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Gov’t Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2011, While Surveillance of Terrorist Activity Dropped

New statistics show that financial surveillance of people by the U.S. Government hit a new record high in 2011. Think it’s about terrorism? Think again: in the same year, financial surveillance for suspected terrorist activity dropped, accounting for just 0.04% of all surveillance cases. [...]

Americans Elect Names 10 New Leaders, Drawing Heavily Again from Financial Sector

Earlier this week, Americans Elect listed the following additional “Leadership” on its website, not specifying most of their leadership positions within Americans Elect:

Denis A. Cortese, M.D. Foundation Professor, Arizona State University and Director of the ASU Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program; Emeritus President and CEO, Mayo Clinic

Eliot R. Cutler Chairman, OneMaine, Political Action [...]

Government Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2010… and it’s not about Terrorism

Big Brother is watching your money, and it’s hardly ever to catch those rascally terrorists.

Passed in 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act lowered the bar for government surveillance of Americans’ financial transactions, and American financial institutions have been deputized to assist. Banks now monitor every financial transaction and pass it through a software program [...]

Americans Elect Leadership: Patron, Paid, Silent Partner

Shortly after the Labor Day break in the first weekend of September, I expect the group Americans Elect (which plans to elect its own President of the United States in a mysterious but well-funded fashion) to announce itself publicly. If the experience of predecessor Unity08 is any indication, it will be a strong public relations [...]

Bank Surveillance Reports to Your Government Reach New Record High

One of the provisions of the USA Patriot Act of 2001 was to mandate that banks and other financial institutions send on an increased number of “suspicious activity reports” about the financial activity of Americans at a lower threshold for what qualifies as “suspicious” and a greater emphasis on the employment of financial surveillance over [...]

$700 Billion Bailout: Monumental Failure in Record Time

Have we ever had so much money shoveled around so widely in a plan that is so quickly called such a failure?

On Our Financial Crisis: The "It's All the Republicans' Fault" Myth

I’ve heard it one too many times now to keep my mouth shut: the line that the current financial mess is all the Republican Party’s fault:

With our government hemorraging money, our economy in shambles because of the greed and malfeance of elected officials and big business alike. The republican party of the 21st century [...]

The 79 Point Crisis

It is your patriotic duty to stampede in a panicked herd, just like you did with the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. Don’t stop to think! Give Wall Street all your money right now or you are doomed! [...]

Bad Sign: $700,000,000,000.00 Giveaway Won't Get Hearings

How much is seven hundred billion dollars?

Well, pull out your wallet. Now lay however many dollar bills you have in there end to end. If you’re lucky, your stash may reach halfway across your kitchen table.

Start at your kitchen table and lay seven hundred billion dollars laid end to end, and you would [...]

Bailey’s Draft Bloomberg “Movement” Overwhelmingly Funded by Just Two Megacontributors

Who was behind Doug Bailey and Gerald Rafshoon’s Draft Bloomberg Committee, the organization that sought to bring Michael Bloomberg as a partyless candidate into the 2008 presidential race? The answer is at once more complicated and more simple than you might think.

The process to ferret out just who gave to Bailey and Rafshoon’s Draft [...]

Unity08 Continues Activity, Misses Disclosure Deadline

The Unity08 political corporation has continued its activity through the first quarter of 2008, forwarding its donors’ money to the Draft Bloomberg committee and continuing to pursue its lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission.

But although it has been active in the first quarter of 2008, it has missed the April 15 filing deadline for [...]