tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC May 28, 2013 6:00pm-7:01pm PDT
>> thanks for having us. that's "all in" for this evening, the rachel maddow show starts now. >> good evening, chris. thank you very, very much. and thank you at home for staying with us for the next hour. on friday night, we opened the show with the news of that dramatic and scary bridge collapse on interstate 5 in washington state. that highway bridge collapsing into the river, bringing down a few cars with it. miraculously nobody was killed in that collapse, but there were injuries. that was friday night. then this weekend, there was another highway overpass collapse. this one caused by a chain reaction of sorts. a train derailment sent a bunch of speeding railroad cars slamming into the support pillars of an overpass, a highway overpass bridge and that then collapsed the overpass and sent, again, cars crashing down, in this case under the highway below. again, nobody was killed, but there were injuries. that one happened in chafee, missouri, in the southeastern part of the state over the
weekend. then today, just outside baltimore and visible from downtown baltimore, there was this huge explosion which was caused by yet another train derailment. a freight train crashed into a trailer and derailed into an industrial park outside of baltimore. did damage some nearby buildings, shut down u.s. route 40 and it caused that huge explosion that could be felt miles away. we will keep you posted as we learn more. but we do know that a 20-block radius around the crash was evacuated once it happened this afternoon and that hazmat teams were on-site, in part because the train was to be known to be carrying chemicals of some kind. the baltimore county fire chief is saying if it had been a significant toxic chemical release situation then that evacuation area would've had to be much larger than 20 blocks. at this point, they're working on trying to put out that fire in rosedale, maryland. in presidential politics today, president obama spent the afternoon on the jersey shore with his old pal republican new
jersey governor chris christie. they were highlighting the recovery efforts post hurricane sandy. on the boardwalk at the shore, the two men played throw the football at the thing kind of game which the governor turns out was much better at than the president. still, though, the president got a bear. it is nicer to win the bear yourself, but sometimes has to be your friend who wins you the bear. so in very quiet but important policy news today, the most populous state in the union released details on the insurance plans you can sign up for now in california thanks to obama care. these are the insurance plans, private insurance plans that you can get through the exchange that has now been set up in the state of california. and apparently this is a big political secret that has no political consequences whatsoever and it must not be discussed, but those insurance plans that you can get now through obama care in california turns out they are way more reasonably priced and comprehensive than everybody expected.
so lots more people are going to have pretty good health insurance. kind of seems like this whole big idea's working. don't tell anybody. but we need to start tonight at the beginning of time. at least at the beginning of political time as measured on the internet. the very first election in which there were presidential campaign websites was the year that president bill clinton was running for reelection, he had beaten a sitting president in 1992 to win his first term, and in 1996, he was running for his second term. and he was running against the grand old man of the republican party. and i do not mean that in a negative way about senator bob dole's age. i mean it in the sense that he was the household name of his party. he was the eminence, the trusted widely respected republican of all republicans, a leader in his party for decades. bob dole was not seen as a maverick who liked to buck his party the way that john mccain
was sometimes seen. bob dole was not seen as a moderate, not seen as bucking his party really in any way. he was the guy that stood for the republican party. he was essentially what it meant to be a republican. he was a conservative, he had led his party's legislative agenda as the republicans top man in the senate for a decade. but that presidential election in 1996 did debut this wacky new way of reaching the kids out there. the first ever campaign websites. and you could tell when you look back at the archive version of these websites that the campaigns are sort of excited to show how hip they are with the new internet web machine site thing. but you can also tell they don't have any idea what they should be using this for or what's neat about it. in the press release announcing the clinton campaign's awesome website says it has a couple of innovative features for of you familiar with the internet and the worldwide web.
