Posts Tagged ‘Secrecy’

SEC Didn’t Act After Spotting Wall Street Risks, Documents Show

Greenspan wanted to keep housing bubble concerns from public, new transcripts show

E-mails Show Goldman Execs Boasting as Housing Meltdown Unfolded

Fed Transparency: Dorgan, Grassley Push Amendment To Disclose Spending

The Fed Is Only Authorized to Conduct MONETARY Policy, But It Has Also “Become the Single Largest FISCAL Actor in the U.S. Economy”

Ron Paul on Fox News: Audit the Federal Reserve

Why is Obama’s top man defending the Fed?

Backdoor taxes to hit middle class

Goldman “Sideshow” Hyped To Push Through Obama Banking Reform

Former Nazi bank to rule the global economy

Goldman Sachs CEO on Dem Banking Bill: ‘I’m Generally Supportive’

Levin to Goldman Sachs: ‘You Knew It Was a S–tty Deal!’

Goldman to Congress: We didn’t mislead clients

Economists: The stimulus didn’t help

Lee supports audit of Federal Reserve

Wow! The SEC Formally Charges Goldman Sachs With Fraud

Goldman Sachs Admits To Engaging In “Improper Behavior” During The Housing Crash – But They Aren’t About To Give The Money Back

How Goldman Sachs Made Tens Of Billions Of Dollars From The Economic Collapse Of America In Four Easy Steps

Big Banks Are Back as JPMorgan, Citigroup Turn Corner on Crisis

Obama Debt Czar Says Tax Hikes “On The Table”

US prepares to push for global capital rules

For nations living the good life, the party’s over, IMF says

America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Major Banks Said to Cover Up Debt Levels

Alan Grayson Discloses That Dodd Bill Covertly Eliminates Already Passed Legislation Requiring Full Fed Audit

IMF’s Global Taxes Can Only Be Enforced Through Global Government

IMF “FAT Tax” To “Reign In Banks” Will Increase Costs For Consumers

WH: Obama Not Going to Return $1M in Goldman Cash

Sherman: Dodd Bill Contains Unlimited Bailout Authority

Obama on ‘Global Rebalancing’: American Consumers & Government Aren’t Coming Back Any Time Soon

London Observer: Now we know the truth. The financial meltdown wasn’t a mistake – it was a con

Casino Carnival Barker Jim Cramer Defends Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs set to pay £3.5bn in bonuses

Obama Banking Regulation Bill Does Not Go After Big Banks

Bankers Prepare To Assault Americans With VAT, Transaction Taxes

Other Major Banks Did Deals Similar to Goldman’s

Investor Who Made Billions Not Targeted in Suit

Banksters Rally Round Fed To Keep Bailout Trillions Secret

Bernanke: We Must Raise Taxes and Cut Services • Sane People: No, We Need to Stop Endless Bail Outs, Imperial Adventures and Fraudulent Schemes

Federal Reserve Power Grab Bill Moves to Senate

Federal Reserve Must Disclose Bank Bailout Records

Lehman Brothers’ chiefs concealed losses with accounting ‘gimmick’ days before $700billion collapse

IMF Head Calls For Huge Global Warming Slush Fund

Barney Frank Demands Bernanke Probe Fed Involvement In Watergate Scandal And Iraq Arms Sales Following Ron Paul Questioning

EU Federal Economic Government Proposal Mirrors Nazi Plan For Fourth Reich

Gordon Brown to push for ‘Tobin tax’ after Wall Street crackdown

Report from South Florida about officers’ secret “ticket talk” with judges.

An Associated Press review of Freedom of Information Act reports filed by 17 major government agencies has revealed that, despite Barack Obama’s promise to make government more transparent, more information is now being withheld from the public.

The review finds that during Obama’s first year in office, a FOIA provision that allows the government to conceal details of its internal decision-making was invoked more frequently than during the outgoing year of the Bush administration.

The provision to refuse the release of internal documents was cited some 70,779 times during the financial year of 2009, compared with just 47,395 times in 2008.

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Documents recently obtained by the ACLU show that the government warned the 9/11 Commission against getting to the bottom of the September 11 terror attacks in a letter signed by Attorney General John Ashcroft, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and CIA Director George J. Tenet.

In a letter dated January 6, 2004, the Commission was refused permission to question terrorist detainees, with inquiry leaders Hamilton and Kean being told there was “A line that the Commission should not cross,” in the course of its investigation.

A PDF of the letter (page 26) can be read here.

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London Telegraph:

The former CIA chief, Porter Goss, approved a 2005 decision to destroy 92 tapes showing US agents waterboarding two terrorism suspects, according to newly released internal emails.

FBI investigators are still examining who knew what about the destruction of the videos, which showed officers using the simulated drowning technique that is widely considered to be torture, on Abu Zubaydah and another terrorism suspect.

The emails were released by the Justice Department under a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Civil Liberties Union.