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Saturday
Mar162013

BAILOUT: New Film Exposes United States Of Kleptocracy

Life meets art as DOJ confirms the film's central thesis by pronouncing the rule of law dead in HSBC case.

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Guest post by John Titus, writer and producer of Bailout.

After the TARP bailout in October 2008, it was only a matter of time before the U.S. made express policy out of was obvious from that act of corporate welfare, namely, that the government had jettisoned principles of fair play and was being run by criminal bankers.

That time arrived this week with the Justice Department’s announcement that HSBC’s money-laundering crimes will go unprosecuted.

Strangely, this sad development coincides with the arrival of the one and only documentary predicting exactly this outcome. Indeed, Bailout's central lament, illustrated throughout the film, is that the rule of law has been murdered at the hands of a bankrupt kleptocracy.

By explaining unpunished crimes and demonstrating their effects, Bailout differs from previous financial crisis documentaries in several key respects.

First, it explains exactly how a series of criminal frauds—particularly that fraud on the court known as robo-signing (which renders most foreclosures void as a matter of law)—caused the financial crisis and made it a lot worse than it had to be.

Second, Bailout takes a hard look at the harm these frauds have caused both to specific victims and to America generally. Anyone who parrots the banksters and their puppet-in-chief by saying that the financial crisis didn’t involve crimes is in for a fat dose of reality.

Third, Bailout attacks TARP as a sham rather than accepting the Wall Street canard that Main Street needed TARP, as other documentaries (most notably, Capitalism: A Love Story and Inside Job) have done without exception.

Embedded in the TARP myth are two absolutely cancerous lies. First is the wholly unsupported claim that the "system" would have collapsed but for TARP. Second is the notion that freedom and liberty should be sacrificed to achieve perceived economic security.

Both lies manifested themselves in the Justice Department's announcement that HSBC's money-laundering empire would occasion no prosecutions, which formally eradicates the rule of law.

Perhaps because the film condemns, in no uncertain terms, the kleptocracy that the U.S. government has become, Bailout has received uniformly stellar reviews (see this, this, this, this, and this) and has enjoyed high ratings from the public in limited release.

Bailout (2012) on IMDb
9.8/10

It's Official: The U.S. Is Now A Kleptocracy

The formal coronation of the criminal banking class occurred with the Department of Justice's announcement that even though HSBC “enabled Mexican drug cartels to move money illegally through its American subsidiaries” and—at the urging of one bank executive—“continue[d] working with the Saudi Al Rajhi bank, which has supported Al Qaeda,” the bank would not be criminally prosecuted because… government officials said so.

Actually, what DOJ said—that prosecuting HSBC would “destabilize the global financial system”—is far more dangerous than arbitrary fiat. By officially immunizing massive financial crimes from prosecution, the DOJ has ensured that criminals remain in charge of an admittedly shaky financial system.

(The imposition of “record” fines is intended dissuade a wowed public from posing questions like: why on earth won’t HSBC simply commit more crimes to pay the fine? After all, the DOJ’s $1.9 billion fine is trivial next to its admission that HSBC excluded “hundreds of billions of dollars” from audits and “failed to monitor over $200 trillion in wire transfers between 2006 and 2009 from countries that HSBC’s U.S. unit deemed to be ‘standard’ or ‘medium’ risk.”)

What is noteworthy about the HSBC case is that the DOJ is so candid in stating that the rule of law does not apply to criminals working in a big bank, and the transparently pitiful excuse for why that is the case: according to the DOJ's enforcement chief, Lanny Breuer, criminal prosecution would cause “a systemic effect on the economy."

This is precisely the same intellectually bankrupt and false claim that gave rise to TARP.

TARP: The Thin Edge of America’s Kleptocratic Wedge

Talk of financial “instability” and “systemic risk” has been incessant ever since Hank Paulson lied to Congress by saying that Armageddon would be at hand unless the public forked over $700 billion to purchase toxic assets from Paulson’s alma mater (Goldman Sachs) and other banks in Goldman’s too-big-to-fail fraternity.

