- Prosecution of UBS informant seen backfiring on US
- By Tom Brown of Reuters MIAMI - The key informant in the US tax evasion case against Swiss bank UBS AG faces prison next year, but his harsher-than-expected treatment by the US Justice Department will undermine efforts to expose secretive offshore tax havens, lawyers and whistle-blower advocates say. Bradley Birkenfeld,...
- News items 2009-10-09
Saturday, December 26, 2009
"Whistle-blower advocates are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the treatment of tipster Bradley C. Birkenfeld, the former UBS banker who was sentenced to 40 months in prison despite his pivotal help in the groundbreaking case against the Swiss banking giant."
"Irving Drobny Attorney at Law for The Imperial Nguyen Dynasty by Appointment to The Imperial Grand Council and H.I.H. Prince Regent Nguyen Phuc Buu Chanh of Vietnam"
"International mining giants, BHP Billiton (LSE: BLT, ASX: BHP) [who in 1/09 assumed 50% of Mitra's Vietnam well equity] (‘BHP’) and Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO, ASX: RIO) (‘Rio’) signed binding agreements in relation to the proposed Iron Ore Production Joint Venture (‘JV’), in the Pilbara mining district, Western Australia. This 50:50 collaboration follows years of on-off negotiations, with many previous JV’s and potential mergers falling by the way-side. BHP and Rio believe the JV’s unique production and development synergies will be in excess of US$10 billion."http://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/3678/bhp-billiton-and-rio-tinto-sign-binding-agreement-to-create-iron-ore-joint-venture-3678.html
Friday, December 25, 2009
Vietnam: Mitra Energy group completes seismic acquisition (the land was last licensed in the 1970's)...
| Bankruptcy Border War Ends With Milbank Win For Grupo Mexico |
A four-year bankruptcy battle for control of Asarco finally ended Wednesday when the Tucson, .... Baker Botts Hits $100 Million Mark in Asarco Bankruptcy ...
"....Michael Fitzgerald, chairman of Milbank's global securities group and Latin American practice, led a team from the firm advising Grupo Mexico on the financing side of the Asarco deal.... Haynes and Boone bankruptcy partner Charles Beckham Jr., and litigation partner Brian Antweil served as Grupo's local counsel."
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
An ex-worker's grand-daughter told me that the ones who suffered most
from asbestos exposure at Asarco El Paso were the ones who worked
OUTSIDE not inside.
There is a lot we have not been told.
Another ex-worker told a grand-niece who told a friend that he
remembered being paid $1000 by a supervisor to be quiet when inspectors
came, because they had been dumping barrels of chemicals down into the
storm drains to get rid of it. When I told a pro-Asarco guy this once
at a meeting (a very big intimidating guy) he actually backed away from
me really fast, waving his hands in the air saying, "Never happened!
Monday, December 21, 2009
EPA ASARCO Texas "Factsheet" Agreement is a SHAM and ignores the EPA confidential-for-settlement-purposes-only-document...
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| ASARCO Settlement Fact Sheet | Compliance and Enforcement | US EPA |
On August 9, 2005, ASARCO filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States ...
EPA ASARCO Texas "Factsheet" fails to mention the years of Sham Recycling (the illicit burning of secret hazardous-wastes for profit) -- that the Federal Dept. of Justice Bankruptcy Trustee failed to make the Asarco Bankruptcy court declare liabilities. NO LIABILITIES FROM THE YEARS OF ILLEGAL SECRET TOXIC-WASTE BURNING WERE EVER CONSIDERED/DISCLOSED DURING THE ENTIRE ASARCO BANKRUPTCY COURT PROCEEDING --- OUR GOVERNMENT ACTED AS IF IT NEVER HAPPENED EVEN AFTER AN HONEST DOJ ATTORNEY MADE THE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE IN 2006 THAT THIS **DID** HAPPEN AND THAT FOR YEARS ASARCO MADE $$ WITH THE SECRET BURNING OF UNMANIFESTED HAZARDOUS-WASTES FROM BOTH MILITARY AND INDUSTRIAL SOURCES. GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT WAS INCINERATED HERE AND IN E. HELENA MT.
Not only that, but the Texas Agreement means that the EPA and TCEQ will never sue Asarco for hazardous wastes as a Civil Action in either El Paso or the Dona Ana County (Sunland Park) area:
"With respect to the El Paso Metals Site (including releases of hazardous substances from any portion of the El Paso Metals Site and all areas affected by natural migration of such substances from the El Paso Metals), the United States, on behalf of EPA, and the TCEQ further covenant not to sue or assert any civil claims or causes of action against Debtors,"
"The Department of Justice and ASARCO filed the settlement agreement with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas Corpus Christi Division on March 13, 2009. The Court approved the settlement agreement on June 5, 2009. The trust agreement associated with this settlement was filed with the Bankruptcy Court on December 9, 2009."
Incorporated herein by reference is a copy of an internal EPA memorandum dated June 28, 2001 [see Scribe link], which contains the following handwritten sentence: "The TNRCC is concerned that the El Paso sampling plan doesn't undermine the ASARCO Corpus sampling delima (sic)." An inescapable inference from this sentence is the fact that ASARCO has compromised employees of both the EPA and TCEQ. Both ASARCO and the regulators are concealing certain ASARCO contaminants from the residents of Corpus Christi and the Paso del Norte Region. Every individual who either knows, or should know that ASARCO's contamination is being concealed is exposed to both criminal and civil liability.