Some of our bloggers have made some nice contributions to articles this week:
An article at occupy.com cites Victoria Ferauge and Marvin van Horn:
I and others spoke with globalnews.ca
Our own Eric is behind the article’s reporting of the discrepancy between the numbers at the FBI and the Federal Registry:
More expatriate Americans are renouncing their citizenship than at almost any other time. And comparing statistics from the FBI indicates the State Department may have been lowballing its numbers.
Last year, 4,650 people who renounced U.S. citizenship were added to an FBI database, far more than the 658 recorded in 2011. A further 1,958 were added this year by the end of June, roughly tracking 2012′s numbers.
Some will find interesting the letter from the State Department to Global News responding to Global’s request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. The letter claims that the State Department cannot tell the numbers of renunciations that they have processed because they don’t keep track of that information. Apparently, they pass that information on to the Treasury Department without keeping their own records. It really seems like obfuscation to me. Moreover, the letter claims the information is “private”:
Renunciation records are privacy protected name-retrievable only; for a third party to access such records, you would have to provide the name of each person who has renounced, and also obtain written authorization from that person.
LOL. Treasury is required by law to publish the names in the Federal Registry. How can that be protected information if it’s supposed to be published?
Have a nice weekend!