Will You Be Able to Access the Cash in Your Bank Account in the Near Future?

Hello everyone!

My friend invited me to read this article on current trends in the US Banking sector that can happen any day now.  Craig R. Smith another forthright economic analyst shares his take on the current state of the US Banking system.  Craig is basically saying that, the US Government is going to confiscate your money via Presidential Executive order.  How do you feel about this information.

Edward Reidhead

Securing A SAFE Future You Can Bank On!

Shocking New Book Exposes The Unsafe World of 21st Century Banking
DMB By DAVID BRADSHAW, Publisher, Idea Factory Press

20 Economic Predictions Come True Since 2010
DON’T BANK ON IT! book Offers 20 New Warnings!


When it comes to financial matters, who can you really trust?

On 9.16.14 the most important financial book of the year: DON’T BANK ON IT! THE UNSAFE WORLD OF 21st CENTURY BANKING by Craig R. Smith and Lowell Ponte was officially released – which predicts your bank account may be hit by any of 20 major threats – dangers that daily news headlines are already reflecting, such as…

* The Cyber-Terror Bank Bailout: You on the HookBloomberg
* Banks’ Failure Plans Inadequate Say RegulatorsABC News
* US Banks Braced for Trillion Dollar OutflowsFinancial Times
* G20 Edging Towards Deal on ‘Bail-in’ For BanksReuters
* In Banks We Used To TrustMarketwatch

In fact, authors Smith and Ponte had to keep updating this earthshaking new 256-page book because their amazing predictions kept coming true coming true as printing day neared!

Most of today’s so-called economic “experts” offer plenty of financial market predictions, yet no accountability later on. We think the best test is how accurate an economist or expert has been in the past.

Here are 20 predictions Craig and Lowell have made over the last five years. Another 20 sober new warnings for the next five years can be found in DON’T BANK ON IT!

1. Beginning with their 2010 book CRASHING THE DOLLAR, monetary expert Craig R. Smith and veteran think tank futurist Lowell Ponte warned that vast government economic stimulus spending would not only fail – but would also be an “anti-stimulus” (page 182) that made things worse, not better.

CTD As they predicted, the stimulus caused fear and an expectation of high inflation that frightened businesspeople out of hiring and investing. This made the economy worse.

Keynesian economists in the White House predicted that huge stimulus by printing trillions would produce $1.50 in growth for every dollar they conjured out of thin air.

Years later, the results are that each stimulus dollar generated only 29 cents’ worth of growth, a waste of 71 cents per dollar, showing that Craig and Lowell’s “anti-stimulus” prediction was absolutely right on the money. (See THE GREAT DEBASEMENT, pp. 115-116)

2. In CRASHING THE DOLLAR, Craig and Lowell also warned of the coming bulldozing of homes and economic madness in Detroit (p.52); of the economic peril of the “dark matter” of the “money universe,” hundreds of trillions of dollars’ worth of derivatives (pp. 100-103), and of how America’s “life-or-death long-term bet” that we could turn China capitalist “before we transferred enough wealth to make it militarily superior to us” appears to be a losing wager (p. 23).

3. Craig and Lowell in CRASHING THE DOLLAR also warned that President Obama was a threat to use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a political weapon (pp. 125-126), a prediction that proved to be chillingly accurate as two years later the IRS had targeted conservative and tea party 501(c)3 organizations.

4. In their 2011 book THE INFLATION DECEPTION, Craig and Lowell warned that a withholding of services by America’s overtaxed producers was coming – not unlike the strike depicted in Ayn Rand’s novel ATLAS SHRUGGED. Companies were keeping $3 Trillion overseas, beyond the reach of U.S. tax collectors (p. 58), and what today we call “tax inversions” were soon to begin.

TID 5. They predicted that the mere existence of a Big Government political party able to win control in any election produces a “Donkey Effect,” a drag that reduces business confidence and investment by roughly 25 percent (pp. 197-198, 201-202).

6. Craig and Lowell explained the genetic basis for American Exceptionalism in a specific “entrepreneurial” gene more common in those who chose to come here than is found elsewhere. This gene predisposes us to seek religious and economic freedom. They predicted that this raises our risk of stress-related diseases such as hypertension and cancer as Progressives turn America into the kind of Big Government society our ancestors fled to come here. Craig and Lowell warned that this same gene that made America successful is now, under Progressive Big Government, disproportionately killing the descendants of American pioneers. (p. 131-136).

