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Forum Post: Big Picture, Commom Questions About Corruption

Posted 8 years ago on Feb. 19, 2012, 7:24 p.m. EST by Middleaged (5140)
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Moved from other String - Maybe a New Perspective

My experience in life brings up some questions.

1) Resisting Corruption. Smart and Educated US people have a lot of potential for success, but there is a danger of careerism. We all want to make money, we want status, we want respect from others, but money and corporations corrupt. If we keep in mind any of the following points can we escape the corrupting power of money?

a) US Constitution, b) Federalist Papers, c) Economic Influences of Slavery, taking of Native lands around the world, empire building, imperialism, (I know disease killed most US Natives, followed by others like killing buffalo, and probably lies about supposed crimes), d) Writings of Marx, e) Common sense handed down from US patriarchs, fathers, older culture (which I probably lack or don't know about).

2) Lawyers work against the Law not for the Law. Most constitutional Lawyers learn how to get around the constitution. Lawyers and Congressmen work on Loopholes to evade the law and evade the intent of the Law. Logical conclusion is to shut down congress and let administrative government workers take care of the day to day work.

3) Knowledge is in flux in time and in access. James Loewen's review of US Text books proves the weakness of our public school systems. TV can be a tool for learning, but often is a waste of time due to poor content. Without valuable internet content from good sources of integrity we would be lost.

4) Firewall every thing that is valuable. The Library of Congress, and the Congressional record are protected. Wouldn't it be great if we got simple tax law and simple rules on how government spent the money. We would want to firewall that to keep it from Lawyers and Lobbyist.

5) No one holds the key to understanding human motivation. We know that humans will commit fraud and will break the law. We know that we need Regulations to keep the accounting rules enforced. We know that money corrupts. We know that banking and finance seem to open people to corruption.

6) Security and Stability for our Economy and Food Sources. Suggest Economic Free Zones, Protective Tariffs, reduced regulations, taxes, and requirements to start businesses. We can encourage new manufacturing, but the government and business don't exist to create jobs. see some ideas I have written here:


7) Human Emotion and Human Gaming. The world operates in the open with money, bribery, politics, influence, offers of comfort, lobbying, campaign contributions, think tanks, PACs, many influence peddlers, comprehensive benefits packages, deferred wages, stock options, stock benefits, carried interest, arbitrage, airplane rides, vacations, conventions, dinners, and book deals. And you may not know that banks launder money for the drug cartels (link below).

This video is highly recommended from by lay Economists. Bill Black points out in Criminogenic Environments dishonest dealings drive honest dealings out of the market place. You have to give the whole think a listen and understand that even conservative economists see the environment becoming irrational and leading to "Looting and Fraud".

A close listen allow you to see his expertise, knowledge, and that he is not making any of this stuff up. I think it is worth passing around to a friend.


1) The SEC often settles or makes deals to accept a penalty from the bank with the biggest banks on charges of money laundering or other banking violations.

2) Too Big To Fail (TBTF) banks often repeat violations within 1-2 years for behavior they agreed in court to stop engaging in.

3) How can any little guy with a limited budget compete with big lobbyist and big corporations with Billions of Dollars?

4) End lobbying by Foreign Interests Today.

5) End Lobbying in Washington DC Tomorrow as the first step in Campaign Finance Reform.

William Black is a Professor of Law at UMKC. He is a former regulator in the banking industry and was key witness in defending individual taxpayers (FDIC Insurers) and individual rights against accounting fraud that characterized the Savings and Loan Banking Scandal of the 1980s.

1) Perverse Incentives 2) Dishonest deals Displace Honest Economic Activity 3) Characteristics of Criminal banking Activity 4) Lack of Prosecutions 5) Hope for Prosecutions

Click on any link. The first link is shorter.

Brief 17 minutes run down on current environment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Qe0HlKKfw Teaching session 56 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=6YT84CokUsA Controversy about firing US AG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I12oDVr2RZQ&feature=related

Some guys Ideas for stimulus and for getting people back to work:









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[-] 3 points by Middleaged (5140) 7 years ago

Reposting for Future Reference here:

Good Stuff. I was reading in the book yesterday that Milton Freidman was not the first in the Chicago School to hold these views. It turns out that Freidman was very charismatic. Students loved to go to his classes in fact. The book is chuck full of stuff. I pulled some Wikipedia links on Friedman and the Chicago School last week to see how people and organizations were linked together.

There are tons of UK & USA Organizations set up to spread these Neoliberal Ideas. That is part of the reason that this Economic Policy of Deregulation, Privatization, Laissez Faire is so deep in our Universities and Banks.

In fact the Ford Foundation found itself knee deep in having trained the people behind dirty wars and Military Juntas in South America. Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina. Amnesty International won a Nobel prize for documenting the secret prisons, disappearances, torture. The Ford Foundation cleaned up its act to focus on human rights I believe. Anyway Human Rights was code for speaking out against what was happening. You could not speak out directly against these regimes. Then I think human rights accusations were used by the CIA & US Government in political attacks against communist governments. So groups like Amnesty had to prove they were unbiased. They would all chose to support 3 prisoners, one in the USA, one in a communist country, and one in a third world country.

Anyway Human Rights groups would be followed and watched by the Juntas.

The Chicago boys were Latin American students of the Chicago School of Economics. They often set up the Juntas. And even a couple of Chicago Economists went to work for the Juntas.


The Chicago school of economics is a neoclassical school, Liberal, Libertarian... I keep saying neoliberal.

2.1 Frank Knight
2.2 Ronald Coase
2.3 George Stigler
2.4 Milton Friedman
2.5 Robert Fogel
2.6 Gary Becker
2.7 Richard Posner
2.8 Robert E. Lucas
2.9 Eugene Fama
2.10 Friedrich Hayek


The Chicago Boys (c. 1970s) were a group of young Chilean economists, most of whom trained at the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger, or at its affiliate in the economics department at the Catholic University of Chile. The training was the result of a "Chile Project" organized in the 1950s by the US State Department and funded by the Ford Foundation, which aimed at influencing Chilean economic thinking.

Basically even after the Torture, Secret Prisons and Dirty war in South America ... the Ideas of the Chicago School of Economics are still Strong. But so are the Socialist Ideas that brought a middle class to parts of Latin America.

late add:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Developmentalism (Very successful in Latin America before the Chicago boys to over, helped industry & workers, and development)

Developmentalism is an economic theory which states that the best way for Third World countries to develop is through fostering a strong and varied internal market and to impose high tariffs on imported goods. (This is why you see expensive electronic good or appliances in some countries in Latin America, but not in the Neighboring Country)

Developmentalism is a cross-disciplinary school of thought[1] that gave way to an ideology of development as the key strategy towards economic prosperity.

[-] 3 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Starting a New Tact.

The Truman Doctrine appears to be the start of the cold war for the US. It appears to be a success in helping to prevent Greece and Turkey from perhaps becoming "Communist Countries". As far as this goes I would say it was successful and not corrupting.

The problem that we have is all government builds up, builds funding streams, tells its own success stories, and never cuts agencies for the most part. I mean the CIA, DEA, ATF, BATF, and department of Education to a lesser degree are the cause of problems and suspicions.

I would point out the brinkmanship that almost brought on Nuclear War in the Cold War. Until after WWII the US didn't have a huge standing army. And the increase in military covert actions is not understandable. Korean War is not understandable either. The Vietnam War is not understandable. And today we seem to be in a new "hot war" footing, and kind of meddling that actually hurts US military readiness. So the Major Corruptions I'd point to are:

1) The Monroe Doctrine that allows US CIA and US Presidents to meddle in Central and South America.

2) The CIA and DEA in general have been caught time and again doing things like running drugs.

3) Bush's Doctrine Preventative War.

4) Bush's First Strike on Failed States.

5) Patriot Act - because it erodes the Bill of Rights.

6) Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 (Patriot Act 2).

7) United States Department of Homeland Security Creation (because like all agencies there is slim chance of ever getting rid of it) The fact is we could have forced other existing agencies to do a better job with the authorized employees that they already had. The Director of CIA for instance had the responsibility to gather intelligence from all other agencies.

8) National Defense Authorization Act - the power to detain US Citizens without any proof, and hold them till they die.

9) Congress hasn't signed a US Budget for 1000 days.

10) The Iraqi War was not declared by Congress.

11) The Afghanistan War was not declared by Congress and is still a mystery to our troops what the mission is. We are not fighting a state, we are not fighting logistics hubs, we are not fighting supply lines, we can not identify the enemy since the enemy does not wear a uniform.

12) The Vietnam War was not declared by Congress.

13) The Korean War was not declared by Congress.

14) Career Politician are a corruption by DEFINITION. There should be no Lobbying, No PACs, No receipt of gifts, No airplane rides, No Free Conventions, No Free Hotel Rooms, No Dinners over $100 (I guess), No tickets, No Foreign Entities gifts (we call this treason), No special Mortgages, and No Book sales to political or corporate organizations.

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 7 years ago

Reposting for Future Reference here:

These are some of Shadz66 Links on the Forum Post Report: US Engaged in Torture.

The Senate Intelligence Committee approved its own 6,000 page report,

The 'Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment', is an independent, non-partisan group that produced a report comprehensively documenting the United States' descent into torture.
http://www.constitutionproject.org/task-force-of-detainee-treatment/ ,

The Task Force released a 600-page report.
http://detaineetaskforce.org/pdf/Full-Report.pdf ,

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/272885-senate-panel-approves-cia-torture-report ...

The Justice Department instead chose to prosecute CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who refused to participate in torture and helped exposed the torture program :

Under Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department absolved the torture memo authors (Jay Bybee and John Yoo) of any professional accountability for torture.

Jesselyn Radack is the director of National Security & Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project. www.pinterest.com/jesselynradack

Further consider :
http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/category/projects/drones/ .

Both items above, copied under ''Fair Use'' from :

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34640.htm & use this url to access all the essential corroborative links. This is a complex issue and important report and these two items above, have very far reaching ramifications and are also alluded to here :

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/world/us-practiced-torture-after-9-11-nonpartisan-review-concludes.html .

Re. ''Torture is globally indoctrinated as acceptable. In the US, torture of inmates...under 'National Security'. US prison system as 'rehabilitation'. Global slavery as 'making a living'.'' - I agree and append the following re. your final clause :

• "When You Cheapen One Life, You Cheapen Every Life'', by Richard Eskow : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34766.htm ;

• "Made in Bangladesh - The Terror of Capitalism", by Vijay Prashad : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34756.htm [Warning contains upsetting image] &

• ''Putting People and the Planet Before Profits'', by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34797.htm

As an example of the ''moral obligation'' of speaking 'truth to power', I'll also append the following here :
• DK @ DNC '08' : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-VLHNpwju0 - 'Wk-Up U$A' ;

• "How War Is Used To Redistribute Wealth", by Dennis Kucinich : http://www.theprogressivemind.info/?p=66154 and also please see ...

• ''The Financial Press : A Disinformation Machine'', by Paul Craig Roberts : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34847.htm .

You're so right and consider : ''Lawyer who drafted White House drone policy says US would rather kill suspects than send them to Cuban detention centre'' & ...

• "US Drone Strikes Being Used As Alternative to Guantánamo, Lawyer Says'', by Dan Roberts : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/02/us-drone-strikes-guantanamo .

