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Two Year Reminder For The Fed: How Is That Investigation Into Goldman's Greek Currency Swaps Going?

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There are those who remember that back in February 2010, before the world realized just how broke Greece was, the public's deplorably short attention span was briefly focused on none other than Goldman Sachs, which as so often happens, was at the heart of the scheme enabling Greece to skirt by Maastricht regulations and mask the fact that its debt and deficits were both far worse than represented publicly. There are also some who remember that back in February 2010, it was none other than the Federal Reserve that tasked itself with uncovering whether Goldman did anything "illegal" by engaging in currency swaps to make the Greek economy appear rosier than it was: "We are looking into a number of questions related to Goldman Sachs and other companies and their derivatives arrangements with Greece," Bernanke said in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.... Greece in 2001 borrowed billions, with the aid of Goldman Sachs in a deal hidden from public view because it was treated as a currency trade rather than a loan....Goldman Sachs spokesman Michael DuVally declined to comment on the Fed's probe. "As a matter of policy we don't comment on legal or regulatory matters," DuVally said. Goldman Sachs had defended the transactions in a statement posted on its Website Sunday. The firm said they had a "minimal effect" on Greece's overall fiscal situation." Maybe, just maybe it is time, two years later, for the world to hear something, anything, from the Fed as to what its seemingly quite extensive investigation into Goldman's has yielded.

And as a public service, just to help the Chairman, who very soon will have precisely 15 minutes to prove he can send record Brent prices down by 50% and prevent the European economy from imploding, here is a convenient reminder from the BBC, courtesy of its clip "How Goldman Sachs Helped Mask Greece's Debt." You know - just in case someone forgot to hold the Fed accountable for its objective and sincere investigation into the firm, whose former chief economist now runs the New York Fed.

PS: has anyone heard about the whereabouts of friend Christoforos Sardelis recently? The same guy who allowed Greece to engage in the Goldman swaps? Because if one was curious, one would inquire if there were any cross currency swaps that involved Sardelis' Swiss bank account circa 2001 and an offshore Cayman account controlled by a Goldman sub, circa the same time.

 


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Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:12 | Link to Comment The trend is yo...
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crooked sachs

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:13 | Link to Comment Ahmeexnal
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Time for Greece to default and put an end to the eurofascist project.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:28 | Link to Comment Badabing
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This story may have a deeper and darker side. Was Goldman Sachs working for the Fed, setting the dominos in place to make the Euro fail? For all we know Goldman may be one of the major secrit share holders of the fed and the Fed may be working for Goldman!

 

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 16:08 | Link to Comment putaipan
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threadjacking alert- but don't know where else to put it and haven't seen

anyone else point it out - http://chasvoice.blogspot.com/2012/02/must-see-all-big-banksters-resign-check.html#axzz3alx2VBwM

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 16:27 | Link to Comment imaginalis
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The FED is like the person who bumps into you on the street and distracts you while his buddy rifles through your pockets.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 16:47 | Link to Comment Arius
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"as a public service, just to help the Chairman"

Tyler - the rotating door between government and business has given such a bad flavour to the word "PUBLIC SERVICE" you should come up with another word ...

it reminds me of Edward Berneys saying he had to come up with a new word because "propaganda" had such a bad name because of the Germans ... so Edy Bernays came up with the public relations ... the rest is history.

here is a MUST LISTEN bonus for the loyal ZH viewers ... pls click into some of advertisements as a payback ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhxfArTAcfM

 

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 18:47 | Link to Comment Pinto Currency
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The investigation is going perfectly - nobody identified yet and GS is free to walk. 

 

Perhaps the information disappeared along with MF Global records of customer asset transfers to JP Morgan.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 20:28 | Link to Comment Money 4 Nothing
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Va-por-ized. They already testified to that fact, why do you keep arguing it? /sarc

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 16:22 | Link to Comment Money 4 Nothing
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Goldman Sachs are working for G.O.D. Gold Oil and Drugs. so yea, God's work.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 18:07 | Link to Comment blindfaith
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As I understand it, the new Bible coming out very soon has many revisions, changes, corrections, and new interpretations.  Many.  Many.  Many.

