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BREAKING NEWS- Everyone is under investigation for CORRUPTION!

Original post made by Elmer on Jul 23, 2009

Government Corruption


"Posted by BMH, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, 1 hour ago

What is a "population?"

Key banks in EVERY CITY? I can immediately think of a few they missed.

I love it - ACORN brought down the country. That is insane. Totally insane.

The REALLY scary thing would be if the number of conspiracy theorists on these boards is representative of the number in the general population."
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GREAT POST BHM!

Let's start with Halliburton ( Dick Cheney & Co.)

Halliburton, was in the middle of an integument and facing severe and harsh penalties and hundreds of counts felony charges for bilking American for Multi Billions of Tax Payer Dollars during the previous Iraq War, Kuwait, Desert Storm and "other" covert missions and "details" when we invaded Afghanistan.

Immediately a NO BID contract was ISSUED By Bush, Cheney & Co. to Halliburton the minute we invaded Afghanistan and this continued through the Invasion of Iraq!Bush, Cheney and their Cohorts have reaped big bucks in this war! But where were you dooms day stand up conservatives when that happened? No where to be found and not a word said! Because you back big wars and military might!

NOW, let's move on to the Fed Chairman,

Ben Shalom Bernanke was born December 13, 1953. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve. Bernanke succeeded Alan Greenspan on February 1, 2006. He was ranked the 4th most powerful person in the world in an annual ranking by Newsweek in 2008.[2]
In a letter to Congress from New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo dated April 23, 2009, Bernanke was mentioned along with former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in allegations of fraud concerning the acquisition of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America. The letter alleged that the extent of the losses at Merrill Lynch were not disclosed to Bank of America by Bernanke and Paulson. When Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis informed Paulson that Bank of America was exiting the merger by invoking the "Materially Adverse Change" clause Paulson immediately called Lewis to a meeting in Washington. At the meeting, which allegedly took place on December 21, 2008, Paulson told Lewis that he and the board would be replaced if they invoked the MAC clause and additionally not to reveal the extent of the losses to shareholders. Paulson stated to Cuomo's office that he was directed by Bernanke to threaten Lewis in this manner.[32] Congressional hearings into these allegations were conducted on June 25, 2009, with Bernanke testifying that he did not bully Ken Lewis. Under intense questioning by members of Congress, Bernanke said, "I never said anything about firing the board and the management [of Bank of America]." In further testimony, Bernanke said the Fed did nothing illegal or unethical in its efforts to convince Bank of America not to end the merger. Lewis told the panel that authorities expressed "strong views" but said he would not characterize their stance as improper [33].


Now let's move on to:
Mr. Goldman Sachs himself! Bush Cronies Extraordinaire!
Henry Merritt "Hank" Paulson Jr. (born March 28, 1946) served as the 74th United States Treasury Secretary and is a member of the International Monetary Fund Board of Governors. He previously served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs. In 2008, Time named Paulson as a runner-up for its Person of the Year 2008, saying, with reference to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008: "if there is a face to this financial debacle, it is now his".
Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson strongly defended his decision to pressure Bank of America to go through with a deal to acquire troubled Merrill Lynch & Co. during last fall's financial crisis, saying the failure of the acquisition would have threatened the stability of both institutions
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Facing hostile questioning Thursday from some Democrats and fellow Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Paulson also justified the broader actions he and other Bush administration officials took during the crisis in conjunction with the Federal Reserve and other financial regulators.
In his first appearance before Congress since leaving office in January, Paulson said the actions "were not perfect" but "they saved this nation from great peril."
Asked to explain how bad the conditions would have become had the government not stepped in to help financial institutions, including injecting billions of dollars directly into large banks with some of the $700 billion bailout fund, Paulson said he had been told it would have resembled the Great Depression with "people in the streets" and global political instability.
"I knew it was going to be very bad, and I didn't want to experience very bad," Paulson said.
Several lawmakers accused Paulson of being evasive on his recollection of what they called threats he and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made to fire Bank of America Chief Executive Ken Lewis if he pulled out of the Merrill deal in December.

Now consider this:

Besides the wars, intended to boost our flailing economy, the housing melt down was cause in part by Bush & Co. completely ignoring the red flags and the experts on what was inevitable.
Washington, Wall Street, Private Investment Banks, The SEC, The Fed, Fannie May and Freddie Mac, AIG and many insurance companies ALL co conspired to make as much money as far as possible, for as long as possible, KNOWING FULL WELL that the end result would be a financial catastrophe and the DEMISE of our Economy, as well as tilting the WORLD BANKS on their Axis!

LOOK Here NOW!
Absolute Power Corrupts and Power Corrupts Absolutely! If anyone thinks we are going to get straight shooters from Congress to the President of the United States, They ARE FOOLING themselves!

This CRAP has been going on for a HUNDRED or MORE years! We only notice, point fingers and Blame, when it hurts OUR pocketbook! We are Greedy!

When we were all fat and happy, jobs were plenty and housing values were rising to the MOON, NOBODY said a Dam word!

Either People are greed driven by NATURE, as In DARWIN, OR Eve should have NEVER eaten that APPLE! Either way, WE are ALL responsible for EVERYTHING!

