Pentagon and CIA peaking in your bank accounts

For some reason this is news today.  If you read James Risen’s book, State of War, then you knew this information months ago, sort of.  The book didn’t explictedly state that the CIA was looking at our bank accounts but it did tell us the type of information that the FBI and CIA had.  Bank accounts are not that much of stretch.  Risen’s book is great.   It is a must read for anyone who is interested in our government!


The Pentagon and to a lesser extent the CIA have been using a little-known power to look at the banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage within the United States, according to a published report.

“It is our understanding that the intelligence community agencies make such requests on a limited basis,” said Carl Kropf, a spokesman for the Office of the National Intelligence Director, which oversees all 16 spy agencies in the government.

The so-called national security letters permit the executive branch to seek records about people in terror and spy investigations without a judge’s approval or grand jury subpoena. Government lawyers maintain the legal authority for such tactics is years old and was strengthened by the Patriot Act.  (more…)

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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