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The Confidential Memo At The Heart Of The Global Financial Crisis
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Greg Palast 
August 23, 2013
When a little birdie dropped the End Game memo through my window, its content was so explosive, so sick and plain evil, I just couldn’t believe it.
The Memo confirmed every conspiracy freak’s fantasy: that in the late 1990s, the top US Treasury officials secretly conspired with a small cabal of banker big-shots to rip apart financial regulation across the planet. When you see 26.3 percent  unemployment in Spain, desperation and hunger in Greece , riots in Indonesia and Detroit in bankruptcy, go back to this End Game memo, the genesis of the blood and tears.
The Treasury official playing the bankers’ secret End Game was Larry Summers . Today, Summers is Barack Obama’s leading choice for Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, the world’s central bank. If the confidential memo  is authentic, then Summers shouldn’t be serving on the Fed, he should be serving hard time in some dungeon reserved for the criminally insane of the finance world.
The memo is authentic.
I had to fly to Geneva to get confirmation and wangle a meeting with the Secretary General of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy . Lamy, the Generalissimo of Globalisation, told me,
“The WTO was not created as some dark cabal of multinationals secretly cooking plots against the people… We don’t have cigar-smoking, rich, crazy bankers negotiating.”
Then I showed him the memo.
It begins with Larry Summers’ flunky, Timothy Geithner , reminding his boss to call the Bank bigshots to order their lobbyist armies to march:
“As we enter the end-game of the WTO financial services negotiations, I believe it would be a good idea for you to touch base with the CEOs…”
To avoid Summers having to call his office to get the phone numbers (which, under US law, would have to appear on public logs), Geithner listed the private lines of what were then the five most powerful CEOs on the planet. And here they are:
Goldman Sachs: John Corzine  (212)902-8281
Merrill Lynch: David Kamanski (212)449-6868
Bank of America: David Coulter  (415)622-2255
Citibank: John Reed  (212)559-2732
Chase Manhattan: Walter Shipley  (212)270-1380
Lamy was right: They don’t smoke cigars. Go ahead and dial them. I did, and sure enough, got a cheery personal hello from Reed – cheery until I revealed I wasn’t Larry Summers. (Note: The other numbers were swiftly disconnected. And Corzine can’t be reached while he faces criminal charges.)
It’s not the little cabal of confabs held by Summers and the banksters that’s so troubling. The horror is in the purpose of the “end game” itself.
Let me explain:
The year was 1997. US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin was pushing hard to de-regulate banks . That required, first, repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act  to dismantle the barrier between commercial banks and investment banks. It was like replacing bank vaults with roulette wheels.
Second, the banks wanted the right to play a new high-risk game: “derivatives trading” . JP Morgan alone would soon carry $88 trillion of these pseudo-securities on its books as “assets”.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Summers (soon to replace Rubin as Secretary) body-blocked any attempt to control derivatives.
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URLs in this post:
 Greg Palast: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/larry-summers-and-the-secret-end-game-memo
 26.3 percent: http://countryeconomy.com/unemployment/spain
 Greece: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/vice-news/sisa-cocaine-of-the-poor-full-length
 Larry Summers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Summers
 the confidential memo: http://www.gregpalast.com//vulturespicnic/pages/filecabinet/chapter12/Geithner_Summers%20Memo.pdf
 Pascal Lamy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal_Lamy
 Timothy Geithner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Geithner
 John Corzine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Corzine
 David Coulter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Coulter
 John Reed: http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-how-big-banks-are-rewriting-the-rules-of-our-economy/
 Walter Shipley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_V._Shipley
 de-regulate banks: http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/brilliant-warning-on-robert-rubins.html
 Glass-Steagall Act: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass%E2%80%93Steagall_Legislation
 “derivatives trading”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivatives_market
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 KUDLOW: My Source Says Tim Geithner Is Leading The Search For The Next Fed Chair: http://www.prisonplanet.com/kudlow-my-source-says-tim-geithner-is-leading-the-search-for-the-next-fed-chair.html
 Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Slams Greenspan, Bernanke, Geithner, Paulson, Summers, SEC, Rating Agencies and Big Banks for Causing Crisis: http://www.prisonplanet.com/financial-crisis-inquiry-commission-slams-greenspan-bernanke-geithner-paulson-summers-sec-rating-agencies-and-big-banks-for-causing-crisis.html
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