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Madoff Ponzi Scheme Dwarfed by Illuminati Rubin's

December 15, 2008

by Henry Makow Ph.D.

The arrest of financier Bernard Madoff Thursday for operating a "Ponzi scheme" costing investors $50 billion made the TV network news. Curiously, a lawsuit the same day against Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin for defrauding Citibank shareholders of more than $122 billion, also described as a  "Ponzi scheme," got no airplay whatsoever.

As we shall see, Rubin, a Director of Citibank, profited from the shady practices that destroyed the financial system and sent the world's economies into a tailspin. Then, to repair the damage, he and his banker friends put the taxpayer on the hook for trillions.

Rubin didn't get the same publicity as Madoff because of his close connection to Barack Obama.

Robert Rubin's son Jamie was Obama's main Wall Street fundraiser and is now one of his principal advisers. More significant, Obama's economic team consists of Rubin's proteges including Timothy Geithner, Treasury Secretary, Lawrence Summers, Senior Economic Adviser and Peter Orszag, Budget Director.  The Times of London has already dubbed them the "Robert Rubin Memorial All Stars."

Clearly, the media don't want people to realize that the candidate of "Change"  chose the people responsible for this calamity to be his "economic team." While in the Clinton White House, Rubin, with Summers, helped tear down the regulatory walls between banks, brokerages and insurance companies and freed them to trade in unregulated and little-understood derivatives worth trillions of dollars.


In an article entitled "Ponzi Scheme at CITI," the New York Post reported: "A new Citigroup scandal is engulfing Robert Rubin and his former disciple Chuck Prince for their roles in an alleged Ponzi-style scheme that's now choking world banking.

Director Rubin and ousted CEO Prince - and their lieutenants over the past five years - are named in a federal lawsuit for an alleged complex cover-up of toxic securities that spread across the globe, wiping out trillions of dollars in their destructive paths.

Investor-plaintiffs in the suit accuse Citi management of overseeing the repackaging of unmarketable collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) that no one wanted - and then reselling them to Citi and hiding the poisonous exposure off the books in shell entities.

The lawsuit said that when the bottom fell out of the shaky assets in the past year, Citi's stock collapsed, wiping out more than $122 billion of shareholder value.

However, Rubin and other top insiders were able to keep Citi shares afloat until they could cash out more than $150 million for themselves in "suspicious" stock sales" calculated to maximize the personal benefits from undisclosed inside information," the lawsuit said.

The latest troubles for Rubin, Prince and others emerged in a 500-page investigation by Citigroup investors represented by law firm Kirby McInerney.

The probe was used to amend and add new details to a blanket investor lawsuit filed against Citigroup a year ago. The amended suit called the actions of Citi leaders "a quasi-Ponzi scheme" to hide troubles - and keep Citi stock afloat while insiders unloaded about 3 million shares between Jan. 1, 2004 and Feb. 22, 2008 for huge profits.

In addition to Citigroup, Rubin and Prince, the complaint names Vice Chairman Lewis Kaden, ex-CFO Sallie Krawcheck and her successor CFO Gary Crittenden.

Rubin cleared $30.6 million on his stock sales, while Prince got $26.5 million, former COO Robert Druskin got nearly $32 million and former Global Wealth Management unit chief Todd Thomson got $25.7 million, the suit said."


In an article, "The Great American Ponzi Scheme,"  Robert Butche writes, "Little did people know that banking and finance had contracted a nasty disease -- one known in the grifter trade as a Ponzi Scheme -- in which sub-prime mortgages were securitized and traded based on an unsustainable promise to pay high returns to investors from monies obtained from subsequent investors."

In the commentary to the NY Post article above, a Ph.D. in Physics explained that his fellow graduates all went to work for big banks, brokerages and Fannie May. They were "hired to do complicated calculations (loop level) borrowed from quantum field theory and statistical mechanics. They can take any number(s) as an input and produce any output as desired. Hence the banks hired at a much higher pay these people than they could earn in Universities or research institutes...Their bosses told them to inflate the value of anything to any number and these people did that."

