Feb
24

Global bank investigation sudden loss of witnesses for prosecutors

From Wayne Madsen Report

February 24-25, 2014 – SPECIAL REPORT. Global bank investigation results in sudden loss of witnesses for prosecutors

A long ongoing transatlantic probe by prosecutors and investigators with the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the U.S. Department of Justice and Commodities Futures Trading Commission, European Union regulators, and the Financial Conduct Authority of the quasi-independent City of London has been hampered by the sudden deaths of several key witnesses, according to information conveyed to WMR by our sources on Wall Street.

The investigation of major banks, including Barclays, JP Morgan, UBS, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Standard Chartered, HSBC, and Rabobank for manipulating the London interbank offered rate, or LIBOR, in order to maximize profits, has resulted in charges recently being brought against three Barclays executives, a derivatives trader with UBS and Citigroup, and two traders with the brokerage firm RP Martin by the SFO in London. However, WMR has been told that additional charges against more senior banking executives have been stymied by the sudden deaths of named or prospective witnesses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Banks are alleged to have falsely reported the benchmark LIBOR rates used to lend money to one another in order to boost bonuses for bank executives. The collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 and its ripple effect on the global economy has been linked to LIBOR manipulation. The bank lending rate manipulation was accompanied by massive foreign currency exchange rate manipulation, especially against the euro, pound sterling, and yen, a practice that has earned global hedge fund tycoon George Soros handsome profits in the hundreds of billions of dollars over recent decades.

WMR has been told by Wall Street insiders that the LIBOR manipulation was also at the heart of the massive fraud schemes of jailed American bankers Bernard Madoff and “Sir” Allen Stanford. The collapse of Madoff Securities and Stanford International Bank followed the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the near bankruptcy of several other securities firms and banks. Much of the fraud was known to then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, but he took no action to raise the issue with regulators or the Department of Justice. Bernanke, we are told, is a target of investigators on both sides of the Atlantic. Senior executives of the Bank of England were also aware of the nature of the fraud and took no steps to stop it.

Internal text messages retrieved from banks’ communications networks reveal that the global scamsters referred to themselves as “The Mafia” and “The Cartel.”

The loss of actual and potential witnesses to the massive global banking fraud of LIBOR and FOREX manipulation began with the September 26, 2008 death of London banker Kirk Stephenson, the chief operating officer of Guernsey-based Olivant Advisers, a UBS investor. Stephenson was a former executive of Morgan Stanley and Warburg. Stephenson was said to have thrown himself in front of a speeding commuter train at the Taplow rail station in Berkshire, England, a suburb west of London.

In November 2008, Paulo Sergio Silva, a trader for the Brazilian banking firm Itau, shot himself in the chest during a trading session on the floor of the Sao Paulo Commodities and Futures Exchange. The following month, on December 5, Alex Widmer, the chief executive officer of Bank Julius Baer in Zurich, reportedly committed suicide.

Gavin Macdonald, 47, an executive with Morgan Stanley’s mergers and acquisitions department died May 5, 2008 from a reported heart attack at the firm’s Canary Wharf office. However, Macdonald’s death was not publicly announced until May 7.

On December 23, 2008, René-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, CEO of Access International Advisers, was found with his wrists slashed in his Madison Avenue, New York office. His investors included members of the Rothschild banking family.

On January 5, 2009, German billionaire investor Adolf Merckle, major investor in Volkswagen, threw himself in front of a train in Blauberen, southern Germany. That same day, Stephen Good, Chairman and CEO of Sheldon Good & Co., a real estate auction firm and a business partner of Donald Trump, was found in his car with a gunshot wound to his head.

On December 11, 2010, the body of Mark Madoff, the son of convicted Ponzi scheme fraudster Bernard Madoff, was found hanging inside his Soho, Manhattan loft apartment. On December 18, 2010, Jessica Fashano, 27, an investment adviser for Citi Global Markets, reportedly jumped to her death from the roof of the Trump Tower building in Manhattan.

Former Bank of America FOREX manager Michael Burdin reportedly threw himself in front of a speeding train on October 31, 2012 at London’s Wimbledon train station. He was said to be despondent opver being fired from his job.

