The Invisible Gorilla

by Kevin D. Freeman on March 30, 2011

So far this month, I have spent nearly three weeks in Washington with a day trip to New York. During that period, I met with many thoughtful people including Members of Congress, senior Congressional staff, permanent committee staff, a gathering at FBI headquarters, current or former CIA, a former Attorney General of the United States, and numerous business people, heads of policy institutes, Veterans, etc. We opened many eyes to the reality of global economic warfare.

Several of the people we met with acknowledged the reality of the threat. They have seen it first hand either as analysts, military on the ground, or captured information. Such activities can include spying on competitors to outright market manipulation. There is evidence of efforts emanating from China, the Middle East, and South America. To these people, what I am sharing fits with their understanding of the threat we face.

Others we met with live in a world of disbelief. These were typically the least informed or had the least access to intelligence reporting. It’s not that they are less intelligent. Rather, they simply have a different focus. When they will take the time to look, the situation becomes obvious. Unfortunately, it often takes time for us to educate them.

A recent case in point has to do with the press reports regarding Stephen Lerner’s purported planning to bring down JP Morgan and thus crash the stock market. When these reports surfaced, people were wondering if this was for real. When they understood his role as Director of SEIU’s Banking and Finance Campaign (, they started to be concerned. SEIU is an enormous Union with a great deal of clout with 2.2 million members. There are YouTube videos that show then-Senator Obama stating that “the SEIU agenda is my agenda.” The access has continued according to Press reports which show White House visitor logs indicating that Mr. Lerner visited four times in the past two years. At least two of those visits were for private meetings regarding policy. What is Lerner supposed to be doing in his role? According to the Huffington Post:

“Lerner currently directs SEIU’s banking and finance campaign, mobilizing SEIU members and other community groups across the country into action to break the decades-long stranglehold Wall Street and big banks have had on our economy and democracy. Through this campaign SEIU is also partnering with unions and groups in Europe, South America, and elsewhere to build a campaign to hold financial institutions accountable in a global economy.” 

Now, everyone should be interested in holding Wall Street accountable. But does this agenda translate into bringing down JP Morgan in an attempt to crash the stock market and force destabilization of our society? If so, with whom is he working in Europe and South America?

Here are some quotes attributed to Stephen Lerner, supposedly captured in an audio taping just weeks ago at a Leftist conference in New York (

“S. Lerner: It seems to me that we’re in a moment where we need to figure out in a much more, through direct action, much more concrete way how we really are trying to disrupt and create uncertainty for capital, for how corporations operate. . . .

And I think the only way we can do that is to think much more creatively, and the key thing I …is we have to say what does the other side fear most? They fear disruption, they fear uncertainty. Every article about Europe says a riot in Greece, the markets went down. The folks that control this country care about one thing: how the stock market does; how the bond market does; and what their bonus is. So I think we weed out a very simple strategy: how do we bring down the stock market, how do we bring down their bonuses, how do we interfere with their ability to, to be rich. And if we don’t do, and that means you have to politically isolate them, economically isolate them and disrupt them. So, it’s not all theory, I’ll do a pitch.

So, a bunch of us around the country are thinking about who would be a really good company to hate? We decided that would be JP Morgan Chase. …. And so we’re going to roll out over the next couple of months what will hopefully be an exciting campaign about JP Morgan Chase that is really about challenge the power of Wall Street. And so what we’re looking at is in the first week of May, we get enough people together – we’re starting now – to really have a week of action in New York with the goal of … I don’t want to go into any details because I don’t know which police agents are in the room, but the goal would be that we would roll out in New York the first week in May…

S. Lerner: Yes. …connect three ideas – that we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money; they have the money, we need to get it back; and that they’re using Bloomberg and other people in government as the vehicle to try to destroy us. And so that we need to take on those folks at the same time and that will start here. We’re going to look at a week of civil disobedience, direct action all over the city, then we’ll roll into the JP Morgan shareholder meeting, which they moved out of New York because they were afraid, I guess, of Columbus, where there’s going to be a ten state mobilization to try to shut down that meeting. And then looking at bank shareholder meetings around the country and try to create some moments like Madison, except where we’re on offense instead of defense. Where we have brave and heroic battles challenging the power of the giant corporations, and we hope to sort of inspire a much bigger movement about redistributing wealth and power in the country.

W: You were talking about why unions are so invested because of their pension plans and why ungovernability, as Frances Fox Piven and Cloward taught us, you know, poor peoples’ movements are successful when they create conditions of ungovernability. And then you win victories.”

This man represented the banking and finance leadership at one of America’s most important unions. His idea of victory appears to be destabilizing our banking system. If taking down Lehman Brothers, considered vulnerable in 2008 was able to destabilize our economy and nearly cause a global depression, what would taking down the much stronger JP Morgan Chase accomplish?

While Stephen Lerner was pushing a destabilization agenda, across town Billionaire George Soros was busily preparing to break down and rebuild the global financial system according to reports in The Wall Street Journal:


“Two years ago, George Soros said he wanted to reorganize the entire global economic system. In two short weeks, he is going to start – and no one seems to have noticed.

On April 8, a group he’s funded with $50 million is holding a major economic conference and Soros’s goal for such an event is to “establish new international rules” and “reform the currency system.” It’s all according to a plan laid out in a Nov. 4, 2009, Soros op-ed calling for “a grand bargain that rearranges the entire financial order.”

The event is bringing together “more than 200 academic, business and government policy thought leaders’ to repeat the famed 1944 Bretton Woods gathering that helped create the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Soros wants a new ‘multilateral system,” or an economic system where America isn’t so dominant.

“Reorganizing the world order will need to extend beyond the financial system and involve the United Nations, especially membership of the Security Council,’ he wrote. ‘That process needs to be initiated by the US, but China and other developing countries ought to participate as equals.”

Soros emphasized that point, that this needs to be a global solution, making America one among many. “The rising powers must be present at the creation of this new system in order to ensure that they will be active supporters.”


And that’s exactly the kind of event INET is delivering, with the event website emphasizing “today’s reconstruction must engage the larger European Union, as well as the emerging economies of Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia.” China figures prominently, including a senior economist for the World Bank in Beijing, the director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the chief adviser for the China Banking Regulatory Commission and the Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations.”

Soros has also recently been quoted as stating that capitalism has failed and needs to be replaced. Those sentiments are similar to statements made by both Hugo Chavez and Shariah advocates. Of course, Mr. Soros’ approach regarding how to replace our financial system may be radically different. But, while most Americans would like stability in the financial markets and economy, it’s clear that people such as Stephen Lerner and George Soros are interested in drastic alterations at a minimum.

The question then becomes whether it is or is not in America’s best interests to have such massive disruption? The vast majority say that it is not. In fact, our government has spent literally trillions of taxpayer dollars in an attempt to bring about stability. So. who would benefit? If our analysis is correct, many strategic enemies of our nation are not only hoping for a collapse in America’s economy but are planning for it (as we have documented in previous posts). This is the very real risk we face.

Given all of this, you may be asking why our leadership and those charged with protecting our nation’s sovereignty and well being have been so slow to recognize reality?

The answer may lie with how our brain’s function. People can get so focused on their task at hand that they miss the obvious. A simple illustration of this truth can be seen at: The Invisible Gorilla. This video is well worth the two minutes required to watch it.

Our efforts have been to get the leadership to begin noticing the 800-pound gorilla in the room before it’s too late. Pray for us.

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