"No ordinary derivatives trader can ever understand any formula(e) to calculate the value of anything. These are too complicated but intentionally. But there are some conservation laws for energy, momentum etc in physics. Where every (loop level) calculation has to abide by them. In finance and banking there is no such conserved quantity as credit can be created from thin air and destroyed also to that. Hence the fiasco."


Madoff was a pillar of Wall Street, one of the founders of the NASDAQ Exchange and a former Chairman. His private Investment business became known for delivering steady returns year after year and attracted billions. Little did anyone imagine he was using new investments to provide returns on old ones. The house of cards came crashing down last week when he confessed to his sons, who promptly reported him. He had lost their money too. He had cheated family and friends.

"Madoff's investors included captains of industry, corporations -- some of which are publicly traded -- that used Madoff almost as a high-yielding cash management account, endowments, universities, foundations and, importantly, many high-profile funds of funds," said Douglas Kass, who heads hedge fund Seabreeze Partners Management. "It appears that at least $15 billion of wealth, much of which was concentrated in southern Florida and New York City, has gone to 'money heaven,'" he said.

Madoff's $50 billion scam is described as the largest in history. But it pales in comparison with what Robert Rubin and his ilk have done to the world. With the possible exception of Ponzi himself, most of the scamsters mentioned here are Jewish. A consolation to anti-Semites, the biggest victims probably also are Jews. One Jewish Foundation, which gave away $1.5 million to Jewish causes, closed its doors and laid off its employees. All its money was invested with Madoff.

"This guy [has] killed more Jews then Hitler," one wag said in a forum. "Wait till you read the formal complaint from the SEC and FBI." Then he added facetiously, "Now that the Jew has been thrown down the well, is our country free?" 

Thankfully Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is not Jewish, but Obama's Jewish Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel is implicated in the Governor's plan to sell Obama's Senate Seat. Obama was put in power by Illuminati Jews and Masons and there is going to be plenty of corruption.

Just as there was collateral damage when Illuminati bankers put Hitler into power, (the loss of 60 million people) Jews today have got to break rank with the bankers and their political puppets. We're not responsible for their machinations and Jews suffer as much as anyone.

Moreover, Jews are going to be blamed unless we join in exposing and opposing the Illuminati, (i.e. the highest rank of Freemasonry consisting of Jews and non-Jews.)  Organized Jewry and many individual Jews are witting and unwitting instruments of the Illuminati bankers' plan for totalitarian world government.

At the same time, we need to ask ourselves whether there is some flaw in Jewish culture that makes so many Jews sacrifice personal integrity for financial success and power.

Finally, wars and depressions don't happen by accident. They are planned by the Illuminati years in advance. They are designed to engineer social and political change. See my "Illuminati Bankers Seek "Revolution" by Economic Means"  and "Credit Crunch: Occult Colonization of the Developed World?"  The media is controlled by the Illuminati and advances their agenda. That's why the spotlight is on Bernard Madoff and not Robert Rubin.

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Comments for "Madoff Ponzi Scheme Dwarfed by Illuminati Rubin's"

Irene said (December 17, 2008):

I have been reading over the years your pieces as I find them very insightful. I now feel to respond to the very last one I saw on rense about quants as I think this time you are getting it wrong.

Quants were asked to price and risk manage extremely complex payoffs. This task presented a very difficult challenge from a technical and engineering viewpoint. To arrive to a solution which was viable from the engineering standpoint, they had to make draconian simplifications on the modeling side. As a consequence, they ended up using rather simple models which could be implemented effectively but which revealed clear limitations. They were fine in normal market conditions but unstable when used over long time periods, especially in the presence of sudden changes in market dynamics.

I was surprised by this crisis. I was absolutely convinced something like this would happen because of the intrinsic instabilities in a monetary system based on debt currency were taxation laws and bank regulation all favor debt. It is 4000 years that credit crisis keep happening and for some reason, mankind has not learned yet. Islamic finance was the only radical attempt to move away from a debt based monetary system, contained some good ideas but didn't quite succeed. So I expected a crisis. But I was surprised by the timing. And I think most people in banking were also surprised!

