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March 17, 2008
Paulson defends U.S. rescue
of Bear Stearns
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on
Monday defended government moves to rescue Bear Stearns Cos Inc
(BSC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) from bankruptcy, saying it was important
to ensure the orderly function of financial markets.
Speaking to reporters following a White House meeting between President
George W. Bush and his economic advisers, Paulson said those worried about
the government rescue creating a "moral hazard" should keep in mind that
Bear Stearns (BSC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) shareholders face
considerable losses with the sale of the investment firm to JPMorgan Chase
(JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) for $2 a share.
Moral hazard is the concept that investors might take greater risks on the
belief that government policy would protect them from suffering losses.
The $236 million value of the Bear buyout deal represents less than 90
percent of the company's value as of Friday at its closing share price of
To facilitate the deal, the U.S. Federal Reserve committed to fund up to
$30 billion of Bear Stearns' less liquid assets. The problems faced by the
New York investment firm underscored a loss of investor confidence in the
health of the U.S. financial system.
Paulson said the orderly function of U.S. financial markets was a priority and
it was better to arrange the takeover of Bear Stearns than to have the
investment firm, the fifth largest in the United States, file for bankruptcy.
He also said mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae (FNM.N: Quote, Profile,
Research) and Freddie Mac (FRE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) needed to
raise capital, and urged Congress to enact reform measures for the Federal
Housing Administration to help beef up the slumping housing market.
Paulson declined to answer a question about the weakening dollar and whether
the U.S. government would intervene in currency markets to support it.
"I'm not going to speculate on hypotheticals about intervention," Paulson said.
"I will just again say to you what you've heard me say before: We have a
strong-dollar policy. It's very much in our nation's interest. Our economy has
ups and downs."
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September 29, 2006
9/11 and the Greenberg Familia
By Jerry Mazza, Online Journal
Democratic Underground Demopedia reports in Who Killed John O’Neill that
at the time of 9/11, AIG, the world’s largest insurance company, and
subsidiaries Marsh McLennan, ACE and Kroll, were run by the Greenberg
family. With Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member Maurice “Hank”
Greenberg as the AIG godfather, the Familia’s tentacles curled around the
heart of the tragedy.
Hank’s son Jeffrey, a CFR member as well, was chairman of Marsh &
McLennan, situated on floors throughout the North Tower of the World
Trade Center as well as the top floors of the South Tower. Marsh also had
ties to the CIA. Son Evan Greenberg, a CFR member, was CEO of ACE
Limited, situated in Tower 7, which also contained AIG subsidiary Kroll,
closely related to the CIA, also with an office in Tower 7.
Tower 7 also contained offices of the FBI, Department of Defense, IRS
(which contained prodigious amounts of corporate tax fraud, including
Enron’s), US Secret Service, Securities & Exchange Commission (with more
stock fraud records), and Citibank’s Salomon Smith Barney, the Mayor’s
Office of Emergency Management and many other financial institutions.
Greenberg’s cousin, Alan “Ace” Greenberg, was former CEO of Bear Sterns,
where the Bush family, Cheney family George Schultz, James Baker, et al,
did business. It is the leading brokerage firm of the great and all-powerful
Also reported by Democratic Underground, AIG’s Kroll “provided protection
services,” among other things, to high level Americans at home and abroad.
Kroll had military teams in their company and merged with Armor Holdings on
August 23, 2001, adding Defence Systems Limited, another private military
corporation, to their operation, and an ex-KGB team called Alpha Firm
earlier acquired by Defense Systems Limited. These four teams could have
been used on 9/11, part of a “corporatizing” of black ops in tandem with
According to whistleblower Richard Grove, who worked as a senior manager
for SilverStream Software on Marsh and AIG accounts, Kroll also managed
the Enron fraud once Kenneth Lay stepped down.
