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Then again, the government is known to manipulate the markets to avoid crashes and other issues. Research has shown that the NSA is more than willing to influence transactions on the market. Documents have revealed the NSA could be accessing financial institutions and changing around the funds in bank accounts. Its widely agreed upon that no government entity should engage in such practices.
The NSA uses various databases in order to accomplish these illicit acts. Likewise, this particular agency is known to monitor credit card transactions through various companies. It's highly likely that the CARDS database will be used to influence the Stock Market. Unfortunately, the repercussions of this development could be huge. There is no reason that the government should stick its hand in the markets in this day and age.