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  • Clintons got $81 million from HSBC tax-avoidance figures

    10/14/2016 1:49:57 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Feb 10, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The charitable foundation run by Hillary Clinton and her family has received as much as $81m from wealthy international donors who were clients of HSBC’s controversial Swiss bank. Leaked files from HSBC’s Swiss banking division reveal the identities of seven donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation with accounts in Geneva. Hillary Clinton has expressed concern over growing economic inequality in the US and is expected to make the issue a cornerstone of her widely anticipated presidential campaign in 2016. However, political observers are increasingly asking whether the former secretary of state’s focus on wealth inequality sits uncomfortably...
  • Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein once claimed he helped found Clinton Foundation (tr)

    10/12/2016 8:04:48 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Jul 7, 2016 | Hannah Parry
    Lawyers for billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein once claimed he co-founded the Clinton Foundation as they touted his relationship with the former president during plea negotiations. In an attempt to boost Epstein's image before he was sentenced for soliciting an underage girl for prostitution in 2008, his attorneys tried to emphasize his close ties with Bill Clinton, Fox News reports. A July 2007 letter to the South Florida State U.S. Attorney's office, written by lawyers Alan Dershowitz and Gerald Lefcourt, claimed that Epstein had been part of the original group that set up the Foundation's Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on...
  • RED ALERT — Get ready for a 'severe fall' in the stock market, HSBC says

    10/12/2016 6:49:29 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/12/16 | Bob Bryan
    HSBC's technical-analysis team has thrown up the ultimate warning signal. In a note to clients released Wednesday, Murray Gunn, the head of technical analysis for HSBC, said he had become on "RED ALERT" for an imminent sell-off in stocks given the price action over the past few weeks. Gunn uses a type of technical analysis called the Elliott Wave Principle, which tracks alternating patterns in the stock market to discern investors' behavior and possible next moves. In late September, Gunn said the stock market's moves looked eerily similar to those just before the 1987 stock market crash. Citi's Tom Fitzpatrick...
  • Terror suspect named as 'enemy combatant'

    06/23/2003 10:25:43 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 20 replies · 1,665+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, June 24, 2003 | Jerry Seper
    <p>A Qatar native held on charges of lying to the FBI in an investigation into the September 11 attacks was designated yesterday as an "enemy combatant" and could be tried before a military tribunal for helping al Qaeda operatives relocate in the United States. Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, 37, in Justice Department custody since late 2001, was given the new designation by President Bush and handed over to the Defense Department.</p>
  • Did US Ally Qatar Free Imprisoned Americans in Exchange for Al Qaeda Terrorist?

    01/29/2015 8:05:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Problematic, in a very big way even if the offer was made.Qatar’s ties to Al Qaeda and ISIS aren’t news. They’ve effectively served as intermediaries in everything from ransom exchanges for hostages to Taliban negotiations. But actually trying to secure terrorist swaps for prisoners on their own behalf would have been a new frontier. Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, the proposition was...
  • The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham

    09/25/2016 8:39:50 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 51 replies
    Observer ^ | 09/25/16 8:30am | By John R. Schindler
    From the moment the EmailGate scandal went public more than a year ago, it was obvious that the Federal Bureau of Investigation never had much enthusiasm for prosecuting Hillary Clinton or her friends. Under President Obama, the FBI grew so politicized that it became impossible for the Bureau to do its job – at least where high-ranking Democrats are concerned. As I observed in early July, when Director James Comey announced that the FBI would not be seeking prosecution of anyone on Team Clinton over EmailGate, the Bureau had turned its back on its own traditions of floating above partisan...
  • FBI releases nearly 200 Clinton email documents

    09/23/2016 3:48:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/23/2016 | Sarah Westwood
    FBI officials released 189 pages from its year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton Friday evening amid controversy over three previously-undisclosed immunity deals that were given to the Democratic nominee's aides. Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff, was among the three who received the agreements, bringing the total number of witnesses who were shielded from prosecution during the probe to five. The law enforcement agency previously released 58 pages
  • HSBC case blows lid off Clintons' offshore empire Panama Papers suggest ties to massive money...

