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2015-05-29 3:00:47 PM  
Could have gone with Sad tag, too.

Now to see him try and beat the FBI
 
2015-05-29 3:01:05 PM  
Bravo on the headline, btw
 
2015-05-29 3:04:52 PM  

SmackLT: Could have gone with Sad tag, too.

Now to see him try and beat the FBI


One can hope that the feds already have evidence on him and are waiting to gather more and present a case. One can hope..
 
2015-05-29 3:08:10 PM  

xynix: SmackLT: Could have gone with Sad tag, too.

Now to see him try and beat the FBI

One can hope that the feds already have evidence on him and are waiting to gather more and present a case. One can hope..


"And effective today, I'm moving FIFA headquarters to Moscow."
 
2015-05-29 3:10:13 PM  

xynix: SmackLT: Could have gone with Sad tag, too.

Now to see him try and beat the FBI

One can hope that the feds already have evidence on him and are waiting to gather more and present a case. One can hope..


Well, most of the people the Feds arrested were his underlings. They're male, age 40 and over, and are used to a certain lifestyle that doesn't include having a guy named Worm stab them with long objects of one variety or another. A good number of them are of the age that they would die in prison if convicted and given the maximum sentence. Obviously, they don't want that, so they'll sing about Blatter if a deal is made. The whole reason we know about any of this at all is that Blazer wanted to avoid tax cheat prosecution, so he went to London with a wire and sat in some FIFA meetings.

If Blatter isn't in American, Swiss, or British custody before the year is out, I'll be surprised.
 
2015-05-29 3:19:26 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Yep. They'll get this first round of guys to rat on their superiors, and then they'll follow that line up the chain as far as they can.


Blazer WAS the first round of guys. This is the second round of guys, the ones that are just easier to prove have a connection to the American banking system being that they're from the Americas. The feds can, through them, draw connections to the guys from the other four continents, and then things really get fun.
 
2015-05-29 3:19:50 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Yep.  They'll get this first round of guys to rat on their superiors, and then they'll follow that line up the chain as far as they can.


Aren't the guys they arrested already pretty well up the chain?
 
2015-05-29 3:25:42 PM  

Gosling: HMS_Blinkin: Yep. They'll get this first round of guys to rat on their superiors, and then they'll follow that line up the chain as far as they can.

Blazer WAS the first round of guys. This is the second round of guys, the ones that are just easier to prove have a connection to the American banking system being that they're from the Americas. The feds can, through them, draw connections to the guys from the other four continents, and then things really get fun.


But don't Swiss banks furiously protect identities and resist discovery?
Or is this a stereotype?
 
2015-05-29 3:27:54 PM  

Trocadero: "And effective today, I'm moving FIFA headquarters to Moscow."


Kiev. Putin needs a reason to send in troops.
 
2015-05-29 3:29:00 PM  

Banned on the Run: Gosling: HMS_Blinkin: Yep. They'll get this first round of guys to rat on their superiors, and then they'll follow that line up the chain as far as they can.

Blazer WAS the first round of guys. This is the second round of guys, the ones that are just easier to prove have a connection to the American banking system being that they're from the Americas. The feds can, through them, draw connections to the guys from the other four continents, and then things really get fun.

But don't Swiss banks furiously protect identities and resist discovery?
Or is this a stereotype?


They did. Thing is, though, Switzerland's been moving away from that in recent years due to the negative connotations it's had on their reputation.

'Bring your Nazi gold to Switzerland; they're cool with it!'
'...um... that wasn't what we were trying for... oh, hell.'
 
2015-05-29 3:30:41 PM  

Banned on the Run: But don't Swiss banks furiously protect identities and resist discovery?
Or is this a stereotype?


Not as much anymore

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/01/22/swiss-banking-se cr ecy/4390231/

http://www.gfintegrity.org/swiss-banks-confess-banking-secrecy/
 
2015-05-29 3:35:19 PM  

Banned on the Run: Gosling: HMS_Blinkin: Yep. They'll get this first round of guys to rat on their superiors, and then they'll follow that line up the chain as far as they can.

Blazer WAS the first round of guys. This is the second round of guys, the ones that are just easier to prove have a connection to the American banking system being that they're from the Americas. The feds can, through them, draw connections to the guys from the other four continents, and then things really get fun.

But don't Swiss banks furiously protect identities and resist discovery?
Or is this a stereotype?


Less so now than they used to, but their extradition treaty with the US still excludes extradition for tax evasion. But it does cover fraud, racketeering, and similar crimes.

There was an illegal swiss-bank amnesty back around 2009 when the policy was switched, where the rich could avoid paying penalties as long as they disclosed all their accounts. One of the reasons why Romney didn't want to release his 2009 tax returns in the last election season
 
2015-05-29 3:36:10 PM  

Marine1: xynix: SmackLT: Could have gone with Sad tag, too.