NO ONE is better than anyone! Priests, Pastors, Soccer Coaches, Soccer Moms, Teachers, Youth Pastors, Bankers, lawyers, Doctors, Computer Scientists, Professors
Have ALL committed Major Financial and Sexual and other serious crimes such as murder and crimes of passion, robbery, rape , drug offences, have all cheated on their spouses etc.

Nobody's Perfect and we are flawed by Human Nature!

Personally I find it ironic that so many Evangelical Christians look down upon the "sinners" the "unsaved souls' and feel they are superior.

There are MANY belief systems in which people work very hard to better them selves and live clean healthy and upright lives, such as Buddhism, Hindu, Catholic, Cosmic Consciousness, Meditation etc.

Funny thing is that most of the latter belief systems are minute by minute practice of higher consciousness and those that practice these more "groovy" conscious living
"Fads" the "sinners" who are "worshipping the devil" are LESS likely to commit these sins and crimes than the "Born Again Christians"!! When was the last time you read about a violent sex crime or any major crime in which the prep was heavily into meditation and higher councils living?

Comments (7)

Posted by Dean, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 23, 2009 at 8:51 pm

That's about it!


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Points well taken!


Posted by John, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 23, 2009 at 11:09 pm

No Shi%^...

This is insane!

Posted by Law, a member of the Walnut Grove Elementary School community, 0 minutes ago

From Link: BBC World News




A major FBI operation in New Jersey has ensnared more than 40 people - including mayors, lawmakers and rabbis - in a massive corruption scandal.




The investigation began two years ago into the sale of black-market kidneys and fake Gucci handbags, reports say.




But it soon became a sweeping probe of political corruption on a scale that has shocked many in New Jersey, a state with a rich history of graft.




Federal prosecutors said investigators at first probed a suspected money-laundering network based in New York and New Jersey with alleged links to Israel.




The network is alleged to have laundered tens of millions of dollars through Jewish charities with the help of rabbis, mostly from the insular Syrian Jewish community based in Deal, a wealthy oceanfront borough of New Jersey.




Prosecutors used an informant - a former real estate developer charged with bank fraud three years ago - to pose as a crooked businessman.




The man allegedly approached the rabbis claiming to be bankrupt and in need of hiding his assets.




He then convinced them to accept payments made out to various charities they oversaw, which they then cashed and handed back to him, keeping a portion of the proceeds as their cut.




Millions are alleged to have been laundered in this way, with much of the money coming from Israel and a Swiss banker, prosecutors say.




The New York Times says negotiations often took place in parking lots, diners and boiler rooms, with thousands in cash being stuffed into cereal boxes before being passed on.




Political bribes




But the investigation took on a more sinister turn when one of the men in the money-laundering network introduced the informant to a building inspector in Jersey City, who in turn referred him to a series of corrupt politicians who were known as "players".




The informant then adopted a new approach, assuming a fake identity and pretending he wanted to build real estate projects in their city or county.




He would then offer to pay $5,000 to $10,000 (3,000 to 6,000) - either as a campaign contribution or a direct bribe - if his projects got favourable treatment.




He would sometimes allegedly pull the money out of the trunk of his car, or promise to deliver it via a middleman.




It is unclear whether the informant actually owned any buildings or if any of the developments he proposed were ever built.


Posted by WoW, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 23, 2009 at 11:43 pm

I wonder what could be going on in P-Town Gov?

FBI agents arrested 44 people in a series of morning raids, creating a dramatic scene of politicians and rabbis in traditional outfits handcuffed and being marched into the federal building in Newark, and then boarded onto a bus for the drive to the federal courthouse. Among those arrested were legislators L. Harvey Smith (D) and Daniel M. Van Pelt (R); Hoboken Mayor Peter J. Cammarano III; Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell; and Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez, as well as the deputy mayor and council president of Jersey City. The arrested rabbis included Saul Kassin, the chief rabbi for the tight-knit Syrian Jewish community in the United States, and the chief rabbis of synagogues in Brooklyn and Deal, N.J.




A Brooklyn man, Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, known in his circles as "the kidney salesman," was also arrested as part of the sweep and charged with enticing vulnerable people in Israel to sell one of their kidneys for $10,000, and then charging waiting transplant patients in this country up to $160,000. He admitted brokering kidney sales for a decade, federal prosecutors said in the complaint.




"It seems that everyone wanted a piece of the action," said acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra Jr. "The corruption was widespread and pervasive." He said the politicians in New Jersey "existed in an ethics-free zone."


Posted by Elmer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm

As the world turns, man is corrupt!


Posted by Elton, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2009 at 1:39 pm

That arrest was overdue. Why did it takes a two year investigation, while Kidney's were being harvested?


Posted by Jon, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Aha, more shall be revealed with the KIDNEY selling:

Boston (DbTechNo) - Officials have arrested up to 44 people in connection with an organ selling scheme based out of Israel.

People were selling their own kidneys on the black market, a scheme set up by Levy Izhak Rosenbaum who is a Rabbi.
The scheme worked as follows: the donor would travel to the US and donate his/her kidney for a flat fee of $10,000.

Surprisingly enough, all the surgical procedures were performed at US hospitals.

In total, 44 people were arrested, including 3 New Jersey Mayors, all of whom believed to be part of the black market organ selling scheme.

The bust came as the result of a 2 year investigation, beginning with alleged money laundering and ending in the discovery of the kidney selling scheme.


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