(This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.)
This letter is a call to (electronic) arms on Patriots’ Day.
Mr. President, please show the American people the AIG emails.
In the wake of the disclosures associated with Friday’s government
fraud accusations against Goldman, Sachs & Co., one of our nation’s
wealthiest, largest and most politically well-connected banks, it is
inexcusable the U.S. government still refuses to release the thousands
of emails that exist between AIG and Goldman Sachs.
Unlike the Icelandic volcano, this was no natural disaster. Trillions
of dollars have been defrauded from the US taxpayer by a banking scam
run by the top 1% of our country.
The mark for this con game has been and continues to be every teacher,
cop, firefighter, nurse, conservative saver, small investor, student
and retiree. People whose pensions, homes, jobs and monthly retirement
stipends have been and continue to be deprived — so these people can
use our government to transfer money from your work to themselves.
We also know that the same people responsible for this failed system
are STILL RUNNING IT, leaving obvious conflicts of interest everywhere
But the American people still have one tremendous ally in not letting
them get away with the fraud – a SEC law that forces these companies
to keep records of all of their communications coupled with the most
sophisticated, extraordinary ability to use 21st Century technology to
quickly harvest relevant information out of billions of pieces of
And even by barely scratching the surface, this is what we already find:
A Goldman Sachs Vice President accused of fraud, writing “more and
more leverage in the system, The whole building is about to collapse
An S&P ratings agent saying “Let’s hope we are all wealthy and retired
by the time this house of cards falters.”
Our government is in a position to grant access to a vast pool of
information that could answer so many questions about why all our
money was taken. But flush with money from these potentially
fraudulent institutions, politicians have systematically gutted the
very people charged with investigating these crimes.
As a final insult, they provide 23.7 trillion in direct and implied
support for these bankers to keep bonusing themselves billions, yet
offer a paltry 0.0000003% of that amount to investigate how this
incredibly un-American event happened in the first place.
To add insult to injury, we the people now OWN the company at the
centre of much of the alleged fraud. Currently, you the US taxpayer,
own 80 per cent of AIG and there are now 5 people who represent us as
trustees at the company.
Please Mr. President,
Show the American people the AIG emails. Many are suffering, our young
are without work, our middle class is stuck in houses they can’t sell,
making it impossible to move to new jobs for the future of our
country, and our retirees who, at their most vulnerable, find the
custodians of their life savings as either crooks or suckers for the
As our President, you are in charge of AIG. That means that without
even a court order, the American people can see every email and it is
long past due for you to release those 10 years of AIG emails to the
Today, in honour of our ongoing fight against tyranny, let’s send a
plea to all our elected officials, Treasury Secretary and president to
fulfil their custodial obligation to those they represent and show
the American people the AIG emails.
And just to prove a point, look into your old email files and find
some innocuous email from the past 10 years to attach to the
bottom…perhaps if we show them ours, they will show us theirs.
Here is how to do it:
Your Representative http://www.house.gov/
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
President Barack Obama
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