October 25, 2013

Thank You Edward Snowden: EU to Stop Sharing Terrorist Financial Data w/ US

Are some of you going to still claim this guy is a "hero"?

The European Parliament voted to suspend its Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement with the US, in response to the alleged tapping of EU citizens' bank data held by the Belgian company SWIFT.

The agreement granted the US authorities access to bank data for terror-related investigations but leaked documents made public by whistleblower Edward Snowden allege that the global bank transfer network was the target of wider US surveillance.

MEPs also want to launch a full inquiry into the alleged spying.

The good news here is that the European Parliament has as much power to enforce its will on EU member countries as the UN. Which is to say: none at all.

Contrary to fans of the World War Z movie, the UN has neither its own navy nor anything like the sort of prestige which by simply mentioning that you work for the Special Assistant to the Secretary General suddenly everybody drops everything they're doing and makes you the top priority.

So, maybe this is all just bluster by the politicians for the morons back home. But, then again, when the politicritters in Brussels start whining their kindred spirits in London and Rome aren't usually that far behind them.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:50 AM | Comments |