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« Reply #10245 on: Mar 11th, 2014, 6:12pm »


http://rt.com/business/jpmorgan-whistleblower-mortgage-fraud-106/

The JP Morgan whistleblower who revealed the bank's flawed home loans scandal is being given a $64 million reward. The bank was fined $614 million for the debacle.

Keith Edwards worked for JP Morgan from 2003 to 2008, and was an assistant vice president supervising a government insuring unit.

The tips he provided to the US government made the bank to admit in a February 4th settlement, that in more than a decade it submitted thousands of unqualified government guarantee mortgages for insurance by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The reward to Keith Edward consists of $56.5 million for the FHA portion and $7.4 million for the VA.

Evictions and foreclosures nationwide, resulted after the bank's loans went sour, and forced the government to pay millions of dollars to cover losses.

"There were a lot of bad loans made during the financial boom, and the United States taxpayer was left holding the bag through the VA and FHA loan programs," Edwards' lawyer, David Wasinger, told Reuters. "Hopefully the settlement sends a message to Wall Street that this conduct is not allowed, and that in the future it will be held accountable."

Wasinger had represented Edward O'Donnell, whose information proved Bank of America’s role in defective mortgage misselling which came to light in October 2013. The case is ongoing and the government is seeking a $2.1 billion fine.

Whistleblower assistance is widespread in the US Justice Department practice. Between 2009 and 2013 whistleblowers have been paid $1.98 billion for their cooperation with the government.
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« Reply #10247 on: Mar 12th, 2014, 10:20am »

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« Reply #10248 on: Mar 12th, 2014, 10:25am »

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The documents that disappeared: how a furious CIA-Senate row erupted

Dianne Feinstein’s intervention on the Senate floor blew open a feud with the CIA that long been simmering. But what prompted it? Paul Lewis charts a story of double-dealing and intrigue.

Paul Lewis in Washington
Wednesday 12 March 2014 11.12 EDT

Dianne Feinstein has displayed no great enthusiasm for intelligence agency whistleblowers: only last June, she said leaks by Edward Snowden amounted to an “act of treason”. Yet it was with no sense of irony that the chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, in an extraordinary address on the floor of the US Senate, revealed that documents at the heart of the collapse of her committee’s relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency might have been provided surreptitiously by someone who wanted her staffers to find them.

The documents are known as the “internal Panetta review”, after the former CIA director who presumably ordered them. How they came into the hands of staff members working for Senate select committee on intelligence is a story of intrigue and double-dealing worthy of the agency itself. The review was a sensitive, internal assessment of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, which included techniques such as water-boarding that most experts say amounts to torture.

So furious was the CIA to have lost control of the set of documents it believed should never have become public, it is thought to have been behind the anonymous briefers who told newspapers that congressional staff had obtained them by somehow hacking into its networks – a feat that would challenge even the most determined international cyber-terrorist.

The review seems originally to have been intended for CIA eyes only, but according to Feinstein, it appeared in 2010 on the computer network established by the agency at a secret location in Virginia to facilitate an extensive investigation by her committee into post-9/11 interrogation techniques. It was just one in a remarkable series of events that culminated with a printed-out portion of the review being slipped out of the custody of the CIA to US Capitol, where it now resides in a safe in a second-floor Senate building, as an expanding controversy explodes around it.

How the crisis began

The origins of the crisis in confidence between the CIA and the Senate intelligence committee can be traced back to December 2005, when around 100 videotapes recording the CIA’s torture of terrorist suspects. Members of committee, kept in the dark about the CIA’s controversial interrogation and detention program, knew nothing of the destruction of video tapes until it was reported in the media, and were furious. After discussions with then CIA director Michael Hayden, the committee began an initial investigation. Shocked by its “chilling” findings, which went far beyond the CIA’s misleading account of its torture program, the committee agreed to initiate a far more expansive investigation, an endeavour that would last three years and culminate in a damning 6,300-page report, which has yet to be made public.

