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The world under the cap of the American intelligence services and banks

The world under the cap of the American intelligence services and banksThe world of finance as an information system

A modern international financial system is primarily an information system, that is, a system for collecting, processing, storing and using information about customers of banks, insurance companies, pension funds, investment funds, other financial companies and organizations. Gather information of all kinds. If these are individuals, then data on financial status, health, work, property, relatives, living conditions of citizens, etc. If it is a legal entity, then data on the current financial and economic situation, credit stories, information on proposed investment projects, managers, shareholders and managers, contracts, the state of fixed assets of companies, etc. etc.

For collecting, processing, storing and transmitting information, banks and other financial organizations primarily use their own services. In addition, the information infrastructure of the financial sector includes credit bureaus, rating agencies, specialized information companies. Several banks or firms may create joint information pools (databases) about customers. Powerful information centers are central banks that perform banking supervision functions and have virtually unlimited access to the information of commercial banks. In addition, some central banks in parallel are independently collecting information. For example, the Bank of France monitors enterprises in the real sector of the economy, justifying it with the need to improve its monetary policy. Powerful streams of financial and commercial information pass through payment systems - information and telecommunication systems. Separate information systems of the financial sector provide, in general, a very wide “capture” of information, closely intertwining and interacting with each other.

The overwhelming majority of banks and financial companies have security services. Officially, their main function is to protect their own information. Informally, many services are engaged in obtaining additional information about their customers and competitors. Naturally, this is a secret activity using special technical and agent-based methods.

The information collected by banks and financial companies becomes confidential, access to which from the outside can be obtained only on the basis of special orders of the courts and the prosecutor's office. The possession of confidential information, as well as considerable independence from government bodies, unites the world of banks and the world of special services. It can be said that the construction of a global information “cap” is conducted by the special services and banks together. In fact, there was an organic merging of Western intelligence services and the financial and banking world. An enormous “shadow” “Leviathan” emerged, possessing powerful financial and information resources and putting under control all aspects of society’s life.

SWIFT as a global financial and information "cap"

I am sure that many have heard the English abbreviation SWIFT, which stands for Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications. From a technical point of view, this is an automated system for the implementation of international monetary settlements and payments using computers and interbank telecommunications. From a legal point of view, it is a joint-stock company owned by member banks of different countries. The company was established in 1973 by representatives of 240 banks of 15 countries in order to simplify and unify international payments. Functions from 1977 year. The overwhelming part of all calculations provided by SWIFT is dollar. The company is registered in Belgium (its headquarters and permanent bodies are located in La Ulp, near Brussels) and operate according to Belgian law. The supreme body is the general meeting of member banks or their representatives (General Assembly). All decisions are taken by a majority vote of the participants in the assembly on the principle of “one share - one vote”. The dominant position on the board of directors of joint stock company SWIFT is occupied by representatives of banks in Western Europe and the USA. The number of shares is distributed in proportion to the traffic volume of the transmitted messages. The largest number of shares are the United States, Germany, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom.

Any bank having, in accordance with national legislation, the right to conduct international banking operations, can become a member of SWIFT. As early as the end of the twentieth century, SWIFT could not be bypassed if a legal entity or an individual was required to send money to another country. Since the lion's share of all international payments and settlements was carried out in US dollars, all transactions went through correspondent accounts opened by banks of different countries in American banks. The latter, in turn, had accounts in the US Federal Reserve. Thus, the SWIFT society, formally being international, closed on the Fed. And despite the fact that the American banks in the joint-stock company did not have a controlling stake. SWIFT servers are located in the USA and in Belgium.

In the middle of the last decade, SWIFT served 7800 financial and banking institutions in 200 countries. The serviced cash flow was estimated at 6 trillion. dollars per day.

SWIFT as a joint venture between the Fed and the CIA

In the summer of 2006, a scandal erupted around SWIFT. The push was given to him by publications in the American editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.

