GOP Exposes Biden Admin’s Financial Surveillance of Trump Supporters

GOP Exposes Biden Admin’s Financial Surveillance of Trump Supporters

Federal investigators, specifically the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen), asked financial institutions to use search terms such as “TRUMP” and “MAGA” when reviewing customer data after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to Rep. Jim Jordan, the New York Post reports.

The revelation came as part of a broader investigation by the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, led by Jordan, into what he called an “alarming” case of “pervasive financial surveillance” based on protected political speech.

Jordan’s letter to FinCen’s former Strategic Operations Division director, Noah Bishoff, highlighted that FinCen distributed materials to financial institutions outlining typologies of persons of interest and providing suggested search terms for identifying transactions on behalf of federal law enforcement.

These materials included a document recommending the use of generic terms like “TRUMP” and “MAGA” to search Zelle payment messages.

FinCen also shared its analysis of “Lone Actor/Homegrown Violent Extremism Indicators” with financial institutions, instructing them to look for signs of extremism in transactions, such as purchases of bus tickets or subscriptions to media with extremist views.

Jordan criticized FinCen for urging financial institutions to scrutinize private transactions of customers based on their political and religious expression.

The congressman also accused FinCen of providing slides to help financial institutions identify customers fitting the profile of a “potential active shooter” or terrorist based on their transactions.

In a separate letter, Jordan requested FBI Director Christopher Wray to make a senior official, Peter Sullivan, available for an interview regarding Bank of America’s cooperation with the FBI after Jan. 6.

Jordan is seeking information on the FBI’s mass accumulation and use of Americans’ private information without legal process, protocols for safeguarding privacy, and general engagement with the private sector on law enforcement matters.

Bank of America reportedly cooperated with the FBI, snooping through customer data based on specific search terms provided by Sullivan. The bank handed over information on 211 individuals to the FBI, with only one person being brought in for questioning.


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