When the New York Times broke the news last Friday that the Bush administration had been tracking bank records, I remember thinking that it's really not news. Heck, even the lowest-level bank employees receive training these days on how to recognize potentially suspecious banking activity, and how to report it.
So why did the Bush administration appear so outraged that the New York Times wrote about it?
Apparently, I was not the only person with that question in mind. In a column yesterday at Capital Hill Blue, Martin Schram expands on the issue, and also points out how Bush himself, on 24 September 2001 "announced the first of a series of measures that made clear international bankers were cooperating to track al Qaeda's funding." [Read it.]