We must understand that things are different now.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 21:43 | Link to Comment Oracle of Kypseli
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The bible is being revised as well as the constitution. Look out

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 03:51 | Link to Comment BlackholeDivestment
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                            HOW  DE E  P    C     A        N      Y O U      GO?

                                Badabing, ''deeper and darker side''', hmmm,

               ...reminds me of the comment in the video about the Goldman Baby 

                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqEo-gg7mE8 

                                                             and 

                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKIkbx7_c98

                                                       Anger's joke  

                   (at the 010: 25 mark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zpl7Q06_rs )  

                                           ...the Washington Monument

                              http://www.raidersnewsupdate.com/washmoncirc.jpg 

                                                           and

                                              The Book of Revelation 

                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykEe5YS3mfA

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 14:48 | Link to Comment Cadavre
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Wow - the first video in your links was to Sabbath's "Born Again" - never heard that tune - but I have heard the dark dissonant diminished minor "hook" in that tune. Its the same f*cking "hook" Metalica used in  "Enter Sandman"!

Change the 2ed "E" to "O", and the "A" to "U" and "Revelation" prints "Revolution" - which is what Revelations is all about,

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Implicit simplicit
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You didn't get the memo: Slavery is ok if it is condoned by the banking cartel.

 Howevery, revolution is condoned as neecessary when you must feed your loved ones.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:45 | Link to Comment Skid Marks
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Maybe the Greeks should watch the video, do a little research, locate the complicite politicians, banksters and others responsible for the subterfuge, and then do the right thing.......

http://www.custermen.com/ItalyWW2/ILDUCE/Mussolini.htm

 

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 01:34 | Link to Comment Terrorist
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Sometimes your own morality is a higher law.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 23:31 | Link to Comment JumpinJonnyK
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Could we ever get these Ahole in prison?  I don't think it's possible for any of these clowns to get what the deserve!

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:14 | Link to Comment Tsar Pointless
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Nah. Perhaps it's time for another story on Jeremy Lin and his "linfectious" determined playing style.

Although last night, he looked a little dis-Orient-ed.

Thankfully, I'm not an ESPN.com writer. You can't fire me, you can only hope to contain my fire.

Or something like that.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:15 | Link to Comment I think I need ...
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if it wasn't for goldman sachs doing the work of god on a daily basis you would be at war in streets already in america....they hold things together.....they are the heartbeat of the world.....without them and people just hoarding gold its over

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:34 | Link to Comment thedrickster
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MDB, is that you?

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:35 | Link to Comment thedrickster
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Dup, Dup, Dee, Dee, Dup.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:19 | Link to Comment carbonmutant
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Apparently Goldman's model has become SOP in the EU.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:21 | Link to Comment Dr. Kananga
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"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:28 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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LORD Blankfiend, is lawyered up. It's like that guy jumping from the EDGE of Space.   Shadow inventory on an epic SCALE!

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:35 | Link to Comment Qa
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The Fed just wanted to understand how Goldman masked the loans as currency swaps so they could do the same. Viola, the Fed bails out Europe via currency swaps, not loans, in 2011. See here

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:36 | Link to Comment Mae Kadoodie
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NewsFlash-- Obama administration just hired Jon Corzine to conduct an investigation regarding the currency swaps matter.  Corzine promised to hunt down the perpertrators and to bring them to justice swiftly.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 18:13 | Link to Comment Money 4 Nothing
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Didn't Corzine have a hard time finding his own ass with both hands at Mother Fucker Global? Just trying to understand what his "investigative"  credentials are.. Anyone?

 

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:49 | Link to Comment chubbar
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I suspect that file is in the same location as the CFTCs Silver investigation.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 15:57 | Link to Comment Spirit Of Truth
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Didn't you know?

