The federal government yesterday released the Money Laundering Threat Assessment report, a very well-written analysis on the topic of money laundering, notable for the multiagency cooperation that went into it. The full report is available here, and preliminary news reports are found at ABC News, GovExec, and Reuters. The Counterterrorism Blog provided a good summary analysis of the report yesterday, to which I would add one additional point: that we also need to start thinking about these money-related enforcement activities in terms of potential linkages to efforts to deny other parts of terrorists’ operational planning requirements, i.e. getting people and WMD-related materials into the United States.
I highly recommend the report to people who are interested in better understanding the complexity and challenges associated with combating money laundering and terrorism finance.