• ''Time to Renounce the "War on Terror", by Norman Solomon : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34727.htm &

• ''The Elephant in the Room : Militarism'', by Jeff Cohen : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34553.htm .

Your point re. Naomi Klein's ''Shock Doctrine'' now effectively being in play in The U$A - is very strong because 'Disaster Capitalism' is pretty much where we are all at. Here's the doc. based on her book :     

•"Shock Doctrine" ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxxOIfrtYYY .

Naomi Klein's ''No Logo'' : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8859syeumXw to accompaby 'SD'.

Re. Neo-Liberal Economics and its laissez-faire, 'pseudo-free-market' ideology, thanx for your excellent comment and links re. 'The Chicago School' ; Milton Friedman et al. Further, are you also aware, 'Ma' - of Chicago University's contribution to 'Neo-Con Hegemonic thought' and have you possibly also come across the name 'Leo Strauss' ? I'll leave it at that for now and more optimistically and enthusiastically suggest these links to you as a shot in the arm re. OWS :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7CfyFT7G1c ;

http://truth-out.org/video/item/9276-tom-morello-troubadour-for-justice with Bill Moyers and ..

http://www.zcommunications.org/occupy-wall-street-and-the-politics-of-financial-morality-by-frances-fox-piven .

Re. Leo Strauss, thanx for your interesting comment and links 'Ma'. Perhaps the best intoduction to Strauss for anyone who hasn't heard of him is Adam Curtis', excellent documentary essay series ''Power of Nightmares'', especially the first of the three part series, which is an education in itself :

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL964A45D19579F8AC 'PoN' P1/3' & also see fyi ;

• "Why Does No One Speak of America’s Oligarchs ?", by Yves Smith : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34410.htm & a great tune...

• "Gil Scott-Heron : "Work For Peace" (Video and Lyrics) : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33379.htm .

Tom Morello & Bill Moyers have such a wonderfully revealing and inspiring conversation that it has to be wholeheartedly recommended to all readers here @ OWS, so again I append :


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7CfyFT7G1c [TM @ OWS]

Also to follow P1/3 above of 'Power of Nightmares - The Rise of the Politics of Fear', I append links to parts 2&3 - but don't know how long they will last so may recommend downloading and saving them :

• P 2/3 : http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7D89BB60405B70CF &

• P 3/3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=590HuiJtSBA .

further to your comment & in compliment both to your reply and my forum post here, please also consider at your later convenience :

• "The Grand Chessboard'', by Zbigniev Brzezinksi : http://www.takeoverworld.info/Grand_Chessboard.pdf [PDF of the whole book]

• ''Drone Warfare : 'Killing by Remote Control' - by Medea Benjamin – (Review) A well-researched, angry book that is also a call to arms'' : by Steven Rose :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/may/09/drone-warfare-medea-benjamin-review ;

• ''Gangster State America'', by Paul Craig Roberts : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34932.htm & finally and very, very interestingly :

• "Top Secret America : 9/11 to the Boston Bombings'' (Video - Doc. by PBS 'Frontline' and Dana Priest) :


Re. the last link - the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dana Priest, traces the journey from 9/11 to the Marathon bombings and investigates the secret history of the 12-year battle against "terrorism". I just watched this yesterday and thoroughly recommend it to you - but balance it with a nice long walk and some nature appreciation &/or a piece of music [ie : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqkS5dVMbNc ]

• "Justice Department's Pursuit of AP's Phone Records is Both Extreme and Dangerous'', by Glenn Greenwald :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/14/justice-department-ap-phone-records-whistleblowers ;

• "Chris Hedges : Monitoring of AP Phones a "Terrifying" Step in State Assault on Press Freedom'' (Video) :
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/15/chris_hedges_monitoring_of_ap_phones &

• "Obama and Press Freedom : The Posterior of Fascism'', by Norman Pollack :

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34962.htm .

''Overturning Citizens United : Is a Constitutional Amendment the Best Path to Limit Dark Money ?'' :


Of all the many issues that face The US 99% 'CU' is right up there and with the Supreme Court decision enabling Corporations and usurping the US Constitution, the judicial sophists effectively gave the green light to a coup d'etat all in plane sight of a sleeping and mind-managed populace. WTFU AMERICA !!!

• "Citizens United ... Against Secret Corporate Campaign Cash'', by Isaiah J. Poole :

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30318.htm .

Thanks for the Links Shadz... Now we have them all in one place. Well anyway it is related to my topic of Corruption where I explore Corporatism and the merging of government & corporations.

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 7 years ago

Reposting for Future Reference here:

Project RESISTANCE was a CIA domestic espionage operation. Its purpose was to collect background information on groups around the U.S. that might pose threats to CIA facilities and personnel. From 1967 to 1973, many local police departments, college campus staff members, and other independent informants collaborated with the CIA to keep track of student radical groups that opposed the U.S. government's foreign policies on Vietnam. Project RESISTANCE and its twin program, Project MERRIMAC were both coordinated by the CIA Office of Security. In addition, the twin projects were branch operations that relayed civilian information to their parent program, Operation CHAOS.


Project MERRIMAC was a domestic espionage operation coordinated under the Office of Security of the CIA. It involved information gathering procedures via infiltration and surveillance on Washington-based anti-war groups that might pose potential threats to the CIA. However, the type of data gathered also included general information on the infrastructure of targeted communities. Project MERRIMAC and its twin program, Project RESISTANCE were both coordinated by the CIA Office of Security. The Assassination Archives and Research Center believes that Project MERRIMAC began in February 1967.


COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series of covert, and at times illegal,[1] projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveying, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations.

The FBI has used covert operations against domestic political groups since its inception; however, covert operations under the official COINTELPRO label took place between 1956 and 1971.[2] to include discrediting targets, psychological warfare; smearing using forged documents, false reports in the media; harassment; wrongful imprisonment; and illegal violence, including assassination.[3][4][5] "protecting national security, preventing violence, and maintaining order."[6]

  • Covert operation
  • ECHELON, SIGINT collection and analysis network
  • NSA warrantless surveillance controversy
  • Project MERRIMAC,
  • Project MINARET, NSA electronic communications
  • Project RESISTANCE, Operation US that might pose threats to CIA
  • Project SHAMROCK, NSA type of all telegraphic data
  • Project Megiddo, FBI Report in 1999 on potential Terrorist
  • COINTELPRO, FBI Operations & smears of Students
  • FISA Court, oversees surveillance warrants on foreign intelligence agents
  • Operation Mockingbird, CIA Media Influence

Examples of Covert Operations:

Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State in the Nixon and Ford administrations, was closely involved diplomatically with the Southern Cone governments at the time and well aware of the Condor plan.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ajax#U.S._role (Iranian Coup)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covert_United_States_foreign_regime_change_actions (Examples)

1 Prior to Cold War
1.1 Russia

2 During the Cold War
2.1 Communist states 1944-1989
2.2 Syria 1949
2.3 Iran 1953
2.4 Guatemala 1954 (operation PBSUCCESS)
2.5 Tibet 1955-70s
2.6 Indonesia 1958
2.7 Cuba 1959
2.8 Democratic Republic of the Congo 1960-65
2.9 Iraq 1960-63
2.10 Dominican Republic 1961
2.11 South Vietnam 1963
2.12 Brazil 1964
2.13 Ghana 1966
2.14 Chile 1970-73
2.15 Afghanistan 1979-1989
2.16 Turkey 1980
2.17 Poland 1980-81
2.18 Nicaragua 1981-1990
2.18.1 Destablization through CIA Assets
2.18.2 Arming the Contras

2.19 Cambodia 1980-95
2.20 Angola 1980s
2.21 Philippines 1986

3 Since the end of the Cold War
3.1 Iraq 1992-1996
3.2 Afghanistan 2001
3.3 Iraq 2002-3
3.4 Venezuela 2002
3.5 Palestinian Authority, 2006-present
3.6 Somalia 2006-2007
3.7 Iran 2005-present
3.8 Libya 2011
3.9 Syria 2012


Further information: Monroe Doctrine

Reasons for these conflicts were varied but largely economic in nature. The conflicts were called "Banana Wars", a term that arose from the connections between these interventions and the preservation of American commercial interests in the region.

Most prominently, the United Fruit Company had significant financial stakes in production of bananas, tobacco, sugar cane, and various other products throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Northern South America. The U.S. was also advancing its political interests, maintaining a sphere of influence and controlling the Panama Canal which it had recently built, critically important to global trade and naval power.

Project MKUltra was the code name of a U.S. government covert research operation experimenting in the behavioral engineering of humans (mind control) through the CIA's Scientific Intelligence Division. The program began in the early 1950s, was officially sanctioned in 1953, was reduced in scope in 1964, further curtailed in 1967 and "officially halted" in 1973.[1] The program engaged in many illegal activities;[2][3][4][5] in particular it used unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects, which led to controversy regarding its legitimacy.[6][7][8][9] MKUltra involved the use of many methodologies to manipulate people's mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture.[10]

The scope of Project MKUltra was broad, with research undertaken at 80 institutions, including 44 colleges and universities, as well as hospitals, prisons and pharmaceutical companies.[11] The CIA operated through these institutions using front organizations, although sometimes top officials at these institutions were aware of the CIA's involvement.[12]

Project MKUltra was first brought to public attention in 1975 by the Church Committee of the U.S. Congress, and a Gerald Ford commission to investigate CIA activities within the United States. Investigative efforts were hampered by the fact that CIA Director Richard Helms ordered all MKUltra files destroyed in 1973; the Church Committee and Rockefeller Commission investigations relied on the sworn testimony of direct participants and on the relatively small number of documents that survived Helms' destruction order.[13]

In 1977, a Freedom of Information Act request uncovered a cache of 20,000 documents relating to project MKUltra, which led to Senate hearings later that same year.[7] In July 2001 some surviving information regarding MKUltra was officially declassified.

Project MKCHICKWIT. A partner program to MKSEARCH, to "identify new drug developments in Europe and Asia

Operation Midnight Climax was an operation for the CIA as a sub-project of Project MKULTRA, the CIA mind-control research program that began in the 1950s.[1]

In Operation Midnight Climax, the CIA set up several brothels in San Francisco, California to obtain a selection of men who would be too embarrassed to talk about the events.

The project consisted of a web of CIA-run safehouses in San Francisco, Marin, and New York. It was established in order to study the effects of LSD on unconsenting individuals. Prostitutes on the CIA payroll were instructed to lure clients into sexual blackmail,

Other experiments involved drugs such as temazepam (used under code name MKSEARCH), heroin, morphine, MDMA, mescaline, psilocybin, scopolamine, marijuana, alcohol, sodium pentothal, and ergine (in Subproject 22).[39]

A few days before his death, Frank Olson quit his position because of the nature of his biological weapons research. Among Olson's concerns were the development of assassination materials used by the CIA, the CIA's use of biological warfare materials in covert operations, experimentation with biological weapons in populated areas, collaboration with former Nazi scientists under Operation Paperclip, LSD mind-control research, the use of biological weapons (including anthrax) during the Korean War[citation needed], and the use of psychoactive drugs during "terminal" interrogations under a program code-named Project ARTICHOKE.[54]


The project studied hypnosis, forced morphine addiction (and subsequent forced withdrawal), and the use of other chemicals, among other methods, to produce amnesia and other vulnerable states in subjects.

