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Euro Parliament: Tell Us What You Know About SWIFT

This is awesome:

The European Parliament demanded Thursday that European institutions in Brussels and European governments disclose how much they knew about a secret American program to tap into international banking data.
In a resolution that reflected rising concern among Europeans about their countries’ cooperation in the United States’ effort to curb terrorism, the Parliament voted 302 to 219, with 22 abstentions, to demand that the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the European Union’s 25 member states “explain fully the extent to which they were aware of the secret agreement” between Swift, an international banking consortium, and the United States government.

Didn’t anyone tell the European Parliament that everyone knew about the SWIFT program all along?

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