    09/15/2016 4:37:42 PM PDT · by blueyon · 38 replies
    WND ^ | 09/14/16 | Jerome R. Corsi
    "HSBC case blows lid off Clintons' offshore empire Panama Papers suggest ties to massive money-laundering scheme" The arrest of the head of global foreign exchange cash trading at HSBC bank may shed new light on suspicions the Clinton Foundation has been involved in illegal offshore money-laundering operations on a massive scale. The investigation into HSBC currency trader Mark Johnson and associate Stuart Scott for their alleged role in a “conspiracy to rig currency benchmarks” by front-running customer orders has escalated to the point where the Department of Justice is threatening to tear up a 2012 agreement to fine HSBC a...
  • Exposed: FBI Director James Comey’s Clinton Foundation Connection

    09/10/2016 3:32:11 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 160 replies ^ | 10 Sep 2016 | Patrick Howley
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships — all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton — reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe. These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board,...
  • Mullah named as suspect for Turkey blasts

    12/06/2003 4:37:07 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 4 replies · 178+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 12/07/03 | Damien McElroy
    A Syrian-based mullah already wanted in Germany and Italy has emerged as a leading suspect behind the Istanbul bombings that killed 61 people, including the British consul general. Damascus-based Mohammed Majid has a long history of involvement with extremist groups in Europe and is said to have financed a string of recent terror attacks across the Middle East. He has also been linked to efforts by Islamic fundamentalists to infiltrate Iraq. British and Turkish investigators believe that Majid's network of sympathisers in Syria is sheltering five figures involved in last month's attacks on the British consulate and a branch of...
  • 'Tear up Texas,' undercover FBI agent told Islamic State shooter before Garland attack

    08/05/2016 3:57:52 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 93 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 05 August 2016 | Avi Selk
    An undercover FBI agent claimed to be the Islamic State's "eyes" when they attacked Garland last year, and even goaded one of the shooters to "tear up Texas," according to federal court records. ... "Tear up Texas," the agent wrote. "That goes without saying," Simpson replied. It's unclear how much the FBI knew about the plot against the contest, but Hendricks told the agent to attend it, according to court records. So on May 3, when blogger Pamela Geller flew in to host the event, the undercover agent was in Garland, too. "If you see that pig make your 'voice'...
  • HSBC Global Head Of FX Cash Trading Arrested At JFK Airport

    07/20/2016 7:00:32 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 18 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 7/20 | durden
    A historic event took place moments ago when Mark Johnson, the global head of cash FX at HSBC was arrested at JFK airport for his role in a "conspiracy to rig currency benchmarks", and specifically for frontrunning customer orders. He is the first person charged by the US in the ongoing FX rigging probe. As Bloomberg reports, a "senior manager at HSBC Holdings Plc was arrested in New York for his role in a conspiracy to rig currency benchmarks, according to two people familiar with the matter, becoming the first person to be charged in the Justice Department’s three-year investigation...
  • What really happened at Comey's press conference?

    07/15/2016 12:21:29 PM PDT · by onyx · 64 replies
    AMERICAN THINKER ^ | JULY 15, 2016 | Robert K. Wilcox
    What really happened at FBI director James Comey's press conference this week?  After giving a textbook case of why Hillary Clinton should be charged, he surprised everyone by saying she should not. Did he simply blow it?  Did he wimp out, knowing the wrath he would face?  Unquestionably, Hillary committed offenses for which the average Joe would be arrested.  Was he blackmailed or bought off?  Was he politically motivated? There's truth somewhere in or around those guesses.  Hillary, as Comey's testimony of what she did exposed, certainly deserved to be prosecuted.  Others have been put in jail for much less,...
  • Corrupt Comey? James Brian Comey and Loretta Lynch's Curious Clinton Foundation Connection

    07/15/2016 3:27:47 AM PDT · by Fedora · 37 replies
    Roundup of multiple sources | 07/15/2016 | Fedora
    What do the Clintons, James Comey, and Loretta Lynch have in common? Besides their mutual involvement in the coverup of Hillary Clinton's email scandal, they also have a common background with HSBC Bank, as InvestmentWatch seems to have been the first to reveal and as others have previously expanded upon. This post attempts a roundup of some key facts.In 2012, the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a statement and report summarizing a year-long investigation that found HSBC of exposing the U.S. financial system to money-laundering, drug, and terrorist financing risks during the period between the 9/11 terror attacks...
  • Comey / Clonton HSBC Money (vanity)

    07/12/2016 10:18:01 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    Comey was an HSBC board member. HSBC funneled $81 million to Clinton Foundation Close the donation page and read the hence links. Should Comey have recused himself?
  • FBI Director Comey is a board member of Clinton Foundation connected bank HSBC.

