In a four year, $200 billion global development program unknowingly initiated by Congress, the US police force FINCEN has implemented a global tracking system of US citizens, their assets, their bank account numbers, phone numbers, addresses, and their social security numbers. The system allows the US information to be leaked to Al Quada, ISIS, kidnappers, and other affiliates—alternatively to be taken over as rebel groups overtake the areas where these organizations operate.
Greenwald has hopped over it. Snowden missed it–because it isn’t covert.
Crossposting from Story found at this location (please inform all you know of this overt action via all means):
The system was quietly passed in a US domestic Jobs Bill, called the Jobs for Mainstreet Act, 2010 HR 2847. The enactment was nearly invisible to the media, and few of the Congresspersons even realized what it was that they had passed.
With passage of the act, a massive administration misinformation campaign was initiated, saying that the administration and treasury were out looking for 1%’ers and FATCAts. This was to enable a muzzle against resistance and to be able to portray any opposing political parties as supporters of Tax Evasion, initiators of money laundering, harborers of terrorists, and possibly “cat killers”. The misinformation campaign has been largely successful (domestically and internationally), as only a few small media outlets have mentioned it. Only a tiny handful of legislators have dared to speak against it. Members of Congress are terrified to speak against it or of it for well-justified fear of reprisal from captive media.
The administration and Treasury have been traveling extensively to these regions–to train Islamic banks in the techniques of finding “indicia” of US citizens. Upper-level Treasury appointed administers such as Jesse Eggert have traveled extensively through the region for training sessions with Islamic banks. Those IRS officials have been praised by the Sheik of Finance in Qatar for aiding those banks.
This action has been heralded in Russia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Nigeria, where the demand for identification of US citizens has skyrocketed. With this tool, low level employees, administrators, and corrupt bank officials now have access to the most sensitive personal information of US citizens and have no restrictions placed upon them for passing the information onwards to interested individuals and organizations.
The organizations in Afghanistan which are holding this data are: Afghanistan International Bank, United Bank Afghanistan, BAKHTAR BANK, New Kabul Bank Afghanistan, Afghan United Bank Afghanistan, Afghanistan Commercial Bank, Branch, AZIZI BANK, MAIWAND BANK, GHAZANFAR BANK, The First MicroFinanceBank. These organizations, their highlevel employees, and low level adminstrators are known to have ties with tribal heads in their regions. Many of these organizations are tasked also with storing the assets of tribal lords.
In Yemen: Cairnwood Global Technology Fund Ltd, Branch Yemen, Shamil Bank of Yemen and Bahrain, Tadhamon International Islamic Bank, NATIONAL BANK OF YEMEN, SABA ISLAMIC BANK, YEMEN KUWAIT BANK FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT, Cooperative & Agricultural Credit Bank, Yemen Bank for Rec and Dev, International Bank of Yemen, Islamic Bank of Yemen, lkuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank, Yemen Commercial Bank, ISLAMIC BANK OF YEMEN FOR FIN AND INV.
In Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Communist China, Algeria, Colombia, Kosovo, and others, a unique agreement between Treasury and foreign governments, code-named “IGA” has been implemented. Here, the Kosovo government has been deputized to store US citizen data. FINCEN has placed a great trust in these governments, because FINCEN does not trust US citizens.
What is an IGA?
An IGA is an Intergovernmental Agreement. In this case it is an agreement with the Executive Branch of the United States Treasury with the mentioned foreign governments. These agreements are not authorized by Congress in the way a treaty would be. Don’t forget, that the Constitution requires any foreign agreement to be ratified or initiated by Congress. And this isn’t. This is solely an agreement between the Obama administration and these selected countries.
This system has begun implementation in more “friendly” countries prior to the mid-term elections. US citizens have already been identified in less sensitive neutral countries such as Sweden, Austria, and Thailand. After elections, the information gathering will be ramped up significantly.
These governments and institutions will be collecting and storing this “FATCA” data outside of US territory for the coming period of 6-9 months. At the end of the period, the information will be shared with the United States police agency “FINCEN”.
A citizen warning has been placed out at the website location below. It is also explained that it is of no help to discuss this with the ambassador in the named countries, because the ambassadors have been tasked to arrange for signatures upon the agreements and to aid in identification of US citizens.
US citizen alert:
List of foreign organizations implementing “FATCA” program
List of countries implementing “IGA” program
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
ALL RESPECT DESERVED
I wonder if even those with CLNs will be swept up and monitored as well.
