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REPORT: Feds Teaming Up With Big Banks to Target Conservatives

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024
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According to a new bombshell report from Fox News, just shopping at popular sporting goods stores or buying a “MAGA” hat is now enough to get you on a government watch list.

On January 17, Fox reported that, following the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, “Federal investigators asked banks to search and filter customer transactions by using terms like ‘MAGA’ and ‘Trump.’”

In addition, the Treasury Department’s Office of Stakeholder Integration and Engagement in the Strategic Operations of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, told financial institutions that purchasing “religious texts” – like the Bible – could be an indicator of “extremist” activity. If true, such discriminatory actions by the federal government would constitute an apparently blatant violation of the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty.

But they didn’t stop there. FinCEN officials also allegedly “suggested that banks query transactions with keywords like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops and more” – three of the nation’s largest suppliers of firearms and firearms accessories. The move is another obvious attempt by the Biden administration to target Americans for exercising their Second Amendment rights.

In a follow-up story published on January 18, Fox reported that sources familiar with FinCEN’s activities also told banks to search for numerous other terms, including “White Power,” “Storm, the,” “Capitol,” “civil war,” “last sons,” “kill,” “shoot,” “gun,” “death,” “murder,” “Biden,” “Kamala,” “Pelosi,” and “Schumer.”

The revelations came following a documents request from the House Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, which is chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). Jordan and the subcommittee are now requesting that Noah Bishoff, a career Treasury Department employee and the former Director of FinCEN, appear for a transcribed interview on the matter, saying he may “possess information necessary for our oversight.”

According to Fox, “Jordan said the committee obtained documents showing that FinCEN distributed slides, prepared by Key Bank, to other banks to explain how they could use merchant category codes (MCC) to detect customers whose transactions may reflect ‘potential active shooters, and who may include dangerous International Terrorists/ Domestic Terrorists/ Homegrown Violence Extremists (‘Lone Wolves’).’”

One slide reportedly tells banks to monitor accounts of individuals whose transactions include terms like “small arms” (referring to pistols often used for self defense) and “sporting and recreational goods and supplies.”

“Despite these transactions having no apparent criminal nexus — and, in fact, relate to Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights — FinCEN seems to have adopted a characterization of these Americans as potential threat actors,” Jordan wrote in a letter to Bishoff. “This kind of pervasive financial surveillance, carried out in coordination with and at the request of federal law enforcement, into Americans’ private transactions is alarming and raises serious doubts about FinCEN’s respect for fundamental liberties.”

Senate Republicans have also gotten in on the action, with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) also penning a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and new FinCEN Director Andrea Gacki demanding more transparency about the agency’s communications with credit card banks.

“I write regarding recent reporting that the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) through its Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) urged private financial institutions to surveil customers’ transaction-level data using politically charged search terms, in order to flag certain customer profiles on behalf of Federal law enforcement,” Scott wrote. “These allegations, if true, represent a flagrant violation of Americans’ privacy and the improper targeting of U.S. citizens for exercising their constitutional rights without due process.”

This bombshell is just the latest instance of the House Weaponization Subcommittee exposing instances of federal officials abusing their power to target conservatives. The subcommittee has also made public a widely-shared FBI field office memo labeling Catholics as a “violent extremist threat,” held hearings on collusion between the government and Big Tech companies to censor conservatives online, and launched inquiries into the politically motivated prosecutions of former President Donald Trump, among other important investigations.

As the 2024 election draws closer, the subcommittee will become an even more vital tool to draw a clear contrast between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to the two parties’ respective commitment (or lack thereof) to protecting individual liberties.

The subcommittee’s work will be particularly important for Trump, now the prohibitive favorite to be the Republican nominee for president. Trump has made combatting the Deep State a major theme of his 2024 campaign, and each piece of evidence from the subcommittee exposing the abuses of career bureaucrats has lent more credence to Trump’s claims.

While the subcommittee itself may not have any real legislative power, the information it has unveiled has already provided Trump and other Republicans with plenty of ammunition in the ongoing battle of public opinion.

Neil Banerji is a proud Las Vegas resident and former student at the University of Oxford. In his spare time, he enjoys reading Winston Churchill and Edmund Burke.

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PaulE
PaulE
5 months ago

As the Democrat Party, which dominates and sets the agenda for the federal government’s administrative state, more and more openly aligns its standard day-to-day practices and policies with the surveillance state, command and control mentality that is already openly practiced in places like China, Russia, Cuba and elsewhere, it is only normal to expect, that at some point, this type of activity would eventually pop-up here. When you empower people with a Marxist perspective of how to govern, which is what you do when ANY Democrat sits in the White House at this point, you shouldn’t be surprised when they actually start rolling out these sorts of practices here. When I saw this information last week, I wasn’t surprised at all. It is literally no different from any of the countries I’ve mentioned.

