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Bank of America giving federal agencies customer data to help hunt for Capitol extremists: Tucker Carlson

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday claims that his team has received evidence that Bank of America is providing federal law enforcement agencies its customers’ private information as they hunt down those involved in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, accusing the bank of “effectively […] acting as an intelligence agency.”

In response, outraged customers are boycotting Bank of America, The Daily Mail reported Friday.

In a Thursday night segment on his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the conservative commentator reported that his team exclusively obtained evidence that the country’s largest bank, with over 60 million customers, in the days after the Capitol’s storming provided authorities its customers’ financial and transaction records of those who “fit a specific profile” at the request of federal investigators, all while without informing or asking for the consent of its customers.

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According to Carlson, Bank of America identified a total of 211 customers who fit this profile—specifically those who on the dates surrounding the Capitol riot in the Washington, D.C. area made certain types of transactions.

“These were the private records of Americans who had committed no crime; people who, as far as we know, had absolutely nothing to do with what happened at the Capitol,” Carlson said.

At least one person, Carlson reported, was questioned by investigators but turned out to not have engaged in criminal wrongdoing and was subsequently cleared. None of the 211 individuals were reported to have been arrested.

The television host went on to accuse the bank of treating its customers like members of the international terrorist group Al Qaeda.

Carlson later on accused those on the left of “creating extremists like they did in Iraq,” also saying that such efforts to identify domestic terrorists from the January 6 riot was “dramatically elevating the chance that something really awful is going to happen.”

According to the report, Carlson’s team asked Bank of America for comment and the bank said: “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.”

By not denying collaboration with federal authorities, Carlson claimed, the bank “confirmed it actually happened.”

The specific profile investigators were looking for, according to the television host, was: “1. Customers confirmed as transacting, either through bank account debit card or credit card purchases in Washington, D.C. between 1/5 and 1/6. 2. Purchases made for Hotel/Airbnb RSVPs in DC, VA, and MD after 1/6. 3. Any purchase of weapons or at a weapons-related merchant between 1/7 and their upcoming suspected stay in D.C. area around Inauguration Day. 4. Airline related purchases since 1/6.”

Carlson’s report comes in the wake of the Biden administration late last month announcing a new initiative to assess and combat what it labels as “domestic violent extremism” (DVE).

RELATED: Biden admin announces initiative to assess and combat ‘domestic violent extremism’

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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