Hang The Bankers http://www.hangthebankers.com Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:31:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Clinton Foundation funded by Ukrainian Oligarch http://www.hangthebankers.com/clinton-foundation-ukrainian-oligarch/ http://www.hangthebankers.com/clinton-foundation-ukrainian-oligarch/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:50:09 +0000 http://www.hangthebankers.com/?p=24298
Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, according to that foundation, which is based in Kiev, Ukraine.

It was created by Mr. Pinchuk, whose fortune stems from a pipe-making company. He served two terms as an elected member of the Ukrainian Parliament and is a proponent of closer ties between Ukraine and the European Union.

In 2008, Mr. Pinchuk made a five-year, $29 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, a wing of the foundation that coordinates charitable projects and funding for them but doesn’t handle the money. The pledge was to fund a program to train future Ukrainian leaders and professionals “to modernize Ukraine,” according to the Clinton Foundation. Several alumni are current members of the Ukrainian Parliament. Actual donations so far amount to only $1.8 million, a Pinchuk foundation spokesman said, citing the impact of the 2008 financial crisis.

The Pinchuk foundation said its donations were intended to help to make Ukraine “a successful, free, modern country based on European values.” It said that if Mr. Pinchuk was lobbying the State Department about Ukraine, “this cannot be seen as anything but a good thing.”

– From the Wall Street Journal article: Clinton Charity Tapped Foreign Friends

Hillary Clinton Foundation

When I first came across the title to this article, I didn’t think much of it. In fact, I almost didn’t even click the link thinking it was just a repeat of a prior expose I highlighted in the post: Hillary Clinton Exposed Part 2 – Clinton Foundation Took Millions From Countries That Also Fund ISIS.

Fortunately, I did decide to take a look and pretty soon my jaw absolutely hit the floor. Although the Wall Street Journal didn’t play up the connection, I was stunned to see that of all the oligarchs connected to foreign governments who donated to the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State, Ukraine was at the very top. I thought this to be strange, but as I read on I just couldn’t believe how connected the main donor was to the current regime in power. Considering this is the main geopolitical hotspot on earth right now, many, many questions need to be asked.

Let’s also recall some of the more shady aspects of the new government in Ukraine by taking a look back at the post, Made in the USA – How the Ukrainian Government is Giving Away Citizenships so Foreigners Can Run the Country. Here are a few excerpts:

Claims that the new government in Ukraine is nothing more than a Western puppet Parliament have been swirling around consistently since February. Nevertheless, I think it’s very significant that the takeover is now overt, undeniable and completely out in the open. Nothing proves this fact more clearly than the recent and sudden granting of citizenship to three foreigners so that they can take top posts in the government.

At the top of the list is American, Natalie Jaresko, who runs private equity fund Horizon Capital. She will now be Ukraine’s Finance Minister, and I highly doubt she will be forced to pay the IRS Expatriation Tax (one set of laws for the rich and powerful, another set of laws for the peasants). For Economy Minister, a Lithuanian investment banker, Aivaras Abromavicius, will take the reins. Health Minister will be Alexander Kvitashvili of Georgia.

Clinton Foundation donors

Now read the following from the WSJ:

The Clinton Foundation swore off donations from foreign governments when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. That didn’t stop the foundation from raising millions of dollars from foreigners with connections to their home governments, a review of foundation disclosures shows.

Some donors have direct ties to foreign governments. One is a member of the Saudi royal family. Another is a Ukrainian oligarch and former parliamentarian. Others are individuals with close connections to foreign governments that stem from their business activities. Their professed policy interests range from human rights to U.S.-Cuba relations.

All told, more than a dozen foreign individuals and their foundations and companies were large donors to the Clinton Foundation in the years after Mrs. Clinton became secretary of state in 2009, collectively giving between $34 million and $68 million, foundation records show. Some donors also provided funding directly to charitable projects sponsored by the foundation, valued by the organization at $60 million.

The foreign donors reached by The Wall Street Journal said they contributed to the foundation for charitable, not political reasons.

Former President Bill Clinton promised the Obama administration the foundation wouldn’t accept most foreign-government donations while his wife was secretary of state. The agreement didn’t place limits on donations from foreign individuals or corporations. 

Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, according to that foundation, which is based in Kiev, Ukraine. It was created by Mr. Pinchuk, whose fortune stems from a pipe-making company. He served two terms as an elected member of the Ukrainian Parliament and is a proponent of closer ties between Ukraine and the European Union.

In 2008, Mr. Pinchuk made a five-year, $29 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, a wing of the foundation that coordinates charitable projects and funding for them but doesn’t handle the money. The pledge was to fund a program to train future Ukrainian leaders and professionals “to modernize Ukraine,” according to the Clinton Foundation. Several alumni are current members of the Ukrainian Parliament. Actual donations so far amount to only $1.8 million, a Pinchuk foundation spokesman said, citing the impact of the 2008 financial crisis.

During Mrs. Clinton’s time at the State Department, Mr. Schoen, the pollster, registered as a lobbyist for Mr. Pinchuk, federal records show. Mr. Schoen said he and Mr. Pinchuk met several times with Clinton aides including Melanne Verveer, a Ukrainian-American and then a State Department ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. The purpose, Mr. Schoen said, was to encourage the U.S. to pressure Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych to free his jailed predecessor, Yulia Tymoshenko.

Mr. Schoen said his lobbying was unrelated to the donations. “We were not seeking to use any leverage or any connections or anything of the sort relating to the foundation,” he said.

Please Schoen, don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

The Pinchuk foundation said its donations were intended to help to make Ukraine “a successful, free, modern country based on European values.” It said that if Mr. Pinchuk was lobbying the State Department about Ukraine, “this cannot be seen as anything but a good thing.”

Oh certainly, all you have to do is take a brief look at Ukraine to see what a wonderful thing it has been.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wasn’t allowed to give to the foundation while Mrs. Clinton was at the State Department. But several prominent Saudi Arabian businessmen gave millions.

• Victor Dahdaleh, a London businessman whose foundation contributed between $1 million and $5 million, has ties to Bahrain’s state-owned aluminum company. He was the intermediary between the state-owned Aluminum Bahrain B.S.C. and Alcoa World Alumina, which is majority owned by Alcoa Inc. Last year, he was acquitted in London on charges of bribing Bahraini officials to secure contracts for the Alcoa firm. In the U.S., the Alcoa affiliate pleaded guilty last year to corruption charges, and the Justice Department said an investigation into the matter remains open. 

Rilin Enterprises, part of a privately held Chinese construction, infrastructure and port-management company, made a $2 million foundation pledge. The company was founded and is run by Wang Wenliang, a member of the National People’s Congress, China’s formal parliamentary body. Mr. Wang didn’t respond to a request to speak with him during the annual meeting earlier this month.

Mr. Wang is the former municipal official of Dandong, a city of 2.4 million in the Liaoning province on China’s border with North Korea. His company now controls that city’s port, a major trade route into North Korea.

The Clinton Foundation was unaware Mr. Wang was a delegate to the NPC, said a foundation official.

One of Mr. Wang’s firms was a contractor for the new Chinese Embassy in Washington. 

In today’s fraudulent and rigged oligarch economy, this is what we call a nice “return on cronyism.”

Source: http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2015/03/20/clinton-foundations-deep-financial-ties-to-ukrainian-oligarch-who-pushed-for-closer-ties-to-eu-revealed/

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Australian government set to tax bank deposits http://www.hangthebankers.com/australia-tax-bank-deposits/ http://www.hangthebankers.com/australia-tax-bank-deposits/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:02:20 +0000 http://www.hangthebankers.com/?p=24285
The Australian Federal Government looks set to introduce a tax on bank deposits in the May budget.

The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time.

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget.

The Government is heading for a fight with the banking industry, which has warned it will have to pass the cost back onto customers.

Mr Frydenberg is a member of the Government’s Expenditure Review Committee but has refused to provide any details.

“Any announcements or decisions around this proposed policy which we discussed at the last election will be made in the lead up or on budget night,” he said.

Speaking at the Victorian Liberal State Council meeting Mr Abbott has repeated his budget message, focusing on families and small businesses.