In October 2012, London Investec banker Nico Lambrecht, formerly with Merrill Lynch, is said to have jumped to his death from the seventh floor terrace of the fancy Coq d’Argent restaurant near the Bank tube station in the City of London. It was the fourth such suicide at the restaurant in five years. Anjool Maude, a Deutsche Bank trader, jumped from the terrace in 2009 while reportedly holding a glass of champagne. In 2007, Richard Ford, formerly with Merrill Lynch, is said to have leaped from the terrace to his death. In September 2012, Rema Begum, 29, a British Library manager is said to have jumped to her death from the terrace after she was subjected to a Facebook “hate campaign” for straying from her Muslim religion and adopting a “Western life style.” The inquest into Begum’s death never investigated whether Begum may have been dating men associated with banks targeted in the global fraud investigation.

In July 2013, Swisscom CEO Carsten Schloter was found hanged at his home in Freiburg, Switzerland. Official cause of death: Schloter was said to have become “addicted” to his smart phone after his divorce. The next month, Bank of America London-based intern Moritz Erhardt reportedly died from an epileptic seizure brought on by “exhaustion” from job stress.

In August 2013, Zurich Insurance group chief financial officer Pierre Wauthier was found hanging at his home in Walchwil, in the canton of Zug, Switzerland. Wauthier previously worked for J P Morgan Chase. Police said the hanging “pointed to” a suicide. The insurance company conducted an investigation and determined that Wauthier was not suffering from stress as Swiss police contended.

On December 23, 2013, Robert Wilson, a hedge fund tycoon, leaped to his death from Manhattan’s San Remo building.

In January 2014, Tim Dickenson, the communications director for London-based Swiss Re died from unknown causes.

On January 26, 2014, William Broeksmit, an American retired executive with Deutsche Bank and an expert on risk and capital management, was found dead at his London home from an “apparent” suicide. Police ruled out anything suspicious in the banker’s death. Two days later, J P Morgan vice president for technology development Gabriel Magee was said to have fell or jumped from the 33rd floor of the company’s headquarters within the same Canary Wharf building where Gavin Macdonald mysteriously died in 2008. The next day, January 29, Mike Dueker, the chief economist with Russell Investments, reportedly jumped to his death from an on-ramp to ther Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state. Police said Dueker’s death “appeared” to be a suicide.

On January 27, Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym was found dead in his room at Bangkok’s posh Shangri-La hotel. Police said Slym “might” have committed suicide.

On February 3, the body of J P Morgan executive Ryan Crane was discovered at his Stamford, Connecticut home. The cause of Ryan’s death is not expected until the March release of a toxicology report from the Connecticut state medical examiner’s office.

On February 18, J P Morgan banker Dennis Li Junjie reportedly jumped from the 30th floor of the firm’s Chater House building in downtown Hong Kong.

JP Morgan is the main tenant of Chater House, an office building in the centre of Hong Kong’s financial district
Employees of J P Morgan who know too much stand a very good chance of falling or jumping from the firm’s skyscrapers.

The most bizarre financier death was that of American Title Services CEO Richard Talley who was found dead in his Greenwood Village, Colorado garage with “seven or eight” wounds inflicted by a nail gun.

In addition to the above deaths, Wall Street Journal chief oil market reporter David Bird disappeared without a trace during the second week of January 2014. The FBI is continuing its search for Bird.

Feb
20

Allen Dulles rejected anti-Zionist group’s requests

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February 19-20, 2014 — Allen Dulles rejected anti-Zionist group’s requests

From Wayne Madsen Report

 A series of documents uncovered from declassified CIA archives reveal that CIA director Allen Dulles rejected speaking before or issuing a statement to an anti-Zionist group called the American Council for Judaism.

Although Dulles maintained close links between the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Gestapo during World War II, he helped expose “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” as a forgery to The Times of London and New York Times while serving at the U.S. embassy in Istanbul in 1921. Dulles also saw the establishment of a Zionist state in the Middle East as a natural outgrowth of the Balfour Declaration and the post-World War I Treaty of Versailles. During his time in Istanbul, Dulles became a close acquaintance of Chaim Weizmann, the father of modern Zionism.

When it came to issuing a statement for the American Council on Judaism conference in Houston in March 1958, Dulles made his position on the group’s goals clear. In a latter to the group’s executive director Leonard Sussman, Dulles’s executive officer at the CIA wrote, “In view of the nature of Mr. Dulles’ position in the intelligence community, he regrets that he is not able to furnish you with a statement.” In a February 4, 1958 briefing memo, Stanley J. Grogan, Dulles’s assistant, wrote “This is a very delicate matter which involves a religious faith and a political movement, both things to be avoided by the Director.”

