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Government to Spy On Everyone Who Banks In the U.S.

Posted By yihan On March 14, 2013 @ 5:12 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

Washington’sBlog [1]
March 14, 2013

Government to Spy On Everyone Who Banks In the U.S.

Reuters notes [2]:

U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans’ finances

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.

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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 ….

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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.

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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.

The excuse given for this intrusion on privacy?

As with the destruction of all of our privacies  and other liberties [3], the excuse given is terrorism.

Indeed, given that the government claims the right to assassinate or indefinitely detain Americans without any due process of law [4], do you think government employees will hesitate in seizing the assets of Americans labels as “enemies?”

The government has done it before [5], and President Obama  authorized seizure of property [6] again last year.

And the government’s take-down of Megaupload was an  exercise of the power to seize all of the legalproperty held in a storage facility because a handful of crooks have illegal property in theirs [7].

 


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[1] Washington’sBlog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/03/all-u-s-intelligence-agencies-including-cia-and-nsa-to-spy-on-americans-finances.html

[2] notes: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/03/www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/usa-banks-spying-idINDEE92C0EH20130313

[3] destruction of all of our privacies  and other liberties: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/02/constitution.html

[4] assassinate or indefinitely detain Americans without any due process of law: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/03/did-the-department-of-justice-really-say-that-the-government-would-not-assassinate-americans.html

[5] done it before: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/02/yes-america-is-still-in-an-official-state-of-emergency.html

[6] authorized seizure of property: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/03/www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/03/obama-executive-order-us-can-seize-any-person-any-resource-any-time.html

[7] seize all of the legalproperty held in a storage facility because a handful of crooks have illegal property in theirs: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/01/the-real-meaning-of-the-take-down-of-megaupload.html

[8] U.S. Government Wants to Archive Information on All Bank to Bank Overseas Money Transfers for Ten Years: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-government-wants-to-archive-information-on-all-bank-to-bank-overseas-money-transfers-for-ten-years.html

[9] The Government Lied When It Said It Only Bailed Out Healthy Banks … 12 of the 13 Big Banks Were Going Bust: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-government-lied-when-it-said-it-only-bailed-out-healthy-banks-%e2%80%a6-12-of-the-13-big-banks-were-going-bust.html

[10] Obama Health Bill Allows Government Real-time Access to Bank Accounts: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-health-bill-allows-government-real-time-access-to-bank-accounts.html

[11] Government and Big Banks Joined Forces to Violently Crush Peaceful Protests: http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-and-big-banks-joined-forces-to-violently-crush-peaceful-protests.html

[12] Australian Government Admits to Accessing People’s Private Telephone and Internet Records 5800 Times Every Week Without Warrants: http://www.prisonplanet.com/australian-government-admits-to-accessing-people%e2%80%99s-private-telephone-and-internet-records-5800-times-every-week-without-warrants.html

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