The revelations of the enormous fraud perpetrated by major banks such as Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds and others have forced resignations of senior executives of these and other firms. However, that is nothing compared to the extent of their criminalities. These banks, plus major American banks, the US Federal Reserve Board, the Bank of England, and a cast of many thousands have engaged over the course of years – if not decades – in manipulation of this key rate.
If you thought that BCCI and its money laundering schemes were things of the past, we would nominate you for fool. Where there is large money and power, there is large corruption. All of the leading financial institutions in the US have a large dependency on money laundering, particularly of the narcotic variety. Willie has mentioned Wachovia’s major involvement in narcotic money laundering prior to its demise. He also notes that money center banks’ survivals depend upon it.