“There will be tough decisions in this year’s budget as there must be, but there will also be good news.”

Tony Abbott Australia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

The banking industry has raised concerns about a deposit tax, saying it will have to pass the cost back onto customers.

Steven Munchenberg from the Australian Bankers’ Association said it would be a damaging move for the Government.

“It’s going to make it harder for banks to raise deposits which are an important way of funding banks. And therefore for us to fund the economy,” he said.

“And we also oppose it because particularly at this point in time with low interest rates a lot of people who are relying on their savings for their incomes are already seeing very low returns and this will actually mean they get even less money.”

Bank deposit tax will break election promises: Labor

The Federal Opposition has accused the Government of breaking an election promise by planning to introduce a tax on bank deposits.

The former Labor Government put forward the policy in 2013 to raise revenue for a fund to protect customers in the event of a banking collapse.

Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh said Treasurer Joe Hockey criticised the proposal at the time.

“When we put it on the table Joe Hockey said that it was a smash and grab on Australian households just aimed at repairing the budget,” he said.

“I don’t think we’re going to take any lessons on bipartisanship from Joe Hockey. If he’s got any serious proposal to put on the table Labor will respond to that.”

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-28/federal-government-set-to-introduce-tax-on-bank-deposits/6355662

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China moves one step closer to replacing the dollar http://www.hangthebankers.com/china-replacing-the-dollar/ http://www.hangthebankers.com/china-replacing-the-dollar/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:53:40 +0000 http://www.hangthebankers.com/?p=24280
From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group

The rise of China on the global economic stage got another boost this week.

While discussing the potential that the Chinese renminbi (also known as the yuan) will be added to the IMF’s Special Drawing Right (SDR) basket of currencies, Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), put it bluntly“It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when.”

The SDR functions as an international fiat reserve asset, basically a shadow world reserve currency. Currently its value is based on four currencies: the U.S. dollar, the euro, the British pound and the yen.

This mix of currencies is reviewed every five years, and later this year, it’s up for review…

For the yuan to be added to the SDR’s basket of currencies, it first needs to meet certain criteria and then be voted in by the IMF council. Should the yuan be accepted, it could be part of the SDR system as soon as January 2016.

The last time the SDR currency basket was reviewed, in 2010, the yuan was rejected by the council. Specifically, the council noted, “The Chinese renminbi does not currently meet the criteria to be a freely usable currency.”

Christine Lagarde China IMF

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde delivery her speech in Shanghai, China.

However, in the five years since, the Chinese have amassed a number of bilateral trade agreements outside the dollar, and now command a much larger share of global trade.

In 2014, the yuan became the fifth largest payment currency, bypassing the Canadian and Australian dollar. So now, this time around, it is likely to meet the IMF’s requirement of being ‘freely usable’. And don’t forget, the China International Payment System (CIPS) will likely launch in September this year, which will further increasing the tradability of the currency.

Lagarde, who this week wrapped up a five-day visit to China, announced in a speech from Shanghai:

“Over the past three decades, China has amazed the world through its economic transformations. Over the next few decades, China will astound the world through its global economic leadership.

The IMF knows China will play a dominant role in the future and needs them on board. Otherwise, it faces the risk of losing relevance to the growing number of Chinese financial institutions taking foothold on the global scene.

One of those financial institutions growing in economic stature is the Shanghai Gold Exchange, which is set to launch a yuan-denominated gold fix later this year.

Obama China wine

The rise of this new gold exchange further highlights China’s move to link the yuan to gold, something that has been suspected for some time now.

This all begs the obvious question: As China grows in global stature and purchases more gold than the world producescould we actually see gold added to the SDR basket of currencies? It’s far from a preposterous question.

If China moves to back the yuan with gold and the IMF doesn’t, we could see the IMF – and all other fiat currencies, for that matter – wane in power.

The momentum is clearly with China. Will 2016 be the year we see the Chinese yuan take the shine off the U.S. dollar? It certainly looks that way.

Fortunate for you, you have time to prepare. If you haven’t already protected some of your savings from the falling dollar, now is the time to move some into Gold. To find out how, get a free info kit from Birch Gold Group – there is zero cost and zero obligation to you. All you need to do is Request your Free Info Kit on Gold Here.