it's not common to have this kind of ticker, it says, with a changing message at the bottom constantly moving or to have a server pushing new pictures on to the page with regularity. right to your own computer. right to your own computer. this is not that long ago. but it really does feel like the beginning of time in some ways. i mean, the dole/kemp site from that year is still live. dole/kemp96.org. you can journey back to the time where in box was two words. so much has changed since the first web campaign ever when you look at what these guys were running on. you look at the issues page, right. this is the republican party from 1996. their presidential ticket, what they thought they could brag in terms of their positions on stuff. here's bob dole bragging inging the support of the safe drinking
water act and the clean water act and the endangered species act and the clean air act. here's some bragging about securing full funding for the violence against women act. and all the money that he got for day care for mothers who want to work but need help caring for their children. here he is bragging about the instrumental role that he played in -- we go one more? one more reveal there. instrumental -- there we go. instrumental role he played in extending the voting rights act. and, of course, his signature issue was the americans with disabilities act. stumbling across the dole/kemp campaign website which is still live from 1996, finding that it is still there online right now like a time capsule, that realization for me today was almost as amazing as realizing how impossible it would be to call this a republican campaign website today. there's dole and kemp bragging about the instrumental role in passing the clean water act.
the republicans in the last congress passed legislation to essentially get rid of the clean water act. and bob dole bragging about fully funding the violence against women act. we didn't have that in effect for the last year because republicans in the last congress were not sure they were for it anymore. most of them voted against it. bob dole ran for president in 1996 as the republican who rally expanded the food stamp program. republicans all over the country in every state where they're in control right now are cutting food stamps, trying to cut them federally. the evils of food stamps are essential to the narrative of what's wrong with america today. this was not that long ago. but one of the two major parties in the united states has changed so much so rapidly that when you talk policy, there's no way to know this was the republican party. there's been an unrecognizable change in the party over the course of less than 20 years. >> i've worked on the food stamp program proudly and the wic program and the school lunch program.
>> i've learned in my own life from my own experience that not every man, woman or child can make it on their own. and that in time of need, the bridge between failure and success can be the government itself. >> that was him accepting the nomination. the bridge between success and failure can be government itself. how far do you think that would go in today's republican party? fox news over the weekend aired a new extensive interview they've just done with bob dole. >> could people like bob dole, even ronald reagan, could you make it in today's republican party? >> i doubt it. reagan couldn't have made it. certainly nixon couldn't have made it because he had ideas. and we might have made it, but i doubt it. >> on the right, the reaction to those comments from bob dole has been that they tell you all you
need to know about that old squish bob dole, too moderate. what's important here is not that he said it. it's somebody who is in a party delivering a critique to his own party, right? that's always exciting when it happens. but the important thing, i think, here is it's kind of quantifiably true. it is even online. and he is right that his policies from less than 20 years ago as a conservative leading his party are in many ways enough of what his party stands for today. and that says something that i think is important about american politics which is maybe too big of an issue to focus on. it's an issue of framing because we never talk about it. it is the context in which we operate rather than the thing that's happening newly each day that you can report on. but over the course of a short period of time, one of the two american parties has shifted very far away from the previous self and abandoned a lot of the
policies it used to openly espouse. is that a done deal? is that irreversible? is that process still underway? is it slowing down? this past december, bob dole was back on the floor of the senate where he had been the republican party's leader for a long time. and, again, he is retired now, you see him in a wheelchair. but his time in congress, his time in the senate was not so long gone that he was not there among friends. i mean, bob dole served alongside a lot of senators that were there. harry reid and john mccain and dianne feinstein, he served alongside a lot of people who are still in the senate. bob dole did not serve with the current senior senator from kansas pat roberts, but he was a lifelong mentor to pat roberts. according to the wichita eagle, pat roberts who met dole decades ago when he was a marine, pat roberts calls bob dole the great man and spent years calling himself dole's bucket toter. pat roberts is the man whom elizabeth dole calls every time
her husband is hospitalized. pat roberts will oversee bob dole's funeral arrangements when the time comes. they're very, very close. and that day on the senate floor, the reason bob dole was there at the senate was because the senate was voting on something that was very important to him. voting on the u.n. convention on the rights of people with disabilities which would take the rules that were established here in this country by bob dole's landmark americans with disabilities act and it would set out those rules as that model for the rest of the world to say we did this here and it works for us. this should be emulated elsewhere. we believe it could work elsewhere the way it worked here and it would be an advance for human rights. and while bob dole sat there and they all greeted him and walked past him in order to cast their vote, 38 republican senators voted against him. and it failed. and among those voting no was the current senior senator from kansas, the man who has been bob dole's friend for decades, close enough to bob dole that
