I am NOT an expert in Wall Street, mortgages, much less "criminal charges for Wall St. meltdown fraud"! I am an expert in Medicare though but this NOT the point of the thread. For YOU EXPERTS in "Wall St.", Mortgages, and (what ?) "meltdown".. please correct the following dots.... I saw the "60 Minutes" piece about two high-ranking financial whistleblowers say they tried to warn their superiors about defective and even fraudulent mortgages Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7390540n#ixzz1jX2lO1LF But even after that, I don't understand the "fraud" part. A) Banks forced by Acorn among other protesters in 1995 started granting loans to unqualified people. Knowing that if they didn't the banks would be picketed and the biased MSM write totally inaccurate stories.. in the Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Fed. Sav. Bank, 1994 suit against redlining. Most significant of all, ACORN was the driving force behind a 1995 regulatory revision pushed through by the Clinton Administration that greatly expanded the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) and laid the groundwork for the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac borne financial crisis we now confront. Barack Obama was the attorney representing ACORN in this effort. With this new authority, ACORN used its subsidiary, ACORN Housing, to promote subprime loans more aggressively. ------------------------- In 1999, under pressure from the Clinton administration, Fannie Mae, the nation's largest home mortgage underwriter, relaxed credit requirements on the loans it would purchase from other banks and lenders, hoping that easing these restrictions would result in increased loan availability for minority and low-income buyers. ------------------------------------ Rham Emmanuel, Former OBAMA CHIEF OF STAFF and Jamie Gorelick were employees and directors of Fannie and freddie took between the two took out over $20 million. Gorelick was appointed Vice Chairman of Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) from 1997 to 2003. She served alongside former Clinton Administration official Franklin Raines During that period, Fannie Mae developed a $10 billion accounting scandal. Gorelick took home $26.46 million in the period from 1998 to 2002 (she left in that year, so she wasnt there for the entire period under investigation). Of that figure, nearly $15 million came from EPS bonuses. and while serving as Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton, Gorelick spoke in favor of banning the use of strong encryption and called for a key escrow system to allow the Federal government access to encrypted communication. Top 3 politicians receiving campaign funds from Fannie/Freddie... Dodd, Christopher S D-CT $133,900 Kerry, JohnS D-MA $111,000 Obama, Barack S D-IL $105,849 B) Banks made the loans BUT under pressure from FDIC that considered rightfully so the toxicity "securitized" and resold WITH Fannie Freddie FEDERAL Guarantee.. Oct. 23,2008 (Bloomberg) -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have an ``effective'' federal guarantee, not the "full faith and credit'' of the U.S. government, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director James Lockhart said after the hearing. That does give them effectively a guarantee of the U.S. government.'' Lockhart's Fannie, Freddie Guarantee Remarks Stir Up Confusion - Bloomberg C) So investors bought these toxic securities mortgages BACKED by Fannie/Freddie that in turn was GUARANTEED by the Federal Govt. WHERE is the fraud when investors knowingly bought "bad" mortgages knowing the Federal Govt. would lend them the money? * House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) criticized the President's warning saying: "these two entities - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - are not facing any kind of financial crisis .The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.".. (Stephen Labaton, "New Agency Proposed To Oversee Freddie Mac And Fannie Mae," New York Times, 9/11/03) * Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Christopher Dodd also ignored the President's warnings and called on him to "immediately reconsider his ill-advised" position. (Eric Dash, "Fannie Mae's Offer To Help Ease Credit Squeeze Is Rejected, As Critics Complain Of Opportunism," New York Times, 8/11/07) "Fraud"???