FBI at Solyndra Headquarters

solyndra-solar-panelsPart of a Joint Investigation with the Department of Energy

By RJ Middleton

FBI agents armed with search warrants descended Thursday morning on bankrupt solar company Solynrda.

The investigation comes after a request by the Department of Energy’s inspector general, FBI spokesman Peter Lee told NBC Bay Area News.

Agents arrived at Solyndra at 7a.m. and were examining the factory. Solynrda has a skeleton crew of 100 workers on the scene, who are closing the factory down.

Solyndra filed for bankruptcy last week, shocking both workers and the Obama administration, which had given the startup $535 million in low interest loans. 

The announcement was a devastating blow to Mr. Obama who is set to deliver a speech on job creation Thursday evening.

Congress has demanded a hearing into the matter. Wednesday the company was reported to be for sale.

There are no reports of any arrests at this time.

Solyndra officials made numerous visits — 20 — to the White House, according to logs and reporting by The Daily Caller.

Read the rest at NBC Bay Area News

  • Rob N. Hood

    The Chinese are under-cutting everything, including green tech. This is just another example. It’s a larger issue folks, one that our “public servants” are turning a blind eye, per business as usual. End legal bribery, and serious electoral reforms, are what is needed. Not partisan finger pointing.

    • Justa Joe

      “serious electoral reforms” What are you talking about or is this empty rhetoric?

      The problem is that solar isn’t viable Chinese or no Chinese.

      • Rob N. Hood

        Funny cuz they’re doing quite well. And guess what?! The sun isn’t going to burn out anytime soon. Also, look up electoral reform… it’s illuminating.

  • Jerk A. Knot

    What??? Chinese???? What the heck do they have to do with this????

    I am sure we agree on the fact that we need electoral reform but I am even more sure that we are on oposing sides of what kind of reform we need…. I am actually afraid to ask. I am also afraid to ask what you thik the bigger issue is.

  • Rob N. Hood

    The… bigger….issue ….. is…. the…Chinese. Umm, thought I made that somewhat clear…..as in IT’s a larger issue (referring to my immediately previous sentence… sheesh willikers) !!!!??? Their nefarious business practices, and our lack of sane business practices, have created, in case you haven’t noticed, a huge trade imbalance, among other economic things. Get out much? Read much? Really?

  • Joe

    The owners, investors of Solyndra, Kaiser, Obama’s biggest cash bundler personally meeting in the “West Wing” (Oval Office) 20 times BEFORE the $555 million payment? I don’t think they were from China? Get real, or are you? Your leader would be proud. Had it been a Republican he would be front page news and you know it. Umm, I think I make this clear???? Typical liberal. Change the subject. Always do don’t you?

  • Keef Wivanef

    Another GREEN WIDGET scam.
    Any fool could see that the idea was total bollocks.
    They installed a few megawatts worth (at half the true manufacturing cost) just to keep the charade going.
    There are hundreds more such scams trousering BILLIONS of dollars from investors and taxpayers.
    The SEC is freaking useless.
    Lock em up, kick em in the nuts, take their MUNNY off em.

    BASTARDS!!!!!

  • Rob N. Hood

    Oh puhlease…. this is all American business as usual. Except that the really big fat cats get totally bailed out when they fail. What about Big Dick’s secret energy meeting that he is still trying to keep under cover….?? (uh oh, changng the subject alert for small minds!) Would you rather we support different new business ventures like um say the stagecoach….?? Or how ’bout leech therapy and lead paint? Don’t answer that, I know your answer already. I didn’t change the subject, you just seem to have a hard time grasping concepts beyond the right angled nose on your face.

