A recent internal investigation cleared Justice Department attorneys of professional misconduct related to the controversial government program known as Operation Choke Point. But while the report essentially rubber-stamps the DOJ's billing of the program as an effort to crack down on illegal businesses and weed out fraudulent activity, the number of legal and licensed businesses that have been stripped of access to bank accounts since the beginning of Operation Choke Point suggests otherwise.
While the DOJ report exonerated attorneys of intentional wrongdoing, it also provided a glimpse into the overreaching mindset of federal officials. When Choke Point prompted banks to shut down the accounts of law-abiding businesses such as ammunitions dealers, firearms vendors, and home-based charities, officials described the development as a "collateral benefit" and "significant accomplishment." It's patently inappropriate for professionals to inject this type of subjectivity into their official duties.
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