Lloyd Blankfein is doing "God's work".  

Goldman Sachs is above reproach.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 16:07 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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Stolper says so! He and Blankenstein are on a single engine Cessna loaded with amonium nitrate, headed for CUBA!

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 16:42 | Link to Comment non_anon
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yes, all through the history of mankind, those in charge of nations would systematically debase their monies to extract wealth from their citizenry. No different today with fiat currencies, inflation, and taxation.

Back in the ages of yore, when this was discovered and not corrected, rebellion would ensue, are we on the cusp of rebellion now?

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 16:44 | Link to Comment gmj
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"Sadly, the US prison system does not have facilities which are ecologically suited to vampire squid."  Eric Holder

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 20:23 | Link to Comment Money 4 Nothing
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That's why were going to use the FEMA Camps for them instead. fixed..

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 17:05 | Link to Comment CRBull
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HAHAH...   Goldman, a Primary Dealer and Stock Holder in the Fed...

 

Makes sense, I'd love to own the company auditing me....  Can't make this shit up

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 17:11 | Link to Comment earleflorida
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Iraq, Libya, and now ? ,... because they wanted euro's in payment -- thus begins the downfall of america's hegemony,... the expose via de`Palace of Versailles', philosophers' stone" - in broad daylight mind-you, by an unsustainable sine`qua`non sylph.   

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 20:51 | Link to Comment sgt_doom
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But the Hegemon will take us all down screaming.....

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 18:18 | Link to Comment VelvetHog
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Why are you doing Friday Humor on Saturday?

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 18:21 | Link to Comment q99x2
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"I don't blame him." The guy said, "I don't blame him." Put that suit stuffed with a pervert in prison and let it yell down the hallway, "I don't blame him". See how long it takes before you hear, "I blame you mf'r look here is where they broke the law."

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 19:03 | Link to Comment imamonkey
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How is Goldy not a $600 stock??? All that business - worldwide, jeez they're everywhere ... c'mon man ...

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 19:18 | Link to Comment brettd
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Who has Holder assigned to oversee the investigation?

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 19:26 | Link to Comment Doug
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Paging Matt Taibbi... paging Matt Taibbi...

 

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 20:10 | Link to Comment Herkimer Jerkimer
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Shut up. Shut Up. Shut Up! SHUT UP!

I should just keep my big keyboard/mouth shut instead of particpating in the ironic sarcasm by mocking myself through comment such as the above, as people point out stuff that is killing us, the little guy, who is me, as I mock the very efforts to stop this behaviour.

Sadly, it comes from knowing the fix is in and there is nothing we can do about it.

The Fed is going to do nothing.

Goldman will skate.

 

 

Thanks for doing what you can, ZH and Tyler Durden, whoever you are... keeping the feet of these bastards to the fire.

 

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V-V

 

 

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 20:18 | Link to Comment Canucklehead
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Greece, as a sovereign state, shops around for a corrupt investment advisor to show them how to game the EU.

And Goldman was the only bank to express interest?

Greece is innocent in all of this?

Burn Greece in the same manner as you would burn Goldman.

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment BlackholeDivestment
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...listening (ZH and CSPAN Junky) to Morris talking his Book ''Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline''

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/WhyAmer 

...as he was talking about how the press tries to make people believe ''it's dark over there'' when it's actually is as funny ''there'' as it is here. He offered an example of the dark impression American's have, because they do not see things like a Comedian on Afgahnistan TV on their ''programmed channels''.

Pretty funny >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwRKrNhELlM

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 14:30 | Link to Comment Cadavre
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Hate to tell you this so late `n the game understanding most ZH readers already know - but, and apparently not some,  that the "Burka Women" Youtube video produced by MEMRI, well this may surprize you - or it may not - but MEMRI is a US State Department Neocon and Mossad psyop propaganda service,

Sorry .. Maybe - if you enjoy that stuff, and ain't saying you do or don't, you might also want to consider offering sympathetic posts at YNET, Haaretz and Canadian Sun News outlets.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 05:26 | Link to Comment BlackholeDivestment
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Lol, but of course he is. It certainly seemed a bit beyond odd and a little too insulting. 

