"The balance on their JCPenney Platinum MasterCard had gotten to an unhealthy level. So they sent in a large payment, a check for $6,522. And an alarm went off. A red flag went up."
By law the bank was required to notify homeland security.
The only thing Deana and Walter Soehnge did "was pay down their debt. They didn't call a suspected terrorist on their cell phone. They didn't try to sneak a machine gun through customs.They just paid a hefty chunk of their credit card balance."
The bank received their check, but withheld crediting their account. Why? They called to find out.
"They were told, as they moved up the managerial ladder at the call center, that the amount they had sent in was much larger than their normal monthly payment. And if the increase hits a certain percentage higher than that normal payment, Homeland Security has to be notified. And the money doesn't move until the threat alert is lifted."
Apparently this is allowed by the Bank Privacy Act passed by Congress and signed into law by the President as a way of preventing another terrorist attack.
"It's scary how easily someone in Homeland Security can get permission to spy," Walter Soehnge told Scripps Howard News Service.
Read the full article at the Scripps Howard News Service web page.