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Bowling for Whistleblowers

February 17, 2009

Attention Wall Street whistleblowers: your banking job might be at risk, but here’s your shot at Hollywood stardom.


The Academy Award-winning filmmaker is looking for “brave” financial industry insiders to help him make his next film which will focus on the financial crisis – or what Moore calls “the biggest swindle in American history.”

“Based on those who have already contacted me, I believe there are a number of you who know “the real deal” about the abuses that have been happening. You have information that the American people need to hear, “ Moore said on his website.

He called on those working for banks, brokerage firms or insurance companies to “participate in the telling the greatest crime story ever told” by contacting him.

The director, who took on the gun lobby in Bowling for Columbine in 2002, the Bush administration in his controversial 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 and the U.S. healthcare system in his 2007 polemic Sicko, pledged to protect the identities of those who step forward.

Moore says the unnamed film – currently in production – will shed light on the “abuses” that have led to crisis, which has claimed Wall Street giants Lehman Brothers and Bear Sterns and prompted a government bailout worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

“I just can’t say much right now. I’m sure you can understand why. One thing I can tell you is that you’re gonna like this movie when I’m done with it,” he says.

– By Sebastian Tong

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I hope his new film delves into the origins of this economic disaster: The Orwellian-named “Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.” That act, and the abuses it unleashed, has “modernized” all of us into the “new economy.” Hooray for Michael Moore, on of the greatest American heroes right now.

 

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OOOoooooo can’t wait to see what Congressional guys have accounts.

Posted by Mayme Trumble, NY | Report as abusive
 

You go Michael, I love your work and the way that you have been able to communicate the truth in the great black time of lies.
My younger brother who now is dead went to Federal Prison because banks gave him loans that he was unable to repay because of the horrid death of his wife to cancer and his emotional breakdown. They said they loaned more than the property was worth………I believe that they already held paper on the properties and just got tooooo greedy……..so my brother went to prison ???
Get these guys………..we are behind you….Thanks

Posted by Judy Johncox | Report as abusive
 

I want to see more of Michael on all stations promoting this.Someone has to be on our side.

Posted by Janet Glazier | Report as abusive
 

micheal moore + camera = GOD!!!!!!!!!

Posted by joe black | Report as abusive
 

I just found out today that my bank has charged me a total of $115 since Feb 2007 for not having automatic savings. When I cancelled automatic savings, they did not mention there would be service charges every month. I cancelled the automatic savings because they would transfer money out of my checking, putting me in the red just before I had to pay bills, and then they would charge me for the overdraft they did.

The banking industry is diseased, and it needs to be dealt with.

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