Tucker Carlson opened up his nightly show by revealing that the Bank of America had given customer data to the US Government to help with the prosecuting of those who took part in the January 6 capitol riot.
He claims that at the request of Federal investigators, the bank searched its database for potential suspects in the insurrection by flagging anyone that one of four things.
Making any transactions in Washington, DC January 5 and January 6, paid for hotel and Airbnb stays in Washington, DC, Virginia, or Maryland after January 6, any weapons purchase or purchase from a merchant that sells weapons between January 7 and inauguration day, and airline related purchase since January 6.
Tucker adds "Not just flights to Washington flights, to anywhere to Omaha, to Thailand. That is a very, very wide net and absurdly wide net Bank of America identified a total of 211 customers who met these quote thresholds of interest. And it was at that point, the show has learned. Bank of America turned over the results of its internal scan to federal authorities."
"You bought plane tickets and visited your country's capital. You thought you could do that. You thought it was your country. Now they're sweating you because your bank, which you trust with your most private information, information of everything you buy has ratted you out to the feds without telling you without your knowledge, because Bank of America did that."
"You are being treated like a member of al-Qaeda. What country is this? It doesn't matter how much you despise Donald Trump. Or how much you believe that hatred of Trump justifies suspending this country's ancient, civil liberties, going through that experience would scare the hell out of you. Absolutely." said Tucker.
Carlson then went on to say that what was done by the Bank of America might be illegal. "We spoke to a number of lawyers about this today. Some of them told us that what Bank of America did might in fact not be legal and could in fact be challenged in court. One knowledgeable attorney pointed us to 12 USC 34 03, that's a federal law that allows banks to tip off the fence to any information that may be relevant to a possible violation of any statute or regulation."
"Now, the DOJ instructs, federal agents to remind banks of that law. And of course, they do with maximum aggression. But the question is legally what constitutes information that may be relevant to a possible crime buying a muffin in Washington, DC on January 5th. Does that make you a potential domestic extremist according to Bank of America?"
Tucker then goes on to say that this is bad for the country, adding "this is the moment when, for the sake of our country and our grandchildren who will live here, we need to pause and breathe deeply searching for wisdom, avoiding hysteria. And ask, what are the rules? What for God's sake is a political extremist, a lot hangs on that question. Maybe everything."
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