Who is the “EU Person”? TFTP Re-Starts Under Anonymous European Oversight

Posted by John Rosenthal

Late last month, EU Home Affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström announced the resumption of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP), under which American counterterror investigators have consulted and analyzed selected data on international bank transactions originating in Europe. The resumption of the program had been held up by the need for the EU to appoint a [...]

SWIFT II Agreement Leaves Doubts on Future of Terrorist Finance Tracking Program

Posted by John Rosenthal

In what is sure to be celebrated as a diplomatic victory for the Obama administration, the European Parliament voted today to approve a revised version of the so-called SWIFT agreement on bank data sharing. The agreement will permit the resumption of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP). Under the program, which is [...]

Germany’s War on the War on Terror

Posted by John Rosenthal

The boisterous run-up to the European parliament vote last month leaves no doubt about the leading role played by German MEPs of all political persuasions in killing the EU-US SWIFT agreement on bank-data sharing for counter-terror purposes. In light of the recent purchase by German tax authorities of stolen Swiss bank data, the German opposition [...]