A friend of mine on facebook, sweet lady, went to purchase a brand new car today. They required the names and telephone numbers of 3 people, one of whom could not live at the same address. When she asked why, she was told...because they had to run the names by DHS to make sure they weren't on some watch list or another. She said they spent quite a bit of time waiting and wonders how much of that was waiting for DHS to come back with an answer. Yes apparently such a requirement exists. It was a part of the Patriot Act signed by Bush the 2nd. It's called the International Money Laundering Abatement and Anti Terrorist Financing Act.
The laws enacted are collectively identified as the Customer Identification Programs for Financial Transactions.
Used to be you had to do a credit check, if your credit was good the banks financed you. If not they either wouldn't, period dot, or wouldn't without a co signer and a decent down payment.
Now you gotta give 3 names and phone number and be run by DHS to see if you are on a watch list?
The terrorists and the those intent on grabbing power for power's sake in this country....have won the last several rounds. I just don't know folks
Remember TANSTAAFL and...
I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.