“Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the Earth…If you wish to remain slaves of the Bankers and pay for the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits (fractional reserve lending/fiat money].”
What a chilling indictment of the banking system! Quite harsh, don’t you think? Surely this kind of scurrilous accusation had to be uttered by some disgruntled socialist, or by a diehard Marxist anti-capitalist, or by an Occupy Wall Street anarchist protester. However, if you thought it was any one of these, you would be 100% dead wrong.
This little pearl of wisdom was expressed in the 1920s by none other than Sir Joseph Stamp, the second richest man in Britain and, as President of The Bank of England, the most powerful and influential banker in the world at that time.
In this stunning revelation of his own industry, Joseph Stamp dared to suggest that the world banking system of which he was such an integral part, was actually a dastardly criminal enterprise that was designed to rob the citizens of the participating nations of their hard earned wealth and security.
Thanks to the relatively new internet alternate media, the public awareness of the ongoing criminality of worldwide banking is finally creeping its way into mainstream consciousness. It is at last becoming public knowledge that nearly twenty major global banks, including Barclays, JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Lloyd’s Banking Group, and a host of others, are being investigated for criminal conspiracy in the three most important areas of global finance – the FOREX (the $25 trillion per week foreign currency exchange), the multi-trillion dollar LIBOR interest rate market, and the international Gold Fix. Nothing serious here, just a strong assertion that the international banking cartel has been robbing us of trillions of dollars; and this didn’t just happen last week, it has been going on for a very, very long time.
The conspiracies and crimes committed by this cheery group of global elitists makes the criminal machinations of the likes of the Mafia and the Mexican drug cartels seem benevolent by comparison. And just like with the Mafia and the drug lords south of the border, there will be inevitable human sacrifice. When serious criminal money is at stake, death and destruction are not far behind. Those are only some of the nasty karmic consequences associated with a mega-trillion dollar criminal enterprise. As the saying goes, “When you lie down with pigs, expect to get dirty.” There have been a lot of dirty bankers dying here over the last several months. We referred to them in our last blog . They have been “throwing” themselves off bank towers from London to Hong Kong and getting inconveniently “suicided” by shooting themselves in the head over ten times with a nail gun (try doing that some time).
But this is not at all a new phenomenon. Key players in world banking and corporate finance have been dying untimely and exotic deaths for many decades. Some of these individuals were multi-billionaires and all of them were involved with a variety of nefarious financial activities. Listed below are our top seven banker deaths of the modern era:
1 Roberto Calvi – JUNE, 1982 Calvi, the chairman of Italy’s second largest bank, Banco Ambrosiano, which went bankrupt in 1982, was closely tied to the Pope John Paul II and the Vatican banking scandals of the 1980s. Banco Ambrosiano collapsed in the summer of 1982 with losses approaching $1.5 US billion, much of which had been siphoned off via the Vatican Bank. Calvi found hanged from scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge on the edge of London’s financial district, The City. Calvi’s clothing was stuffed with bricks and he was carrying over $15,000 of cash in three different currencies. Calvi was a member of illegal Italian Masonic lodge known as Propaganda Due (P2), known as a frati neri or black friars. This led to the suggestion that Calvi was murdered as a Masonic warning because of the symbolism associated with the words black friars.
2 Michele Sindona – March, 1986 Known as “The Shark,” Sindona is alleged to have had ties with the Gambino family and had been a top tax lawyer and accountant with the top Italian real estate investment firm, Societa Generale Immobillari. Through his holding company, Fasco, he acquired controlling interest in a number of prominent Italian banks, and by 1969, had developed strong connections with the Vatican Bank and prominent Swiss banks, with which he was involved in large scale major currency speculation. The Shark was finally convicted on sixty-five counts of fraud and perjury in US courts and twenty-five years in Italian prison for conspiracy to commit murder. On March 18, 1986, he was poisoned with cyanide in his coffee at his cell in the prison, Voghera, while serving a life sentence for murder.
