Red Cross ‘Diverted Assets’ During Storms’ Aftermath To Focus On Image

It seems that even the American Red Cross has been corrupted to the point that is serves as an agency to collect money for the crisis actors involved is such Hollywood classics as Sandy Hook, the Boston Bombing, and the WashingtonN Navy Yard Shooting. -LW


In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says, as many as 40 percent of the organization's emergency vehicles were assigned for public relations purposes. This photo, which shows one of the trucks in Long Island, N.Y., in January 2013, is one example of the many publicity photos taken by the Red Cross.

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says, as many as 40 percent of the organization’s emergency vehicles were assigned for public relations purposes. This photo, which shows one of the trucks in Long Island, N.Y., in January 2013, is one example of the many publicity photos taken by the Red Cross. Les Stone/American Red Cross

Within hours of Superstorm Sandy slamming the East Coast two years ago, Americans opened their wallets to help — donating millions to the first charity that came to mind: the American Red Cross.

President Obama, like most elected officials and celebrities, vouched for the organization, encouraging people to give.

In the months after the disaster, the Red Cross touted its success in delivering food, clothes and shelter to tens of thousands of people left homeless by the storm. Gail McGovern, the Red Cross president and CEO, told NBC News two weeks after the storm: “I think that we are near flawless so far in this operation.”

The truth, however, is different.

The venerable charity’s track record in dealing with the megastorm is now being challenged by an unusual cadre of critics — its own employees and records.

Multiple internal documents obtained by NPR and ProPublica along with interviews with top Red Cross officials reveal an organization that struggled to meet the basic needs of victims in the first weeks after the storm. The documents and interviews also depict an organization so consumed with public relations that it hindered the charity’s ability to provide disaster services.

In an interview, the Red Cross officials stood behind their work overall, especially during Sandy.

“I’m very proud of the services we provided,” says Trevor Riggen, a vice president at the Red Cross. “I think the volume of services and the speed at which we provided it speaks to the quality of service of the volunteers and staff on the ground. I think there are details both in the documents you have and other documents you haven’t seen that help us learn from our processes.”

Riggen says the Red Cross served 17 million meals, provided millions of supplies and housed tens of thousands of people in its shelters. He says the organization would never put public affairs over the needs of clients in that storm or any other.

“I don’t believe that’s the way our leadership has used resources on the ground or that that was a driving factor in their decisions,” he says.

Among NPR and ProPublica’s findings:

  • The Red Cross national headquarters in Washington “diverted assets for public relations purposes.” A former Red Cross official managing the Sandy effort says 40 percent of available trucks were assigned to serve as backdrops for news conferences.
  • Distribution of relief was “politically driven instead of [Red Cross] planned.”
  • Food waste was “excessive,” due to factors including inexperienced staff, poor communication and “political pressures.”
  • In one shelter, “sex offenders were placed in a special area off of dorm, but they weren’t there, they were all over, including playing in children’s area,” according to a confidential “lessons learned” memo from the Red Cross.
  • “We didn’t have the kind of sophistication needed for this size job,” concluded one senior Red Cross official, describing the agency’s logistics operations in notes from an after-action report five weeks after the storm. Added another official: “Multiple systems failed.”
  • Relief organizers were ordered to produce 200,000 additional meals one day — to drive up numbers. They did it at extraordinary cost, even though there was no one to deliver them to and most went to waste.
  • “It was just clear to me that they weren’t interested in doing mass care; they were interested in the illusion of mass care,” says Richard Rieckenberg, who helped lead the Red Cross’ response to Sandy and Hurricane Isaac.
Richard Rieckenberg is a former head of mass care for the American Red Cross and a retired Navy chief engineer for nuclear submarines. "I think that they lost confidence in their ability to do the right thing," he says, "and they did the next best thing: 'What can we do to make people think we're doing the right thing?' "

