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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 05:55 AM
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Terrorist funds-tracking no secret, some say
Edited on Wed Jun-28-06 05:59 AM by Eugene
(The Boston Globe)
Terrorist funds-tracking no secret, some say
Cite White House boasts of tighter monitoring system

By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff | June 28, 2006

WASHINGTON -- News reports disclosing the Bush administration's use of a special bank
surveillance program to track terrorist financing spurred outrage in the White House
and on Capitol Hill, but some specialists pointed out yesterday that the government
itself has publicly discussed its stepped-up efforts to monitor terrorist finances
since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

On Monday, President Bush said it was "disgraceful" that The New York Times and other
media outlets reported last week that the US government was quietly monitoring
international financial transactions handled by an industry-owned cooperative in Belgium
called the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Communication, or SWIFT, which is
controlled by nearly 8,000 institutions in 20 countries. The Washington Post, the Los
Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal also reported about the program.

The controversy continued to simmer yesterday when Senator Jim Bunning, a Republican
of Kentucky, accused the Times of "treason," telling reporters in a conference call
that it "scares the devil out of me" that the media would reveal such sensitive information.
Senator Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, requested US intelligence agencies to assess
whether the reports have damaged anti terrorism operations. And Representative Peter King,
the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has urged Attorney General Alberto
Gonzalez to pursue "possible criminal prosecution" of the Times, which has reported on other
secret government surveillance programs. The New York Times Co. owns The Boston Globe.

But a search of public records -- government documents posted on the Internet, congressional
testimony, guidelines for bank examiners, and even an executive order President Bush signed
in September 2001 -- describe how US authorities have openly sought new tools to track
terrorist financing since 2001. That includes getting access to information about terrorist-
linked wire transfers and other transactions, including those that travel through SWIFT.
<snip>

Full article: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2...
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Related threads:
GOP drafting resolution condemning media's terror finance reports
Bush slams leak of terror finance story
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 06:32 AM
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1. just like bush to tell us to shut up about things he announced publicly.
Edited on Wed Jun-28-06 06:34 AM by truthisfreedom
his brain is fucking addled.

on edit: bush's brain=rove
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 06:43 AM
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2. Republicon whining and propaganda
Are tiresome and unAmerican
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 07:10 AM
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3. I tell you Bush's Brain is Fried.....
He can not remember day to day what he was said....

OK I will give him a break... We all know he can not READ the things he signs. :rofl:
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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 07:40 AM
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4. The only thing I saw in that story that even came close to new info
was that the data they were getting from this program was weeks old. But then presumably there are other ways they are getting info more quickly.

Reminds me of the 10 Commandments debate: They don't want to actually read the thing they are arguing about.
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Prisonerohio Donating Member (63 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 07:47 AM
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5. This is just another attempt by the bushies to shut up the media through
fear. Two other major media outlets posted the news, but the only one there going after is the supposedly liberal New York Times. Every day I wake up and there playing us some how. I am so tiered of being manipulated. It just amazes me that others don't see through there crap.
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doc mercer Donating Member (126 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 07:54 AM
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6. Times

The TRAITORS to this country are folks that still back this administration
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 08:33 AM
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7. Just another ploy to gain traction through the Justice system to silence
the press. They needed a mediocre security issue to legislate
mandatory punishment as a consequence for a FREE Press.

Dems should float a counter-bill returning to the original FCC regulations
making it incumbent upon a free press to report the Truth. It is the duty
of the press not to fall under governmental pressure to propagandize a
fraudulent agenda thereby duping the public into a false sense of security.
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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 09:27 AM
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8. ``A lot of people were aware that this was going on, ..."

...

Victor D. Comras , a former US diplomat who oversaw efforts at the United Nations to improve international measures to combat terror financing, said it was common knowledge that worldwide financial transactions were being closely monitored for links to terrorists. ``A lot of people were aware that this was going on," said Comras, one of a half-dozen financial experts UN Secretary General Kofi Annan recruited for the task.

"Unless they were pretty dumb, they had to assume" their transactions were being monitored, Comras said of terrorist groups. ``We have spent the last four years bragging how effective we have been in tracking terrorist financing."


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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 10:16 AM
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9. WHO leaked the story, Bush?
It had to have been someone in your administration! Why aren't you disgraced by them? Why aren't you hunting them down? Aren't you blamining the victim--as ususal?

:headbang:
rocknation
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