America’s Bankrupt Banks: Inside the Meltdown (Full Version)

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On Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, the astonished leadership of the U.S. Congress was told in a private session by the chairman of the Federal Reserve that the American economy was in grave danger of a complete meltdown within a matter of days. “There was literally a pause in that room where the oxygen left,” says Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.).

As the housing bubble burst and trillions of dollars’ worth of toxic mortgages began to go bad in 2007, fear spread through the massive firms that form the heart of Wall Street. By the spring of 2008, burdened by billions of dollars of bad mortgages, the investment bank Bear Stearns was the subject of rumors that it would soon fail.

“Rumors are such that they can just plain put you out of business,” Bear Stearns’ former CEO Alan “Ace” Greenberg tells FRONTLINE.

The company’s stock had dropped from $171 to $57 a share, and it was hours from declaring bankruptcy. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acted. “It was clear that this had to be contained. There was no doubt in his mind,” says Bernanke’s colleague, economist Mark Gertler.

Bernanke, a former economics professor from Princeton, specialized in studying the Great Depression. “He more than anybody else appreciated what would happen if it got out of control,” Gertler explains.

To stabilize the markets, Bernanke engineered a shotgun marriage between Bear Sterns and the commercial bank JPMorgan, with a promise that the federal government would use $30 billion to cover Bear Stearns’ questionable assets tied to toxic mortgages. It was an unprecedented effort to stop the contagion of fear that seemed to be threatening the rest of Wall Street.

While publicly supportive of the deal, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a former Wall Street executive with Goldman Sachs, was uncomfortable with government interference in the markets. That summer, he issued a warning to his former colleagues not to expect future government bailouts, saying he was concerned about a legal concept known as moral hazard.

Within months, however, Paulson would witness the virtual collapse of the giant mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and preside over their takeover by the federal government.

The episode sent shockwaves through the economy as confidence in Wall Street began to evaporate. Within days, in September 2008, another investment bank, Lehman Brothers, was on the brink of collapse. Once again, there were calls for Bernanke and Paulson to bail out the Wall Street giant. But Paulson was under intense political pressure from conservative Republicans in Washington to invoke moral hazard and let the company fail.

“You had a conservative secretary of the Treasury and conservative administration. There was right-wing criticism over Bear Stearns,” says Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

Paulson pushed Lehman’s CEO Dick Fuld to find a buyer for his ailing company. But no company would buy Lehman unless the government offered a deal similar to the one Bear Stearns had received. Paulson refused, and Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy.

FRONTLINE then chronicles the disaster that followed. Within 24 hours, the stock market crashed, and credit markets around the world froze. “We’re no longer talking about mortgages,” says economist Gertler. “We’re talking about car loans, loans to small businesses, commercial paper borrowing by large banks. This is like a disease spreading.”

“I think that the secretary of the Treasury could not fully comprehend what that linkage was and the extent to which this would materialize into problems,” says former Lehman board member Henry Kaufman.

Paulson was thunderstruck. “This is the utter nightmare of an economic policy-maker,” Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman tells FRONTLINE. “You may have just made the decision that destroyed the world. Absolutely terrifying moment.”

In response, Paulson and Bernanke would propose — and Congress would eventually pass — a $700 billion bailout plan. FRONTLINE goes inside the deliberations surrounding the passage of the legislation and examines its unsuccessful implementation.

“Many Americans still don’t understand what has happened to the economy,” FRONTLINE producer/director Michael Kirk says. “How did it all go so bad so quickly? Who is responsible? How effective has the response from Washington and Wall Street been? Those are the questions at the heart of Inside the Meltdown.”


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9/11: The Sensible Doubt – A Danish View of 9/11 (Full Version)

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2012 – What happened on September 11, 2001?  All over the world, people question the official story and explanation about the events that took place in the USA more than 10 years ago. In this Danish documentary you will meet architect Jan Utzon, MP Benny Engelbrecht, professor Niels Harrit, airline captain Niels Studstrup, journalist Tommy Hansen and artist Jacob Fuglsang. They will talk about their doubt and skepticism and explain why they have come to feel and think this way.  This film is presented in Danish with English subtitles.

Perhaps the best quote of the film: “If you fight you might lose, if you don’t you have already lost.”

-Niels Harrit, Danish Professor of Chemistry

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13 comments to 9/11: The Sensible Doubt – A Danish View of 9/11 (Full Version)

  • plumpy

    Racist, Anti-Semite, denier, conspiracy theorist, terrorist.

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  • Mick

    Plumpy keep taking your medication ,like the doctor told you !

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  • mozebyc

    The one thing that i remember the most clearly over the past 39-40 years of my school days at Brandeis University in1970′s are my student adviser’s words that when he was growing up that his grand parents and parents used the term “‘goyishe kup,’” meaning that the “Non-Jews are Stupid”

    Later in life I learned that the exact translation of “GOYISHE KUP” means that the “Cattle are STUPID”..