7. The Federal Reserve, warned Craig and Lowell, is rapidly becoming a Fourth Branch of Government and the planner and regulator of our entire economy…an odd role for an entity supposedly created to keep politics out of monetary policy (pp. 54-55).

8. Fed policies, they warned, are crowding out small businesses from access to loans, and diverting those loans at rock bottom interest rates to government itself (p. 27).

9. Craig and Lowell were the first popular economics writers to point to evidence that several hundred billion dollars in foreign money used in “bear raids” against American banks were a key trigger of the near-collapse of the U.S. economy in 2008 (p. 28-31).

10. They explained how America had become an “Inflatocracy”, with a government of, by, and for inflation, a hidden tax (p. 189).

TGD 11. In their 2012 book THE GREAT DEBASEMENT, Craig and Lowell noted the emerging paradox that the stock market now goes up on bad news in the economy and down on good news. This is because all that now matters in the stock exchange casino is whether events will force the Federal Reserve to keep conjuring more trillions of paper dollars out of thin air. Stocks no longer have much to do with how well companies make or sell products (pp. 21-22).

12. Government stimulus policies, predicted Craig and Lowell, would henceforth produce not only a “multiplier effect” but also a “divider effect” by more heavily taxing some to buy the votes of others (pp. 85-86, 115-117).

13. They predicted more and more terrifying Middle Eastern and other terrorism that could involve the damage caused to global banking by EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) devastation of computerized bank records (pp. 175-178).

14. Craig and Lowell predicted that in the emerging “cashless society” the government will impose an automatic 20 percent tax on every transaction (pp. 220-221).

15. And they predict the possible emergence of a new gold-based Islamic coin and other challengers to the world’s paper currencies, including today’s “global reserve currency,” the U.S. Dollar (pp. 246-249).

16. In their 2013 book THE GREAT WITHDRAWAL, Craig and Lowell foresee that we live in a time that will continue to bring many great withdrawals (p. 224):

(a) Americans renouncing their citizenship in record numbers;

TGW (b) “American companies…moving their operations overseas via foreign corporate partners” to avoid sky-high American taxes;

(c) Americans withdrawing from high-tax states such as California to low-tax states such as Texas;

(d) Unionized public employees withdrawing from their unions;

(e) Americans withdrawing from the workforce altogether;

(f) Savers withdrawing from bank accounts and bonds funds in what looks like a slow-motion bank run.

(g) Germany attempting (unsuccessfully) to withdraw their gold on deposit with the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

(h) Voters withdrawing their support from both major political parties;

(i) The Federal Reserve withdrawing gradually from its most recent economic stimulus program.

17. Craig and Lowell in this 2013 book also predict that an inflation tsunami is coming (p. 129), and that our government will continue to be a “Crisisocracy”, creating and exploiting crises to control and silence Americans (pp. 130-131, 137-138).

18. In their stunning fifth book together, DON’T BANK ON IT! THE UNSAFE WORLD OF 21st CENTURY BANKING, Craig R. Smith and Lowell Ponte predict that your bank account may be hit by any of 20 major threats (pp. 215-219).

Each one of these 20 perils is its own prediction, and most have already begun to come true in various ways.

Jesse James today would probably be unable to rob your bank, but they reveal that you might have trouble getting what you think of as your own money out of your bank, too.

The risks Craig and Lowell reveal are often amazing and always eye-opening.

You could lose your banked money to one of 125,000 Chinese cyber-warriors half a world away; to greedy banksters; or to rapacious spendaholic politicians who desperately need ever-more revenue to keep expanding the welfare state.

19. Your bank account exists only in a bank computer, not a bank safe, and is being robbed systematically right now.

20. Banking (as we know it) will soon die, Craig and Lowell predict, as will our old notions of money. The dawning “cashless society” and “Internet of Things” that are taking over will be convenient, costly, and risky. You might soon even be robbed via computer chips built into your next refrigerator, Craig and Lowell predict.

Seize this opportunity to receive a FREE review e-copy of DON’T BANK ON IT! THE UNSAFE WORLD OF 21st CENTURY BANKING. Call 800-289-2646 or Register here.

Your bank account is systematically being robbed, and is at serious risk of being seized and looted. How much interest is your bank paying you to put your money at such risk? Less Than Zero Percent!