according to the local press, he is the man who will oversee bob dole's funeral, he walked past him and voted no on the treaty to be a model for the world. he voted no because the republican party has changed that much. is this forever? and where does this end? joining us now is steve schmidt, former senior strategist to the '08 palin campaign. >> great to be here. >> what was your reaction to hearing bob dole's critique? i feel like it's quantifiably true in the policies i identify him with would not fly in today's party. >> look, i think it was offered with love and it ought to be listened to seriously. the republican party despite all of the problems that the obama administration is having, those don't mean that the republican party is doing better. if we look at our approval levels, we look where the republican brand is, it's at a
very, very low point over the modern history of the republican party. and we will need people who can step forward under the republican banner, communicate to women, to hispanics, to african-americans, and make our party a big party again. we've lost now the popular vote and five out of the last six. >> when i -- the thing that struck me in coming across that website was that it was the internet age. it wasn't that long ago. it wasn't the beginning of time. it was the beginning of internet time, right? and so -- this process in the republican party has happened fast. it makes me wonder where the momentum is now. you've talked about the need, essentially, for not just more diverse republican party to come to the floor, but moderates to come within the republican fold. when have you started looking for signs of that yet? when do you think that happened? >> look, i think that all parties have an opportunity to be reborn and to reform in the
context of a presidential election. we talk as republicans often that what we need is another ronald reagan. i think you can make the argument fact that what we need as republicans after losing the republican vote is a bill clinton. we need someone to take a party that has grown unelectable for national office in the eyes of the american people and make it appealing again. bill clinton challenged a lot of the orthodoxies from the death penalty to being someone for free trade. he made the democratic party after they lost in 1988, 1984, all the way back with the exception of carter to mcgovern. bill clinton reformed the party and the democratic party has been prospering to a large degree ever since. >> what do you think the processes are in the republican party that are driving it into sort of unelectable alley you're describing. what is the mechanism that keeps
pulling it? >> well, i think it's a complicated question. there are a number of things driving that. one of it is campaign finance reform. we declare there are different categories of money. some bad, some good. but chiefly, we have removed money away from the political parties and the political campaigns. political parties have always been moderating influences in american politics. we've now pushed all this money to these outside groups. they're ideological groups, they're about enforcing issues discipline, they're the people threatening to primary you if you make a wrong vote. so both parties are more ideological than they used to be. and we also have the hyper partisanship of the internet. we have a conservative entertainment complex in the republican party that used to be the tail on the dog but now it's the tail who is wagging the dog and you have our political leaders responsive to talk radio hosts. they, you know, tremble in fear at their boots, scared of being criticized on any given issue. we have had a strange cast of
characters out on the stage in front of the american people if you look at the last presidential election. it looked like a reality show on any given debate night. so we have a number of structural issues, no the the least of which is the party that has its base in the south, doesn't win presidential elections. and the republican party cannot be a southern party. it has to be a party that has broad regional approach. if you look at where we were 20 years ago, george herbert walker bush won the state of california. we're not competitive anymore in the state of california. not even a pretense of being competitive. we're not competing in states like new jersey that ronald reagan and george herbert walker bush run a generation ago. we need to reinvigorate the party in the northeast and the west and we can't lose ground, for example, in the rocky mountain west. the country is changing demographically and the republican party cannot represent a time in the eyes of
the american people that is long gone and never coming back. we have to have solutions to today's problems. we have to have reality-based solutions, not just a bunch of rhetoric and not just the angry musings of talk radio hosts all for the american people. >> i think the thing that bob dole contributed to that critique this weekend -- and i'm not a republican, but i can see thanking him if i was interested in the health of the future republican party is that he's talking about there being a realistic past to look back to where you don't have to look back to too far. when you make that critique right there, i think other people making that critique in the party are talking about inventing a new republican party that's impossible to imagine. but you're right, it's not, it's a past that we shouldn't be out of touch from. >> absolutely. look, the notion that bob dole was anything other than a conservative is just crazy. he was a conservative for his entire life, for his entire governing career. a solid conservative mainstream
republican. and the party would be better off if we had more bob doles in it today than some of the other characters running around. >> seeing him get denounced as this squish and this legendary moderate -- >> crazy talk. >> it is crazy. thanks, man. >> good to see you, rachel. for the first day back after a long weekend, today was unexpectedly newsy including one big mystery from alaska that has nothing to do with sarah palin, steve, and has been solved. that's next. stay with us. all stations come over to mission a for a final go. this is for real this time. step seven point two one two. verify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one.