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Vatican Bank chief fired in corruption Investigation

The Vatican has been in the midst of a scandal over tax fraud and money laundering for several years.

Lord’s Banker ousted: Vatican Bank chief fired in corruption row Published: 25 May, 2012, 12:42

In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI created a new financial authority to "prevent and oppose illegal financial activity," after an Italian court temporarily seized $33 million from the Vatican Bank as part of the inquiry into Tedesci’s activities.

The Pope has launched desperate attempts to wash off the corruption claims after the Moneyval, the Council of Europe's experts on anti-money laundering, set a deadline for the Vatican to prove it can be put on to the "white list" of financially virtuous countries.

The body prepares to rule at the beginning of July on whether the Holy See has managed to clean up its act and meet international monetary standards on financial transactions.

The Vatican Bank was created during World War II to manage assets destined for religious or charitable works and has seen several financial scandals in the past decades.


Click link for full article....

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Big Picture Corruption:

What are primal needs to mainstream media or pop psychology is irrelevant. We live in a time of strategic Planning.

1) Not fight or flight, but relation with opposite sex.
2) Not Anger, or rage, but relation to kids, people, community.
3) Not spear skills (hunting and fighting), but networking and community.
4) Getting the message in all communications. What was sent, what was heard, and the result.

Next are the hunter skills, the gatherer skills, and survival skills.

1) Being quiet in the desert, woods, marsh, moraine, and jungle.
2) Being able to fish, hunt, track, and build a shelter in more than one environment.
3) Being able to create, imagine, communicate, tell stories and histories, and to teach hunting, fishing, or working in a factory.
4) Protecting family, family income, workers rights, retirement, social security benefits, pensions, medicare, medicaid, and health care benefits.
5) Acting to streamline income tax, capital gains tax, carrying fee tax, corporate tax, hedge fund tax, shadow and private banking taxes, insurance company taxes, deferred wages, deferred taxes, and derivative financial instruments.
6) Acting to regulate Private Financial Banks, Shadow Banking, Off-Balance Sheet transactions, Supra GAAP Balance Sheet Transactions, and mandating adherence to GAAP Financial Accounting Rules.
7) Eliminate Naked Short Selling of stocks in the US Stock Market.
8) Eliminate deferred Wages for US CEOs and Executives.
9) Eliminate Shell Companies like the ones in ENRON.
10) Eliminate Off Shore US Defense Contractors for tax purposes.
11) Mandate Tax Payments for US Defense Contractors.
12) Recognize that humans run businesses, and that they try to reduce taxes, corrupt the process, commit fraud, avoid taxes, and evade taxes.
13) Recognize that humans will drink alcohol, take drugs, engage in illicit sex, and corruption.
14) Recognize that regulation of business, banks and politicians is the only way to have democracy or a republic.
15) Recognize that we need social safety nets and don't want to live without them.
16) Decide we govern despite human emotions such as greed, lust, use of drugs, revolving doors in government, regulatory capture by industry, corruption, Fraudulent government claims for war, bogus corporate claims for drugs, bogus claims of environmental safety, bogus claims of democracy, bogus claims to land ownership, bogus claims to eminent domain, bogus claims of investigation, bogus claims of goodwill, bogus claims of legitimacy, bogus federal righteousness, bogus federal representation, and rampant federal corruption due to lobbying and corporate capture of the whole federal government.
17) There is no reason we can't issue US Dollars from the US Treasury.
18) There is no reason the federal government can't issue dollars interest free from the US Treasury.
19) We can Eliminate the so called 'Federal Reserve' by using regional banks to protect against banks runs, and we can let corrupt banks go bankrupt.
20) We have a Fiat Banking system that is a Debt Issue system. We must issue debt to create more money. And we must keep a certain money flow going by having money available in the system. Normally people have to have access to money and credit. The money supply is correlated to the population so that there is enough money flowing for the current population.
21) Accept that modern Monetary management stipulates that we must have debt, that debt is good, and that government spending/debt spending is what makes the system work.
22) We can't cut many jobs in the government system without shrinking the US Economy since we are reducing the money flow or the money supply.
23) Economic Stimulus is a meaningless term except that it means more government debt. GDP and Economic Stimulus should target manufacturing jobs as a mandate.
24) Federal Domestic Policy should explicitly state that it is increasing small manufacturing concerns and employment. Small businesses are the biggest part of the economy. Small manufacturing is the base of the US Economy. There is a recognized economic multiple boost from jobs in manufacturing.
25) The USA has a declining economy with overstated GDPs since financial wealth is calculated in the current US GDP numbers. The federal government doesn't care about the people's well being.
26) The US has an inflation rate above what the government reports since the government doesn't care about the people.
27) The US Government has been wrong about foreign policy and all wars since Vietnam. Strategic Thinking and Planing is about results. The government doesn't have a place for humanity in it's war or global policy.
28) Strategic Thinking is Alien to human caring and human respect. There is a corporate flaw and government flaw in Strategic Thinking. The Objective is the focus and the detail are about getting the job done.
29) Paradigm Shift from Strategic Thinking is New.
30) Strategic Thinking Discounts 2nd, 3rd, and 4th level results or social effects.
31) Strategic Thinking in the corporate culture is mostly oriented to the bottom line - MONEY.
32) Public and Private Executives employ strategic planning. This is government and corporate executives.
33) James Bond Movie's are all about Strategic Planning.
34) We live in a James Bond Movie.

Big Picture Corruption.

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Corruption, Government Corruption, Labor Rights, Strikebreakers, unnsafe labor conditions, poverty. Video on Psywar http://vimeo.com/14772678 outlined two labor disputes put down through US government military intervention.

Historical references below. Interesting point in the Lattimer massacre a "Private Police Force was employed by the mine owner, but then the county policed was asked to get additional help against the strike of 1000s.

Some use of US Military used to suppress and kill Union Strikers:

1847? Viaduct Massacre 30 killed and 100 wounded in Chicago
1863 New York Draft Riots 150-2,000 killed (rich could buyout of the Draft or find a substitute so as not to go to 'Civil War')
1877 Great Strike more than 100 killed
1886 Bay View Massacre 7 people killed by National Guard 1894 Pullman Strike 34 killed
1914 Ludlow Massacre 19-25 Killed by National Guard

Other Mining or Striking Violence:
1886 Rock Springs Massacre/Riot miners kill 28 Chinese miners
1887 Thibodaux Massacre 5 killed by militia in Louisiana
1927 Columbine Mine massacre 6 killed by machine guns 1922 Herrin Massacre 23 killed (strikebreakers, union workers, guards)
1857 Mountain Meadows massacre 120 killed by militia
1886 Haymarket massacre or Haymarket riot 8 police killed
1897 Lattimer massacre 19 miners killed
1916 Everett Massacre also known as Bloody Sunday 7 killed (deputies, vigilantes, and IWW members) 1920 Battle of Matewan also known as Matewan Massacre 11 killed (7 were private detectives)
1931 Harlan County War 4 killed 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain up to 30 police killed and 50-100 miners 1937 Memorial Day massacre 10 demonstrators killed in Chicago

Indian Massacre 1870 Marias Massacre 217 Indians killed 1857 Spirit Lake Massacre 35-40 Settlers killed 1863 Bear River Massacre 247 Indians killed 1835 Dade Massacre 110 soldiers killed
1864 Sand Creek Massacre 70-163 Indians Killed
1853 Yontoket Massacre or Burnt Ranch Massacre 1852 Bridge Gulch Massacre 150 Indians killed
1850 Bloody Island Massacre 60-400 Indians killed


1862 Nueces massacre 34 killed (confederate soldiers killed dissenters)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair (Anarchist killed police and likely started riot in Chicago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_the_United_States http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_labor_issues_and_events

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Major General Smedley D. Butler instrument of Corporations in his Military Service.

War Is a Racket is the title of two works, a speech and a booklet, by retired United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler. In them, Butler frankly discusses from his experience as a career military officer how business interests commercially benefit from warfare.

It contains this key summary: "War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes." In another often cited quote from the book Butler says:

I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
A) I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914.
B) I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in.
C) I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.
D) I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912.
E) I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916.
F) I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903.
G) In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.
Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

The book is also interesting historically as Butler points out in 1935 that the US is engaging in military war games in the Pacific that are bound to provoke the Japanese.
"The Japanese, a proud people, of course will be pleased beyond expression to see the United States fleet so close to Nippon's shores. Even as pleased as would be the residents of California were they to dimly discern through the morning mist, the Japanese fleet playing at war games off Los Angeles."

Butler explains that the excuse for the buildup of the US fleet and the war games is fear that "the great fleet of this supposed enemy will strike suddenly and annihilate 125,000,000 people."


[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

First Corporations and Corporate Monopolies list below were sometimes used for Imperialism in addition to Trade. Privateering, Pirating and some involvement in slavery appears to be part of trading and profit seeking.

From Wikipedia, looks like Royal Family of england create a corporation for Slavery:

The Royal African Company was a slaving company set up by the Stuart family and London merchants once the former retook the English throne in the English Restoration of 1660. It was led by James, Duke of York, Charles II's brother.

Originally known as the Company of Royal Adventurers Trading to Africa, it was granted a monopoly over the English slave trade, by its charter issued in 1660. With the help of the army and navy it established slavery posts on the West African coast, and it was responsible for seizing any English ships that were transporting guns.

It collapsed in 1667 during the war with the Netherlands – the very war it started by having company Admiral Robert Holmes attack the Dutch African trade posts in 1664 – and re-emerged in 1672, having been merged with those of the Gambia Merchants' Company into the new Royal African Company, with a royal charter to set up forts, factories, troops and to exercise martial law in West Africa, in pursuit of trade in gold, silver and slaves.[1]

In the 1680s it was transporting about 5,000 slaves per year. Many were branded with the letters 'DY', after its chief, the Duke of York, who succeeded his brother on the throne in 1685, becoming James II. Other slaves were branded with the company's initials, RAC, on their chests.[2]

Between 1672 and 1689 it transported around 90,000-100,000 slaves. Its profits made a major contribution to the increase in the financial power of those who controlled London.

In 1698, it lost its monopoly. This was advantageous for merchants in Bristol, even if, like the Bristolian Edward Colston, they had already been involved in the compound. The number of slaves transported on English ships then increased dramatically.

The company continued slaving until 1731, when it abandoned slaving in favour of trafficking in ivory and gold dust. Charles Hayes (1678–1760), mathematician and chronologist was sub-governor of Royal African Company till 1752 when it was dissolved. Its successor was the African Company of Merchants.

The Royal African Company's logo depicted an elephant and castle.

From 1668 to 1722 the Royal African Company provided gold to the English Mint. Coins made with this gold bear an elephant below the bust of the king and/or queen. This gold also gave the coinage its name—the guinea.


The East India Trading Company was a corporation set up to subdue India and take all of it's valuables/resources for England.






The West Country men (Some called Pirates and some traded slaves) were a group of wealthy individuals in Elizabethan England who advocated the English settlement of Ireland, attacks on the Spanish Empire and overseas colonisation. The group included Humphrey Gilbert, Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, John Hawkins, Richard Grenville and Ralph Lane.[1]





The Emden Company was a Prussian trading company which was established in 1752 to trade primarily with the city of Canton in China. Its full name was the Royal Prussian Asiatic Company in Emden to Canton and China.


