I was reading in today’s local skewspaper, the Coeur d’Alene Press, that several of our “honorable” district court judges had sentenced some drug users to determinate penitentiary time for possession of controlled substances. Two years in the pen seems to be the favored sentences for the local judges who want to appear to be tough on crime.
In contrast, our crackerjack US Department of Justice just couldn’t seem to find one HSBC bank official or collection of bank officials who had any criminal intent in making HSBC the bank of choice for international drug cartels and money launderers. Imagine that!
Our local prosecuting attorney goes after the low-hanging fruit and our local judges agreeably go along and jail users for years while our US Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant US Attorney General Lanny Breuer (see Breuer’s press conference comments), and US Attorney Loretta Lynch just couldn’t find any criminal intent in any HSBC official’s actions.
For once, I agree with the New York Times.
As a former Treasury Department money laundering investigator Jimmy Gurule said about the HSBC scheme, “We’re not talking about mere negligence. We’re talking about a criminal scheme that was adopted as a policy of HSBC that involved looking the other way in regard to suspicious transactions involving money laundering.”
Drug users in Idaho go to prison. Crooked bankers who financially enable and empower the drug cartels and terrorist-sponsoring countries pay fines and dine with elected officials in Washington.
Sounds about right.