    07/12/2016 11:09:43 AM PDT · by blueyon · 132 replies ^ | 7/12/16 | IWB
    It seems that our beloved FBI Director is or until very recently was a director and board member of HSBC, which is tightly connected to the Clinton Foundation. Check out some of these links:
  • HSBC avoided US money laundering charges because of 'market risk' fears

    07/12/2016 5:46:32 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 25 replies
    bbc ^ | 7/12 | bbc
    US officials refused to prosecute HSBC for money laundering in 2012 because of concerns within the Department of Justice that it would cause a "global financial disaster", a report says. A US Congressional report revealed UK officials, including Chancellor George Osborne, added to pressure by warning the US it could lead to market turmoil. The report alleges the UK "hampered" the probe and "influenced" the outcome. HSBC was accused of letting drug cartels use US banks to launder funds.
  • (2015) HSBC whistleblower spills Lynch evidence to Senate

    07/11/2016 11:49:55 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    WND ^ | Feb 18, 2015 | Jerome Corsi
    (2015) The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday conducted a two-hour session with HSBC whistleblower John Cruz in its investigation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s role in the Obama administration’s decision not to prosecute the banking giant for laundering funds for Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists, WND sources have confirmed.
  • HSBC knowingly helped Mexican cartels launder billions, lawsuit claims

    07/11/2016 11:42:01 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | Feb 11, 2016
    The banking giant HSBC "knowingly" provided support to four of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels by laundering their money and providing material support to terrorists, according to a new lawsuit filed by four families. The papers filed in U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas, on Tuesday say that laundering drug money made it possible for the cartels to operate. "HSBC's substantial and systemic money laundering support materially aided the activities of the Mexican cartels, including the Sinaoloa, Juárez, and Los Zetas cartels," court documents read.
  • US says banks won't be punished for lawful business in Iran

    05/12/2016 6:57:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 12, 2016 5:06 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried Thursday to reassure European banks they won’t be penalized for conducting or facilitating business with Iran, as he worked to address Tehran’s grievance that businesses are still staying away despite the nascent nuclear deal. At an unusual meeting in London, the top U.S. diplomat joined Britain’s top commerce official to challenge what Kerry called “misinterpretations or mere rumors” about U.S. sanctions on Iran, the most sweeping of which were lifted in exchange for Iran rolling back its nuclear program. The list of banks whose leaders attended was a Who’s Who of powerful financial...
  • Deutsche Bank Confirms Silver Market Manipulation In Legal Settlement, Agrees To Expose Other Banks

    04/14/2016 9:53:04 AM PDT · by HOYA97 · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/14/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Back in July of 2014, we reported that in an attempt to obtain if not compensation, then at least confirmation of bank manipulation in the precious metals industry, a group of silver bullion banks including Deutsche Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC (later UBS was also added to the defendants) were accused of manipulating prices in the multi-billion dollar market.
  • U.S. Victims of Mexican Drug Gangs Sue HSBC Bank Under Anti-Terrorism Act

    02/14/2016 9:31:39 AM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Insurance Journal ^ | 10 February 2016 | Greg Farrell
    Families of U.S. citizens murdered by drug gangs in Mexico sued HSBC Holdings Plc, claiming the bank can be held responsible for the deaths because it let cartels launder billions of dollars to operate their businesses. The lawsuit brings fresh scrutiny to the Mexican activities of HSBC, which in 2012 paid $1.9 billion to resolve a criminal investigation into whether it violated U.S. sanctions laws and laundered at least $881 million on behalf of drug cartels. HSBC said it would fight the claims in the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Brownsville, Texas. The new case recounts a series...
  • HSBC bank cuts off services to Muslim charity

    01/04/2016 1:49:01 PM PST · by wtd · 3 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 01/04/2016 | Shafik Mandhai
    HSBC bank cuts off services to Muslim charityMove against Islamic Relief is latest to affect Muslim groups in the UK but the bank denies motives are religious. Banking giant HSBC has stopped offering financial services to the charity Islamic Relief, which becomes the latest Muslim organisation to have its ties with the company cut. Islamic Relief UK was told by HSBC its activities in "high-risk jurisdictions" posed a challenge to the bank due to pressure from US authorities to deal with money laundering, according to a statement published on the charity's website on Monday.
  • Why Is HSBC Leaving Brazil and Turkey?