The essence of the story is as follows. After 11 September 2001, the US authorities came up with the idea to put all money transactions under the control of the security services both domestically and especially cross-border transactions. The official purpose of such control is to prevent the financing of terrorism. Soon after 11, September, the CIA contacted the SWIFT community and began reviewing information about incoming and outgoing payments in the United States. There was no legal basis for such a viewing by the CIA. Even members of the SWIFT community did not know about this activity of the Agency. In order to somehow justify the CIA’s control over the operations passing through the SWIFT system, negotiations were held in Washington’s 2003 between the Society for Worldwide Interbank Communications and a number of US government departments (including the CIA and the FBI), and Fed Chairman A. Greenspan attended.

The parties agreed to continue cooperation, subject to certain rules of Washington. These include increased control by the US Treasury Department and focusing exclusively on cash transactions for which there were suspicions about their connection to the financing of terrorism. The US side has promised not to be interested in data on remittances for other types of crimes, including tax evasion and drug traffic.

It is noteworthy that in the negotiations with the leadership of SWIFT, the Americans used as an argument the reference to the fact that, formally, this is not a bank, but only a body of communication between them. Accordingly, the interest of intelligence to his data, said in Washington, is not a violation of US bank secrecy law. It is alleged that the central banks of Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan were notified of the practice of familiarizing the CIA with SWIFT data. The Central Bank of Russia is not on this list ...

The notification of some central banks about cooperation with the CIA and SWIFT in these central banks received a security classification and did not go any further. Not only the public, but even the governments and parliaments were not in the know (and if they were in the know, they remained silent). The example of Great Britain is remarkable in this respect. The Guardian newspaper in the summer of 2006 published information about how the SWIFT company transmitted to the CIA every year information about millions of operations of British banks. The Guardian stressed that the secret program for transferring confidential information about British banking operations to the CIA is a violation of both British and European laws (in particular, the European Convention on Human Rights). The Bank of England, one of the 10 central banks that have a seat on the SWIFT board of governors, reported that it had notified the British government about this program in 2002. “When we found out, we reported this to the Treasury Department and handed over these contacts to it,” said Peter Rogers of the Bank of England in 2006. - We also told SWIFT that they should personally contact the government. It has nothing to do with us. This is a matter of security, not finance. This issue was to be resolved between the government and SWIFT. ” In a written response to parliament, Gordon Brown confirmed in 2006 that the government was aware of the program. Citing government policies not to comment on "specific security issues," the finance minister declined to say whether measures were taken to "ensure respect for the privacy of UK citizens whose banking operations could be considered as part of an antiterrorist investigation in the United States in collaboration with SWIFT." Gordon Brown also declined to say whether the SWIFT program was legally consistent with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Information and financial "cap" today

We know almost nothing about whether SWIFT’s cooperation with the CIA and other American special services continues today. This topic in the world media taboo. I suggest: most likely, continues. In any case, the United States has the necessary conditions for this (one of the two SWIFT servers is located in the United States). There are many indirect indications that the SWIFT society, which is formally independent of the states, remains under the strong influence of official Washington. One recent example is the exclusion by society from its members of Iran in 2012. All commentators agree that this was done under pressure from the American authorities.

In conclusion, it must be said that there are other (besides SWIFT) methods of control by the American special services of international financial flows and their participants. The US dollar is still the main currency in the calculations on the global commodity and financial markets. So, the corresponding dollar transactions of legal entities and individuals located outside the United States go through correspondent accounts opened with American banks. Information about transactions and their participants are accumulated in the databases of commercial banks and US Federal Reserve banks. The creation of a powerful consolidated database of the US Treasury is being completed, where information will flow not only from US banks, but also from insurance companies, pension funds, other financial companies and organizations. At the beginning of 2013, the media passed information that, in order to ensure security and “US interests”, all American special services — the CIA, FBI, NSA, and others — would access this database.

