On his show tonight, Tucker Carlson dropped some very troubling information that should concern us all.
Carlson explained that he’d obtained information on how Bank of America had turned over private customer data to the federal authorities on people who hadn’t been accused of any crime.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” has exclusively obtained evidence that Bank of America, the second-largest bank in the country with more than 60 million customers, is actively but secretly engaged in the hunt for extremists in cooperation with the government. Bank of America is, without the knowledge or the consent of its customers, sharing private information with federal law enforcement agencies. Bank of America effectively is acting as an intelligence agency, but they’re not telling you about it.
In the days after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, Bank of America went through its own customers’ financial and transaction records. These were the private records of Americans who had committed no crime; people who, as far as we know, had absolutely nothing to do with what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6. But at the request of federal investigators, Bank of America searched its databases looking for people who fit a specific profile.
Here’s what that profile was: “1. Customers confirmed as transacting, either through bank account debit card or credit card purchases in Washington, D.C. between 1/5 and 1/6. 2. Purchases made for Hotel/Airbnb RSVPs in DC, VA, and MD after 1/6. 3. Any purchase of weapons or at a weapons-related merchant between 1/7 and their upcoming suspected stay in D.C. area around Inauguration Day. 4. Airline related purchases since 1/6.”
Now, if this is true, this could obviously involve the records of thousands of people most of whom have nothing at all to do with what went on at the Capitol and there was apparently no requirement that the government show any relation to get the information. That’s more than a little problematic.
Tucker said that there were at least 211 people that fit the various “thresholds of interest” and for whom Bank of America supposedly turned over the information to the federal authorities. The FBI interrogated at least one of these people and cleared him of having anything to do with anything.
Now generally before federal authorities can obtain information, one has to allege suspicion of a crime and not make an overly broad request like this obviously is. So what’s going on here?
Bank of America responded, “We don’t comment on our communications with law enforcement. All banks have responsibilities under federal law to cooperate with law enforcement inquiries in full compliance with the law.”
So basically they’re not denying this just suggesting they complied with the law.
How is this not incredibly violative and authoritarian?
Bank of America needs a better explanation here or they’re going to see a host of its customers take a walk if they will simply give up their private data under these circumstances.