Monetary expert Craig R. Smith and futurist Lowell Ponte show why it has become illogical – and hazardous to your wealth – to trust your money to today’s increasingly vulnerable and unsafe banks.


‘Congress all bribed, has zero confidence in eyes of American people’ – World Bank whistleblower

‘Congress all bribed, has zero confidence in eyes of American people’ – World Bank whistleblower

Hello Everyone :),

Enjoy this current interview with my friend Karen Hudes, World Bank Whistle blower and former Attorney.  Is the “Financial Meltdown” about to commence now, or has the collapse already begun.  One thing is for sure, when physical Gold can’t be delivered as in permanent Gold backwardation we are in the Federal Reserve End Game…  Who controls the Federal Reserve System?

Ed Reidhead


The US government shutdown – a temporary ailment or a symptom of a grave disease? Are the Republicans right in their move to block Obamacare spending? Who gains from the shutdown turmoil? Do the politicians care about their citizens? Our guest comes from the very heart of the banking system: Karen Hudes was World Bank lawyer when she blew the whistle on major corruption cases in the system and was fired as a result.


Sophie Shevardnadze: Our guest today is whistleblower Karen Hudes, former senior counsel at the World Bank. Karen, it’s great to have you on a show today.

Karen Hudes: Thanks for having me. Sophie, I’m glad to be with you.

SS: So, the government shutdown. Is the move on the part of the Republicans justified? Is fighting off Obamacare worth all this mess?

KH: I think there is something more going on behind the scenes. A lot more actually.

SS: What do you mean?

KH: Well, there is a terrible currency problem. We’re on the verge of the currency war. The Federal Reserve is printing dollars like there is no tomorrow. And if they keep going the rest of the world is not going to accept them. As it is the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have decided that they are going to finance the trade among these countries with assets and pay for the difference in gold. And this is a right move for them…

SS: But how is that connected with a shutdown though?

KH: The US Congress has been fighting with the presidency because the presidency has been in total contempt and the highest legal officer of the United States Government has also been in contempt of Congress in fighting this international corruption that is ruining the dollar as an international reserve currency.

SS: You know, economists have been predicting the dollar will fall ever since the crisis in 2008. But the Government has managed to keep it afloat.

KH: Well, not for a long. If you look at what’s going in the gold and other precious metals markets, silver as well, we’re headed to something called “permanent gold backwardation”, that means there is a loss in confidencein the fiat currencies that are issued by those private banks. They like to consider themselves as ‘public banks’ but they really owned by private entities. And these currencies are about to crash because they are valueless, that’s what always happens to paper currencies that aren’t backed by assets.

SS: Like you’ve mentioned – “gold backwardation”, gold is often chanted as perfectly safe investment and alternative to the dollar, even. But how come the price of gold is following?

KH: Because of a market manipulation but that can only continue for so long because the Central Banks are running out of gold and the rests of the world are lining up to buy them. If you want to buy gold today, you have to pay today a premium. What they are offering in the future is called ‘a naked short’, they don’t have the gold to back those offers, that’s illegal what they are doing.

SS: I will get back to gold in a bit. But for now I would like to focus on Obamacare. In your opinion, is Obamacare really that crucial for the US economy?

KH: What you have is something that’s very good for medical insurance because most of the other countries that offer medical coverage do this through a single issuer. And that’s it not what we have here. What we have here is a bill that was drafted by the medical insurance companies. It’s not good for this economy. It never was.

SS: Why do you say it’s not good?

KH: Because what’s happening is the workers that worked full-time are being put deliberately on part-time basis, so that the companies can avoid giving the medical insurance coverage under the provisions of the law.

SS: You know this Obamacare thing.. I’ve heard it many times being compared to Socialism, Communism sometimes even. Do you trace the resemblance?

KH: That’s just because the mainstream media, when they report about what’s going on, are doing it by telling lies and anything that’s good for the powers that be. The mainstream media is completely owned and controlled by the same companies, private companies that own the Federal Reserve System. Most of the American citizens are clueless about the corruption that’s rifling their economy.

SS: But just to make sure are you saying that everything about Obamacare is bad? Or are there good things about it?

KH: No, of course, there are good things about it. But the problem is that the people that wanted to get up decent courage were not given the tools, they were not given the equipment, they were not given the press coverage – the honest press coverage that society needs to enact just legislation. The Congress people are all bribed by these corrupt forces and the American citizens have Zero confidence in their Congress.

