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Monday, June 26, 2006

Juan Williams Not So SWIFT

Juan Williams is the NPR Senior Correspondent who appears on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace as part of the panel discussing political events. Williams never fails to come off like and uneducated buffoon, lacking knowledge and pertinent facts to subject matter he contests. Listening to Williams never fails to make we question if he is completely ignorant or his ingrained belief system is simply warped.
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Williams still condemns the Swift Boat rift for Kerry's demise in the 2004 Presidential election. However, this Sunday Mr. Williams defended The New York Times for releasing another classified program called Swift.
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SWIFT is the financial industry-owned co-operative supplying secure, standardised messaging services and interface software to 7,800 financial institutions in more than 200 countries. Following is a statement from SWIFT:
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In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, SWIFT responded to compulsory subpoenas for limited sets of data from the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of the Treasury.
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SWIFT's fundamental principle has been to preserve the confidentiality of our users’ data while complying with the lawful obligations in countries where we operate. Striking that balance has guided SWIFT through this process with the United States Department of the Treasury.
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SWIFT negotiated with the U.S. Treasury over the scope and oversight of the subpoenas. Through this process, SWIFT received significant protections and assurances as to the purpose, confidentiality, oversight and control of the limited sets of data produced under the subpoenas.
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Independent audit controls provide additional assurance that these protections are fully complied with.All of these actions have been undertaken with advice from international and U.S. legal counsel and following our longstanding procedures on compliance, established by our Board.
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Stuart Levey, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Treasury has publicly explained the role of SWIFT and fighting terrorism. Investigators at Treasury “type in” their database queries along with an explanation justifying the request.
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Onsite auditors from SWIFT monitor those requests realtime and block them if they appear abusive or unjustified. And then, after the fact, there are two sets of auditors who review all the investigations; one set at SWIFT and another group at Booze Allen the independent consulting firm. So that answers the question “why is the spying so limited?” that I asked yesterday: because there are controls in place and oversight.
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Williams openly defended the New Times decision to publish the details of the classified program to track terrorist banking transactions. It was clearly explained to Williams this program was used to identify the financial tracking of specific terrorist groups.
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Williams insisted it is great the program was identified by the media, that it would be helpful in stopping terrorists from using international banking to transfer funds to kill people. Williams was unable to distinguish "identify" vs. openly communicating to terrorist groups how their fund movement is tracked.
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Juan Williams supports revealing classified programs "in the public interest" and fails to see the public interest is served because programs such as SWIFT exist.

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