Wow, this was the last topic that I expected to see here, as have been into researching this for the past eight years.
To the man and woman in the street this is the stuff of conspiracy theories. However look around you, if governments were truely ran for the benefit of mankind we'd all live in a world where there was low taxation, a free and open society and a very rare case for war.
What we have is an environment where big business and financial institutions prosper at the cost of what Hazel Blears (former Labour minister) described as the "ordinary people". So essentially the poor get poorer, and the rich get richer. Hardly an equitable society, nor a democracy of any kind that the people would vote for.
Which raises the question, do we have democracies?
Carroll Quigley was a Historian who taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities in the US, and was a mentor to future president Bill Clinton. He penned a number of books, most notably "Tradegy & Hope" which gave a detailed and truthful perspective of history with specific access to many secret accounts and records, I quote, "The powers of financial capitalism had a far reaching (plan), nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole". This is not a recent passage either, as the book was first published in 1966.http://www.bilderberg.org/bis.htm#Quigley
It would appear that ever since the first world war that rich and influential people behind the scenes have seeded wars and created the conditons for war. The wealth of the house of Rothschild (international bankers) ballooned in earlier centuries by their backing of both sides, they would profit as both countries regardless of the winner in battle would be left holding the liability and would have to pay off such loans plus interest over time.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/the-rothschild-story-a-golden-era-ends-for-a-secretive-dynasty-756388.html
As detailed in Smedley Butlers book "War Is A Racket" big profits are to be made where there is war, companies sometimes can make upto 1600% profit on their cost where there is conflict. The US Rockefeller family were major bankers, and had interests in a number of big arms manufacturers made $300 million from world war one, at a time when that figure was an astronomical amount, equivelent to nearly $6 trillion in todays money.
Butler details in his boook that there were a number of rich industrialists (Henry Ford), oil company heads (Rockefeller) and bankers that attempted to hire him to head a coup against the US government in the 1930s so a fascist dictatorship could take power. Congressional hearings details the events, but with no supporting cooberative evidence it was swept under the carpet. These individuals continued to operate in the background.http://www.lexrex.com/enlightened/articles/warisaracket.htm
Furthermore the grandfather of George W Bush, a Mr Prescott Bush helped though the bank in which he was a director to fund the rise of Adolf Hitler to a position where he took charge of Germany.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar
L Fletcher Proutys (head of US Army black ops for a period, and liason with the CIA) book JFK details the inception of the Vietnam war upto the point and reasons for the assassination of the president (and it wasn't by a lone gunman). Post World War 2 Vietnam was ruled by one man, however the CIA supported and nurtured a South Vietnamese leader ploughing $100 million into the operation, essentially creating a south vietnamese government where there was none -- at the same time excess weapons from the planned land invasion of Japan in WW2 were shipped to both N.Vietnam and Korea. The conditions were now rife for war between North Vietnam and South Vietnam, all it needed was the right spark to start conflict, this was provided by the US bringing large numbers of North Vietnamese to the south, then cutting them loose to fend for themselves which inevitably would lead to conflict with locals.
So ultiamtely it would appear that the CIA is a tool, not controlled by the US government, as they operate against the interests of it. One of the 3 reasons that JFK was killed was because he had signed orders to disband the CIA and hand intelligence gathering over to the army, that in addition to wanting to pull forces out of Vietnam, and the main reason being the issuances of US Dollars through the Treasury (the country issuing it's own money)-- and not being reliant on the Federal Reserve (a collection of 8-12 private banks) that issue the US money, which has to be repaid plus interest.
So essentially large financial institutions are the problem, in addition to central banks these are people that highly profit from war, without consideration or concern for casualties or deaths. To view the world in that way you have to be devoid of a moral compass.
Some such bodies, and the secret societies that operate in a round table capacity do not have the interest of the people at heart, and have been knowning to have occult routes. The likes of the Bohemian Club in northern California who worship in front of a large wooden owl with in a ritual that envolves fake human sacrifice, Bilderberg group that meets each year, Royal Institute Of International Affairs (aka Catham House) in the UK, Council Of Foreign Relations in New York, and Club Of Rome in Switzerland.