As much of the private sector continues an attack against Americans deemed to hold dangerous viewpoints, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson recently put the spotlight on Bank of America.
During a recent on-air segment, the Fox host blew the door wide open on the financial institution’s alleged decision to secretly provide information about some of its customers to the FBI.
“Actively but secretly engaged”
Of particular concern, Carlson said, was the vague label of political extremism used to determine which accounts should be flagged. He expressed fear that the label will soon be applied broadly to conservatives Americans.
According to Fox, Carlson told his audience that the program had “exclusively obtained evidence that Bank of America, the second-largest bank in the country with more than 60 million customers, is actively but secretly engaged in the hunt for extremists in cooperation with the government.”
The move is taking place “without the knowledge or the consent of its customers,” the host asserted.
Bank of America is “sharing private information with federal law enforcement agencies,” he continued, accusing the company of “effectively acting as an intelligence agency, but they’re not telling you about it,” according to Fox.
Carlson explained that the data gathering was being conducted in the wake of last month’s breach of the Capitol building by Trump supporters upset over the results of the November presidential election. The ensuing riot led to multiple deaths, including that of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.
“Newly engaged and highly empowered”
Nevertheless, the host said customers caught up in the bank’s recent moves were not necessarily proven to have any ties to that incident.
“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, as Fox reported. “But at the request of federal investigators, Bank of America searched its databases looking for people who fit a specific profile.”
Emphasizing the fact that federal agents appeared to have cast a very broad net, he continued: “It doesn’t matter how much you despise Donald Trump or how much you believe that hatred of Trump justifies suspending this country’s ancient civil liberties, going through that experience would scare the hell out of you.”
As the New York Post noted, the recent revelation has sparked calls for boycotts of the banking behemoth, which has notably not yet denied the claims.
Carlson, for his part, concluded his talk with his belief that “none of these newly energized and highly empowered extremist hunters have told us exactly what an ‘extremist’ is,” leaving Americans “to guess, to look around nervously to see if we can spot one.”