Congressman Steve Stockman demanded that Obama suspend the Justice Department’s “Operation Choke Point,” where the government is using its power to pressure banks to close the accounts of perfectly legal businesses that just happen to be operating outside of the administration’s agenda.
According to the Washington Times, because of Operation Choke Point is a credit card probe that focuses on banks and payment processors. “The threat of enforcement has prompted some banks to cut ties with online gun retailers, even if those companies have valid licenses and good credit histories.”
Stockman said that banks are complaining that because of the operation, “banks are complaining that government agents are threatening them because they service legal businesses engaged in legal commerce. Often, the customer is a gun retailer or other businesses that poses no risk, but differs with Obama’s political agenda.”
He believes it’s the latest attempt by the Obama Administration exploiting its power in order to target its political opposition, and that the only purpose of Operation Choke Point is to “choke the like out of businesspeople with political views that may differ from the President.”
“Unable to pass gun control in Congress, Obama is seeking to stamp out gun ownership through the kind of threats and harassment you’d expect from Third World dictators or Mafia bosses,” said Stockman.
As result of the program, thousands of gun retailers have had their bank accounts forcibly closed even though they weren’t engaging in anything illegal at all.
“Targeting the bank account of gun retailers engaged in peaceful and legal commerce is a blatant violation of civil liberties. Under Obama, the United States are becoming a banana republic. The Obama administration must suspend Operation Choke Point and instead focus its resources on criminal enterprises,” said Stockman.