  • Jerk A. Knot

    Poor RNH … Dick is gone and publishing Memoriours…. He is months away from the grave and totally irelevant. Big meetings are not big secrets. China is BIG NEWS. but it is totally unrelated to This Green CO scaming the elected Tax Payer represenative….. 20 meetings to pitch his green company. The POTUS is so desperate for a success that he allowed himself to be scamed. As I have said before. We have Daffy Duck stering the ship in the middle of a Huricane. He was not and still is not qualified to be president. My 11 year old boy would do better the he is doing…… Oh RNH is goig to denounce the POTUS because if you havent figured it out He really is not a Lib but an Anarchist. Oh he gets mad when I expose him so I am going to catch it.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Yeah, past crimes and criminals are so ….. past. Ya try to keep up, but hey, then again some “crimes” are actual crimes and some are bigger than others. But I know I know, leave the poor old Big Dick alone! Poor old evil genius. Poor old war criminal. He hates it when an important figure like me hounds him so… He sure is lucky to have such loyal friends like you. And it’s one thing to have delusions of granduer, common rather, but to transfer such to one’s 11 year old son, well that’s just… I’ll be nice… it’s so Tea Party.

    • Justa Joe

      What is it about Cheney meeting with actual viable energy producers to discus American energy policy that bothers you so?

  • Joe

    “It’s so Tea Party.” Really? What about the union thugs is Washington State that destroyed property, held people hostage, threatened the Police? If the “Tea Party would have done that it would have been major headlines, but not one word. Wonder why. Believe me, all people in the Washington area know and their votes next year will follow. You are a “Bone Head” left wing liberal that will say anything to change the subject or attempt to justify your agenda.

  • Rob N. Hood

    You take offense to the term Tea Party? Really? Wow. Thin skinned are we? What if I used an actual intentional insulting term such as you just used on me? What then, oh conservative who will say anything to justify your agenda? That you are justified in doing so? Must be.

    • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

      I don’t think he’s offended by the term “Tea Party”, I think it’s more in the connotation that you are using it. The Tea Party is ordinary Americans who want fewer taxes, less government intrusion, and a strong defence. Those bastages!!!!

  • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

    I think they should be investigated! But I also think that the raid is not to gather evidence against the company, it is more likely to secure any evidence connecting the administration to any wrongdoing. For those of you that aren’t understanding what I’m saying: IT’S A COVERUP!!!!!!!

    • Rob N. Hood

      Yes, thet’s spend millions ala Whitewater for an expensive and partisan fishing trip. Our tax dollars are plentiful for these kinds of pursuits, right?

      • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

        Yeah, Whitewater. That went nowhere right?

        Jim Guy Tucker: Governor of Arkansas at the time, removed from office (fraud, 3 counts). John Haley: attorney for Jim Guy Tucker (tax fraud) William J. Marks, Sr.: Jim Guy Tucker business partner (conspiracy). Stephen Smith (Whitewater): former Governor Clinton aide (conspiracy to misapply funds). Bill Clinton pardoned.
        Webster Hubbell: Clinton political supporter; Rose Law Firm partner (embezzlement, fraud) Jim McDougal: banker, Clinton political supporter: (18 felonies, varied)
        Susan McDougal: Clinton political supporter (multiple fraud) Bill Clinton pardoned. David Hale: banker, self proclaimed Clinton political supporter: (conspiracy, fraud)
        Neal Ainley: Perry County Bank president (embezzled bank funds for Clinton campaign) Chris Wade: Whitewater real estate broker (multiple loan fraud) Bill Clinton pardoned. Larry Kuca: Madison real estate agent (multiple loan fraud) Robert W. Palmer: Madison appraiser (conspiracy). Bill Clinton pardoned. John Latham: Madison Bank CEO (bank fraud) Eugene Fitzhugh: Whitewater defendant (multiple bribery) Charles Matthews: Whitewater defendant (bribery).

        Gee what a waste of taxpayer dollars!!!…………NOT.

        • Rob N. Hood

          The Clinton’s were fully vindicated (I didn’t even mention the disgusting Lewinsky crap, for which millions were wasted). The 8 years of the Reagan presidency resulted in the most convicted criminal activity (of Govt. personnel) of any adminstration in our history. Funny you should forget about that… Then there was Bush Sr.s S&L debacle, of which directly involved one of his sons, and which cost the taxpayers millions. But, hey, who’s keeping score, right? Not you that’s for sure.

          • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

            So what is your point? I was commenting on what you said about Whitewater. I didn’t mention the Lewinski affair, or Reagan because you specifically said Whitewater. You called it “an expensive and partisan fishing trip.” Inferring that the investigation into Solynrda is a waste of time, and taxpayer dollars.
            My point was that even though the Clinton’s were pardoned, (which I would not describe as fully vindicated BTW), the net that was cast was not empty. There was a whole school of little fish that got caught in illegal activity. I would not call that a waste of time.
            Now, if it is found that there were things going on here with Solynrda, illegal things between them and the Obama white house, I think it is perfectly reasonable, logical, and responsible to investigate that. Don’t you? Or do you think it’s ok for the white house to give loans to a company and get kickbacks into the re-election campaign fund? Oh, but I keep forgetting you’re a Liberal and that kind of thing is perfectly fine as long as it’s Liberals doing it.

          • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

            Oh, and BTW if there was nothing going on between Solynrda and the white house I’d like to know that too. Either Obama is complicit, or he is just an idiot who got duped.

          • Rob N. Hood

            To Neil below. Just because you didn’t mention something does not automatically preclude any and all non-Neil initiated details or responses, even to your own choice of subjects. Got a big head do we?! And as far as illegal things go, especially political ones, I am against it, of course, no matter who is guilty. What I am against are partisan witch hunts that use taxpayer money for political purposes. You can try to coyly defend the Right all you want, but it only continues to expose your blatant and never-ending prejudices.

          • Rob N. Hood

            Above rather…

          • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

            Wow, really? I’m supposed to bring up things that YOU DIDN’T bring up? That’s a stretch. You brought up whitewater as compared to solyndra. If you wanted a response about Lewinski or Reagan you should have brought them up too. Which you didn’t. If you want to talk about witch hunts you can’t leave of the Valerie Plaim investigation. That went forward even though they already knew Armitage was the person who leaked it. That was a witch hunt! Who got prosecuted in that one? Scooter Libby. And for getting his answers mixed up. He went to jail for perjury. Bill Clinton lies under oath to a grand jury and skates, and you Libs are all fawning over what a great liar he is. And don’t tell me “And as far as illegal things go, especially political ones, I am against it, of course, no matter who is guilty.” Because that’s a lie, and you know it is.

          • Justa Joe

            B.J. Clinton was impeached, convicted of purgury, and dis-barred from practicing law. That doesn’t sound like a full vindication.

  • Joe

    It seems like they are investigating a possible coverup that may or may not exist. Only further investigation will show what happened and then we, the average Joe, will probably never know the real answer. Remember, it is Washington, DC, not your normal investigation. Called CYA.

    • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

      I’m pretty sure that’s what I just said. But you know, I’ve had more time to think about it and now I’m not so shure. I mean all of the agents investigating this would have to be party loyalists to be willingly involved in a cover up. And if they are ordered to keep their mouths shut, we may see some resignations. I just can’t believe that there are no FBI agents who posess some integrity. I don’t know, I just can’t be certain about it anymore.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Don’t worry too much about it- when it comes to investigating Dems there seems to be no shortage of money or resources to do so. Here’s a bit more re: the Chinese…

    China’s hybrid system of authoritarian state-organized capitalism has proved far more resilient than the U.S. system of predatory private corporations. China can enter cutting-edge markets like high-speed rail, solar panel, wind turbine and lithium battery manufacturing and through use of robust state subsidies and planning become the world leader in all of them in barely a decade.

    I’m not advocating for the exact same kind of system for us, although it would be better than what we currently have, which is obviously not working. But it is a good example of what does work. The thing that is bad in China is what their worker’s pay, which isn’t much. But we could still be competitive, if we really wanted to be, and still provide middle class livelihoods. It would just mean that the ultra wealthy take a little less. But God-forbid….!!!

