This day in WND history: Banking giant accused of laundering billions

hsbc-twBanking giant accused of laundering billions

Feb. 1, 2012: WND broke open the explosive HSBC money-laundering case when a former employee of HSBC in New York had 1,000 pages of customer account records he claimed were evidence of an international money-laundering scheme involving hundreds of billions of dollars by the global banking giant, which was under investigation by a U.S. Senate committee.

Whistleblower John Cruz delivered to WND customer account records he said he pulled from the HSBC computer system before he was fired. Customer records and secret audio recordings brought to WND showed HSBC employees in Long Island were stealing the Social Security numbers of former bank depositors to create bogus “pass-through” accounts used to launder hundreds of millions of dollars for criminal enterprises such as Mexican drug cartels and Islamic terrorists.

Cruz was terminated Feb. 17, 2010, after two years at HSBC for “poor performance,” but he said he was let go because senior management didn’t want to him to pursue his personal investigation.

moneyHSBC spokesman Rob Sherman issued a statement to WND, which stated:

“We support efforts to protect the integrity of the financial system, and our commitment to AML (anti-money laundering) includes rigorous internal processes and a close working partnership with regulators and law enforcement,” the statement said.

One of the largest banks in the world, London-based HSBC has about 7,500 offices in more than 80 countries and territories in Europe, North and South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

In his position as an account relationship manager, Cruz worked in the HSBC southern New York region, which accounts for about 50 percent of HSBC’s North American revenue. He was assigned to work with several branch managers to identify accounts in which HSBC might introduce additional banking services.

Cruz told WND he had “firsthand knowledge and proof of how HSBC transferred billions of dollars through accounts linked to companies that did not exist.”

“I had poor job performance because the portfolio of HSBC accounts I was given to work ended up being 90 percent fictitious and fraudulent accounts,” he said. “How could I expand HSBC bank relations with fraudulent accounts that were created to be used for illegal money laundering?”

After the HSBC currency traders were arrested, WND conducted an investigation of the bank’s connections to the Clinton Foundation, uncovering a massive offshore financial network involving tens of thousands of transactions that extend far beyond HSBC.

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Flash! America gets busted!

Feb. 1, 2004: As if Super Bowls needed more exposure, the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII provided millions of viewers with a clear shot of singer Janet Jackson’s breast at the end of her performance with Justin Timberlake.

While Timberlake called the incident a “wardrobe malfunction,” Jackson admitted the stunt had been planned.

“I am really sorry if I offended anyone. That was truly not my intention,” she said. “The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals. … It was not my intention that it go as far as it did.”FCC Chairman Michael Powell said he was outraged, explaining, “Like millions of Americans, my family and I gathered around the television for a celebration. Instead, that celebration was tainted by a classless, crass and deplorable stunt. Our nation’s children, parents and citizens deserve better.”

Some in the advertising industry praised the Jackson episode as being “extremely successful.”

“We love stunts at our agency, and she opened the door for more people to take risks,” said James LaForce, partner in the New York public relations agency LaForce & Stevens.

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Mexican official threatens U.S. with ‘chaos’


A former Mexican government official says that in response to President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration, his nation might stop cooperating with the United States in the war against the drug cartels, which would unleash what an analysis has described as “chaos and violence.”

The warning came from Jorge Castaneda Gutman, a former secretary of foreign affairs for Mexico, whose leadership has been in an uproar over Trump’s plan to stop illegal immigration.

Trump’s plan includes enhanced Border Patrol staffing for boundary enforcement and a border wall that he has insisted Mexico will fund in one way or another.

In a recent CNN interview, Gutman claimed that the drugs and associated violence are not Mexico’s problem, even though the drug cartels have murdered tens of thousands of Mexicans, beheading many of their victims.

He told CNN that Mexico “has a lot of negotiating chips in this matter … but it also has measures we could take in other areas.”

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo writes in his “In Mortal Danger” how those in America illegally are demanding the rights granted to citizens.

“For example, the drugs that come through Mexico from South America, or the drugs that are produced here in Mexico all go to the United States,” he said. “This is not our problem.”

Gutman then boasted of his nation’s work with the U.S. but warned it might not last.

