Treasury Department Admits Political Terms Were Used To Surveil Private Bank Transactions

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The Biden administration acknowledged a controversial surveillance push that utilized politically charged terms like “MAGA,” and “Trump,” to scrutinize private banking transactions. This marks the first time that the administration has publicly recognized the inclusion of these specific keywords in the January 6-linked surveillance.

This surveillance approach has sparked criticism from Senator Tim Scott, a leading Republican member of the Senate Banking Committee, who called it a “flagrant violation of Americans’ privacy” in a missive to the Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen.

The Senator argued that the process targeted US citizens for simply exercising their constitutionally sanctioned rights without due process.