05/01/2004: Nice to know...
that we have our priorities straight, or so the AP tells us: Bush pursuing Cuba visitors more than Bin Laden
At the end of last year, the U.S. government had only four employees dedicated to investigating the finances of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, while another 20 were monitoring enforcement of the ban on travel to Cuba, according to a study.Money talks, and we all know what walks.
The study was given to Congress by the Treasury Department agency responsible for blocking terrorists’ financial resources.
In addition, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said that between 1990 and 2003, it had initiated just 93 investigations related to terrorism and collected $9,425 in fines for violations of terrorist financing regulations since 1994.
Over the same period (since 1990) that same agency initiated 10,683 investigations of possible violations of the prolonged economic embargo against Fidel Castro’s government, and has collected more than $8 million in fines from 1994, most of it from people who sent remittances to Cuba, did business with the island or traveled there without authorization.
Len on 05.01.04 @ 06:16 PM CST