"J.Dennis Hastert, who served for eight years as speaker of the House of Representatives, was paying a former student hundreds of thousands of Dollars to not say publicly that Mr.Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, according to two people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an FBI investigation."Federal prosecutors on Thursday [May 28] announced the indictment of Mr.Hastert, 73, on allegations that he made cash withdrawals, totaling $1.7 million, to evade detection by banks. The federal authorities also charged him with lying to them about the purpose of the withdrawals."
We are Dennis Hastert.
- Gingrich made a fortune pushing drugs (ie, lobbying for the trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America).
- Hastert made much of his money pushing candy-flavored tobacco.
- The Clintons help foreign governments get what they want from Washington...and get paid millions for their speeches.
- Nancy Pelosi and her husband made millions as "special customers" in an IPO of Visa stock, while Pelosi strangled legislation that would have lowered the company's profits.
"When I landed in the UK last week, my US bank 'helpfully' froze my ATM card, because they figured I couldn't possibly be the one using it."Had I not had a small amount of cash in pocket before getting to a WiFi zone, so I could Skype-call them (my SIM card wouldn't work in the UK either), I would have been out of luck."And this, not a week after getting a letter from our French bank, saying they could no longer carry our checking account, because they aren't 'registered with the SEC'..."
"This is not a tax issue. We know you're paying your taxes. [How did they know?] It's just that we're not prepared to deal with US clients any longer. The regulatory costs are too high."
"What matters is over-criminalization: converting trivial, harmless acts into major felonies. For example, the postal worker who flew a gyrocopter on to the US Capitol lawn to protest the corrupt role of money in US politics faces up to nine years in prison on multiple felony charges. Three US restaurateurs were sentenced to eight years in federal prison for 'importing lobster tails that were the wrong size and that were packaged in clear plastic bags rather than in cardboard boxes,' which violated a Honduran law that they didn't even know existed and the Lacey Act. People have served time in federal prison for faking sick days and getting lost in federal parks."Federal appellate judge Alex Kozinski wrote an essay titled 'You're (Probably) a Federal Criminal'. In it he gives numerous examples of federal felony statues that are so absurd – such as inadvertently misfiling a tax return – that no one with a sense of justice would ever use them. Indeed, if all these laws were enforced as written, 'Any attempt to go after all criminals would sweep up millions of people.'"But selectivity is precisely the point of many of these laws. As crusading lawyer-journalist Glenn Greenwald points out, "When everything – even trivial transgressions – can become a serious felony, it empowers law enforcement to punish whomever they want."