FED MUST GIVE UP THE INFORMATION ON 2008 LOANS TO BANKS

HOT: Supreme Court to Fed: Show America Who You Made ‘Emergency’ Loans To During the Financial Crisis

THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE RELEVANT TO ISSUES RELATING TO OWNERSHIP OF LOANS, RECEIVABLES, NOTES AND MORTGAGES AS WELL AS THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE MORTGAGE BONDS, WRITTEN MORTGAGES AND WRITTEN NOTES.

The Federal Reserve must disclose details of emergency loans it made to banks in 2008. The disclosures are being forced upon the Fed as a result of the Supreme Court rejection of an appeal that would have kept the records sealed.

The justices rejection of the appeal leaves intact a court order that gives the Fed five days to release the records.

The following statement was issued by Bloomberg News Editor in Chief Matthew Winkler (Bloomberg was the news organization which initially sought the data):

At some point long before the credit markets seized up in 2007, financial markets collapsed and the economy plunged into the worst recession since the 1930s, the Federal Reserve forgot that it is the central bank for the people of the United States and not a private academy where decisions of great importance may be withheld from public scrutiny. As only Congress has the constitutional power to coin money, Congress delegates that power to the Fed and the Fed must be accountable to Congress, especially in disclosing what it does with the people’s money.

Supreme Court Denies a Move to Bar the Details of a Fed Bailout

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve will publish new details about its emergency lending to banks during the 2008 financial crisis after the Supreme Court on Monday rejected an industry appeal for secrecy.

The Fed said it would release detailed information soon about its main emergency aid program, the so-called discount window, breaking a policy of confidentiality that dates to its founding in 1913. The Fed was required by Congress to publish similar data about its other lending programs last year.

“The board will fully comply with the court’s decisions and is preparing to make the information available,” David Skidmore, a Fed spokesman, said.

The disclosures could embarrass some of the nation’s largest banks, which are eager to focus public attention on their renewed profitability, by returning a spotlight to the extent of their dependence on federal aid during the crisis. It also signaled a victory for Bloomberg News, which first requested the data in 2008.

But the industry and the Fed also won a victory of sorts simply by delaying the release of the information for more than two years, as investors now will be less likely to draw inferences about the current condition of the banks that needed help during the crisis.

Bloomberg News filed a request for the discount window data under the Freedom of Information Act in 2008. When the Fed denied the request, the company filed a lawsuit. After a trial court ruled in favor of Bloomberg in 2009, the Fed appealed. A federal appeals court handed Bloomberg a second victory last March and the Fed conceded the issue, but the verdict was appealed by the Clearing House Association, which represents 10 of the nation’s largest banks.

The Supreme Court rejected that appeal Monday in a brief written order.

“The Federal Reserve forgot that it is the central bank for the people of the United States and not a private academy where decisions of great importance may be withheld from public scrutiny,” Matthew Winkler, editor in chief of Bloomberg News, said in a statement.

The Clearing House Association said it was disappointed, but added that the ruling had no broader significance. The sweeping financial law passed last year stipulated that the Fed must release data on future discount-window loans, but only after a two-year lag — effectively, the same outcome reached by the legal process.

6 Responses

  1. I agee – we should all stop paying our mortgages

  2. http://www.silverstockreport.com/2009/Armstrong.pdf

    read this report and connect some dots.

  3. I am super cautiously optimistic that the Fed may be at the beginning of the end…

  4. If they don’t disclose all the loans WE the People made then what is the point. That’s like putting ur money in the bank and never get a statement. When is this fiasco ever going to end. Don’t they realize that by continually blocking access they are shining “THE LIMELITE” on themselves. The lime lite is an entity everyone should know already. Look it up if you don’t. This financial crisis stems so deep the feds are only the tip of the iceberg. Debi

  5. So does this mean I will start finding loans that were in the Gaddafi Trust now?

  6. I have been following all the steps of our fall. The only way to stop all this madness is by everyone in the USA stop paying their mortgages. YES everyone stop paying their mortgages starting April 1 2011 this will fool the powerfull and the small. Bankers and so called bankers will then have to rethink their handeling of the USA. when banks have no funds they will wake up.

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