    06/14/2015 1:24:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11 June 2015 | Daniel Altman
    Because they have economies with flattening income inequality. And that's bad for business. ___ he world’s local bank is about to get a little less local. HSBC is going on a cost-cutting tear, trimming branches in major markets and selling off entire operations in emerging ones. The bank’s leadership says they’re narrowing its business to improve profitability, but there’s a much bigger message — and possibly an important twist — in its new approach. To understand HSBC’s decision, it helps to think about its business model. Retail banks that serve consumers and businesses make their money primarily through loans and...
  • HSBC To Fire 50,000, One In Five Jobs, To Fund Dividends To Shareholders

    06/09/2015 6:53:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/09/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Just days after JPMorgan revealed it would fire another 5,000 by the end of the year in a "scalpel" headcount reduction, overnight the world's favorite drug money laundering bank HSBC unleashed the "machete" and announced it would cut almost 50,000 workers, or one in five bankers, a move which would shrink the investment bank division by one-third. The reason: the same why US corporations are laying off tens of thousands so they can fund record stock buybacks and enrich their shareholders - to boost profits so that more money can be channeled in the form of dividends. According to...
  • HSBC Joins JPMorgan: Prepares To Unveil Up To 20,000 Job Cuts

    06/01/2015 12:03:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/01/2015 | Tyler Durden
    The banking system must be doing great... just days after JPMorgan announced mass layoffs, SkyNews reports that HSBC is preparing to announce a revised headcount target, which insiders said that it was likely to be between 10,000 and 20,000 job cuts. As Sky News reports, HSBC will next week set out plans to cut thousands more jobs across its global workforce as it tries to reassure shareholders that its focus on costs remains undiminished after a series of reputational crises. Sky News understands that Stuart Gulliver, HSBC's chief executive, will set out a revised target for headcount reductions that will be...
  • HSBC fears world recession with no lifeboats left

    05/26/2015 6:06:34 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 42 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 5:00PM BST 24 May 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The world economy is disturbingly close to stall speed. The United Nations has cut its global growth forecast for this year to 2.8pc, the latest of the multinational bodies to retreat. It leaves a thin safety buffer against any economic shock - most potently if China abandons its crawling dollar peg and resorts to 'beggar-thy-neighbour' policies, transmitting a further deflationary shock across the global economy. ... Each of the past four US recoveries has been weaker than the last one. The average growth rate has fallen from 4.5pc in the early 1980s to nearer 2pc this time. ... The US...
  • HSBC to charge for holding deposits

    05/20/2015 9:27:06 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 05/20/15 | James Shotter and Laura Noonan
    HSBC has become one of the biggest global banks to say it will begin charging clients on deposits in a basket of European currencies The decision underlies the extraordinary measures banks are taking to prevent their profit margins being crushed in the record low-interest rate environment. HSBC has written to other banks to warn it will start charging them for deposits in euros, Swiss francs, Danish krone and Swedish krona — all currencies of countries that have negative interest rates — at its UK, German and Hong Kong operations from this summer. It is the first UK bank to announce...
  • HSBC looks at moving HQ from Britain as tax and regulations bite (also “Don’t leave EU!”)

    04/25/2015 8:46:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:34pm BST | Steve Slater and Sinéad Cruise
    HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London’s reputation as a global hub for finance and investment. The announcement from HSBC, founded in Asia but a key part of the British establishment, prompted a warm response from Hong Kong, where it is revered as “The Bank”, and silence from the British government. The commitment to the review comes less than two weeks before British parliamentary elections on May 7 and poses challenges for both Prime Minister David Cameron...
  • Lynch admits she had whistleblower's evidence on banksters