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Ted Cruz and his Goldman Sachs wife http://www.hangthebankers.com/ted-cruz-goldman-sachs-wife/ http://www.hangthebankers.com/ted-cruz-goldman-sachs-wife/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:36:21 +0000 http://www.hangthebankers.com/?p=24264
Ted Cruz, kicking off his 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidency, extolled his wife’s entrepreneurial spirit by telling of her grade-school bakery business. He didn’t mention the 10-year career at Goldman Sachs Group she just put on hold.

Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas, became the first major-party candidate to formally enter the race on Monday. He was joined on stage by his wife, Heidi, and their two daughters, Caroline and Catherine, after he told a crowd of supporters about Heidi’s Bakery, her childhood venture in California.

Cruz aides said he plans to emphasise the role powerful women played in shaping his life as he runs for president. That may be complicated by his wife’s profession as an adviser to wealthy families at a firm that finished last among the 100 most-visible U.S. companies in Harris Poll’s most recent annual ranking of corporate reputations.

“She and her brother compete baking bread. They bake thousands of loaves of bread and go to the local apple orchard where they sell the bread to people coming to pick apples,” said Cruz, 44. “She goes on to a career in business, excelling and rising to the highest pinnacles, and then Heidi becomes my wife and my very best friend in the world.”

Ted Cruz Heidi Cruz Goldman Sachs

2016 Presidential candidate Ted Cruz with his CFR member and Goldman Sachs VP wife, Heidi Cruz.

Heidi Cruz, 42, has taken unpaid leave from her job at Goldman Sachs in Houston to help with her husband’s run, according to a person briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified speaking about her employment. The leave will last the duration of the campaign, the person said.

Wall Street has remained a sensitive topic for politicians since the 2008 financial crisis, even as they have continued to court campaign contributions from the industry. Democrats attacked Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s private- equity background in 2012. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, like Cruz a Tea Party favorite, said last year that Republicans can’t be “the party of fat cats, rich people, and Wall Street.”

Goldman Sachs became a symbol of the populist anger toward Wall Street as it was one of the first firms sued by regulators over sales of mortgage-related securities and its executives were called before Congress to explain their bets on the housing market.

Heidi Cruz, a Harvard Business School graduate who worked in President George W. Bush’s administration, joined New York- based Goldman Sachs in 2005 and was promoted to managing director, the firm’s second-highest rank, in 2012. She serves as regional head of the Houston office in the private wealth- management unit, which serves individuals and families who have on average more than $US40 million with the firm.

Heidi and Ted Cruz met in Austin, Texas, in 2000, when both were policy aides on the Bush campaign, according to a New York Times profile in 2013. Her employment at Goldman Sachs became a political topic when Senator Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, tried to push Ted Cruz into admitting he was on his wife’s Goldman Sachs health insurance plan after criticising President Barack Obama’s health-care policies, the Times reported.

While Ted Cruz avoided mentioning his wife’s employer Monday, he did speak of the time she spent living in Kenya and Nigeria as the daughter of missionaries. Cruz kicked off his campaign at Liberty University, a religious school in Lynchburg, Virginia, founded by the late evangelist Jerry Falwell.

Cruz grabbed national headlines in 2013 when he spoke for 21 hours on the Senate floor in favour of defunding the Affordable Care Act and helped to trigger a partial government shutdown. That led business leaders including Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein to travel to Washington to warn lawmakers they were risking the economic recovery if they didn’t raise the federal debt ceiling.

SEE ALSO: Ted Cruz’s wife is a Goldman Sachs VP and CFR member

Source: http://www.afr.com/news/world/cruz-omits-goldman-sachs-from-description-of-breadbaking-wife-20150323-1m67fu

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US soldiers raped at least 54 Colombian children with immunity http://www.hangthebankers.com/us-soldiers-raped-colombian-children-with-immunity/ http://www.hangthebankers.com/us-soldiers-raped-colombian-children-with-immunity/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:19:08 +0000 http://www.hangthebankers.com/?p=24251
US soldiers and military contractors sexually abused more than 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007, according to a recently released historic document on the country’s conflict.

