I read both articles at the links you provided. I'd heard about Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone article but I haven't read it yet. I will now. Sad to say I think there is a lot of truth in both of these linked articles. If you think about it, it's insane that under Bush we had a CEO of Goldman as Treasury Secretary who had the brass balls to hold up Congress with the threat, "Give me $700 billion in unmarked bills now, no questions asked, or the economy gets it!" And they GIVE HIM THE MONEY! And the ECONOMY STILL GETS IT!!! Outrageous.
Well nothing has changed. The same conflicts of interest continue right into the Obama administration, no accountability, no reregulation, just more big bank giveaways and the shadow banking system still gets pretty much whatever it wants no questions asked.
Here's a link to TARP Congressional Oversight Panel Chairman Elizabeth Warrens' June report on the banks;
Watch it to the end if you can, you'll see her desperation.
I'll come back and hub this. I have to read Taibbi though first. Thanks for the links.