Richard Rieckenberg is a former head of mass care for the American Red Cross and a retired Navy chief engineer for nuclear submarines. “I think that they lost confidence in their ability to do the right thing,” he says, “and they did the next best thing: ‘What can we do to make people think we’re doing the right thing?’ ” David Gilkey/NPR

  • It wasn’t just Sandy. When Isaac hit Mississippi and Louisiana earlier in 2012, Rieckenberg says: “We didn’t have food in the shelters, we didn’t have cots, we didn’t have blankets in the shelters, which to me was incredible because we saw this hurricane coming a long way away.”
  • Also during Isaac, one Red Cross official had 80 trucks drive around empty or largely empty “just to be seen,” as one of the drivers recalls.
  • “Our experience with the Red Cross is they’re a little late to the game,” says Police Lt. Matthew Tiedemann, the emergency management coordinator for Bergen County, N.J., who says the Red Cross failed to provide volunteers and resources to open shelters after Sandy. “The reality set in that I was in the sheltering business. It was pretty time-consuming, considering I was putting together cots when I should have been managing an emergency,” he says.
Police Lt. Matthew Teidemann of the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management, says he can't count on the Red Cross after it failed to help after Sandy. So he's filling pods with enough blankets, water and supplies for 400 people in case of an emergency evacuation or natural disaster.

Police Lt. Matthew Teidemann of the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management, says he can’t count on the Red Cross after it failed to help after Sandy. So he’s filling pods with enough blankets, water and supplies for 400 people in case of an emergency evacuation or natural disaster. Michael Rubenstein for NPR

Read more of the investigation at propublica.org/redcross.

 

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Rampant financial crime in City of London eroding public trust

Wow! The corrupt banking stories are starting to focus on the City of London–the heart of the central banking cartel. We must be getting close to the end of this chapter…  -LW


Published time: October 28, 2014 19:58
Edited time: October 29, 2014 00:05

The exterior of the headquarters of the Bank of England in London. (AFP Photo)

The exterior of the headquarters of the Bank of England in London. (AFP Photo)

In her first public address since adopting the position of BoE Deputy Governor, Nemet Minouche Shafik denounced the actions of UK traders in foreign exchange, currencies and bonds markets, warning financial misconduct in these sectors goes well beyond a few rogue financiers.A top Bank of England (BoE) official warns widespread financial crime in the City of London is eroding public trust. The BoE’s criticism surfaced as it launched a review to tackle market manipulation.

Referencing LIBOR riggers’ behavior as unacceptable, she suggested fines for such fraudulent activity were inadequate and signified “salt rubbed into the wounds to public confidence in financial markets.”

LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) currently determines the cost of up to $350 trillion worth of global financial products. While the 21st century has been littered with financial scandals, Libor rigging by leading global banks has been dubbed the most flagrant in modern history.

Approximately £4 billion worth of fines have been issued for the manipulation of core benchmark rates to date, and the City is expecting further fines for the rigging of currency markets to be publicly announced in November.

(AFP Photo/DOMINIQUE FAGET)

(AFP Photo/DOMINIQUE FAGET)

(AFP Photo/DOMINIQUE FAGET)

Speaking at the London School of Economics (LSE) on Monday, Shafik warned Britain’s financial system is rigged and characterized by disproportionate rewards.

“When people read of malpractice in financial markets, of trading profits being claimed through manipulation, collusion or dishonesty, they naturally wonder if they are one of the people who have been wronged,” she said.

Joel Benjamin, a leading researcher and campaigner at UK ethical finance group Move Your Money is investigating the impact of LIBOR rigging on UK citizens and stakeholders. Benjamin warns such rate manipulation is anything but a victimless crime, and those who have suffered most in its wake remain largely uncompensated.

“The real victims of LIBOR are pension funds, SME’s fraudulently mis-sold interest rate swaps, public authorities with cash investments in the banks, and LOBO loans and PFI contracts where interest repayments increased as LIBOR was rigged lower by the banks,” he told RT on Tuesday.