The suspects have allegedly not been prosecuted due to immunity clauses in bilateral agreements.

The 800-page independent historic report was commissioned by the Colombian government and rebel group FARC to establish the causes and violence aggravators of the 50-year-long conflict they are negotiating to end.

The document is to help negotiators determine who is responsible for the more than 7 million victims of the armed conflict between leftist rebels and the state while they are negotiating peace.

One of the scholars that helped redact the historians’ report, Renan Vega of the Pedagogic University in Bogota, focused part of this historic document on the American military that has actively supported the Colombian state in its fight against drug trafficking and leftist rebel groups like the FARC and ELN.

Colombian girls crying US troops sexual abuse

According to Vega, “there exists abundant information about the sexual violence, in absolute impunity thanks to the bilateral agreements and the diplomatic immunity of United States officials.”

In his report, the historian cited one 2004 case in the central Colombian town of Melgar where 53 underage girls were sexually abused by nearby stationed military contractors “who moreover filmed [the abuse] and sold the films as pornographic material.”

According to Colombia’s leading newspaper, El Tiempo, the victims of the sexual abuse practices were forced to flee the region after their families received death threats.

Other Americans stationed at the Tolemaida Air Base allegedly committed similar crimes, but possibly also never saw a day in court due to an immunity arrangement for American soldiers and military contractors agreed by Washington and Bogota.

One case that has called most attention in Colombian media was that of a 12-year-old who in 2007 was raped by a US Army sergeant and a former US military officer who was working in Melgar as a military contractor.

Colombian prosecutors established that the girl had been drugged and subsequently raped inside the military base by US sergeant Michael J. Coen and defense contractor Cesar Ruiz.

However, prosecution officials were not allowed to arrest the suspected child rapists who were subsequently flown out of the country.

“Yes, we took her and we raped her. So what?”

- Alleged words of US Sergeant Michael J. Coen to the mother of a 12-year-old rape victim.

The case has caused major indignation among Colombians for years.

Nevertheless, the rape victim, her little sister and mother were forced to flee Melgar and eventually moved to the city of Medellin as forces loyal to the suspects were threatening the family, the mother told Colombian television.

In 2009, the US embassy in Bogota told Miami newspaper El Nuevo Herald that the US government did not rule out the possibility to reopen the apparently closed case against Coen and Ruiz.

However, according to El Tiempo, no US court has since indicted both suspects for their alleged crime in the six years since.

According to left-leaning news website El Turbion, the case of the 12-year-old girl is not the only one.

“In 2006 there were 23 reported cases of sexual abuse committed by active American soldiers and another 14 in 2007,” the website said. Colombia Reports was unable to confirm this claim with other online sources.

However, if this claim is confirmed, there would be more than 90 cases of sexual violence against women and children committed by American soldiers between 2004 and 2007 alone.

According to the governmental National Victims Unit, 7,234 Colombian women have been registered as victims of sex crimes within the context of the conflict in the decades that it has lasted.

While the FARC and the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos are negotiating who is responsible for the 7.2 million registered victims of the country’s half-a-century armed conflict, US President Barack Obama sent Special Envoy Bernie Aronson to Colombia to assist in the process.

Aronson has so far met with Santos and, reportedly, with negotiation team members of the FARC and the government, and will be the intermediary between Bogota and Washington.

The special envoy will possibly have to deal with the role of the US military and its members in the alleged victimization of Colombians.

His most difficult task will be balancing the US government’s duty of “protecting American interests” — as he was reminded by Tea Party Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) — and trying to “stand by Colombians’ side in this journey,” as Aronson said himself.

Source: http://colombiareports.co/more-than-54-colombian-girls-sexually-abuses-by-us-military-report/

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France fighting the ‘War on Terror’ by banning cash http://www.hangthebankers.com/france-fighting-war-on-terror-banning-cash/ http://www.hangthebankers.com/france-fighting-war-on-terror-banning-cash/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:11:16 +0000 http://www.hangthebankers.com/?p=24244
It was just a matter of time before Western governments used the trumped up “War on Terror” as an excuse to drastically ratchet up the very real war on the use of cash and personal privacy that they are waging against their own citizens.

