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Is The Federal Reserve Using Money-Laundering Techniques To Cleanse Banks' Balance Sheets?

Drug lords, terrorists and shadow-government operators (but I repeat myself) use third party intermediaries to cool off and sanitize hot, dirty, and therefore useless money into pristine-clean and productive money that can be used in legitimate commerce. It’s called money laundering.

Characters operating in the shadows also use a form of reverse money laundering to defile clean money or redirect dirty money while masquerading its source so it can be siphoned away, re-channeled and put to use financing illicit activities such as terrorism and off-the-books, shadow-government operations (but I repeat myself, again) that Congress won’t authorize or fund.

Think of it as repatriating dirty money and expatriating clean money.

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And not one arrest

It's downright disgusting.

if they...

...HAPPILY "forfeit" $1.256 billion, and also agree to pay $665 million in "civil penalties" then just imagine how many TRILLL-yunz these CRIMINALS are making!!

HSBC to pay $1.9 billion U.S. fine in money-laundering case

Where does the "fine" go? To the criminals that run the "regulatory agencies". It's just a payoff to the government. Not a single person will be criminally charged and the bank will face zero consequences. They will just promise to "do better in the future"...like HELL they will!

Article:
(Reuters) - HSBC Holdings Plc agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion in fines to U.S. authorities for allowing itself to be used to launder a river of drug money flowing out of Mexico and other banking lapses.

Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and Colombia's Norte del Valle cartel between them laundered $881 million through HSBC and a Mexican unit, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

In a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department, the bank acknowledged it failed to maintain an effective program against money laundering and failed to conduct basic due diligence on some of its account holders.

Under the agreement, which was reported by Reuters last week, the bank agreed to take steps to fix the problems, forfeit $1.256 billion, and retain a compliance monitor. The bank also agreed to pay $665 million in civil penalties to regulators including to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve, and the Treasury Department.

"We accept responsibility for our past mistakes. We have said we are profoundly sorry for them, and we do so again. The HSBC of today is a fundamentally different organization from the one that made those mistakes," HSBC Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver said.

http://news.yahoo.com/hsbc-announce-1-8-billion-settlement-u...