D.J. Neeley | Civil Patriot
I don’t know how it works where you live, but down here in Texas we’re partial to keepin’ our private stuff private. One thing I’d never want to share with total strangers is my banking information. That’s why I was plenty worked up to hear that my financial institution, Bank of America, shared personal data from many of their customers with the federal government.
In the post-January 6th world, I guess that’s how things are going to go.
Certain Bank of America customers were flagged and reported if they met all of the following criteria:
1). Customers who used debit of credit cards in D.C. on January 5th or 6th.
2). Customers who paid for hotels or similar accommodations in D.C., Maryland, or VA any time after 1/6.
3). Customers who shopped at a weapons-related store between Jan. 6th and inauguration day.
4). Customers who made airline purchases after Jan. 6th.
211 customers were flagged and turned in to federal law enforcement because they met all four criteria.
Were you one of them? Heaven help you if you happened to be in D.C. on a completely unrelated matter on January 6th.
I have so many questions:
- Was this legal? Can a bank do that?
- Doesn’t there have to be some degree of evidence of wrong-doing before a search can take place?
- Don’t they have to have a search warrant, court orders, or subpoena to search through an ocean of bank accounts belonging to innocent people to “see” if we might be criminals?
- Were the customers told their data was being reviewed and flagged?
- Why are they suspecting “the all” to find “the few?” Does the constitution allow this broad-sweeping search of innocents?
Francie Hakes, former prosecutor, was interviewed by FOX news. Here’s what she had to say on the matter:
The 4th amendment does not allow these kinds of searches when it’s not particularized. . .searches. That is, a federal agent has to go to a federal judge or appear before the Grand Jury and get an order or a warrant or a subpoena and hand it to someone like the bank and say, “Person A, Francie Hakes, is suspected of committing a riot or insurrection or incitement on this day at this time in Washington D.C. and we expect that the evidence you hold in your bank would show that she was there, which will help us prove that she committed a crime.” That is required by the constitution.
She went on to say:
It does not look like that was done here at all. The Supreme Court has held many times that federal agents cannot rummage through data in order to try to find evidence of a crime. Financial information is highly private in this country and is given high protections.
I don’t know about you, but this new process of suspecting “the all” until we find “the few” is terrifying. And illegal. And I can see where it’s headed, (to a place that’s not good).
This is not the way our constitution works. This is not how I want my money to be handled. Tomorrow morning I might just have to go down to Bank of America and make a withdrawal, then place my money elsewhere.
- Like under my mattress
- Or in gold
- Or in real estate
- Or in products from My Pillow
Just saying. There are better options than an institution that’s happy to search my private data over a crime I didn’t commit.