Terrorist Finance Tracking Program

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The Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, "based on intelligence leads, carefully targets financial transactions of suspected foreign terrorists," Secretary of the U.S. Treasury John W. Snow said June 22, 2006.

"Let me be clear what this program is, and what it is not," Snow said. "It is an essential tool in the war on terror, based on appropriate legal authorities with effective oversight and safeguards. It is not 'data mining', or trolling through the private financial records of Americans. It is not a 'fishing expedition', but rather a sharp harpoon aimed at the heart of terrorist activity. ...

"'If there are people sending money to help al Qaeda, then we need to know about it. We also need to take advantage of that knowledge to follow the money trail and thwart them'," Snow said.

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