SS: So, at this point you side with the Republicans for blocking the medicare.

KH: I’m not siding with Democrats or Republicans because both of those parties have been co-opted by these terrible corrupt forces I’m talking about.

SS: What we have right now is Americans being forced to get health insurance. How does it go with their love of liberties and freedom of choice?

KH: It’s not so much a question of being forced, you have to look at those parts of the society that have been thrown under the bus. The uneducated children who are not given superior education like we used to have.We are society that is giving short shrift to the people that need us. I’m not saying that we ignore the health needs of our country. I’m saying that we ignore the mainstream media because they are not telling us the truth.

SS: You know, I also heard Obama supporters argue that the American Capitalism is on the verge of death in its present form, the way it is existingnow, and the social injections, meaning the medical care and Obamacare, are needed as the only way to reform it or save it. Do you agree or disagree with that?

KH: The problem is not with the American citizens, they are a wonderful group, their values are good. It’s just that they are not given the tools that they need to have a just society. They are not given the basic information, about what is really going on and who is benefiting, from the economies that they are being told… they have been told that they have no money, they have taken an entire city, Detroit, and declared it bankrupt. When what’s actually happening is their tax dollars are not even staying in the society, their tax dollars are going by treaty to the United Kingdom, and then they are being transferred to the Vatican, to the bank of the Vatican. This is not a society that is going to be sustainable on any basis, for any reason.

SS: Do you feel like American economy is peaking up because we hear President Obama saying shutdown hurts American economy but at the very sensitive moment world has just started to catch up. Do you feel it’s catching up really?

KH: Those numbers about the employment are completely fabricated because they are not counting those people who have given up ever finding a job as unemployed. That’s ridiculous! The real rate is just about double what they reported as being.

SS: So the American debt looks like a doomed patient. Is there any other possibility for it than just grow into eternity forever? I mean raising debt ceiling once or twice a year, what’s the problem?

KH: The problem is actually when you talk about debt that our currency is financed by debt, our currency is issued by the Federal Reserve instead of the Treasury which is unconstitutional. When the Federal Reserve System was instituted in 1913 most of the Congress was on break, they sneaked that legislation through. So the debt is there simply for those bankers to put in interest on it and have it grow and compound every year. The debt is a fabrication, it’s probably should be repudiated. But it can be repudiated until you’ll have looked that all ofthe implications.

SS: Do you think it’s going to go on and on forever?

KH: No, what I think it’s going to happen is that at the upcoming Bretton Woods meeting on October 9th the countries of the world, the foreign ministers of the world are going to sit down and have a rational basis for currency rather than this fiat currency which is absolutely… what can I say, it makes no sense to anyone but the bankers that are issuing it.

SS: So, when you look at the conflict of the debt, it’s much more than just borrowing money – it makes you controllable. For example, in the case of US – who controls it, you mean the big corporations, or countries like China and Japan, who control large chunks of the debt?

KH: Well, that’s a very good question and, fortunately, some mathematicians at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have given us a very precise answer. They did a study of who owns and controls the companies on the capital markets – 43 000 companies. They found out that there is «a secret super-entity», they call it, that owns 60% of the earnings every year and 40% of the assets. They did this by putting the same people on the boards of these companies. So, they have ten times the economic power than there are entitled to. And they thoughtthat none would catch them at it. This is a huge conglomerate that has been rigging the labour’s prices, it has been rigging all of the commodity’s prices, and it has been trading in the securities markets with insider information. It has got to be stopped. It also bought up the media and has been lying to people deliberately. This is going to stop.

SS: So just to answer my question – the government is controlled by the conglomerates or the corporations rather than countries that are up and coming economically, right? Why haven’t these corporations or conglomerates, as you call it, been caught? Why is nothing changing?

KH: That’s the whole point about it. They’d like to think they are in control but they are not, they are not above the law. And we, citizens, know exactly what they are up to, we’ve been working on this problem, all of the governors of the States have been working on this terrible corruption, so have the Attorneys-General, so have the Sheriffs, and it’s not going to continue. The American people are taking back their government and they are stopping this terrible corruption.

SS: As of today, the United States is a financial heart of the world. Whether it collapses or keeps on going, it’s obviously wrong – this much power is concentrated in one place. Asia is a rising monster right now; could it be stealing this financial role from the US? Do you think China, for example, could steal its financial role from the US? Or are they also controlled by that same financial elite you’re mentioning?

