Friday, October 21, 2011


Please do not be taken in by today's press release from ETA the Spanish Basque terrorist organisation; they may have claimed to renounce violence, but it is now, and will be for the foreseeable future, a designated terrorist organisation who must finance its operations one way or another. ETA maintains a number of individuals who reside in the Western Hemisphere, far from the long arm of Spanish law enforcement.

These ETA members, who are by and large each wanted in Spain for crimes they have committed, are living in Venezuela, amongst other countries. Their support, for living expenses, has to come through financial institutions, so there is a real risk to banks of drawing a Providing Material Support to Terrorism  charge in the US.

Lest you think I am making to much of the threat, I have seen such a transaction pass through an American bank, not too many years ago, that was even designated as an ETA payment, so be aware. The bank let it through, and it has since paid the price.
* Full Text -Basque Ceasefire Declaration

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