Pallet Tim

George Washington's picture

Fed chair Ben Bernanke is nicknamed "Helicopter Ben" because of his
2002 speech recommending that money be dropped from a helicopter in
order to prevent deflation (and then actually doing it).

Similarly, I think we should nickname Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner "Pallet Tim".

As I wrote last July:

A soon-to-be released report by special inspector general Neil Barofsky finds:

of the banks that got federal aid to support increased lending have
instead used some of the money to make investments, repay debts or buy
other banks

[The banks have also distributed] bailout money to pay executives fat bonuses which they used to buy gold toilets and prostitutes, and to lobby Congress to stop any meaningful reform.


report by the special inspector general also calls on the Treasury
Department to require regular, more detailed information from banks
about their use of federal aid provided under the Troubled Asset Relief

According to the Post, the Treasury has refused to collect such information, and:

a written response, the Treasury again rejected that call. Officials
have taken the view that the exact use of the federal aid cannot be
tracked because money given to a bank is like water poured into an

But just like dye is frequently added to streams
by scientists in order to trace the flow of water, Treasury could
easily track the flow of bailout funds. Indeed, the government has very
sophisticated software which tracks funds, which it uses in terrorism
investigations. But that is all moot. The truth of the matter is that
Treasury never even asked the banks to keep track of where the bailout money was going. If they ask, the banks would be required to keep track themselves.

As everyone now knows, the amount of the TARP bailouts could be much higher than $700 billion. See this and this. The amount could be in the trillions.

And Treasury is administering trillions more through its other "emergency" programs.

Of course, Geithner's New York Fed also pushed to keep pay AIG's CDS counterparties at full value, and then to keep the deal secret.

But Pallet Tim had experience distributing large sums of money without any oversight even before he became Treasury Secretary.

In July 2009, Congressman Henry Waxman stated:

In a 13 month period from May 2003 to June 2004, the Federal Reserve sent nearly $12 billion in cash, mainly in $100 bills from the United States to Iraq. To do that, the Federal Reserve Bank in New York
had to pack 281 million individual bills ... onto wooden pallets to be
shipped to Iraq. The cash weighed more than 363 tons and was loaded
onto C-130 cargo planes to be flown into Baghdad...

The Los Angeles Times reported at the time:

Prior audits by Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, found that more than $8.8 billion in such funds could not be properly accounted for.

Bloomberg wrote:

report from Waxman's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
... described contractors being told to bring big bags to collect
shrink- wrapped bundles of money and one episode where a Bremer staff
member was allegedly told to spend $6.75 million in a week.

have no way of knowing if the cash that was shipped into the green zone
ended up in enemy hands,'' Waxman, a California Democrat, said at
today's hearing.

I'm not too worried about the money
having fallen into enemy hands. I think it is much more likely that it
fell into the hands of gleeful defense contractors, like these happy

In addition, ABC noted that there might have been a partisan bias:

Paul Hodes, D-N.H., claimed that recent college graduates with
Republican ties were sent to Iraq instead of experienced government


Rodes challenged, "I want to know why half the U.S.
staff had never been outside of the country before and had to get a
passport for the first time?"

(I'm not trying
to make this a partisan issue: under the current Democratic
administration, I would guess that Democratic folks are favorably
getting their palms greased).

$2.4 billion of these $100 dollar bills were loaded onto pallets, put on C-130s and shipped to Iraq in June 2004:

when the shipment date changed, officials had to scramble to line up
U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo planes to hold the money. They did, and the
$2,401,600,000 was delivered to Baghdad on June 22, 2004.

It was the largest one-time cash transfer in the history of the New York Fed

And guess who was the head of the New York Fed at the time this was going on?

Yup ... Pallet Tim.

I am not implying that the Fed's shipment to Iraq were illegal (they
were apparently part of a UN-sponsored Iraqi oil revenue arrangement).
And I am not implying that Geithner is responsible for the theft of
billions of dollars by defense contractors or others - he was never
asked to oversee distribution of the funds once they arrived in Iraq,
and he wasn't head of the New York Fed when the shipments started.

am simply saying that Geithner has long been a yes-man to the
powers-that-be, who ships pallets of money wherever he is told without
question or any follow-up or tracking whatsoever.

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    jeff montanye's picture

    helicopter ben and c-130 tim.  thanks.

    Dixie Normous's picture

    As someone pointed out to me before, this might explain why cotton futures are going through the roof.


    Another pallet story: The book Jawbreaker, about the first special opps teams on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11, describes guys sleeping on pallets of cash that would eventually go to buying off warlords.  I hope everyone involved filed the proper paperwork so that money was properly accounted for.

    JimboJammer's picture

    This  really  hurts  the  US  Dollar

    This  hurts  the  credibillity  of  Many  Government  People..

    Smoke  and  Mirrors ....   Kick - Back  Money  x  100

    binky's picture

    When this story was originally reported several years back the amount in question approached 20 billion. In their minds this transaction demonstrates 8 billion dollars profit created from thin air.


    No wonder they were able to save the world and still make it home by six.



    Get_to_the_choppa's picture

    *sigh* I remeber the good old days when you could 'lose track' of 2.3 trillion from the defense budget and nobody cared the next day because something happened to some buildings in NY.  Those were the days I tells ya.



    Rick64's picture

    [The banks have also distributed] bailout money to pay executives fat bonuses which they used to buy gold toilets and prostitutes, and to lobby Congress to stop any meaningful reform.

    Ok lobbying and prostitutes, but gold toilets? Come on show some restraint.

    Anonymous's picture

    Trashery Tim?
    Timmy taxme?
    Tim Timbermoney?

    Nahh,.. I´am drunk!

    Anonymous's picture

    Sorry He's already been named Turbo Tax Timmy

    Al Gorerhythm's picture

    That pic reminds me of the stack of notes used to pay for a meal for 8, in Zimbabwe, a couple of years back. An unimpressive pile of paper.

    BlackBeard's picture

    man...there's a lot of messed up things going on right now..but this is fucked up!

    Racer's picture

    Some anagrams of Timothy Geithner

    Teeth Origin Myth

    Toeing Their Myth


    but my favourites........

    Hereto Mighty Nit

    Money, He Right Tit

    Inherit My Ghetto

    Going Down's picture


    That the Federal Reserve could ship nearly $12 billion anywhere and not require a proper accounting says just about all you need to know about the USD's value.


    Even the government knows it's worthless.


    Clinteastwood's picture

    Hey waitaminute----didn't the Chinese & Japanese get a buncha Iraqi oil for that cash?  That's the deal ya know--then they buy a buncha treasuries, get it??

    MarketTruth's picture

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    WaterWings's picture

    This is very unpalatable - very strong regurgitation signals at the moment.

    DaveyJones's picture

    The palette of the painter is harmony

    The pallet of the fed is unreal

    Anonymous's picture

    Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    * But who shall guard the guardians?

    * Variant translation:

    Who watches the watchmen?

    Ned Zeppelin's picture

    Timmah, Pallet Tim, A Yes Man's Yes Man, Geithner and Corrupt Power: Perfect Together. You could come up with all kinds of slogans and monikers that would all be true.

    George Washington's picture


    Thanks, made me laugh ...

    macfly's picture

    I still like 'Timmy the Tax Cheat' best, it just somehow has the right ring to it.