KH: Well, I can tell you that the Jesuits have a very strong strangle hold on China as well but I can also tell you that the transition of economic strengths from the western countries to the east is going to happen, but it’s going to happen in a smooth way. It’s not going to be a transition through a currency war like that terrible corrupt group is trying to manipulate everyone into. We’re going to have a peaceful power transition this time around; we’re not going to have the World War III. They try to pull it off in Syria, they are now thinking they can pull it off in Iran, it’s not happening. The citizens of the world see what they are doing and we’re not letting them get away with it this time.

SS:Foreign governments keep buying US Treasury bonds despite obvious problems US economy is facing. What’s making them do that, in your opinion?

KH: I think the biggest market for the Federal Reserve notes is the US Treasury and there is a God of dollars right now. Yes, there is also a small market, unfortunately, the market is weakening as the dollar weakens because of all of this, what they call quantitative easing, where every month so many additional dollars are printed with absolutely no backing.

SS: Should we be buying gold?

KH: Well, yes and no, I think gold is probably wise purchase right now but more as insurance than investment because there is actually a great deal of gold, there is even more gold than people know about. For example, the amount of gold in the deposit in the Bank of Hawaii is 170 000 tonnes, this is more than the World Gold Council says as available for all the gold on the Earth. People don’t know how much gold there is, there is a lot of gold.

SS: Are you buying gold?

KH: I did actually, yes. But not because it’s an investment but because I’m not 100% certain that we’re going to get to act together before all of the paper fiat currency falls apart. So I see it as an insurance but because of the amount of gold that’s actually around in the world in deposit all over the world, I’m not so sure it’s a great investment.

SS: So you think the return to the gold standard is a realistic thing? It could be a possibility?

KH: Well, actually, that’s not such a good thing. The currency ought to be backed by value, but there is no reason why it should be restricted to precious metals, it could be any of the commodities that are valuable. The important thing is that, yes, the currency should be backed by assets rather than by debt as we now have.

SS: But if a financial collapse happens , let’s say, will gold be of any use? I mean, there is shortage of food, look at the world today, the biggest problem we’re facing is a clean drinking water. What gold is going to do about that?

KH: First of all, I think that we’re going to manage together, act together, I’m not expecting a collapse. Very accurate game-theory model is showing that we’re going to manage to make a transition in a very smooth way, maybe there’ll be a few fits at start. I think most of the countries in the world are in favour of working together and not to have a collapse. The only thing that you’re saying is that some of these crooks haven’t figured out, they haven’t seen the writing on the wall, they haven’t seen that we understand that there is a way to work together and avoid these problems, which are definitely avoidable.

SS: So, Karen, you were a senior counsel at the World Bank. Tell me something, honest banking is this an oxymoron?

KH: No, we have examples all over the place in the United States, the state of North Dakota has its own state bank and many of the other states are looking at that – at the moment 22 other states are looking at it, and we’re urging the other 28 states to look at it. There was a bank in Amsterdam but I think went on for 300 years with no problem. We know how to do banking, it should be like infrastructure to support the economy, it shouldn’t be for the benefit of elites that think they are above the law as we currently have. If you look at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), that institution was established when the war reparations were being exacted from Germany after the World War I. That when it was started in 1930 and I believe its 60 central banks, that are members of the BIS, those are the corporates, those are the ones that really needs to go out of business.

SS: You first blew the whistle over corruption in the World Bank. Tell us more about your revelations?

