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Open Letter To Obama

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U.S. Companies Pay Just One-Third Of The Legal Tax Rate: GAO Study

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The Bigger Story Behind the AP Spying Scandal

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Daily Archives: April 8, 2010

In letter to shareholders, Goldman Sachs denies wrongdoing, but is ‘grateful’ for gov’t money

The Raw Story
By Andrew McLemore
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

As part of its annual report for 2009, Goldman Sachs — the most powerful and profitable bank on Wall Street — included an eight-page letter to its shareholders that denied the many claims of mismanagement leveled at the company while thanking the federal government for its “indispensable role” in benefiting its shareholders.
“Goldman Sachs is grateful for the indispensable role governments played and we recognize that our firm and our shareholders benefited from it,” the letter stated.
The company had a terrific year in 2009 because of frequent government intervention, but refused to acknowledge responsibility for the crisis that led to an economic meltdown.
Foremost among its denials was the company’s vigorous defense of mortgage derivatives trading. In other words, Goldman Sachs never “bet against” its clients, according to the letter, which also stated that the company did nothing wrong with respect to AIG, took steps to limit compensation for its top executives, and “embraced new realities pertaining to regulation.”
“Our short positions were not a ‘bet against our clients,’” Goldman Sachs said in the letter. “Rather, they served to offset our long positions. Our goal was, and is, to be in a position to make markets for our clients while managing our risk within prescribed limits.”
Goldman Sachs is one of several banks bailed out by the federal government that are using the reporting season to try to repair their battered image.

link – http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0407/letter-shareholders-goldman-sachs-denies-wrongdoing-grateful-govt-money/

Lawsuit: Chiquita fruit company ‘funded death squads’ in Colombia

The Raw Story
By Daniel Tencer
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Fruit importer Chiquita Brands International “knowingly provided material support to a terrorist organization” by paying protection money and providing weapons to a Colombian rebel group, a lawsuit filed in a Florida court this week alleges.

Three US citizens who survived a five-year hostage ordeal at the hands of Colombia’s notorious FARC paramilitary group, along with the family of a fourth man who was killed by FARC rebels, say Chiquita owes them damages because it paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to FARC for a decade beginning in 1989.

link – http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0407/chiquita-funded-death-squads-colombia/

Obama gives order to kill American terror imam

From The Times
April 7, 2010

Obama gives order to kill American terror imam

Anwar al-Awlaki has been approved for targeted killing

The Obama Administration has taken the unprecedented step of authorising the killing of a US citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, linked to the plot to blow up a US airliner on Christmas Day.
The move to place Mr al-Awlaki, 38, on a hit list was taken after a White House review concluded this year that he had moved from inciting terrorist attacks to taking part in them.
The decision is extraordinary not only because Mr al-Awlaki is believed to be the first American whose killing has been approved by a US President, but also because the Obama Administration chose to make the move public.

link – http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7089899.ece