What alarmed Dulles and his staff was Sussman’s statement in his letter that “We believe our program takes on particular interest this year, because of a growing recognition on the part of thoughtful people everywhere, of the need for distinguishing between Judaism (a religious faith) and Zionism (a worldwide political movement). This need, first emphasized by us fifteen years ago, is increasingly referred to by informed observers as one of the fundamentals underlying the Arab-Israeli crisis in the Middle East, a crisis threatening the peace of the world.”

In 1960, Dulles’s staff again rejected an invitation by the American Council for judaism for Dulles to issue a statement to the group’s meeting in Denver. The CIA’s executive officer responded to Sussman by stating, “In view of the nature of Mr. Dulles’ official position, he has followed a firm policy of declining participation in non-governmental activities.”

It is noteworthy that Dulles avoided the appearance of speaking to religious and political groups involved with Middle East policy while today, U.S. leaders, including military and intelligence officials, routinely appear before such groups as the American israel Public Affairs Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith.

The American Council on Judaism continues to exist and it remains one of the leading Jewish voices opposed to Zionism. However, American political leaders continue to follow Dulles’s footsteps in eschewing the organization’s events.

 

 

 

 

Dec
27

Wayne Madsen Report Person’s of the Year

 

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WMR’s Persons of the Year for 2013: Ed Snowden and Vladimir Putin

December 27-30, 2013 – WMR’s Person of the Year

It was a tough call. Who did more to change the course of history and influence news coverage in 2013 than any other person?

It’s a tie.

Because National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower might be locked up in a U.S. Super Max prison had it not been for Russian President Vladimir Putin granting temporary political asylum to Snowden, we might not have learned as much as we have about the massive surveillance network operated by NSA and its over 45 partners around the globe.

Therefore, WMR’s Persons of the Year are Edward Snowden and Vladimir Putin.

Putin also changed the course of history by cleverly authorizing his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov (who is a definite runner-up as Person of the Year), to offer the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons in order to forestall a U.S. and NATO military attack on Syria. A U.S. attack may have helped bring an Al Qaeda and Saudi-dominated regime into power in Damascus with disastrous results for the Middle East, Russia, and the world. Israel would have remained as strong as ever because Al Qaeda and its Saudi patrons have never been a threat to Israel because of an obvious but secret non-aggression pact crafted between Riyadh and Jerusalem.

Raspberries and “Bronx cheers” go to journalist/lawyer Glenn Greenwald and his new billionaire sponsor Pierre Omidyar for creating First Look Media, Inc., a Delaware corporation, to “handle” the remainder of Snowden’s estimated 50,000 NSA documents.

Greenwald has always had a tendency to deal with unsavory types, having once represented as a lawyer Matt Hale, the imprisoned white supremacist and neo-Nazi. Lawyers and journalists have the right to turn down clients and patrons and Greenwald’s actions pass no smell test as far as we can see (or smell). Disclosure of Snowden’s documents have slowed down to an annoying Chinese torture water drip.

As seen from NSA documents, the agency has long had corporate allies and partners from Microsoft and Cisco to Facebook and Yahoo. Why should Omidyar’s PayPal be any different? If NSA has paid Omidyar $250 million dollars in “hush money,” which, in turn, he has given to Greenwald’s First Look, Inc., NSA got off very cheap.

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WMR’s Persons of the Year for 2013: Ed Snowden and Vladimir Putin

John Young after court hearing on 2600 Magazine lawsuit over Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Runner up: John Young of Cryptome.org

Honorable mention and runner up for Person of the Year goes to John Young of Cryptome.org. Young has rightfully questioned the slow release of Snowden’s documents. It is certain that had Snowden passed on his massive trove of documents to Young and Cryptome, we would now be reading all of them without the annoying censorship or redactions.

Cryptome remains the best source for whistleblower documents and, for that matter, anything leaked from government agencies or corporations.

The Persons of the Year selection is all about openness and transparency of government. President Obama, who promised the most transparent administration in U.S. history, has given us the most secretive. Obama reluctantly agreed to Russia’s chemical weapons deal in avoiding a U.S. war against Syria and he engaged in discussions with Iran, but he refuses to allow Iran to participate in Syrian peace talks and he continues to launch deadly drone attacks in Muslim countries. He would rank high on only one list for 2013: Milquetoast of the Year. Obama should be given credit for standing up to the Israel Lobby against further crippling sanctions on Iran but he has not shown the same fortitude in pressing Israel to stop its ethnic cleansing of Bedouins from the Negev and West Bank and ceasing the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

As far as domestic U.S. politics, there is not one politician said to be running for president in 2016 who is worthy of any positive mention. Every single candidate mentioned so far belongs on a “Scoundrel of the Year” list. Hillary Clinton would top such a list, followed in close order by Chris Christie, Joe Biden, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, and the rest of the sorry lot.

