Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Spying on You and Me

You think the Bush Administration isn't spying on everyday, ordinary people who are doing nothing wrong? Well, think again. How about this example of some regular folks who were scrutinized because they...paid off a credit card.

And all they did was pay down their debt. They didn't call a suspected terrorist on their cell phone. They didn't try to sneak a machine gun through customs.

They just paid a hefty chunk of their credit card balance. And they learned how frighteningly wide the net of suspicion has been cast.

After sending in the check, they checked online to see if their account had been duly credited. They learned that the check had arrived, but the amount available for credit on their account hadn't changed....

They were told, as they moved up the managerial ladder at the call center, that the amount they had sent in was much larger than their normal monthly payment. And if the increase hits a certain percentage higher than that normal payment, Homeland Security has to be notified. And the money doesn't move until the threat alert is lifted.

See the article here: Firedoglake
What is being American anymore?