Financial Big Brother is Watching You

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The Committee and Select Subcommittee have obtained documents showing that FinCEN distributed slides, prepared by a financial institution, explaining how other financial institutions can use MCC codes to detect customers whose transactions may reflect “potential active shooters, [and] who may include dangerous International Terrorists / Domestic Terrorists / Homegrown Violent Extremists (‘Lone Wolves’).” For example, the slides instruct financial institutions to query for transactions using certain MCC codes such as “3484: Small Arms,” “5091: Sporting and Recreational Goods and Supplies,” and the keywords “Cabela’s,” and “Dick’s Sporting Goods,” among several others. Despite these transactions having no apparent criminal nexus—and, in fact, relate to Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights— FinCEN seems to have adopted a characterization of these Americans as potential threat actors. This kind of pervasive financial surveillance, carried out in coordination with and at the request of federal law enforcement, into Americans’ private transactions is alarming and raises serious doubts about FinCEN’s respect for fundamental civil liberties.

Jim Jordan
Chairman Committee on the Judiciary and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government
January 17, 2024
Letter to Noah Bishoff, former Director of the Office of Stakeholder Integration and Engagement in the Strategic Operations Division of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

Via email from John S.

See also Financial Big Brother is Watching You – by Matt Taibbi (racket.news).

We live in interesting times. Prepare appropriately.

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9 thoughts on “Financial Big Brother is Watching You

  1. And that’s where the rubber meets the road. What happens when your code/program/tracker computing tells you there are 120 million people buying weapons and ammunitions?
    Gulp. That’s 50 times the size of the largest army in the world. And that’s with a 5-7 to 1 ratio of support personnel to shooter that regular armies suffer.
    Almost every one of close to a 100 million people plan on being their own shooter?
    That’s a pile of crap no army wants to step in. One would have to be a truly ignorant communist to go up against that. It’s a monster no one in their right mind would rudely awaken.
    And why they bolster themselves with the line of having F-15’s and nukes. And then pour millions into trying to TALK you out of your guns.
    They already lost. And as has been mentioned several times. Their scared and desperate.
    Their money world is collapsing and they need you to blame someone other than them for it.
    They see a future where hunting rich people would be considered patriotic? A public service?
    Ya, I’d be scared too, if I suddenly realized my plans for the future are the same as Charlie Manson’s were. And that I’m just a rich lunatic idiot.
    Think all that code will make them realize their on the wrong side of gun? Cause they surely are.
    Like the Zen master said; We’ll see.

    • They are not going to seize your guns. They are going to cancel you. Couple of keystrokes at the bank or the insurance company is much easier than fighting through all those millions of gun owners.

      • And you can imagine the chaos of cancelling that many people?
        Not that they can’t, won’t, or don’t fantasize about it all the time. I have no doubt they have the ability.
        But the act of doing that would rip this country in half.
        And that might very well be the plan also? But they can no longer have the peaceful lives they’ve been living if they do.
        We think the streets are bad now? Wait till you see what happens when hungry, armed white people start running in packs. Not only are they ruthlessly cunning. Their thinkers.
        Clownworld can’t survive or control crap after they start doing such a thing. They need the internet to survive. Nobody else does.

          • You could be right. We’ll see. And will that be before or after all the criminal invaders start getting bored with pizza and porn. And head into the streets?
            And the Trump election riots get in full swing this summer?
            Doing things in a small way scares people. But it makes them adapt. It doesn’t always get them to stop doing something. Doing something in a big way gets big responses.
            As an example there were close to 40 million “pistol braces”, that never got registered with the ATF.
            What do they do with that?
            And if they cut you off because you were commenting here at Joe’s.
            You going to just quietly starve?
            The harder they push, the harder they will get pushed back.
            Just my .02. But that’s how humans are.

  2. Keywords like “Dick’s Sporting Goods”?

    What, are the yoga-pants-wearing Demanding Moms going to suddenly start committing domestic terrorism?

    Dick’s stopped selling guns and ammo in most locations, and cancelled orders for AR-pattern rifles in ALL locations. They did that right after Sandy Hook, almost a decade ago.

    What does the fed-gov expect to learn from the MCCs for Dick’s?

  3. Watching is ALWAYS a preparatory act prior to DOING something. And we all know that whatever they decide to do will be immoral, unethical, illegal and will most definitely be unconstitutional.

  4. “…120 million people buying weapons and ammunitions..”

    This brings to mind the “shoot twice and go home” line delivered by an unnamed Swiss officer in response to the threat of Nazi invasion.

    Actually, were 1/20th of 1 percent of those 120 million – 60,000 – to decide expulsion of aimed projectiles from personally owned firearms was the answer, it’s entirely possible that, were their aim true and properly selective, two rounds apiece, three tops, would probably resolve the great majority of our problems, leaving them wondering what to do after lunch besides “go home.”

    The possibility of increasing the percentage beyond that 1/20th to just a single full percentage point should completely scare next month’s full allotment of fecal matter out of whomever is generating such disrespect toward Americans. Isoroku Yamamoto understood it, the story of Athens, Georgia is available, and most (although not nearly enough) of the history of the American eastern seaboard from 1776 to 1787 is in childrens’ school books and lots of people know General Curtis LeMay’s quote and how he applied it. It’s a little baffling why the current crop of Royalty Wannabes are so ignorant about it.

    Then again, there’s ample evidence they’re ignorant about a whole lot of things, but that doesn’t count a bit toward forgiveness of their crimes.

    • Yup, were a sleeping giant no one in their right mind would want to awake.
      But they have to in order for their communist wet-dream to work.
      It’s like knowing a vegan is watching you eating a ribeye. As you look up from your plate and smile…..
      It’s actually comical to my somewhat jaded sense of humor.

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