The accelerated building of the information and financial “cap” in the interests of American banksters and special services forces other countries to look for ways to protect themselves from oppressive control by the “Big Brother”. Today there is a lot of talk about the need to move in international payments from the US dollar to other currencies. Typically, such a transition is considered as a means of leaving countries from financial and economic dependence on the part of the United States. It is right. However, such a transition will also allow you to get away from the informational dependency.
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  1. serge-68-68
    serge-68-68 14 July 2013 07: 54
    You have to be a VERY big idiot not to use the capabilities of the structures located on your territory to receive special information. And banks, and Internet companies, and computer enterprises - everything that works in your territory should work for the state. A-priory.
    1. Irbis9
      Irbis9 14 July 2013 08: 01
      Totally agree
    2. nokki
      nokki 14 July 2013 08: 35
      Maybe not the topic, but it is necessary to touch on the issue related to the use of foreign computer technology and other devices, as well as software.

      It's no secret that the overwhelming majority of all this in Russia is of foreign origin. In the light of recent events (the Snowden case), we can certainly say that all the equipment supplied to us is "burned" in the sense of security and secrecy.

      Once I visited a design bureau working in the field of communications. Frustrating picture! I think that China's successes are largely related to industrial and military espionage with the help of this "Trojan horse".
      1. tronin.maxim
        tronin.maxim 14 July 2013 09: 25
        Quote: nokki
        with this Trojan horse.

        Cyber ​​security is becoming more relevant.
      2. AVV
        AVV 14 July 2013 13: 32
        Especially software, you need to develop your own protection against the CIA, NSA, FBI, for this you need to switch to Russian browsers, use Russian antivirus programs and programs, encourage our bright minds to develop the Russian shell instead of Windows! Get rid of Google and other replaceable programs! under the hood do not get out !!!
        1. sashka
          sashka 14 July 2013 13: 50
          Quote: AVV
          for this you need to switch to Russian browsers, use Russian antivirus programs and programs, encourage our bright minds to develop a Russian shell instead of Windows!

          There is Astra release "Eagle" and "Smolensk" based on Linux Debian, FSB and Government are using. and Linux Debian is now working on board the ISS, replacing Windu that picked up the virus. And I use .. More abruptly than Windows by an order of magnitude. It is completely immune to viruses and other people's curiosity.
          1. RA77
            RA77 14 July 2013 16: 53
            Will you get in the hell? Where such confidence? Did you check? )) I think no. There is simply an established opinion that Linux is safe and that’s it.
            But still, you should not blindly believe in Linux. Be it Debian or any other distribution. US intelligence agencies exploit critical operating system vulnerabilities that exist in both Debian and other Linux distributions. It seems like even a lot of money is being paid for newly discovered vulnerabilities. The whole joke is that the source code is available. And they can be studied and tested as much as you like. So the only more or less reliable way to defend yourself is to create your own OS, the enemy will not have access to the source. The Chinese seem to have taken this path.
            And the fact that Debian is abrupt than Windows .. in this matter already so many copies are broken!))
            1. poquello
              poquello 15 July 2013 00: 53
              "Fuck you? Where is this confidence? Have you checked?)) I think not. It's just that there is an established belief that Linux is safe and that's it."
              Everything is correct +, but there is one moment. Just open source code allows you to analyze the prospects of hacking and attempts. Linux opens up yes, but with due concern for security, this is a very difficult task, and in Windows you can climb in to see groups with rights - there microsoft support climbs to you by default. Microsoft will protect military secrets from the CIA - it’s already ridiculous. About your OS - if about office use, then better redone Linux than your own holey.
              1. Middle-brother
                Middle-brother 15 July 2013 10: 28
                Quote: poquello
                It's just that there is an established belief that Linux is safe and that's it. "

                Just few people bother to write a virus for Linux.
                1. poquello
                  poquello 15 July 2013 22: 47
                  "It's just that few people bother to write a virus for Linux."

                  Nothing of the kind, they write, mainly bookmarks for access to rights (rootkits), everything else works only on unclosed networks, which is often common by default, but it only works for a while until it merges. Linux is really safer than Windows, and if there is a dedicated one, it’s also much more convenient than toys and some specific tasks.
              2. RA77
                RA77 15 July 2013 11: 03
                Well, there's nothing to argue about. We can see that we are on the same wavelength. I agree with everything.
        2. Rus2012
          Rus2012 14 July 2013 17: 14
          Quote: AVV
          use Russian antivirus software

          about this - the media wrote -
          "pimply youths" - UAV operators of the USA - use Kaspersky Anti-Virus;)
      3. Interface
        Interface 14 July 2013 14: 01
        Yes, I'm generally offended by the "tsra"! They even look at data from Skype.

