In a brazen display of government overreach, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen faces a barrage of scrutiny from Republican lawmakers as revelations of egregious surveillance tactics come to light. Gun Owners of America (GOA), a staunch defender of Second Amendment rights, is leading the charge, demanding answers from Secretary Yellen regarding the flagrant violation of privacy rights under her watch.
The latest revelations paint a chilling picture of federal investigators trampling on the freedoms of law-abiding citizens in their quest for unchecked power. GOA’s Director of Federal Affairs, Aidan Johnston, minced no words in his scathing rebuke of the Treasury Department’s actions, declaring them an assault on the very fabric of American liberty.
Spying on your bank transactions?
ICYMI: just yesterday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen couldn’t give a clear answer if conservatives were targeted based on where they shop. This is unacceptable!https://t.co/aTqGjKJnLj
— Tayler Rahm for Congress MN 02 (@TaylerRahm2024) February 7, 2024
Under the guise of combating crime, the Treasury Department’s Office of Stakeholder Integration and Engagement has shamelessly coerced financial institutions into becoming unwilling accomplices in their Orwellian surveillance scheme. By compelling banks to sift through the private transactions of everyday Americans, the government has crossed a dangerous line, betraying the trust of the people it is meant to serve.
But the intrusion doesn’t stop there. In a chilling display of partisan bias, transactions bearing terms like “Trump” and “MAGA” have been singled out for scrutiny, revealing a deeply troubling agenda at play. This blatant politicization of surveillance tactics is an affront to the principles of democracy and underscores the urgent need for accountability.
US Treasury Secretary Yellen could not give a straight answer regarding “spying on Americans” which means there is 99.9% chance they are spying on Americans.
— Mickie Miller (@miller197) February 7, 2024
Furthermore, the parameters set by FinCEN reveal a shocking disregard for the rights of gun owners. By imposing arbitrary criteria for flagging transactions, the government has effectively declared open season on law-abiding citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights. This is not just an attack on gun owners; it is an attack on the very foundation of our constitutional freedoms.
GOA’s concerns are not unfounded. The revelation that Bank of America willingly handed over customer data to the FBI without due process is a chilling reminder of the dangers posed by unchecked government power. And the allegations of an “illegal gun registry” maintained by the ATF only serve to further erode trust in our institutions.
As Secretary Yellen prepares to face the Senate committee, she must be held to account for these egregious violations of privacy and liberty. Republican lawmakers must stand firm in their condemnation of this outrageous overreach and demand answers on behalf of the American people.
The time for complacency is over. We cannot allow the government to trample on our rights in the name of security. It is time to reclaim our freedoms and hold those in power accountable for their actions. Anything less would be a betrayal of the principles upon which this great nation was founded.