35 Years after Saint Reagan’s Order, Treasury Still Dawdles

The other day, I Con the Record released an updated index of the procedures intelligence components use to comply with Executive Order 12333’s rules on sharing information about US persons. As is typical of I Con the Record, it didn’t admit that this new “transparency” really just incorporates information demanded under FOIA. In this case, the index released three newly available documents liberated by ACLU in their 12333 FOIA. I Con the Record also misrepresented how long the renewed effort to make sure agencies have such procedures in place has gone on; as I’ve noted, PCLOB has been pursuing this issue since 2013.

But one thing hasn’t changed. 35 years after Ronald Reagan ordered the intelligence community to come up with such procedures, Treasury continues to operate without them (and DEA continues to operate with badly outdated ones.

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It’s almost as if Treasury doesn’t believe it needs to comply with the terms of Saint Reagan’s EO.

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5 replies
  1. rugger9 says:

    While it may seem as though Treasury wouldn’t need to sweat 12333, it does have the US Coast Guard with full and significant police powers within its framework while war is not declared (at which point the USCG becomes part of the DoD). Since the USCG is not subject to Posse Comitatus restricting use of the military for policing we would have a couple of USCG officers on board when the USN did drug interdiction missions.
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    So, since these USG entities (Treasury and the DEA ) would be expected to engage in some sort of surveillance activity on those not willing to be observed I also find it very problematic that the rules are not defined. It also begs the question about why this wasn’t examined in all of the administrations (R and D) for 35+ years.

  2. galljdaj says:

    EW, i take exception to the ‘saint’ business, and believe the proper description is in tune with ‘acting’ President.

    and/or ‘lil ronnie’.

  3. martin says:

    quote”35 Years after Saint Reagan’s Order, Treasury Still Dawdles”unquote

    Hahahahahaha…. hohohohohohohohoh …hahahahaaha… hahaha ahaha

    Meanwhile..those that control the Central Banks of the World lift their middle finger while LOL.

    Since when does a POTUS think he can order the very .01% power that would kill him if push came to shove. Hence..

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