Marine Links Standard Chartered’s Major ‘F—g Americans’ to Libor Building 7
United States Marine Field McConnell has linked former Standard Chartered executive and former U.K. Prime Minister John Major, to ongoing attacks by the British Bankers Association on those ‘F—ing Americans’ and the demolition of a Libor spread-betting center in WTC Building #7 on 9/11.
“Huw discusses David Cameron’s links to Black Wednesday [for John Major]”
“Standard Chartered: Friends Like This, Who Needs Enemies Larry Doyle, Sense on Cents | Aug. 7, 2012, 9:07 AM | 154 | Dealing with terrorists, weapons dealers, drug lords, and corrupt regimes would all seem to take a back seat to the pursuit of profit and revenue at the UK-based Standard Chartered Bank. In what has to be a new low in terms of financial intermediation, the crowd at Standard Chartered stands accused this morning by the New York State Department of Financial Services of being a rogue institution. In what might seem to be a potential script for a Harrison Ford thriller but is regrettably all too real, the Financial Times hits Standard Chartered hard in reporting, StanChart Shares Hit Over Iran Probe, Shares in Standard Chartered plunged nearly 25 per cent on Tuesday after the New York State financial regulator accused the UK bank of hiding $250bn of transactions with the Iranian government. The New York state Department of Financial Service claimed on Monday that the bank had concealed about 60,000 transactions with Iranian clients from US regulators, violating sanctions against the Iranian government. It labelled the UK bank a “rogue institution”. The bank’s shares lost almost a quarter of their value on fears that the scandal would cost the bank its licence and US clearing rights, even though many analysts considered such an outcome unlikely. While representatives of Standard Chartered mount a public defense of their operation, this financial intrigue might dwarf the scandalous behaviors of its UK brethren at Barclays Bank and HSBC. Those scandals are not exactly small. Whatever happened to the world of genteel and refined British banking? In addition to taking Standard Chartered over the coals, let’s also put Deloitte and Touche in our target scope as this consultant is alleged to have provided unlawful access to reviews which aided and abetted the bank in withholding information from regulators. What did one unnamed representative at Standard Chartered allegedly have to say about doing business with Iran in violation of longstanding American sanctions? “You f—ing Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we’re not going to deal with Iranians?” Is that right? Friends like these, who needs enemies. If the US cares to have any credibility in the world of international trade and finance, these charges against Standard Chartered will receive the most aggressive and serious review possible. Although I am not so sure the laundering charges primarily against Wachovia received the proper attention and regulation, so perhaps other institutions including Standard Chartered, took that as a cue that the pursuit of revenue did take priority over dealing with the unsavory characters involved with drug trafficking and terrorist regimes. Oh what a tangled web they weave. Will we ever learn the truth?”
“[Spoliation inference that John Major was targeted for pedophile entrapment and blackmail in the ‘60s by Kray Twin pimps working for the BBA]. After Major became prime minister, it was misreported that he had failed to get a job as a bus conductor because of failing a maths test, when in fact he passed all of the tests, but had been passed over for the job to another candidate owing to his height. After a period of unemployment, Major started working at the London Electricity Board (where his successor as the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, also worked when he was young) in 1963, and he decided to undertake a correspondence course in banking. Major took up a post as an executive at the Standard Chartered Bank in May 1965, and he rose quickly through the ranks. He was sent to work in Jos, Nigeria by the bank in 1967, and he nearly died in a car accident there. Early political career Major was interested in politics from an early age. Encouraged by fellow Conservative Derek Stone, he started giving speeches on a soap-box in Brixton market. He stood as a candidate for Lambeth London Borough Council at the age of 21 in 1964, and was elected in the Conservative landslide in 1968. While on the council he was Chairman of the Housing Committee, being responsible for the building of several council housing estates. He lost his seat in May 1971. Major was an active Young Conservative and according to his biographer Anthony Seldon brought “youthful exuberance” to the Tories in Brixton, but was often in trouble with the professional agent Marion Standing. Also according to Seldon, the formative political influence on Major was Jean Kierans, a divorcée 13 years his elder, who became his political mentor and his lover, too. Seldon writes “She… made Major smarten his appearance, groomed him politically, and made him more ambitious and worldly.” Their relationship [allegedly involving pedophile entrapment and blackmail a la style Toynbee Hall and Jane the Ripper Addams] lasted from 1963 to sometime after 1968.”
