From the Washington Post in the USA:
Secret US program broke law, Belgium says
By John Ward Anderson
September 29, 2006
PARIS — A secret US program to monitor millions of international financial transactions for terrorist links violated Belgian and European law and will have to be changed, the Belgian government said yesterday.
The decision, announced by Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, came as the country’s Data Privacy Commission released a 20-page report finding that the Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, had improperly turned over data from millions of global financial transactions to US antiterror investigators.
“It has to be seen as a gross miscalculation by SWIFT that it has, for years, secretly and systematically transferred massive amounts of personal data for surveillance without effective and clear legal basis and independent controls in line with Belgian and European law,” the report says.
Bush’s domestic spying: here.
Spying in Germany: here.