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pundits. in other words, if we told you what our game plan was, then it would not work. the biggest splash the republican candidate has made in the race thus far was when he called his opponent pond scum. he called ed markey pond scum last week. turned out not to be a good campaigner. but his whole line more recently, since the pond scum thing and maybe this is the influence of the national staffers, who knows. he's been trying to pivot this critique that ed markey doesn't really do anything. he's essentially inconsequential and should not be promoted to the senate. that's the new line. in the middle of gabriel gomez making that argument about ed markey. today, ed markey won a huge political fight and helped solve a strange mystery on the issue that he's the senior democrat in the house, which is energy. and it all goes back to this image which you have seen before
on this show. this is an oil rig stuck on an island. it is a giant shell drilling rig that got beached. it ran aground in alaska at the beginning of the year. and there has been since this mystery as to how and why that drilling rig ended up stuck on that island. the obama administration over the last four years has been very pro offshore drilling. they have sought to expand drilling wherever they can. but on this sensitive issue of drilling in the arctic, the obama administration gave the green light, very specifically, the only permits they handed out to start drilling in the arctic were to one particular oil company, to shell oil. shell was thought to be the gold standard, shell supposedly had the best track record of doing stuff that nobody else was able to do. so if anybody can drill the arctic, shell can. so shell's the company that got the permits and then this is what happened. shell sent two rigs up there to start drilling, one of them ended up under criminal investigation, ended up being detained in port after the coast
guard boarded it and noticed more than a dozen potential safety violations, one of the two rigs. and the other one ended up beached on an island. shell was in the middle of trying to tow that rig from alaska to seattle when it encountered a very terrible winter storm, ran into 30 foot seas and 50 knot winds and caused that to run aground on new year's eve on december 31st, and that accident gave rise to two mysteries. this is the arctic, right? it's no secret that bad weather happens. so mystery one, why didn't shell put equipment up there that could handle that kind of weather? but also, mystery number two, knowing that the rig could not necessarily handle that kind of weather, why did they put that rig out in that storm in the first place? why were they trying to tow it through that storm? the national weather service essentially predicted exactly what was going to happen weather wise at the end of december.
they had access to other weather forecasts. they believed in their weather forecasting they had a two-week window of awesome weather through which they could deliver their apparently very fragile drilling rig. everything would be fine, the weather was going to be great. and the guy who called bull pucky on that explanation was the top democrat in the house on energy issues who is congressman ed markey. got all up in shell's face and said that explanation made absolutely no sense that shell should explain why they really took this huge risk, why they put this rig out there, which can't handle storms in this terrible, terrible storm that had been totally forecast ahead of time. ed markey confronted them about a week after the accident on january 9th and said, come on, you know why you really moved that thing. you moved it to avoid paying taxes. come on, admit it. >> in this letter, congressman markey raises another potentially explosive issue saying, quote, it does appear that shell could have been
exposed to tax liability on the rig had it remained in the state on january 1st. shell could've potentially been exposed to state tax liability on the rig in excess of $6 million. so you got that? if shell did not get their rig across the state border by january 1st, they would have been on the hook for $6 million in state taxes. january 1st, that's when they needed to get their rig out of alaska. the rig ultimately ran aground on december 31st. so shell says we only move the rig when we did because the weather looked so good. the weather did not look good. and oh, by the way, had they not moved the rig when they did, that would have been $6 million in taxes, please. >> when shell was first confronted with that accusation that they moved the rig when they did in order to avoid ta s taxes, shell denied it. they totally denied that was the case. a press conference the day after the grounding, they said taxes were not the reason they were moving that rig when they did, they were just trying to move it so it could get repaired. that's what they said at the time.
