DHS Profiling: Fiscal Responsibility is Terrorism

homeland surveillanceAre you receiving a large tax refund from last year? You might want to think twice about paying off any large credit card debts, as retired schoolteacher Walter Soehnge and his wife Deana found out it can flag you as a suspicious person (thanks Torfinn!):

He was referring to the recent decision by him and his wife to be responsible, to do the kind of thing that just about anyone would say makes good, solid financial sense.

They paid down some debt. 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. The Soehnges’ behavior was found questionable.

[…] 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.

Because damned if Al Qaida’s suicide bombers aren’t the most financially responsible people in the world according to this wacky DHS profiling.

Update: HoT pal and sometimes editor Michael Hampton is all over this with more information and snark than the terrorists can shake a stick at, saying “The irony to this blatant loss of financial privacy is that terrorists frequently run up large credit card debts and fail to pay them off.”

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. The Patriot Act merely incorporated the Know Your Customer laws that the Libertarian Party had helped defeat the year before.

    9/11/2001 was a field day for every goofy-ass law enforcement proposal that didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of passing on 9/10/2001.

    “We need these tools to fight terrorists!”

  2. According to the google ads above GOOGLE ACTUALLY IS SUPPORTING TERRORISM, as far as I can tell…


    By erm, encouraging me to pay my bills?

  3. Of course, the feds want to spy on us. A thinking populace is their enemy. They want to ensure we don’t revolt because of their abysmal performance. Some would claim that it’s incompetence. I just think they are evil. But in the end, the result is the same. They are spying on us, and that is unacceptable.

  4. I better not pay my credit card bills then!

    Bad Credit: do it for the children.

    Nah, we need a better tag line than that.

  5. I should sent this blog post to the local Assembly of God church. Im curious how they would respond, because part of their “Christian character” (tries not to laugh) tells members to payoff their debts as quickly as possible. Also, that this church are obviously supporters of the Republican Party (at one time they had brochures that compare different political ideologies though not endorse any candidates but it was obvious which ideology they supported). I wonder how the AG’ers (or any other ultra conservative Christian group) would feel when they learn that the idiot they helped re-elect is going against their “Christian character”. Heck, they only THOUGHT they elected a “pro life” President, who actually had THOUSANDS of Americans killed since 9-11….back to the topic- Im guessing that a fiscally irresponsible, bigger than ever government, have become insanely jealous of private citizens who ARE fiscally responsible, and in turn mess with our PRIVATE lives.

  6. I’m sure I’m getting flagged — I just paid my tuition on my credit card in three daily installments, with online bill-pay following the next day so I wouldn’t exceed my credit limit. I did it for the rewards points on my credit card — why not get a bonus instead of paying directly from my checking account? I wonder if the rewards points were worth the potential hassle of getting flagged.