From the start, the CIA was suspicious about the inquiry, and refused to allow documents to be made available to the committee in the normal way. Instead, a highly unusual system was devised – which lies at the centre of the battle now being waged between the committee and the CIA. The agency proposed that the committee’s work would be conducted in a kind of of no-man’s land, overseen but not interfered with by the agency.

Around mid-2009, a secure office space was created somewhere in northern Virginia, away from CIA headquarters in Langley. This location, described by Feinstein as “a CIA-leased facility”, was staffed by CIA information technology personnel and guarded by the agency. Under the agreement, those IT staff – mostly contracted workers – were “not permitted” to share information with other CIA officials, Feinstein said. The full text of the CIA-Senate agreement has not been released, but according to Feinstein, the idea was that congressional staff would have access to CIA material, but conduct their work behind a kind of firewall, with their own “standalone computer system” and separate “network drive” that was “walled off” and “segregated from CIA networks”.

Although they were working independently from the CIA, the Senate aides were nonetheless dependent upon the agency for the material that would form the basis of their investigation. Relevant CIA documents arrived having been vetted, several times over, by CIA contractors, hired to ensure the aides were not accidentally provided with the wrong documents. What began as a trickle of CIA operational cables, internal memos and emails, quickly turned into a flood of information appearing on their computer drives.

In total, there were 6.2 million pages of CIA documents loaded onto the computers accessed by the Senate staff. None of them were indexed or provided in a way that would make them easy to comprehend. The agency did, however, provide the congressional staff with a search tool, allowing them to use search terms to find and locate relevant material. “It was a true ‘document dump’ that our committee staff had to go through and make sense of,” Feinstein said.

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« Reply #10249 on: Mar 12th, 2014, 10:28am »

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Pakistan Eyes Possible Defense Budget Increase
Mar. 11, 2014 - 06:22PM
By USMAN ANSARI

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan is examining a possible defense budget increase in light of a changing security and financial situation, but though new equipment is needed rising operational costs could soak up any increase, say analysts.

The Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported Finance Minister Ishaq Dar discussed the possibility of assisting the military’s development program with Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif during a meeting over the weekend.

Just how much more money the armed forces can expect is uncertain despite some improvements in the economy. Sakib Sherani, an economic commentator and CEO of Islamabad-based economic consultancy firm, Macro Economic Insights, says the increase would not be much.

The “‘green shoots’ of a recovery in economic growth do appear to be sprouting, but it is fragile. Without fundamental, credible structural reform, the economy will not be able to post a durable, lasting turnaround,” he said.

Analyst Haris Khan of the Pakistan Military Consortium think tank says finances have been tight for the military, even for operational needs, but external financing has given it some respite.

“All three branches have been working with respected procurement appropriations for their role in fighting terrorists. In general, Pak armed forces have been relying on Coalition Support Fund finances to fuel their war machinery in this regard,” he said.

Former Australian defense attache to Islamabad, Brian Cloughley, said helicopters would be a critical piece of equipment if the budget rises, but a move against the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) could see the money diverted.

“Helicopters, almost certainly, but much is needed for operating costs, which keep increasing. If they go into [North Waziristan], even more troops are going to be needed” he said.

The government has been signaling a potential ground operation for this month against the TTP in North Waziristan since late January.

A possible deal for Chinese-built helicopters is speculated due to comments made by the president during a press conference last week.

Analysts are divided over whether the deal would involve an armed variant of the Mi-17 Hip to help alleviate the transport helicopter shortage, or the WZ-10 helicopter gunship to fulfill Pakistan’s longstanding requirement to replace its AH-1F Cobra gunships.

The military’s needs are many and each service has a long list of equipment requirements.

The Air Force’s modernization plans seem to be in reasonably good shape, and despite a lack of finances has progressed incrementally. They have been adapted, however, and its future inventory now appears to be moving toward a two-tier force of mid-tech JF-17s and high-tech F-16s.

