Financiación terrorismo (Continuación)

The 500-euro note is sometimes called the “Bin Laden” — after all, Europeans may never see the 500 euro, but they know it is out there somewhere. Unfortunately, Al Qaeda’s leader and the 500-euro bill are connected in another way: high-denomination bills make it a lot easier for terrorists to operate.

Organized crime has always been a cash industry. In 1969, the Treasury stopped issuing $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills specifically to impede crime syndicates — the only entities that were still using such large bills after the introduction of electronic money transfers.

Nowadays, terrorist networks have become important users of cash.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Prem Sikka (THE GUARDIAN, 23/02/06)

An important part of the fight against terrorism, we have been told ever since September 11, is closing off its sources of finance. Just last week Gordon Brown borrowed imagery from the second world war against fascism by calling for a modern-day Bletchley Park to unravel terrorist finance networks and "ensure that there is no hiding place for those who finance terrorism"

While initiatives such as Brown's are laudable, they are too often undermined from within. The underground networks of terrorists and their supporters are dwarfed by the everyday culture of secrecy and profit-seeking global "fiddle factories" provided by banks, trusts and corporations, and fronted by accountants, lawyers and financiers.…  Seguir leyendo »

Jeffrey Robinson, author of The Sink: How Banks, Lawyers and Accountants Finance Terrorism and Crime, And Why Governments Can’t Stop Them (THE TIMES, 14/02/06):

Gordon Brown's great idea is to attack terrorists and their money laundering in the same way Britain attacked the Nazis and their secret Enigma code: with a Bletchley Park-like taskforce. Rally the forensic accountants and kill the enemy with calculators.

He’s been linking terrorist funding and money laundering ever since 9/11, and he said it again yesterday in a speech to the Royal United Services Institute. He is resolutely determined to use money-laundering laws to stop terrorism and claims that, since 9/11, Britain has frozen £80 million in terrorist assets, which includes funds from more than 100 organisations linked to al-Qaeda.…  Seguir leyendo »