Friday, 24 July 2009

The US gets it right........

US law enforcement agents on Thursday arrested dozens of politicians and rabbis in an anti-corruption sweep alleging money laundering, extortion, bribery and even trafficking in human organs.

The stunning New Jersey swoop netted 44 people across a state long seen as one of the most corrupt and crime-ridden in the country.

Five rabbis were among the suspects, along with the mayors of the cities of Hoboken, Secaucus and Ridgefield, the Jersey City deputy mayor and council president, two state assembly members, and numerous other politicians, prosecutors said.

Acting US Attorney Ralph Marra told a press conference the arrests demonstrated "the pervasive nature of public corruption in this state."

The money laundering ring allegedly stretched from New Jersey and New York to Israel and Switzerland, while US politicians easily exploited loopholes in state law to disguise bribes as contributions in bitterly fought campaigns.

"The politicians willingly put themselves up for sale," said Marra, while "clergymen cloak their extensive criminal activity behind a facade of rectitude."

Although New Jersey is more famous for a history of Italian Mafia families, it was Jewish clergy who allegedly played a central role in this crime network.

The Department of Justice said in a statement that the international network "laundered at least tens of millions of dollars through charitable, non-profit entities controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey."

The bribe-taking meanwhile was connected to fund raising efforts in "heavily contested mayoral and city council campaigns in Jersey City and Hoboken."

Authorities raided several synagogues and among those arrested was the chief rabbi of Syrian Jews in the United States.

One rabbi, Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, was also charged with conspiring to broker the sale of a human kidney for transplant.

Marra said that Rosenbaum's "business was to entice vulnerable people to give up a kidney for 10,000 dollars which he would turn around and sell for 160,000 dollars."

He'd allegedly been peddling kidneys for a decade.

Raids began shortly after dawn, officials said, targeting a who's who of state leaders.

Television footage showed FBI and tax agents bringing a stream of handcuffed suspects, including rabbis wearing traditional Orthodox Jewish garb, into custody in the city of Newark. Other suspects were shown being put onto a bus.

The operation was believed to be one of the biggest such actions ever in a state deeply associated with organized crime, and famous as the setting of the hit Mafia television drama the "Sopranos."

Officials said the arrests were part of an ongoing 10-year probe into statewide corruption code-named "Bid Rig."

If found guilty, suspects face prison sentences of up to 20 years for political extortion and money laundering, 10 years for offering bribes to officials, and five years for conspiring to transport human organs.

Democratic State Governor Jon Corzine said "the scale of corruption we're seeing as this unfolds is simply outrageous and cannot be tolerated."

"Any corruption is unacceptable -- anywhere, anytime, by anybody," he said in a statement.

The dramatic crackdown came as Chris Christie, a crusading former US attorney, stepped up his campaign against Corzine in an election this November.

Christie, a Republican, previously won fame for his relentless and successful prosecution of political corruption in New Jersey.

Corzine is battling widespread dissatisfaction with his performance as the state reels from the national recession, spending cuts, and shorter working weeks for state employees.

FBI agent Weysan Dun was quick to deny any political motivation behind the arrests, a majority of which appeared to involve Democrats, rather than Republicans.

"This investigation has transcended multiple administrations of both political parties," he said.

This is "not about politics, certainly not about religion. It is about crime. It is about criminals who use politics and religion."


Fausty said...

Recall this shabby governments proposal to harvest our organs on our death, unless we explicitly opted out?

Given that this ring is international, I wonder if any of our lot have been involved, somewhere.

Guthrum said...

This would never happen here as we do not have an elected system of Law enforcement. It is based on patronage. As Cash For Peerages proved

caesars wife said...

one rabbi was rackerteering on vulnerbale peoples kidneys ?? must have been a surgeon as well then !

News has been an usual mix , one bit that caught my eye , group of mps want changes to road charging as no one believes where taxes go .

I though yeah we are taxed to death , but then it didnt mention which mps and then i thought oh it reminds me of scheme to install satellite tracking devices in your car so you pay per mile , re hash of stalin proposal last year !!

just to make the point , even though per mile seems fair , motorways cost loads more to fund and there is no guarentee your little country roads will see a tarmac gang as it will go on urban and besides even if they did come up some sort of formuale for handing it out , do you still want the stasi in your car !!

still cant find out how much leccy a virgin pendelino uses , funny as they useually tell you ??

Shmuel said...

Oh, uhh, ach Ovey! That's "anti-semitic"!!! Censor this immediately!

VotR said...

UK politicians and the police share the same spine. They haven't got one at all.

Wouldn't happen over here. Maybe the American's could loan some of their plod's to the Yard.

Great Big Billygoat Gruff said...

Maybe, no certainly, the US has the drop on us in bringing to book graft and corruption.

Whilst we sit smug and self-satisfied that such malfeasance could not exist here, (like fuck it does not).

We need to depoliticise the Gerdarms in the UK and build a couple of new Victorian prisons for our political elite and their meedja symbiots.

wv = menni (but not enough)

St Paul said...

I love the PERP-WALK, where the miscreant is cuffed and paraded before the TV cameras.
Downing Street in my dreams.

Spock said...

People have a right to engage in free enterprise

Anonymous said...

They weren't doing anything wrong. They were just obeying the Talmud with its injunctions to prey up, steal from and kill gentiles (who, in Jewish law, aren't even real people but are just a type of talking monkey).

Sir Henry Morgan said...



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Anonymous said...


I can't believe that these men are guilty, the yids are always honest.

We all know that the Germans(not stupid people) knew what these fuckers were up to, in my opinion the Nazis were far too humane.
The gas chambers were a Soviet (Jew)invention. If our German brothers had realy intended to wipe the cunts out they would have done the job properley.

caesars wife said...

Thanks Sir henry Morgan much obliged !!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the arsehole formerly known as K.McEgan will be along any moment with some empty platitude about 'racism' or some or other marxist bullshit.

Come on McEgan, don't disappoint...

WV: gasion - someone, somewhere is having a laugh....

Anti-zionist said...

Times article here how famous "nazi hunter" Wiesenthal was a habitual liar:

Anonymous said...

Amazing! But even more amazing that the US Plod are acting & grabbing the light-fingered lot. Can't you see first day back in October for MPs - coming through the iron gates of Westminster wearing their voter bought tans, intent on another year of robbing us blind - suddenly armed Plod jump out of Plod vans & start handcuffing them all.... Aah, if only.

Anonymous said...

Guthrum said...

"This would never happen here as we do not have an elected system of Law enforcement."

I'm American. The only elected law enforcement we have are county sheriffs. FBI are federal agents. They are appointed/hired by Leviathan, er, Washington DC. We the sheeple don't have a say. Only our selected, er, "elected" representatives do.

An New Jersey has *NOTHING* on Chicago when it comes to corruption. Our current president is from Chicago...

Anonymous said...

I thought Holby was meant to have leapt out from behind his gunpowder barrel and handcuffed the ginger midget some time ago?

All piss and wind as usual.

Now he's fucked off to his gite for a week.

Imitation - the sincerest form of flattery. Guido must be delighted.

davidncl said...


I can't believe that these men are guilty, the yids are always honest.

spark up said...

the police only indicted these cats for money laundering, extortion, bribery and trafficking in human organs because interference by proctective political godfathers at the highest level has made it virtually impossible to nick them for breaking into their own homes.

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