And belonging on no “person of the year” list are shameless “flash-in-the-pan” celebrities like Miley Cyrus who would do well to move to Moscow and join up with George Soros’s Pussy Riot whores. These contemptible women may be honored by the infotainment industry but that does not mean we have to pay attention to them or even care if they are run over by a bus.

Time magazine selected Pope Francis I as its Person of the Year. We have selected Snowden and Putin but Francis is a worthy choice. We have him in third or fourth place. If he survives Opus Dei, his evil predecessor Benedict XVI, the mafia, and the bankers, Francis may do some more amazing things for the Catholic Church and the world. After 2014, his selection as Person of the Year for 2013 may appear premature because he may deserve the recognition once again for even more noteworthy accomplishments.

Dec
14

Neocons Target Ukraine in “Orange Crush”

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Nuland, Kagan, Soros, Sharp crowd rally around Ukrainian protesters and the “Euromaidan Maiden,” the lady with the “bagel” on her head, Yulia Tymoshenko.

 

December 12-13, 2013 — Neocons target Ukraine in “Orange Crush”

The neocons are still alive and active as ever inside Secretary of State John Kerry’s State Department. Kerry’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, who previously served as Hillary Clinton’s State Department mouthpiece, has threatened sanctions against Ukraine.

Ukraine, which resisted efforts by the European Union to integrate it into Europe’s banker-led federation of austerity and poverty, came into the EU’s cross hairs after it abandoned talks with Brussels and Berlin in favor of an economic union with Russia. That move triggered off what can be described as the “Second Orange Revolution,” a mass street uprising in Kyiv’s Maidan (Independence) Square that demanded the resignation of Ukraine’s democratically-elected President and government.

The connections between the Kyiv uprising and the EU outside manipulators are so apparent, the Kyiv square that has become the “Tahrir Square” of Ukraine is called “Euromaidan.”

This “Orange Crush” was spearheaded by the same George Soros/National Endowment for Democracy/CIA provocateur guru Gene Sharp hydra that saw the overthrow of Ukraine’s government in 2004 in the so-called Orange Revolution. This time, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is the target.

Nuland, who is married to the bloody-handed neocon archangel Robert Kagan, handed out snacks to protesters on Maidan Square. Imagine the reaction of the United States had a second-tier official of either the Russian or Chinese foreign ministry handed out food to Occupy Wall Street protesters in Washington and urged them to overthrow, by force if necessary, President Obama. Yet, that is exactly the scenario Nuland engaged in by supporting protesters in Maidan. Furthermore, she reprimanded Yanokovych for the heavy security presence in Maidan. Nuland and Kerry, who also upbraided Yanukovych, forgot the acts of police brutality committed by U.S. cops against occupy protesters, as well as a plan by the FBI to use snipers to assassinate the leaders of the group.

And Nuland and Kerry were very quiet when the Turkish government sicced riot police on peaceful protesters in Taksim Square in Istanbul earlier this year. After all, Turkey is a member of NATO and Ukraine, for the time being, is not.

For Gene Sharp and his two NGO “babies,” OTPOR and the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), vanguard organizations for organizing “rent-a-riot” anti-government protests around the globe, only nations resistant to the “New World Order” designs of Wall Street and the Pentagon are fair game for receiving cash, snacks, and other support from the United States. Recently, it was discovered, through leaked emails, that CANVAS founder Srdja Popovic was collaborating with the CIA- and Pentagon-linked intelligence firm STRATFOR, founded by George Friedman, whose ties to the U.S. and Israeli military-intelligence establishments are well known.

And as with all fake “themed” revolutions, an “embattled martyr” is needed to rally the “rent-a-mob” to action. For the Ukrainian demonstrator, the “Maiden of Maidan” is Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Prime Minister who was imprisoned for corruption.Tymoshenko, who is now held at a clinic in Kharkiv, has become the “Aung San Suu Kyi” of Ukraine. But for many Ukrainians, the former Prime Minister is a shameless attention seeker whose trademark braided hair coif is derided as a “bagel” on top of her head. The quip is a reference to Tymoshenko’s support for Ukraine’s leading Zionists and jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, another darling of the Soros/Sharp/Nuland set.