Taking advantage of public anxiety in the wake of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, France has taken the first step.

It seems the terrorists involved partially financed these attacks by cash, as well as by consumer loans and the sale of counterfeit goods. What a shockeroo!

The terrorists used CASH to purchase some of the stuff they needed–no doubt these murderers were also shod and clothed and used cell phones, cars, and public sidewalks during the planning and execution of their mayhem. Why not restrict their use?

A naked , barefoot terrorist without communications is surely less effective than a fully clothed and equipped one.

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin

Despite the arrant absurdity of blaming cash and financial privacy for these crimes, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin brazenly stated that it was necessary to “fight against the use of cash and anonymity in the French economy.”

He then announced extreme and despotic measures to further restrict the use of cash by French residents and to spy on and pry into their financial affairs.

These measures, which will be implemented in September 2015, include prohibiting French residents from making cash payments of more than 1,000 euros, down from the current limit of 3,000 euros. Given the parlous state of the stagnating French economy the limit for foreign tourists on currency payments will remain higher, at 10,000 euros down from the current limit of 15,000 euros.

The threshold below which a French resident is free to convert euros into other currencies without having to show an identity card will be slashed from the current level of 8,000 euros to 1,000 euros.

In addition any cash deposit or withdrawal of more than 10,000 euros during a single month will be reported to the French anti-fraud and money laundering agency Tracfin.

French authorities will also have to be notified of any freight transfers within the EU exceeding 10,000 euros, including checks, pre-paid cards, or gold.

Source: http://mises.org/blog/fighting-war-terror-banning-cash

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British Royal pedophile protected for ‘national security’ reasons http://www.hangthebankers.com/british-royal-pedophile-protected-for-national-security/ http://www.hangthebankers.com/british-royal-pedophile-protected-for-national-security/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:16:39 +0000 http://www.hangthebankers.com/?p=24236
A royal was in a suspected paedophile ring being investigated by police before an establishment cover up, it was claimed.

A former Metropolitan Police officer said he was told a member of the Queen’s family and an MP had both been identified as part of a major child abuse inquiry.

But the operation is said to have been shut down by the Crown Prosecution Service for national security reasons.

The claim came as the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner made a fresh appeal for victims of historic child sex abuse to come forward, and vowed: “We’ll go where the evidence takes us.”

Jimmy Savile Prince Charles pedophiles

Prince Charles hanging out with best friend and mass pedophile Jimmy Savile.

The ex-officer told the Sunday Mirror how a named detective sergeant based at London’s Marylebone police station in the late 1980s spoke to him about the investigation and the fact it had been axed.

The former officer said: “I was in a car with two other vice squad officers. They were discussing a madam who had provided a girl of about 15 to Oliver Reed.

“The detective sergeant said he had just had a major child abuse investigation shut down by the CPS regarding a royal and an MP.

“He did not mention names, but he said the CPS had said it was not in the public’s interest because it ‘could destabilise national security’.”

The former officer added: “What I was told has stayed with me to this day.”

The Sunday Mirror has been given the names of his two colleagues and the officer we spoke to said he was passing his information to the police.

Sir Allan Green, Director of Public Prosecutions, when the probe was said to have been axed, told us he was not aware of any paedophile investigations shut down for national security reasons.

Pedophile Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew taking a walk with close friend and pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

But he said had been asked by a “senior person” if he had heard anything about an MP being involved in child abuse. He said he had not.

Sir Allan would not name the MP, but said he has since died. He refused to say what year he was approached or if the interrogator worked for the CPS.

Reed was never prosecuted over underage sex. The probe into the madam was separate to the paedophile ring.

Meanwhile the Met again insisted it was pursuing claims of abuse no matter who was said to be involved.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse said: “We have seen lots of allegations of cover-ups, and I think it’s helpful people are coming forward. We will go where the evidence takes us, without fear or favour, I think that is what the public expect.”

Last week it was announced the Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating 14 separate referrals spanning four decades, amid cover-up claims.