‘Fix the barrel – to get rid of the bad apples’

Shafik’s address at LSE accompanied the launch of the BOE’s long-awaited review of fixed income, foreign exchange and commodities markets, collectively termed FICC. The results of the Bank’s review, first announced by Chancellor George Osborne in June, are expected to surface following the general election in May 2015.

Commenting on the implications of rate rigging, Osborne warned on Monday that financial integrity is a vital prerequisite for a thriving British economy.

But Benjamin argues Osborne has done little to help small businesses and local authorities that have suffered as a result of such financial crimes.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequor, George Osborne. (AFP Photo)

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequor, George Osborne. (AFP Photo)

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequor, George Osborne. (AFP Photo)

“Instead of investigating victims of LIBOR fraud and pursuing compensation, George Osborne has handed LIBOR fines to armed forces charities. LIBOR fines should be going to SMEs defrauded by the banks and to fund public services ravaged by austerity cuts borne of the bank bailouts,” he said.

Reflecting on questionable aspects of Britain’s financial sector, the BoE’s deputy governor said the tired argument that financial misconduct relates to the behavior of a “few bad apples” is “no longer credible.” Shafik suggested UK financial regulation lacks efficacy and robustness, and a regulatory overhaul is needed to“fix the barrel and to get rid of the bad apples.”

Responding to the BoE Deputy Governor’s comments, Benjamin told RT the Bank must drive and oversee a dramatic shift in Britain’s regulatory architecture.

“If the Bank of England are serious about changing the culture of British banking, that means ensuring bankers take responsibility for their actions, and that regulators hold criminal behavior to account,” he said.

Benjamin warns that “deferred prosecution agreements” currently deployed under UK law are particularly problematic. Such legislation facilitates banks in avoiding criminal penalties and keeping damning details of fraudulent activity from public knowledge, he argues.

LIBOR rigging is currently illegal under UK law. And the manipulation of currency and gold markets are set to be classified as criminal offences by the end of 2014.

But Benjamin warns political motivation to prosecute bankers responsible for rate rigging remains paltry at best.

“LIBOR was a clear conspiracy to defraud, and should be treated as such under UK law. But there is no political will to prosecute the bankers who provide over 50 percent of party political donations,” he said.

Benjamin argues that the City of London is characterized by a culture of impunity that reinforces the concept “that crime in the City by elites is tolerable and understandable, while crime on the streets is unacceptable – irrespective of personal circumstances and need.”

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LibTech NYC: Robert David Steele – The Open Source Everything Manifesto

In a nutshell, Robert David Steele’s solution is to have all 7 billion of us with 24/7 access to all information in all languages via the Internet.

Robert David Steele – The Open Source Everything Manifesto – at LibTech NYC on May 21 2014.

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Libtech NYC 2014 — a half-day conference to “envision, learn, share and build robust, decentralized networks through participatory systems”, presented by the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) and RECLAIM.CC, as part of Internet Week NY.

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Join the Massive Campaign to Expose the Judicial Corruption in America’s Courts

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For those not registered on the National Liberty Alliance (NLA) mailing list… here’s your chance, America, to speak out, stand up, and do your part to remove the corruption in The People’s courts.

As John says… “Do not procrastinate.”  Time and desire have a way of slipping away. Instructions are below. 

You don’t have to go anywhere except to a notary, just submit your information by mail.  It IS your duty. My credit union notarizes for free and your bank may also.

If I may offer a few words of advice: Once you’ve written a first draft, put it away for a couple of days and go back and edit later.

By all means include details of the inconvenience, pain, suffering, and losses, but don’t allow it to become an abusive rant. When reliving the events in this way, it’s going to dredge up the emotions all over again. That’s why you put it on the shelf before doing your final edit; so you can keep a cool head and remove unwanted text.

This is a legal document and must be presentable to the court. Be civil, factual, and respectful. As long as your language is all of those, you don’t need to use ‘legalese’. It’s always a good idea to have someone else read your document for clarity to ensure you’re saying what you intend to say before getting it notarized.