The Imperial Ostend Company (German: Kaiserliche Ostender Kompanie) (Dutch: Keijserlijche Oostendse Compagnie) was an Austrian/Flemish private trading company established in 1717 to trade with the East and West Indies. For a few years it provided strong competition to the traditional colonial trading companies

Company of Merchant Adventurers of London · Company of Merchant Adventurers to New Lands · London and Bristol Company · African Company of Merchants · Guinea Company · Muscovy Company · Spanish Company · Eastland Company · Morocco Company · East India Company · Levant Company · Virginia Company · French Company · Massachusetts Bay Company · Providence Island Company · Royal West Indian Company · Hudson's Bay Company · Royal African Company · Greenland Company · South Sea Company · Sierra Leone Company · New Zealand Company · Eastern Archipelago Company · Royal British Bank · North Borneo Company · Royal Niger Company · South Africa Company · South Australian Company


Company of One Hundred Associates · Compagnie de l'Occident · Compagnie du Mississippi · Compagnie des Îles de l'Amérique · Compagnie des Indes Occidentales · Compagnie des Indes Orientales


Brandenburg African Company · Emden Company · West African Company · New Guinea Company · East Africa Company


Companhia da Guiné · Companhia de Moçambique · Companhia do Nyassa · Portuguese East India Company · Grão Pará and Maranhão Company · Pernambuco and Paraíba Company · House of India

Low Countries

Dutch East India Company · Nordic Company · New Netherland Company · Dutch West India Company · Ostend Company


Danish East India Company · Danish West India Company · Royal Greenland · New Sweden Company · Swedish Africa Company · Swedish East India Company · Swedish West India Company · Swedish Levant Company

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

I just heard about this today. Dallas FED (Federal Reserve Bank) has post 2011 Annual Report which states TBTF (Too Big Too Fail New York Banks should be broken up). I'm posting it here for my Record of corruption.

Here is the MP3 and Podcast from NPR and Robert Reich which aired today.


and here is the Blog from Robert Reich on Truthout.com


PBS also has a 4 hour episode coming out next week or so, Money Power and Wall-Street, on Frontline series about us having "Three Years since the world was on the brink of collapse and we haven't had any changes to our banking and financial systems". So "We will see another crisis".


  • On top of the Oil Monopoly (which was broken up), Bell telephone Monopoly (which was broken up), the Savings & Loan Crisis (which we prosecuted 1000 Bankers through a team of over 1000 federal investigators), and now the 2008 Financial Crisis which is 70 times as bad as S & L Scandal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Oil (Broken up in 1911)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_System (Broken up in 1984)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savings_and_loan_crisis (1980s and 1990s) ( total cost for resolving the 747 failed institutions was $87.9 billion)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_crisis_of_2007%E2%80%932010 (US Financial Crisis of 2008 was never investigated, there aren't enough federal investigators assigned according to William K. Black, and it would require at least 10 years and 5000 federal investigators with assistance from state and bank employees to make cases through refferals to federal invistagors)


[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Continuing to record Corruption on this string:

Corruption on Fracking used by industry to produce shale natural gas.

1) Here is a video where Mr. Josh Fox on Thom Hartmann states that the Fracking industry is unregulated by any or most water safety acts and pollution acts.


2) The Video "Facking Hell" talks about the Marcellus Shale Fracking in Pennsylvania and how impact of Toxic Chemicals and natural Radium will cause cumulative "Spill Impacts".


3) Gasland Movie by Josh Fox, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phCibwj396I&feature=related

A) Mr. Weston Wilson states the onus should be on Industry to prove they are doing no harm to citizens (or to the natural environment or our water).

B) Mr. Weston Wilson points out that government should investigate chemicals and processes because its citizens request it (naturally). And especially their should be no secret chemicals.

C) A woman in Colorado in part II of Gasland PL version states when she calls the oil and gas conservation commision about her toxic water, whe is told to get a lawyer since they don't represent the public.

4) Investigation through Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) http://www.texassharon.com/

5) Rolling Stone Article depicts Fracking having a Land Flipping Scam as well. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-big-fracking-bubble-the-scam-behind-the-gas-boom-20120301

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Here is a web posting of HSBC Bank making fraudulent Loans to a frauduent ID to a list of different bogus companies to Steal Millions/Billions of Dollars in the USA. Default on all the loans and keep the money. It's like something I used to imagine as a Kid. turns out it is true.



[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

The Reason that the world's Largest Financial Fraud has not resulted in big investigations and Convitions: Congressional Corruption, and inaction of President Obama to create a huge Task Force of FBI Investigators in Mortgage Fraud. Quote below from William K. Black, Lawyer, former federal bank regulator and current professor UMKC.

"So your question is, so why, this is the greatest financial crime in the history of the world and no one senior, at any of the major places that drove the crisis, has gone to jail? In fact, no one has been indicted. There were some at Bear Stearns, for the real specialized stuff, but for the basic fraud we are talking about, no one has even been charged with a crime. What has happened? And the answer, the first answer is it all has to start with the regulators. The regulators have to serve as the Sherpas on something like this, in criminal prosecution. The Sherpas of course, are the folks that help you get to the top of the Himalayan Mountains. And this is a hard task, it is hard to prosecute sophisticated white-collar crimes, and they do have the best criminal defense lawyers in the world. So it is not an easy thing. And getting those thousand plus felony convictions in the Savings and Loan crisis, was a massive success for which the Department of Justice, the FBI and the agencies deserve a lot of credit. What do the Sherpas do? The Sherpas do two functions. One, they do the heavy lifting and in this context, that means they the great bulk of the investigative work. And two, they serve as the guides, they have the expertise, they’ve seen this before, they know what works and what does not. And in this context, that means they have expertise in the fraud mechanisms, the fraud schemes, identifying it and explaining it. And so a criminal referral is not just a sort of a useful thing, it is the absolutely essential thing. Criminal referral in our era might be twenty to thirty pages and have two hundred to three hundred pages of attachments of all the key documents. It would be the roadmap to continue this metaphor that says, here’s the fraud, here’s how it works, here are the key people, here is where the money moved, here are the key documents to be able to prove the case. Here are the key witnesses, this is how you contact them, right? And I told you that we went to zero criminal referrals from well over ten thousand. That has made it impossible for the FBI and the justice department to have any substantial success. But of course, this is not the question of them simply not having substantial success, they ain’t having no success. And there you have to look at what, after a brilliant start with this September 2004 warning, with no help from the regulators, well you could not get any significant number of FBI agents assigned in the Bush Administration, to investigate these cases."

"That meant that as recently as fiscal year 2007, there were nationwide, only 120 FBI agents working all mortgage fraud cases. To give you a comparison, at the peak of the Savings and Loan Crisis, there were 1,000 FBI agents working the cases."

"So the FBI says we got to start going after the big guys at which point Bush’s Attorney General Mukasey says no, he refuses to even create a National Task Force against mortgage fraud, saying famously, this is simply the equivalent of, and I am quoting again, “White Collar Street Crime,” little tiny stuff."

" And they are nowhere near the numbers required and so unless something dramatic or radical changes, this is going to be the greatest case of elite fraud with impunity in the history of the world."

"they lied and then sold the assets to Fannie and Freddie by making acts of deceit, which is of course, the key element of fraud."

"The Taylor case, and it refers to a pretty obscure mortgage-banking firm in the southeast. Ten people have been convicted who were officers. But the only reason they were convicted was because these people after thousands of acts of fraud, over a ten-year period, tried to defraud the TARP Program and the Special Inspector General to the TARP Program, which is called SIGTARP, was very good. He has since left the government service. And they found this and they made the criminal referral. What we discovered in the course of that, was that Fanny Mae discovered this fraud in 2000 but refused to make a criminal referral."








[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

The Creation of the FED, the Federal Reserve System is the Biggest Corruption of the US and has lead to Global Debt, the Financial Crisis, the Mortgage Crisis, the Savings and Loan Crisis, and even the huge transfer of taxpayer money to the Prison-Military Industrial Complex and War.

Edward Griffin starts out naming 7 reasons to Abolish the FED A. It is incapable of accomplishing its stated purposes B) that the FED is a Banking Cartel C. It is Instrument of Usury D. Creates the worst kind of Tax. E. Encourages War F. Destabilizes the Economy.

Then Edward proves the first 4 reasons are true.

  1. The Fed is a Central Bank like what was invented in 1600s in Europe.

  2. US People worried about Big New York Banks that were money controllers.

  3. The FED was created by Bankers using deceit, then they were able to change the banking laws 100 times to get us to where we are today. We have very unstable swings of bubbles, recessions, depressions, etc.

  4. The Bankers got what they wanted in a cartel where they controlled the banking growth to New York City, made it difficult for smaller banks to compete, have the tax payer pay for big bank loses while small banks go bankrupt, have congress in their pocket, have amassed huge profits they use to increase their power and control over other people, etc.

  5. The profits of banks come from very little work at all. They make these huge profits from loans and investments by charging huge amounts of money FOR CREATING MONEY OUT OF THIN AIR.


[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Great Example of Vulture Banker Corruption:

Hope people watch this and passes it around. This video is part 2 (7 minutes) of Greg Palast on Vulture Capitalism. He is talking about one man that bought Zambia's debt for pennies on the dollar and hopes to get $40Million from Zambia via the money that has been provided as "Aid Money" to Zambia. The original debt was only $4Million.


Newer Intereview: From New York to Liberia, Investigative Journalist Greg Palast Tracks Vulture Funds Preying on African Debt


Oldest interview http://www.democracynow.org/2007/2/15/vulture_fund_company_seeks_40_million

"Vulture Fund" Company Seeks $40 Million Payment from Zambia on $4 Million Debt

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

The Federal website www.cfda.gov shows 2,200 different Domestic Assistance programs for 2012. I'm pretty sure this is the current number of Subsidies. In 2006, accourding to the Cato Institute website there were 1,696 federal subsidies.

I want to say most subsidies are corruption, especially when you see subsidies for oil companys, for tobacco, for Walmart buildings, or for Walmart warehouses.

Here is the other side:

On the other hand, I think we will need Federal Small Business Loans, Student Loans, and Incentives to get people interested in new technology, new business start ups, new manfuacturing, contests to get American Kids interested in learning projects that could lead to careers and trades.



Also have to admit that the Idea of an Economic Free Zone has to work out the impact on Businesses outside of the Free Zone that would not get tax breaks if any were included in an Economic Free Zone.

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Corrupted Politicians is not new:

Lou Blonger (May 13, 1849 – April 20, 1924), born Louis Herbert Belonger. His "Million-Dollar Bunco Ring" was brought to justice in a famous trial in 1923.

Blonger had longstanding ties to numerous Denver politicians and law enforcement officials, including the mayor and the chief of police. In 1922, however, District Attorney Philip S. Van Cise bypassed the Denver police and used his own force, funded by donations solicited in secret from local citizens, to arrest 33 con men, including Blonger, and bring the ring to justice.



Kenneth Lay (1942-2006):

Bernard Madoff (1938):

Pretty much no Information about about CEOs or Executives, Treasury Officials, Federal Reserve Chairmen, or even Banking Executives....listed as Conmen. It is all below listed as Accounting Fraud/Accounting Scandals.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Petters (Fingerhut)

The savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and 1990s (commonly dubbed the S&L crisis) was the failure of about 747 out of the 3,234 savings and loan associations in the United States.