Former pilot and analyst Kaiser Tufail says the reported recent acquisition of surplus F-16s, with more expected, most likely means the end of plans to acquire the Chengdu J-10B/FC-20.

“The FC-20 seems doomed as far as the PAF is concerned. You might hear of some more F-16s in the near future,” he said.

Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for Military Aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, says the J-10B “would be considerably more expensive than the JF-17, and any procurement would be considerably smaller. Adding a third fighter into the inventory alongside the F-16 and JF-17 would also complicate logistics.”

In contrast to the Air Force, the Navy has a list of big ticket items from new frigates to submarines.

A deal with China for six submarines has been ongoing since 2011.

A senior Pakistani defense official recently confirmed to Defense News that the submarine deal was still set to be signed by the end of the year, but no other details have yet been made public.

With the feasible service lives of the six ex-British Type-21 frigates drawing to an end, the Navy has been looking for replacements. Late last year it was revealed three more Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates would be acquired by 2016.

However, Pakistan also agreed to a deal for improved F-22P-class frigates with China in 2012, but little more has been heard since then and no deal has been signed.

There is a requirement for up to six Perry-class frigates however, as well as perhaps a larger frigate than the F-22P, such as the Chinese Type-054 class. Recently revealed plans to accelerate the retirement of the US Navy’s frigates could possibly alleviate Pakistan’s surface ship numbers crunch without straining its fragile economy if more can be transferred, but regional politics could get in the way.

“The F-22s will almost certainly stay on the wish list, but if the US would gift some OHPs it would certainly be appreciated and would help the PN to maintain its seamanship standards,” says Cloughley.

Though this would boost the Pak-US relationship, the US also has to consider the reaction in New Delhi.

“There would also be a revival of trust by Pakistan in the US, but Washington has also to think of India. There is the chance that the ultra-nationalist Modi will be the next [Indian] prime minister, and he is very pro-business. The US has to bear this in mind, from the overseas investment point of view,” he said.


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« Reply #10250 on: Mar 12th, 2014, 3:55pm »

International Womens Day passed by..sadly I haven't seen anything posted by what should be grateful men here on UCB. Grateful at all the contributions made on this forum by our counterparts..extracted by God Almight from our very rib.
That's right..we have grown too comfortable..arrogant..as if somehow They can't do without us..
Well..its a new day my friends..think twice before walking out that door..and not turning back to gaze upon that special lady who's every waking moment is spent..looking out for numero uno ...you..and saying..thanx babe..

All too glad to ingratiate myself with them..I dedicate this song for this special occasion


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« Reply #10251 on: Mar 12th, 2014, 4:12pm »

...extracted by God Almight from our very rib. ...

Confirms what I always suspected.

On the cosmic scale, women are an afterthought.

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« Reply #10252 on: Mar 12th, 2014, 10:57pm »

Truth be told Hal..I luvs em.. grin
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« Reply #10253 on: Mar 13th, 2014, 05:00am »

Another thought about the 'spare rib'.

Perhaps someone with theological knowledge can explain this.

It seems that, in the Bible, God created Eve as a companion for Adam as he (Adam) was lonely.

Now, if God hadn't created Eve, would the human race have died out right there at the beginning ?

And does it indicate that God forgot something rather fundamental i.e you need one of each sex to breed more humans ?

Mind you, the whole Adam and Eve tale falls on it's face the moment The Book reveals that there must have been other humans there at the time.

I suppose it does explain why people so readily believe in aliens. They are conditioned to believe almost anything right from day one.

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« Reply #10254 on: Mar 13th, 2014, 07:09am »

Ya'll been partying in here without me again! grin

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« Reply #10255 on: Mar 13th, 2014, 07:15am »

Wall Street Journal

U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Airplane Flew On for Hours

By Andy Pasztor
13 March 2014

U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky.

Aviation investigators and national security officials believe the plane flew for a total of five hours, based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing Co. 777's engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program.