Marsh, immediately after 9/11, established a specialized terrorism team
called Marsh Crisis Consultancy (led by L. Paul Bremer III), adding the
teams Control Risks Group, a British ex-SAS team and Versar, bio-terrorism
and homeland defense team. These players could have known each other from
9/11, bringing in new assignments and profits.
Democratic Underground also reports, AIG allegedly was laundering drug
money, and was involved in the Afghanistan oil and gas pipelines. Greenberg
and the Adnan Khasshogi family allegedly benefited from the Afghanistan
narcotics trade and interests in the oil and gas pipelines, as well.
Greenberg’s Law Firm Connections to Bush
According to www.sourcewatch.org, the Greenbergs were and are connected
to the Bush Familia via their Miami-based law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a
1,350-lawyer, full-service international firm. Here are a few connects . . .
1) G-T represented George W. Bush in the Bush-Gore 2000 Florida election
2) They personally represent Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
3) They hired son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Election Day
2000 -- after which Justice Scalia cast one of the 5 to 4 deciding votes that
placed Bush in the White House.
4) They partially funded/sponsored a delegation to Israel by House-Senate
Armed Services Committee members and government contractors to witness
and be briefed on interrogations resistance procedures and torture
5) The firm has prominent administrative positions in Massachusetts 9/11
Fund, which also involves Bush family banking house Brown Brothers Harriman
(the same BBH involved with Prescott Bush’s bankrolling the Nazis in World
6) Traurig Greenberg works with 9-11 victims on planning their US
government “hushmail/bribery estates.” That is, to receive the money, the
victim’s family must sign an agreement never to sue the government for any
reason. Victim-wife Ellen Mariani is currently being legally harassed for not
signing and for holding the Bush government’s feet to the fire.
7) Bush still owes the Greenberg Traurig firm nearly $1 million for work
done by dozens of lawyers and paralegals, leaving questions why a Republican
candidate would hire a Democratic lawyer from a Democratic firm. See
Greenberg Traurig link above for more scandals.
Greenberg’s Relationship to Larry Silverstein
On July 24, 2001, six weeks before 9/11, Larry Silverstein took control of the
lease of all the WTC buildings. This followed the Port Authority decision on
According to democraticunderground.com, the three companies who originally
insured the WTC were AIG, Marsh and ACE, all run as mentioned by the
Greenbergs at the time. They then sold stakes of the original contract to
their competition, a technique called reinsuring.
Once the Towers came down, the reinsurers got caught holding the bag. This
would inextricably tie the Greenbergs to Silverstein and the larger
conspiracy of 9/11. If they had no foreknowledge of events to occur, why
would the Greenbergs have unloaded so many stakes in their contract?
According to Michel Chossudovsky in Financial Bonanza behind the 9/11
Tragedy, “On October 17, 2000, eleven months before 9/11, Blackstone Real
Estate Advisors, of The Blackstone Group, L.P, purchased, from Teachers
Insurance and Annuity Association, the participating mortgage secured by
World Trade Center, Building 7.1.” [Blackstone in 2000 also purchased a 50
percent stake in Universal Studios, producers of the myth-perpetuating
“April 26, 2001 the Port Authority leased the WTC for 99 years to
Silverstein Properties and Westfield America Inc.
“The transaction was authorised by Port Authority Chairman Lewis M.
Eisenberg. This transfer from the New York and New Jersey Port Authority
was tantamount to the privatisation of the WTC Complex. The official press
release described it as ‘the richest real estate prize in New York City
history.’ The retail space underneath the complex was leased to Westfield
“On 24 July 2001, 6 weeks prior to 9/11 Silverstein took control of the lease
of the WTC following the Port Authority decision on April 26.
“Silverstein and Frank Lowy, CEO of Westefield Inc. took control of the 10.6
million-square-foot WTC complex.
"Lowy leased the shopping concourse called the Mall at the WTC, which
comprised about 427,000 square feet of retail space.”
“Explicitly included in the agreement was that Silverstein and Westfield
‘were given the right to rebuild the structures if they were destroyed.'’