that's what ed markey called bull pucky on. and this past weekend, shell admitted that ed markey was right after all. revealed the reason they moved the rig when they did, yes, to avoid paying taxes. a shell official acknowledging that in testimony before a coast guard inquiry into that accident. quote, our preference for the timing was to be gone before the end of the year. it was driven by economic factors. the end of the year, to my understanding, was when the tax liability would've become effective. mystery solved. and that proves three things, number one, oil companies lie. number two, if shell is considered the best and the brightest in the oil industry, if that company offers the world the best chance there is for safely drilling in the arctic, hey, maybe we cannot safely drill in the arctic. but also proves that ed markey was right, again. he was right after the deepwater horizon spill happened when he proved all the response spills
were carbon copies from each other, including same phone numbers for the same dead guy after the spill. he was right after fukushima. just this morning, yet another nuclear reactor, this one in pennsylvania, was shut down due to a faulty generator. and ed markey was right about shell's accident in the arctic. the reason it ended up beached on the island with all of the endangered species and all the rest of it because shell was trying to avoid paying taxes. i do not know if his republican opponent is getting anywhere calling him pond scum. but calling hill an inconsequential member of congress is probably not the right tact. if you agree with the consequence he causes or not, the dude is causing consequences. announcer ] we gave the new e-class some of the most advanced driver systems ever made. stereoscopic vision... distronic plus braking... lane keeping and steering assist...
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today, a transition is underway in afghanistan and our troops are coming home. fewer americans are making the ultimate sacrifice in afghanistan and that's progress for which we are profoundly grateful. and this time next year, we will mark the final memorial day of our war in afghanistan. >> president obama marking memorial day this year and using the occasion of memorial day as a sort of milestone for talking about the wars he has presided over as president. the one he ended in iraq and the one he is in the very slow process of ending now in afghanistan. the president made those remarks over the memorial daybreak, the man he defeated in order to become president in the first place was taking a secret trip to the middle east himself to try to get this president to start a new war there. senator john mccain this weekend meeting with some of the rebels fighting with the government against the civil war in syria and once again repeating his
john mccain insistence that the united states get involved in that war. on the side of the rebels. because you know, what could possibly go wrong. it was memorial day for us yesterday, but it was business and government as usual for the rest of the world. and the european union yesterday made the decision to drop its ban on sending weapons into the civil war in syria. that does not mean that europe is going to send weapons to the rebels right away, but the ban has been lifted and it can happen. taking the other side in this fight, of course, is a little country called russia. and once europe made that move last night in support of the rebels, russia responded by making a move for the other side. russia moved in support of the government that the rebels are fighting against. russia announcing now that it will send syria a whole new class of sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles. think about that for a second. anti-aircraft missiles? what does syria need
anti-aircraft missiles? the rebels do not have airplanes. the rebels are street fighters. why send the syrian government anti-aircraft missiles. it's no the to fight the rebels, it's to fight us, presumably, or to fight any other country that might be tempted to use air power to help the rebels by say setting up a no-fly zone or something, like what john mccain has been arguing for. and russia is being explicit about why they're doing this. asked why they're sending these anti-aircraft missiles to syria, the deputy foreign minister in russia says we believe that such steps to a large extent help restrain some hot heads considering a scenario to give an international dimension to this conflict. so europe is moving toward arming the rebels, russia is sending missiles to syria so the syrian government can shoot down the aircraft of any foreign countries who try to help the rebels. israel says what russia is doing with these missiles is that a threat that israel cannot tolerate. the israeli defense minister