You escape from a Maryland slave driver in 1855 and make your way to Canada. Or, you move from USA to Canada in 1970 to avoid getting drafted to fight the war against Viet Nam.
Congress passes laws saying you must return to U.S.A. or else. One minor detail: You’re not in U.S.A. Bottom line: Don’t worry about what they write on a piece of paper. You may have to move business to a credit union that does not ask too many questions but even if they do, so what? I.R.S. sends you harmless papers in the mail. I.R.S. threatens, you better pay up or we’ll mail you another paper with a different inscription.
@pukekonz The CLN is good for FATCA but you’re still subject to U.S. exit tax laws.
You left out the link to my website, http://non-fatca-banks.com
Still working on the website.
@ Tom Alciere
Thanks for keeping track. I’ll be watching Iceland because I love their independent spirit and I’m hoping they keep it going.
@Tom don’t forget the biggest non-FATCA bank there is and it’s international: Bitcoin -The whole momentum behind bitcoin is completely bypassing legacy financial systems and returning money/wealth to the individual. The big mantra of Bitcoin, “Don’t fight the system, make it irrelevant.”. It’s early days but Bitcoin adoption is growing and within 5-7 years will completely change the financial world. Imagine the IRS trying to get your Bitcoin, they can’t it’s technically impossible. With Bitcoin you could have 5 million dollars stored in your mind via a “brain wallet”.
@Tom re: “You may have to move business to a credit union that does not ask too many questions but even if they do, so what? I.R.S. sends you harmless papers in the mail. I.R.S. threatens, you better pay up or we’ll mail you another paper with a different inscription.”
Canadian ‘US persons’ have a fair number of options that ‘US persons’ holding other dominant citizenships, living in other countries do not, which is why we are able to fight FATCA the hardest.
Canadian ‘US persons’ are the ‘US persons’ with the most ‘boots on the ground’.
The non bank FATCA list is a great start. Just have to be mindful that its all subject to change and sometimes not apparent what the real story is. For example, in Sri Lanka the Central Bank just said to banks decide if you want to follow FATCA and enter into an agreement per the US law…no IGA is in negotiations at the moment. So what does this mean? Some banks may not initially comply but decide to later….who knows….
@Tom I like your work. I can have a funny comment but I need a smiling face. BTW Harper was hopeless in his speech last night about terrorists. He does not know how to speak in public, and yet he is our Prime something?
When I was little I didn’t understand what a prime minister was. After all, wasn’t a minister that guy in a non-Catholic church? And a prime minister would be divisible only by himself and 1.
You can tell a lot about someone by the way they hug:
@ Tom “And a prime minister would be divisible only by himself and 1.” Ha, ha, ha.
As a schoolgirl I pledged allegiance to the flag every day: “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Indivisible? The country is deeply divided, in the capital, in the red states, blue states, and in nations abroad. It continues down a reckless course of splintering off more dissenters.
Liberty and justice for all? “All” is a joke. There are millions of exceptions. Liberty and justice is granted to perhaps one or two per cent.
This article about “global tracking” explains how the U.S. undermines and in many cases, actually endangers the security of civilian U.S. persons overseas and yet, we’re all supposed to pay for it and be grateful for U.S. citizenship. (And if we have the nerve to opt out, we get hit with thousands of dollars plus years of filing with FinCEN. So we still have to pay for it.)
L – O – L, bubblebustin. Indeed awkward — just who initiated those hugs?
@EmBee: Regarding ICELAND, I went ahead and upgraded that page. I searched for a better list of financial institutions and the trouble is the language barrier and my having no command of Icelandic. The bad news is, according to this:
negotiations are under way for an IGA.
@Jan: One very good use of the Pledge of Allegiance is when clods insist in political debate, for your information, the Founding Fathers instituted a democracy, and in a democracy the majority rules. Truth is, they deliberately avoided instituting a democracy because democracy is evil. Gang rape is democracy, where five persons say YES, one says NO and the majority rules. In the Pledge of Allegiance, they don’t pledge to the democracy for which it stands, but to the republic. Case closed.
The pledge of arregiance was written by a socialist—to engrain one sided loyalty to children prior to being able to pronounce the words in it. I had no choice but to pledge to the public, which was invisible.