    I remember him recalling whatt his father told him when he was growing up in Eastern Europe. One of them being that when his father was in high school he and a group of friends would skip school early on Fridays and go over to his friend’s father’s butcher shop. That they would buy at cost any cows , that had not been butchered by the end of the day on Friday before the begining of shabat . They would take the cow home and wash it and then the boys would procede to “beat the udders of the cows so that they would swell up and turn pink” so as to sell them to the “GOYISHE KUP” as milk producing cows.

    The part that I remember him asking me if the East Europeans are so naive, so gullible and so stupid to buy old “non milk producing cows” from a bunch of young Jewish Boys.

    So thinking of it now I agree with the Jewish saying that the “GOYISHE KUP” are indeed” Stupid” as they believe that a Bunch of Arab Muslim Kids who were not able to Fly a Cessna Airplane took it upon themselves to FLY a Boing Jumbo Jet outwitting the US Military and Civilian authorities. The “Jewish Lightning Insurance Scam” of the 1960′s is still alive and well has been put to good use by Larry Silverstein with the help of his sayanim jews made a financial killing in imploding wtc by putting 15 million down and comming out with 7 billion dollars for buidings that no one wanted to buy because it would have cost a billion dollars to remove the asbestos from. Then on top of that the people in America actually believe that they actually decide who is elected President or for that that actual VOTE is really counted and makes a difference in deciding who represents them in the White House and congress.

    Yeh I agree that the AmericanNon-Jews are indeed American “GOYISHE KUP” or “STUPID CATTLE”!

    The Israeli Defense Firm That Tallies The Iowa Caucus
    By Christopher Bollyn

    The Iowa caucus is only a few days away and the nation’s attention will be directed to the results, which signify the beginning of the U.S. presidential race. But does anyone watch who tallies the results of the Iowa caucus?

    The Iowa caucus results were tallied in 2004 by a company that is headed by a man whose company was bought by Elron Electronics, the Israeli defense firm. I suspect that it will be the same this year. Don’t expect to see any grassroots political activists doing the tally in Iowa. The Israeli defense establishment takes care of that part of the American “democratic” election process.


    In the summer of 2004, I first learned that a foreign and out-of-state company using Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology tallied the Iowa caucus results.

    The system used to tally the 2004 Iowa caucus results was provided by a company called Voxeo, which was apparently based in Orlando, Florida. (Yellow flag goes up in the mind of those familiar with Orlando and electronic vote fraud history. See Bollyn article on Wang below.)

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  • if we do not get to the numb of this tragic incident america might never recover….it is up to hollywoods finest documentary people to set the story straight otherwise rome -america will go down like a nero type empire never to recover…shame because this was the best mankind had done to this point….

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  • Vican

    Plumpy is complete idiot, retarded misfit, wicked bigot and Israeli bitch!

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  • Jim

    The truth is so obvious, it blows my mind that 100% of the people don’t understand and believe.

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  • Wallace

    Well, the disinformation agents have done their job well…

    They’ve got everyone convinced that no plane hit the Pentagon; that it was rather a missile.

    This has been a lie, purposely seeded by some (Jews) in the so-called ’9/11 Truth Movement’ to poison the well, and to mislead real truth seekers.

    It has worked wonderfully because now it’s almost impossible to convince people of the real truth: that in fact an American Airlines 757 did indeed crash into the Pentagon on 9/11.

    @ 12:30 in the video: “The official explanation is that the plane has dissolved and evaporated due to intense heat…”

    Says who?!? The punkass Jews who made ‘Loose Change’. They’re lying. That is not the official explanation at all.

    @ 12:55 they show a still of the Pentagon showing the hole in the outer wall **on the second floor**… Why don’t they show us the first floor; the ground level, where the plane actually hit the building?

    The ground level (and the real hole, almost 100 feet across!) is entirely obscured by foam being sprayed by firefighters! This was no accident!

    They are **purposely** not showing the first floor because they want you to believe that the smaller hole in the second floor is the only hole that there is. This is a lie; a purposeful deception!

    Please, everyone – don’t take my word for this. Do your own research! Google: ’911 hole pentagon’. Google: ’911 plane parts’, etc. Do your own research rather than just swallowing what your being fed, like the people who made this video have done (using misleading images and footage supplied by the disinfo Jews who made Loose Change).

    I too was fooled by this for a while, thankfully logic and reality prevailed and I came to my senses…

    Start here if you want, I’ve done some of the footwork for you:

    h t t p : / / christconquers.wordpress. com/2011/01/08/photos-of-the-100-hole-in-the-pentagon/

    h t t p : / / christconquers.wordpress. com/2011/09/04/gordon-duff-a-jewish-disinformation-agent/

    h t t p : / / christconquers.wordpress. com/2011/07/15/a-response-to-jim-fetzers-911-nonsense-no-planes-no-brains/

    The Jewish state perpetrated the false-flag attacks of 9/11 and framed the Arabs for it, in order to get America to attack and destroy its enemies in the Middle East, as had been long planned before hand and as was detailed by Ehud Barak on 9/11:

    h t t p : / / w w w. youtube. com/watch?v=6QkzMVCMgfk

    (Blank spaces inserted into URLs to get past spam filter. Simply erase the empty spaces in URLs after pasting them into your browser’s address bar to get them to work.)

    Don’t let these lying Jews sidetrack us!

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