CONTENTS: June 27, 2000
CLICK. CALIFORNIA BROWN SHIRTS.
CLICK. POOF! THE BRAZILIAN RAIN FOREST!
CLICK. LAWS SOUGHT TO END MONEY LAUNDERING.
CLICK. SUPREME COURT WON'T LIMIT USE OF RICO LAW.
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Subject: Bad Problems in Brazil
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June 26, 2000
Brazilian congress is now voting on a project that will reduce the amazon forest to 50% of its size. The area to be deforested is 4 times the size of Portugal and would be mainly used for agriculture and pastures for livestock. All the wood is to be sold to international markets in the form of woodchips, by multinational companies.
The truth is that the soil in the amazon forest is useless without the forest itself. Its quality is very acidic and the region is prone to constant floods. At this time more than 160.000 square kilometres deforested with the same purpose, are abandoned and in the process of becoming deserts.
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Associated Press © 2000 6/26/00
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. law enforcement groups told a congressional panel Friday that America's money laundering laws are inadequate and should be strengthened.
Smuggling illegal drug money to be laundered in another country isn't even considered a crime, said Mary Lee Warren, a Justice Department deputy assistant attorney general.
``It's illegal to smuggle diamonds. It's illegal to smuggle gold. But under the current law, it's not illegal to smuggle cash,'' she told the House Government Reform criminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee Friday.
The only criminal offense associated with bulk money smuggling is the non-reporting requirement, which makes it illegal to move more than $10,000 across the border without informing the U.S. Customs Service, she said.
``It's not actually illegal to move the money,'' she said. ``The only thing that's illegal is not reporting it.''
Even that is considered a minor offense, Warren said, noting that the Supreme Court limited the fine in one case to $15,000 for a defendant caught trying to smuggle out $357,000 under the false bottom of a suitcase.
Money laundering involves exchanging or investing money earned from illegal activities, such as prostitution, gambling and drug trafficking, to conceal its source and make the money appear legitimate.
An international fight against money laundering intensified this week. A 26-nation task force put 15 countries, including Russia and Israel, on a ``blacklist'' Thursday for failing to crack down on money laundering.
Unless those countries improve their financial systems, the embarrassment of being on the list could be compounded by sanctions or increased scrutiny from other countries.
In the United States, drug dealers get about $63 billion in cash annually, much of which is smuggled out, officials said. The amount of money laundered worldwide could be as high as $1 trillion, they said.
Edward Guillen, chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration's financial operations section, said law enforcers seized more than $69 million last year as it was transported on U.S. highways alone. Between January and April this year, they already intercepted more than $19 million between on the roads, he said.
The arrival of the Internet brought a boom in electronic money laundering, and ``our laws have not kept pace,'' said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
At the hearing, officials from Customs, DEA and the Justice and Treasury departments pushed for passage of stronger money laundering laws, including the Money Laundering Act of 2000, which would make money smuggling a crime.
That law also would tighten controls on money wire transfer businesses, increase U.S. courts' jurisdiction over foreign banks on U.S. soil and make it illegal to carry illegal gains. ``The current law does not make being a courier of dirty money a criminal offense,'' Warren said.
Customs also wants additional legislation to allow agents to search outbound international mail for smuggled currency and merchandise, according to John Varrone, acting deputy assistant commissioner of the agency's office of investigations. He said a 4-pound international letter-class mail package could contain more than $180,000 in cash.
``If we can successfully reduce the ability of drug dealers to launder the proceeds, the cartels and the smaller dealers would be forced to reduce the size and number of their transactions,'' subcommittee chair Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said. ``This reduction will substantially reduce the amount of drugs available to our citizens.''
On the Net: House Government Reform subcommittee on criminal justice, drug policy and human resources: http://www.house.gov/reform/cj/
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