@ Mark Twain, I had no idea about the history of the Pledge of Allegiance nor who wrote it. We simply faced the flag, put our right hands over our heart, and recited it. You’re right that we recited it long before we knew the meanings of words like “republic” and “indivisible”.
@ Tom you are right that a pure democracy by which a ruthless mob can rule and overpower a victim is evil. Still, a democracy can work at, say a PTA meeting where the majority picks out who gets to be on a committee. The context is key.
I agree the U.S. is not a democracy, except to some extent, there is democracy at the local level (region of a state). If most of the people are strongly for something or opposed to something, their rep. usually takes notice. At the national level, the nominees for major offices in the Republican and Democrat parties are given elite backing and big money if they are to make to the candidate stage. In the end, the average person exercises his or her right to vote by answering one question: Do you want to live with the candidate the elite Republican clique chose or the candidate the elite Democrat clique choice?
@ Tom Alcere
Well that’s disappointing about Iceland but maybe the language barrier will make those negotiations go on and on and on. That pamphlet looks like it was dictated by an armed American thug standing behind an Icelandic flunkie. Iceland stood up to its corrupt politicians and even more corrupt banksters but it seems to be struggling to stand up to corrupt America. The vampire squid can put the squeeze on anyone it pleases and will threaten anyone who displeases it.
Tom: I prefer the milder definition of democracy…..Two wolves and one sheep deciding on what to have for lunch. ; )
In this global dragnet, evolving into GATCA, never overlook the modern day “Mark of the Beast”.
That is the IRS GIIN identity that all FFIs must have to show that they are properly deputized to whip other FFIs slaves into due diligence compliance, and dutifully withholding 30% of the non “GIIN” entities to send it to the Beast as required.
Without a GIIN acesses to US markets is denied. An FFI could no longer trade in dollars or have the privilege of buying the Breast’s debt. FFIs consider this a fate worse than death in hell’s fires.
Is this a sign of the “end times” as foretold in Revelations? I will have to ask my 86 year old rekigious mother who just attended yet another Bible Prophecy class… She is still waiting for all that stuff to come true. Maybe this will encourage her that the end times crapola is almost here! LOL
Sorry about the typos. It is the cellphone entry demons at work
I think it would be more likeable in the typoed version
“@ Tom you are right that a pure democracy by which a ruthless mob can rule and overpower a victim is evil. Still, a democracy can work at, say a PTA meeting where the majority picks out who gets to be on a committee. The context is key. ”
I watched this before. One State after another started raising the legal drinking age. The outvoted discrimination victims were vastly outnumbered on election day by hypocritical bigots who would rather impose second-class citizenship on Mr. and Mrs. Twenty than impose tougher drunk driving laws on themselves. As for the anti-drunk-driving activists, I thought they were is effect looking for their keys where the light is better, instead of where they dropped them. They could save a lot more lives by getting tough on the drunk drivers. Little did I realize that they were desperately trying to convince themselves that it wasn’t their own fault they drove drunk in the past, but the fault of politicians who were soft on youth drinking. There were a few States holding out, but then Congress passed a law saying if you don’t raise the drinking age to 21, you lose 10% of your highway construction grants (cf.: 30% of your U.S. sourced payments.) as if the underage drinkers should care if the State loses highway money. Where’s their cut? They don’t get to buy votes by doling out jobs to the labor unions and they don’t get the kickbacks from contractors. Likewise, why should so-called U.S. Persons care if a bank gets closed out of the U.S. market? It’s just that it’s easy to pick on a minority that is powerless at the polls. One country after another looks like they’re signing IGA’s (but I’ve heard many of these never resulted in the required legislation.) Time will tell.
One scenario has the rare non-FATCA bank prospering and even offering U.S. dollar accounts with cash banknotes. Gonculator Corporation has to pay off a $10,000,000 loan so they can either send an armored car full of cash, pay the equivalent in local currency or buy U.S. dollars somebody else already has on deposit at that bank. This would breed a cottage industry of cash movements by private persons. Somebody with cash in that bank writes a cheque to Gonculator Corp. which can pay down the loan. The cheque writer receives a cheque from Gonculator Corp. for a larger number of dollars drawn on a FATCA-compliant bank. The person presents the cheque, and takes the cash to the non-FATCA bank to deposit it and the cycle begins anew. The Government of Monaco might show just how much they support FATCA, by providing police escorts. Prince Albert II is the son of Princess Grace Kelly, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.