    03/27/2015 11:44:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    wnd ^ | 3/27/15 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – President Obama’s attorney-general nominee, Loretta Lynch, admitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee that her investigators in the money-laundering probe of HSBC were aware of evidence compiled by whistleblower John Cruz but she chose, nevertheless, not to bring criminal charges. Lynch provided written answers to questions submitted by committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in a document posted on the panel’s website dated Feb. 18. As WND reported, Lynch’s confirmation vote in the Senate initially was postponed after Sen. David Vitter, R-La., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, opened the investigation of Lynch’s role in the HSBC...
  • ‘A Conspiracy Of Silence’ – HSBC, The Guardian And The Defrauded British Public

    03/08/2015 11:34:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Media Lens ^ | 05 March 2015 | ???
    The corporate media have swiftly moved on from Peter Oborne's resignation as chief political commentator at the Telegraph and his revelations that the paper had committed 'a form of fraud' on its readers over its coverage of HSBC tax evasion. But investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed has delved deeper into the HSBC scandal, reporting the testimony of a whistleblower that reveals a 'conspiracy of silence' encompassing the media, regulators and law-enforcement agencies. Not least, Ahmed's work exposes the vanity of the Guardian's boast to be the world's 'leading liberal voice'. Last month, the corporate media, with one notable exception, devoted extensive...
  • ('Profound f****** socialist') Emma Thompson to evade paying tax until other evaders are jailed

    03/01/2015 6:55:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    3 News ^ | 2/26/15
    **SNIP** The British couple is hoping to launch a protest movement in the aftermath of a recent tax scandal in the UK, during which it was alleged staff at the Swiss arm of the bank HSBC helped clients avoid hefty bills in Britain. Thompson and Wise hope a mass tax boycott will convince bosses at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the government department responsible for collecting the money, to penalise wealthy citizens and companies who avoid paying their fair share. Wise tells London's Evening Standard newspaper, "I want to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax... I have actively...
  • Big Banks Face Scrutiny Over Pricing of Metals

    02/23/2015 7:13:49 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Jean Eaglesham and Christopher M. Matthews
    U.S. Justice Department investigates price-setting process for gold, silver, platinum and palladium U.S. officials are investigating at least 10 major banks for possible rigging of precious-metals markets, even though European regulators dropped a similar probe after finding no evidence of wrongdoing, according to people close to the inquiries. Prosecutors in the Justice Department’s antitrust division are scrutinizing the price-setting process for gold, silver, platinum and palladium in London, while the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has opened a civil investigation, these people said. The agencies have made initial requests for information, including a subpoena from the CFTC to HSBC Holdings PLC...
  • The Telegraph's promise to our readers

    02/19/2015 5:28:44 PM PST · by Labour-Watch · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 02/19/2015 | Editorial
    Telegraph View: We are proud to combine journalistic excellence with commercial success and we will continue to do so. This newspaper makes no apology for the way in which it has covered the HSBC group and the allegations of wrongdoing by its Swiss subsidiary, allegations that have been so enthusiastically promoted by the BBC, the Guardian and their ideological soulmates in the Labour Party. We have covered this matter as we do all others, according to our editorial judgment and informed by our values. Foremost among those values is a belief in free enterprise and free markets. We are proud...
  • HSBC whistleblower spills Lynch evidence to Senate (Massive drug, terrorism scandal)

    02/19/2015 6:12:19 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 2/18/15 | Jerome Corsi
    NEW YORK – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday conducted a two-hour session with HSBC whistleblower John Cruz in its investigation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s role in the Obama administration’s decision not to prosecute the banking giant for laundering funds for Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists, WND sources have confirmed. WND was first to report in a series of articles beginning in 2012 charges by Cruz, a former HSBC vice president and relationship manager, based on his more than 1,000 pages of evidence and secret audio recordings. The staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee focused Wednesday...
  • More Evidence Against Loretta Lynch

    02/19/2015 6:08:16 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 2/19/15
    NEW YORK – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday conducted a two-hour session with HSBC whistleblower John Cruz in its investigation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s role in the Obama administration’s decision not to prosecute the banking giant for laundering funds for Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists, WND sources have confirmed. WND was first to report in a series of articles beginning in 2012 charges by Cruz, a former HSBC vice president and relationship manager, based on his more than 1,000 pages of evidence and secret audio recordings. The staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee focused Wednesday...
  • Why I have resigned from the Telegraph

