By Susanne Posel
Sources are coming out of the woodwork to expose the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and their involvement in massive data collections on American citizens under the guise of protecting against terroristic activity.
The CIA has been exposed for “secretly collecting bulk records of international money transfers . . . That includes transactions into and out of the United States.”
The information collected includes “transactions by Americans with companies like Western Union. The program is authorized under the same law that lets the N.S.A. collect international phone records.”
By blaming the events of 9/11, a pattern of how people send money overseas was established with the CIA in charge of tracking those foreign transactions. Information utilized includes social security numbers of targets.
The US government obtains data from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).
SWIFT is “a member-owned cooperative through which the financial world conducts its business operations with speed, certainty and confidence. More than 10,000 banking organizations, securities institutions and corporate customers in 212 countries trust us every day to exchange millions of standardized financial messages.”
This includes financial transactions with banks, money transfer stores and casinos; and requires reports on “suspicious behavior” under the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 (BSA).
Luella D’Angelo, spokesperson for Western Union (who was named as a participant in the CIA program) commented : “We collect consumer information to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act and other laws. In doing so, we also protect our consumers’ privacy and work to prevent consumer fraud.”
MoneyGram stated: “We have reporting obligations related to suspicious transactions, money laundering and other financial crimes around the world. The laws to which we are subject generally prohibit us from discussing details. We value our customers’ privacy and work hard to protect it.”
The program was “authorized under the Patriot Act and overseen by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).”
A source explained: “The surveillance court imposed rules that withhold the identities of any Americans from the data the CIA sees, require a link to a terrorist organization before a search may be conducted and mandate data be discarded after a certain time period.”
The government called the programs “minimization procedures to protect U.S. person information” with “specially trained analysts who can query the data, and on the length of time [on how] such data is allowed to be retained.”
Just recently, JP Morgan & Chase Co. announced to holders of business accounts that they “would no longer be able to send international wire transfers”; but only “domestic wires and receive both domestic and international wires.”
The data collected includes:
• Who sent the transfer
• How much was transferred
• When the transfer occurred
• Where the transfer happened
• Social security numbers
• All information provided by the customer
• Personal information about the transferee
• Date and place of birth
• Telephone numbers
• Address of both transferor and transferee
• Additional ID as required for transfers over $3,000
Data mining between governments is facilitated by the Terrorist Finance Program (TFTP) that takes digital information on European citizen’s financial transactions has this data sent to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
TFTP is a US governmental program that accesses the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) that was created in 2006 by the Bush administration so that a standard could be asserted for financial transactions worldwide.
The SWIFT program was created in secrecy in order to database financial information for the sake of catching al-Qaeda and operatives such as Hambali in 2003 through money laundering deals.
SWIFT is a part of the US Treasury.
Another name for the TFTP is the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP*) which served as the main center of the global war on terrorism .
The classified tracking program caused violations of EU and US privacy laws because surveillance agencies were not obtaining search warrants to gain access to the information.
Source: Occupy Corporatism