The Democrat Party and their major financial supporters are VERY serious about what they call “the transformation of the United States of America”. They have been hard at it for well over a 100 years now, with remarkable success at implementing continuous incremental changes, and as they closer to their goal the policies and practices become more obvious.

If we continue to limit ourselves to the notion of just strictly trying to sway public opinion, half of the public which neither pays attention nor seems to understand the gravity of these type policies due to their inability to think critically while the Democrats are implementing real policies and actions like this on a nearly daily basis, the battle for the future of this country is already lost. Some congressional committee, with no power to reign in an increasingly authoritarian style Executive Branch other than the power of the purse, which a GOP Congress won’t use, does little to dissuade these rouge agencies and departments from continuing to do as they please.

While Trump may be able to curtail some of these more onerous policies via executive orders (Congress would just endlessly study things to death and get nothing done in the end), the real solution is to do a massive housecleaning of all federal departments and agencies to purge the personnel favoring these sorts of policies from the system on Day One. That means hundreds of thousands of firings across the entire federal government. That is the ONLY way to bring the Executive Branch back under control and stop our march towards becoming yet another socialist / Marxist country.

Yes, I’m sure the Democrats will scream and throw a major fit, but so what? Does anyone seriously think they will just sit there quietly like establishment wing Republicans and just let the power they spent over a 100 years building up be stripped away? The alternative is for our side to continue to do nothing in terms of actions and be content to watch the country finish slipping away.

Elizabeth S Misa
Elizabeth S Misa
5 months ago

My credit union is also watching my account closely. Like thinking that my prime membership fee is fraud, never called me. I had to call and find out that it was declined even though I had more than enough money in my account. It is embarrassing to have a transaction declined for stupid reasons that they think are right. I donated a small amount of money to the Trump campaign and must have been 1 minute later I received a call from my credit union asking if the transaction was fraud! I am sick of it!!! These people are out of control!!!!!

James 414
James 414
5 months ago

Hussein obama said it all .. we are five days away from fundamentally Transforming the United States of America..
anyone who voted for this pos Commie not a U.S. citizen half breed Mooslum Thank You

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
5 months ago

There’s a word which defines the government working its will through “private” businesses–it’s FASCISM. That’s what Hitler did in league with businesses in Germany.

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
5 months ago

this is why we need trump to win and have the senate and house republican. then he can cut all federal agencies by 50%, cancel their regulations, and great laws making governemnt paid people go to prison for lying to the citizens. he can make governemtn employee unions illegal like they are supposed to be. finally he can pay up the deficit and cut taxes.

Frances
Frances
5 months ago

Did the same thing under Obama when the IRS targeted conservatives.

David Millikan
David Millikan
5 months ago

WHY are the Feds not targeting democrats? Forgot, the Feds don’t go after their own Communist Party. The Feds only go after PATRIOTIC AMERICANS.

Westhus092
Westhus092
5 months ago

My experience with Ket Bank started ok about 10 years ago but in the last 4 it has increasingly like I’m dealing with a bunch of incompetent dirt bags. It’s clear now that they increasingly focused on political efforts and forgot their primary mission of being a bank. Way to go Key Bank, this is the last straw: my business will now go to a local bank.

susabella
susabella
5 months ago

It’s 1984 all over again. Shivvvvers all over me

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
5 months ago

Ain’t it funny how they call Trump the “dictator”? Treasury did start doing this when Trump was in office but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t targeting his own voters! In any case, I’m writing “MAGA” or “Trump” in every check memo section so they have LOTS to do. Busy hands jeep the devil at bay, right?

Sean Rickman
Sean Rickman
5 months ago

This reeks of communism,but it does not surprise me.All that you have to do is look into the fine details of what the democrats are doing blatantly and behind the lines,you WILL be convinced.

Eugene Murray
Eugene Murray
5 months ago

The more we learn about the Biden Administration, the more we realize the left in this country are very close to the 1930’s fascists of Europe and the Bolshevik’s of Russia

Patriot52
Patriot52
5 months ago

So if You the FBI are listening and watching the conversations of conservative individuals, this is what I have to say. You are wasting your time and our tax dollars. If the FBI wasn’t weaponized by the radical liberals both politicians and media you would actually work to stop the corruption and lawlessness within the Biden administration and their allies like China, Iran and Russia. This administration has sold America out to the enemies that hate America. Barrack Obama is still working behind the curtain helping and aiding his Muslim Brotherhood. FBI knows it and is allowing it. So America be ready when Donald Trump wins in November because all HELL will break loose from the radical leftist democrats and their.

