Banks and bankers have had plenty of opprobrium
heaped on them by haters. But Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, has a new, more chilling
accusation: banks were saved by money from organized crime. As the Guardian
reports, "the proceeds of organised crime were 'the only liquid investment capital' available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn ... of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result."
That makes Alex Knapp
at Outside the Beltway wonder: "Did organized crime save the banking system?" Do we have drug lords, instead of Tim Geithner and TARP, to thank for the continued survival of Wall Street?
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