As it turned out, none of the $700 billion TARP “rescue” package—zero—was used to purchase bad assets, and yet the U.S. avoided the Armageddon that Paulson said would visit the U.S. if such assets were not purchased.

Paulson’s TARP threat, in other words, was a bold-faced lie. But the media let him get away with it, and Paulson used the TARP money to directly recapitalize the big banks so they could acquire other banks and get even bigger—after they paid themselves bonuses of course.

Watching Paulson use the oldest trick in the book (bait and switch) to get away with biggest sham in history, Tim Geithner took the lie to new heights. When AIG failed, for instance, Geithner ordered that public monies be used to pay AIG’s counterparties 100 cents on the dollar.

Geithner was either so brazen or so lazy that he boiled down the formulation of his constituent kleptocracy to a single word.

"Systemic" Nonsense Talk Is Born

Geithner never provided a real reason for bailing out AIG's counterparties (or any other bank, especially Citigroup, for that matter). Instead, he hid behind the claim—without evidence or explanation—that AIG’s counterparties posed “systemic risk.”

Geithner himself has repeatedly exposed that claim as empty.

First, despite his lead role in bailing out AIG bailout, which amounted to well over $30 billion for foreign banks alone, “Geithner could not answer why not making counterparties like Goldman Sachs' 100% whole on its AIG trades posed systemic risk to the nation.”

Second, Neil Barofsky relays a conversation with Geithner that reveals the phrase “systemic risk” as exactly the kind of bluff pseudoscience that the financial media and politicians would find intimidating.

On page 222 of Barofsky’s book Bailout, Geithner candidly admits: “You won’t be able to make a judgment about what’s systemic and what’s not until you know the nature of the shock.”

Bailout explores the consequences of this kleptocratic lawlessness by juxtaposing its winners and losers:

  • Winners are the money center financial institutions, which make fraudulent loans, which initiate fraudulent lawsuits using evidence that’s systematically forged, and which sell fraudulent securities (backed by assets they know to be fraudulently valued, or not backed by anything at all).
  • Winners are the money center banks, which get laws passed to allow them to engage in accounting fraud and to bypass the insurable interest rule and flout capital requirements by selling sham insurance (called credit default swaps).
  • Winners are the money center banks, which tell enormous lies (like TARP) without a shred of evidence in order to reward themselves with unlimited bailouts from the government they own.
  • Losers are ordinary Americans fraudulently evicted from their homes, pensioners and investors fraudulently bilked out of their retirement savings through worthless mortgage-backed securities.
  • Losers are the shareholders forced to pay the fines for the crimes committed by their company’s executives, and the savers forced to suffer lower interest rates so that the pre-selected winners can enjoy further government subsidies of their ongoing crimes.
  • Losers are ordinary Americans who are bloating the rolls of food stamp users and the ranks of those “not in the labor force” (to mask the true unemployment rate, now approaching 20%) to record levels, whose jobs were shipped overseas under the rubric of “free trade” advanced by that parasite known as the financial class.

These outrages will continue to grow, preventing any real economic recovery, until people cope with the fact that the so-called "global financial crisis" is nothing of the sort. It is rather a legal crisis resulting from a coup d'etat by bankers--exactly what our founders warned against.

John Titus has practiced law in federal courts for more than 15 years.

*****

 

Starring Dylan Ratigan, Chris Whalen, Yves Smith, Chris Hedges, Karl Denninger, and yours truly, DB from the Daily Bail:

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Reader Comments (19)

Outstanding.
Dec 14, 2012 at 1:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
Excellent!
Dec 14, 2012 at 2:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterLety
Thanks, Dr. Pitch, and congratualtions, herr doctor.

