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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).

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world

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China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.

Key findings of the report are below.

“Persuaded to return”

According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.

Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.

The Nine Forbidden Countries

China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.

Conclusion

According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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