CLIFFORD F GERACI
CLIFFORD F GERACI
5 months ago

Day one of President Trump’s next administration is to clean house of the Progressive “DEEP STATE”. He screwed up with Barr and Wray a mistake the country cannot afford to happen again.

John Bass
John Bass
5 months ago

Isn’t it funny…the federal government will come after you and I because of our perceived political beliefs, yet Hunter Biden and his Dad can commit crime after crime raking in millions from foreign governments, and that’s alright.
Wake up America. Let go of all your petty reasons for not liking Trump and vote Trump 2024! While you still can’t vote.

James 414
James 414
5 months ago

Lets Pray we even have an election

Charley Horse
Charley Horse
5 months ago

I don’t think Dicks Sporting Goods sell firearms.

Garyk
Garyk
5 months ago

This article clearly represents and exposes the tactics of the current administration and anti american marxist democrat party towards undermining Our Freedom, Constitution and Laws!
Wake Up People- the wolves are in the hen house.
Immoral,self serving, hateful,corrupt,dishonest,divisive, racist democrats,bureaucrats and globalists are ruining OUR COUNTRY!
American Citizens are the target,the enemy and destroying Faith,Families and Freedom is their ultimate goal.
We the People MUST stand up and end this NOW!
It’s time for Real American Citizens to take back Our Country – THROW THEM OUT

Gil
Gil
5 months ago

This is getting more and more scary. Where did America go? Biden isn’t doing this alone. He is not capable of this type of thing or anything for that matter. Obama and Soros are involved and I think even Bill Gates. Obama and Soros hate America and what it stands for.

Melania
Melania
5 months ago

Use cash while you still can.

NIcholas Elder
NIcholas Elder
5 months ago

Big Brother is watching you! Orwell’s 1984 has arrived. Heaven help us!

Kathleen
Kathleen
5 months ago

Has anyone been stopped from sharing this article?

Rik
Rik
5 months ago

String a few up at street lights and even the worst of these Communist morons will get the message!

ButchDG
ButchDG
5 months ago

We might just have to organize a National Peoples Truckers Convoy like the Populist fed up farmers are currently doing in Germany. Go surround Washington D.C. and clean it out ourselves.

Joyce
Joyce
5 months ago

This just shows how Biden and the democrats are trying tp take away the rights of the people.

Bernard
Bernard
5 months ago

Dick’s Sporting Goods has not sold firearms in years. They were on of the first retailers to go “woke”. That entire department just disappeared. Please get you facts straight.

Pat R
Pat R
5 months ago

True criminals/terrorists, etc., generally do not and will not purchase firearms or lots of ammo from regular stores, write checks or use credit cards to do so. They buy on black market using cash so untraceable. This will be even more the situation since news of this WH abuse-of-power play.
This is definitely another Dem assault on, & outright ignoring, the Constitution because it is conservatives, those who want to defend their rights/themselves from those who ignore laws and will in fact be the ones who Assault us, the federal government (i.e., FBI).

JERRY D.
JERRY D.
5 months ago

THIS CLOWN NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED BEFORE NOVEMBER, SO HE CAN’T BE ON THE BALLOT….THIS A**HOLE IS STUPID AND DANGEROUS..

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
5 months ago

And MAMA told me I was a bad boy for pulling wings off butterflies. Kyle L.

Gil
Gil
5 months ago

Pray for Trump to be exonerated. He needs to get elected and he needs also to pick a Vice President that is someone with a long track record of upholding the constitution and has some years behind him, so that he can remember how great America was 40+ years ago. All this started in the 60’s but undetectable then. It as progressed. I love Rand Paul. I am a Californian until 3 years ago and moved to North Carolina but I get his newsletter and he is a fighter for the people in every way. He is also a doctor. He is always fighting the spending bills. We need someone like him to be there as VP to carry the ball for 8 more years after Trump.

Diane
Diane
5 months ago

Catholics ” a violent extremist threat”. I guess that would include Joe Biden and Nancy Pulosi since they both claim to be Catholic. Yes, “THEY” are an extremist threat to our rights and liberties.

John
John
5 months ago

Biden is a communist / socialist tool aiding and abetting the enemies of freedom loving Americans. He and his son should be investigated further and prosecuted for crimes against the American people. He will go down in history as the weakest, most pathetic President we ever had.

Harry
Harry
5 months ago

Many are hoping they show at their homes. Though they are honest peace loving Americans they realize our government has gone a stray and they are ready to defend themselves against the tyranical government.

