PayPal Turns Bradley Manning Defense Account Back On; Claims It Was A Paperwork Problem

from the that's-not-what-they-said-originally dept

PayPal's decision to cut off the account of an organization that was collecting funds to help with Bradley Manning's defense got a lot of attention -- so much that PayPal came out with a blog post explaining that it was just a paperwork problem on the part of the organization, Courage to Resist. Because of this, they've reinstated the account:
We recently placed a temporary limitation of the Courage to Resist organizationís PayPal account as they had not complied to our stated policy requiring non profits to associate a bank account with their PayPal account (for the vast majority of non-profits, this is not an issue).

In a press release issued today, the Courage to Resist organization claimed that their resistance to follow our policy is because PayPal sought to withdraw funds from their checking account.  To be clear: PayPal cannot take such action without the authorization of an account holder, nor does it ever take such unauthorized actions.

Upon review, and as part of our normal business procedures, we have decided to lift the temporary restriction placed on their account because we have sufficient information to meet our statutory 'Know Your Customer' obligations. The Courage to Resist PayPal account is now fully operational.
While it's good that they've done this, not all of this makes sense. Courage to Resist claims that they repeatedly asked for an explanation and for the specific policy that they had violated. If it was just a matter of associating an account with a bank account, why didn't PayPal just tell them that in the first place?

Filed Under: bradley manning, paypal
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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Feb 2011 @ 3:42pm


    The real question is, had none of this happened would you even be aware?

    So what if it was a ploy for publicity? Ask a random individual if they even know who Bradley Manning is, even know one single amendment on the bill of rights, even know what the real function of government is supposed to be.

    Why you should even be concerned over an issue as insignificant as this when an actual American citizen, an American Soldier, is being mistreated and is being locked away for standing up and defending the obligations he swore to uphold - to protect our country and serve its best interests - is what I think you should be considering.

    We the people, have allowed our government to become overly corrupt, overly intrusive, and overly-powered. They do not server our interests as citizens, they do not honor our constitution, but they do whore themselves out to the highest bidder, and thanks to the courage and resolve of Bradley Manning those facts have been brought further into light.

    But feel free to concern yourself with petty issues and squabble over meaningless occurrences such as these - thankfully there are people, like Bradley Manning, looking at the bigger picture. He sure as hell didn't care about "protocol" and I have feeling CtR doesn't either, they're just trying to help.

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