    02/18/2015 12:54:17 PM PST · by servo1969 · 36 replies ^ | 2-17-2015 | Peter Oborne
    Five years ago I was invited to become the chief political commentator of the Telegraph. It was a job I was very proud to accept. The Telegraph has long been the most important conservative-leaning newspaper in Britain, admired as much for its integrity as for its superb news coverage. When I joined the Telegraph had just broken the MPs’ expenses scandal, the most important political scoop of the 21st century. I was very conscious that I was joining a formidable tradition of political commentary. I spent my summer holiday before taking up my duties as columnist reading the essays of...
  • Tories open four point lead over Labour

    02/16/2015 10:02:06 AM PST · by NRx · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16 Feb 2015 | Steven Swinford
    The Conservatives have opened up a four-point lead over Labour after the biggest surge in their support for two years, a poll has suggested. A Guardian/ ICM poll showed that the Tories are six points up to 36 per cent, only one point short of their result in the 2010 General Election. Labour support fell one point to 32 per cent, while the Liberal Democrats were also down a point to 10 per cent.
  • GOP cools on Loretta Lynch

    02/16/2015 9:06:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    President Obama’s pick to serve as the next attorney general is having a hard time finding Republican supporters. To be confirmed by the Senate, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch only needs four Republicans to support her nomination. But it is unclear where those votes will come from. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) is the only Republican so far who has signaled his intention to vote for Lynch, though several others have spoken favorably about her. But many Republicans are expressing concerns about Lynch's stance on immigration and what they suggest is a lack of “independence" from the White House. Lynch’s confirmation...
  • HSBC Bank: Secret Origins To Laundering The World's Drug Money

    02/16/2015 9:30:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/16/15 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by the Drug Trafficking & Narco-Terrorism Department of GreatGameIndia HSBC Bank : Secret Origins To 26/11 Mumbai Attacks#SwissLeaks what the media has termed it is a trove of secret documents from HSBC’s Swiss private banking arm that reveals names of account holders and their balances for the year 2006-07. They come from over 200 countries, the total balance over $100 billion. But nowhere has the HSBC Swiss list touched off a more raging political debate than in India.That’s why to obtain and investigate the Indian names, The Indian Express partnered in a three-month-long global project with the Washington-based International...
  • Senator probes Obama's Launder-gate 'cover-up'

    02/12/2015 7:32:33 AM PST · by yoe · 9 replies
    WND ^ | February 11, 2015 | Jerome R. Corsi
    A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has opened an investigation he believes could threaten the confirmation of Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, Loretta Lynch. After his staff quizzed (a whistleblower) provided by WND, the office of Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced it is investigating why Lynch, in her capacity as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, allowed banking giant HSBC to avoid criminal prosecution of bank officers and other employees. HSBC paid a hefty fine, instead, for laundering uncounted billions of dollars of illegal drug and terrorist money through its U.S. bank...
  • HSBC Leak Exposes Shady Clinton Associates

    02/11/2015 7:01:55 AM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 9, 2015 | Andrew Stiles
    A massive leak of documents from HSBC’s Swiss banking arm has revealed an array of sketchy dealings with wealthy individuals, including dictators and arms traffickers, through which the bank helped unsavory characters dodge taxes and avoid government scrutiny. Among the unsavory characters exposed in the leak are a number of prominent donors to the Clinton Foundation. For example, the leaked documents detailed a five million Swiss franc cash transaction to British business mogul Richard Caring: HSBC staff explained handing Caring the huge sum of cash by quoting a statement by him that he planned to deposit the cash with another...
  • Clinton foundation received up to $81m from clients of controversial HSBC bank

    02/10/2015 9:54:52 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 10, 2015 | Paul Lewis in New York and James Ball in London
    The charitable foundation run by Hillary Clinton and her family has received as much as $81m from wealthy international donors who were clients of HSBC’s controversial Swiss bank. Leaked files from HSBC’s Swiss banking division reveal the identities of seven donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation with accounts in Geneva. They include Frank Giustra, Canadian mining magnate and one of the foundation’s biggest financial backers, and Richard Caring, the British retail magnate who, the bank’s internal records show, used his tax-free Geneva account to transfer $1m into the New York-based foundation. Hillary Clinton has expressed concern over...
  • HSBC files show how Swiss bank helped clients dodge taxes and hide millions