    • Justa Joe

      RnH, You don’t know what you’re talking about. There is no area where China is technologically superior to the USA. The single greatest advantage China has over the USA is their low cost labor. An assembly line worker in China makes about $100 – $150 per month. The average Chinese guy is broke and would give their left nut to get out of there despite the Beneficence of the ‘hybrid’ commie govt.

      High speed rail is a joke. The PRC recently jailed the head of their high speed rail project because it is such a corrupt mess. The majority of China’s manufacturing is manufacturing, which was off shored from USA, Japan, and Germany. The last thing any econmy needs is recommendations from people like you that seem to think giving away the store is a viable econmic model. Wind turbines are a joke. Their only utility is selling them to gullible jerks like RnH. Lithium battery manufacturing is not a new technolgy per se. It is not America’s lack of technology that keeps us out of Lithium Ion mfg’ing (The biggest and best Lithium Ion companies are Japanese) it’s the fact that as with many things these cells can not be profitably mfr’d in the USA, and we can partially blame people like RnH for that.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Despite their professed devotion to tax cuts, a surprising number of Republican lawmakers are less than thrilled with President Obama’s proposed extension of temporary cuts to the payroll tax as part of his jobs package unveiled last night. While the tax holiday for middle- and working-class Americans is one of the most effective ways to stimulate the economy via tax policy, these conservative lawmakers prefer tax breaks go to those who need them least: corporations and the wealthy.

    For instance, Tea Party firebrand Rep. Allen West (R-FL) rejected a payroll tax holiday completely on Fox Business last night, saying it has already been tried and that we should “cut this corporate tax rate” instead. Also on Fox Business, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) said he had a problem with the payroll tax holiday because it goes to “people who are already working.” But in the next breath, Gingrey called instead for a tax break for corporations who have kept money overseas and/or otherwise locked up. They promised to hire once they got all their loop holes and tax breaks but guess what- they haven’t.

    • Jerk A. Knot

      Mr West… AKA LTC West
      Has more brains in his little finger in his little finger than you have in your whole body….The post you made is a misrepresentation of what he said and totally out of context. But you won’t check it out you just believe it to be true. Drink the Kool-aid boy drink it all up.

      Propaganda from your sites are boring. Hood where is your logic? You can not give a tax cut to those who do not pay taxes… Over 50% of Americans don’t pay taxes Hood!!!! Are you that lame that you just don’t get it? I bet you are one of those aren’t you. You don’t have anything but a laptop you got from some stupid government program and internet connection provided by the government housing you live in and you work 2 part-time Jobs so you can stay on the dole of the government. One of those jobs is to post talking points on “right wing” sites for what ever left wing nut organization that helps you stay on the take.

      You are a paid for propagandist… nothing more.

  • Joe

    Quit changing the subject at hand. Was there involvement by the administration or not? That is the queston. Quit walking away from the subject at hand. If someting is amiss , not saying it is, it should be investigated by both parties.. Nothing found? No problem. Publish the clean/clear findings of fact. Something negative/conflicting facts found? Now we may have a major problem. Don’t you both agree? That’s our legal system if it works properly.

  • Rob N. Hood

    I made a clear statement above answering your persistent and never-ending rhetoric. Once sentence, see above. Did not change the subject just adding my two cents worth which is allowed is it not? Or are you not unlike Neil – needing to control someone or something that you cannot and it frustrates you. I could just as easily accuse you of changing the subject, but I won’t do that. Unnecessary drama.

    • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

      “Neil – needing to control someone or something that you cannot” Is that how you see me? Really? You’re an [comment deleted by commentor because he knows the moderator would delete it]………………….

  • Joe

    I see I got your undivided attention.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Aww, poor Neil. Censoring himself. What a bummer. And Joe… the new drama queen.

  • Joe

    Mr. Hood, just what are you posts about and what relevance do they have to the article above? You rant to rant? Is that your expertise? Long posts with no substance? What will the find after the investigation. Pure/simple.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Long posts?? Compared to who… Neil? You? You may be simple but I doubt the pure part.

  • Rob N. Hood

    What else can you complain and whine about?! Oh…. (see other sections)…..

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