I just checked the donation status on the NLA website and there has been a huge leap (from 40% of their goal to 68%—wow!)  in the level of funds provided. If you lead an uncomplicated life, free of the terror of the courts and have no affidavit to submit but have a little cash you’d like to send their way, that will also help them to execute this campaign.

Note: See the gold fringe on the edge of the flag in this photo? That symbolizes the Law of the Sea. Since America is a continent, not a body of water, this system is NOT legal to practice in the USA. They pulled that one over on you. This is why the current judicial system must be removed and Common Law reinstated; The Law of the Land.  ~ BP

It is “TIME” to hold all judges accountable.  We are “NOW” venturing into a massive campaign to expose the “out of control judicial corruption” (RICO) [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] across America. We will be serving “every” federal judge, 12 appellate courts and filing in 90 district courts across America simultaneously. NOW IS THE TIME to pay attention and become active.

YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED, it’s your duty!

If you have suffered an injustice from any court please download the affidavit format here > http://nationallibertyalliance.org/rico < and tell your story of injustice inflicted by the courts including injures pain, suffering and losses. Keep it as short and precise as possible.

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Keep the affidavits coming. There are no time limitations, but do not procrastinate. For more details on our plan call in to our Monday evening open forum.

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Common Law Grand Jury Resources for Canada

A Canadian reader (thank you Laura) shared this information for patriots in Canada who want to learn more about the Common Law Grand Jury and what they can do to move this important initiative forward.

Contact info for the Canadian Common Law Grand Jury. http://thegoodlylawfulsociety.org/.

Joshua Flint joshuaflint@gmail.com and Gwen Rundle givenchi191@gmail.com.

 

$16 Trillion Federal Reserve Lie is Nothing Compared to Gold and Silver Market Manipulation

The financial atrocities committed against Humanity are indeed staggering.We’re talking gazillions. Well, I’M talking gazillions because my brain will only recognize so many zeroes and then it’s just an insane amount of money I can’t quantify.

The scale of the theft and deceit on this planet is almost beyond belief, and we haven’t heard it all yet.  I expect it will be leaking out continually from here on. Talk of retracted articles is a common theme these days as information is leaked and taken back on many subjects and the financial is no different.

It’s best to get your money out of the banks. If you must, use a small, local bank or credit union, but stay away from the large ones because the banksters will use your money at the ‘casino’. 

We have been told purchasing gold and silver is a good idea, but after reading this article… perhaps not. Land might be better. Ever heard of a ‘trust deed’?  ~ BP

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$16 Trillion Federal Reserve Lie is Nothing Compared to Gold and Silver Market Manipulation

By Christina Sarich, NationofChange, August 11, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/oljm6qk

Given the clubby manipulation efforts we saw in Libor benchmarks, I assume other benchmarks – many other benchmarks – are legit areas of inquiry.” ~ CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton

The July 2011 audit by the Government Accountability Office of the Federal Reserve exposed one of the biggest lies the US has ever been told – that the Fed had secretly given out $16,000,000,000,000.00 to US banks, corporations and foreign financial institutions everywhere from France to Scotland, but this incredible exposed deceit is nothing compared to what is coming out now about the manipulation of gold and precious metal markets.

The prevarications of cabalistic bankers and their puppeteers are like the teeth of a viperfish. Though the creature looks pretty horrific, they only grow to about 12 inches long, and they like to stay deep in murky waters to avoid detection.

Sure, those prehistoric-looking jaws are scary, but only as long as you stay ill-informed. However, if you were hoping to ride unscathed through the supposed looming Global Currency Reset or Revaluation (GCR), by purchasing gold and silver, think again.

Though the Feds called the secret $16-trillion-dollar bank bailout an ‘all-inclusive loan program’ it was nothing more than a heist. The same as the gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metal market tinkering happening right under our noses, today. These markets are manipulated in order to line the pockets of big financial institutions – who were already bailed out by Cabal money. It’s the continuation of legacy of giving ‘the entitled’ more entitlement.

