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U.S. Government Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2012 — Media Fall Silent

Think back 5 years to the case of Eliot Spitzer, who then was Governor of New York and a rising political star. Some said he should run for President, but then Spitzer’s political career came to an end. When the U.S. government found out that Spitzer had been consorting with prostitutes, Governor Spitzer left office [...]

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. [...]

Collection of Suspicious Activity Reports by Government Declines in 2009

When the Patriot Act was passed in 2001, the bar above which financial institutions are required to send the U.S. Government “suspicious activity reports” regarding Americans’ financial transactions was dramatically lowered. The Patriot Act also placed new emphasis on the use of financial surveillance to keep track of PEPs. That acronym stands for “politically exposed [...]

Preliminary Data: 2009 was Record High Year for collection of Warrantless Suspicious Activity Reports by U.S. Government

The Patriot Act, passed back in 2001, requires banks and other financial institutions to send the U.S. Government “suspicious activity reports” regarding Americans’ financial transactions at a dramatically lower standard for what qualifies as “suspicious” and a new emphasis on the use of financial surveillance to keep track of PEPs — “politically exposed persons.” NPR’s [...]

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 [...]

Transparency? Obama Misses First Update of Suspicious Activity Reports

In March of 2008, Adam Davidson of NPR revealed the massive increase in “Suspicious Activity Reports” to monitor the purchasing and financial transactions of you and prominent “politically exposed persons,” without a warrant, to uncover evidence of precrime. Here’s Davidson’s description of how Suspicious Activity Reports work in the age of Homeland Security:

Banks monitor [...]

BREAKING: Patriot Act Reports on You Stay Sky High… And They’re Not About Terrorism

With the passage of the Patriot Act in 2001, the use of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to the government regarding your behavior expanded greatly. The claim: snooping into your business would ferret out the terrorists in our midst. But new numbers released by the U.S. Government show that while the number of SARs sent to [...]

BREAKING: Patriot Act Reports on You Stay Sky High… And They're Not About Terrorism

With the passage of the Patriot Act in 2001, the use of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to the government regarding your behavior expanded greatly. The claim: snooping into your business would ferret out the terrorists in our midst. But new numbers released by the U.S. Government show that while the number of SARs sent to [...]

Bush Administration Surveillance of Your Bank Records Expands

In March of this year, Adam Davidson of NPR reported on the use of bank surveillance orders to snoop in on the details of your personal financial transactions without so much as the warrant:

Banks monitor even the most mundane transactions…. Banks monitor every transaction. Every one, no matter how small…. “Your transaction is being [...]