        And if I defiled there without pants ??? ..... am
      4. Rus2012
        Rus2012 14 July 2013 17: 07
        Quote: nokki
        as well as software.

        ... it’s time to create your own software, similar in function, the best in execution! At least for a start ...
    3. Imigrantt
      Imigrantt 14 July 2013 10: 16
      Yes! But not to such an extent! For in the near future, you cannot succeed without resonance, not to mention more! lol
      1. 755962
        755962 14 July 2013 14: 04
        building an information-financial “cap” in the interests of American bankers and special services
    4. Civil
      Civil 14 July 2013 16: 18
      Freedom, equality and fraternity say)))
    5. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 14 July 2013 17: 57
      Quote: serge-68-68
      You have to be a VERY big idiot not to use the capabilities of the structures located on your territory to receive special information. And banks, and Internet companies, and computer enterprises - everything that works in your territory should work for the state. A-priory.

      As in the 37th straight - for the intentions ...

      I rephrase how it really should be: Everything that works in your territory should not harm the state. A-priory.
    6. avkeys
      avkeys 15 July 2013 12: 44
      Would take and fill them with spam, all sorts of information garbage, because we are good at it? Our unlimited possibilities in this area can do a lot of good for our state. Let them break their heads there
  2. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov 14 July 2013 08: 56
    Computers are imported operating systems, too .. When we wake up, nothing flies, does not go, there is no light, computers are silent. ALL LOCKED! ON ONE SIGNAL! and all scatter through the caves ...
    1. krasin
      krasin 14 July 2013 09: 43
      Quote: MIKHAN
      Computers are imported operating systems, too .. When we wake up, nothing flies, does not go, there is no light, computers are silent. ALL LOCKED! ON ONE SIGNAL! and all scatter through the caves ...

      For this we have a manual drive !!!! lol
  3. faraon
    faraon 14 July 2013 09: 40
    He set the article as a plus, because it almost completely reflects the situation in the global Internet system in the state. As for banks, firms, and the state security system. The question is otherwise that this information would not fall into unscrupulous hands. And if the state has this information, then it it must be closed and well protected. In our age of globalization and the Internet, you need to be an idiot (I mean the state) so as not to take advantage of this information that Internet users post on the network — and voluntarily without coercion. My proposal is to adopt a law that implies use the information by the state for security purposes, and in no other sense. This information should be reliably protected, and for the disclosure of this information to give a good time and preferably with subsequent settlement on the shores of the Arctic Ocean.
    that’s all. There is nothing new in the days of the USSR 99% of the population gave the corresponding subscription not to disagree, and no one was indignant at this, so now something has changed, everyone knows this very well, so be indignant. The main thing is that this database, I say, was not sold again on the market as a database near Moscow Mreo. And it was not available.
    1. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 15 July 2013 13: 12
      Is protected? Bees versus honey? American banks have access to information about all world transactions! What follows from this? Let us ask ourselves a simple question - who will skim the cream off financial transactions - the one who is fully aware of all payments or the one who guesses? This is the tenth security issue. The first is the question of competition!
      And the answer is as simple as a moo - American banking capital has the rest of the financial world as it wants. These are not pathetic color revolutions, they are financial dictates to the rest of the world. The current crisis phenomena that rocked the planet are caused by a simple and understandable reason. No, nothing to do with the "world government", "Zionist conspiracy" and so on. Everything can be analyzed and everything is much simpler.
      The systemic financial crisis, which is collapsing, has come about because American financiers simply cannot cope with the financial power that has befallen them! They stupidly and pointlessly began to poke into their pockets. No one opposed ... and they buried with shovels, choking with greed. It got to the point that this entire financial system could collapse at any time. Tomorrow. Happy New Year. Right now! At any moment you need to be prepared for the fact that all the money in the world, EVERYTHING, will be announced by worthless pieces of paper. And the financial system will need to be built from scratch. This is what access to transaction information in one country led to ..
  4. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov 14 July 2013 09: 53
    FAPSI on typewriters moves from sin away.
    1. poquello
      poquello 15 July 2013 01: 14
      "FAPSI is moving out of harm's way to typewriters .."

