Rules of Disengagement

Pension funds may take a more active role in the growing financial war against terrorism

Illustration for TIME by Tomasz Walenta

What's valued at more than $231 billion? Answer: the assets of some 3.8 million current and former federal employees, everyone from letter carriers to U.S. Senators, whose retirement funds are socked away in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), one of the largest and fastest-growing 401(k)-style funds in the U.S. If Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut has his way, the TSP will soon radically alter the way it picks some of its stocks. Lieberman told TIME he will introduce legislation to give all TSP participants the option to disinvest in companies that do business in or with countries labeled by the U.S....

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