Massive Government Data Mining of Financial Records

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6 Responses

  1. Paul Gowder says:

    You realize we’re doomed, right? They’re never going to give up this power. Even after the Bush Administration is nothing but a bad nightmare and a story parents tell their misbehaving children, the government will still hold on to its surveillance power. Welcome to the security state.

  2. shadowmancer says:

    You ever get that feeling that what you’re doing is too little, too late? Yeah, that’s how I’m feeling after reading that…

  3. Matt Bodie says:

    Interesting to see other blogospheric reactions. Orin Kerr: “My initial reaction to this is that it sounds legal to me (and also a pretty good idea).” Julian Ku: “My initial reaction is that what the NYT and WSJ has mostly accomplished is to render this program essentially useless by revealing its existence to potential terrorists.”

  4. Humble Law Student says:

    Great kneejerk liberal response!

    As Professor Kerr and others have pointed out, it is likely perfectly legal.

    Plus, the NY Times article even acknowledges that it is an IMPORTANT part of our counterterrorism efforts.

    You libs claim you want us to defeat terrorists. You also argue that we shouldn’t do so by invading other countries, or treating it as a “war.” But instead, some type of crime or police problem.

    Yet you deny the goverment any method to combat terrorism! And in this case, decry a perfectly reasonable and legal method for going after the critical part of terrorism – the money.

    You all are either mindless in your hatred towards Bush or you really don’t care if the US wins.

    Sorry, but this liberal “outrage” is the truly outrageous thing…

  5. “Now we learn that the government has gathered massive quantities of financial records.”

    Of course, they do this every April – it’s called the Federal Income Tax; whereby businesses report, using government-assigned identifying information, exactly how much money was transferred between parties over the past year. Then the government requires most of its citizenry to report more financial information as well as a current address, phone numbers and identifying information on family members. If you gave money or other property to charities, the government wants to know which charities and how much. Much of this information may later be shared with state and local governments.

    In another oft-praised government program, if you give money to political campaigns, the government wants to know exactly how much and to which campaigns you gave. ‘Cauise, you know, too much spending of your own money in this manner could be a problem. This information will then be made available online for one and all to see.

    …but it’s this anti-terrorist program that’s got many of you all worked up….interesting

  6. ColoradoMSG says:

    Man, it’s funny how comments came to a screeeching halt once a couple of level headed people finally made some freakin’ sense of this. Way to slap ’em around Maryland Conservative and Humble Law Student. Now we truly see who the enlightened ones are, LOL!