Detroit On the Chopping Block

What is going on a Detroit? It is not a simple bankruptcy but rather one in a series of robberies whereby a gang of Robber Barons holds an economy hostage while systematically fleecing taxpayers and pensioners. The Detroit BK is NOT the natural operation of a free economy, it is a three-card monty scam covering a theft. It was preceded by the Great S&L Robbery of the 1980s and the MegaBank Robberies of 2008-12. Assuredly other cities and States will be picked off in the near future while the choice plum of the Social Security Trust is also on the banksters’ target list.

The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally. In Cyprus, the depositors were “bailed in” (stripped of a major portion of their deposits) to re-capitalize the banks. In Detroit, it is the municipal workers who are being bailed in, stripped of a major portion of their pensions to save the banks.

Bank of America Corp. and UBS AG have been given priority over other bankruptcy claimants, meaning chiefly the pensioners, for payments due on interest rate swaps they entered into with the city. Interest rate swaps – the exchange of interest rate payments between counterparties – are sold by Wall Street banks as a form of insurance, something municipal governments “should” do to protect their loans from an unanticipated increase in rates. Unlike ordinary insurance, however, swaps are actually just bets; and if the municipality loses the bet, it can owe the house, and owe big. The swap casino is almost entirely unregulated, and it is a rigged game that the house virtually always wins. Interest rate swaps are based on the LIBOR rate, which has now been proven to be manipulated by the rate-setting banks; and they were a major contributor to Detroit’s bankruptcy.

Derivative claims are considered “secured” because the players must post collateral to play. They get not just priority but “super-priority” in bankruptcy, meaning they go first before all others, a deal pushed through by Wall Street in the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005. Meanwhile, the municipal workers, whose pensions are theoretically protected under the Michigan Constitution, are classified as “unsecured” claimants who will get the scraps after the secured creditors put in their claims. The banking casino, it seems, trumps even the state constitution. The banks win and the workers lose once again.

SOURCE: Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown is an attorney and author of THE WEB OF DEBT. Her examination of the “money trust” may be read at her websites at http://WebofDebt.com and http://EllenBrown.com.

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