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Think about all of that next time you hear how this country cannot spend a dime to assist the millions of Americans who are suffering and need foreclosure assistance.
America, Foreclosing on Itself And Waging War Around The World, Murdering Innocents (and no help or foreclosure assistance)
I know you count on this website for foreclosure assistance, advice on the foreclosure process and the steps in foreclosure, but I want to engage in a much larger discussion to help all of us understand why, while there is virtually no assistance available in foreclosure, our nation has an unlimited budget to make war. Trust me, the two things are connected……
As the chickenhawks and war profiteers bang the drums of war, preparing to send our nation’s men and women into battle across the globe, it’s time we all look back at two of our nation’s biggest and most diabolical frauds, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. The justifications for full US Military involvement in these wars were complete frauds and fabrications perpetrated upon the American military and the American people by political forces and private industry that profited from war, at the expense of the blood of American soldiers and the lives of millions of innocent civilians.
The Vietnam war was a war of aggression started by the United States of America. In 1964, the US military was fully deploying into southeast Asia, but there had been no direct, aggressive hostilities, at least the kind that would justify all out war. At least not the kind that would justify the overwhelming presence of the US military in the region. And so, on August 2, 1964, three tiny North Vietnamese boats attacked a US Navy Destroyer. Yep, those three little speedboats decided that they would take on a full sized US Destroyer and the US Navy and Air Force planes. Kinda like little ‘ole me armed only with a pocket knife deciding that I’d go pick a fight in a darkened alley with a whole platoon of well-armed special forces soldiers. A few days later, on August 4, a very similar thing happened…..the North Vietnamese decided that they would attack the United States Navy. Faced with these brazen attacks, the President of the United States solemnly appeared before the people of the United States of America and declared that our National Security was at stake and we needed to start a full blown war with Vietnam….passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution just five days after the first “attack”.
The only problem is, neither of those two “attacks” occurred. Probably not at all, and definitely not as originally reported to Congress and to the American people. At least that’s what was finally revealed to the American people, by the American government…many decades later. Understand these absolute facts as a baseline for the horrifying fact that millions of innocent men, women and children were killed and millions of soldiers were killed based on these grotesque frauds:
|Vietnam War Casualty Statistics|
|Total number of U.S. soldiers deployed to Vietnam||536,100|
|Total number of U.S. casualties in the Vietnam War||58,220|
|Total number of U.S. soldiers wounded in the Vietnam War||303,644|
|Total military casualties from both sides||1.475 million|
|Total wounded from both sides||2.094 million|
|Total civilian casualties from both sides||4 million|
|Age of the oldest man killed during the Vietnam War||62|
|Total number of KIA’s soldiers who were less than 20 years old||11,465|
Next, let’s look at the Iraq war. A little closer to us today. A little nearer and dearer to the American heart and psyche. You’ll remember George Chickenhawk Bush and Dickhead The Coward Cheney, both cowards that never had the balls to really serve in the military and yet these two monsters appeared before the American People repeatedly and engaged in a campaign of lies, fraud and propaganda over and over again until they got what they wanted….America went on a war of aggression, attacking Iraq.
First, and before there was any direct military or political justification, they started mankind’s largest military mobilization. Hundreds of millions of pounds of munitions and heavy armor, tanks, planes, resources were sent into the theater of battle. While his was occurring, the political administration and then intelligence community were directed to build the case FOR ALL OUT WAR. Find the weapons of mass destruction, find those WMD’s. Find the love letters between Saddam and Osama Bin Laden. Find the camps where Saddam was training Bin Laden’s forces.
The only problem was, there were absolutely, positively no WMDs and there was absolutely, positively no connection between Saddam and Osama. Even at the time, the bulk of the US intelligence community were fairly certain of those two facts. But as the Great Bush/Cheney Lie continued, it became fairly clear that the entirety of the US and world intelligence community were certain of those two facts.
And yet, despite clear evidence that Saddam had no WMDs and in fact hated Osama, America, personified by Bush, by Cheney, by Colin Powell, appeared before The World and especially before the United Nations and repeated blatant and bald-faced lies over and over again.
What must the Iraq delegation thought as they sat there in the United Nation’s General Assembly and listened to Bush talk about Yellowcake and Mobile Weapons Labs and Aluminum Tubes? Knowing full well that these absurd statements were all lies?
Well never know because all of them are dead, along with millions of other innocent Iraqi citizens. Millions dead, millions more tortured and dying. Tortured to this day. Suffering daily from the most monstrous and horrifying torture, disease and cancer and lifelong suffering because we turned the entire country into a toxic wasteland. Blanketing the entire country in chemical weapons and munitions that might very well have violated the chemical weapons treaties we were there ostensibly to enforce. The sulfur bombs, the depleted uranium shells, all the toxins and chemicals that we blanketed the nation with in search of weapons.