“In this transaction, Silverstein signed a rental contract for the WTC over 99
years amounting to 3.2 billion dollars in installments to be made to the Port
Authority: 800 million covered fees including a down payment of the order of
100 million dollars. Of this amount, Silverstein put in 14 million dollars of his
own money. The annual payment on the lease was of the order of 115 million
“In the wake of the WTC attacks, Silverstein is suing for some $7.1 billion in
insurance money, double the amount of the value of the 99 year lease.” In
fact, some $5 billion was actually returned, given the multiple court-case
protests of the insurers.
“The mortgaging of the WTC was handled by The Blackstone Group, headed
by Peter J. Peterson, current head of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
The Blackstone Group also bought a piece of Kroll in 1993 at the very same
time AIG took over majority control. Henry Kissinger sits on the board of the
By his own admission Silverstein had Tower 7 pulled by controlled internal
demolition eight hours after the first two hits. No plane hit Tower 7. There
were two small fires in it that were under control. In fact, it takes weeks,
months to set up a building to be pulled. So his order to “pull it” catches him
in a huge lie.
Tower 7 may have been the nexus of the operations. That may have been the
real reason to pull it. In fact, it may have been set up weeks in advance with
Towers 1 and 2 for demolition. Ironically, Tower 7 is the only tower that has
been rebuilt, and more opulently than its predecessor, although tenancy is
about 18 percent.
Towers Taken Down for Profit and to Blame Muslims
Given the involvement of the Greenbergs and Silverstein, and other
commercial entities that stood to profit hugely, it is difficult to believe 9/11
occurred at the hands of 19 rag-tag Muslims with box-cutters and the help of
their leader, Osama bin Laden, sitting in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan
with his laptop and dialysis equipment.
The real reasons behind 9/11 were financial greed and the willingness to
demonize Muslims for the “Pearl Harbor-type” act that would instigate
America to wage a war on terror, pursuing PNAC’s (Project for a New
American Century) goal of World Hegemony.
The latest documentary on the WTC, The 911 Mysteries from
911WeKnow.com, provides highly convincing proof that the buildings were
taken down in six fatal steps. They involved the use of high-powered
explosives, including thermite and/or thermate, with techniques more
advanced than those of traditional controlled-demolition companies, most
likely the military’s, given their bunker buster technology. The six steps are .
1. Pre-collapse sub-basement explosions
2. Pre-collapse interior blasts
3. Pre-collapse ground level explosions
4. Top level collapse initiation
5. Mid Collapse Squibs (explosions)
6. Final time-delayed rolls (explosions)
Without all these steps, the Towers could never have free-fallen in 10
seconds, the speed of gravity. Any obstacles or pancaking had to be
eliminated otherwise the number of seconds of fall would increase
dramatically. The documentary also reminds us that on February 13, 1975
there was a major fire on the 11th floor of the North Tower that did not
topple it, though the loss was estimated at over $2 million, no mean event.
Check it out.
It is possible that in 1996, when Securacom took over WTC security and
installed a new $8.3 million security system, that the explosives and charges
were also put in place. Sitting on the board of Securacom was the director
Marvin Bush, George Bush’s younger brother.
In any case, this is patently the confluence of the military/industrial complex
with a healthy dose of Wall Street, earning millions if not billions in put and
call options on companies involved with the catastrophe, including airlines on
the down (put) side and military suppliers on the up (call) side. In addition,
there is the missing gold from the basement of Tower 4, $200 million of
which was retrieved, and an untold amount stolen.
The real bottom line was that the Towers were two financial white elephants.
And both Silverstein and Greenberg had to know that. The tenancy was
dropping. They were out of date. And most dangerously, they were asbestos
bombs, loaded with the dangerous building material when they were
completed in 1972-73.
