A whistleblower just exposed a dangerous connection between banks and the feds

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When Elon Musk took over Twitter, he exposed an insidious relationship between Big Tech and the government.

But Americans may have only gotten a glimpse behind the curtain that is hiding a much deeper problem.

Now a whistleblower just exposed a dangerous connection between banks and the feds.

Elon Musk’s Twitter Files started the process towards true government accountability

Elon Musk took over Twitter in the fall of 2022 and unleashed a firestorm that the establishment couldn’t handle. 

The records of communication of former Twitter employees exposed the close coordination between federal agencies and one of the world’s top social media platforms.

One of the most frightening elements of their coordination was the celebration of Donald Trump’s removal from the platform and the planning of how to control the speech of future Presidents. 

“For government accounts, such as @POTUS and @WhiteHouse, we will not suspend those accounts but will take action to limit their use,” wrote one Twitter employee in internal communications.

The revelations preceded the 2022 Midterm elections when Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives. 

The GOP promptly established the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government in January of 2023.

Over a dozen banks have been working with the feds to spy on Americans

Since the start of the Subcommittee, Republicans have heard endless testimony from social media platforms, FBI whistleblowers, and others about the illegitimate uses being brought to federal agencies. 

But the latest revelations are perhaps the most dangerous of them all. 

Federal agencies have been working with over a dozen different banks to effectively spy on American citizens by using merchant codes to identify what they have been purchasing. 

U.S. Bank, Charles Schwabb, HSBC, Bank of America, PayPal, KeyBank, Standard Chartered, Western Union, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Santander, JPMorgan Chase, and MUFG were all named in a 56-page report released by the Subcommittee last week.

The Subcommittee said it revealed a “pattern of financial surveillance aimed at millions of Americans who hold conservative viewpoints or simply exercise their Second Amendment rights.”

They targeted citizens who were making purchases that would indicate they were against COVID-19 lockdowns, vaccine mandates, open borders, or stricter gun control laws. 

Banks even flagged accounts who made purchases related to keywords like “MAGA” and “TRUMP.”

Banks violated our rights “voluntarily and without legal process”

The banks seemed eager to turn their backs on customers in the name of the so-called democracy. 

According to FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst George Hill, Bank of America “voluntarily and without legal process, provided the FBI with a list of individuals who used one of their banking cards in Washington, D.C. from January 5 to January 7, 2021.”

Testimony further revealed that agencies have been using Merchant Category Codes (MCCs) to track down “extremists” who were “doing nothing more than shopping or exercising their Second Amendment rights.” 

The report showed that anyone who made a purchase at Bass Pro Shop, Cabela’s, and Dick’s Sporting Goods made it on the list for further analysis. 

Jim Jordan slammed the agencies in a statement following the release of the report. 

“Never forget: the federal government got this information without any process,” he said.

“Big government shouldn’t be working with big banks to target Americans for behavior that is legal and Constitutional,” Jordan asserted.

Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.