3 Amschel Rothschild – July, 1996 Amschel Rothschild, a direct heir to the Rothschild banking dynasty, reputed to own or secretly control a multi-trillion dollar fortune, was found hanged in his room at the Bristol Hotel in Paris. Previously, Amschel had split with his half brother, Lord Rothschild, and his cousin, Sir Evelyn Rothschild. Amschel was athletic and in excellent health, married and with a happy family that included three children. The billionaire investment banker’s death, according to well placed European sources, was not suicide as the world press reported, but rather, murder. Rothschild had been strangled with the heavy cord of his own bath robe, one end of which was attached to a towel rack, as if to suggest that his violent death was self-inflicted. After photographing the body, one of the investigators gave the towel rack a slight tug and it fell easily out of the wall. The unpublished conclusion was that Rothschild was definitely murdered.
4 Edmond J. Safra – December, 1999 Multi-billionaire banker, Edmond J. Safra, died of asphyxiation in a locked, bunker like bathroom in a fire that engulfed his magnificent penthouse apartment in Monaco, atop a building housing the Republic National of New York. Safra, the prime stockholder of the bank, had just made final arrangements to sell his interests in the bank a few days previously. Safra, whose specialty was private banking for wealthy clients, was reputed to know “all the secrets of the financial planet.” He was accused of laundering money for Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega, and was rumored to have had connections with the Iran Contra scandal. But Safra’s death may have been directly associated with a secretive international financial empire, active in clandestine gold trading. Safra’s banking and precious metals empire was founded and built primarily after the creation of the State of Israel, by Safra acting as a savvy money laundering expert for wealthy Sephardic Jews. Safra was allegedly an expert in gold smuggling and the use of gold in secret financing of covert operations, including assassinations, by intelligence agencies such as the CIA.
5 J. Clifford Baxter – January, 2002 A former top executive of scandal plagued Enron, Baxter was reputed to have shot himself in his Mercedes Benz, parked in a cul-de-sac near his Houston home. Baxter had already cashed in $35 million of his soon to be worthless Enron shares before the company collapsed and had received a subpoena from the Senate Government Affairs Subcommittee on Permanent Oversight and Investigation. The highest levels of the Bush administration were said to be implicated in the financial and political corruption involving Enron. If he had lived, Baxter’s testimony could have shed major light on the very top of the Enron fraud.
6 Alex Widmer – December, 2008 Widmer, a prominent Swiss private banker, at Julius Baer Holding, was reportedly found dead in Zurich. Confusingly, his death was ascribed to both illness and suicide. Widmer’s death came at a volatile time in Swiss banking. Swiss bank, UBS, had been investigated in a US tax evasion scandal and had reported $46 billion in write down losses. Baer had been accused of poaching high ranking bank officers from larger Swiss rival, UBS.
7 James McDonald – September, 2009 McDonald, prominent adviser to wealthy families and chief executive of investment management group, Rockefeller and Company, was found dead with a single gunshot wound in his car in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Preliminary investigation indicated that it was an “apparent” suicide. McDonald was credited with helping to grow Rockefeller and Company, the New York based family business established by John D. Rockefeller in 1882, to manage that dynasty’s assets, into a much broader investment management company, with nearly $30 billion in assets.
Playing the international bankster game does indeed have serious consequences, not only for the perpetrators but for the millions of citizens who fall victim to the unscrupulous market manipulations that have been carried out by the world’s banking cartel. The boom and bust cycle of loose credit/tight credit engineered by the central banks is legendary. Add to this the massive illegal manipulations of currencies, interest rates, and precious metals markets, we find ourselves right on the verge of a world economic Armageddon. But it is not just the economy that is in danger. Lead by the IMF and World Bank, the secret banking alliance has declared war on a host of victimized nations’ economies. Widespread social disintegration in places such as Venezuela, Syria, and Libya are just the beginning. Next up on the bankers’ intervention menu is Ukraine. However, with Putin and Russia stepping forward boldly to confront the world banking cartel, this may prove to be a seminal event with a possible outcome of world war in the offing.
It is getting to the point that it very dangerous for the average citizen or investor to trust his wealth to the convoluted criminality that is international banking. Our advice is to remove as much as possible of your liquid assets from the clutches of the banksters. One of the best ways to do that, we feel, is to invest in gold and silver.
Reprinted with permission from Liberty Gold and Silver.