Friday, March 11, 2016
Customs/Border Protection continues government runaround for STORIS records
The government runaround continues. As posted on March 2, the U.S. Treasury claims that it has no record within its departments of where the foreign money came from to buy STORIS. We know through released correspondence between the buyer, Mark Jurisich of U.S. Metals Recovery, LLC, and GSA that the buyer required a foreign wire of $50,100 to complete the purchase of the ship. The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 and the PATRIOT Act of 2001 require the identification of the source for any foreign wire transfers of more than $10,000. GSA sent me to Treasury saying it had no record of where the purchase money came from.
Treasury has now sent me to the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection. The FOIAs that I have already sent to the Coast Guard that are currently under appeal would already encompass any financial disclosure paperwork if CG had such documentation in its possession. So I sent a FOIA to CBP early Wednesday morning. That FOIA is confirmed as received but as of Thursday afternoon, I was notified that my CBP FOIA has been transferred to the Office of Air and Marine within CBP.
This shows how ludicrous that this circus has become with the Federal Government, as OAM deals with drug interdiction efforts and illegal alien interception not administrative transfers of ship ownership.
So we keep digging while we wait for some stupid bureaucratic answer of "we don't have any records..."
Posted by USCGC STORIS - Life and Death of a CG Queen at 9:08 PM