I got a couple of emails scolding me for my snarky remarks about the ongoing
War on the Bill of Rights, er, I mean the War on Drugs. So it seemed serendipitous that I ran across Radley Balko's piece about the DEA beating up American Express for Bank Mopery and Failure to Snoop. IOW, the bank didn't snoop into its customers affairs well enough to suit your betters.
Think hard about what Radley had to say......
.....it's always good to remember that in order to make it marginally more difficult for Americans to get high, not only are you footing the $1.9 billion bill it costs the DEA to raid homes, pay snitches, arrest doctors, spray poison across Latin America, and storm medical marijuana clinics each year, you also pay your bank to spy on your financial transactions on behalf of the U.S. government.
To which I might add: and your bank isn't allowed to let you in on the dirty little secret or to tell you what info was passed on to Uncle Sugar. Come on girls, don't we have a 4th Amendment that says something about probable cause?
But if you've got nothing to hide........
*What? You think businesses don't pass costs along to the customers?
DEA article here.