Now to see him try and beat the FBI

One can hope that the feds already have evidence on him and are waiting to gather more and present a case. One can hope..

Well, most of the people the Feds arrested were his underlings. They're male, age 40 and over, and are used to a certain lifestyle that doesn't include having a guy named Worm stab them with long objects of one variety or another. A good number of them are of the age that they would die in prison if convicted and given the maximum sentence. Obviously, they don't want that, so they'll sing about Blatter if a deal is made. The whole reason we know about any of this at all is that Blazer wanted to avoid tax cheat prosecution, so he went to London with a wire and sat in some FIFA meetings.

If Blatter isn't in American, Swiss, or British custody before the year is out, I'll be surprised.


Remember how long it took to finally nail John Gotti; this isn't going to happen overnight.  Best you can hope for is to keep going up the food chain until Blatter's nailed or many of his hand-picked lieutenants are out of the picture.
 
2015-05-29 3:41:50 PM  

Rwa2play: Remember how long it took to finally nail John Gotti; this isn't going to happen overnight. Best you can hope for is to keep going up the food chain until Blatter's nailed or many of his hand-picked lieutenants are out of the picture.


Problem is that Blatter tends to whack most of his lieutenants himself as soon as they outlive their usefulness. He always finds more. This all has to lead to getting him personally.
 
2015-05-29 3:48:10 PM  
How much has FIFA spent recently on equipment to detect and confound electronic surveillance devices?
 
2015-05-29 3:49:48 PM  

Rwa2play: Marine1: xynix: SmackLT: Could have gone with Sad tag, too.

Now to see him try and beat the FBI

One can hope that the feds already have evidence on him and are waiting to gather more and present a case. One can hope..

Well, most of the people the Feds arrested were his underlings. They're male, age 40 and over, and are used to a certain lifestyle that doesn't include having a guy named Worm stab them with long objects of one variety or another. A good number of them are of the age that they would die in prison if convicted and given the maximum sentence. Obviously, they don't want that, so they'll sing about Blatter if a deal is made. The whole reason we know about any of this at all is that Blazer wanted to avoid tax cheat prosecution, so he went to London with a wire and sat in some FIFA meetings.

If Blatter isn't in American, Swiss, or British custody before the year is out, I'll be surprised.

Remember how long it took to finally nail John Gotti; this isn't going to happen overnight.  Best you can hope for is to keep going up the food chain until Blatter's nailed or many of his hand-picked lieutenants are out of the picture.


"Yeah, a buffer. The family had a lot of buffers."

Maybe these guys will take the Frankie Pantegele way out.
 
2015-05-29 3:53:48 PM  
I would guess the Feds have told all the people arrested that the first three to talk get a deal, everyone else gets farked.
 
2015-05-29 3:58:33 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Rwa2play: Marine1: xynix: SmackLT: Could have gone with Sad tag, too.

Now to see him try and beat the FBI

One can hope that the feds already have evidence on him and are waiting to gather more and present a case. One can hope..

Well, most of the people the Feds arrested were his underlings. They're male, age 40 and over, and are used to a certain lifestyle that doesn't include having a guy named Worm stab them with long objects of one variety or another. A good number of them are of the age that they would die in prison if convicted and given the maximum sentence. Obviously, they don't want that, so they'll sing about Blatter if a deal is made. The whole reason we know about any of this at all is that Blazer wanted to avoid tax cheat prosecution, so he went to London with a wire and sat in some FIFA meetings.

If Blatter isn't in American, Swiss, or British custody before the year is out, I'll be surprised.

Remember how long it took to finally nail John Gotti; this isn't going to happen overnight.  Best you can hope for is to keep going up the food chain until Blatter's nailed or many of his hand-picked lieutenants are out of the picture.

"Yeah, a buffer. The family had a lot of buffers."

Maybe these guys will take the Frankie Pantegele way out.


You're saying some folks might want to avoid any fishing trips for a while?
 
2015-05-29 4:05:11 PM  
He seems to survive from the support of the many small nations who he gives patronage.  This quote from another article on this really captures that:

It would be "blasphemy" and "treason" to vote against him, according to Guinea-Bissau soccer president Manuel Nascimento Lopes. "Africa will vote for Mr Blatter and I will follow that," he explained, before the votes were cast.

The ballot is secret but the African Confederation let it be known that all 54 member nations would be voting for Blatter. Many of those nations have benefitted personally to the tune of millions of dollars in grants, gifts, and investments handed out by FIFA
.

Still, though, if this starts to hurt the countries that actually bring the money in to FIFA, most notably the European nations, you gotta wonder how much that can do to save him.
 
