Criticism continues for Bank of America after reports that it provided the federal government with data on 211 clients in Washington, DC, during the unrest at the Capitol in early January.

The information was first reported last week by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson, adding the data involved the recent purchasing history of its customers in Washington, DC:

Carlson: “[Fox News] has exclusively obtained evidence that Bank of America … 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.”

One News Now spoke with Justin Danhof of the Free Enterprise Project at National Center for Public Policy Research, who finds it “shocking” that Bank of America, in such a broad action, “would so willingly give away the data of their own clients to help … ferret out conservatives who may or may not have had anything to do with what happened on January 6th.”

“We used to have this thing called the Bill of Rights,” Danhof continues, “and [actions like this] need to be narrowly targeted to specific individuals. But this was a broad amount of information and a large number of individuals who were swept up in this information release that Bank of America gave to the feds.”

Bank of America told the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program: “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.”

The New York Post tried to get the FBI to comment on this story, but the Bureau did not respond. Meanwhile, Bank of America did not say whether it was complying with a federal subpoena. The Bank did, however, offer the same statement it provided to Tucker Carlson.

Danhof’s organization owns shares in various companies so as to have a foot in the door and a say at shareholder meetings. “As an investor, we’ve reached out [regarding this report] and received no response,” he fumes.

“They’re basically acting as an arm of the government,” Danhof concludes. “When Minneapolis and St. Paul were being burned to the ground by Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM), did they turn over client data then? What about Portland and the so-called ‘Occupied Zone’? Were they giving information to the feds about anybody who used their Bank of America debit card to take some money out to buy some more Molotov cocktail setups?”

The National Center spokesman argues that aside from the fact that he personally would like answers to those questions, “the public has a right to know, the investors have a right to know, and Bank of America customers have a right to know.”


Copyright American Family News. Reprinted with permission.

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