Jim Wright

On June 9, 1988 the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct adopted a six-count preliminary inquiry resolution representing a determination by the committee that in 69 instances there was reason to believe that Rep. Jim Wright (D-TX) violated House rules on conduct becoming a Representative.[20] A report by special counsel implicated him in a number of influence peddling charges, such as Vernon Savings and Loan, and attempting to get William K. Black fired from deputy director of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) under Gray, and Rep. Wright resigned May 31, 1989 after being found guilty by the House Ethics Committee.[21]

Keating Five

On November 17, 1989 the Senate Ethics Committee investigation began of the Keating Five, Alan Cranston (D-CA), Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ), John Glenn (D-OH), John McCain (R-AZ), and Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (D-MI), who were accused of improperly intervening in 1987 on behalf of Charles H. Keating, Jr., chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association.



Scandals are often only the 'tip of the iceberg'. They represent the visible catastrophic failures. Note that much abuse can be completely legal or quasi legal.

[-] 2 points by LSN45 (535) 8 years ago

Check out the book "Republic, Lost: How money corrupts congress - and a plan to stop it" by Lawrence Lessig - you will not be disappointed.


[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Congressional Corruption:

In legislative procedure, a rider is an additional provision added to a bill or other measure under the consideration by a legislature, having little connection with the subject matter of the bill.[1] Riders are usually created as a tactic to pass a controversial provision that would not pass as its own bill. Occasionally, a controversial provision is attached to a bill not to be passed itself but to prevent the bill from being passed (in which case it is called a wrecking amendment or poison pill).


Riders are most effective when attached to an important bill, such as an appropriation bill, because to veto or postpone such a bill could delay funding to governmental programs, causing serious problems.

Riders are often completely irrelevant to the bill they are attached and are commonly used to introduce unpopular provisions. These tend to have negative implications for freedom and civil liberties but are nevertheless passed due to the amount of support behind the original bill. For example, a rider to stop net neutrality was attached to a bill relating to military and veteran construction projects.[2]

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 7 years ago

Reposting here for Future Reference on Corruption:

Shadz posted some links about Fascist merging of Military Power with State & Local Police Power and it seems the Local Police Benefit from Military Training & Military Equipment.

U.S. Military ‘Power Grab’ Goes Into Effect

Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances’

By Jed Morey

May 15, 2013 "Information Clearing House" -"Long Island Press"-



http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/10C18.txt (New Law Signed)

Eric Freedman, a constitutional law professor from Hofstra University, also calls the ruling “an unauthorized power grab.” According to Freedman, “The Department of Defense does not have the authority to grant itself by regulation any more authority than Congress has granted it by statute.” Yet that’s precisely what it did. This wasn’t, however, the Pentagon’s first attempt to expand its authority domestically in the last decade.

Déjà vu

During the Bush Administration, Congress passed the 2007 Defense Authorization Bill that included language similar in scope to the current regulatory change. It specifically amended the Insurrection Act to expand the president’s ability to deploy troops domestically under certain conditions including health epidemics, natural disasters and terrorist activities, though it stopped short of including civil disturbances. But the following year this language was repealed under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 via a bill authored by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) who cited the “useful friction” between the Insurrection and Posse Comitatus Acts in limiting executive authority.

Last year, Bruce Afran and another civil liberties attorney Carl Mayer filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration on behalf of a group of journalists and activists lead by former New York Times journalist Chris Hedges. They filed suit over the inclusion of a bill in the NDAA 2012 that, according to the plaintiffs, expanded executive authority over domestic affairs by unilaterally granting the executive branch to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without due process. The case has garnered international attention and invited vigorous defense from the Obama Administration. Even Afran goes so far as to say this current rule change is, “another NDAA. It’s even worse, to be honest.”

Another of the plaintiffs in the Hedges suit is Alexa O’Brien, a journalist and organizer who joined the lawsuit after she discovered a Wikileaks cable showing government officials attempting to link her efforts to terrorist activities. For activists such as O’Brien, the new DoD regulatory change is frightening because it creates, “an environment of fear when people cannot associate with one another.” Like Afran and Freedman, she too calls the move, “another grab for power under the rubric of the war on terror, to the detriment of citizens.”

“This is a complete erosion of the rule of law,” says O’Brien. Knowing these sweeping powers were granted under a rule change and not by Congress is even more harrowing to activists. “That anything can be made legal,” says O’Brien, “is fundamentally antithetical to good governance.”

As far as what might qualify as a civil disturbance, Afran notes, “In the Sixties all of the Vietnam protests would meet this description. We saw Kent State. This would legalize Kent State.”

But the focus on the DoD regulatory change obscures the creeping militarization that has already occurred in police departments across the nation. Even prior to the NDAA lawsuit, journalist Chris Hedges was critical of domestic law enforcement agencies saying, “The widening use of militarized police units effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.”

This de facto nullification isn’t lost on the DoD.

But if the transfer of military training and technology has been so thorough, it boggles the imagination as to what kind of disturbance would be so overwhelming that it would require the suspension of centuries-old law and precedent to grant military complete authority on the ground. The DoD official admits not being able to “envision that happening,” adding, “but I’m not a Hollywood screenwriter.”

Sorry for slicing up the Article, please click to see the whole thing

Fascism Anyone?

Fascism’s principles are wafting in the air today, surreptitiously masquerading as something else, challenging everything we stand for.
By Laurence W. Britt

The cliché that people and nations learn from history is not only overused, but also overestimated; often we fail to learn from history, or draw the wrong conclusions. Sadly, historical amnesia is the norm.


Analysis of seven Fascist Regimes leads to the following trends:

  1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.

  2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.

  3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.

  4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.

  5. Rampant sexism.

    1. A controlled mass media.

    2. Obsession with national security.

    3. Religion and ruling elite tied together.

    4. Power of corporations protected.

  6. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.

    1. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.

    2. Obsession with crime and punishment.

    3. Rampant cronyism and corruption.

    4. Fraudulent elections. and as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 7 years ago

Reposting for Future Reference here:

I got through Beyond the Nightmare Recently. Found supporting arguments and new players names. Very great production, direction, and editing.

Possible Inspirations behind 'Dr. Strangelove' Nuclear Scientist Edward Teller, RAND theorist Herman Kahn, rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, nuclear strategist Albert_Wohlstetter. ...

But what about Henry (Heinz) Kissinger or Zbigniew Brzezinski, William Joseph ("Wild Bill") Donovan, Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby, George H. W. Bush, William Casey, I wonder?


Many geostrategists are also geographers, specializing in subfields of geography, such as human geography, political geography, economic geography, cultural geography, military geography, and strategic geography. Geostrategy is most closely related to strategic geography.

Especially following World War II, some scholars divide geostrategy into two schools: the uniquely German organic state theory; and, the broader Anglo-American geostrategies.[7][8][9]

Geostrategy encounters a wide variety of criticisms. It has been called a crude form of geographic determinism. It is seen as a gloss used to justify international aggression and expansionism—it is linked to Nazi war plans, and to a perceived U.S. creation of Cold War divisions through its containment strategy. Marxists and critical theorists believe geostrategy is simply a justification for American imperialism.[18]

Most international relations theory that is critical of realism in international relations is likewise critical of geostrategy because of the assumptions it makes about the hierarchy of the international system based on power.[18] Realism is an international relations theory which claims that world politics is driven by competitive self-interest.[1]

3 Notable geostrategists

3.1 Alfred Thayer Mahan
3.2 Halford J. Mackinder
3.3 Friedrich Ratzel
3.4 Rudolf Kjellén
3.5 General Karl Haushofer
3.6 Nicholas J. Spykman
3.7 George F. Kennan
3.8 Henry Kissinger
3.9 Zbigniew Brzezinski

Allen W. Dulles, DCI CIA, 1953–1961 After the armed landing of Cuban exiles in the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba in 1961, President Kennedy discharged and replaced Allen W. Dulles. But Dulles was OSS in WWII being in the CIA from the Beginning.

Richard M. Helms, DCI CIA, 1966–1973, Refused to block investigation of CIA in Watergate, was convicted, but was 1st Career CIA Officer to become DCI CIA. Watergate led to independent commissions such as Rockefeller Commission, Pike Committee, and the Church Committee. Revelations about past CIA activities, such as assassinations and attempted assassinations of foreign leaders, illegal domestic spying on American citizens, drew considerable Congressional oversight that had not been previously exercised.


James R. Schlesinger, DCI CIA,1973 He commissioned reports—known as the "Family Jewels"—on illegal activities by the Agency.

William Colby, DCI CIA, 1973–1976 caused a major rift within the CIA ranks by cooperating with investigations of CIA Activities, with many old-line officers such as former DCI Richard Helms believing that the CIA should have resisted congressional intrusion. South Vietnam fell to Communist forces in April 1975, a particularly difficult blow for Colby, who had dedicated so much of his life and career to the American effort there.

Makes me wonder the effect of the rift in the CIA and if a secret army of contractors or rogue CIA network arose within the CIA & other intelligence agencies as is probably the subject of novels and films

George H. W. Bush, DCI CIA, 1976–1977 Makes you wonder about the effects of heading CIA had on George W. Bush and "W"s future friends like Wolfowitz, Dick Chaney, Don Rumsfeld

Stansfield Turner, DCI CIA, 1977–1981 Testified about CIA Program MKULTRA.

William J. Casey, DCI CIA, 1981–1987 Implemented Ronald Reagan's Policies, was involved in Regime Change Operations in Latin America, Key in supporting Mujahedeen in Pakistan and Afghanistan against USSR, principal architect of the arms-for-hostages deal that became known as the Iran-Contra affair, but ... Casey also oversaw Polish Solidarity movement against the USSR.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 7 years ago

The top 50 of the 147 superconnected companies

  1. Barclays plc
  2. Capital Group Companies Inc
  3. FMR Corporation
  4. AXA
  5. State Street Corporation
  6. JP Morgan Chase & Co
  7. Legal & General Group plc
  8. Vanguard Group Inc
  9. UBS AG
  10. Merrill Lynch & Co Inc
  11. Wellington Management Co LLP
  12. Deutsche Bank AG
  13. Franklin Resources Inc
  14. Credit Suisse Group
  15. Walton Enterprises LLC
  16. Bank of New York Mellon Corp
  17. Natixis
  18. Goldman Sachs Group Inc
  19. T Rowe Price Group Inc
  20. Legg Mason Inc
  21. Morgan Stanley
  22. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
  23. Northern Trust Corporation
  24. Société Générale
  25. Bank of America Corporation
  26. Lloyds TSB Group plc
  27. Invesco plc
  28. Allianz SE
  29. TIAA
  30. Old Mutual Public Limited Company
  31. Aviva plc
  32. Schroders plc
  33. Dodge & Cox
  34. Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc*
  35. Sun Life Financial Inc
  36. Standard Life plc
  37. CNCE
  38. Nomura Holdings Inc
  39. The Depository Trust Company
  40. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
  41. ING Groep NV
  42. Brandes Investment Partners LP
  43. Unicredito Italiano SPA
  44. Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan
  45. Vereniging Aegon
  46. BNP Paribas
  47. Affiliated Managers Group Inc
  48. Resona Holdings Inc
  49. Capital Group International Inc
  50. China Petrochemical Group Company
  • Lehman still existed in the 2007 dataset used



[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Ultimate Corruption Whistleblowers: 1) Gary Webb 2) Catherine Austin Fitts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Alliance (Gary Webb)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUlQ7vElqqo (Video is worth 56 minutes listening to Catherine Austin Fitts)

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Robert Reich Reveals 800 LBS Guerillas, 7 Biggest Lies, 7 Biggest Corruptions in US Politics and Lobbying.


