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The Source: Treasury's War | Preferred Route Selected For Streetcars

In the first segment:

The war on terror was launched 12 years ago and since has transformed many bodies of government, creating whole new agencies and expecting the cooperation of bureaucracies, foreign governments and non-state entities.

"As I told the American people we will direct every resource at our command to win the war against terrorists: every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence..."    - President George W. Bush - September 24th, 2001

One government body given new and opaque powers under the Patriot Act was the Department of The Treasury.

In the new book, "Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare," Juan Zarate details how incredible market and financial influence was brought to bear on "bad actors" -- banks that laundered money, countries dealt with them and individuals whose money carried their stain.  

Zarate shows time and again in the book how these investigations were used to thwart terror plans, choke future plans, and influence governments to change behavior all without firing a round.

In the second segment:


Vianna Davila, transportation reporter for the Express-News, joins us to talk about the VIA streetcar recommendation and her three-part series about streetcars.

Davila visited Seattle and Tampa to see what has gone right, and wrong, in each city's streetcar system and what San Antonio can learn from those examples.

*The Source airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM - audio from this show will be posted by 5:30

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Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org
My journalism journey began with an idea for a local art and music zine and the gumption to make it happen with no real plan or existing skill set.