August 11, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
I recently picked this gem from a boingboing article that pointed to the DealDude, a site that apparently collects information on good deals.

Here's the text:

Since at least 1986, the FBI has been tracking down U.S.-based terrorists who fraudulently redeem Sunday newspaper grocery coupons to fund attacks. During the trial of the men who bombed the World Trade Center in 1992, investigators claimed that U.S.-based cells had raised $100 million by processing coupons through stores they owned in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. According to one report, about $500 million worth of the $3.8 billion in coupons distributed each year are redeemed fraudulently. For more details, see Ben Johnson's 1998 testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committiee on Terrorism and Technology. In 2006 Jacobson wrote us with an update: "Coupons are still a means of financial support for terror cells operating within the U.S. This has been demonstrated over the past few years by various arrests of terrorist sympathizers within the U.S. who have used grocery coupons to finance their activities."

On first read, I thought this was a joke, mocking the "everything supports terrorism" line of thinking that seems to be pushed from the Bush administration. There's been a lot of satire running around, and this just seems to fit right in. However, it turns out that this is legitimate, and that the link to Johnson's Judiciary testimony is valid.

np category: politics


Luke said:
For some reason this new security code makes me feel better about myself... Anyway...

That is a brilliant little piece of thought. Using coupons redeemed fraudulently to receive cash back on items not purchased or purchased at full price. Who says crime doesn't pay? WOW!

August 11, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
Oh... how funny. I was just thinking about changing the security code. haha...

But yeah. Very clever money scheme. And it's not like it's hurting anybody... it's a victimless crime. :: shrug ::

August 11, 2006

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