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Stanley Sporkin: BP's Ombudsman Fixer

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On November 1, 2003, Washingtonian.com writer Kim Eisler headlined, "30 of Washington DC's Best Lawyers," saying:


"Washington is home to some of the world's best," listing the top 30, ones to call on if ever get arrested, a subpoena, or worse, among them Stanley Sporkin, saying "It isn't every day that you can buy the services of a federal judge - legally." He's one of the few retired federal ones in private practice, besides being a consummate insider/fixer, who also "trained many of the top securities lawyers in Washington" when at SEC.

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Jamie Gorelick also made the top 30, a well-connected former Clinton Deputy Attorney General, now representing BP in congressional inquiries into the Gulf disaster, and perhaps significant lawsuits it's facing.


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Yet she was also compromised as Fannie Mae vice chairwoman when the housing bubble was inflating and company accountants falsified signatures, erasing $9 billion in losses, she earning over $25 million for her services before leaving in 2003 to become a partner at WilmerHale.


She was also one of the 9/11 whitewash commission members, and in 2007 represented BP in another oil spill case, this one in Alaska.


In Washington and corporate board rooms, the powerful take care of their own, targeting anyone in their way, proving the myth of the rule of law, operating outside it from one top position to another, serving the privileged at the expense of beneficial social change.


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A Final Comment


Catherine Austin Fitts bears testimony to how to take on the system and win. Despite her Hamilton Securities experience, she regrouped successfully through Solari.com and Solari, Inc., a private company "focused on ethical investment and preserving family wealth....offering a unique perspective on the global financial system and on the political economy," through the Solari Report, Solari Report Digest, and wealth of information on her site, including her personal expertise offered honestly and honorably, a rare commodity in today's investment world. She explains her dedication as follows:

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