By law the buildings could not be taken down by internal demolition. And since
it would cost a billion dollars or more to take the towers down beam by beam,
it would be at great loss to the Port of Authority or its leaseholder. Thus the
reasons are obvious to take WTC down in act of terror also a false-flag
Remember, the concept for the WTC Towers originated with the Nelson and
David Rockefeller, members of the Council on Foreign Relations and among
the world’s elites. A “New Pearl Harbor” would serve those interests well.
Additional Connections to Greenberg
John O’Neill, mentioned in the first paragraph, was the FBI anti-terror chief
who spent years trying to track down bin Laden and “al Qaeda” members. At
every point, he was stopped or frustrated by his superiors. Finally, O’Neill
parted company with the FBI. Jerome Hauer, who formerly worked for
Kroll, got him the job as chief of security at the WTC. On 9/11, O’Neill
lost his life in the North Tower.
Mr. Hauer’s job as Kroll chief was also held by Michael Cherkasky, who came
out of the New York County District Attorney’s Office, which also brought us
Rudy Giuliani, Elliot Spitzer and Patrick Fitzgerald. Mr. Cherkasky also
brought Mr. Spitzer into the NYC County DA’s office. Today Cherkasky is a
substantial contributor to Spitzer’s campaign for New York State Governor.
Cherkasky was bumped up to head Marsh McLennan in 2004.
As an aside, there were about 200 electrical engineers working in the World
Trade Center around the time. Additionally, AMEC and Tully Construction
played a major role in the clean up of Ground Zero and both have specialized
controlled demolition companies.
Lastly, can you believe that one of the Council on Foreign Relations members
who engaged President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran in a debate about the
holocaust at CFR’s reception last week was none other than Hank Greenberg,
who said he witnessed the Dachau camp as Germany fell? Could it all possibly
be payback and then some?
For more, GO TO > > > Axis of Evil
June 23, 2006
Message from a 9-11 Whistle-blower
From 8th Estate Public Media & Research:
My name is Richard Grove ...
In the summer of 2001, I was terminated from my job for raising questions
about “anomalous” fiscal transactions.
On August 21st, 2001, I was bribed by my ex-employer to “keep quiet”.
On September 7th, 2001, I contacted ex-coworkers and was urged to present
my evidence in a staff meeting the following Tuesday morning.
The staff meeting, which I was to join during a break, was interrupted; and I
never made it there. I was in traffic in Lower Manhattan on the morning of
September 11th, 2001; and the meeting I was to attend was on the 96th floor
of WTC 1 (the North Tower) at Marsh & McLennan, the company for whom
my ex-employer had been staffing a software project.
There I sat in traffic, watching black smoke pour out of the hole in the side
of the building- directly where my ex-coworkers and I were to confront a
certain Marsh Executive involved with the anomalous financial activity that
triggered my untimely termination.
As I’ve learned more, and more about what happened that day, I’ve focused
less on the controversial “How” (i.e. HOW the real terrorists perpetrated a
multi-dimensional plan through which they would simultaneously undermine the
Constitution, steal hundreds of billions of dollars, profitably solve an
“unsolvable” real-estate crises, and launch a never-ending crusade throughout
the globe in the name of the terrorist attacks that they themselves created).
Instead I’ve focused on the “Who” and “Why”, as the financial records left in
the wake of their exodus following their crimes is much easier to prove in
Court- specifically Marsh’s involvement in betting against American Airlines
pre-9-11… a clear indicator of foreknowledge, as the insider trading of the
airline stocks was clearly a pre-meditative strategy, determined to profit
from the mass murder...
To summarize, what I’ve discovered ... based on my own personal experiences
and research, not based on what the mass media and traditional newspapers
have programmed me to repeat:
1. The events of September 11th, 2001(as extensive research and factual
documentation depict) do not resemble in any way, shape, or form, what has
been faithfully recited ad nauseam by the mainstream media and press within
the United States.
2. The aforementioned mainstream media and press are very much aware at
the helms of all organizations, and are provably complicit to the state
sponsored terrorism that affects each and every one of us...
