“It is fast becoming a well known fact, even common knowledge in the financial industry. The big US banks are heavily dependent upon narcotics money laundering from sale conducted by the protected USGovt agencies. The American citizens seem the last to know. The details are dangerous to cite, surely not privy to the Jackass. The United Nations drug task force first identified the money laundering activity back in 2008 and 2009. Nothing has been done. In a case from 2008, Wachovia was found guilty of money laundering for narcotics activity in Mexico. The outcome was a veritable farce. The settlement involved a fine equal to 3/100ths of a penny per dollar processed. They could have at least forced a dime for dollar in the money laundering. The US press emphasized the fine paid and minimized the volume processed. The big US banks are all involved in such money laundering. They are big, broken, insolvent, and wrecked. They are as hollow from the criminal activity of bond fraud, accounting fraud, and laundering activity, as a cocaine addict is hollowed from the internal organs and rotten teeth. If ordinary corporations were to engage in such money laundering, they would be prosecuted and their executives tossed in prison.”
Jim Willie CB on Narco Money Laundering (1)
Costa on the War on Drugs: Think British East India Company
July 6, 2012
Here are substantial excerpts from the transcript of Antonio Maria Costa’s July 2 nine-minute comments at Chatham House:
“The reorganization of drug policy to curb crime is needed, but, it cannot be made on the basis of the simplistic argument, legalize drugs, and crime will disappear. Fighting crime by legalizing drugs would cause a drug epidemic, and I can prove the point on the basis of historical evidence, even if it is going to hurt some members of this audience. The pressure to legalize drugs comes from different sources, some innocently well-meaning that I respect, others dangerously speculative. I fear the latter, I fear in particular the coalition of bankers, private investors, venture capitalists, pharmaceutical companies and alike, that in the expectation of drug legalization, are spending huge sums to develop drug brands, just like tobacco companies have done over the years. It would be detrimental to society if the re-examination of drug policy, things of that sort, led to the replacement of drug mafias with drug capitalists, therefore leading to privatization of investors gains, and socialization of health costs.
“But I said earlier, that historical evidence would give me support to prove that drug legalization would cause a drug epidemic and I said, even if this would hurt some members of this audience. History has indeed shown that investors greed can be harmful, and as harmful as mafias guns. Think of the East India Company that for over a century made huge money by poisoning the Chinese with opium. That first and only case so far of drug legalization cannot and should not be repeated. The tragedy of drug legalization forced upon China by Western countries, especially this country, at the end of the Opium Wars dwarfs what is happening in Mexico and Guatemala today, and I pay a tribute to what the Mexican authorities are doing. Over 20 million people died in China, poisoned by opium we forced them to take, against the 60,000 people in Central America today.”
And concluding, Wachovia:
“Second, anti-money laundering measures. Think of the Wachovia Bank of New York caught, not long ago, after the crisis, recycling, listen to the number, $480 billion of Mexican drug money, recycling $480 billion, ‘b,’ like ‘billion,’ of drug money. Despite the evidence, no indictment, nobody was arrested, nobody went behind bars. Countries must follow the money trail to curb the economic power of cartels.
“Third, we must force financial institutions to clean their balance sheet of bloody assets. At the time of illiquidity the crisis, and the aftermath of the financial crisis, too many banks welcomed, and still do, drug money. Asset forfeiture, mentioned by the Ambassador earlier, must be drastic. It is not.”
“And finally, and this will be very long-term measures, promote economic growth and job creation especially in the communities where poor young people are attracted by drug trafficking.” (2)
(1) Exposure of Banker Corruption, by Jim Willie CB, GoldenJackass.com, 5 July 2012, http://news.goldseek.com/GoldenJackass/1341518400.php
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