The claims – referred to the IPCC by the Met – allege the force suppressed evidence, hindered or halted investigations and covered up offences because of the involvement of MPs and police officers.

Sarah Green, deputy chairman of the IPCC, said: “I would like to reassure people our investigations will be thorough and robust.”

Buckingham Palace gates

Investigations into VIP pedophile ring led to Buckingham Palace.

Former Met deputy commissioner Albert Laugharne said that, while head of Lancashire police, he had been asked by a DPP officer to lie about allegations involving the late Lib dem MP Cyril Smith, later unmasked as a paedophile.

A surveillance operation that unmasked Leon Brittan’s links to child sex abuse is said to have been shut down by Met detectives.

The Sunday Mirror revealed earlier this year how the former Home Secretary was snapped by officers during a 1986 investigation into rent boy orgies run in North London buildings.

But the day before swoops on alleged suspects were due to be carried out, officers on Operation Orchid were told it had been disbanded.

Now the Sunday Mirror and Exaro, a news investigation website, can reveal this is among 14 cover-up allegations against the Met passed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A police source told Exaro: “I am surprised this did not happen much earlier.”

Paedophile MP Cyril Smith and top judges were also believed to have been photographed entering the underage sex dens. Sources claim up to 16 high profile figures were due to be arrested.

Brittan was under investigation by the Met over sex abuse allegations at the time of his death in January.

Earlier this month, detectives raided two of his homes.

SEE ALSO:
114 documents exposing elite pedophile ring go ‘missing’
At least 40 UK politicians involved in Westminster ‘pedophile ring’
Secrecy laws passed to hide pedophile ring connection to Royal Family
Prince Andrew: latest royal pedophile exposed
Covered-up: Prince Charles’ links to mass pedophile Jimmy Savile
VIP pedophile ring operating out of Buckingham Palace and Balmoral Castle

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ex-cop-claims-royal-paedophile-ring-5379159

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New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function http://www.hangthebankers.com/alzheimers-treatment-restores-memory-function/ http://www.hangthebankers.com/alzheimers-treatment-restores-memory-function/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:06:49 +0000 http://www.hangthebankers.com/?p=24231
Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions – amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques.

Neurofibrillary tangles are found inside the neurons of the brain, and they’re caused by defective tau proteins that clump up into a thick, insoluble mass. This causes tiny filaments called microtubules to get all twisted, which disrupts the transportation of essential materials such as nutrients and organelles along them, just like when you twist up the vacuum cleaner tube.

Alzheimer’s

As we don’t have any kind of vaccine or preventative measure for Alzheimer’s – a disease that affects 343,000 people in Australia, and 50 million worldwide – it’s been a race to figure out how best to treat it, starting with how to clear the build-up of defective beta-amyloid and tau proteins from a patient’s brain. Now a team from the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at the University of Queensland have come up with a pretty promising solution for removing the former.

Publishing in Science Translational Medicine, the team describes the technique as using a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves are able to gently open up the blood-brain barrier, which is a layer that protects the brain against bacteria, and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to activate. Microglila cells are basically waste-removal cells, so they’re able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps that are responsible for the worst symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

The team reports fully restoring the memories of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue. They found that the treated mice displayed improved performance in three memory tasks – a maze, a test to get them to recognise new objects, and one to get them to remember the places they should avoid.

“We’re extremely excited by this innovation of treating Alzheimer’s without using drug therapeutics,” one of the team, Jürgen Götz, said in a press release. “The word ‘breakthrough’ is often misused, but in this case I think this really does fundamentally change our understanding of how to treat this disease, and I foresee a great future for this approach.”

The team says they’re planning on starting trials with higher animal models, such as sheep, and hope to get their human trials underway in 2017.

You can hear an ABC radio interview with the team here.

Source: http://www.sciencealert.com/new-alzheimer-s-treatment-fully-restores-memory-function

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Washington just dipped into retirement savings to fund itself http://www.hangthebankers.com/washington-retirement-savings-to-fund-itself/ http://www.hangthebankers.com/washington-retirement-savings-to-fund-itself/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:07:39 +0000 http://www.hangthebankers.com/?p=24224
From Filip Karinja

You know things are getting bad when your government begins to stick its hand into retirement accounts just so that it can remain solvent for a few more months.

