Posts filed under “Legal”

All NSA Revelations in One Chart


Source: ProPublica

Category: Digital Media, Legal, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Technology, War/Defense

AG Holder Paid No Attention to Bank Fraud

“Wall Street Wasn’t Even On His Radar” Holder: A Stooge for Wall Street Attorney General Eric Holder’s statements that prosecuting Wall Street fraud would hurt the economy is exactly backwards: the experts say that failing to prosecute fraud is dooming our economy. But prosecuting fraud was never on Holder’s radar. Politico notes: Ted Kaufman, a…Read More

Category: Legal, Think Tank

The Hidden History of Mass Surveillance

What Americans Need to Know About the History of Spying   Americans are told that we live in a “post-9/11 reality” that requires mass surveillance. But the NSA was already conducting mass surveillance prior to 9/11 … including surveillance on the 9/11 hijackers. And top security experts – including the highest-level government officials and the…Read More

Category: Legal, Think Tank, War/Defense

Fines: SEC vs. Finra

Quelle surprise!  Fines: SEC vs. Finra Source: WSJ   Continues here

Category: Corporate Management, Legal, Regulation

Businessweek on GM Whistleblowers

boingboing observes it looks like BusinessWeek is channeling Viet Nam Era Esquire   GM Recalls: How General Motors Silenced a Whistle-Blower Source: Businessweek

Category: Corporate Management, Financial Press, Legal

Why Cheney & Rumsfeld Are War Crime Suspects

War Crimes and 9/11: Why Dick and Don Are Suspects

Richard Clarke, the former counterterrorism official, has recently come out suggesting that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld should be charged with war crimes. Unfortunately, media outlets reporting this story have failed to examine Clarke’s long relationship to Cheney and Rumsfeld and his record of having prevented the capture of Osama bin Laden. These omissions highlight that, although Cheney and Rumsfeld undoubtedly are guilty of post-9/11 war crimes, suspicions that they helped create the pretext for those crimes go unreported.

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Category: Legal, Think Tank, War/Defense

Black: Understanding Financial “Risk” in Legal Contexts

The Criminology of the “Sure Thing” Portrayed as “Risk” John Coates, a former derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs is now a researcher. He wrote a column in the New York Times entitled “The Biology of Risk” that I hope will be widely read. In this column I explain why his most important conclusions cannot follow…Read More

Category: Corporate Management, Derivatives, Legal, Think Tank

Why Occupy Movement Was Treated As Terrorism

Government Treated Peaceful Boycott As Terrorism Anyone Who Questions the Powers-That-Be May Be Labelled a “Terrorist” The Partnership for Civil Justice (a public interest legal organization which the Washington Post called “the constitutional sheriffs for a new protest generation”) reported this week that the Obama administration treated a peaceful boycott as a terrorist threat: 4,000…Read More

Category: Legal, Really, really bad calls, Think Tank, War/Defense

Bill Black: Wall Street Crime and Misdeeds

Wall Street Crime and Misdeeds from CSRL on Vimeo. Source: New Economic Perspectives

Category: Bailouts, Legal

Contextualizing Bank Fines

click for larger version Source: BV, FT   This morning we discussed the danger that arises from merely fining banks instead of prosecuting them for violating laws. Since the news cycle is focusing on the potential multibillion-dollar fines for BNP Paribas SA and Bank of America Corp., let’s have a look at the amount of…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Credit, Crony Capitalists, Legal