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On your right is a Table of Contents to all chapters published so far. We also learned that the BCCI enterprise operated with the consent and protection of Washington even though it not only counted among its partners numerous mobsters and global terrorists, but was also operating what amounted to a transnational organized crime syndicate involved in everything from the trafficking of narcotics and nuclear weapons components to terrorism and the perpetration of destructive financial crime.
In addition, we learned that BCCI counted among its most important business partners some of the leading figures of the American establishment, including Michael Milken, who was, during the s, the most powerful financial operator on Wall Street. Indeed, we will see that people formerly involved with the BCCI enterprise, along with their newly acquired business partners, contributed significantly to the great meltdown ofand are presently threatening to deliver a repeat performance.
In addition, officials in Washington have done little to crack down on the sorts destructive financial weapons e. In addition, the major U. Instead, the government obtained the vast majority of the evidence used against Milken and Boesky in a raid of a major investment and brokerage operation called Princeton Newport, which had been a key component of the Milken network, involved not only in insider trading, but also the full panoply of other schemes that Milken and his network perpetrated during the s.
At the time, Princeton Newport was operated by man named Edward O. According to Stewart, Boesky told the government that he could not testify against Milken because he was afraid of what might happen to him. He was quickly released from prison, and he subsequently reconciled with Boesky.
Meanwhile, Mulheren c0-founded, with a trader named Izzy Englander, a hedge fund called Millennium Management, and though Mulheren died inMillennium is presently one of the most powerful hedge funds in the nation.
This investigation is presently ongoing, and a key focus of the investigation, according to media reports, is the giant hedge fund SAC Capital, which is run by Steve Cohen. Indeed, soon after the FBI investigation became big news, Millennium hired an advisory board whose job is to make sure the hedge fund remains in compliance with regulations.
Some details can be found in my recently published book title: As we will see in later chapters of this series, this same crowd i. Wynn, however, denies any relationships with the Mafia, and he has won a defamation lawsuit against a Las Vegas newspaperman who published a book title: Every law enforcement agency has always vouched for me that any suggestion of me and organized crime is preposterous.
I know one thing: Meanwhile, Wynn has won multiple other defamation lawsuits against people and journalists who have accused him of having ties to the Mafia.
The takeaway, we must conclude, is that Wynn has no ties to the Mafia. Phillips operated and still does operate an outfit called Southmark Corporation, which was the largest recipient of Milken junk bond finance in the s.
InPhillips was arrested and charged with manipulating stock prices in league with other leading figures in La Cosa Nostra. Among the defendants, aside from Phillips, were: The DOJ charged that Phillips, in league with various members of La Cosa Nostra, had manipulated the stock of one of his companies, an outfit called Transcontinental.
Aside from Phillips, the largest shareholder in that company was Michael Milken. In addition, most of the other people who were arrested as part of Operation Uptick got off with nothing worse than small fines, though this was the biggest Mafia bust in history, according to then FBI director Louis Freeh who, of course, is now employed by Wynn and Millennium Management.
Also linked to that money laundering was a brokerage called Sinex Securities, which was a subsidiary of Sinex Bank. Sinex Securities was controlled by Gene Phillips, though it was registered in the name of his son, Brad Phillips Sinex changed its name to National Alliance Securities when it was linked to the Bank of New York scandal.
That is to say, a chunk of the cash that went through Sinex was delivered, as collateral, to Transcontinental shareholders. However, neither Sinex nor Phillips were charged with any crime related to the Bank of New York scandal.
Some of them, we will see, are key figures in the Milken network. Investors Overseas had been founded by a financier named Bernard Cornfield, and later involved a criminal named Robert Vesco, who subsequently fled to Cuba and became involved according to CIA reports in trafficking drugs with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Castro later claimed that Vesco had been imprisoned in Cuba. Among the miscreants who manipulated stocks in league with Blinder Robinson were according to various indictments Thomas Quinn and Arnold Kimmes, both of whom as we know from earlier chapters had operated a number of brokerages linked to BCCI.
Baron, and many others — that were tied to organized crime. Blair was particularly close to Milken. Blair was charged on multiple counts of stock manipulation and forced to shut its doors.
To describe the full extent of D. But to give you just a small sampling, I will mention that the people indicted in just one of the hundreds of stock manipulation schemes perpetrated by D. After Milken got out of prison, he hooked up again with D.
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Free for 30 days. The immediate or proximate cause of the crisis in was the failure or risk of failure at major financial institutions globally, starting with the rescue of investment bank Bear Stearns in March and the failure of Lehman Brothers in September Many of these institutions had invested in risky securities that lost much or all of their value when U.S.
and European housing bubbles. This is Chapter 2 of a multi-chapter series. On your right is a Table of Contents to all chapters so far published.
* * * * * * * * * Al Qaeda’s supporters are “aware of the cracks in the Western financial system as they are aware of the lines in their own hands.”. Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin Latest news, expert advice and information on money. Pensions, property and more.