      Make a fool pray to God - he will break his forehead.

      And sometimes a picture will come across how a document is printed on a writing machine under the steadfast lens of security cameras with a network recorder or opposite a computer with a webcam. And they will reassure themselves that the light on the webcam is off.
  5. nokki
    nokki 14 July 2013 10: 02
    And here is a confirmation of my guess:

    "MOSCOW, July 14 - RIA Novosti. Former CIA officer Edward Snowden possesses a very large amount of data, the disclosure of which could seriously harm the US government, reports the American ABC News channel, citing Guardian journalist Glenn Grenwald.

    “Snowden has enough information to do more serious damage to the US government in a single minute than anyone could have done before,” Greenwal said in an interview with the Argentinean newspaper Nacion.

    According to the journalist, through whom scandalous information about US intelligence activities had previously been published, before his escape, Snowden intentionally stored data in network storages around the world.

    "The US government should pray daily that nothing happens to Snowden, otherwise the entire amount of data will be released, and for the US it will be worse than a nightmare," added Greenvall. This, in particular, is about how exactly the software works, which allows special services to gain access to electronic information of citizens. "
    1. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 15 July 2013 13: 50
      The secret is ... how does the search engine work ?! HA ha ha! Well, stupid chatter ... What problems are in the technology of data sampling? Well, what a childhood ... Books have been published about this, articles have been written, the code is not a secret for anyone, it's all a lie. The dirt is in the data itself, and not at all in the methods of obtaining it. Yes, I think you should pray. Especially that the network doesn’t get information about who collected the data and what.
      Because first of all, the most protected secret will be revealed. At least 80% of the data was collected by the US government on ... the US government. And all this government, from top to bottom, to the last man in the mud up to his ears ... And one more thing. All this government is a beautiful and optional facade. When the processed data bases are made public, it will inevitably become clear who actually makes decisions in the apparatus of the US ministries and departments. But this is a real horror ...
  6. slvevg
    slvevg 14 July 2013 10: 24
    look carefully at the banknote "Ukrainian" nat. currency. Now it is clear why the hryvnia is rigidly tied to the dollar exchange rate, and in whose hands (banks) the country's economy. And in a brazen, and we naive think that if we change the government, then life will become easier. Such countries as Ukraine provide unemployed African Americans in the United States with free credit resources ... No words ... angry
    1. Middle-brother
      Middle-brother 15 July 2013 10: 31
      Quote: slvevg
      Now it’s clear why the hryvnia is firmly tied to the dollar, and in whose hands (banks) the country's economy. Moreover, insolent, and we naive think that if we change the power, then it will become easier to live.

      Well, the eye in the triangle is familiar ... Indeed, insolent ...
  7. Betahon
    Betahon 14 July 2013 10: 25
    Well, on the other hand, what difference does it make to a "simple peasant" (from the film "Chapaev") who follows the movement of his penny finances ?! ... This should be feared by oligarchs, politicians and state ghouls-bribe ... world 1-2% ....
  8. orek
    orek 14 July 2013 11: 04
    Quote: slvevg
    look carefully at the banknote "Ukrainian" nat. currency.

