Tuesday, June 27, 2006
It has been public since 02 that US checked banking records & Bush himself leaked
So, the Bush cabal wants to kill the messenger (only The NYT & LA Times, though... notice the conservative WSJ gets a pass) and cry "treason!". Well, it appears that Bush personally has done a "heckuva job" repeatedly letting the wartime secret surveillence kittens out of the bag all by himself, not to mention what about this from CounterTerrorismBlog?: "Reports on US monitoring of SWIFT transactions have been out there for some time. The information was fairly well known by terrorism financing experts back in 2002. The information was incorporated in our report to the UN Security Council in Dec '02. That report is still available on the UN Website. Paragraph 31 of the report states: "The settlement of internatl transactions is usually handled thru correspondent banking relationships or large-value message and payment systems, such as the SWIFT, Fedwire or CHIPS systems in the US. Such internatl clearance centres are critical to processing internatl banking transactions and are rich w/ payment info. The US has begun to apply new monitoring techniques to spot and verify suspicious transactions. The Group recommends the adoption of similar mechanisms by other countries." The fact is that there is really very little privacy today when it comes to the internatl transfer of funds. (And as I have been screaming from the rooftops for the past few days)... That is why criminal networks, money launderers and terrorist groups have increasingly turned to Hawalas and cash couriers for such transactions. Oh, but that's right... leaks are only OK when BushCo does it.