Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

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The Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI), formed in 2004, [1] is an agency of the United States Department of the Treasury. TFI works to reduce the use of the financial system for illicit activities by terrorists (groups and state-sponsored), money launderers, drug cartels, and other national security threats.

The Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence is overseen by the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. Since its founding in 2004, the office has been directed by three under-secretaries -Stuart A. Levey, David S. Cohen and Adam J. Szubin - all of whom, according to Philip Weiss, have worked as associates in the same law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell. [2] Sullivan & Cromwell is the same law firm that Alan Dulles, the famous CIA Director, was a partner. The current under-secretary is Sigal Mandelker [3]

TFI oversees the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Financial Crime Enforcement Network and the Treasury Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture. [4]

The U.S. Treasury Department is the only national finance ministry with its own in-house intelligence agency, with offices around the world, including Islamabad and Abu Dhabi. [5]

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