1) Tax Cuts to the Rich Trickle Down to the rest of us (LIE).
2) High Taxes on the Rich Hurt the Economy (LIE).
3) If we Shrink the Government we will Create Jobs (LIE).
4) Cutting the Budget Deficit is more important than Boosting the Economy/Creating Jobs (LIE).
5) Medicare and Medicaid are Killing the Budget (Lie).
6) Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme (LIE).
7) It is unfair that Lower income US Citizens pay Lower Income Taxes or no Income taxes (LIE).

In Fact:

1) Median Hourly Wages Dropped under Reagan and Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich.
2) Small Business Owners Create the Most Jobs and High taxes don't stop them.
3) Medicare and Medicaid Cost are going up because health care costs are going up. We need to get away from fee for services and turn to fee for healthy outcome. Open Medicare enrollment for everyone since it has lower costs.
4) We need to lift the ceiling/cap on Social Security Taxes since the Rich are not paying into Social Security.
5) Lower Income Citizens pay higher percent of income on Social Security Taxes, Sales Taxes, Usery Fees, and Tolls. Lower Income People do pay taxes.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Robert Reich Video Explains Bain Capital Subsidy and Mitt Romney Subsidy in 8 Steps (Where they don't invest any money at all).


How Did Mitt Romney Get So Obscenely Rich? Robert Reich Explains

1) Get Money from other Private Investment Companies
2) Select Company to Squeeze out more profits from.
3) Cut Payroll, Fire Workers, Cut Pensions and Benefits.
4) Use Company as Collateral for Loans that create big debt.
5) Special Dividend to Pay back original Investors.
6) Sell the Company for much more money than paid.
7) Pocket 20% of the sale of the company.
8) Pay only 15% Capital Gains without investing or risking money.

The Magic Trick Played on you and Me as Tax Payers:

1) We subsidies by paying for unemployment benefits of Fired Workers.
2) Deduced Interest Payments Reduce Taxes (we have to make it up while they pump up so called profits).
3) When they only pay 15% capital Gains tax we taxpayers have to make that up.
4) When some of these companies go backrupt under the weight of debt Bain Capital Creates - we have to make up the taxes and the cost of higher products.
5) When Pension obligations have to be taken over by the federal government due to bankruptcy - we have to pay as taxpayers.

The Video Clearly Explains how Taxpayers are subsidizing Bain Capital and these Private Equity Investment Companies.

And the Trick is they don't invest a single Dime of Money!

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

House Vote Roll Call of yes to pursuit WAR with Iran:

http://mjayrosenberg.com/ Names the names to pressure Obama to go to war dated 16 May 2012.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

A short Video from Naomi Klein on The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism (8 minutes).

Support the soldier, but question the spending, the wars, and the Privatization.

Naomi Klein has a book and video called The Shock Doctrine, the rise of Disaster Capitalism which will make you Jump Up and Down!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG9CM_J00bw (8 minutes short version, her visit to Iraq)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA736oK9FPg (takes 10 minutes to get into substance)

It is about Corruption, Cronyism, Neoliberal Economics, Privatization of government jobs and resources, Milton Friedman, George W. Bush, KBR, Halliburton, Think Tanks, Big Banks, Corporatism, Oligopolies, War as a Business Plan, 1 Million Iraqis Killed, etc.

Neoliberalism has been part of the IMF and big banking plan for world domination. Bolivia, Argentina, Iceland, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, etc have learned the hard way and have kicked out the IMF, Big Banks, and Western Corporate Control. Spain remembers Franco in a new president and vote him out during the Iraqi war. Privitazation in Mexico. Coup in Chile followed by Economic Shock. Heritage Fountain 32 point free market Plan for Hurricane Katrina. Privatization of Poland 1989, South Africa 1994, Russia 1993, China.

[-] 1 points by oscarwonders819 (3) 8 years ago

Does anyone know if there's a person/group of people who know about many aspects of this organization? I have a few questions that I really need answered.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 years ago

Go to the home page and ask.

[-] 1 points by oscarwonders819 (3) 8 years ago

I tried that and received a very vague response. Thank you, though!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 years ago

Well then. If you are honest - not in a hurry.

Scroll through the posts.

I believe if you are an intelligent individual that you should be able to piece something together from all of the good people who are trying to make a better world.

It's all here - look with an open mind and take the time to consider what you see.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Interesting Question Name Names?

We are behind the learning curve, I feel. see my comments on Implementation below. We should study Money As Debt, Financial Investments, Financial Instruments, Financial Transparency, Financial Scandals, Accounting Fraud, Accounting Control Fraud, and the public and private executives that are responsible for willful ignorance, complicity, accessory, and Conflict of Interest.

Strategy Questions are always interesting. Name Names? I was just thinking we need to post Names and learn about these people. So yes, we are behind the curve of people controlling the system. We need to name names and learn about the things they are doing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_control (auditing and Fraud)

Internal controls have existed from ancient times. In Hellenistic Egypt there was a dual administration, with one set of bureaucrats charged with collecting taxes and another with supervising them.[3] In the Republic of China, the Control Yuan (監察院; pinyin: Jiānchá Yùan), one of the five branches of government, is an investigatory agency that monitors the other branches of government.


Deterrence involves an analysis of the conditions and procedures that affect fraud enablers, in essence, looking at what could happen in the future given the process definitions in place, and the people operating that process. Deterrence is a preventive measure – reducing input factors” (Cendrowski, Martin, Petro, The Handbook of Fraud Deterrence).

The Fraud Triangle describes three factors that are present in every situation of fraud: 1.Motive (or pressure) – the need for committing fraud (need for money, etc.); 2.Rationalization – the mindset of the fraudster that justifies them to commit fraud; and 3.Opportunity – the situation that enables fraud to occur (often when internal controls are weak or nonexistent).

We are losing the war since the Corporate Lobby is in a War of Resistance against "Internal Controls". And congress has joined them in this fight.


A Campaign Against Fraud and Conflict of Interest

1) OWS Movement
2) 99% Movement
3) Movement Against Corporate Personhood
4) Movement for Constitutional Convention
5) Global Strikes
6) IWW Wobblies Movement
7) Labor Unions
8) Reregulate banks through Glass-Steagall Act (GSA)
9) Sarbanes-Oxley support and Implementation
10) Mandatory on Balance Sheet Transactions under GAAT to prevent Risk presented by trading derivatives and assets "off-balance sheet"
11) Alternative Media, Support of Alternative Media, rejecting MSM
12) Action that lets congress know the people want investigations of Conflict of Interest, Mortgage Fraud, Banking Fraud, Corporate Fraud, White Collar Crime, Gaming of Financial Markets and Financial Instruments, Tax Avoidance Industry in the US, etc.
13) Action that lets congress know that Citizens want Social Programs, Portable Health Care, Portable Pensions, Stable Social Security, Interest bearing Individual Savings Accounts that pay 6-7% Interest, Caps on University tuition, College Loans that are capped at 4% at most, Usery Credit Laws that cap credit cards at 18% at most.
14) Action that tell congress we won't tolerate government borrowing money from banks and charged interest when the government can create it's own money for free.
15) Action that tells congress that we want to end the FED (Federal Reserve Banking Cartel) in favor of regional banks that can provide US Currency in the event of a run on a bank.
16 Action that tells congress that we want to Break up the monopolies of TBTF Banks, IMF, WB, ECB (Anti-Trust Law).
17) Action that tells congress we won't pay for bailing out Wall Street Banks and other Corporations
18) Call for Plan to Nationalize the Federal Debt - All Domestic Debt held by US Banks can be nationalized and written off. Small banks can avoid this process for Debt totaling less than $10 Million. This is complex since banks have created many derivatives, the federal reserve is holding mortgage debt, derivative debt, federal bonds, federal treasuries, etc.
19) Action tell congress to FIX the CPI (Consumer Price Index)
20) Action tell congress to FIX the Unemployment Index
21) Action tell congress to REVEAL the true decline of US Wages in the US
22) Action tell congress to REVEAL the True Loss of Pensions Due to poor or malignant Corporate Planning, Corporate Mergers, and Corporate Competition/Corporate Arbitrage
*23) Action to tell congress to REVEAL the Decline of Public wealth and living standards as a Direct Result from changes in Corporate Behavior since 1970


U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Federal Reserve System ("Fed")
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS)

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

I just found a LINK that claims the votes for repeal of Glass-Steagall Act (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act). These are the 1%ers that voted for Repeal of this Separation Of Banking created during the depression (New Deal regulatory progressivism). This caused the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009.

REPUBLICANS FOR (52): Abraham, Allard, Ashcroft, Bennett, Brownback, Bond, Bunning, Burns, Campbell, Chafee, Cochran, Collins, Coverdell, Craig, Crapo, DeWine, Domenici, Enzi, Frist, Gorton, Gramm (Tex.), Grams (Minn.), Grassley, Gregg, Hegel, Hatch, Helms, Hutchinson (Ark.), Hutchison (Tex.), Inhofe, Jeffords, Kyl, Lott, Lugar, Mack, McConnell, Murkowski, Nickles, Roberts, Roth, Santorum, Sessions, Smith (N.H.), Smith (Ore.), Snowe, Specter, Stevens, Thomas, Thompson, Thurmond, Voinovich and Warner.

DEMOCRATS FOR (38): Akaka, Baucus, Bayh, Biden, Bingaman, Breaux, Byrd, Cleland, Conrad, Daschle, Dodd, Durbin, Edwards, Feinstein, Graham (Fla.), Hollings, Inouye, Johnson, Kennedy, Kerrey (Neb.), Kerry (Mass.), Kohl, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Leahy, Levin, Lieberman, Lincoln, Moynihan, Murray, Reed (R.L), Reid (Nev.), Robb, Rockefeller, Sarbanes, Schumer, Torricelli and Wyden.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2008/09/19/shattering-the-glass-steagall-act/ http://www.investopedia.com/articles/03/071603.asp#axzz1aPEc3wXj

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Saviors and White Knights:

William K. Black (former regulator, Professor Law)
Anton Valukas (Bankruptcy Examiner)
Bernie Sanders (Senator VT)
Byron Leslie Dorgan (Senator ND) Elizabeth Warren (Professor Law)
James K. Galbraith (Professor Government & Business)
Michael Greenberger (Professor Law)

Financial Analyst Critics of current system or FED:

Christopher Whalen (Institutional Risk Analytics)
Ann Barnhardt (Barnhardt Capital)
Warren Pollock (Alternate Media)
Peter Schiff (Altenate Media)
James Koutoulas (Commodity Customer Coalition) Gerald Celente (Trends Forcaster)
Max Kaiser (RT, Alternative Media)

Institution that could have been used to avoid Bail Out of TBTF is Resolution Trust Corporation.

Naming Names is Fraught with Danger especially for government representatives and regulators. Government employees and Federal Reserve Bank and Board Members should be squawking and whistleblowing.

