Obama and Democrats Now Targeting Lawful Business?

by Leigh Bravo3/24/15

Is the Obama Administration now targeting lawful businesses?  Mike Hawkins, owner of Hawkins Guns, LLC received a notice from his bank on November 13, telling him his  business account was going to be closed because he was a gun dealer.  Upon visiting the bank, he was able to record a conversation with the bank official who said,

“We don’t do firearms, ammunition, Uhm, (unintelligible), (unintelligible), auctioneers and check cashing companies.”

Hawkins also owns a private investigative business and as a result was able to look deeper into the matter and was shocked by what he found.  Hawkins said ,

There are many Americans across the country that have been effected. by this. They may not have come forward yet, but the US Consumer  Federation are getting numerous calls since my story broke and hopefully more people will come to the table with what has happened to them.”

The Department of Justice released the following statement,

“We do not target businesses operating within the bounds of the law and we have no interest in pursuing/discouraging lawful conduct.”

The Wall Street Journal published an article saying,

When you become a banker, no one issues you a badge, nor are you fitted for a judicial robe. So why is the Justice Department telling bankers to behave like policemen and judges? Justice’s new probe, known as “Operation Choke Point,” is asking banks to identify customers who may be breaking the law or simply doing something government officials don’t like. Banks must then “choke off” those customers’ access to financial services, shutting down their accounts.

The Industries that seem to be targeted include 22 categories of business, including, but not limited to  Firework sales, tobacco sales, coin dealers, pawn brokers, pharmaceutical sales, and home based charities and even “As Seen on TV,” businesses.

It is true, that some businesses within these categories can have questionable ethics and practices, which is true in any business. However, should banks be the judge in determining whether a business is operating within the law? Can the Obama Administration and the Department of Justice force the closing of business with which they disagree, by shutting off their access to credit and banking services, without giving them their day in court?

Also in the Wall Street Journal,

Unfortunately, the strategy is legally dubious. Justice is pressuring banks to shut down accounts without pressing charges against a merchant or even establishing that the merchant broke the law. It’s clear enough that there’s fraud to shut down the account, Justice asserts, but apparently not clear enough for the highest law-enforcement agency in the land to prosecute.

Alden Abbott of the Heritage Foundation describes Operation Choke Point,

“Banks receive notifications from federal regulators, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the agency responsible for insuring bank deposits), that the government considers certain types of businesses “high risk.” Banks then are pressured, though the implied threat of government investigations, to sever ties with customers engaged in those enterprises.”

In the past, banks have always worked hand in hand with law enforcement by reporting suspicious banking behavior to combat identity fraud, counterfeit debt and credit cards along with tax evasion and wire transfer fraud. However, Law enforcement agencies are responsible for deciding whether suspicious activity represents actual criminal violations, not the banks. When these suspicions are realized, the culprits have their day in court, as mandated by our Constitution.  Now, the Justice department is punishing banks that refuse to shut down unpopular but legal industries, by threatening penalties.

Despite your political leanings, about the businesses allegedly targeted by the Administration. we should all be concerned that a President or one party can make decisions that affect the constitutional rights of all Americans without our input or the input of our elected officials. One day, you or your business could be targeted as well, regardless of which political party you support. Is this the United State of America, or Obama’s Nation?


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6 Responses to Obama and Democrats Now Targeting Lawful Business?

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    This will probably end up in court, unless someone takes a more revolutionary approach to the Obama Gang’s misrule. Unfortunately, that’s probably exactly what the Fascist Messiah wants, as an excuse for martial law. What we need in Washington today isn’t an election, but an exorcism — indeed, probably several exorcisms. Maybe the whole federal district needs it.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      What we need in Washington today isn’t an election, but an exorcism — indeed, probably several exorcisms. Maybe the whole federal district needs it.

      You give them too much respect. I would suggest an enema would be more appropriate.

  2. Bell Phillips says:

    What if it was a gay gun dealer?

    I hate to snark and run, but I don’t see any need to connect those dots.

  3. Anniel says:

    Walking on quicksand is a special art and, unfortunately, the quicksand has been spread far and wide for legitimate businesses. But, take heart, members of Congress, the Clintons, bureaucrats and Dianne Feinstein’s husband are doing just fine.

  4. NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

    This story has been around for awhile, but that’s all right – it’s been vastly underreported. Actually, even Leigh is if anything far too restrained in describing the conduct here. What we are seeing is nothing less than arbitrary power – a society where men rule by decree rather than governed by laws passed by a legislature that conform to certain standards of fairness and objectivity. So let’s state the matter plainly: Obama’s government is trying to shut down businesses it doesn’t like, something that wouldn’t be proper even if supported by an Act of Congress, by intimidating the banking sector upon which all other businesses rely.

    Under a proper system of limited government, the banks would be able to tell Obama’s minions exactly where to go and what they can do with their bullying, but the government is so powerful today (thanks to the regulatory/administrative state) that it is actually in a position to threaten the banks with arbitrary, punitive action. The remedy involves more than getting rid of Obama – we have to get rid of the arbitrary power to regulate business in every particular, something the Constitution never intended either Congress or the Executive to possess.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Yes, this is arbitrary rule, which is basically the same thing as despotism. And liberals don’t object because they support (and probably actually prefer) despotism as long as it does what they want it to do. Besides, liberals hate gun dealers and the like, and therefore don’t care what happens to them, or why or how it happens.

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