Friday, May 26, 2017

Chaos Manner on Comey: Follow the money

I linked to this before, but I am just getting around to reading it.

Jerry Pournelle is a sci fi writer and futurist, who tends toward the libertarian side of the political spectrum. unlike a lot of the background articles, he puts it together for those of us who don't read the business section of the UKGuardian and more importantly, he can write clearly and succinctly.

and it explains the hysteria that Hillary and friends are promoting against Trumpieboy: follow the money.

I wasn't aware of Comey's involvement with the HSBC scandal.

In 2013, the largest bank of England, HSBC Holdings, was deep into a scandal.  Investigations by federal authorities and law-enforcement had revealed that for years HSBC had been laundering billions of dollars for Mexican Drug Cartels, channeling money for Saudi banks who were financing terror, moving money for Iran in violation of the sanctions, and other major criminal activity.  HSBC’s criminality was pervasive and deliberate by the Bank and its officials. 
HSBC was a huge Clinton Foundation contributor (many millions) throughout the “investigation” and Bill Clinton was being paid large personal fees for speaking at HSBC events (while Hillary was Sec of State).   Eric Holder and the Obama Justice Department did what they were paid to do, and let HSBC off of the hook for a paltry 1.2 Billion dollar fine (paid by its stockholders), and not one Director, officer or management member at HSBC was fired or charged with any criminal. 
Exactly when everyone involved with HSBC Bank (including the Clintons and all of their “donors”) were being let off without penalty, and cover had to be provided to HSBC, Comey was appointed as a Director and Member of the Board of HSBC (in the middle of the fallout from the scandal).  He was part of the effort to cover up the scandal and make HSBC “respectable” again.
After about a year as HSBC director, despite his lack of any law enforcement experience, no DOJ leadership experience, and no qualifications for the job, Comey was appointed FBI director by Obama.

I don't know a lot about the scandal, but the UK Guardian has lots of stuff on it. Lots of other good people in these stories: Iceland's bank problems, Mexican cartels, money laundering,

2015 story there has the time line

most of the story is about UK or European politicians/businessfolk, but they include this part about the Clintons:

 • The leaked files reveal the identities of donors to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation with HSBC accounts in the tax haven, including Jeffrey Epstein, the hedge fund manager and convicted sex offender. The revelations have raised questions over the former secretary of state’s campaigning focus on wealth inequality in light of the close relationships she and her husband have nurtured with some of the world’s richest individuals....

Key article: Clinton foundation received up to $81m from clients of controversial HSBC bank 

  and yes, it includes a lovely photo of Hillary and family.

 Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton speak during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University in March. Photograph: Matt York/AP

Incuded in the UKGuardian's list of articles is this fact: The whistle blower on the tax evasion scheme went to jail.
for leaking to Wikileaks? for leaking to the press?

No. For giving the information to the cops:

While working on the database of HSBC’s Swiss private bank, Falciani downloaded the details of about 130,000 holders of secret Swiss accounts. The information was handed to French investigators in December 2008 and then circulated to other European governments.

As the saying goes: How Conveeenient...

and this is the funniest part of the Chaos Manner article: Trump apparently isn't as dumb as he seems because he's dealt with crooks before:

Trump knows it is a set up by Comey and that he is probably being recorded (tips from FBI or DOJ who are not part of the corruption?)  Maybe because his phone calls in the Whitehouse as President have already been bugged and released to the media.  (FBI is in the best position to do this) Maybe because he was used to the Mafia in NY trying to shake him down every time he built a hotel.

Rodney Dangerfield call  your office.... 

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