Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails

Critics have long questioned why violent intervention was necessary in Libya. Hillary Clinton’s recently published emails confirm that it was less about protecting the people from a dictator than about money, banking, and preventing African economic sovereignty.

The brief visit of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Libya in October 2011 was referred to by the media as a “victory lap.” “We came, we saw, he died!” she crowed in a CBS video interview on hearing of the capture and brutal murder of Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi.

But the victory lap, write Scott Shane and Jo Becker in the New York Times, was premature. Libya was relegated to the back burner by the State Department, “as the country dissolved into chaos, leading to a civil war that would destabilize the region, fueling the refugee crisis in Europe and allowing the Islamic State to establish a Libyan haven that the United States is now desperately trying to contain.”

US-NATO intervention was allegedly undertaken on humanitarian grounds, after reports of mass atrocities; but human rights organizations questioned the claims after finding a lack of evidence. Today, however, verifiable atrocities are occurring. As Dan Kovalik wrote in the Huffington Post, “the human rights situation in Libya is a disaster, as ‘thousands of detainees [including children] languish in prisons without proper judicial review,’ and ‘kidnappings and targeted killings are rampant’.”

Before 2011, Libya had achieved economic independence, with its own water, its own food, its own oil, its own money, and its own state-owned bank. It had arisen under Qaddafi from one of the poorest of countries to the richest in Africa. Education and medical treatment were free; having a home was considered a human right; and Libyans participated in an original system of local democracy. The country boasted the world’s largest irrigation system, the Great Man-made River project, which brought water from the desert to the cities and coastal areas; and Qaddafi was embarking on a program to spread this model throughout Africa.

But that was before US-NATO forces bombed the irrigation system and wreaked havoc on the country. Today the situation is so dire that President Obama has asked his advisors to draw up options including a new military front in Libya, and the Defense Department is reportedly standing ready with “the full spectrum of military operations required.”

The Secretary of State’s victory lap was indeed premature, if what we’re talking about is the officially stated goal of humanitarian intervention. But her newly-released emails reveal another agenda behind the Libyan war; and this one, it seems, was achieved.

Mission Accomplished?

Of the 3,000 emails released from Hillary Clinton’s private email server in late December 2015, nearly a third were from her close confidante Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton aide who gained notoriety when he testified against Monica Lewinsky. One of these emails, dated April 2, 2011, reads in part:

Qaddafi’s government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver . . . . This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc (CFA).

In a “source comment,” the original declassified email adds:

According to knowledgeable individuals this quantity of gold and silver is valued at more than $7 billion. French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly after the current rebellion began, and this was one of the factors that influenced President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to commit France to the attack on Libya. According to these individuals Sarkozy’s plans are driven by the following issues:

  1. A desire to gain a greater share of Libya oil production,
  2. Increase French influence in North Africa,
  3. Improve his internal political situation in France,
  4. Provide the French military with an opportunity to reassert its position in the world,
  5. Address the concern of his advisors over Qaddafi’s long term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in Francophone Africa

Conspicuously absent is any mention of humanitarian concerns. The objectives are money, power and oil.

Other explosive confirmations in the newly-published emails are detailed by investigative journalist Robert Parry. They include admissions of rebel war crimes, of special ops trainers inside Libya from nearly the start of protests, and of Al Qaeda embedded in the US-backed opposition. Key propaganda themes for violent intervention are acknowledged to be mere rumors. Parry suggests they may have originated with Blumenthal himself. They include the bizarre claim that Qaddafi had a “rape policy” involving passing Viagra out to his troops, a charge later raised by UN Ambassador Susan Rice in a UN presentation. Parry asks rhetorically:

So do you think it would it be easier for the Obama administration to rally American support behind this “regime change” by explaining how the French wanted to steal Libya’s wealth and maintain French neocolonial influence over Africa – or would Americans respond better to propaganda themes about Gaddafi passing out Viagra to his troops so they could rape more women while his snipers targeted innocent children? Bingo!