It was confirmed and totally undisputed shortly after the US invasion that Iraq had no WMDs. Confirmed and undisputed by American sources. But rather than make amends for these most grave lies and atrocities, and engage in a war to rebuild the nation we so wrongly attacked, the political leadership attacked our nation’s own military leadership and continued with a campaign to destroy the nation and in the process we maimed and destroyed millions of innocent civilians and hundreds of thousands of our own soldiers.
The United States military is supposed to serve the People of the United States of America. And the People of the United States of America must work to serve the good men and women that serve us. Those in uniform cannot speak out. They took the noble call and they must fulfill their obligations and respect the oaths they took. But we as civilians must speak for them. We must serve as their voice and do our jobs to try and protect them…both before they are sent and after they return. We honor their sacrifice and commitment by directly and repeatedly challenging the evil forces that sent them into battle, using lies, fraud and deceit as their own weapons.
And as promised…what does this have to do with foreclosure? Well, can you imagine what these United States of America would look like had we not squandered trillions of dollars in wars, both declared and undeclared, all across this planet? Can you envision a world where trillions were spent not on munitions abroad but on roads and hospitals and infrastructure here in the United States?
Why have we carpet bombed entire regions of the world, destroying roads and schools and hospitals all across this planet, then set about (halfheartedly) to rebuild the same when we’ve got entire cities and regions in fact here in the United States that are devastated War Zones that are already demolished and which could use the engineering and the building that we’re busy doing all across the planet?
Think about all of that next time you hear how this country cannot spend a dime to assist the millions of Americans who are suffering and need foreclosure assistance.
Those seeking foreclosure assistance or wondering what help there is to them in foreclosure should read this article from Naked Capitalism
It was a rude introduction to what was to become staples of foreclosure
fights: the bank side producing documents that were clear fabrications to
fix the ownership problem; a servicer employee sternly insisting that the documents
had only been in certain locations when Fedex tracking codes showed
him to have perjured himself; a lawyer for the foreclosure mill admitting to
conduct that should have gotten her disbarred.
The foreclosure reviews showed persistent, widespread efforts by Bank of
America to avoid any finding of borrower harm. These efforts were supported
and enabled by Promontory. The whistleblowers, told their role would be to
act as investigators and help borrower get compensation they deserved, all
described the review process as seriously flawed. Yet even with those obstacles,
they saw abundant evidence of serious damage to borrowers.
A live discussion on bank abuses......bank break ins
The foreclosure review produced lessons in advanced planning and establishing mechanisms to monitor progress toward goals.
FORECLOSURE REVIEW: CONGRESS REPORTS ON THE FRAUD AND THE CONSPIRACY OF THE REGULATORS AND THE UNREGULATED
This is a long and nauseating report. What do we learn from the report?
GOVERNMENT IS TOTALLY, HOPELESSLY CORRUPT
THE BANKS OWN OUR GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE WILL BE PUNISHED.
Why will Americans be punished? They’re being punished every day in foreclosure, with no help for foreclosure victims and no one to explain the steps in foreclosure. Americans are abused because we have become weak, lazy and complacent. No one can hardly manage even a good protest anymore, much less any good civil disobedience and you can forget about any real bloody resistance. And so what should we expect….do we really think the bad guys will play nice?
Delusional you are. At some point in time, Americans will wake up and realize that we have all been robbed. That our children’s entire future has been mortgaged off and sold on terms that will never allow them to have any future. We did this to them. We all sat on the sidelines and read these dense reports and skimmed a few headlines.
But no one did anything about it. So the bankers and their government enablers spat in our faces and continued to laugh at us.
From the report:
Consistency impeded the ability of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) to achieve the goals of the foreclosure review—to identify as many harmed borrowers as possible and ensure similar results for similarly situated borrowers. Regulators said that coordinating among foreclosure review participants was challenging, and consultants said that the reviews were complex. In spite of regulators’ steps to foster consistency, broad guidance and limited monitoring reduced the potential usefulness of data from consultants and increased risks of inconsistency. For example, GAO found that guidance was revised throughout the process, resulting in delays. Other guidance did not specify key sampling parameters for the file reviews and regulators lacked objective monitoring measures, resulting in difficulty assessing the extent of borrower harm. Good planning and collecting objective data during monitoring provide a basis for making sound conclusions. Without using objective measures to assess sampling or comparing review methods across consultants, regulators’ ability to monitor progress toward achievement of foreclosure review goals was hindered.
Although regulators released more information than is typically associated with consent orders, limited communication with borrowers and the public adversely impacted transparency and public confidence. To promote transparency, regulators released redacted engagement letters and guidance on remediation. In addition, OCC released two interim progress reports. However, some stakeholders perceived gaps in key information and wanted more detailed information about how the reviews were carried out. Regulators stated they considered publicly releasing additional information, but expressed concerns that releasing detailed information risked disclosure of confidential or proprietary information. Further, borrowers who requested reviews experienced gaps in communication. For example, borrowers who submitted requests when the submission period opened waited nearly a year before receiving an update.
