Ronald Pol

Ronald Pol

One of the least effective anti-crime measures, anywhere, ever, affects us all. For dirty truths about dirty money, read my blog. Outcomes science and occasional satire inside.
May
26
“Truth misspoke”, a new word game inspired by US president, ideal for AML

“Truth misspoke”, a new word game inspired by US president, ideal for AML

Researchers find that a country or bank can now flip the AML paradigm – demonstrably slashing crime, harm, regulatory risk, and costs; risk free – yet, curiously, FATF remains opposed to success. An ideal environment for “truth misspoke”.
3 min read
May
18
EU adopts AML Strategy for Russian gas: Rhetoric over Reality

EU adopts AML Strategy for Russian gas: Rhetoric over Reality

Boldly claiming impact is the ultimate skill in post-reality politics, where power devolves to leaders fooling most of the people
2 min read
Apr
28
Strategic anti-money laundering reviews: 1990-2022

Strategic anti-money laundering reviews: 1990-2022

A comprehensive analysis of strategic AML reviews, globally and in every country conducting such a review in the past 32 years.
2 min read
Apr
28
An effectiveness rating for FATF’s AML Effectiveness Report

An effectiveness rating for FATF’s AML Effectiveness Report

A new report assesses the state of global anti-money laundering efforts. How does the “effectiveness” report rate for effectiveness?
3 min read
Feb
22
“The Canadian model”: Any country can weaponize money laundering laws to wage war on dissent; forcing banks, crypto firms to freeze accounts to combat citizens’ thought crime

“The Canadian model”: Any country can weaponize money laundering laws to wage war on dissent; forcing banks, crypto firms to freeze accounts to combat citizens’ thought crime

Canada uses existing money laundering laws to target citizens’ thought-crime, maybe-crime, pre-crime, and petty-crime. Fear not, likeminded leaders; you too have these laws. The FATF AML model is a turnkey, one-size-fits-all version, easily deployed against any country’s citizens.
6 min read
Feb
22
AML: “Globalizing an extremely expensive regulatory order”

AML: “Globalizing an extremely expensive regulatory order”

Scientists and even the UN have repeatedly exposed the puny impact of anti-money laundering efforts, yet the increasingly stark reality has been ignored for decades, and AML groupthink remains hostile to evidence challenging the dominant narrative.
4 min read
Feb
06
United Nations slams AML’s 0.2% success rate

United Nations slams AML’s 0.2% success rate

Seminal 2011 research paper exposed puny impact of anti-money laundering efforts.
4 min read
Feb
06
Reagan redux: The nine most terrifying words in the English language

Reagan redux: The nine most terrifying words in the English language

On his birthday we ask what the former president might say about “governance without government” on a global scale
1 min read
Jan
31
Award-winning paper on AML effectiveness

Award-winning paper on AML effectiveness

Response to money laundering scandal: Evidence-informed or perception driven?
2 min read
Jan
31
This is Kate. Kate is from FinCEN.

This is Kate. Kate is from FinCEN.

Kate is special.
1 min read