Doug Casey on the Real FIFA Scandal
By Doug Casey
Doug Casey’s International Man
August 1, 2015
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Recently, high-ranking officials at FIFA, the world’s governing soccer (aka “football”) body, were charged with corruption and fraud. The US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is deeply involved in the case. Doug Casey weighs in on the real scandal… the one you’re not reading in mass media.
The truth be known, I really don’t give a damn about soccer. Nor do most Americans.
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Second, and much more important, it’s really none of our business. Despite the fact that the FBI has taken it upon itself to prosecute at least 14 FIFA officials for corruption.
Why is it none of our business? Because FIFA is a Swiss association that’s been around over 100 years. All of its officers and directors are non-US persons. And about 99% of its players, officials, and spectators are non-American.
But that doesn’t matter. The FBI has decided to prosecute FIFA’s officials for corruption, and is successfully moving to have them all extradited to the US for trial.
Were FIFA officials treating themselves to huge salaries and expense accounts, and paying and receiving millions to decide where the World Cup should be played? Of course. Is that corrupt? We have to first define “corruption.” I devote a lot of thought to the subject here, and suspect you’ll find it of interest. But, essentially, corruption is about a betrayal of a fiduciary trust. In simple terms, it’s sticking your hand in a till that you’re supposed to guard for the interest of someone else.
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A very fundamental observation about “jurisdiction”.
The Gooferment has to rush ahead of the “headlines” to get in front so it pretends to be leading.
What has the FBI done about Planned Parenthood and the baby parts scandal?
Nothing because that is “politically inconvenient”.
MYOB (Mind Your Own Business)!
It’s a great principle.
Maybe not up there with the Non-Aggression principle, the Law of Gravity, or even the Law of Supply and Demand, but up there on my list.
I think the world would be a much better place if more folks adopted it.
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