Sara Carter: Americans need answers from lawmakers pushing to expand surveillance on citizens
On “The Sara Carter Show” podcast Monday, Sara Carter held the FBI and the government accountable for not enforcing the same standards between the summer’s BLM/Antifa riots and the Capitol riot. Carter wrote the FBI demanding answers regarding investigations into the Jan. 6 insurrection and she revealed the FBI’s response to her probing questions.
The first question Carter asked the FBI was about the information Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed about Bank of America. According to Carlson, Bank of America, without the knowledge or the consent of its customers, shared private information with federal law enforcement agencies in the days following Jan. 6.
Bank of America “secretly engaged in the hunt for extremists in cooperation with the government,” Carlson explained on Tucker Carlson Tonight. “Bank of America effectively is acting as an intelligence agency.”
According to Carter, Bank of America was not the only bank.
“I know that from sources,” Carter said. “I don’t have the other information on what the other banks were yet, but I did send a very extensive and detailed email to the FBI to see if they would answer any of our questions.”
In Carter’s letter to the FBI, she asked if Bank of America was the only bank the FBI obtained information from.
“If not, what other banking institutions assisted the FBI with this investigation?” Carter asked.
Carter continued, asking if any of the banking institutions contacted by the FBI refused to turn over information on their customers.
“Did the FBI obtain any warrants to conduct these seemingly intrusive investigations? If so, FBI, how did you determine what and who you would be collecting on? Did you use surveillance footage to determine who was in the crowds where they were needed? And what was needed to be investigated? If so, were there any other methods in place?”
“Did the FBI open up a domestic terrorist investigation when people allegedly associated with BLM — along with others connected to Antifa and other left wing organizations — rioted and clashed with police and Secret Service outside the White House during the month of June?” Carter continued. “If so, how many banking institutions provided the FBI with information on their customers during that incident?”
“Did the FBI employ the same tactics of investigation in Portland to determine who pillaged the city? And did the FBI investigators collect data from the banking institutions to monitor the activities of people in the area of Portland?” Carter asked. “Or was it just this rally with President Trump?”
The FBI responded to Carter, however, they avoided answering Carter’s probing questions and instead, “walked around the issue and said it wasn’t up to them to determine whether or not one group could be designated a domestic terrorist group,” Carter said.
The FBI replied with this statement: “The FBI conducts investigations into violations of federal law, regardless of who the actors are, or their motivations. Using our existing legal authorities, our focus is on individuals who engage in illegal activity. We do not focus on group membership or ideology. The FBI does not and cannot designate domestic terrorist groups.”
“I never asked them if they could designate someone a domestic terrorist group,” Carter said. “I asked the FBI if they were investigating investigating groups that they believe to be domestic terrorists.”
“They would not fully answer those questions to me,” Carter said. “They would not explain if they did or did not employ those same tactics.”
In response to Carter’s question regarding Bank of America and if other banks were involved, the FBI said to contact the Treasury Department.
The FBI added that they can never initiate an investigation based solely on an individual’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or the exercise of first amendment rights.
“I think what they’re saying is, we’re going to investigate people based on their political ideology,” Carter said. “As long as you don’t cross whatever line they don’t want you to cross.”
“FBI bureau, I think, has done amazing work saving people’s lives and hunting down real terrorists,” Carter said, “but I have seen the bureau weaponized by a political party over the last four years that is unheard of. And this is just part of that weaponization.”
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