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"I was aware of Operation Choke Point and that it was intended to make it impossible for people with a fraudulent business to do banking,” Lichterman said. “But I sell firearms, which is constitutionally protected, and am licensed by the federal government to sell firearms.”
“The greatest impact, of course, will be felt by small business owners, who will have to scratch and claw to survive,” Malcolm said. “If fraud is what the government wants to stop, then it should investigate and target practices that are actually fraudulent, not practices it finds legal-but-distasteful.”
Kelsey Harkness, a journalist with The Daily Signal who broke the story on the controversial DOJ program’s impact on firearms dealers, said despite the Obama administration’s repeated attempts to keep Operation Choke Point under wraps, Americans continue to find out about it when legally-operating small business owners are caught in the crossfire. “The only reason Luke Lichterman was able to get his account back was because he went public with his story — it makes you wonder how many other innocent business owners are being victimized by this secretive government program without even knowing it," Harkness said.
In 2011, for example, federal agencies sent thousands of U.S. banks formal guidance identifying categories of merchants the agencies considered high risk. That list featured “firearms” and “ammunition” sales, along with “pornography.”
originally posted by: Krakatoa
a reply to: xuenchen
You know,for being a former "constitutional lawyer", he doesn't seem to know very much about the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps that is why he IS a "former" constitutional lawyer?
These businesses include lawful firearms dealers, payday lenders, escort services and other companies. The Washington Post noted that while the Justice Department cut off financial services to certain industries, it encouraged banks to provide services to others like illegal marijuana sales. Read more: dailycaller.com...