The Federal Reserve: Secretly Sticking It to Americans for Over 100 Years

Monday, August 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

By Clint Siegner
GoldSeek.com
Monday, 13 August 2018

In the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, the private Federal Reserve bank cartel was front and center as a target for public outrage.

Former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul’s “End the Fed” message suddenly resonated. Americans hated Fed officials bailing out the banksters – richly rewarding them for crooked and irresponsible behavior which helped create the crisis.

But years have passed. Americans have been enjoying the expansion stage of the next great bubble. The central planners at the Fed and their colleagues at the nation’s largest banks have been busy stimulating the real estate, equity, and bond markets.

The movement to audit or end the Fed has faded back into obscurity.

That is why an article published last week in the Wall Street Journal came as a bit of a surprise. The headline is “We’ll Never Know How Bad the Federal Reserve Is,” and it serves as a reminder for those who may have forgotten the Fed is NOT your friend.

The article outlines the central bank’s policy for keeping secrets. As the primary regulator for U.S. banks, the Fed is responsible for examining banks and writing reports on what it finds.

However, those reports are not for public consumption. They are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. Instead, they are kept in a file for 30 years, then destroyed.

Examiners might be investigating the errors and sins committed by a bank, but the public never gets to make their own evaluation. We cannot gauge either how thorough the investigation was or whether any penalties are commensurate with the crimes.

The reason for such secrecy is obvious. The Federal Reserve was designed and built to make sure neither its officials nor private bankers are held publicly accountable.

Time and again, America’s latest central bank has provided bailouts for Wall Street, with Main Street footing the bill. Not a single high-level bank executive has been prosecuted for the rampant and pervasive fraud associated with the 2008 crisis.

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