    on the other side more clearly. there is a fountain of free masons and a stunning motto. "Equality unequal to all." although most of the "violet" the main thing that the bills were.
  9. taseka
    taseka 14 July 2013 12: 04
    People continue to die for the metal - the CIA is here the CIA is there!
  10. Smart
    Smart 14 July 2013 12: 19
    Should this be surprising or not. Long ago, at the dawn of the 20th century, it was said that the world would be ruled by hegemony. It is known that all finances, roughly speaking, of the "World" are stored in electronic form and only 20% in physical form.
  11. Curculum
    Curculum 14 July 2013 13: 27
    To the author +, but he missed 3 important details:
    1) "Any bank can become a SWIFT member ..." - it is necessary to clarify that all kinds of financial institutions can become a SWIFT member: broker and dealer offices, clearing and insurance companies. Therefore, based on the context of the article, the topic can be "expanded" more fully.
    2) The author did not consider the existence of the Russian National SWIFT Association - "ROSSWIFT", (, therefore, he pointed only to actions in the "Western" world. In my opinion, the residents of the Russian Federation and Belarus would also be interested in some facts of the activities of this organization in our territories.
    3) Nothing is said about the activities with the so-called. "financial instruments" transmitted via SWIFT, how it is "bloated" and what it leads to.
  12. sashka
    sashka 14 July 2013 14: 33
    They are being watched in ANY country and Russia is no exception. And ANY phones are tapped. Why is it so naive that everything in Russia is different .. It's just that there is no Snowden.
    1. poquello
      poquello 15 July 2013 01: 58
      "They monitor in ANY country and Russia is no exception. And ANY phones are tapped. Why is it so naive that everything is different in Russia .. It's just that there is no Snowden of our own."

      So you would directly answer me naive here and would know.
      "From there", do you have other information? I don’t argue about the operators, but if you are not of interest, you are impersonal.
      Maybe of course what has changed or the Anb are envious, in bulk it is more immoral but cheaper.
  13. creak
    creak 14 July 2013 14: 47
    In spite of everything, some optimists want to believe that this is not so.
  14. vlad767
    vlad767 14 July 2013 15: 23
    Yes, yes ... Big brother is watching ... Perhaps the State Department is now browsing this site. winked
  15. SlavaP
    SlavaP 14 July 2013 15: 29
    Looks through and with great interest. I have no direct evidence, but our site is one of the "dangerous" for the western man in the street.
  16. fsps
    fsps 14 July 2013 15: 38
    I stumbled upon a message: the guy sent the mail sent to the next street out of boredom: the mail went sequentially through the servers of Denmark, Sweden, England, 2 US servers, Germany, France and finally to the next street. Unfortunately I didn’t save the link, but here’s partly in the subject: .
    Questions arise: why does domestic Russian traffic travel around the world and anyone who is not lazy can poke their nose into it; who pays for these cruises, who sets up Russian gateways and DNS and for what purpose, and why none of this bothers anyone, one of those who should worry. There is no need for paranoia: even the simplest statistics of political sentiments on any Facebook is already invaluable information for "color revolutions".
  17. lexe
    lexe 14 July 2013 17: 39
    I remember the film Vysotsky. The scene of the recording of the recording. The comrades from the KGB are recording. Nearby is a worker at the cultural center. Does this worker see a tape recorder delightfully give out stereo? And dry specialists-Quadro answer laughing
    It's me that closed technologies are a generation ahead of reality. And this is not possible for ordinary people to resist. Also, the number of people involved in the closed new one has sharply narrowed. The human factor is minimized. However, there was a glitch-Snowden.
    Che there is wiretapping of phones and Skype is a trifle. I heard stories about water meters. Like not only recording sound but also thoughts. laughing Even if this is nonsense, it speaks of mistrust of people. And the fact that I periodically see on TV all kinds of experiments on scanning the brain leads to sad thoughts. It is only encouraging that there is so much final information that it’s impossible to process and make a decision laughing Now I look with sadness at working with a supercomputer, he will be able to do a lot. But then this will be the new government. But still, I am a proponent of progress. The question is in price and quality of solutions.
  18. waisson
    waisson 14 July 2013 17: 56
    Yes, and we are still going to buy weapons stuffed with their electronics, so I have always been and will be for the weapons produced by us and with our electronic filling
  19. Enot-poloskun
    Enot-poloskun 14 July 2013 19: 45
    Anglo-Saxon plutocracy strive for world domination ...

    I was impressed that (I quote): "The American side has promised not to be interested in data on remittances for other types of crimes, including tax evasion and drug trafficking."

    Black in white! The Americans openly declare that let the world die of corruption and drugs, they are only interested in the threat of the United States (read - a threat to their world domination).