In Naming Names, We have to be aware that these people drank the Kool Aid, and became part of the system. We may be jealous of them and they may not be evil for not being "Whistleblowers". Government Regulators should be given some benefit of the doubt (especially from me since I am a slow reader of all this testimony).

Mary Schapiro (Chairman SEC)
Charles Christopher Cox (Chairman SEC)
William H. Donaldson (Chairman SEC)
H. David Kotz (IG SEC)
Erik R. Sirri (SEC, Professor Finance, Economist)
Tim Geithner (Secretary of the Treasury)
Ben Bernanke (Chairman of the Federal Reserve)
Alan Greenspan (former Chairman of the Federal Reserve)
Jon Corzine (Goldman Sach executive, MF Global CEO, Politician)
President Barak Obama (willfully ignorant, passive executive)
President George Bush (Responsibility goes to the Top)
President William Clinton (Responsibility goes to the Top)
President George H.W. Bush (Responsibility goes to the Top)
Dick Chaney (did he ever serve the public good)
Lawrence Summers (former Treasury Secretary)
Henry Paulson (Treasury Secretary, Goldman Sachs)
Steven Shafran (Treasury, Goldmans Sachs)
Kendrick R. Wilson III (Treasury, Goldmans Sachs)
Edward C. Forst (Treasury, Goldman Sachs)
Robert K. Steel (Wachovia CEO, Goldman Sachs, US Treasury)
Robert E. Rubin (Secretary Treasury, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup)
David G. Nason (Treasury)
Robert F. Hoyt (Treasury)
Michele Davis (Treasury)
Jennifer Zuccarelli (Treasury)
Stephen Friedman (Federal Reserve NY, Goldman Sachs)
William C. Dudley (Federal Reserve NY, Goldman Sachs)
E. Gerald Corrigan (Federal Reserve NY, Goldman Sachs)
Reuben Jeffrey (Treasury, Goldman Sachs)
Neel T. Kashkari (Treasury, Goldmans Sachs)
*Dan Jester (Treasury, Goldman Sachs)
Phillip Swagel (Treasury Economic Policy)
Michael Bloomberg (Mayor NY, Bloomberg LP)
David K. Wilson (OCC Bank examiner, should have known)
Tim Long (OCC Bank examiner, should have known)
Douglas W. Roeder (OCC, should have known)
John C. Dugan (Comptroller of the Currency)
John D. Hawk (Comptroller of the Currency)
Armando Falcon (OFHEO)
James Lockhart (OFHEO)
Darrel Dochow (West regional director OTS)
John Reich (Director OTS)
Clarence K. Lee (Director OTS)
Shiela C. Blair (FDIC, Should have known)
Martin J. Gruenberg (FDIC, should Have Known)
Sandra Thompson (FDIC, should have known)
Robert W. Mooney (FDIC, should Have Known)
George French (FDIC, should have known)
Mark Pearce (FDIC, should have known)
Christopher J. Spoth (FDIC, should ahve known)
Michael H. Krimminger (FDIC, should have known)
Arthur J. Murton (FDIC, should have known)
John H. Corston (FDIC, should have known)
James R. Wigand (FDIC, Complex Financial Institutions)
Jason C. Cave (FDIC, Complex Financial Institutions)
William C. Dudley, (Federal Reserve NY)
Richard Westerkamp (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)
Donald Kohn (Vice Chairman Federal Reserve)
Joseph Sommer (Counsel, NY Federal Reserve)
Timmothy P. Clark (Federal Reserve)
Roger T. Cole (Federal Reserve Board)
Steve Manzari (Federal Reserve NY)
Dianne Dobbeck (Federal Reserve NY)
Hayley Boesky (Federal Reserve NY)
Seth B. Carpenter (Federal Reserve Board)
James A. Clouse (Federal Reserve Board)
Charles Thomas (Federal Reserve Board)
Sherry Edwards (Federal Reserve Board)
Patrick M. Parkinson (Board of Govenors Federal Reserve)
Edward J. DeMarco (Federal Housing Finance Agency)
Gary Gensler (Commodity Futures Trading Commisson)
Henry Cisneros (Secretary Housing and Urban Development)
Daniel H. Mudd (CEO of Fannie Mae, charged with Fraud)
Donald J. Bisenius (Freddie Mac)
Richard F. Syron (Freddie Mac)
Alan Cranston (Democrat of California, Keating Five)
Dennis DeConcini (Democrat of Arizona, Keating Five)
John Glenn (Democrat of Ohio, Keating Five)
John McCain (Republican of Arizona, Keating Five)
Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (Keating Five)
Jim Wright (D-TX) (Congressman, Vernon Savings & Loan)
Eric H. Holder, Jr. (US Justice Department)
Lanny A. Breuer (US Justice Department)

Bankers Below:

Lloyd Blankfien (CEO Goldman Sachs)
Barry Volpert (Goldman Sachs)
Sidney Weinberg (Goldman Sachs 1930s)
John C. Whitehead (CEO Goldman Sachs)
Edward M. Liddy (Goldman Sachs, AIG)
Suzanne Nora Johnson (Goldman Sachs, AIG)
Robert B. Zoellick (Goldmans Sachs, World Bank)
Mario Draghi (Goldman Sachs)
Mark J. Carney (Goldman Sachs, Bank of Canada)
Lucas Van Praag (Goldman Sachs)
Joshua B. Bolten (Goldman Sachs)
David Viniar (Goldman Sachs)
David Lehman (Goldman Sachs)
Craig Broderick (Goldman Sachs)
Gary D. Cohn (COO Goldman Sachs)
Jamie Dimon (JP Morgan) David Weisbrod (JP Morgan)
Barry Zubrow (JP Morgan)
Jes Staley, (JP Morgan Chase)
Jack Rubin (VP JP Morgan Chase)
Sandie O'Connor (JPMorgan Chase)
Michael A. Neal (CEO GE Capital)
Mark S. Barber (VP GE Capital)
David Wong (Treasurer Morgan Stanley)
Patrice Maher (Morgan Stanley)
John J. Mack (Chairman Morgan Stanley)
Scott Alvarez (General Counsel Federal Reserve)
Neel Kashkari (PIMCO, US Treasury)
Angus McBryde (Wachovia)
E. Stanley O'neal (Merrill Lynch CEO) Out of Business
John Thain (Merrill Lynch CEO) Out of Business
(CEO First Franklin Financial Corp) (CEO National City Corp)
Kenneth D. Lewis (CEO Bank of America)
Timothy J. Mayopoulos (Lawyer Bank of America)
Bryan T. Moynihan (CEO Bank of America)
Robert Kelly (Bank NY Mellon)
Vikram Pandit (CEO CITIBANK)
Charles O. Prince (CEO Citigroup)
Robert Rubin (Chairman BOD Citigroup)
David Bushnell (Citigroup)
Richard Bowen (Citimortgage, Whistleblower)
Murray C. Barnes (Citigroup)
Nestor Dominguez (Citi Markets)
Thomas C. Maheras (Citi markets)
Ronald Loque (State Street Bank)
Steven R. Maier (Chief Investments State Street Bank)
Richard Kovacevich (Wells Fargo)
(CEO Washington Mutual bank)
D. Keith Johnson (Washington Mutual bank)
Dick Fuld (CEO Lehman Brothers)
Pete G. Peterson (CEO Lehman Brothers)
Paolo Tonucci (Treasurer Lehman)
David Azerad (VP Lehman)
James Cayne (CEO Bear Stearns)
Alan D. Schwartz (CEO Bear Stearns)
Paul Friedman (Director Bear Stearns)
Samuel Molinaro, Jr. (CFO Bear Stearns)
Warren Spector (President Bear Stearns)
Robert A. Levin (VP New York Mercantile Exchange)
Darryll Hendricks, (UBS executive)
Joseph J. Cassano (CEO AIG)
Maurice R. Greenberg (CEO AIG)
Robert E. Lewis (AIG)
Mark J. Sullivan (CEO AIG)
Steven J. Besinger (CFO AIG)
Andrew Forster (CFO AIG)
Elias F. Habayeb (CFO AIG)
Eric Kolchinsky (Moodys Derivative rater)
Mark Froeba (Moodys Derivative rater)
Richard Michalek (Moddy's Ratings)
Jay Siegel (Moodys Ratings)
Nicholas S. Weill (Moodys Ratings)
Gary Witt (Moodys Ratings)
Raymond D. McDaniel (CEO Moody's)
Brian M. Clarkson (COO Moody's)
Warren W. Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway Ratings)

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 7 years ago

Thanks to Matt, I have to add a new Name, Noelle Maloney, (IG Chief SEC)


[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Geopolitical Analyst/Strategic Resource Planners:

Henry Kissigner (National Security Advisor)
Condelesa Rice (National Security Advisor)
Karl Rove (Poltical Stratgist)
Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski (National Security Advisor)
John Foster Dulles (Secretary of State, CIA)
Allen Welsh Dulles (Director CIA)
Walter Lippmann (father of Propaganda) Edward Bernaise (Propaganda as we know it)
David Rockefeller (Director of CFR)
Nelson Rockefeller
John D. Rockefeller
William Putnam "Bill" Bundy (CIA, Advisor to President, Skull & Bones)
Robert Strange McNamara (Defense Secretary, Vietnam Escalator)
Donald Rumsfeld (Defense Secretary, Iraqi War promoter)
Lyndon B. Johnson (President, Vietnam Escalator)
Daniel Bell, (NEOCON)
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, (NEOCON)
Irving Kristol, (NEOCON)
Joe Lieberman (NEOCON)
Paul Wolfowitz -- State and Defense Department official
R. James Woolsey, Jr. --Director of Central Intelligence,.
Richard Perle --Assistant Secretary of Defense, lobbyist.
Jeane Kirkpatrick --Ambassador to the United Nations
Scooter Libby --Chief-of-Staff to Cheney
Richard Armitage --Defense Department official
Zalmay Khalilzad --State and Defense Department official
Elliot Abrams --Republican foreign policy adviser.
William G. Boykin --Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
Frank Gaffney -- founder of the Center for Security Policy
John R. Bolton --Ambassador to the United Nations
Eliot A. Cohen
Robert Kagan Brookings Institution,
Francis Fukuyama Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.
Victor Davis Hanson --Hoover Institution,
Michael Ledeen --Foundation for Defense of Democracies,
Sidney Hook --Political philosopher;
Nathan Glazer --Professor of sociology,
Harvey Mansfield --Professor of Government Harvard University
Bernard Lewis -- Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, author.