2015-05-29 4:11:57 PM  

wademh: How much has FIFA spent recently on equipment to detect and confound electronic surveillance devices?


Considering the past few days, not enough.
 
2015-05-29 4:23:20 PM  
The feds here always call it "peeling the onion" when prosecuting these types of cases. Gosling was exactly right--that was the first peel.
 
2015-05-29 4:39:05 PM  
Time for old Blatty to pull a Kenneth Lay
 
2015-05-29 4:42:08 PM  
I read the article and hey look, the Italians are STILL biatching about the 2002 World Cup.

/Let it go, divers.
 
2015-05-29 4:48:01 PM  
Can't wait for FIFA 22 World Cup, when every game ends with a bombing the first time an advertising board displays a Budweiser emblem.
 
2015-05-29 4:48:35 PM  
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2015-05-29 4:50:22 PM  

Wessoman: I read the article and hey look, the Italians are STILL biatching about the 2002 World Cup.

/Let it go, divers.


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Has something to say / sing about cheating Italian wankers.
 
2015-05-29 5:18:46 PM  
Prince Ali / guess he won't be / leader of FIFA
 
2015-05-29 6:12:18 PM  
All hail our new(old) overlord, the Ravenous bugBlatter beast of Trall:

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2015-05-29 7:13:10 PM  
Team Seal Six is still around, right?
 
2015-05-29 7:13:36 PM  

jake_lex: He seems to survive from the support of the many small nations who he gives patronage.  This quote from another article on this really captures that:

It would be "blasphemy" and "treason" to vote against him, according to Guinea-Bissau soccer president Manuel Nascimento Lopes. "Africa will vote for Mr Blatter and I will follow that," he explained, before the votes were cast.

The ballot is secret but the African Confederation let it be known that all 54 member nations would be voting for Blatter. Many of those nations have benefitted personally to the tune of millions of dollars in grants, gifts, and investments handed out by FIFA.

Still, though, if this starts to hurt the countries that actually bring the money in to FIFA, most notably the European nations, you gotta wonder how much that can do to save him.


The thing is Blatter has bought Africa and even Asia in ways that are not actually bribes in the classic sense. The good thing Blatter did was spend money on developing the game outside Europe and South America. Before Blatter these countries couldn't even pay for the national teams playing kit. Now thanks to the money Blatter has moved every African nation has decent facilities and can afford to send it's team to the African Cup of Nations (another thing that wouldn't be able to be hosted without Blatters money).

The loyaty of the African FA's is very real and based on more than just corruption. Just look at how many African players are in the European leagues to see the success.

Now all this money has also meant that the heads of the African FA's (as well as Asian, Ocianian and Central American FA's) have been able to live almost like kings and have been able to hand out jobs for their friends.
 
2015-05-29 8:15:03 PM  

Banned on the Run: Gosling: HMS_Blinkin: Yep. They'll get this first round of guys to rat on their superiors, and then they'll follow that line up the chain as far as they can.

Blazer WAS the first round of guys. This is the second round of guys, the ones that are just easier to prove have a connection to the American banking system being that they're from the Americas. The feds can, through them, draw connections to the guys from the other four continents, and then things really get fun.

But don't Swiss banks furiously protect identities and resist discovery?
Or is this a stereotype?


The Swiss bank secrecy has largely been broken by the U.S. Threaten their profits and they roll over and beg for mercy.
 
2015-05-29 8:20:01 PM  

jake_lex: He seems to survive from the support of the many small nations who he gives patronage.  This quote from another article on this really captures that:

It would be "blasphemy" and "treason" to vote against him, according to Guinea-Bissau soccer president Manuel Nascimento Lopes. "Africa will vote for Mr Blatter and I will follow that," he explained, before the votes were cast.

The ballot is secret but the African Confederation let it be known that all 54 member nations would be voting for Blatter. Many of those nations have benefitted personally to the tune of millions of dollars in grants, gifts, and investments handed out by FIFA.

Still, though, if this starts to hurt the countries that actually bring the money in to FIFA, most notably the European nations, you gotta wonder how much that can do to save him.


So, the corrupt people who benefit from FIFA corruption and have no risk of their corrupt governments getting them in trouble for corruption voted for the corrupt leader who encourages more corruption.
 
2015-05-30 5:22:49 AM  
Blatter has a looot of balls to call out European soccer like that.

He's NOT bigger than the sport or his employer, and if any entity is big enough to say something to FIFA, it may be the UEFA. Blatter, ultimately, is going to get the UFIA.
 
2015-05-30 9:15:02 AM  
Corrupt 3rd world countries vote for corrupt leader, film at 11.

/boycott the world cup
 
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