GregM
GregM
5 months ago

We’ve identified the problem(s), now what is the personal solution to protect one’s individual bank accounts, 401K, and other investments which are all digital? Not everyone is comfortable with purchasing gold or stockpiling money in their mattress.

Garyk
Garyk
5 months ago

There is no end to the tactics the marxist democrat party will take to destroy America.
THROW THEM OUT

Dr. C
Dr. C
5 months ago

The new Democrat Fascist party is targeting people whom their Gestapo Treasury division deems as a danger to their oppressive doctrines, such as reading the Holy Bible and thinking. George Orwell’s prophecy is coming to fruition.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
5 months ago

WE DONT NEED THIS, very 666

anna hubert
anna hubert
5 months ago

Would purchasing religious texts include Koran or is that not extremist enough? I wonder if sometimes they pray just to be on safe side

Mark Glennon
Mark Glennon
5 months ago

The same federal agency, FinCEN, now will get personal ownership info on private companies under a new federal law few have heard about. It’s a huge departure existing law and will be subject to the same abuse. wirepoints.org/the-biggest-new-reporting-law-for-business-that-you-probably-never-heard-of-beneficial-ownership-wirepoints/

John Shipway
John Shipway
5 months ago

Once again folks. Agencies such as the FBI and ATF often hold “community outreach” programs where an agent will come to some local community center or auditorium somewhere and lay out the BS they hope will keep the taxpayers willing to pay for their corrupt BS. Attend these then linger. When the agent leaves, take a modicum of care and follow the demon home. Learn its address then spread that info all across the internet.
They know everything about us……….time for us to know everything about them.

Big D
Big D
5 months ago

This is only the beginning! We’ve had 4 decades of pantywaste administration’s, hilarity, H W. And the worse one Obama who showed down to the Palestine ruler when he was pretending to be our president! Then telling him that he will destroy America in his 3rd. Term! America has a two term limit says the Palestinian ruler, oh don’t worry about that. Americans are stupid and will vote for me because of me being a Democrat! If they don’t allow me to run for another term, I have puppets that will do our wishes!
Trust me your highness I will bring down America in my third term one way or another as I already have many things in place from being their president!
Also thank you for all your support financially and putting people in place to destroy their political system!
This guy had less than 500k when he started running for president, now through laundered book deals he’s a multbillionaire from selling out the United States!
Now with his senile puppet in the Whitehouse, we have obamas terrorists flooding into our country, depleting our resources and increasing our national debt,all to weaken the United States!
Americans can’t remember what happened yesterday, let alone last year until another 9 11 incident that most Americans have forgotten!
Wake up America before it’s too late!

Nancy
Nancy
5 months ago

We should all send a email to our favorite democrat ling all the words they are looking for. Just so they can waste their time. ????

Beagle Biy
Beagle Biy
5 months ago

This is a great reason to do Two things. First; use “Cash” in all transactions that involve Firearms, Political Apparel, Survival Gear, Religious Iconography and even Food because eating “Meat” is evidently a sign of White Privileged. Second; this is the perfect argument against why the Government should “Never” be allowed to institute Digital Currency. Given that power would effectively eliminate any “Purchasing Power” of individuals the State deems Anti-American or is Disagreeable with anything the State chooses.

Robert
Robert
5 months ago

Every time I try to share a story that I have clicked on to I am blocked from doing so. Is this happening to anyone else? Or is it my Dell Laptop (Microsoft) or Google (Gmail and browser of choice) to blame?

jimm
jimm
5 months ago

“Office of Stakeholder Integration and Engagement in the Strategic Operations of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network” WTF?

Rich
Rich
5 months ago

And we thought all this high tech was a good thing. Just as God sees all things, so do our computers, phones, etc. They watch and monitor everywhere folks, yes even on this site. God will forgive if we repent. With the government, well it doesn’t quite work that way.

Erik
Erik
5 months ago

The part of the article about Dick’s Sporting goods being one of the “nations largest suppliers
of firearms” is not correct. Dick’s no longer sells firearms.

BobA
BobA
5 months ago

When faced with these actions, please name them. If we all knew who they were we could do something to have them get our message across. Look at Bud Light!!

Steve
Steve
5 months ago

Wow they are going to form a Committee now something is gonna get done . BO’s old playbook , operation chokepoint , shortages of ammuntion sending thousands of arms to Mexico to be used against law abiding people should I go on . Stop talking and put these “Americans ” in prison !! Pull your money , your credit OUT of this institutions !!

Wayne
Wayne
5 months ago

The Democrats have been violating our rights and the Constitution for decades. Washington is corrupt and the only fix is holding law breakers accountable for their actions including treason for violating their oath of office.

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