Toppling the Global Financial Scheme

Qaddafi’s threatened attempt to establish an independent African currency was not taken lightly by Western interests. In 2011, Sarkozy reportedly called the Libyan leader a threat to the financial security of the world. How could this tiny country of six million people pose such a threat? First some background.

It is banks, not governments, that create most of the money in Western economies, as the Bank of England recently acknowledged. This has been going on for centuries, through the process called “fractional reserve” lending. Originally, the reserves were in gold.  In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt replaced gold domestically with central bank-created reserves, but gold remained the reserve currency internationally.

In 1944, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were created in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, to unify this bank-created money system globally. An IMF ruling said that no paper money could have gold backing. A money supply created privately as debt at interest requires a continual supply of debtors; and over the next half century, most developing countries wound up in debt to the IMF. The loans came with strings attached, including “structural adjustment” policies involving austerity measures and privatization of public assets.

After 1944, the US dollar traded interchangeably with gold as global reserve currency. When the US was no longer able to maintain the dollar’s gold backing, in the 1970s it made a deal with OPEC to “back” the dollar with oil, creating the “petro-dollar.”  Oil would be sold only in US dollars, which would be deposited in Wall Street and other international banks.

In 2001, dissatisfied with the shrinking value of the dollars that OPEC was getting for its oil, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein broke the pact and sold oil in euros. Regime change swiftly followed, accompanied by widespread destruction of the country.

In Libya, Qaddafi also broke the pact; but he did more than just sell his oil in another currency.

As these developments are detailed by blogger Denise Rhyne:

For decades, Libya and other African countries had been attempting to create a pan-African gold standard.  Libya’s al-Qadhafi and other heads of African States had wanted an independent, pan-African, “hard currency.”

Under al-Qadhafi’s leadership, African nations had convened at least twice for monetary unification.  The countries discussed the possibility of using the Libyan dinar and the silver dirham as the only possible money to buy African oil.

Until the recent US/NATO invasion, the gold dinar was issued by the Central Bank of Libya (CBL).  The Libyan bank was 100% state owned and independent.  Foreigners had to go through the CBL to do business with Libya.  The Central Bank of Libya issued the dinar, using the country’s 143.8 tons of gold.

Libya’s Qadhafi (African Union 2009 Chair) conceived and financed a plan to unify the sovereign States of Africa with one gold currency (United States of Africa).  In 2004, a pan-African Parliament (53 nations) laid plans for the African Economic Community – with a single gold currency by 2023.

African oil-producing nations were planning to abandon the petro-dollar, and demand gold payment for oil/gas.

Showing What Is Possible

Qaddafi had done more than organize an African monetary coup. He had demonstrated that financial independence could be achieved. His greatest infrastructure project, the Great Man-made River, was turning arid regions into a breadbasket for Libya; and the $33 billion project was being funded interest-free without foreign debt, through Libya’s own state-owned bank.

That could explain why this critical piece of infrastructure was destroyed in 2011. NATO not only bombed the pipeline but finished off the project by bombing the factory producing the pipes necessary to repair it. Crippling a civilian irrigation system serving up to 70% of the population hardly looks like humanitarian intervention. Rather, as Canadian Professor Maximilian Forte put it in his heavily researched book Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa:

[T]he goal of US military intervention was to disrupt an emerging pattern of independence and a network of collaboration within Africa that would facilitate increased African self-reliance. This is at odds with the geostrategic and political economic ambitions of extra-continental European powers, namely the US.

Mystery Solved

Hilary Clinton’s emails shed light on another enigma remarked on by early commentators. Why, within weeks of initiating fighting, did the rebels set up their own central bank? Robert Wenzel wrote in The Economic Policy Journal in 2011:

This suggests we have a bit more than a rag tag bunch of rebels running around and that there are some pretty sophisticated influences. I have never before heard of a central bank being created in just a matter of weeks out of a popular uprising.

It was all highly suspicious, but as Alex Newman concluded in a November 2011 article:

Whether salvaging central banking and the corrupt global monetary system were truly among the reasons for Gadhafi’s overthrow . . . may never be known for certain – at least not publicly.

