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Friday
Mar222013

Obama To Grant CIA FULL Access To Your Bank Accounts

All in the name of terrorism.

Exclusive story from Reuters details Obama's next move in fighting terror and destroying your civil liberties.

 

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Obama Draws Up Plans To Grant Spy Agencies Complete Access To Financial Data On Every American

Reuters

The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.

The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot and track down terrorist networks and crime syndicates by bringing together financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence. The plan, which legal experts say is permissible under U.S. law, is nonetheless likely to trigger intense criticism from privacy advocates.

Financial institutions that operate in the United States are required by law to file reports of "suspicious customer activity," such as large money transfers or unusually structured bank accounts, to Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation already has full access to the database. However, intelligence agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, currently have to make case-by-case requests for information to FinCEN.

The Treasury plan would give spy agencies the ability to analyze more raw financial data than they have ever had before, helping them look for patterns that could reveal attack plots or criminal schemes.

The planning document, dated March 4, shows that the proposal is still in its early stages of development, and it is not known when implementation might begin.

Financial institutions file more than 15 million "suspicious activity reports" every year, according to Treasury. Banks, for instance, are required to report all personal cash transactions exceeding $10,000, as well as suspected incidents of money laundering, loan fraud, computer hacking or counterfeiting.

"For these reports to be of value in detecting money laundering, they must be accessible to law enforcement, counter-terrorism agencies, financial regulators, and the intelligence community," said the Treasury planning document.

A Treasury spokesperson said U.S. law permits FinCEN to share information with intelligence agencies to help detect and thwart threats to national security, provided they adhere to safeguards outlined in the Bank Secrecy Act. "Law enforcement and intelligence community members with access to this information are bound by these safeguards," the spokesperson said in a statement.

Some privacy watchdogs expressed concern about the plan when Reuters outlined it to them.

A move like the FinCEN proposal "raises concerns as to whether people could find their information in a file as a potential terrorist suspect without having the appropriate predicate for that and find themselves potentially falsely accused," said Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior counsel for the Rule of Law Program at the Constitution Project, a non-profit watchdog group.

Despite these concerns, legal experts emphasize that this sharing of data is permissible under U.S. law. Specifically, banks' suspicious activity reporting requirements are dictated by a combination of the Bank Secrecy Act and the USA PATRIOT Act, which offer some privacy safeguards.

National security experts also maintain that a robust system for sharing criminal, financial and intelligence data among agencies will improve their ability to identify those who plan attacks on the United States.

"It's a war on money, war on corruption, on politically exposed persons, anti-money laundering, organized crime," said Amit Kumar, who advised the United Nations on Taliban sanctions and is a fellow at the Democratic think tank Center for National Policy.

The Treasury document outlines a proposal to link the FinCEN database with a computer network used by U.S. defense and law enforcement agencies to share classified information called the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System.

The plan calls for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - set up after 9/11 to foster greater collaboration among intelligence agencies - to work with Treasury. The Director of National Intelligence declined to comment.

More than 25,000 financial firms - including banks, securities dealers, casinos, and money and wire transfer agencies - routinely file "suspicious activity reports" to FinCEN. The requirements for filing are so strict that banks often over-report, so they cannot be accused of failing to disclose activity that later proves questionable. This over-reporting raises the possibility that the financial details of ordinary citizens could wind up in the hands of spy agencies.

Stephen Vladeck, a professor at American University's Washington College of Law, said privacy advocates have already been pushing back against the increased data-sharing activities between government agencies that followed the September 11 attacks.

"One of the real pushes from the civil liberties community has been to move away from collection restrictions on the front end and put more limits on what the government can do once it has the information," he said.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (9)

Gee, I wonder if that would include the cunts in the office, and the guys at the fed and the guys who were responsible for flying billions of dollars to the countries of Iraq and afghanistan. Werent they already watching this shit anyway. Transactions of people who pushed more than 400 dollars across the table. Just what a bunch of gutless pukes.
Mar 13, 2013 at 5:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Slowly pushing the button in the football; slow enough that citizens don't care. Time for AC-DF.
Mar 13, 2013 at 10:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterStrayhorse
NYPD License Plate Readers Will Be Able To Track Every Car Entering Manhattan

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/nypd-license-plate-readers_n_2869627.html
Mar 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Mar 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Geeeeeeze .... what amazes me about this article ... is that so many Americans really think such an access to their bank accounts, is something new ...

It seems that President Obama could just be being true to his word of being open ...

This mainstream illusion of not only thinking they have had any real privacy … but also the illusion of thinking mainstream have had “enforced rights” and “real freedom” ….

Such a deep seeded illusion still have quite a few blind leading the blind along the ditch that they didn't even know they were in...

And still have a few walking tall on the plantation they didn't even know they were on .. added to this … even beguiled to believe they actually wanted to work on the plantation ...

Also this mass illusion still have a few shouting and screaming rights and freedom all the way to being locked up ....
Mar 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterIsis2012
Im tellen Ya's, them white pants are workin for this lady real good............Yaaaaaaaa Boy !
Mar 14, 2013 at 11:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
"For these reports to be of value in detecting money laundering, they must be accessible to law enforcement, counter-terrorism agencies, financial regulators, and the intelligence community," said the Treasury planning document."

Yet law enforcement already knows the banks are laundering money...

Law enforcement already knows the cartels are selling narcotics...

Yet the government ignores the banks, and arms and trains the cartels. What a world we live in.
Mar 14, 2013 at 11:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
I thought he came out of Kenya?!*
Mar 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterLightwire

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