One of the demands of the EU to agree to the pact with Ukraine was the release from prison and political rehabilitation of Tymoshenko. AndNuland and her neocon friends have made no secret of their desire to have Ukrainian ex-boxer and Udar Party leader Vitali Klitschko replace President Yanukovych in an undemocratic process brought about by the type of hooliganism that saw protesters topple a statue of Vladimir Lenin in central Kyiv.  Who really benefits from the destruction of a Lenin statue? The answer to that question can be found in the banking corridors of Frankfurt and London, as well as the political power corridors of Washington and Brussels.

Dec
11

Nickels A Tale of Dissociation by Christine Stark

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Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation

By Christine Stark

www.ChristineStark.com

with an introduction by Anya Achtenberg

Nickels follows a biracial girl named Little Miss So and So from age 4 into adulthood. Told in a series of prose poems, Nickels’ lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born of a world formed by persistent and brutal incest and homophobia. The dissociative states enable the child’s survival and, ultimately, the adult’s healing. The story is both heartbreaking and triumphant. Nickels is the groundbreaking debut of Minneapolis-area author and artist Christine Stark.

 

“Christine Stark has crafted a language and a diction commensurate with the shredding of consciousness that is a consequence of childhood sexual abuse. She brings a wholly original voice in a riveting novel of desperation and love. Nickels is narrated by Miss So and So, as her mother names her, from age 4 to 26, a character so compelling I never wanted to stop hearing from her. She names herself crazy girl, but the reader sees a different truth: there’s humor and cunning and ferocious love alive in those who survive. Stark enables the reader to inhabit the intricacy and chaos of this potent inner landscape, and we have not seen this before. Every sentence vibrates with a terrible beauty. Every sentence brings the news.

—Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery

“To be taken into the mind of a child can be an enchanting adventure, but to be taken into the mind of a child who is abused, confused, and taken for granted is a lingering, livid journey. I applaud her fortitude to bring an olden—too long ignored—truth out of the darkness with blazing, innovative light.”

—MariJo Moore, author of The Diamond Doorknob

“In Nickels, Christine Stark powerfully portrays the story of abuse and its impact on our lives. This beautifully written and compelling story leaves you wanting more. It’s riveting; a book that will capture you from the beginning and carry you through to the end. Everyone should read this book.”

—Olga Trujillo, author of The Sum of My Parts

“…These brilliantly written pieces stimulated the board into a lively discussion of language, point of view, and politics, and resulted in a resounding `yes’ from everyone on the importance of using these two pieces together, as point-counterpoint on the themes of violence against women and the nuanced and challenging process of surviving that violence.”

–Minnie Bruce Pratt, Creative Writing Editor for the Feminist Studies Editorial Board

“Take a dark journey with Christine Stark, deep into the dungeon that is incest. Follow crazy girl as she fights for her dignity and sense of self-worth. Then cheer when she finally finds the strength to say: `I know my name now and you do not frighten me.’”

—Julian Sher, author of Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them

“The judging panel believes Christine Stark’s work is both art and metaphor. She creates story and mood using a stream of consciousness style. The writing is rhythmic, and lyrical with conscious and authoritative use of various techniques such as repetition. In Christine’s story, the perpetrator behaves as if his act, and assault, is one of mundane evil. This story alludes to the reality of society’s marginalized—vulnerable to everyday evils—mundane for some, not so for others. The panel applauds Christine’s writing talents, her willingness to take a risk by composing a raw, provocative piece designed to invite us to consider the nature of mundane evil from several unexpected points of view.

–Sandra Lloyd, The Pearls Writing Group

For more information: www.ChristineStark.com

Dec
11

Christine Stark Sunday December 15 KCAA Radio Show

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Christine Stark is an award-winning writer, public speaker, and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee  heritage. Her essays and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Prostitution, Trafficking, and Trauma; and The Chalk Circle: Prize-Winning Intercultural Essays. Her poem, “Momma’s Song”, was recorded by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and released as a manga CD. She co-edited Not for Sale, an international anthology on sexual violence and she coauthored “Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota”. She was a 2011 Loft Mentor Series winner in creative non-fiction and she has won awards for her writing and art, including two McKnight Awards and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a 2011 Lambda Literary finalist. Currently, she is an MSW student at UMD Duluth where she is coordinating a research project called “Gathering Our Stories: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women on the Duluth Ships.” She teaches writing at a community college.

Stark’s poem, “Momma’s Song,” is part of a double CD manga recorded by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble. Available through amazon.com too, or http://www.bigredmediainc.com

Dec
09

Roseanne KCAA Radio Show Dec 8 2013 Tribute to Charlie Hill and Guest Kola Boof

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Dec
05

Roseanne Live Guest Kola Boof Sunday Dec 8

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