Money laundering

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Interest of • Bank of Credit and Commerce International
• Castle Bank & Trust
• El Dorado Task force
• Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

Official narrative

Money laundering is closely associated with the illegal drug trade, which creates huge cash profits. The official narrative of money laundering suggests that banks oppose money laundering, and seek to prevent it. This overlooks their obvious commercial interest in encouraging profitable transactions. Big media has little to say about cases such as that of Willem Matser which hint at establishment involvement in money laundering.

Dedicated institutions

The two most public examples of institutions set up to facilitate deep state money laundering are the Nugan hand Bank and the BCCI. These highlight the fact that the deep state can set up financial institutions to facilitate disbursal of off the books funds, such as drugs-for-guns profits. This naturally gives it leverage when operating with the more established, longer term financial institutions, which some[Who?] have suggested are just as dependent on profits from the drugs trade.

Failure to investigate

The deep state needs the support of big banks to assist in laundering money from its illegal drug trade. All the largest banks have extensive involvement with drug money, but prosecution is not anticipated. As the New York Times put it in 2012: "Federal and state authorities have chosen not to indict HSBC, the London-based bank, on charges of vast and prolonged money laundering, for fear that criminal prosecution would topple the bank and, in the process, endanger the financial system."[1]

As Rolling Stone notes: "the executives who spent a decade laundering billions of dollars will have to partially defer their bonuses during the five-year deferred prosecution agreement."[2]

September 11, 2001

Full article: 9-11/Insider Trading

September 11, 2001 was a highly important day in the the history of money laundering in the US, as Mark Gorton notes. Not only were normal financial rules suspended by the SEC after the attacks, but billions of dollars moved in a relatively small number of transactions. Moreover "WTC building 6 housed the U.S. Customs agency and the El Dorado Task force, an interagency group founded in 1992 which coordinated all major money laundering investigations in the U.S."[3]

Jan Willem Matser

Full article: Rated 3/5 Willem Matser

In February 2003, Willem Matser, a "key adviser to Nato's Secretary General" (George Robertson), was arrested after a seizure of a forged money transfer order at Schipol Airport, and charged with money laundering, fraud and forgery. He pleaded not guilty, but was convicted (together with a cocaine trafficker, Pietro Fedino and serial fraudster Willem van Voorthuizen)[4] of fraud with forged securities and attempts to defraud companies and members of the public of money with the forged documents[5] but acquitted of money laundering, after the relevant money could not be located. He was sentenced to time served ( slightly less than 1 year) plus 3 years' probation.[4]

"Diplomatic Shipments" of cash

A view of the dead body whose shipping along with 67 tonnes of banknotes in an apparently CIA-owned plane landed in Harare in February 2016

In February 2016, Western Global Airlines N545JN made an emergency landing at the Zimbabwean capital Harare.[6] Authorities became suspicious after noticing that blood dripping from the plane. The Zimbabwe Herald reported that "the ground crew refueling the plane alerted local authorities." The crew, reported as "includ[ing] two Americans, a South African and a Pakistani"[7] claimed that this was because the plane had struck a bird, but it turned out to be coming from the severed arm of a dead man.[8] The plane was carrying 67 tonnes of South African cash. The plane, which it was claimed had been carrying a "diplomatic shipment"[9] was impounded[10] but later released, together with the crew.[11][12]

Real Estate investments

In 2014 in New York Magazine, Andrew Rice reported that "The New York real-estate market is now the premier destination for wealthy foreigners with rubles, yuan, and dollars to hide."[13]

In US politics

Sibel Edmonds has suggested that Dennis Hastert received a lot of money in small donations (<$200) so that he did not have to disclose their origin. Between April 1996 and December 2002, un-itemized personal donations to the Hastert for Congress Committee amounted to $483,000, higher than anyone else with the exception of Clay Shaw.[14]


When carried out in collaboration with a casino owner, gambling is one method of money laundering. Dan Hopsicker has suggested that Stephen Paddock, presented by the media as a compulsive gambler, may in fact have been engaged in money laundering.[15]

In Russia

Andrei Kozlov, deputy chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, suggested on September 8, 2006, that "Those who have been found out laundering criminal money should probably be barred from staying in the banking profession for life. Such people disgrace the banking system." He was assassinated within the week.[16]