I Found A Good Use For The Patriot Act


… and “extraordinary rendition” while we’re at it.

We can use it on Goldman Sachs and their executives!

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) won’t face criminal prosecution related to sales of mortgage-linked securities because such a move could threaten the U.S. financial system, according to Brad Hintz, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

That sounds like someone’s saying that Goldman has effectively extorted the United States Government.

Isn’t that the definition of terrorism?  Do what I want or unbridled Hell (of some form) will be visited upon your nation.

Hmmm…. that’s terrorism, isn’t it?  And isn’t The Patriot Act supposed to stop terrorists?


In all seriousness folks, can someone explain why the American public tolerates businesses that are able to behave in this fashion, and fails to demand that they be closed down?

It’s not enough to have the risk of making bad decisions and losing your shirt; that’s something everyone who is involved in business has to deal with.  But there’s a huge difference between that and a firm that effectively has a license to steal, in that irrespective of its behavior it will never face criminal prosecution.

How many times would your local convenience store be robbed (per hour) were there no criminal prosecution, and the robber was only required to pay a fine that was no larger than their loot were they to be caught?

That’s what we are allowing in our “financial system” (and elsewhere, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry) and that we the people have allowed this to occur is an outrage.

The difference between sex and rape is consent.

When it comes to being “financially sexed” the American public has and continues to consent.

The Market-Ticker