Sunday, August 13, 2017

U.S. begins covert attack on cryptocurrencies through new laws on civil forfeiture and 'illicit finance'

A little more than a month ago, the Justice Department expanded its use of Civil Forfeiture to include Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in their ideological War on Drugs and War on Terror.  Now we can add a secondary front to this covert attack on cryptocurrencies in a hidden mandate that was part of Congress's bill to enlarge sanctions against Russia.

As Coinivore reports, the bill requires the governments to develop a “national security strategy” to combat the “financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance.” 
Governments will be further required to monitor “data regarding trends in illicit finance, including evolving forms of value transfer such as so-called cryptocurrencies.” 
According to the bill, an initial draft strategy is expected to come before Congress within the next year, and will see input from U.S. financial regulators, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department. 
The bill calls for: 
“[A] discussion of and data regarding trends in illicit finance, including evolving forms of value transfer such as so-called cryptocurrencies, other methods that are computer, telecommunications, or internet-based, cybercrime, or any other threats that the Secretary may choose to identify.” 
Interestingly enough, Coindesk reports, “the new bill echoes another submitted in May as part of a wider Department of Homeland Security legislative package.” That measure, as CoinDesk reported at the time, calls for research into the potential use of cryptocurrencies by terrorists.  
Like the DHS bill, the new sanctions law doesn’t constitute a shift in policy, but rather indicates that Congress is taking steps to explore the issue more closely. - Zerohedge

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