telling reporters today clearly this move is a threat to us. the shipments have not been sent on their way yet and i hope they will not be sent. but if, god forbid, they do reach syria, we will know what to do. oh, yes, and the militant army of shiites, they say they will fight completely to the death against the rebels to make sure the syrian government stays in power. that's syria, lebanon, israel, russia, the european union and john mccain. all in the soup together now, all working on the theory that more weapons and faster escalation is the right way forward now. this does not seem to me like it is going to end well. but what do i know? joining us now from beirut in lebanon is richard engel. thank you for staying up into the middle of the night for us. again, it's great to see you. >> it is great to see you and
it's hard to see how this is going to end well or how it is going well right now. there are really no good options here. because the conflict is spreading. it is already inside lebanon. it is certainly inside syria, it is certainly in iraq, a country you didn't mention where there were just about a dozen car bombs the other day. something needs to happen. whether it's the maximalist approach, the diplomacy that the white house is pushing for, whether it is the continued option which israel wants of being able to go into syria with its planes, which is why it doesn't want russia to give syrians any anti-aircraft missiles because they want the option to go in when it has to and when it wants to and pick out specific targets. there are many possible approaches here and i think it's the least worst option.
>> seeing all these different sides choosing different armed approaches trying to further their side of the conflict makes me wonder about the third way, right, which is the idea of peace talks. and i know you have not been very optimistic about the prospect for any diplomatic solution, but these peace talks are due to geneva. do you see any hope for anything positive coming out of that? >> the problem is there are several different groups within the opposition. the main body is right now meeting in istanbul, turkey, and we've been in touch with them today and they are fighting among themselves because they can't come up with the final list of who would go to the peace talks in geneva. so they can't decide who among themselves should represent them. they also can't decide on the agenda. there's part of the group that wants to go to these talks, only if they're to be discussing
bashar al assad, if they go to the talks, they'll lose any kind of credibility that they might have inside syria. because already the people who we're talking about who are divided aren't necessarily represented inside the country. when you go inside syria and you see these people fighting and believing that they are being attacked by chemical weapons and dying and dying in very large numbers at least 80,000 is the latest estimate, and that is generally considered a conservative estimate. when you talk to them, they say who are these people who are the syrian opposition living in hotels in istanbul or cairo or qatar. who elected them? and those people who don't have a lot of credibility can't even decide among themselves who should represent this shadow government in talks in geneva with russia, by the way, which is saying that it is sending
weapons to the country. so these talks are being sponsored by russia even as russia is announcing these weapons shipments. >> richard -- >> yes, to answer your question, i'm not overly optimistic about the talks. >> yeah, and if we can't figure out who is going to be talking that's usually a bad sign of expecting those talks to get anywhere. but richard, in terms of that divided opposition and in terms of that, you know, different parts of the opposition standing for different things and having different levels of credibility, how does that translate in terms of the military conflict? we're hearing the rebels say if they don't get some help soon, they could lose a key strategic city. based on your reporting, what were you able to see about the fighting situation on the ground and whether or not that claim from the rebels holds water. >> they're very concerned about losing the city and that is why you're seeing so much activity in lebanon right now. the city is not far from the lebanese border and it sits along a highway that effectively
connects the shiite militants, hezbollah, and the syrian regime in the city. and syria wants to keep this flow open. it wants to be able to have connectivity between hezbollah and between key government posts inside syria. it sits right in the middle of this pipeline, if you will, or this supply line and now hezbollah is sending more fighters in. there were several funerals today for hezbollah fighters who have been dying there. and that's why you're seeing hezbollah talk so much more about it because it's very close to the lebanese border and it is considered strategic by hezbollah, which likes to keep connectivity with the syrian regime, and syria which believes it needs hezbollah to have its