Did you hear Lanny Breuer's blatant misstatement of the legal standard for criminal intent in this vid?

http://dailybail.com/home/bloomberg-asks-lanny-breuer-why-are-no-hsbc-execs-going-to-p.html

At 1:40, he says the DOJ couldn't prosecute because it couldn't prove that anyone at HSBC "intend[ed] to violate the Bank Secrecy Act." Incredible that the enforcement chief of the DOJ would display such ignorance on national TV.

How many people sitting in prison could tell you--even now, after prosecution--what statute they violated?
Dec 14, 2012 at 2:13 AM | Registered CommenterCheyenne
Another back door bailout for the banks on the way? The banks are facing another new round of lawsuits and obama wants to get rid of DeMarco because he actually got a little tough on the banks. Now o is running more hamp psa's

Obama administration launches housing PSA

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/12/obama-administration-launches-housing-psa-151723.html

Donovan: Taxpayer bailout option still in play for FHA

http://bankcreditnews.com/news/donovan-taxpayer-bailout-option-still-in-play-for-fha/6410/

Mortgage Crisis Presents a New Reckoning to Banks

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/business/banks-face-a-huge-reckoning-in-the-mortgage-mess.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1355490018-m4RzOi9QdOLuzU4D0qXarAInsight:

Insight: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac clamping down on banks

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/15/us-mortgages-repurchases-idUSBRE87D14V20120815

Is Obama Getting Rid of the FHFA’s Ed DeMarco to Bail Out the Banks?

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/12/is-obama-getting-rid-of-the-fhfas-ed-demarco-to-bail-out-the-banks.html#AD2tcq0rc4UQt0gs.99

Time to Kill HAMP

President Obama’s beloved foreclosure-prevention scheme, the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), was a fraud from Day One: It is designed to do nothing but camouflage the effects of the housing meltdown. It is based on bribery — paying the banks to modify (or pretend to consider modifying) mortgages that they really had no business or interest in modifying.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/261152/time-kill-hamp-kevin-d-williamson#

Report: Cronyism, political donations likely behind Obama, Holder failure to charge any bankers after 2008 financial meltdown

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/07/report-cronyism-political-donations-likely-behind-obama-holder-failure-to-charge-any-bankers-after-2008-financial-meltdown/?print=1

Unlimited credit for GSEs seen as backdoor bailouts

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And Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called it "a continuation of the bailout policies that have mortgaged away the future solvency of our country."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/01/05/us-usa-housing-bailout-idUSTRE6044YU20100105

Obama's Budget Has One Small, Missing Piece.... For $6.3 Trillion Dollars

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/obamas-budget-has-one-small-missing-piece-63-trillion-dollars

Corporate Crime, Russia, Peter Orszag and Getting Away with Murder

http://corporatecrimereporter.com/morgenson07282011.htm

Barack’s Wall Street Problem is Now America’s

http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/4939/baracks-wall-street-problem-is-now-americas/

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Pervered uncle warren got a slap on the wrist

Wells Fargo to pay $24 million in Sarasota County settlement

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20121205/ARCHIVES/212051062?tc=obnetwork&tc=ar

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OMG I agree with obama on something. The charitable deduction should be stopped or at least capped. Without that happening people like bailed out hypocrite warren buffet will continue to pay little even with the buffet rule. For those of you who say you will donate less so what others who are truly charitable will continue and why should we be forced to share in the contribution to YOUR favorite charity. That's what happens now.

How Buffett Saves Billions On His Tax Return

http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2011/08/17/how-buffett-saves-billions-on-his-tax-return/

Warren Buffett Employs Tax Avoidance Scheme to Avoid Taxes He Is Advocating Being Increased

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2012/12/warrren-buffett-employs-tax-avoidance.html
Dec 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterLadyLiberty
HSBC's PR Department strkes back: Law professors abandon black letter legal principles to engage in soothsaying, announce ignorance in giving HSBC a pass:

"Indicting a large bank like HSBC would create a huge regulatory ripple — if not an embolism — around the world," [Duke law professor James] Cox says.

"What's so wonderful about an indictment? The question is: What are we trying to achieve here?" says Hal Scott, director of the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School.