3. The evidence reflects that people who we trust and revere as “leaders”,
specifically: Rudolph Guiliani (ex-New York Mayor, 2008 Presidential
hopeful), George Pataki (current Governor of New York), Eliot Spitzer (New
York State Attorney General, running for New York State Governor), and of
course, the 1970’s White House “Team B” (now known as neo-cons – or “new-cons”, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz) right up through George H.W.
Bush, and the current President George W. Bush… are in fact working on the
Terrorists behalf, if they are not the Terrorists themselves (and at the very
least, are all professional gangsters).
4. In order for 9-11 to be perpetrated, the Terrorists needed control of
elements of the highest echelons of the Intelligence Community and the
5. In order for 9-11 to be “successful” in the eyes of the Terrorists, total
control of the U.S. Media Markets was necessary....
6. Critical Elements of the Intelligence Community of the United States, as
well as the U.S. Military, in association with NATO, have been strictly
controlling and manipulating Black Markets, Arms Markets, and, specifically
in reference to 9-11, the Global Illicit Drug Market.
7. American International Group, a.k.a. AIG (is the world’s largest insurance
company). Until recently AIG’s CEO (as you will soon learn elsewhere
throughout 8thestate.com) was Maurice “Hammerin’ Hank” Greenberg; ex-Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and ex-Chairman of the
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). AIG’s foundation grew out of Cornelius V.
Starr’s “insurance work” between China and the U.S. in 1919. AIG since the
1950’s has been a front created by U.S. Intelligence interests for the
purpose of laundering drug money, under the ruse of Insurance, and noting
that C.V. Starr’s career in Intelligence and AIG’s ties to the “Air America”
Military Drug Caravan were not coincidental.
8. The “Terrorists” are those who participate in and profit from the Global
Illegal Drug Market, and the people who are in the front lines of controlling
this market are Politicians, Media Moguls, Military Officers, Intelligence
Directors, Insurance Companies, and the Counter Terrorist “Experts”
The hundreds of billions of dollars in illegal drug money that is annually
laundered via this scheme is then “processed” through the U.S. Stock Market,
and aggregated by companies like AIG and Marsh & McLennan (the world’s
largest Insurance Broker, which until Eliot Spitzer’s pseudo-investigation had
Jeff Greenberg, Hank’s son, as it’s CEO) with the help of companies like Kroll
Associates (Private Intelligence Firm responsible for World Trade Center
Security from 1993 to 2001, coincidentally owned by AIG and sold to Marsh
in 2004… Kroll CEO Michael Cherkasky became Marsh CEO in response to
Spitzer’s “investigation” into AIG and Marsh).
Who is Michael Cherkasky? Great question. He brought Eliot Spitzer into the
NY City District Attorney’s Office way back when, and is a contributor to
Spitzer’s campaign to become New York Governor....
We’re ALL affected by 9-11 in ways that most people never take time to
fathom… but there are SOLUTIONS, and yes, even a panacea.
It’s called Communication...
The 8th Estate is the state of being where one thinks for themselves, and
enjoys the state of infinite possibility and hope…
Richard Andrew Grove
For more, GO TO > > > Axis of Evil
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conspiracy which compromises the very foundation of American's financial
institutions. He names names and spotlights 2.3 trillion of taxpayers money,
a trillion in gold bullion and hundreds of billions in pre-911 stock market
trades which records were conveniently covered-up in the collapse of the
WTC. This is the whistleblower that will collapse the 911 fraud! - and the
largest single theft and continuous theft in known history. FOLLOW THE
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March 17, 2008
Stearns investors bring
By Martha Graybow
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Angry Bear Stearns (nyse: BSC - news - people ) Co
Inc shareholders have wasted no time in bringing legal claims following the
company's stunning stock collapse and $2-a-share fire sale to JPMorgan
Chase (nyse: JPM - news - people ) & Co.
At least one federal lawsuit in New York seeking class- action status for
alleged securities fraud was filed Monday by an investor contending the
company hid its true financial condition from shareholders.