This manipulation is evidenced in a number of ways. During the nearly 5,000 years in which humanity has been mining/refining gold and silver; the gold/silver price ratio has averaged roughly 15:1. Yet currently (and through all the recent decades of silver manipulation) this ratio has been depressed to 50:1 (or lower).

Christopher Pia, a hedge-fund trader with Moore Capital has just been fined $1 million in a market manipulation of precious metals settlement but his previous fines loomed larger. He paid a $25 million fine to settle separate CFTC claims of attempted manipulation and supervisory violations in April 2010 without admitting or denying the allegations. He is just a small shark in the big ocean, too. If these were just his fines settled out of court, you can imagine the total dollar value of the markets he machinated.

Additionally, China’s Chief Auditor has identified $15.2 billion in loans backed by falsified gold, according to the National Audit Office’s website.  It has been estimated that upwards of $80 Billion was advanced in gold backed loans alone, according to Goldman Sachs, as quoted in a Bloomberg article today.

Furthermore, Financial Times removed an article from its site recently that exposed gold market manipulation because it was too ‘sensitive.’ You can see a preserved copy of the article here. The article attests that gold prices were manipulated 50% of the time between 2010 and 2013.

“The findings come amid a probe by German and UK regulators into alleged manipulation of the gold price, which is set twice a day by Deutsche Bank, HSBC [a New York based corporate bank], Barclays, Bank of Nova Scotia, and Societe Generalein a process known as the London gold fixing.”

Let me back up and give just a little history about the players in the ‘investigation’ of market manipulation. The cabal is divided into smaller groups, but they all work together, until their piece of the pie is threatened. The Four Horsemen of Banking include the Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo who own the Four Horsemen of Oil: Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP Amoco and Chevron Texaco; in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch.

According to company 10K filings to the SEC, the Four Horsemen of Banking are among the top ten stock holders of virtually every Fortune 500 corporation.

Many mainstream publications try to minimize investor worries about gold and silver price-fixing by saying that there is no evidence that gold prices are rigged, but you’d have to be a pretty dull knife to buy that fabrication.

As the Financial Times article clearly outlined in their retracted article:

“Research found the gold price frequently climbs (or falls) once a twice-daily conference call between the five banks begins, peaks (or troughs) almost exactly as the call ends and then experiences a sharp reversal, a pattern it alleged may be evidence of “collusive behaviour”.

“[This] is indicative of panel banks pushing the gold price upwards on the basis of a strategy that was likely predetermined before the start of the call in order to benefit their existing positions or pending orders.

“The behaviour of the gold price is very suspicious in 50 per cent of cases. This is not something you would expect to see if you take into account normal market factors.”

In fact, Britain’s Barclay’s bank was recently slapped with a $44 million dollar fine for gold price fixing ( a mere slap on the hand), and as Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibi has said, “The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There’s no price the big banks can’t fix.”

So whether its interest rate swapping, libor fixing, or the manipulation of gold and silver, its all fair game to the Four Horsemen. So are we to believe these goons, represented by some ‘anonymous party’ when they say that they want to change the process of how they value metals?

“The proposal is for an independent chairman and third-party administrator, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Deutsche Bank AG’s exit from the process this year as it scales back its commodities business left Societe Generale SA, Bank of Nova Scotia, HSBC Holdings Plc and Barclays Plc to set the fixing price twice a day by phone.”

This, as the World Gold Council (WGC) hosted a meeting on July 7 attended by 34 delegates including producers, refiners, central banks and exchanges, and who discussed the gold benchmark. They unanimously want an independent party to administer the rate as well as improve transparency.

Good luck with that, WGC, it’s like asking for the Easter Bunny to prove that Santa Clause exists. As long as the cabal is allowed to continue its machinations, no trading is sacred.

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