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Now The U.S. Government is Looking at Your Bank Records Without Your Knowledge or Permission

When reports began surfacing about the National Security Agency's domestic spying program involving American phone companies, I was very concerned there was more bad news on the way. And there was...

A startling piece in today's New York Times reports a Bush administration program started weeks after 9/11 involving counterterrorism officials gaining access to banking transactions involving many thousands of Americans without their knowledge.

Government officials claim the program -- monitored by the Treasury Department and operated by the CIA -- is legal, as part of the president's emergency economic powers and that safeguards are in place to protect Americans from unjustified searches. One former terrorism official who favors the program points out, however, "the potential for abuse is enormous."

What ought to concern you even more: Treasury officials relied on broad administrative subpoenas to capture millions of records, and never bothering to get warrants or subpoenas to examine specific transactions.

New York Times June 23, 2006 Registration Required

International Herald Tribune June 23, 2006

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