Friday, June 23, 2006
Big Bro Bush perusing your financial records
Oh yeah... this latest WARANTLESS Big Brother move is exactly what we need to add to the pile of BushCo spying (via NYTimes): "Under a secret Bush admin program initiated wks after the Sept 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast internatl database and examined banking transactions involving 1000s of Americans and others in the US, according to govt and industry officials. The program is limited, govt officials say, to tracing transactions of people suspected of ties to Al Qaeda by reviewing records from the nerve center of the global banking industry, a Belgian cooperative that routes about $6 trillion daily between banks, brokerages, stock exchanges & other institutions. The records mostly involve wire transfers and methods of moving money overseas, or into/ out of the US. Most routine financial transactions confined to this country are not in the database." Oh yeah, and merely telling us that "most financial transactions in this country are not in the database" is supposed to be reassuring and credible? No thanks. I wouldn't trust them w/my cat's info, plus BushCo has burned up all credibility. And do they really think they will "catch" financial transactions involving members of al-Qaida. Guess they are not familiar with the preferred method of terrorist money laundering: Hawala? While they're busy persuing financial records, think they could track down that missing $21 billion in Iraq?