Think you have any privacy?
Think there is anything that government employees can’t go rummage around in?
They already are lined up to get all your medical records. Next?
US to Let Spy Agencies Scour Americans’ Finances
Published: Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 1:34 AM ET
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.
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.
The article goes on to mention the $10,000 cash transaction trigger on reporting “suspicious” things. They fail to mention that sometimes it is lower, depending on things that are left unclear.
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.
Yes, no intrusion too great, and no sucking maw of data gobbling too large; as long as the Magic Word “Terrorism” is in the mix.
Want to buy a car with cash? Want to take a vacation “to the wrong place” and “with too much money”? Be prepared for alarm bells to ring and your X-Ray to be taken at the airport. You do know where “the wrong places” are and how much is “too much money”? Right?
I’m all for catching the “bad guys” and putting the underground Jihadists out of business, but we are building just those systems that a would be dictator would want. Remember the stack of FBI files that were “found” in the White House with Ms. Hillary? Think “the commander in chief” can’t order up some “security reviews” for “military reasons – top secret”?
If your entire financial life and your medical records (now being mandated computerized) are just a few keystrokes away; exactly what IS private? Anything bought on credit card / debit card / EFT is going to be listed. Hope your reading list is “appropriate” and that you don’t like unapproved or “embarrassing” toys. “Gag Gifts” could be an issue too. Oh, and that Halloween costume? Better make sure the name of the thing is “acceptable”.
Freedom requires privacy. When there is no private information, there can be no liberty. Safety without liberty is called prison.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized
Unless it is “papers or effects” that are already “seized” by massive computer data dredges and has anything to do with your health or any financial data.
Just what “papers and effects” are left to be protected? Email is already up for grabs. In many companies mandatory archiving for more easy dredging by government is the law. Maybe it still applies to “junk mail”… Once you sort out the financial and the medical, and the email, there isn’t a whole lot left in the “secure” pile.
So it looks to me like we can add the 4th Amendment to the “Kiss it off” pile of dead constitutional rights.