Saturday, February 11, 2006

Tracing money flows != breaking Enigma

GOrdon BrownGordon Brown no doubt has the best of intentions, but he obviously has no idea of the scale of the achievements of Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park during the Second World War:

"As chancellor ... I have found myself immersed in measures designed to cut off the sources of terrorist finance," Mr Brown will say. "And I have discovered that this requires an international operation using modern methods of forensic accounting as imaginative and pathbreaking for our times as the Enigma codebreakers at Bletchley Park achieved more than half a century ago."

This will certainly lead to yet more attacks on financial privacy in the name of combating money laundering and terrorism.

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