US Freezes $30 Billion In Libyan Assets (The Bulk Of Which Originated In The US And Europe)

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Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:04 | 1004886 Guy Fawkes Mulder
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Isn't this the same shit they pulled to save Rockefeller's Chase Manhattan after the Iranian Revolution?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:09 | 1004900 The Count
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Ahem... US banks have been not only laundering drug billions for years (and if caught get a 'fine') but also are the banking system of choice (right after Switzerland) for all dictators on our payroll.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:21 | 1004908 Zero Govt
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So the US Govt is chasing its own tail (funding for despots) running circles around the tyrant it supported... such integrity!

Aren't there international laws, police and agencies to stop criminal flow of funds? how does the US Govt get its own funding for tyrants and terrorists to usurp democratic Govts, arming them and training them past all this policing then? 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:10 | 1004911 Mark Schiavo
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Mysterious UK buyer found.....ZH was correct.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:19 | 1004935 IrishSamurai
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Exactly as has been stated by many people smarter than me.

As the U.S. stated to China when we started this prisoner's dilemma:

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:17 | 1004933 Hondo
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Those funds belong to the people of Lybia....I don't see how the US government could take them......of course corrupt governments begets corrupt governments.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:23 | 1004957 SilverRhino
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Oh look, yet another reason to stockpile PM's out of control and out of reach of a corrupt government.  

Admittedly Khaddafi and the Libyan people are embroiled in a civil war.   When did that become a crime and how exactly are we (the USA) justified in restricting capital movements of a sovereign government in which we are not engaged in warfare with?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:25 | 1004965 Stuck on Zero
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Exactly how can Khadaffi .. ghadaffi ... qadaffi ... quadaphi ... Kadaffi ... gaudaffi ...  whatever, hire all the Mercenaries he wants to fight his people if we take his money away?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:28 | 1004979 LongSoupLine
Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:36 | 1005002 Tense INDIAN
Mon, 02/28/2011 - 18:01 | 1005082 vast-dom
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Well instead of paying down the cause of all of this ie QE 1 & 2 rest assured this $30b in frozen assets will help fund QE 3 ;p

What an ingenious most circuitous grand chessboard strategy!


Mon, 02/28/2011 - 18:24 | 1005180 AUD
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Are these 'assets' marked to market?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 18:33 | 1005212 pappacass
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Ok being a natural dumbass I figured Daffy = bad, Libians = poor and feudalised etc etc

And then you come across something like this

And far be it from me to say but maybe he sounds 'plausible'?

I'll be terribly shocked if I'm being lied to by MSM...

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 18:46 | 1005239 walküre
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Well, if you believe in fairy tales...

Lybians are revolting because they too want to participate in the wonderful American super recovery that will bring unprecedented wealth and growth to the US economy.

No money, no credit, bad credit, no job, no economy, no problem. It's all good.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 18:35 | 1005217 Miles Kendig
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Would be nice if the Obama administration revisited the Bush administration decision to relieve Libya of the need to pay compensation to victims of Pan Am 103 and other acts of terrorism committed by QuackDaffy

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 03:06 | 1006286 StychoKiller
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We're still in the early innings...

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 18:36 | 1005219 walküre
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Who do you trust with your money?

This is bearish for banks, very bearish. Let's face it, most large depositors are crooks on some level. It is what it is. At some point the government(s) will find a reason to seize the assets in the banks.

I'm not a fan of Gaddafi or other despots and crooks, but the ease with which a corrupt government takes charge over anyone's money is frightening.

What are they trying to accomplish? No, really.

If they piss off the Colonel Gaddafi even more, he's going to pull a Saddam on the oil fields.

Don't think for a minute that every other oil rich guy from that region isn't going to consider a major withdrawal from his accounts in the US and Switzerland.

Heck, this could start the biggest fucking bank run in the history of mankind.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 19:15 | 1005302 SilverRhino
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>>This is bearish for banks, very bearish.

I'm glad someone else is seeing this.   I have a raft of friends that thinks this is the greatest thing to happen since sliced bread since the USA is going after "the bad guy" with no effective due process or respect for property rights (not withstanding the Hague International Court "accusations" that none of us voted to be bround by).  

They dont seem to realize that if the US can do it to a dictator with tanks, poison gas and soldiers loyal unto death, they sure as shit can do it to YOU.

>>Heck, this could start the biggest fucking bank run in the history of mankind.

Anyone want to guess how much the Saudis, UAE, African warlords, Kuwaiti have deposited in "Western" banks??   We just might get to find out.  

** This is insanely bullish for portable stores of wealth that men with guns can guard.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 08:55 | 1006525 trendybull459
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Excellent,this what we need,the USA in greed for small money will loose all money the foreigners trusted and play at us markets,i agree that from this hole FED system will be kicked off and markets must start otcontract and bank must default as it is in default,but on the government air pump,good news,this is Revolution,USA has not rights to put its fingers into suverein of any person or country,all they want is world big prison and us working in it for their corporations,fight with us against FED:


Mon, 02/28/2011 - 21:17 | 1005594 ziggy59
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do frozen ASSets ever show as profits and losses on the country's "statement" who freezes those assets?


-just askin

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 21:44 | 1005660 YHC-FTSE
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"Cohen declined to name the institutions where the $30 billion was being frozen, nor did he break down the sources of the funds when pressed by reporters."

So the usual transparency we can expect from the land of the free.

The specified UN sanctions are not against Libya as such but only applies to the Gaddafi family and upper echelon in defense/intel. But considering the complete lack of any data, I guess you are fucked if you are a Libyan business with investments in the US. Good luck getting any of that soon-to-be worthless cash back, Libya. You've been screwed by the biggest gangsters on the planet. 

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 09:00 | 1006541 trendybull459
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This is gave very strong cards to Kadafi's,now he can take good speech pointing how USA used him or can use any one who planning to run government in any near by countries and how his assets or powers could be invaded,this will build very negative momentum against USA,specially Chineese will be very very worry or just prepair of military respond,this is opens the gate to many small dictator like countries prepair the war regims and be ready to fight USA or to build any unions,this is leading us to the War

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 02:10 | 1006236 Whats that smell
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Things might get crazy down in Crawford TX if Gaddafi gets asylum, BenLadin and him do not get along I hear.

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