Right Wing Think Tanks:

CFR - Council Of Foreign Relations
Skull & Bones
Bradley Foundation Ethics and Public Policy Center
Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Henry Jackson Society
Hudson Institute
Manhattan Institute
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Project for the New American Century
American Enterprise Institute
Hoover Institution
Center for Security Policy

Neoliberal Economist:

Milton Friedman
Chicago School of economics

Bankers, CEOs, and executives involved in financial scandals, bribes, or being mean to workers or invstors:

Charles H. Keating, Jr., (Lincholn Savings and Loan)
Neal Bush (Silverado savings and Loan)
Lawrence King (Franklin Federal Credit Union)
Tom Petters (Fingerhut Fraud)
Michael Sheehan (Donegal International, Vulture Capitalism)
Barry Minkow (ZZZZ Best, Ponzi)
Michal Robert Milkin (Junk Bond King)
Michael Saylor (MicroStrategy, PriceWaterhouseCooper)
Sanjay Kumar (Computer Associates, KPMG)
Samuel D. Waksal (ImClone, KPMG)
Dennis Kozlowski (Tyco, Price Waterhouse Cooper)
Bernard Ebbers (Worldcom, Arthur Andersen)
Calisto Tanzi (Parmalat, Grant Thornton SPa)
Richard M. Scrushy (Health South, Ernst & Young)
John Rigas (Adelphia, Deloitte & Touche)
Jeffrey Skilling, (ENRON, Arthur Andersen)
Kenneth Lay, (ENRON, Arthur Andersen)
Andrew Fastow (ENRON, Arthur Andersen)
Harold W. Greenwood Jr., (Midwest Federal Savings & Loan)
Donald J. Snede, (Midwest Federal Savings & Loan)
Charlotte E. Masica, (Midwest Federal Savings & Loan)
Robert A. Mampel (Midwest Federal Savings & Loan)







http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGl3QPfB084&noredirect=1 (Ann barnhardt & Warren Pollock)


[-] 0 points by Reneye (118) 8 years ago

Wow, wow, and WOW !!! What an amazing body of work you have amassed here Middleaged! Its great knowing this information will now be in the history of knowledge. A part of human consciousness. It is beyond informative. A volume of exposure based on truth. Your fact finding is notable. Thank you!

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Thanks. I'm just getting back to check the forum.

There are too many names really. I was going to go back and maybe add some of the Neoconservatives. I saw a video about Sibel Edmonds who was a Turkish Interpreter for the FBI turned Whistleblower against the FBI and Dept of Justice. She mentions the importance of Turkey as an Ally and mentions politicians who became lobbyist and consultants to Turkey.

Apparently Turkey is the 2nd biggest ally next to Israel. They even are part of covert operations in smuggling weapons and triggers to Pakistan.


[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

William Philip "Phil" Gramm (born July 8, 1942) is an American economist and politician, who has served as a Democratic Congressman (1979–1983), a Republican Congressman (1983–1985) and a Republican Senator (1985–2002) from Texas.

Flip Flopper ....

Between 1995 and 2000, Gramm was the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. During that time he spearheaded efforts to pass banking deregulation laws, including the landmark Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999, which removed Depression-era laws separating banking, insurance and brokerage activities.

Gramm was one of five co-sponsors of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.[8] One provision of the bill is often referred to as the "Enron loophole" because some critics blame the provision for permitting the Enron scandal to occur.[9]


2008 Nobel Laureate in Economics Paul Krugman described Gramm during the 2008 presidential race as "the high priest of deregulation," and has listed him as the number two person responsible for the economic crisis of 2008 behind only Alan Greenspan.[19][20] On October 14, 2008, CNN ranked Gramm number seven in its list of the 10 individuals most responsible for the current economic crisis.[21]

In January 2009 Guardian City editor Julia Finch identified Gramm as one of twenty-five people who were at the heart of the financial meltdown.[22] Time included Gramm in its list of the top 25 people to blame for the economic crisis.[23]


Years before Phil Gramm was a McCain campaign adviser and a lobbyist for a Swiss bank at the center of the housing credit crisis, he pulled a sly maneuver in the Senate that helped create today's subprime meltdown.

—By David Corn

| July/August 2008 Issue

[-] 1 points by trashyharry (3084) from Waterville, NY 8 years ago

The corrupt,criminal 1% does not even bother to hide their corruption anymore.They seem to think they are invincible and I wonder if they really are...I am seeing some evidence that the power elite is feeling afraid,but these people are so cold hearted that there must be a reason why they frequent a forum like this trying to say that a single family that has a yearly income over 2 million per year and a net worth of over 40 million is actually not rich enough!atbtrash

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

I agree. I feel there is a mixed story here. Alex Jones and some of the Coast to Coast radio show hosts think the globalist or the 1% are nervous.

I'm thinking the cover-ups are pretty obovious, but people always continue to play the game (since it is their lives and interest at stake). Like we look at pedophile networks in Belgium, France, and the Nebraska and it looks like the men with the gold make the rules. And we look at the Wall Street Bail Out (clearly planned before the crisis) the lack of prosecutions, lack of banking regulation after the crisis, and the lack of even fraud referrals let alone fraud investigations. And of course Corporate Personhood and Lobbying of Congress.

There are conspiracies. And why did we go to Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan? If not for the same reasons that we went to war in the early 1900 for fruit companies in what are called the Bananna Wars.

And why are Presidential Deaths so poorly investigated. And why was 911 so poorly investigated.

Because they beleive we are under control and we are Brainwashed. They control the information, and they make the rules. They are them's that has the Gold.

[-] 1 points by brightonsage (4494) 8 years ago

You ask some good questions. What has failed and what has succeeded are complicated and unnamed. Makes it kind to difficult to discuss. Pure anything seems doomed to fail regardless of what it is called.

Corruption is the one thing that always, always fails. And it is the one thing that is always, always part of every system. Nobody seems to advocate for it in its pure form. The closest thing to it with a pretty accurate name is oligarchy. In fact that is the system that we have and have been moving quickly to purify it. We can see how well it works e.g. Somalia, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Yemen, and many more. Close to home, there is Mexico. The drug cartels are oligarchs and we see how well that works. To help them out we export 10's of thousands of guns. Now everybody feels safe. don't they?

I would push for a "well regulated" capitalism, but we can see how well that works with militias can't we?

So lets pick a name for a system that doesn't allow corruption, any system, and then put all of our efforts into keeping corruption out. The anticorruption system would be a good temporary name, at least until it fails.

Regarding lawyers, I have advocated that they and judges should be sworn in as soon as they enter the court room and there should be an Inspector General to prosecute them for perjury. Why should they be the only ones who get to lie with impunity?

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Thanks. I agree. Too bad corrupt systems can and do out-live many of us.

Maybe we need a symbol for our anticorruption system.

We could call it Naderism for instance. A mixed economy under a limited republic with fantastic transparency, no black banking, no shadow banking, no lobbying, no shell companies, no personhood for corporations, no whitewash investigations of reasons for going to war or assassinated presidents, no control of medicine by cancer industry or the AMA or big medical interest groups, no revolving door from industry to government or vice versa, no regulatory capture, etc.

Or maybe Kennedyism? JFK and Bobby seemed to work against corruption.

Rooseveltism? FDR found himself on the edge of powerful legislation for workers rights, civil rights, and social programs that have served us well.

Kingism? MLK was a powerful voice for civil rights.

Blackism? William K. Black stood up to corrupt congressmen.

[-] 1 points by brightonsage (4494) 8 years ago

Maybe Nadirism? It would be the opposite of what we have now, since we are a the low point. You have the kind of no's that should be in our business. The slogan possibilities here are limitless.

Well, Rooseveltism doesn't have a such a good ring to it. Although, the symbolism and most of the policies were right on. If he were around today, it would be tougher to stereotype 1%ers. And he would be such a good role model for them. He married a less than trophy wife (is this sufficiently tactful?) and set her free to reach her potential, which was a model for everyone. The Kennedy's did some good but their charisma exceeded their character, in some respects. King was an amazing movement leader but never had the chance to grow in his capacity for governance. He might have, but we will never know.

We might call it wisdom. That's never been tried and only comes to us aged ones, or Middleaged, of course. If we were put in charge we would be term limited by age.Seriously, I think the women (old like us) should be put in charge. There once were three wise men, the wise women however, were legion.

A leftist, a moderate and a righty went into a bar and the bartender said , "Hi Mitt."

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

a FAIR enough review, I'd say. But nadirism doesn't inspire. I think I've caught you being a little cynical for the moment.

I suppose Blackism has a negative connotation as well.

Romney is sort of the anti-christ though isn't he? He is not dumb, but he doesn't inspire. I put him in the box with the sanctamoaneous (Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney)

[-] 1 points by brightonsage (4494) 8 years ago

There seems to be a dearth of supporters for Nadirism. Was going to take it to the Apathy Club but the Procrastinators Club ran late. Couldn't get a second on the adjournment motion. But I don't care.

[-] 1 points by brightonsage (4494) 8 years ago

"moan", easy to see why that is in the middle. I would too if I was stuck between those three. Cynical, you say? How could that be? With everything running like a well oiled stream downhill. Have been accused of far worse, and lived up to it, as well. I find Romney quite interesting, in a clinical sense. But then I found David Duke, and Strom Thurmond, fascinating, as well.

Well you can't choose your cell mates, as they say. It would be justice if those three had to share one. The transcript would be on the best seller list for a solid year. Grayism? Nawh, too compromising.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

What a coincidence. I just found this link check the web address looks like nadirism.


This is a whole new level of depth for someone like me that doesn't live in the DC Beltway. MPRI? US mercs...

Now I feel cynical....

[-] 1 points by brightonsage (4494) 8 years ago

Sure looks like it to me. I am a big fan of mercenaries, just not for us. "Outsourcing of soldiers is about as dumb as outsourcing your intelligence gathering function (CIA). But they are a way to drive the gravy train to the Defense contractors so that the cost can go up and the reliability and security of the country can go down," he said, cynically.

But of course, this is exactly what we have done. Now, I suppose you will be depressed? I'm sorry.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Everyday is groundhog day for me.

I suppose I am already cynical. Such is life.

But it is amazing how our US Executives in the public and private sector let things go, let things fly, pretend they don't see things. "Iraq really has no WMD? Who Knew? We were sure they were there. Banks trashed the US reputation, gutted regulations, passed off trash as AAA rated securities, then planned how best to get a huge government bailout and transfer the crap from their books to the FED and the Taxpayer. Who knew? We were sure that Greenspan and the banks were genius'."

Amazing. Well I think I remember that you are spirited community activist. Please keep up the fight.

[-] 1 points by brightonsage (4494) 8 years ago

I'll keep my head down, hook shot a few grenades and poke some holes in their balloons.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 years ago

UN inspectors told us several times they found no WMD in Iraq

the US people choose not to believe them

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Yep, the people with the power make the rules and call the shots. Dems dat got the gold makes the rules.

Here is one you might not have seen. Wow, hot off the presses. KBR as Privatized Police force for the UK.


[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 years ago

just saw a movie in which

the German national generals did not want to share their powers with the SA Nazi Storm Troopers back in the 30s

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 8 years ago

I heard there was a lot of infighting and backstabbing in Nazi Germany.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Yeah, it is amazing that our government or our military don't tear themselves apart.

We have the most productive and competitive workforce in the West. And consider all the Alpha Males that come out of the military and end up working on the civilian side. Somehow we must have a bunch of followers or non-Alpha Wolfs that make it all work.

Of Course they you have Political Appointees that swoop in and screw up the good work. Then you have informal power that the Rich and Powerful wield.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 years ago

Lol - Hi Mittens - LOL

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 8 years ago

Medical Corruption in the USA.

G Edward Griffin, World without Cancer part 1 of 6

Apparently the powers that be control the AMA, FDA, Medical Schools, and everyday doctors through concensus medicine. If you don't treat cancer patients with surgury, Radiation or Chemo, you can get in big trouble, kicked out of your hospital, and problems with law enforcement as well as professional censure. But apparently B-17 in your diet will keep you healthy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQMf8NnJo7Q (Part 1 of 6)