    Who is the US against the terrorist?
  20. individual
    individual 14 July 2013 20: 22
    Cap of American intelligence and banks.
    The world is beginning to realize that the main democratizer is the United States, nothing more than a ramified sect of banking special services.
  21. Alexanderlaskov
    Alexanderlaskov 14 July 2013 20: 25
    Interesting article. So it became clear what radishes they were.
  22. shpuntik
    shpuntik 14 July 2013 21: 31
    I'm going to buy "George" tongue .
  23. aud13
    aud13 15 July 2013 00: 12
    Article +!
    To this I want to add my 20 cents.
    It was hardly believed earlier that the Americans would not use the Internet for their own purposes. Most likely all of us are already on their "balance sheet" somehow.
    But there is another mechanism for collecting economic (and not only) information that is different from the Internet. He is also excellent because we ourselves find ourselves and pay for it !!!
    This mechanism is called audit.
    The fact is that, like on the Internet in payment systems, the dominant role in audit is determined by 4 large audit companies - the so-called Big Four. For a long time already, all of our largest companies have been conducting audits with the nominal involvement of the Big Four auditors. By the way, yesterday, maybe someone heard, there was information that a decision was made to publish data on oil and gas reserves, which were previously considered secret. The laughter is that after audits these secrets have long been secrets only for us, and not for all other interested parties. The problem is what - that since 2004. the leadership of the "reform" of the audit was put by people who, being former employees of the Big Four companies (Shatalov, Shneidman), began to carry out this "reform" in the interests of these companies. All the details can not be described in this commentary. Anyone who wants to can look for example at the site "" - this is one of the most popular sites of auditors, on the form it is clearly visible. Everything was done quite cleverly. First, the law on audit was changed and a separate category of enterprises was singled out, so to speak - "especially significant". Well, at the next stage, it was determined that only auditors who will take exams again can check the data of especially significant ones. Moreover, these exams were held according to a mocking method. It is virtually impossible to challenge the results of the exams, because the results of the answers were not disclosed. The questions themselves were not revealed before the exams, many questions had two correct answers. There were other obstacles that were specially made in order to weed out as many auditors as possible, for example, computers very often hung up, and the exam time was limited. That is, everything was done so that as many auditors as possible did not pass these exams.
    As a result, out of about 30 thousand auditors who have been working in their industry for a long time, they began to drive them to the exam to obtain another "single" certificate, which allows checking all enterprises, this exam was passed by about 2,5-3,0 thousand. auditors.
    Honestly, the auditors tried to reach out to the deputies and to the prime minister and president, but everything is useless. All our appeals eventually went back to the Ministry of Finance.
    For some time now, I have a negative attitude towards our President Putin, but here I’m just even wondering somehow, do they themselves not understand that by giving the audit to foreign hands, they not only kill the work of 30 thousand auditors (and also count their families, ordinary employees of audit firms - wizards, accountants, secretaries, etc.), but also give the sources of information into the wrong hands. But the phrase "who owns the information owns the world" is not said in vain.
    I often hear in the comments on this forum stories about how any unique plant was brought to bankruptcy and actually stolen. And I’ll honestly say that if I had been given the task of destroying a plant, I would first try to audit this plant. Since according to the results of this audit, all the weaknesses of this enterprise would be in the palm of your hand. I do not exclude the possibility that some of the collapse of a number of enterprises began from this.
    Therefore, I believe that giving audit to foreigners is crazy.
    1. poquello
      poquello 15 July 2013 01: 25
      "Therefore, I believe that outsourcing audits to foreigners is crazy."

      Agree +, terrible disgusting. There is a visible "stool" in this matter.
  24. A-50
    A-50 15 July 2013 04: 37
    It’s interesting, how they process the collected information. According to Snowden, the British Tempora alone processes up to 20 petabytes (!!) of data per day by 300 analysts. How do they fish out what is needed from the stream - otherwise what is the whole whistle dance for?
  25. varov14
    varov14 15 July 2013 12: 02
    Well, if the central bank belonged to the state and, moreover, was controlled by it, then the possession of financial information about each would be only a blessing. So, how could it be possible to plan the future economic and industrial policy of the state, and if the bank were also "people's", so this completely guaranteed its work for the good of the country, perhaps there was simply no place for bribe-takers.
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