There the matter would have remained – suspicious but unverified like so many stories of fraud and corruption – but for the publication of Hillary Clinton’s emails after an FBI probe. They add substantial weight to Newman’s suspicions: violent intervention was not chiefly about the security of the people. It was about the security of global banking, money and oil.

Errata: Sidney Blumenthal is not an attorney, as originally stated in this article. When he earned notoriety as Bill Clinton’s defender against Monica Lewinsky, it was as special adviser for the Clintons.

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Ellen Brown is an attorney and author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web of Debt. Her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her 300+ blog articles are at EllenBrown.com. Listen to “It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown” on PRN.FM.

51 Responses

  1. great article………………..

  2. And she could be the next POTUS !!!

    I can – sort of – understand why France and the US are involved in this disgraceful escapade – but why Britain?

    Unless it is part of the Yinon Plan, that is, and Cameron’s desire to be of service to the western zionist cause?

    The more I see of this modo-colonialism, the more I wonder just what sort of truly awful world are we all living in?

    Just how much murder and mayhem do these characters want to wish on us all in pursuit of their own personal wealth and power?

    NB: the war in Afghanistan is just now reaching its 14th year. Imagine that – and it still shows no signs of coming to an end any time soon.

    Of course, the military occupation of Palestine shows just how long such a conflict could go on for, I suppose?

  3. This is incredible. As well as Donald Trump’s son-in-law being a zionist with a fraudster father, the Clintons’ zionist son-in-law’s father is also a convicted fraudster. Just what the hell is going on in America?

  4. Excellent article. The real structural problem is private finance, and the problematic monetary paradigm is “loan Only” instead of an integration of loan and monetary Grace as in Gifting.

  5. Reblogged this on THE ONENESS of HUMANITY and commented:
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  6. Reblogged this on Dreams of Liberty and commented:
    Just read and think about it…

  7. Great post showing what any and all peoples are up against.Gadhafi was a remarkable and highly intelligent man (able to conduct two complex conversations at the same time apparently) but made the fatal error of thinking he and Libya were more sovereign and independent than actually capable of being. The horrendous and vile destruction of Libya was set as a reminder to any others that the US-Central bankers would brook no divergence from their imperial paradigm. The Libyan gold, stored in London was stolen and the people of Libya will never see it again. The same with Ukraine’s 35 tonnes and Iraq’s. The US-Central bankers conduct a fascist business model of defrauding their allies and stealing from adversaries. This has given rise to the BRICs dissidents within the BIS system. We would do well to consider economist Steve Keen’s proposals for revamping the western economic system as a first step, generally acceptable to all in light of an impending western economic collapse, to get our economic house in order while making banking a servant of the economy rather than its asset bubble blowing master. Greed and more importantly control are the hallmarks and calling card of the western elite imperialists and will surely lead to our destruction if not stopped.

    • “We would do well to consider economist Steve Keen’s proposals for revamping the western economic system as a first step”,

      But that’s the problem, see, anyone who wants to change the economic system(away from those who so tightly control it) usually end up dead.
      JFK wanted to print American Dollars(not Federal Reserve notes) and he took several bullets.
      Abraham Lincoln, and James Garfield were also assassinated. Lincoln printed American money, and Garfield warned America that the Monetary system was controlled “by a few powerful men”, and was killed 9 months later.

  8. This very important foreign policy should be known by Sen. Sanders and used in a primary debate. I believe this is very important for the majority of electoral people to know. Nothing to add as the general basic information I knew it, but as always Dr. Brown skillfully discovered the dirty details of such a large Octopus organization stretching its tentacles at the expense of unfortunate people and nations. This policy started in the early fifties by the seven sisters, and with Dr. Enrico Mattei president of the Italian energy company “Supercortemaggiore” now ENI. Mr. Mattei fighting the oil cartel was assassinated a day or two before the Christmas Holiday going to visit his family in Milan. Italian organized crime on the oil cartel’s mandate executed the job. Time to clean up the mess and change policies. Go Bernie!!