“Sleaze” At the 1993 Conservative Party Conference, Major began the “Back to Basics” campaign, which he intended to be about the economy, education, policing, and other such issues, but it was interpreted by many (including Conservative cabinet ministers) as an attempt to revert to the moral and family values that the Conservative Party were often associated with. “Back to Basics”, however, became synonymous with scandal, often exposed in lurid and embarrassing detail by tabloid newspapers such as The Sun.
In 1992 David Mellor, a cabinet minister, had been exposed as having an extramarital affair, and for accepting hospitality from the daughter of a leading member of the PLO. The wife of the Earl of Caithness committed suicide amongst rumours of the Earl committing adultery. Stephen Milligan was found dead having apparently auto-asphyxiated whilst performing a solitary sex act (his Eastleigh seat was lost in what was to be an ongoing stream of hefty by-election defeats). David Ashby was ‘outed’ by his wife after sleeping with men. A string of other Conservative MPs, including Alan Amos, Tim Yeo and Michael Brown, were involved in sexual scandals.
Other debilitating scandals included “Arms to Iraq” – the ongoing inquiry into how government ministers including Alan Clark (also involved in a unrelated scandal involving the revelation of his affair with the wife and both daughters of a South African judge) had encouraged businesses to supply arms to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, in breach of the official arms embargo, and how senior ministers had, on legal advice, attempted to withhold evidence of this official connivance when directors of Matrix Churchill were put trial for breaking the embargo.
Another scandal was “Cash for Questions“, in which first Graham Riddick, and David Tredinnick accepted money to ask questions in the House of Commons in a newspaper “sting”, and later Tim Smith and Neil Hamilton were found to have received money from Mohamed Al Fayed, also to ask questions in the House. Later, David Willetts resigned as Paymaster General after he was accused of rigging evidence to do with Cash for Questions.
Defence Minister Jonathan Aitken was accused by the ITV investigative journalism series World In Action and The Guardian newspaper of secretly doing deals with leading Saudi princes. He denied all accusations and promised to wield the “sword of truth” in libel proceedings which he brought against The Guardian and the producers of World In Action Granada Television. At an early stage in the trial however, it became apparent that he had lied under oath, and he was subsequently (after the Major government had fallen from power) convicted of perjury and sentenced to a term of imprisonment.
Major attempted to draw some of the sting from the financial scandals by setting up public inquiries – the Nolan Report into standards expected in public life, and the Scott Report into the Arms to Iraq Scandal.
Although Tim Smith stepped down from the House of Commons at the 1997 General Election, both Neil Hamilton and Jonathan Aitken sought re-election for their seats, and were both defeated, in Hamilton’s case by the former BBC Reporter Martin Bell, who stood as an anti-sleaze candidate, both the Labour and LibDem candidates withdrawing in his favour, amidst further publicity unfavourable to the Conservatives.”
“[Spoliation inference that John Major set up the Libor spread betting center on the 13th Floor of WTC Building #7 for Standard Chartered and used his links to BBA sabotage crews to have it demolished and evidence of the Libor frauds vaporized]. It is hard to imagine an address closer to the heart of American power. The offices of the Carlyle Group are on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, midway between the White House and the Capitol building, and within a stone’s throw of the headquarters of the FBI and numerous government departments. The address reflects Carlyle’s position at the very centre of the Washington establishment, but amid the frenetic politicking that has occupied the higher reaches of that world in recent weeks, few have paid it much attention. Elsewhere, few have even heard of it. This is exactly the way Carlyle likes it. For 14 years now, with almost no publicity, the company has been signing up an impressive list of former politicians – including the first President Bush and his secretary of state, James Baker; John Major; one-time World Bank treasurer Afsaneh Masheyekhi and several south-east Asian powerbrokers – and using their contacts and influence to promote the group. Among the companies Carlyle owns are those which make equipment, vehicles and munitions for the US military, and its celebrity employees have long served an ingenious dual purpose, helping encourage investments from the very wealthy while also smoothing the path for Carlyle’s defence firms. But since the start of the “war on terrorism”, the firm – unofficially valued at $3.5bn – has taken on an added significance. Carlyle has become the thread which indirectly links American military policy in Afghanistan to the personal financial fortunes of its celebrity employees, not least the current president’s father. And, until earlier this month, Carlyle provided another curious link to the Afghan crisis: among the firm’s multi-million-dollar investors were members of the family of Osama bin Laden.”
More to follow.