Following last month’s riot on Capitol Hill, there has been a concerted effort across public and private entities to hold alleged extremists accountable.
As Fox News host Tucker Carlson alleged during a recent segment of his program, corporate financial powerhouse Bank of America has voluntarily joined the effort by secretly investigating its own customers’ activities and providing data it deems relevant to federal authorities.
“The hunt for extremists”
According to the Daily Caller, Bank of America did not deny the accusations levied by Carlson, leading to increased speculation that the claims are true.
It was during Thursday’s opening monologue that Carlson dropped the bombshell on his audience as part of a broader discussion of the widespread crackdown on “extremists” in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 mayhem at the Capitol building.
Asserting that his team had “exclusively obtained evidence” of the company’s behavior, the host said that “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,” according to Fox.
Specifically, he claimed that Bank of America “is, without the knowledge or the consent of its customers, sharing private information with federal law enforcement agencies” and “effectively is acting as an intelligence agency” without publicly revealing its actions.
“Bank of America went through its own customers’ financial and transaction records,” Carlson added. “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.”
“Without notifying the customers”
Nevertheless, the institution “searched its databases looking for people who fit a specific profile” at the behest of the FBI, Carlson said.
The exceptionally vague parameters being used to determine supposed extremists doing business with the bank included targeting those who conducted financial transactions or made hotel reservations in D.C. ahead of the violent siege of the Capitol building, Carlson said.
“Bank of America identified a total of 211 customers who met these ‘thresholds of interest,'” the host said, adding that the institution “turned over the results of its internal scan to federal authorities, apparently without notifying the customers who were being spied upon.”
As a result, he said at least one individual was subsequently interrogated before ultimately being cleared of wrongdoing.
The New York Post followed up by noting that calls for a boycott against the bank have already started to multiply online.