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/13/167174208/hsbc-critic-too-big-to-indict-may-mean-too-big-to-exist
Dec 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM | Registered CommenterCheyenne
Dec 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterLadyLiberty
LL

Great link from Taibbi.
Dec 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Great post Cheyenne,
The U.S. Injustice Dept. is a classic example of incompetence and corruption in one of the most corrupt governments on the planet.
Dec 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
Awesome Cheyenne, what are us non credit card owning people to do to get a copy?
Dec 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Gomp, I will be getting one of those pre-paids ones myself If they are accepted.
Dec 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
If you guys need let me know I can order one up for you to your address and you can send cash via snail mail. Also, this is good stuff to watch. Good to see Ratigan and the others on here. Lays it out pretty plainly and to the point. Thanks so much Mr. Titus for a job well done. Congrats also on winning your case there in Chicago.
Dec 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
John, I would prefer a postal money order and maybe a little extra for an autograph, hint, hint...

But we will see what Cheyenne thinks,LOL.
Dec 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
This is a most excellent piece of work. Hope you get some kind of widespread distribution on this vid so that it reaches as many people as possible.
Dec 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
The thing that strikes me here in this documentary is that the unlawful behaviors of these banks has of course gone unpunished, while the SNL crisis back in the 80's literally at least a thousand people were prosecuted and punished. Just seems to me that this was an effort to wipe out communities. Get rid of competition and consolidate the money into a few hands. Of course that could be considered conspiracy talk and Cass Sunstein would not care for that.
Dec 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Sorry I've been out of pocket, fellas. AT&T mobile has been mf'ing me for 2 years, and I finally switched (to Boost Mobile) today. But not before fighting those bastards like a shark.

As for film, we're learning the hard way about Paypal, credit cards, etc. So I changed the website to provide for checks and money orders, the physical address for which is:

Bailout Films
6325 Falls of Neuse Rd. #35-334
Raleigh, NC 27615

If you go that route, be sure to send me an email beforehand. It's titus@lawyer.com

All right. It's time venture out for the Stanford-NCSU basketball game. Go PACK!
Dec 18, 2012 at 8:43 PM | Registered CommenterCheyenne
http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/sin-city-underground-tunnels/18773?image=16 Small article with pics about some of the folks Cheyenne's movie alluded to.
Dec 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Hey Gang, for those of you still perusing the DB and wondering what Cheyenne is up to, I just finished talking to him and here is the poop. (He will personally give an update when things are not so busy).

He is currently working on 2 films. These are going to be outstanding when finished. Cheyenne (John Titus) has just started a You Tube Channel for all of the DB'ers here and for public consumption. Feel free to spread far and wide.

Here is the first clip on his new channel. Keep watching for more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8O70bZD39g
Sep 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
This was sent to me this morning by our own Cheyenne... Enjoy!

It was on this day in the foul year of our Lord 2008 that Congress, in its beneficent wisdom, passed a bill to bailout the bankrupt criminals running America's largest banks (and its most corrupt politicians as it turns out).

To commemorate this desecration of all that was once sacred, I have released a 15-minute documentary based on Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West to explore why JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is allowed to tell bold-faced lies in the Senate about his bank's $400 billion (and counting) bailout with complete impunity, but Roger Clemens is prosecuted for perjury--twice--based on evidence that is frankly embarrassing in its weakness.

Presenting Bankster Baseball...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhcFYJ68A7M (Preview)

--John

P.S. Be sure to watch the preview at the end for my next release, Lone Timberwolf & Cub, which is adapted from the Samurai classic film series Lone Wolf & Cub. LT&C explains the real reason Goldman Sachs wasn't prosecuted for its patently fraudulent Timberwolf investment scheme. Watch what happens when ronin and master swordsman Ogami Itto discovers that the collateralized debt obligations he bought from Goldman are worthless--and that the Justice Department is in on the crime!
Oct 3, 2013 at 8:13 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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