With the debt limit about to come back into full swing at a staggering $18.1 trillion this week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has undertaken drastic measures to kick the can down the road until later this year.

One such plan to fund the government includes raiding the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), a 401(k)-style retirement savings plan set up for federal employees.

Specifically, the Treasury wants to go after the G Fund, the largest fund in the plan, which contains Treasury securities that help to finance the national debt. As of last month, those securities in the G Fund make up $193.3 billion of the $451.7 billion of investments in the TSP.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

According to Lew, the government currently has $25 million left to spend before it breaches the imposed limit without these actions. Hence he’s urging Congress to fill the purse:

“I respectfully urge Congress to protect the full faith and credit of the United States by acting to increase the statutory debt limit as soon as possible,” Lew wrote in a letter.

So what happens come November when these ‘temporary’ measures leave us facing the precipice of the debt ceiling once again? Who is going to have their money taken next?

These proposals by the Treasury Secretary are no more than vain efforts to delay dealing with the giant elephant in the room: There is no plan in place to deal with the underlying cause of this nation’s rampaging debt – a debt that continues to skyrocket with each passing year.

The fact of the matter is that our government is insolvent and can only stay afloat through further debt creation, or, in this case, stealing from whatever it can get its hands on. Right now, it has found its (temporary) solution in the retirement accounts of government employees.

Piggy bank money

And no wonder Lew is so desperate to make sure Congress increases the limit without debate. The last two times there was a standoff regarding the debt limit, we saw a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by Standard & Poor’s (August 2011) and then a budgetary dispute over the debt ceiling that resulted in a 16-day partial government shutdown (October 2013).

This begs the question, yet again, for what seems like the thousandth time: What is Washington’s long-term plan to solve the debt crisis?

Oh, that’s right, the answer has always been the same: There isn’t a plan.

But don’t you find it oddly “convenient” that the new myRA retirement savings plan is opening the door to millions of more Americans to put their money in an investment that “mirrors the G Fund”? Could the government turn to this new source of funding next?

But where does it end? When our representatives have depleted the retirement accounts they have easiest access to, could they turn to other ones? Could they turn to the billions of dollars in Treasuries and bonds in IRA’s and 401(k)’s?

Read more…

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Body of WSJ energy markets reporter found in river http://www.hangthebankers.com/wsj-energy-markets-reporter-found-in-river/ http://www.hangthebankers.com/wsj-energy-markets-reporter-found-in-river/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 05:22:59 +0000 http://www.hangthebankers.com/?p=24220
A body found in a New Jersey river has been positively identified as David Bird, a Wall Street Journal reporter who disappeared more than a year ago, officials said on Thursday.

Dental records were used to identify Bird, 55, an energy markets reporter at the Journal, published by News Corp , who had been missing since taking a walk from his home by the Passaic River in Long Hill Township, New Jersey, on Jan. 11, 2014, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in a statement.

Two men canoeing on the river on Wednesday found the red jacket Bird was wearing when he disappeared. The boaters immediately contacted police, who later found human remains and sought to identify them, the prosecutor said.

David Bird

Deceased Wall Street Journal energy markets reporter David Bird

“At this time, the Medical Examiner’s investigation into the cause and manner of death is ongoing,” the prosecutor said.

Bird’s family thanked law enforcement “for their tireless efforts to find David” in a statement released by family spokeswoman Carolyn Buscarino. The family asked for privacy and said funeral arrangements were pending.

The family had offered a $10,000 reward in the search for Bird, who had worked for Dow Jones for more than 20 years, and was a Boy Scout leader and marathon runner with two teenage children.

Bird had a liver transplant, police said, and was believed to be without the medicine he needed to take regularly.

On the day he vanished, Bird had taken down the family Christmas tree and went out for some fresh air during a break in the rain at about 4 p.m., his wife said on www.finddavidbird.info, a website set up to aid in the search.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/19/wsj-reporter-bird-found_n_6904372.html

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