US Treasury Accused of Spying on Americans’ Bank Transactions in Secret Surveillance Program

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US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is responding to accusations that the US government and more than a dozen financial institutions have teamed up to spy on Americans’ private bank transactions.

The House Judiciary Committee recently published a memo accusing the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of urging banks to surveil their customers’ transactions and flag a list of keywords “without legal process” as part of the investigation into January 6th, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill.

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Now, in new testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee, Secretary Yellen has answered a direct question on whether FinCEN emailed search term suggestions like “MAGA” and “Trump” to financial institutions.

“I am now aware that there were communications that took place. In some cases, I believe financial institutions suggested to this group search terms they had used that had been helpful in identifying potential perpetrators of January 6th…

It’s a way of trying to narrow the scope of search for individuals who, based on other information available to the financial institutions, may have been guilty of illegal behavior.”

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Secretary Yellen says the search – which allegedly scoured through banking customers’ Zelle payments and messages – happened after the riots, but before President Biden was sworn in on January 20th, 2021.

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