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a heist. one of the more notable heists we have reported on in the news recently, the $45 million bank heist where the money was taken out largely through atm withdrawals in more than two dozen countries simultaneously, including more than $2 million taken out of atms in cash in manhattan. today, the very busy federal prosecutor in manhattan took time from his usual job of busting a different member of the new york state legislature every day, instead announced a huge, huge new bust that may also explain what happened to all that money from the bank heist. and while the basic crimes that we commit as humans have pretty much been the same since the dawn of humanity, lying, cheating, stealing, violence, that's pretty much what we do as a species, the latest evolution as thieves and cheats can sometimes be hard to keep up with as technology keeps up with our lying and cheating and thieving. it is fascinating, the latest stuff, if you figure out what it
is they're doing. one basic problem of stealing money or making money illegally on a big, grand scale is that money as a physical object can be big, it can be heavy, physically, money can be an awkward physical thing to have too much of. if you had a million dollars in dollar bills sitting in a bag on your kitchen table, that million dollars in that bag on the kitchen table would weigh more than a ton. your kitchen table would end up in splinters. the other problem with cash money that you earned by illegal means is that you earned it by illegal means, and people can tell and that can get you in trouble. say that i, rachel maddow am a crack dealer, profoundly successful crack dealer, having a great hypothetical crack dealing year, spent time in toronto, have an avid customer base. i made buckets of money hypothetically. i in fact have made a million dollars, and i've got it all in
wadded up filthy $5 bills i got off my crack customers. that's great for me and easy to the extent i want to use $5 bills. but if i want to do something keeping with my image, i might want to buy a ferrari. there are few large scale purchases you can make in $5 bills. i also plan to continue to make this kind of big money, which means the money piles up in a mountain. i cannot live an entirely cash life-style. so i have to get that money out of my living room and put it somewhere. obviously i don't want to pay taxes on it, because i am a crook. i certainly can't just take it to the bank, because taking huge piles of wadded up filthy $5 bills to my local bank for deposit will get me reported to the proper federal authorities for doing something sketchy with large amounts of cash. i need a safe place to put my dirty money, so nobody can tell
any more where it came from. so this is my dirty money, i am going to put it in this black box. drop my money into the black box, swish it around, then when i go to go back to get my money, oh, look, it is all clean. my money has been laundered. nobody has any idea where it came from. it used to be drug money, now it is money money. you can do it yourself to have access to the funds. you can be the person taking the laundered money you put in. you can also let somebody else take it out as a form of payment from you. but the point of the black box is that nobody has any idea where this money started. the origin of the money, me back on the street hustling crack to the political luminaries in large cities disappears in this box. what goes in dirty comes out clean. it is the second oldest trick in the book, making origins of he will legally -- illegally gotten money go away. only these days, by a currency that doesn't exist in the world,
makes the black box seem sort of legal. this is a website of the company that got busted today by federal prosecutors. the company called liberty reserve, standing by to help you with your money moving around needs. their website after the bust looks like this. this domain name has been seized. has all of these law enforcement shields. the indictment says this company has been a way to make the origins of money disappear. and the anonymity, functioned to create the world's seamless way, instead of bugsy malone, russian hackers in the indictment as one of the counts. another count called hacker account, or joe bogus with 123 fake main street, completely made up city, new york. if trying to not get noticed turns out to be a fail. prosecutors are charging seven
people. say it may be the biggest money laundering scheme ever in the history of the world. $6 billion with operations based in costa rica, cyprus, morocco spain, australia, and other places. we on the rachel maddow show luf a new heist story. it is a whole new technological level of heist. now time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." thanks for being with us. in washington, the president and democratic senators are pondering the nuclear option in the senate. but on the jersey shore it seems at least one democrat and one republican can get along. >> the republicans aren't defined by what they're for, they're defined by what they're against. >> 386 fill busters. >> excessive political polarization. >> unprecedented obstruction. >> preventing us from tackling our problems