KH: Well, that’s actually what happened. I was working in the Philippines and there was a bank. This was at the end of the East Asia financial crisis in the end of the 1990s. The second largest bank in the Philippines, the Philippine National Bank, there was a loan to strenghten the banking sector and what happened was a man who own Philippine airlines, Lucio Tan, ended up buying more than 10% of the shares of the Philippine National Bank without informing the security authorities in the Philippines, that was against the law. And then I told the person who was in charge of the World Bank Lending Programme they should tell the government of the Philippines that the conditions of the loan were not going to be met. And instead I was reassigned and I didn’t accept that, so I went to the meeting where it was decided whether or not to disperse the loan and I said that the board was not being informed that the conditions were not met. And then what happened was the loan wasn’t dispersed but the people who had their money on deposit in that bank withdrew their money and the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. had to withdraw, had to back up the bank, for five hundred million dollars, and then we didn’t disperse our loan for two hundred million and the Japanese didn’t disperse their loan for two hundred million. So, that was nine hundred million dollars worth of a pure loan performance and when the evaluation department in the world bank said that the World Bank had performed satisfactorily, I corrected that report and my correction was never given to the board. That was a cover-up. You can’t have a cover-up in a bank – that shows that money is going the wrong way. I’ve been working together with other whistleblowers at the World Bank because we know that the board has to be informed about what’s actually going on. Other whistleblowers have reported double accounting, we reported this to the UK Parliament, I reported it to the European Parliament in 2011 and the European Parliament wrote the letter to the World Bank. I had a very detailed chronology, and the World Bank never responded. Then I’ve been reporting this to the US Congress and when the US Congress was asked to give a capital increase to the World Bank, they had asked for a government accountability office audit which never took place. I was reporting this to the International Organisation of Supreme Audit institutions and then I asked the board to require KPMG to do an auditof the World Bank Internal Controls. KPMG did not follow the auditing standards, I reported this to the public company accounting oversight board, I reported this to the ICC. But since the ICC couldn’t be bothered to sort out the insider trading for the Federal Reserve System, they certainly weren’t going to straighten out the bonds in the World Bank. So I borrowed world bank bond and I sued under the securities laws, and I also went to each and every Attorney-General in the States, and I told the States that they were responsible for making sure that there was accurate financial information going to the bond holders in their States, and I also went to the International Organisation of the Securities Commissioners. So, the World Bank has got to be brought into compliance and there has to be transparency in the capital markets, and the insider training of the Federal Reserve System is going to be history in short order.

SS: Do you feel safe after all these leaks, I mean you were fired?

KH: You know I have been working with some very wonderful whistleblowers; in particular, I’d like to mention Mark Novitsky who has been reporting about insider trading and inaccurate financial reporting for Teletech, which is a company that had been spying on American citizens. So, when whistleblowers work together, and compare notes and share information you get a very accurate picture. In addition, I’d like to mention Larry Harrison, who has been my PR guy. So when you have people who you’re working with it’s not so easy to shut the whistleblowers down, we just gain in strength. We ‘re going from strength to strength.

SS: Do you feel like you are being heard? Is anything changing?

KH: Well, that’s what I like to ask your audience.

SS: Do you feel like anything changing in the system by whistleblowing on it?

KH: Yes, I absolutely do. I think the number of people they are hearing my message and that are looking into this information, and everyday they are sending me e-mails. They are going out and they are getting their neighbours to find out what’s really going on. I don’t think this mainstream media is going to have too big of an audience at the rate we’re going.

SS: There are liberty movements that are actually picking up now, the likes of Bitcoin, for example. Can they ever grow into a solid rival to the conventional system?

KH: I think they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with, yes. It’s a matter of fact. There are other similar kinds of payment systems that are now gaining currency. Yes, I think we’re going to have a world where there’s a lot of choice and the legal tender is not going to be used to put people into debt and to imprison them.

SS: Are you using a Bitcoin as of now?

KH: That’s a good question. I’m trying to learn how. There is a conference that is taking place and I’m going to try to get myself sorted out on that.

SS: Karen, thank you very much for your time. That’s all for today. Our guest was a former insider at the World Bank, ex-senior counsel Karen Hudes. Thanks for watching and we will see next time here in SophieCo.

KERRY CASSIDY INTERVIEW WITH KAREN HUDES- World Bank Legal Counsel and Whistleblower

Hello everyone,

I am so grateful to Karen and Kerry for creating this informative and monumental interview on the current state of affairs involving International Finance and World Bank operations and connected political events. This is a must see interview that is far ranging and provides deep background information.
When this information gets out to people and discovery of suppressed financial/political events reaches the general public, this may be the tipping point towards integrity and dignity. Feel free to comment on the information herein…



From the website;  www.kahudes.net/

Who is Karen Hudes?

Karen Hudes studied law at Yale Law School and economics at the University of Amsterdam. She worked in the US Export Import Bank of the US from 1980-1985 and in the Legal Department of the World Bank from 1986-2007. She established the Non Governmental Organization Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Committee on Multilateralism and the Accountability of International Organizations of the American Branch of the International Law Association.
What did Karen Hudes blow the whistle on?