Also filed was a lawsuit from a company worker who held Bear Stearns shares
in his retirement portfolio and says the company failed to properly manage
risks in the pension plan. That suit also seeks class-action status.
Other investors may bring cases challenging the company's pact to sell itself
for a rock-bottom price, legal experts say. But courts are seen as unlikely to
kill the buyout deal.
That is because the venerable investment bank, which agreed to the
emergency deal under pressure from the U.S. Federal Reserve as the credit
crunch widens, appears to have few other options short of filing for
bankruptcy, legal experts say....
The company is being sold for just $236 million. The deal's value is more than
90 percent below the company's Friday closing share price of $30.85. But
JPMorgan said the price tag would total about $6 billion to account for
litigation and severance costs.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan Monday, investor
Eastside Holdings Inc accused Bear Stearns as well as several officers and
directors of issuing false and misleading statements that led to massive
losses for investors.
The investor is represented by well-known plaintiffs' law firm Coughlin Stoia
Rudman & Robbins LLP in San Diego.
Another suit, also in Manhattan federal court, was brought by a participant in
the company's employee stock ownership plan. The complaint contends the
firm breached its duties to fund investors because it continued "to offer
Bear Stearns common stock as a plan investment option for participant
contributions when it was imprudent to do so."...
Bear Stearns shareholders are exploring all legal avenues, say class-action
lawyers who specialize in bringing lawsuits against large companies. A Web
site, www.bearstearnsinvestors.com, set up by law firm Mark & Associates,
was offering free legal consultations for Bear Stearns shareholders.
Plaintiffs' lawyers said they have have been busy discussing potential claims
"I can't divulge privileged conversations, but shareholders don't contact me
when they are happy with the way things are going with their investments,"
said Press, of New York-based Kirby McInerney.
"This is a stock that has gone from $50 to $2 literally overnight and I
also know of people who had assumed that the worst had passed when it
closed at $30," he said.
Another law firm, Schatz Nobel Izard in Hartford, Connecticut, said it has
been contacted by both institutional and individual investors who bought the
stock as recently as last week.
Some of these buyers, said partner Jeffrey Nobel, took their positions after
Bear CEO Alan Schwartz said in a televised interview Wednesday that the
company did not see any pressure on its liquidity and had about $17 billion in
excess cash on its balance sheet.
"You have investors who are upset because they feel as though the company
was not truthful in reporting its financial condition," he added....
Copyright 2008 Reuters
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CONFESSIONS OF A WHISTLEBLOWER
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DIRTY MONEY, DIRTY POLITICS & BISHOP ESTATE
CLAIM LETTER TO JOHN SINNOTT
LETTERS TO INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS
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MARSH & McLENNAN’S KROLL ASSOCIATES
MARSH & McLENNAN’S MARSH AFFINITY SERVICES
MARSH & McLENNAN’S MERCER CONSULTING
MARSH & McLENNAN’S PUTNAM INVESTMENTS
MARSH & McLENNAN’S SEABURY & SMITH
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NESTS OF THE INSURANCE VAMPIRES
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THE CHUBB GROUP
THE DISSECTION OF FRISTY
THE GREAT NEST EGG ROBBERIES
THE HARMON ARBITRATION
NEW SONGS BY THE WHISTLER
THE PRUDENTIAL: A NEST ON SHAKY GROUND
THE SILENCE OF THE WHISTLEBLOWERS
THE STEPHEN FRIEDMAN FLOCK
THE STORY OF ENRON
THE EAGLE HOODED
THE POOP ON AON
THE ROYAL & SUN ALLIANCE
THE SECRET NESTS
THE WILLIS GROUP
THE TITLE INSURANCE VULTURES
TRANSYLVANIA TRAVELERS IN ST. PAUL
VAMPIRES IN THE CITY
VULTURES IN WCI COMMUNITIES
ZEPHYR INSURANCE COMPANY
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