Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Britain steps up Libor rate-rigging probe, makes first arrests - Global Elites Thrown Out of Iceland, Bankers Arrested

Britain stepped up its probe into rigging of the Libor interbank lending rate, making Tuesday its first arrests in a scandal that has shaken faith in London's role at the heart of the global financial system.
Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which is responsible for investigating and prosecuting complex fraud cases, said three people had been held for questioning concerning manipulation of the rate used as a reference in lending across the world.
"Three men, aged 33, 41 and 47, have been arrested and taken to a London police station for interview in connection with the investigation into the manipulation of Libor," said the SFO in a statement.
An SFO official added that it was the first time that arrests have been made as part of the probe into Libor, which is used in a vast number of global financial transactions totalling at least US$300 trillion.
All three were British nationals, with two men arrested in Essex to the east of London and another held in Surrey to the south of the capital.
The SFO opened a probe into Libor manipulation in July after Barclays was fined US$467 million by US and UK regulators for attempted rigging of European interbank rates between 2005 and 2009.
The London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, is a flagship instrument used all over the world, affecting what banks, businesses and homeowners pay to borrow money. Euribor is the eurozone equivalent.
There was no immediate indication at which bank or banks the men arrested worked, while a Barclays spokesman declined to comment.
The Libor is calculated daily, using estimates from banks of their own interbank rates.
However, the system was been found to be open to abuse, with some traders lying about borrowing costs to boost their trading positions or make their bank seem more secure.
Barclays is the only bank to have been fined so far, but it is understood that about 20 banks globally are being investigated for possible Libor manipulation.
State-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland has already said that it hopes to settle any claims after warning that it could face significant financial penalties.
RBS, which is 81-percent owned by the government after a huge bailout, has dismissed a number of employees for misconduct as a result of its own investigations.
Back in October, the British government announced plans to make it a criminal offence to rig Libor, backing the findings of a major report into the scandal.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) -- the nation's finance regulator -- had recommended in September that the Libor interest rate receive a "complete overhaul" in the wake of the notorious affair.
Industry body the British Bankers' Association will be stripped of its role in setting Libor, with the oversight process handed to a new group.
The coalition government has said that it will seek to change the law and introduce the Libor reforms as soon as possible.
The review also argued that the FSA needed powers to punish those who attempt to manipulate Libor.
The Barclays scandal sparked a raft of top-level resignations, including chief executive Bob Diamond and chairman Marcus Agius, and sparked a bitter row over ethics in the wider banking sector.
Diamond was replaced by Antony Jenkins, who was formerly head of the group's retail and business banking.
Posted June 18, 2012 by Vlad Țepeș in HistoricalNews LinksResistance

Media coverup: It really is as easy as this. If our US government officials don't do this, they are traitors. It really is that simple.

Since the 1900′s the vast majority of the American population has dreamed about saying “NO” to the Unconstitutional, corrupt, Rothschild/Rockefeller banking criminals, but no one has dared to do so. Why? If just half of our Nation, and the “1%”, who pay the majority of the taxes, just said NO MORE! Our Gov’t would literally change over night. Why is it so hard, for some people to understand, that by simply NOT giving your money, to large Corporations, who then send jobs, Intellectual Property, etc. offshore and promote anti-Constitutional rights… You will accomplish more, than if you used violence. In other words… RESEARCH WHERE YOU ARE SENDING EVERY SINGLE PENNY!!! Is that so hard? The truth of the matter is Icelanders have been the only culture on the planet to carry out this successfully. Not only have they been successful, at overthrowing the corrupt Gov’t, they’ve drafted a Constitution, that will stop this from happening ever again. That’s not the best part… The best part, is that they have arrested ALL Rothschild/Rockefeller banking puppets, responsible for the Country’s economic Chaos and meltdown.

Last week 9 people were arrested in London and Reykjavik for their possible responsibility for Iceland’s financial collapse in 2008, a deep crisis which developed into an unprecedented public reaction that is changing the country’s direction.

It has been a revolution without weapons in Iceland, the country that hosts the world’s oldest democracy (since 930), and whose citizens have managed to effect change by going on demonstrations and banging pots and pans. Why have the rest of the Western countries not even heard about it?

Pressure from Icelandic citizens’ has managed not only to bring down a government, but also begin the drafting of a new constitution (in process) and is seeking to put in jail those bankers responsible for the financial crisis in the country. As the saying goes, if you ask for things politely it is much easier to get them.

This quiet revolutionary process has its origins in 2008 when the Icelandic government decided to nationalise the three largest banks, Landsbanki, Kaupthing and Glitnir, whose clients were mainly British, and North and South American.

After the State took over, the official currency (krona) plummeted and the stock market suspended its activity after a 76% collapse. Iceland was becoming bankrupt and to save the situation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) injected U.S. $ 2,100 million and the Nordic countries helped with another 2,500 million.

Great little victories of ordinary people

While banks and local and foreign authorities were desperately seeking economic solutions, the Icelandic people took to the streets and their persistent daily demonstrations outside parliament in Reykjavik prompted the resignation of the conservative Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde and his entire government.

Citizens demanded, in addition, to convene early elections, and they succeeded. In April a coalition government was elected, formed by the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left Green Movement, headed by a new Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

Throughout 2009 the Icelandic economy continued to be in a precarious situation (at the end of the year the GDP had dropped by 7%) but, despite this, the Parliament proposed to repay the debt to Britain and the Netherlands with a payment of 3,500 million Euros, a sum to be paid every month by Icelandic families for 15 years at 5.5% interest.

The move sparked anger again in the Icelanders, who returned to the streets demanding that, at least, that decision was put to a referendum. Another big small victory for the street protests: in March 2010 that vote was held and an overwhelming 93% of the population refused to repay the debt, at least with those conditions.

This forced the creditors to rethink the deal and improve it, offering 3% interest and payment over 37 years. Not even that was enough. The current president, on seeing that Parliament approved the agreement by a narrow margin, decided last month not to approve it and to call on the Icelandic people to vote in a referendum so that they would have the last word.

The bankers are fleeing in fear

Returning to the tense situation in 2010, while the Icelanders were refusing to pay a debt incurred by financial sharks without consultation, the coalition government had launched an investigation to determine legal responsibilities for the fatal economic crisis and had already arrested several bankers and top executives closely linked to high risk operations.

Interpol, meanwhile, had issued an international arrest warrant against Sigurdur Einarsson, former president of one of the banks. This situation led scared bankers and executives to leave the country en masse.

In this context of crisis, an assembly was elected to draft a new constitution that would reflect the lessons learned and replace the current one, inspired by the Danish constitution.

To do this, instead of calling experts and politicians, Iceland decided to appeal directly to the people, after all they have sovereign power over the law. More than 500 Icelanders presented themselves as candidates to participate in this exercise in direct democracy and write a new constitution. 25 of them, without party affiliations, including lawyers, students, journalists, farmers and trade union representatives were elected.

Among other developments, this constitution will call for the protection, like no other, of freedom of information and expression in the so-called Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, in a bill that aims to make the country a safe haven for investigative journalism and freedom of information, where sources, journalists and Internet providers that host news reporting are protected.

The people, for once, will decide the future of the country while bankers and politicians witness the transformation of a nation from the sidelines.

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