I sure could use some help tying to figure this out. After all I'm just a big dumb carnivore. I was reading this.
Terror Financing Fines Fall After 9/11
Despite the Bush administration's pledge to battle terrorist financing, the government's average penalty against companies doing business with
countries listed as terrorist-sponsoring states fell sharply after the Sept. 11 attacks, an Associated Press analysis of federal records shows.
The average penalty for a company doing business with Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan or Libya dropped nearly threefold, from more than $50,000 in the
five years before the 2001 attacks to about $18,700 afterward, according to a computer-assisted analysis of federal records.
The entire clip is a little way down in the narrow column on the right. Now I realize you do not have to necessarily be over intelligent to work for
the government, I mean look at our President. But I clicked on the source and was moved to this!
"Vice President Dick Cheney was a vocal critic of trade embargoes while he headed Halliburton, a Houston-based oil services conglomerate, from 1995
to 2000. Under Cheney, Halliburton expanded its trade with Iran through an offshore subsidiary. That arrangement is now being investigated by a
federal grand jury.
Nineteen executives or directors of companies fined by OFAC for dealing with state sponsors of terrorism were top campaign fund-raisers for Bush.
The AP used publicly available OFAC records to compile a database of penalties paid by companies for doing business with terrorists or their state
sponsors. The database includes entries for more than 500 such cases since 1996.
Analysis of the database showed average penalties for violating the embargoes fell for every terrorism-sponsoring country after the attacks:
The average corporate penalty for doing business with Cuba was four times higher before the attacks. The pre-attack average penalty was nearly
$98,000; the post-attack average was about $23,500. The State Department accuses Cuba of bankrolling some terrorist groups and sheltering members of
Basque and Colombian terrorist organizations
Now, it seems to me that the editor of the Homeland Security Newsletter is doing her job by pointing out that the largest threat to Homeland Security
is the Government
Now I am just a dumb Bear, so help me figure this out and put it in perspective.
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