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Gov't overpaid ($B's to Goldman & others) to bail out AIG

Our tax dollars yet to be paid are already misspent. There is no question, the government the totally corruption. Geithner did it.

Watchdog: Gov't overpaid to bail out AIG
Officials mismanaged AIG bailouts and overpaid to stabilize company, bailout watchdog says
Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer
6:13 pm EST, Monday November 16, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials managing the multibillion dollar bailout of insurance giant American International Group Inc. bungled the first rescue and may have overpaid other banks to wind down AIG's business relationships, a government watchdog says.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York -- headed at the time by now Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner -- paid AIG's business partners face value for securities so they would cancel insurance-like contracts AIG had written and ease the firm's liquidity crunch. But at least one of those partner banks would have canceled the contracts for less, according to a report Tuesday from Neil Barofsky, the Special Inspector General for the $700 billion financial bailout Congress approved last October.

The report says New York Fed officials mismanaged the negotiations with other banks, removing the threat that AIG would go bankrupt and bowing to a demand from French regulators that French banks holding AIG's debt insurance be paid in full.

The initial bailout "was done with almost no independent consideration of the terms of the transaction or the impact that those terms might have on the future of AIG," the report says.

As a result, billions more than necessary went to U.S. banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc.; Merrill Lynch, now part of Bank of America Corp.; and Wachovia, now part of Wells Fargo & Co.; and European banks including Societe Generale, Deutsche Banke, UBS and Calyon, it says.

Barofsky also faults the Federal Reserve for refusing at first to reveal which banks had received billions of American taxpayer dollars supposedly intended to save AIG. The Fed released the banks' names and the amount of their payoffs only after lawmakers demanded greater transparency.

In its written response, the Treasury Department emphasized that the events "developed extremely quickly" and that officials did not intend to provide further assistance to AIG after an initial $85 billion bailout that the report says tied their hands. But AIG's total bailout package eventually amounted to more than $180 billion.



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northstar's picture

How convenient the story broke after the markets closed

Tomorrow, my guess is the markets will take a dive like a submarine.

Real eyes realize real lies

We want our country back

Every year is a year for Ron Paul!

SteveMT's picture

I bet also that Geithner and his cronies "sold" their stock


Goldman has a pipeline to the White House.

AIG was founded

by people deep into the intelligence community, and has been suspected of being connected with the CIA for many years.

Who knows how deep it goes?
There could be any amount of money "funny business" that the intelligence community does thru AIG.

Recently, the Chairman and CEO of AIG, Maurice Greenberg, was being considered for the office of Chief of the CIA nomination.
What would a Wall St banker know about being Intelligence Chief"
Well, he probably knows alot more than anybody would expect, since AIG is most likely a CIA front operation.

And now we now why there were "too big to fail".

Audit the Fed!

A major reason the Fed needs to be audited.

Obama = O.ne B.ig A.ss M.istake A.merica

Obama = O.ne B.ig A.ss M.istake A.merica