“We have been cooperating with the United States for many years on these issues because they’ve asked us to and because we have a friendly, trustful relationship. If that relationship disappears, the reasons for cooperation also disappear,” he said.

At Intellihub, an independent news outlet whose coverage of the secret 2012 Bilderberg meetings became the source of a movie, writer Mac Slavo spelled out the consequences of ending the cooperation.

“[Gutman] suggested that Mexico’s previous cooperation with the U.S. in curbing the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants could end,” he wrote. “Instead, the cartels could be essentially unleashed upon the U.S. – retribution for tough policies on Mexico and other immigrant-producing countries in the Latin American world.”

He said Gutman’s comments confirm the link between the cartels and the Mexican government.

“These astonishing words could open up an economic gang war against the U.S. – very irresponsible words that reveal just how connected Mexico’s leadership is with the cartels who operate from their territories.

“The implications are astoundingly clear – Mexico would consider exporting chaos and violence into the United States as a form of payback for immigration restrictions and controls against instability that the southern border has brought to the country for decades.”

Pointing out “drug cartels and Mexican gangs have killed an estimated 40,000 people over the past decade in Mexico alone,” he warned things “could get pretty ugly.”

Here’s the interview with Gutman’s comments:



Here’s the full interview:


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WND reported last week the state of Texas officially warned that ISIS terrorists were operating on its border with Mexico.

Its Texas Public Safety Threat Overview states, “We are especially concerned about the potential for terrorist infiltration across the U.S.-Mexico border, particularly as foreign terrorist fighters depart Syria and Iraq and enter global migration flows.”

And it’s not just those who sneak in that are of concern.

“We are concerned about the challenges associated with the security vetting of Syrian war refugees or asylum seekers who are resettled in Texas – namely, that derogatory security information about individuals is inaccessible or nonexistent. We see a potential that these challenges may leave the state exposed to extremist actors who pose as authentic refugees, and who are determined to later commit violent acts,” the state explains.

A report at the Investigative Project on Terrorism noted an extra level for concern because “at least 13 aspiring terrorists have tried to cross into Mexico, or considered trying, since 2012.”

These are people who have been radicalized and want to travel overseas to join terrorist organizations but cannot travel by air because they are on the no-fly list.

Judicial Watch reported as early as April 2015 that ISIS had established a training camp a few miles from El Paso, Texas, in an area known as “Anapra” just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

According to the JW report, cartel informants told law enforcement that “they are only waiting for the order and the times to carry out a simultaneous attack in the different ports of entry or cities of the United States of America.”

Drug cartels also have a working “agreement” with Islamic terrorists, according to a high-ranking Mexican police administrator, who told JW that men from the Middle East arrive regularly into the country to train jihadists.

Judicial Watch on Tuesday noted the Texas report and said the southern border “has become a hotbed of Islamic terrorism in recent years and Judicial Watch has exposed the national security disaster as part of an ongoing investigation into the dangerously porous region.”

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo writes in his “In Mortal Danger” how those in America illegally are demanding the rights granted to citizens.




Congressman drafts bill to ‘completely abolish’ EPA

(HUFFINGTONPOST) — Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has drafted a bill to “completely abolish” the Environmental Protection Agency, according to an email obtained by The Huffington Post.

The freshman congressman sent the email on Tuesday morning to lawmakers who might co-sponsor the legislation, which would shutter the EPA by the end of next year.

“Our small businesses cannot afford to cover the costs associated with compliance, too often leading to closed doors and unemployed Americans,” Gaetz wrote. “It is time to take back our legislative power from the EPA and abolish it permanently.”


Trump fan knocked unconscious by protester

(BREITBART) — A Donald Trump supporter was knocked out and suffered a concussion after being attacked by a protester at Portland International Airport, says a Daily Mail report.

Thirty-nine-year-old Grant Chisholm, along with with three other members of the Bible Believers Group, held a counter protest supporting President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban at the same time 600 people were protesting the ban.

Chisholm said he was there to preach and one of the demonstrators asked him for a fight.

He claimed he was hit in the head three times with a metallic object by one of the ban protesters.


