Public Land – Shady Private Giveaway
In 1994 the Department of Defense closed its historic army base, The Presidio, situated on 1,480 beautiful acres of near the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge. Developers were chomping at the bit to get their hands on the forested setting, resplendent with beautiful officers’ quarters — many of them mansions — as well as barracks, a hospital, and a golf course – as perfect a site for development as could be imagined. After a hard-fought battle to keep the developers at bay, the Presidio averted being sold at auction and came under the management of the Presidio Trust, a US Government Corporation established by an act of Congress in 1996. The only caveat was that the Presidio Trust had to earn its own keep by 2013, to the tune of about $36 million a year, or be sold by the General Services Administration as excess property.
To ensure that the Presidio Trust wouldn’t lose the property, it turned over management of its affairs to the Golden Gate National Park Association, a private organization led and financed by centimillionaire, Donald Fisher, founder of The Gap, who had the help of executives and donations from other major companies in the city. Through the use of long-term leases, there has been a de facto privatization of the area.
Here’s where it gets interesting
Some of the more interesting tenants of the Presidio, outside of George Lucas’s Letterman Digital Arts Center and Walt Disney Family Museum, include Mikhail Gorbachev’s State of the World Forum and his environmental organization called Green Cross International.
State of the World Forum was established in 1995 by Jim Garrison with Mikhail Gorbachev as the Convening Chairman. It calls itself an incubator, catalyst and integrator for innovative leaders and institutions working to bring greater equity, democracy and accountability for the effective management of the global system. In 2000 they launched the Commission of Globalisation. They do not hide the fact that it’s goal is complete globalization with self-appointed leaders.
Think about that for a minute.
Green Cross International (GCI) was formally launched in Kyoto, in 1993. Working hand in hand with the UN GCI established their Earth Charter. In 1994 Maurice Strong, the UN Secretary-General of the Earth Summit and Chairman of the Earth Council, and Mikhail Gorbachev, Chairman of Green Cross International, launched the Earth Charter initiative with support from the Dutch government. The Earth Charter Commission was formed in 1997 to oversee the project and an Earth Charter Secretariat was established at the UN Earth Council in Costa Rica.
“The Earth Charter seeks to inspire in all peoples a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well being of the human family and the larger living world. It is an expression of hope and a call to help create a global partnership at a critical juncture in history.” – from the GCI website: GreenCrossInternationalEarthCharter.
The main push of GCI is Values and Behaviour Change, Conflict Prevention and Water for Peace – in other words, control the world’s water supply. This is not a joke.
James Garrison – who is the President of the Gorbachev Foundation says ” we are going to end up with world government. It’s inevitable… There’s going to be conflict, coercion and consensus. That’s all part of what will be required as we give birth to the first global civilization.”
Think about it.