The guy that wrote the book used him as an example of how alike ''they'' are to the west. Lol.

Thanks for the heads up. There so much crap like that going on I would have missed that. 

On a side note, I have noticed searching  the net for links to info, I recall was easy to bring up, is not as easy anymore increasingly. I spent a few hours today looking for some old footage and info of people doing horrible things, when I first did the search in the past it was real quick to get. Seems to me that the algo profile is establishing holes and corners err something. Brings this to mind http://bigthink.com/ideas/42632  how manipulation is rising, kinda like what you just pointed out with the ''Civil Affairs'' type counterintelligence going on only with the new world order reality of robot to robot market maker etc...  at hand now. Next thing you know they will be singing with computer generated voices dressed up like Romans at the Super Bowl. Oh ,,wait. Lol. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1ndN_NXf3o 

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 22:57 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 "._." in the HEAD LIGHTS!

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 23:10 | Link to Comment cnhedge
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we demand an answer and how the swap helps mask the debt.

http://www.jinrongbaike.com/

http://www.cnhedge.com/

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 01:14 | Link to Comment Cadavre
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The operative phrasing: "before the world realized just how broke Greece was" would best address reality and understanding were it to be rephrased as, "before it became general knowledge that corporate and political criminals had extorted, defrauded and embezzled available Greek liquidity".

Now this one is really beautiful:
We are looking into a number of questions related to Goldman Sachs and other companies and their derivatives arrangements with Greece," Bernanke said in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee....

An invasion someplace in the middle east would sure change the topic - mean gee-wilickers - look at what Goldman did for Ghadaffi.

Some sound advice for those haunted by survival instinct, - gut the beast `fore he feeds you to the machine and see the sun rise another day.

Any "nodes" participating in the structure that executed  crimes against Greece, that fortune blessed with the tiniest remnant molecule of survival still clutching to strand s of bling weakened genetics find the thought of drawing another breath more appealing than not, that "node" would be best advised to immediately go public, outside the alleged Berskanki "investigation". Save yourself little man - Goldman has enough to worry about and you are expendable - from the top - from the base. What is living when fear of  the guillotine infects every heartbeat?  Ask:Do you really want to be a sacrificial lamb for Goldman toads when the pitchforks and Columbian neckties come a calling after Moorador is laid to siege by a less than gracious commons? There ain't no way to stop that trouble coming everyday. Trouble hurts - really hurts!

How Goldman Sachs Helped Mask Greece's Debt

Again the phrasing. Perhaps a more appropriate rephrasing would be .. "How Goldman Sachs Helped Mask Greece's Debt and how Goldman Sachs continues to hide its role in the fraud and extortion that plundered Greece back to the stone age."

As much as my heart goes out to Goldman's noble, though vain futile feeble f*cked up efforts to avoid degradation below a "Soylent Green" asset class (ya guys gave it your best - but the party be over - the fat lady done sung). Ya just gotz to give them a pig's ear and maybe a pig hove for chutzpa. As shallow and obvious as bribing the ECB to place a Goldman alumni as supreme leader of Greece's provisional ruling council to over see the final days of the Greek Garage Sale Project (and avoid collateral calls on outstanding CDS), at least they gave survival the old ivy league madrassa try!  Word to the wise - only commit crimes when you care absolutely sure your are in control.

Love your crosswords!

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 10:36 | Link to Comment Mario55
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Come on, stop demonizing the banks and Gs in particular instead of the States and politicians. It is like accusing the guns shop instead of the killer.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment Lost Wages
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Goldman Sucks. Kick 'em in the Sachs.

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