“Operation Chokepoint”

“Operation Chokepoint”

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu May 01, 2014 3:16 pm

Emerging story but it appears the DOJ may be going after legal business's.


http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/ ... z30UcCRk9Y


The enforcement program has a name – “Operation Chokepoint” – and as more details of the program become public, more concerns are raised. The “chokepoint” in this operation is the nation’s payments infrastructure, the means by which merchants process nearly $5 trillion in consumer purchases in the U.S. each year. Federal law enforcers are targeting merchant categories like payday lenders, ammunition and tobacco sales, and telemarketers – but not merely by pursuing those merchants directly. Rather, Operation Chokepoint is flooding payments companies that provide processing service to those industries with subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and other burdensome and costly legal demands.


The theory behind this enforcement program has superficial logic: increase the legal and compliance costs of serving certain disfavored merchant categories, and payments companies will simply stop providing service to such merchants.
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Re: “Operation Chokepoint”

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Thu May 01, 2014 3:42 pm

Are these the same payment companies that make payments of supporter's donations to politicians and political organizations ?

I can see some politicians screaming about this if it takes hold.

And the payment companies may be onboard with Law Enforcement for now, but when they start loosing lots of paying customers as a result of L E targeting business groups, guess where their real loyalties are ?

Paul
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Re: “Operation Chokepoint”

PostBy: lsayre On: Thu May 01, 2014 3:58 pm

The DOJ is trying to get banks to stop doing business with gun stores. No loans. Close their accounts. Etc...
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Re: “Operation Chokepoint”

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu May 01, 2014 4:00 pm

The only references I've seen to who they have gone after is the Payday loan companies.

Eidt: to clarify, on most of the other articles I read.
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Re: “Operation Chokepoint”

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Fri May 02, 2014 3:43 am

lsayre wrote:The DOJ is trying to get banks to stop doing business with gun stores. No loans. Close their accounts. Etc...


Yup. No one who carries should do anything when they get robbed...
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Re: “Operation Chokepoint”

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Fri May 02, 2014 6:53 am

Since it's intentional targeting of only certain types of business, I wonder if that can be considered restraint of trade under the commerce clause ?

Paul
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Re: “Operation Chokepoint”

PostBy: Ed.A On: Fri May 02, 2014 7:24 am

Sunny Boy wrote:Since it's intentional targeting of only certain types of business, I wonder if that can be considered restraint of trade under the commerce clause ?

Paul


Excellent point. If Obamacares individual mandate could rationalized by the Commerce Clause then this certainly would.
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Re: “Operation Chokepoint”

PostBy: jpete On: Sun May 04, 2014 8:26 am

Richard S. wrote:The only references I've seen to who they have gone after is the Payday loan companies.

Eidt: to clarify, on most of the other articles I read.


The article I read said they closed the accounts of several *censored* stars. If that keeps up, Americans MAY start to get upset! :lol:
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