One of the reasons why the crisis happened the way it happened is that derivative models broke down and gave rise to an avalanche of mark-to-market losses which drained up the credit channels and compounded on itself in a series of spasms.

As I mentioned, there were many credit crisis in history, but this one is unique in that it started from the top of the financial system. If you think there is a master planner who wants something like this to happen and for a moment put yourself in his or her shoes, you wouldn't want things to unfold the way they did! You would envisage a recession starting off in the real economy. Some small banks failing. Inefficient fiscal and monetary stimulus not getting us out of the recession. The larger banks loosing some money and downsizing. Price deflation and investment banks brokering the more or less ordery acquisition of a large chuck of the assets under the sun by leveraging on newly created money and a low interest rate environment.

What I just described would have been a conspiracy scenario. But things did not go this way! What happened is that hell broke loose starting from the very tip of the piramid, from investment banks. In late 2007, you heard for two quarters news about investment banks in huge trouble while the real economy was still carrying along pretty much the same way as it used to. On the main street, the crisis could not be felt. So the system broke from the top, lots and lots of individual fortunes were burned. Nowadays things are still unraveling in a way that really makes you think they lost control.

I am saying this not because I routinely object to conspiracy arguments as a given. But because I sincerely believe this is not a case of conspiracy and misinterpreting it can blind to the possible solutions.

A said (December 14, 2008):

US Physicists Make Weapons of Mass Financial Destruction

I read with interest your articles in In the present article you mentioned a you mentioned a PhD physicist and quoted from his letter to the NY Post. That physicist is me.

I did my PhD from University of ---. I had a grade point average of over 4.9/5.0. But I tried to just stick with physics and I am glad that I did so.

People with training in disciplines like physics can do great work, but they can also be used to create havoc by powers that be.

Without physicists, no matter how much money you have you cannot make a nuclear reactor (for good) or nuclear bomb (for bad).

It must be mentioned that in the USA most of the physics research is supported by the Federal Government in one way or another. In the mid 90's due to serious budget cuts, research money started drying up. Hundreds of PhDs were competing for one university job. So many gave up and went for other options. Those were in banks and financial institutions.

As the employers who earlier employed physicists to make atom bombs got their bombs made, similarly the employers in banks and other financial sectors got the physicists, mathematicians and others with technical skills to make these weapons of financial destructions (WFDs) which they have finally started to release.

This present situation is plain and simple warfare by the rich to grab all they can from the middleclass and poor. The WFDs are the choice weapon as they are the ultimate destroyers of life, liberty and persuit of happyness but preservers of real estate.

I do not know, but you may want to look how these financial institutions went after physicists and mathematicians and what was their purpose of hiring so many so called 'rocket scientists.' I even saw a poster from Surrey University, UK, about graduate studies with physics and finance.

I do not want to downgrade physicists (and I hope I am wrong) but one needs to examine their involvement very carefully to understand the dynamics of the present chaos.

Thanks A for this additional info. I decided to protect your identity. You have added to our understanding of this crisis. --Henry

SH said (December 13, 2008):

Larry Summers fired Derivatives whistleblower at Harvard Management Co. (HMC)

Harvard alum Iris Mack, MBA/PhD requested a meeting with Larry Summers to express her concerns about how her HMC boss Jeff Larson used derivatives to manage an HMC portfolio. Larson eventually left HMC to start Sowood hedge fund with hundreds of millions of dollars of Harvard alums' donations. Sowood was one of the first hedge funds to blow up during the subprime mortgage derivatives crisis.

Dr. Mack communicated with Summers' office regarding such derviatives trades. Perhaps, she could have saved Harvard alums hundreds of millions of dollars if Summers had bothered to continue to hear her out before forcing her resignation. There is a wealth of information describing this derivatives whistleblowing case: correspondence between Dr. Mack and Summer's office (emails, faxes, snail mail, phone records, etc.); legal documents; reports from FBI and DOJ interviews, etc. Two of these documents may be found in an attached file.

