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The Central Intelligence Agency is secretly collecting bulk records of international money transfers handled by companies like Western Union — including transactions into and out of the United States — under the same law that the National Security Agency uses for its huge database of Americans’ phone records, according to current and former government officials.
In this case, the secret surveillance court has authorized the Federal Bureau of Investigation to work with the CIA to collect large amounts of data on international transactions, including those of Americans, as part of the agency's terrorism investigations.
The data collected by the CIA doesn't include any transactions that are solely domestic, and the majority of records collected are solely foreign, but they include those to and from the U.S., as well. In some cases, it does include data beyond basic financial records, such as U.S. Social Security numbers, which can be used to tie the financial activity to a specific person. That has raised concerns among some lawmakers who learned about the program this summer, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Boyd said that the agency's activities are overseen by Senate and House intelligence committees, the FISA court, the Justice Department and other agencies.
I think they started doing this early in 2012. I buy money orders to pay for rent each month. In early 2012, the place I buy money orders started scanning the barcode on my driver's license each time I buy one. The cashier told me the feds are "trying to prevent money laundering through transfers." It really made me feel uncomfortable that they are treating every individual as a criminal. They are putting together a database of who/when/why/etc.
Imagine how much money the government will waste on this. They might find a few bad apples, but at what cost? My prediction: They are so insecure, they will never have security as they want to. It's wastefulness like this that will be the downfall of the empire.