DEA Partnered With Guzman’s Mexican Drug Cartel For Over A Decade

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 8:32 am

Another dark alliance? According to an investigation by El Universal between 2002 and 2012 the DEA had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was led at that time by recently arrested Joaquin “El [...]

Citigroup Fraud In Mexico Slices Profits

By: Friday February 28, 2014 1:47 pm

Citigroup cut its fourth quarter and full year 2013 estimates today due to problems in Mexico, specially involvement in fraudulent loans. The fraud cuts Citigroup’s profit by $235 million after it was revealed the loans were made to a company that had phony collateral. Citigroup’s credit analysts appeared to not even know the company was [...]

Conflicting Reports On Who Knew About NSA Spying Program

By: Tuesday October 29, 2013 8:20 am

On the heels of protests in Washington over an out of control surveillance state came a batch of new stories on NSA spying abroad. Spain and now Italy have been added to the list of friendly nations and governments the NSA spied on. One aspect of the controversy that remains unresolved is whether President Obama [...]

NSA Spying Scandal Spreads To Spain

By: Monday October 28, 2013 5:56 am

As representatives of the European Union meet with American officials today to discuss reports of NSA spying in France and Germany, another country may want to shortly send a representative. According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the NSA spied on 60 million Spanish phone calls in one month. This could get awkward. The U.S. National [...]

NSA Spying Scandal Causes Uproar In France and Mexico

By: Monday October 21, 2013 10:43 am

The NSA spying scandal is causing an uproar in capitals around the world as revelations surface that the US intelligence agency has been spying on citizens of friendly countries in France and Mexico. In France the US ambassador was summoned to explain why French telephone data was recorded by the NSA between December and January [...]

Felix Salmon’s Unpersuasive Argument to Hold HSBC and Its Executives Harmless

By: Friday December 14, 2012 8:30 am

It would be irresponsible for me to say that Felix Salmon probably cashed a nice check from the banking industry when he produced this defense of the US declining to prosecute HSBC for money laundering. I think a couple elements of his piece wind up being self-negating, so I don’t have to do much work. [...]

Justice Department IG Report Refutes Many Issa Claims from Fast and Furious Scandal

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 2:04 pm

A Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the Fast and Furious matter largely exonerates Attorney General Eric Holder, claiming that he knew nothing about the gun-running operation until after the death of a US Border Patrol agent. The report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz said there is “no evidence that … Holder [...]

Romney Releases Energy Plan

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 6:33 am

Mitt Romney released an energy plan yesterday that some outlets report sets a goal of energy independence by 2020. That’s not quite right. The goal expressed here is “North American energy independence” by 2020, and when you consider that one of our biggest if not our biggest energy trading partner is Canada, and that Mexico [...]

House Democrats Lob Bribery, Tax Evasion Allegations at Walmart

By: Friday August 17, 2012 11:18 am

This is a couple days old, but two House Democrats have come into possession of evidence of significant crimes by Walmart, including bribery. The Democrats, Henry Waxman and Elijah Cummings, sought additional documents from Walmart on possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The joint investigation by the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee [...]

On Eve of Contempt Vote, Revelation that Fast and Furious Is a Convenient Fiction

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 12:04 pm

White House officials have been in consultation with the GOP House leadership in advance of tomorrow’s contempt of Congress vote for Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal and the Justice Department’s response to an Oversight Committee investigation and document request. However, the two sides have not reached an agreement, and as [...]

House Oversight Committee Expected to Vote AG Holder in Contempt Today

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 6:59 am

When Operation Fast and Furious really broke last year, I was a bit surprised that Republicans didn’t make more of it. Here we have an operation – and at this point we have to ignore that it began under the Bush Administration, as the GOP has done – that directed gun dealers to sell weapons [...]

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