In 2007 Karen warned the US Treasury Department and US Congress that the US would lose its right to appoint the President of the World Bank if the current American President of the World Bank did not play by the rules. The 66 year old Gentlemen’s Agreement that Europe would appoint the Managing Director of the IMF and US would appoint the World Bank President ended in 2010 http://www.imf.org/external/np/cm/2010/042510.htm

In 1999 Karen reported the corrupt take-over of the second largest bank in the Philippines. Lucio Tan, a crony of Joseph Estrada, then President of the Philippines, acquired stock owned by government employees in Philippines National Bank (“PNB”) valued more than 10% of PNB’s outstanding capital without disclosure, as required by Philippines securities laws. Tan owned Philippines Airlines, in default on its loans from PNB. The government of the Philippines loaned $493 million to PNB after PNB’s depositors made heavy withdrawals. $200 million of a loan from the World Bank and a $200 million loan from Japan were cancelled. Estrada was ultimately impeached, and in 2007 an anti-corruption court in the Philippines required Estrada to refund graft he had plundered. The Bank’s Country Director in the Philippines reassigned Karen when she asked him to sign a letter warning the Philippines’ government that the Bank could not disburse its loan without a waiver from the Board of Executive Directors since the loan conditionality was not met. The World Bank’s Internal Audit Department refused to correct the satisfactory evaluation of the Bank’s supervision performance or the flawed report of the Institutional Integrity Department to the Audit Committee of the Board of Executive Directors. When the Audit Committee requested an audit of internal controls over financial reporting, KPMG, the external auditors, circumscribed the scope of their audit in violation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.

Two days after informing the Board’s Audit Committee of the cover-up in the Philippines, Karen was reprimanded and placed on probation. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested the World Bank’s Audit Committee to look into the cover- up. Instead, the Chair of the World Bank’s Audit Committee requested an inquiry into the World Bank’s Institutional Integrity Department. The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations followed up with three letters to the World Bank. The World Bank forged documents and fired Karen in contempt of Congress. The World Bank also fired the Staff Association’s lawyer. The Staff Association stated that what had happened to Karen had damaged staff morale and prevented others from reporting misconduct. The World Bank’s Ethics’ Officer left in frustration after her request for an investigation by the World Bank’s Institutional Integrity Department was turned down.

Mr. Paul Volcker headed the 2007 inquiry into the Institutional Integrity Department. The Volcker Panel was discredited after sixteen staff employed in the Institutional Integrity Department received significant damage awards in compensation for abuses of authority to intimidate them during the Volker Panel investigation. A staff-member of the EU’s anti-fraud agency, Office Lutte Anti-Fraude, on the Volcker Panel wrote to Karen:
“My Director General and I met with a number of European Executive Directors of the World Bank a few weeks ago to discuss the Volcker Panel report. At the meeting there was also discussion about governance issues. My impression was that the European Executive Directors are well apprised of all relevant issues at the Bank and no further comment by OLAF is warranted even if it was within our legal competence.”

Karen informed Senator Bayh, “[t]he ongoing cover-up is an indictment of the probity of US oversight at the Bank and I would encourage the Senate to request GAO to look into it.” Senators Richard Lugar, Evan Bayh and Patrick Leahy requested GAO to investigate “internal resistance to increased transparency and accountability at the World Bank.” http://citizenoversight.com/pdf/blwb.pdf In 2008 Karen’s Congressman, Representative Chris Van Hollen, noted “that [Karen’s] claims and concerns have already been provided to the GAO…. and to the relevant congressional committees.” In 2009 GAO stated that it could not commence the inquiry “because of challenges we recently faced in gaining access to World Bank officials.” Senator Lugar asked what was delaying the GAO review during hearings on the World Bank’s capital increase.

Mr. Pieter Stek, then Executive Director for the Netherlands, and Chair of the Board Committee on Development Effectiveness, said:
“In a multilateral institution which should be governed by the rule of law and high standards of probity the charge of concealment from the Board of Executive Directors of information relevant to the exercise of its duty of supervising management and the persecution of the person who brings this to light is extremely serious. If correct, which I believe, this poisonous cocktail undermines good governance and ultimately the effectiveness of the Bank in fulfilling its mandate. I shall continue to assist Ms. Hudes in her efforts to have due process brought to bear, preferably by the Bank itself, on these issues of governance.”