    02/09/2015 2:14:08 AM PST · by 9thLife · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 8 February 2015 16.00 EST | David Leigh, James Ball, Juliette Garside and David Pegg
    HSBC’s Swiss banking arm helped wealthy customers dodge taxes and conceal millions of dollars of assets, doling out bundles of untraceable cash and advising clients on how to circumvent domestic tax authorities, according to a huge cache of leaked secret bank account files. The files – obtained through an international collaboration of news outlets, including the Guardian, the French daily Le Monde, BBC Panorama and the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – reveal that HSBC’s Swiss private bank: • Routinely allowed clients to withdraw bricks of cash, often in foreign currencies of little use in Switzerland. • Aggressively marketed...
  • Furious Backlash Forces HSBC To Scrap Large Cash Withdrawal Limit

    01/27/2014 8:47:39 AM PST · by catnipman · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge, New York Times ^ | 1/26/2014 | "Tyler Durden"
    The bank issued a statement (below) this morning defending their actions - it's for your own good - but rescinding the decision - "following feedback, we are immediately updating guidance to our customer facing staff to reiterate that it is not mandatory for customers to provide documentary evidence for large cash withdrawals."
  • HSBC imposes restrictions on large cash withdrawals (Bank Run Fears in UK)

    01/26/2014 9:33:19 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 January 2014 Last updated at 14:59 ET | Bob Howard
    Some HSBC customers have been prevented from withdrawing large amounts of cash because they could not provide evidence of why they wanted it, the BBC has learnt. Listeners have told Radio 4's Money Box they were stopped from withdrawing amounts ranging from £5,000 to £10,000. HSBC admitted it has not informed customers of the change in policy, which was implemented in November. The bank says it has now changed its guidance to staff. New rules Stephen Cotton went to his local HSBC branch this month to withdraw £7,000 from his instant access savings account to pay back a loan from...
  • Bank Run Fears: Customers Being Forced to Provide Evidence For Why They Need Cash

    01/25/2014 4:29:20 PM PST · by Kartographer · 98 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1/25/14 | Mac Slavo
    HSBC is imposing restrictions on large cash withdrawals raising a number of red flags. The BBC reports that some HSBC customers have been prevented from withdrawing large amounts of cash because they could not provide evidence of why they wanted it. HSBC admitted it has not informed customers of the change in policy, which was implemented in November for their own good: “We ask our customers about the purpose of large cash withdrawals when they are unusual… the reason being we have an obligation to protect our customers, and to minimise the opportunity for financial crime.” As one customer responded:...
  • Too Big to Jail - How HSBC hooked up with drug traffickers and terrorists. And got away with it

    02/15/2013 1:38:33 PM PST · by Wolfie · 10 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 | Matt Taibbi
    Too Big to Jail How HSBC hooked up with drug traffickers and terrorists. And got away with it The deal was announced quietly, just before the holidays, almost like the government was hoping people were too busy hanging stockings by the fireplace to notice. Flooring politicians, lawyers and investigators all over the world, the U.S. Justice Department granted a total walk to executives of the British-based bank HSBC for the largest drug-and-terrorism money-laundering case ever. Yes, they issued a fine – $1.9 billion, or about five weeks' profit – but they didn't extract so much as one dollar or one...
  • Wide spread corruption in the banking system (TruNews Broadcast)

    12/14/2012 8:22:54 PM PST · by Errant · 7 replies
    TruNews. ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Rick Wiles
    Rick discusses the events that led to the record fine levied against HSBC with guest Dr. Jerome Corsi. This is an eye opening, revealing broadcast about worldwide banking corruption and a MSM ignored whistle blower whose heroic efforts forced the government to prosecute HSBC for illegal money laundering. Streaming Audio: MP3 File Download: Interview with Dr. Corsi begins at approximately the 18 minute mark.
  • HSBC to Pay Record Fine in Money Laundering Case ($1.92bn)

    12/12/2012 5:05:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Dec. 12, 2012
    HSBC to Pay Record Fine in Money Laundering Case The U.S. Justice Department has filed court papers alleging felony criminal offenses against one of the world's largest banks, HSBC, in a New York federal court. HSBC announced earlier in the day that it has agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion fine to settle charges connected to a money laundering scheme in the United States. A U.S. Senate investigation published in July said HSBC had poor anti-money laundering controls in place and had shifted billions of dollars for Mexican drug lords, terrorists and governments under sanctions, including Iran and North...