Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Attorney General Statement on Obama Administration’s Plan to Access Financial Data of Americans

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s reported plan to give U.S. spy agencies access to financial information of American citizens:

“The Obama administration continues to erode the Constitutional principles on which our country was founded. First it was the administration’s deceitful policy that would allow drones to spy on Americans, now it is attempting to give U.S. spy agencies access to the financial data of all Americans.

“Although cloaked in the appearance of fighting terror - which of course all Americans are in favor of - the scheme in reality exposes virtually all American citizens to having their personal financial files rifled through by unelected officials. This appears to be a blatant threat to the 4th and 5th Amendment principles and protections enshrined in our Constitution.

“We are a nation of laws, not of men. This is just the latest demonstration of disregard by this administration. As Texas Attorney General, I will continue to protect Texans' privacy against an overreaching federal government.”