Monday, June 8, 2015

Who has the Backstory to this Photo?

The photo above above, from July 27, 2009, shows President Obama with now-disgraced FIFA president Sepp Blatter along with FIFA" Jack Warner, who the US is trying to extradite from Trinidad & Tobago in order to prosecute for a variety of organized criminal activities.

According to FIFA, "In particular, he was very interested in the development plans and using football for development, especially in the areas of education and health." Awkward. Also at the meeting were FIFA's Jermone Valcke (implicated as a conduit in a $10 million bribe to Warner) and US Soccer's Sunil Gulati.

Gulati has been incredibly quiet since the FIFA scandal broke. perhaps because he is very close to many of the key figures, such as above. More generally, how does it happen that key members of what the US government now calls a RICO -  a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization - get into the White House, share a seat on the president's couch and hear him praise (in ignorance) their corrupt activities.

Maybe someone has already written the back story to this White House visit. If not, someone should!


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