras and Drugs

The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations

A BOMBER’S TALE: Decades of Intrigue; Life in the Shadows, Trying to Bring Down Castro

Orlando Bosch: CIA-backed Cuban exile implicated in numerous anti-Castro terrorist operations

Mexico requests ‘full investigation’ after US tear-gas incident

Third migrant dies in Border Patrol custody in as many months

Multiple Whistleblowers Raise Grave Concerns with White House Efforts to Transfer Sensitive U.S. Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia

Iran slams ‘hypocrisy’ of US-Saudi nuclear plans

More in Japan see U.S. as ‘major threat,’ while cyberattacks and climate change top concerns, survey shows

Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Trump’s Withdrawal From Nuclear Pact

Ex-NATO commander: Allies wondering if Trump was blackmailed to pull troops out of Syria

UN calls for Guantánamo Bay to close

A Heritage of Hypocrisy

In Moscow, U.S. Hushes Walls That Have Ears

Encyclopedia of Cold War Espionage, Spies, and Secret Operations

Zakaria: New American Foreign Policy

Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace

Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration

Top general on details of Trump’s withdrawal plans: “I have no idea”

CIA documents acknowledge its role in Iran’s 1953 coup

How The CIA Overthrew Iran’s Democracy In 4 Days

64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup

CIA admits role in 1953 Iranian coup

The U.S. invades Panama

Panama invasion: The US operation that ousted Noriega

How Our 1989 Invasion of Panama Explains the Current US Foreign Policy Mess

The truth behind US’ Operation Just Cause in Panama

The flag denoting General Phillip Sheridan’s headquarters during the Civil War. (By the way, the only reason I used three times as many Southern flags as Northern in this series is because the Confederacy’s banners were far more creative and varied in design than their Union counterparts. It’s just a shame they’re tainted in their association with slavery and racism.)

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