DHS collecting money transfer data without a warrant, senator says

 

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) obtained millions of people’s financial transaction records without warrants as part of a covert surveillance operation, according to a lawmaker.

The program, conducted by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, collected data on money transfers over $500 sent to and from Mexico, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said in a letter to the DHS’s inspector general released to the public Tuesday.

Wyden is now calling for an investigation into the collection of records, which the DHS has now committed to stop requesting.


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