Monday, October 11, 2010

Despite Denials, Foreclosure Fraud Issue Goes Mainstream

518 years ago, an Italian explorer by the name Christopher Columbus (actually the Anglicisation of the Latin Christophorus Columbus) landed on the shores of America (actually, he landed in the Bahamas), becoming the first European to land on either of the continent of the Americas.

Today, we are virtually assured that Columbus was preceded by Leif Ericson, possibly some 500 years earlier, and probably he wasn't even first, because Asians probably made their ways across the Alaskan archipelago to the "new world" many years prior to that.

Though Columbus could hardly have known that he wasn't the first, he was lauded for centuries as being the great explorer and we still honor him as the finder, even if not the first, of America, even though he missed it on his first voyage.

And today, on yet another celebration of his monumental discovery, we find that maybe he should have just turned back, because what happened afterwards were wars, nation-building, slaughter, more wars, nation-destroying and now, finally, complete fraud, deceit and the upcoming evaporation of five centuries of accumulated wealth, thanks to the same kind of people who fund these things, the giant banking cartel which began in the Netherlands and moved to England, and now resides mostly in the USA, mostly on the island of Manhattan.

What's at risk is nothing less than the entire banking and financial system under which all of us alive today (unless you were born prior to 1913, when the Federal Reserve Bank was created) and living in the USA have been subject to, made slaves by and are about to overthrow.

Because bankers are inherently lazy - doing almost nothing that could in any sense be considered real "work" - they have managed to mangle the residential real estate market to such a degree that nobody really knows who owns what in much of the country. It's really that simple when one unwinds all the fraud and inappropriate behavior conducted by the banks over the better part of the past ten years. And now we see the bankers squirming in denial that they've done anything wrong. So, why, may we ask, have three of the biggest banks halted all foreclosure activity in much of the country?

Because the jig is up, the game is over, the fraud can no longer be contained, the US people no longer lied to at every chance. We see lots of "tells" on the tube, mostly CNBC, where the banking elite are hidden from view, while their surrogates try to explain away why they can't proceed with foreclosures or sales of foreclosed-upon, bank-owned properties.

The truth is coming to light, little by little, that all that securitization of the mortgage business was a really bad idea and that the banks are about to be foreclosed upon from two angles, by the homeowners in default and the investors who bought the mortgage-backed securities (MBS).

On Sunday, CNBC let the proverbial cat out of the bag with a brief story, outlining how state Attorneys Generals are going to launch a joint probe into the mortgage foreclosure fiasco that's been percolating for at least three weeks (thought the fraud's been going on since 2003, at least).

Fascinating video from CNBC on the foreclosure-gate which now involves a nationwide self-imposed moratorium by Bank of America and moratoriums on foreclosures by Ally, Chase and PNC banks.

First, Joseph Murin, former president of the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) and Steve Forbes. Note how Murin defends the banksters when the issue of fraud is introduced, saying it's "absurd."

This is what poker players call a "tell." The player tips his or her hand in some way. Murin's "tell" is how he initially says that the banks need to reassess and see if procedures were followed correctly. Then he brings up the "antiquated systems" argument, which is a tip towards MERS taking over the normal role of county clerks. At around 2:20 into the video, Steve Forbes asks how many homeowners have been deprived of their homes, and Murin then brings up "fraud" completely on his own, saying, "I've heard the word "fraud" a lot, which is absurd. There's no fraud involved with this it's just... it's "process inadequacy..."

Apparently Mr. Murin has already scoured hundreds of thousands of foreclosure-related documents and found nothing wrong. Yeah, sure. Process inadequacy. Brilliant! Hilarious! Bravo! The banks, of course, did nothing wrong, again!

Next up, we have Mandy Drury asking the loaded question, "as attorneys general in states want to know if banks have been fraudulently foreclosing..." with Steve Moore, of the Wall Street Journal, and CNBC's Diana Olick & David Faber.

Diana Olick offers a timeline of two to four months for the foreclosure issues to be repaired, but notes it may probably be longer considering AG's looking into "potentially fraudulent documents." There's another tell, courtesy CNBC, the "F" word again.

At 3:50 into the video, CNBC's Scott Wapner mentions "fraud" and Moore jumps on him, asking "who are you alleging committed fraud?" Wapner backtracks quite a bit and Olick jumps on with a short burst about "who really owns the loan," which is really the issue at the heart of the fraud. The banks cannot, in many cases, produce the promissory notes or identify the note-holders. Without the note, servicing banks cannot foreclose because they have no standing in courts where things like law and equity and actual documents - not phony affidavits - matter.

Moore keeps insisting that "95 to 99 per cent of these foreclosure notices were correct. 19 out of 20 were the right ones." he also says a couple of times, "I'm not defending the banks." Way to CYA, Mr. Moore. You may not be defending the banks, even though you are. Cute.

Now, are we ready for catastrophe? Throwing their weight into the fray just after noon on Monday, SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) says a nationwide foreclosure moratorium could be 'Catastrophic' to investors. This august group of BANKERS fails to mention the windfall for people, individuals and homeowners. All they're concerned about are their profits, not whether anyone actually freezes to death this winter as they are forced out of their homes and into the streets, legally or otherwise.

Get ready for the wheels of economy to come fully skidding off the tracks right after the upcoming "important" (don't bother, the electronic machines change all the votes, anyway) elections and right before the equally important holiday shopping season.

It's all a wonderful mess, thanks to bankers who should have been tried and jailed before they stole that $700 billion otherwise known as TARP. There may or may not be a TARP2, but if there is, if you think the economy's broken now, just wait. The whole country is broken.

As for the equally-absurd stock market, well, why bother? Stocks were up, as they always are in Ponzi-nation, but around 2:45, everything went right into the slime, with all indices falling briefly into the red before recovering to finish positive, though we're hearing now that some NYSE stocks are still open?

It was about the lowest trading volume of the past two years, and that's pretty low. It was a holiday, after all, but how can they manage to get the indices just above the unchanged mark like that?

Dow 11,010.34, +3.86 (0.04%)
NASDAQ 2,402.33, +0.42 (0.02%)
S&P 500 1,165.32, +0.17 (0.01%)
NYSE Composite 7,479.01, +0.59 (0.01%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,551,449,250
NYSE Volume 3,214,674,500

Oil was down 45 cents, to $82.21, because the few people still working in the Western economies can only afford to drive to and from work. Gold made another new record, up $9.10, to $1,354.40, and silver added 24 cents, to $23.35. The precious metals (PMs) were higher because the US dollar and most other currencies will soon be worthless. Give it six months to a year, maybe sooner, but stock up on veggies and, if you have a freezer, meats. everything you need to survive is going to get a lot more expensive as the economy nose-dives into depression.

Yes, it's a lot worse than you think.

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