David Brooks wrote:
“Then there are violations, when someone intentionally breaks the rules. Errors can be very hard for outsiders to detect. It was people inside the companies who were most likely to report fraud, because they have local knowledge. And yet 80 percent of these whistleblowers regret having reported the crimes because of the negative consequences they suffered. This is not the way to treat people who detect error.” http://brooks.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/living-with-mistakes/?comments#permid=34

RT: World Bank: Money Laundering Criminals | Interview with Whistleblower Karen Hudes

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Thanks to my friend Jean again over at http://jhaines6.wordpress.com here is a great article on Banking and one person’s struggle to bring attention to high level corruption. Karen can be found on facebook…

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Published on Jun 21, 2013
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Abby Martin talks to Karen Hudes, former senior executive at the World Bank, about her experience blowing the whistle on the high level corruption within the international financial system and how her story was censored.

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World Bank Whistle-blower: “Precious Metals To Serve As An Underpinning For Paper Currencies”

World Bank Whistle-blower: “Precious Metals To Serve As An Underpinning For Paper Currencies”

Enjoy this article from the Silver Doctors…  and congratulations to Karen Hudes for demonstrating courage and integrity…


Karen Hudes, Former Senior Counsel to the World Bank—now turned whistle-blower.

I had the opportunity yesterday to speak with one of the western world’s most courageous and astute women, Karen Hudes, Former Senior Counsel to the World Bank—now turned whistle-blower.
It was a powerful conversation, as Karen spent 20 years with the World Bank as an attorney and economist, before being “let-go” after reporting internal fraud and corruption.
During the interview Karen indicated that the world is rapidly changing, with western power structures breaking down, economic & political influence gravitating to BRICs nations, all amid a pending currency transition which will highly favor precious metals.   Hudes stated: All of the countries of the world are going to allow precious metals to serve as currency, and this will be an underpinning for paper currency, as we’ll have both systems at the same time.”

From Tekoa Da Silva:

Starting out by discussing the shocking centralized power she witnessed while working at the World Bank, Karen explained that, “A study done by three [Swiss] systems analysts who used mathematical modeling [shows] how the [world’s] 43,000 transnational corporations were being controlled through interlocking corporate directorates. There’s a group of 147 companies, most of them are financial institutions, and what they’ve done, is through the interlocking directorates, they control 40% of the net worth of these [43k] companies, and 60% of their earnings…so that group has been using the presidency of the World Bank as kind of a puppet to dominate the world—that’s [now] finished.”

A major shock to that centralized power base, according to Karen, was the recent move by BRICs nations leaders to bypass the World Bank for their financing needs, by establishing their own development bank. “As the BRICs [nations] economic power grows,” she explained, “they’re not going to be strangled anymore through the grabbing [of] their resources…So their decision to start their own development bank was their way of letting [world] governments know…that its time to end this corruption.” 

Major moves toward monetary independence are also being made by growing numbers of U.S. states, Karen added. She explained that, “The states are starting to have legislation recognizing gold and silver bullion as legal currency. This is [also] a very strong signal the states are sending to the federal government, that the time to get serious about ending the corruption in the financial system is now here.”

When asked her thoughts on what this all means for the world monetary system, Karen said, “What’s going to happen, is we’re going to have all the countries of the world, sit down and figure out what’s going to be the best, most orderly transition from the current system that we have, [which has] profound imbalance and unsustainable deficits…[this change] is going to happen as each country makes its preference known, because the system we have now is not transparent, and the biggest change [in the new system], is that there’s going to be transparency.”

That transparency may be found through a gold-backed currency system, Karen noted, as,All of the countries of the world are going to allow precious metals to serve as currency, and this will be an underpinning for paper currency, [as] we’ll have both systems at the same time. This is my guess, as I mentioned—I am an economist.”

As a final comment speaking towards her difficult journey as a World Bank whistle-blower, Karen said, “I’ve been struggling now for years, to tell the American public what’s [been] going on. I haven’t gotten through, because this [financial] group has bought up the press and has been spreading disinformation systematically. That undermines the whole point of a democracy. How can voters vote without an informed opinion, without the information that they’re entitled too? So this strangle-hold on information is going to end in very short order.”

This was a powerful interview conducted with a great American patriot and honorable world citizen. Karen is setting an example for the history books, and her interview is required listening for global thinkers and market students.

To listen to the interview, left click the following link and/or right click and “save target as” or “save link as” to to your desktop:

>>Interview with Karen Hudes (MP3)

To learn more about Karen and support her work, visit: Kahudes.net

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