Ready. Set. Fraud. The rule of law is dead in Europe.
A significant part of pre-production for Bailout 2 has been researching potential talking heads to explain schemes and frauds that parasite bankers use to steal money from the rest of us (i.e., the productive economy) with a special focus on Europe, where Max Keiser will be cut loose on camera amid the financial ruination. (We know: it’s an ambitious project.)
That effort has been aided in large part by John Lewell, a Keiser Report viewer who in August 2012 went through 300+ episodes (then) of the Keiser Report and compiled brief summaries of each, including the names of the guests. Thank you, John. Your fine work has spared us the time of wading through each episode serially on youtube.
Having been through roughly 20 episodes thus far, I’m struck by the many staggering revelations on the show that I’d somehow forgotten, only to be reminded of them later. For that the Keiser Report may be deemed a victim of its own prescience.
A case in point is the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with U.S.Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder’s jaw-dropping admission that certain banks are too big to prosecute, quite aside from its grave legal and constitutional ramifications (which will draw a separate post soon), was actually foreshadowed on the Keiser Report, though I had no way of knowing it at the time.
In Episode 313, Max interviewed Ian Fraser, who set forth a brief history of criminal financial prosecutions in the UK. Two separate events discussed by Fraser starting at the 15:06 mark were essentially replicated in the U.S. shortly after Fraser discussed them in the Keiser Report:
The contact in the Serious Fraud Office said, “the message has come down from on high: there will never again be a prosecution of a high-level banker.” So from that moment on, there was a kind of new agenda had been set, whereby bankers were given carte blanche to do as they wished.
And the situation got worse under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown when they passed an act which included a clause which said that the competitiveness of the City was more important than the rule of law. It said that regulators must consider the international mobility of financial businesses before taking enforcement action, and they must avoid damaging the UK’s competitiveness…