Given all this, you have to wonder whether Summers was either too
(a) corrupt and wanted to coverup up something(s) at HMC.
(b) arrogant to think that Dr. Mack had anything of value to tell him about mathematical finance and derivatives. Please recall Summers' comments about women and math. Also, please note that Dr. Mack has a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and a Sloan Fellows MBA from London Business School.
(c) incompetent to understand what Dr. Mack was trying to warn him about regarding derivatives trades in HMC portfolios.

Did Summers try to silence Dr. Mack the way he, Rubin and Greenspan tried to silence Attorney Brooksley Born of the CFTC?

MM said (December 13, 2008):

Moreover, Jews are going to be blamed

I notice that it is indeed Jews overwhelmingly that are the key players in the enveloping financial swindle. What do you expect?

Who are the Illuminati, but mostly Jewish bankers anyway?

Dear MM,

I agree that "Jewish" bankers are the mainspring behind the Illuminati but according to Texe Marrs, (no friend of "the Jews",) the Illuminati inner circle includes Karl Von Hapsburg, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Prince Barnhard of the Netherlands, Lord Peter Carrington, etc. See "Circle of Intrigue" (1995)

Tom said (December 13, 2008):

You write:

"At the same time, we need to ask ourselves whether there is some flaw in Jewish culture that makes so many Jews sacrifice personal integrity for financial success and power."

I think the flaw is in Jewish "ideology" (aka religion or metaphysics). They worship, as Christ said, Mammon not God. And as you rightly note, they have got all the rest of us in the Mammon mesh. It's my theory that God is not mocked, but the wrath of God, as I think Jacob Boehme indicated, can be pretty terrible. It wrecks Towers of Babel and Ponzi schemes, although it is my belief that God is kind even to mistaken individuals. Endless mercy in the spiritual realm, but not in the material one, I guess.

Rick said (December 13, 2008):


There is no end in sight to the corruption of these criminals; and I am certain that Madoff relished in this orgy of plunder.

Is it coincidence that all of these ponzi scams happen to be Jewish. I heard that Madoff was arrested shortly after bragging to employees that he was running a ponzi scheme; if there is an achilles heel at all, it is their own narcisisistic hubris.

Quote from the user manual, the Talmud.

"The possessions of the goyim are like an ownerless desert, and everybody (every Jew) who seizes it, has acquired it."
-Jewish Babylonian (Iraqi) Talmud, IV/3/54b


Thanks Rick,

Apparently this attitude applies to the top Illuminati and targets Jews (and probably Illuminati) as well.


Jerry said (December 13, 2008):

I was just reading some of your theories regarding "The Jewish Elite" and their control of the world. I am Jewish, and disabled, living off of SSDI checks, and my wife is a social worker (so you can imagine the kind of money we make, or don't). I was frightened to read about the supposedly Jewish led control over capital and the inner-workings of "The Illuminati". My wife and I are fairly poor working-class Jewish Americans and proud. If there is a conspiracy led by the teachings of Torah and Talmud, why aren't I aware of it? We are simple people who pay our taxes, don't make much money, happily attend our Synagogue for prayer and community, and consider ourselves "average Americans". I don't like the idea of a rather small minority having so much control over millions, if not billions, of people's lives.
Do you believe we are inherently evil because of our religion/ethnicity, or are we of the 2/3 of the Jews to be exterminated? I feel like we are good people just trying to get by like every other blue collar American. I don't want my government to be lead by radical zionists. I want my government for the people by the people like I was promised.
I don't find it hard to believe that a wealthy, powerful minority could execute that which you claim, but I think it should be noted that not all Jews are conspiring to execute this evil.
Point being: we are Jews, Americans, and just as normal as The Jonses' (maybe the Jonesteins in our case ;).


Just like Freemasonry, Judaism is organized as a secret society. Only the "initiates" know the true agenda. The rank and file are given idealistic platitudes. They are manipulated and end up taking the fall for the secret agenda.


Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at