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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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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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