The foreclosure review activities to date highlight key lessons related to planning, monitoring, and communication. GAO’s prior work shows that assessing and using lessons learned from previous experience can benefit the planning of future activities. The foreclosure review produced lessons in advanced planning and establishing mechanisms to monitor progress toward goals. Without assessing and applying relevant lessons learned, regulators might not address challenges in the continuing reviews or similar challenges in activities under the amended consent orders. In particular, regulators announced the agreements that led to the amended consent orders without a clear communication strategy. Although the regulators plan to release reports on the results of the amended consent orders and the continuing foreclosure reviews, neither regulator had made decisions about what information to provide to borrowers.
Full Report Here:
Our Children Will Forever Pay For George Bush's War Crimes.
I wonder if we’ll see the day when George Bush and Dick Cheney will be prosecuted for their war crimes?
I wonder if the lies and the fraud that were used to send our nation’s men and women into a pillaging war of conquest will ever be accounted for?
I wonder if this generation of Americans will wake up and hold the war profiteers accountable for ransacking our nation’s treasury and wasting away all that our nation had saved?
I wonder if the chickenhawks, those cowards who never served in uniform and have no idea what the real honor of our nation’s military history is will ever be accountable?
I know we can never repay the debts that we all owe to the men and women who served their country in uniform….
You won’t see this reported in American media…but the cost of Bush’s wars is $6 Trillion…:
The fresh calculation – which includes the cost of spiralling veterans’ care bills and the future interest on war loans – paints a grim picture of how America’s future at home and abroad has been mortgaged to the two conflicts entered into by George W Bush in 2001 and 2003.
“There will be no peace dividend,” is the stark conclusion from the 22-page report from the Kennedy School of Government, “and the legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be costs that persist for decades.”
The report comes as the US prepares for a final withdrawal from Afghanistan, a move that Barack Obama trumpeted in his State of the Union address as a sign that America was finally moving forward after a sapping decade of war.
However the working paper by Professor Linda J. Bilmes makes clear that the true legacy the two conflicts – which have cost $2 trillion in actual outlays so far – have not yet even begun to be appreciated.
“There’s a sense that we are turning the corner, but unfortunately, the legacy of these wars, because of decision about the way we fought and funded these wars, means we will be paying the costs for a long time to come,” Prof Bilmes said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. “We may be mentally turning the page, but we are certainly not from a budgetary and financial perspective.”
But there is another area...one that impacts all of us...that is so blatant, so clear, so direct, that our courts cannot ignore.
I was going to start my post with the question,
Do Florida’s Foreclosure Courts Have Any Obligation to Punish Bank Wrongdoing?
Or something like….
Will The Government Help Americans in The Foreclosure Process?
But then I realized, everyone would think I’ve completely lost it, that I’m being completely amateurish, that I had not been following any case law or reporting over the last several years, particularly as it relates to the crimes and abuses visited upon the American people by the banks, by Wall Street and by the corporations that run our nation’s court system.
Of course courts cannot punish bank wrongdoing. Of course courts cannot hold any of the criminals or con artists that own our courts and run our nation’s financial system responsible. After all….especially here in the State of Florida, fraudclosure capital of the universe, where it is the job of our courts to:
GET THIS ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN!
And in order to do so, our courts have to ignore any law, rule, procedure, or principal that stands in the way of doing what is the ultimate objective:
GRANT FORECLOSURE JUDGMENTS!
The banks and their attorneys have been making a mockery of what we thought was our nation’s legal system for decades now. Here in Florida, long before foreclosures were hot and sexy, the foreclosure mills were lying to the court with virtually every lawsuit they filed. Remember the count…..
THE NOTE IS LOST OR DESTROYED AND CANNOT BE FOUND
I remember a good judge used to say, “A hard to find note is not the same thing as a lost note” and he kind of expected the foreclosure mills to go and find those notes…at a time when so many other judges just shrugged their black robed shoulders and said, “Oh well, they can’t find the note” Fast forward many years now and that lie, repeated over and over tens of thousands of times, seems so small compared to all the other lies….the entirety of the judicial system turned on its head as it is.
It is plainly, blatantly, disgustingly obvious that our nation’s courts have no appetite for providing any kind of sanction whatsoever. It’s clear that the banks are like the Lindsay Lohan of our nation’s legal world. The entirety of government, and especially our nation’s court system, are happy to laugh away at all their transgressions. And just like Lindsay, no one apparently cares about the consequences of all this unrestrained arrogance and wrongdoing.
But there is another area…one that impacts all of us…that is so blatant, so clear, so direct, that our courts cannot ignore. There, I did it again…..”Our courts cannot ignore”. Only they can. But will they?