Friday, June 23, 2006

The Propaganda Arm of Al-Queda and The Democrat Party is at it AGAIN

As a month of tremendous success in the war on Terror goes by, The American Propaganda Rag for Al-Queda and The Democrat Party "The New York Times" reaches into its bag of Scare Mongering anti-American tricks to try and start another boogy man story. First it was the NSA is listening to all your calls and going to stop you from renting Little Women at your Library. Now once again as the Dems flounder with their Idiotic "WE must pull out NOW, well no maybe Next Week will be better" bullshit. They come up with this gem. The Bush administration has also been monitoring YOUR BANK ACCOUNT..... Yeah if your Sami Al-Arian or Osama Bin Laden, But if your Joe Blow I don't think so Try again NYT.

New York Times
June 23, 2006
Bank Data Sifted in Secret by U.S. to Block Terror
WASHINGTON, June 22 — Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking transactions involving thousands of Americans and others in the United States, according to government and industry officials.
The program is limited, government officials say, to tracing transactions of people suspected of having 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 and other institutions. The records mostly involve wire transfers and other methods of moving money overseas and into and out of the United States. Most routine financial transactions confined to this country are not in the database.
Viewed by the Bush administration as a vital tool, the program has played a hidden role in domestic and foreign terrorism investigations since 2001 and helped in the capture of the most wanted Qaeda figure in Southeast Asia, the officials said.
The program, run out of the Central Intelligence Agency and overseen by the Treasury Department, "has provided us with a unique and powerful window into the operations of terrorist networks and is, without doubt, a legal and proper use of our authorities," Stuart Levey, an under secretary at the Treasury Department, said in an interview on Thursday.
The program is grounded in part on the president's emergency economic powers, Mr. Levey said, and multiple safeguards have been imposed to protect against any unwarranted searches of Americans' records.
The program, however, is a significant departure from typical practice in how the government acquires Americans' financial records. Treasury officials did not seek individual court-approved warrants or subpoenas to examine specific transactions, instead relying on broad administrative subpoenas for millions of records from the cooperative, known as Swift.
That access to large amounts of confidential data was highly unusual, several officials said, and stirred concerns inside the administration about legal and privacy issues.
"The capability here is awesome or, depending on where you're sitting, troubling," said one former senior counterterrorism official who considers the program valuable. While tight controls are in place, the official added, "the potential for abuse is enormous."

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