i i stumbled on an article about John McCain and IRI Global & it was people connected to that group that trained me in the 80's to conduct the "secret polls" & it's why ppl from the Bush H admin wanted me to go to Iowa and other places during the last election. I was never told who "sponsored me" for some of my travels/conferneces but the ppl that paid for my drinks were VERY Pro Jeb.... lovely ppl:):)
Anyway below is a link to an article about John McCain and a BIG conflict of interest he has with IRI Global. He sits on the Senate Foreign Policy committee that hands out taxpayer money to USAID, kindof a CONFLICT OF INTEREST!
When you see the history of IRI you'll see It's kindof creepy.
The conference i went to in Belgium that had a LOT of UN ppl & organizations funded by Soro's including LOTS of ppl John Podesta emailed that conference was considered bipartisan because of IRI Global being in attendance and running a panel. The RESIST movement held meetings during the event. I learned ppl wanted me to attend because my opinions are valuable ( maybe they value my opinion because they KNOW who trained me to do research)..... I'm OK with that cause the pastries at the conference were AWESOME. I really didn't appreciate the Soror's minions stalking me BUT I did like the free Belgium beer. Damn life is so complicated. Reflecting on the conference last spring i believe that 90% of the ppl attending were there for the reason stated & that was to preserve digital privacy rights and it makes total sense that John Podesta's BIGGEST donor would want digital privacy. ..
If you read the article you'll get a good insight on HOW some of the "revolutions" happened. NOW that i have time to reflect i believe 100% that President Reagan had NO CLUE what was going on during Iran Contra & that other President's were unaware of operations being done by a CIA clique that is today called the Deep State. In fact i don't think the circle of insiders is that big (that i just a gut feeling) & a lot of conspiracy theories originate from actions of a limited few. When i was in Cuba a few months ago i argued with several CIA vendors who are changing the Bay of Pigs narritive to blame Kennedy & It was a CIA operation, Kennedy was a President for just a few months. The operation was supposed to be a SUCCESS for Nixon. Maybe when Nixon lost they decided..... huh?
....the IRI also conducts polls in high-stakes elections; the organization has been known to conduct “secret polls” with the intention of skewing public opinion in order to yield a desired outcome. The problem with such secret polls is that they cannot be verified and often contradict the findings of other, similar studies
A Hidden Agenda: John McCain and the IRI
June 25, 2008 COHA Comments (5)
Presidential hopeful John McCain is hiding a skeleton in his closet. Not your typical political scandal, Senator McCain’s dirty little secret is his longtime involvement with the International Republican Institute (IRI), an organization that operates in 60 countries and is budgeted by millions of US taxpayer dollars each year. The IRI is “officially” a politically independent entity, though in reality it is aligned in most respects with the Republican Party and its ideals. Senator McCain has been chairman of the IRI since 1993 and Lorne Craner, president of the organization, is one of the presumptive Republican candidate’s informal foreign policy advisors. If McCain’s involvement with the IRI does not worry Latin America yet, it certainly will if the policies that have had such a destructive influence in the past are backed by the power of the presidency. His connection to the IRI could endanger already stressed US-Latin American relations in the event of a McCain victory.
The IRI: A History
In 1982, Ronald Reagan delivered a spirited speech that would lead to the founding of the controversial “research group.” In that speech, Reagan said, “Let us now begin a major effort to secure the best — a crusade for freedom that will engage the faith and fortitude of the next generation. For the sake of peace and justice, let us move toward a world in which all people are at last free to determine their own destiny.” The IRI nostalgically identifies Reagan’s words as the “historic speech” in which the vision of the IRI first took shape. Not coincidentally, the years that followed became known as the “lost decade” in Latin America, something many have attributed in part to the Reagan Administration’s misguided policies toward the region. During this period, structural adjustment loans plunged regional economies and living standards into a downward spiral from which many countries have yet to recover. The 1980s were plagued by violence; US funded government security forces in Guatemala and El Salvador prosecuted dirty wars which resulted in the disappearance, torture, and massacre of thousands of the countries’ own citizens. In 1984, US became embroiled in one of the region’s most public and profound political scandals. The Iran Contra Affair was an attempt by the Reagan administration to overthrow Nicaragua’s democratically elected Sandinista government by providing funds to the “Contras,” a group of anti-communist rebels notorious for their appalling human rights record. These are the dubious auspices under which the International Republican Institute was founded, fitting when considering what the organization was to become – a covert operation to advance right-wing policy under the guise of promoting freedom.
The International Republican Institute claims to be a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to “advance freedom worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, good governance and the rule of law.” Unfortunately, the magnanimous goals of the IRI have been distorted by a quest to advance rightist US initiatives. Ghassan Atiyyah, Director of the Iraq Foundation for Development and Democracy (a beneficiary of a $116,448 donation from the IRI) commented on the inconsistency of the organization’s policy: “Instead of promoting impartial, better understanding of certain ideas and concepts, they are actually trying to further the cause of the Republican administration.” Though Atiyyah here refers to the current Bush Administration, the McCain administration promises to be equally compatible with the strong armed methods advocated by the IRI and practiced in Latin America in the past.
Furthermore, during the years that the presumptive candidate chaired the IRI, the organization has chosen ironic means to “advance freedom:” training corrupt opposition leaders and providing funds to groups that effectively undermine often democratically-elected officials that the US government views unfavorably. In addition to running training camps, the IRI also conducts polls in high-stakes elections; the organization has been known to conduct “secret polls” with the intention of skewing public opinion in order to yield a desired outcome. The problem with such secret polls is that they cannot be verified and often contradict the findings of other, similar studies.