Big Brother Expands by Stealth

From Housing Bill Has Provision To Track Financial Activity of Small Businesses:

“Hidden deep in Senator Christopher Dodd’s 630-page Senate housing legislation is a sweeping provision that affects the privacy and operation of nearly all of Americas small businesses. The provision, which was added by the bill’s managers without debate, would require the nation’s payment systems to track, aggregate, and report information on nearly every electronic transaction to the federal government.”

“Not only does it affect nearly every credit card transaction in America, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, but the bill specifically targets payment systems like eBay’s PayPal, Amazon, and Google Checkout that are used by many small online businesses.”

Two things are particularly disgusting about this, though not surprising:  this is part of a housing legislation bill, and it was added without any congressional debate. Not that debates between congress critters are particularly enlightening or meaningful.


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One response to “Big Brother Expands by Stealth

  1. Michael

    This is a travesty to incorporate this is a housing bill. Why not vote on it seperately? The voter cannot keep track hidden legislation. If you are unhappy with this, see what others have to say and are saying to their senators here:
    Oh yeah, and don’t forget Dodd in all this mess. The originator of this housing legislation, he received the $75,000 break from Countrywide, who stands to benefit to the tune of $25 billion from the passing of this bill. there’s so much out there flying around, I didn’t want to let anyone forget!

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