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  10. Absolutely amazing blog post Ellen. You are incredible. Thanks so much,

    Tom Haberkorn

    Sent from my Sprint Phone.

  11. Excellent Ellen, thanks for putting so many pieces together in one place!!!

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  13. Thank you for your article. Disturbing at so many levels. Not least of which is that we really are a nation of sheep, and because of the national politics of rampant deceit, can’t even discern when we are headed for the shearing shed.

  14. THOSE WHO ARE EDUCATED ON GEOPOLITICS UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED IN LIBYA AND THE ENTIRE M.E. THE GRAND PLAN IS DESTRUCTION OF ANY AND EVERY REGIME THAT HAS A ARMY NOT FAVORING THE ISRAELI AGENDA.IN OTHER WORD GHADAFFI WAS NOT. AND ALTHOUGH IN THE YRS JUST BEFORE HIS ASSASSINATION HE HAD TURNED SOME WHAT TO WEST AND THE U.S LOWERED ITS STANCE AGAINST HIM HOW EVER WHEN THE NEO CON ISRAELI FIRSTER FINALLY HAD TOTAL CONTROL OF NOT ONLY THE STATE DEPT {{IT HAD THAT GOING BACK INTO REAGAN ERA}} BUT THE PUBLIC HAD BEEN DUMBED DOWN TO A POINT OF LETHARGIC;NN SLOVEN; MENTALITY .SO H.CLINTON WAS GIVEN THE POWER OF THE “‘POTUS”BY OBAMA TO MAKE THE INVASION DECISION..SHE DID ,AND EVEN BRAGGED ABOUT IT ON CAMERA WILL SPEAKING TO THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS..THE M.E IN GENERAL IS JUST AOUT TOTALLY DESTROYED .SYRIA WILL BE BY THE END OT THIS YEAR .AND EGYPT IS AOUT TO ERUPT AGAIN.AL ASSISI HAS COZIED UP TO ISRAEL AND THE PEOPLE SMELL THE RAT THAT HE IS AND AFTER SYRIA IRAN IS ON THE AGENDA AS SOON AS THE NEW POTUS TAKES HIS/HER OATH.IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE WHICH ONE OF THESE ISRAELI FIRSTER S/WALL STREET THUGS GET S THE NOD THEY WILL BE THE MOST EGREGIOUS POTUS YET.WHY BECAUSE THE PUBLIC IS BRAIN DEAD SLOVEN UNEDUCATED FOLLOWERS OF ANY LIAR THAT HAS THE CHUTZPAH TO DO SO.

    • You count Bernie in with the rest of them? What evidence? He’s come out against regime change, could probably make a stronger case if the public was better educated. Go Ellen.

  15. This is a very disturbing piece! Thank you for researching it, pulling it together, writing it, and putting it out there. It would be great if you can get it to Sanders.

  16. Another excellent article, thank you Ellen! I’m amazed at how many BS supporters have responded, considering that BS himself is owned by the very power he rails against. When BS had the opportunity to vote for the 2010 Federal Reserve Audit he voted against it! That’s all anyone really needs to know.

  17. I appreciate the article, but for the record Sidney Blumenthal is not “the attorney who defended her husband in the Monica Lewinsky case.” In fact, he’s not an attorney at all – he was a journalist before he became an adviser to the Clintons.

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  19. Very good article. Thanks.

  20. Reblogged this on Lexocity.

  21. I read this article , and the one linked by Parry , looking for a smoking gun exposed unintentionally in Hil-liary’s emails as promised .

    I found instead the usual innuendo with little corroboration from the emails and extensive diatribe about “France” , who cares about France .

    Thanks for nothing .

  22. Someone needs to make a documentary about this and get it on the campus of the American universities. If that would happen all hell could break.

  23. As always, Ellen presents the perfect antidote to global destruction, public banking. I agree Libya was destroyed over the example it set issuing its own money. The other reason was Libya’s challenging the supremacy of Zion or apartheid Jerusalem the capital of one world order, which they did shortly before Zion unleashed attack through its shabos goy agents like Clinton.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2010/03/201032712314275602.html

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