KEATING ECONOMICS: John McCain & The Making of a Financial Crisis

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Published in: on October 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Assist immediately please

Dear Madame/Sir:

Compliments of the day. I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion USD. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gramm, lobbyist for UBS, who (God willing) will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a former U.S. congressional leader and the architect of the PALIN / McCain Financial Doctrine, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. As such, you can be assured that this transaction is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully in the Name of God,

Minister of Treasury Paulson

Published in: on September 25, 2008 at 8:01 am  Leave a Comment  

U.S. Attorney Became Target After Rebuffing Justice Dept.

By Amy Goldstein and Carrie Johnson

The night before the government secured a guilty plea from the manufacturer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, a senior Justice Department official called the U.S. attorney handling the case and, at the behest of an executive for the drugmaker, urged him to slow down, the prosecutor told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday.

Published in: on August 1, 2007 at 8:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Lawsuit accuses Chiquita of funding terrorism groups

NEWARK, New Jersey: Relatives of people alleged to have been be murdered by paramilitary groups in Colombia sued Chiquita Brands International Inc., accusing the banana company of funding terrorists.

The lawsuit comes four months after Cincinnati, Ohio-based Chiquita admitted it paid such groups $1.7 million (€1.23 million) in protection money over six years to protect its most profitable banana-growing operation.

Published in: on July 27, 2007 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Justice Dept. drops massive fraud case

Two years into a fraud investigation, veteran federal prosecutor David Maguire told colleagues he’d uncovered one of the biggest cases of his career. Maguire described crimes “far worse” than those of Arthur Andersen, the accounting giant that collapsed in the wake of the Enron scandal.

Marisa Taylor | McClatchy

Published in: on July 25, 2007 at 12:49 am  Leave a Comment  

Cheney Suppressed Evidence in California Energy Crisis

In-depth investigation shows how Vice President Dick Cheney pressured federal energy regulators to conceal evidence of widespread market manipulation by energy companies during the California electricity crisis in 2001.

By Jason Leopold

Published in: on July 19, 2007 at 7:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Suit in U.S. Over Murders in Colombia

By KYLE WHITMIRE
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 12 — Six years ago, three union leaders were kidnapped and slain in northern Colombia. Now, 2,000 miles away, a federal jury here is being asked to decide whether an Alabama-based coal company, Drummond Ltd., aided in the killings and took sides in Colombia’s decades-old civil war.

Published in: on July 15, 2007 at 4:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Twenty Things You Should Know About Corporate Crime

So, corporate crime lesson number one – prosecute corporate crime to achieve higher office, then prosecute street crime to protect your political position.

Or to simplify it, corporate crime is all about power politics.

Published in: on June 14, 2007 at 6:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bush Shafts Enron Victims

Wall Street’s investment banks just got another one step closer to making defrauding investors an accepted line of business.

Robert L. Borosage

And Enron’s employees who lost their pensions and the small investors who got fleeced in the Enron frauds just got shafted again—this time at the urging of President George W. Bush.

Published in: on June 14, 2007 at 6:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Suit Sheds Light on Clintons’ Ties to a Benefactor

The company, infoUSA, one of the nation’s largest brokers of information on consumers, paid $146,866 to ferry the Clintons, Mr. Gupta and others to Acapulco and back, court records show. During the next four years, infoUSA paid Mr. Clinton more than $2 million for consulting services, and spent almost $900,000 to fly him around the world for his presidential foundation work and to fly Mrs. Clinton to campaign events.

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Bilking the Elderly, With a Corporate Assist

2 Firms Tied to Phone Lists Will Review Their Policies

Bilking the Elderly, With a Corporate Assist

Richard Guthrie, 92, was tricked into giving banking data to telephone callers, who then stole money from his account, investigators say

Published in: on May 21, 2007 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tenet Healthcare Hands Jeb Bush a Big Windfall

Jeb Bush will get over $450,000 in the next year from Tenet for being a board member — about three times what the average director makes at major U.S. corporations.

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mrs. Giuliani’s Job with Dog-Killing Firm

Judith Giuliani once demonstrated surgical products for the U.S. Surgical Corporation known to use dogs in operations whose only purpose was to sell equipment to doctors

The dogs were “either put to death following the sales demonstrations because they can’t re cover from them, or they die during them”

Published in: on April 4, 2007 at 2:46 pm  Comments (1)  

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Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 10:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Why the Cincinnati Enquirer Was Forced to Apologize

In 1998, the Cincinnati Enquirer published an 18-page expose of Chiquita’s dealings in Latin America. The paper found that Chiquita exposed entire communities to dangerous U.S.-banned pesticides, forced the eviction of an entire Honduran village at gunpoint, suppressed unions and paid a fortune to
U.S. politicians to influence trade policy. The Enquirer was later forced to issue a front-page apology and pay Chiquita a reported $14 million after it was revealed the lead reporter, Mike Gallagher, illegally accessed more than 2,000 Chiquita voice mails.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 2:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chiquita’s Slipping Appeal

What do Osama bin Laden and Chiquita bananas have in common? Both have used their millions to finance terrorism.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 2:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pet Food Company Knew Of Deadly Problem Weeks Before Recall Issued

In Tests Of Food After Complaints, As Many As 1 In 6 Animals Died; Cause Still A Mystery

A Chicago woman sued Menu Foods on Tuesday, alleging the pet food manufacturer delayed announcing a recall of 60 million containers of dog and cat food despite knowing its products were contaminated and potentially deadly.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 12:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chiquita to Pay $25M Fine in Terror Case

Banana company Chiquita Brands International said Wednesday it has agreed to a $25 million fine after admitting it paid terrorists for protection in a volatile farming region of Colombia. The settlement resolves a lengthy Justice Department investigation into the company’s financial dealings with right-wing paramilitaries and leftist rebels the U.S. government deems terrorist groups.

Published in: on March 15, 2007 at 7:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Halliburton Will Move HQ to Dubai

Halliburton Will Shift Headquarters From Houston to Mideast Financial Powerhouse of Dubai

Published in: on March 14, 2007 at 12:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wal-Mart’s Day Has Come

Wal-Mart may have the best legal team money can buy – but even the fanciest of corporate lawyers can’t stop the largest class-action lawsuit in U.S. history. (more…)

Published in: on February 7, 2007 at 11:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Exxon’s ‘outlandish’ earnings spark furor from Democrats in Congress

With UN poised to blame global warming on fossil fuels, firm posts $40-billion profit

A U.S. Fortress Rises in Baghdad

Asian Workers Trafficked to Build World’s Largest Embassy

Published in: on December 19, 2006 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stockman under investigation for fraud

Reagan Budget Director Under Investigation

Auto Official May Testify

Published in: on December 13, 2006 at 12:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hampering the Efforts of Corporate Crime Reporting

by Ralph Nader

Published in: on December 3, 2006 at 6:46 pm  Leave a Comment