That raises a host of new questions and possibilities about what happened aboard the widebody jet carrying 239 people, which vanished from civilian air-traffic control radar over the weekend, about one hour into a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

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« Reply #10256 on: Mar 13th, 2014, 07:34am »

on Mar 13th, 2014, 05:00am, INT21 wrote:
Another thought about the 'spare rib'.

Perhaps someone with theological knowledge can explain this.

It seems that, in the Bible, God created Eve as a companion for Adam as he (Adam) was lonely.

Now, if God hadn't created Eve, would the human race have died out right there at the beginning ?

And does it indicate that God forgot something rather fundamental i.e you need one of each sex to breed more humans ?

Mind you, the whole Adam and Eve tale falls on it's face the moment The Book reveals that there must have been other humans there at the time.

I suppose it does explain why people so readily believe in aliens. They are conditioned to believe almost anything right from day one.

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I'll try HAL,
This part of the "TEXT" has details missing, they were removed for whatever reason, it has been very upsetting for me to hear people of blind faith go on on about time lines and incest, according to the "TEXT" on day 6, GOD refers to himself as plural 3 times in 13 words,
GENESIS, 1;26, THEN GOD SAID, "LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE IN OUR LIKENESS."

GENESIS, 1;27, GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE CREATED HIM: MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM.

The first female is not named in the TEXT you would have to refer to the books that have been "BANNED" from the Bible, according to those books, ADAM dominated LILITH, to the point of separation after they filled the land of NOD, then ADAM could no longer find a suitable mate, so he was put to sleep for a very very long time, from my speculations billions of years, then the first woman was created to be ADAMS mate of obedience.

HAL, I hope this helps with your curiousness, unless you were just mocking the TEXT or the people who seem to believe dogma over the written word.
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News Network Archaeology

Dinosaur skull may reveal T. rex's smaller cousin from the north

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March 12 2014 2:00 PM

A 70 million year old fossil found in the Late Cretaceous sediments of Alaska reveals a new small tyrannosaur, according to a paper published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on March 12, 2014 by co-authors Anthony Fiorillo and Ronald S. Tykoski from Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Texas, and colleagues.

Tyrannosaurs, the lineage of carnivorous theropod ("beast feet") dinosaurs that include T. rex, have captivated our attention, but the majority of our knowledge about this group comes from fossils from low- to mid-latitudes of North America and Asia. In this study, scientists analyzed the partial skull roof, maxilla, and jaw, recovered from Prince Creek Formation in Northern Alaska, of a dinosaur originally believed to belong to a different species, and then compared the fossils to known tyrannosaurine species.

According to the results of the authors' analysis, the cranial bones represent Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, a new tyrannosaurine species closely related to two other tyrannosaurides, Tarbosaurus and Tyrannosaurus. This new dinosaur is estimated to be relatively small, with an adult skull length estimated at 25 inches, compared to 60 inches for T. rex. The new species likely inhabited a seasonally extreme, high-latitude continental environment on the northernmost edge of Cretaceous North America.

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« Reply #10258 on: Mar 13th, 2014, 1:57pm »

Crystal, Hi.

It's your party, you should attend more closely to your guests otherwise they will eat all the snacks and drink all the wine before you show up.

MOKSHA,

No, not being facetious.

We spend a lot of time closely dissecting the minutia of peoples relatively recent ufo reports. But the world, well, a large part of it, has taken the Adam and Eve story on board without hardly a question asked.

And the only reason seems to be that 'it is written'.

A reason that is never good enough when we on this site start digging deeper.

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on Mar 13th, 2014, 1:57pm, INT21 wrote:
Crystal, Hi.

It's your party, you should attend more closely to your guests otherwise they will eat all the snacks and drink all the wine before you show up.

MOKSHA,

No, not being facetious.

We spend a lot of time closely dissecting the minutia of peoples relatively recent ufo reports. But the world, well, a large part of it, has taken the Adam and Eve story on board without hardly a question asked.

And the only reason seems to be that 'it is written'.

A reason that is never good enough when we on this site start digging deeper.

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