Prosecutors weigh child-porn charges for Weiner

(WALL STREET JOURNAL) — Federal prosecutors are weighing bringing child-pornography charges against former congressman Anthony Weiner over sexually explicit exchanges he allegedly had with a 15-year-old girl, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Weiner, a New York Democrat, is being investigated by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which seized his electronic devices, including a laptop and a cellphone, as part of the probe.

Officials initiated the investigation last fall, after the Daily Mail in the U.K. reported that Mr. Weiner had exchanged sexually explicit messages and photos with the girl.


Priest sorry for urging Trump haters to kill selves

(NYPOST) — The Catholic priest who urged Trump haters to hurl themselves from the tops of buildings has apologized.

Father Philip Pizzo posted a meme to his public Facebook page on Sunday that said “Show your hate for Trump. #JumpAgainstTrump” and depicted a man plumetting from a tower, igniting backlash from parishioners.

The pastor, who leads the largely immigrant congregation at St. Benedict Joseph Labre Roman Catholic Church in Richmond Hill, first said the post was a funny joke, but now he has taken it down and is seeking atonement.


No more Boy Scouts; now All Scouts

“Boy Scouts of America will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in scouting programs.” That headline screamed on The Washington Post Monday.

So the BSA has caved to loony left… and signed its death warrant. This is the third capitulation by the BSA to the immoral leftist globalist cabal. In 2013 the organization ended its ban on gay Scouts; in 2015 it began allowing gay Scout leaders. And now, after 106 years, the organization devoted to building the character of young boys has abandoned its charter altogether and joined in on the enabling of mental and emotional abuse of children.

The move likely comes to stave off the LGBTQ terror attacks that are sure to ensue against the organization once a court case is filed over the organization’s removal of a girl from its ranks. The 8-year-old girl, Jody Maldonado, now claims she’s a boy because she never liked “girl things.”

Of course, 8-year-old children are not aware of such things as “gender identity” unless adults prominent in their lives manipulate them. Girls preferring boy activities and toys to “girl things” has been going on for all time. In my day those girls were called “Tomboys,” and athletes and they grew up to become women. Jody’s mother, Kristie, should be brought up on charges of child abuse.

At the time that Jody was removed from the Scouts, BSA spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said, correctly, “Gender identity isn’t related to sexual orientation.” That’s because gender identity is a fabrication.

And there is the rub. Most people are not aware, because it has been done gradually, but erasing traditional sexual norms began a number of years ago, as I explained in “No free will? Nonsense!.” The subtle, almost imperceptible move includes the substitution of the word “gender” – a grammatical term – for the word sex – a biological term – as a distinguishing descriptor for male or female.

The effect is to program the mind. When one suffers from anorexia, she (odds are it’s a female) looks in the mirror and sees herself as fat. It doesn’t matter what reality is; whether she is fat, normal weight or rail thin. That person creates an alternate reality in her mind. Anorexia is a mental disorder. One seeking to help that person shrug off this false sense of self would not reinforce that unreality by telling her she is indeed fat and should continue starving herself. Rather, one would help her seek treatment for her mental illness so she could begin to recognize she is not fat and is destroying her health.

Likewise, one who looks in the mirror and sees himself or herself as opposite of his or her biological sex is creating an alternate reality. It is a mental disorder and should not be coddled or reinforced. Nor should anyone else be forced into accepting that person’s alternate reality as reality.

Human Rights Campaign weighed in on the issue, writing:

The former policy only allowed boys to join the Boy Scouts who were listed as male on their birth certificate, while the new policy will admit any boy to the organization whose parents list their gender as male on their application. This marks a significant policy shift, and will allow transgender boys whose parents cannot change or have not changed their son’s gender on their birth certificate.

There is no such thing as a “transgender boy.” Despite what Jody’s mother and other authority figures are telling her, she is a girl. She will always be a girl. That is her biology no matter what surgeries she may undergo or drugs or hormones she may take.

The notion that males and females are equal or that one can become the other through thought or sheer will is an absurd fallacy that advances collectivism and perverts God’s will. Once you grant the unseen powers the authority to redefine terms and create alternate realities that you accept, you have surrendered all that you have to the state… even your life.

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