U.S. Treasury intercepts payment for “Police State” documentary ad campaign
11/12/2023 // Ethan Huff // Views

In an ironic twist, the United States Treasury has intercepted a bank transaction by the producers of "Police State," the new Dinesh D'Souza documentary film that addresses the emerging authoritarian police state in America.

Doing exactly what the film itself warns is becoming normalized, the Treasury, a federal government agency, blocked a transaction to the Salem Media Group, which produced "Police State."

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which even more ironically enough is responsible for tracking terrorism and narcotics trafficking, decided to "intercept" a $106,000 payment that was intended to purchase ads for the D'Souza film.

The Treasury Department has yet to address the delayed payment, which occurred right around the time that the nation's largest banks were failing to transfer customers' direct deposit payments through the ACH system.

"Although the Treasury Department remains silent on their actions, the delay has already begun to create waves and provide a real-time example of the content pointed out in the film," reports Reclaim the Net.

(Related: The Treasury bond market is collapsing – what will this mean for the markets at large?)

The money was eventually returned, but why was it seized in the first place?

Since the job of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is responsible for enforcing economic sanctions and monitoring assets primarily against terrorist cells and narcotics traffickers overseas, it is unprecedented for this agency division to suddenly take an interest in this local matter.

OFAC's jurisdiction usually involves foreign transactions, in other words, and not domestic affairs like something as simple and benign as purchasing advertisements for a new film release.

"Is this some kind of bureaucratic police state tactic to tie up our funds without explanation?" D'Souza himself asked.

Since OFAC refuses to explain itself concerning the matter, D'Souza has expressed concerns that this is possibly a censorship effort via financial disruption tactics, which is a new low for the Treasury.

"This incident vividly demonstrates an alarming reality where production money for a documentary on democratic values can get tangled in the webs usually reserved for criminal enterprises," says Reclaim the Net.

"Police State" debuted both online and in theaters across the U.S. this past month. The film deals with subject matter similar to what is now taking place against the film itself by the Treasury.

The film "digs into the deeply troubling evolution of an escalating police state targeting the common citizen; the unprecedented political persecution orchestrated under the Biden regime is uncloaked for all to see," Reclaim the Net explains.

D'Souza says America today has become "a scary place to live," which is why he created the film in the first place: to provide "a chilling take on the reality of a fast-approaching police state."

"Police State" premiered at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, and was attended by Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit. The film was made possible in part through a partnership with Dan Bongino.

It was later reported that the seized funds were returned to D'Souza in the afternoon the same day that the incident occurred. Even so, the shockwave that this incident caused, appearing like some kind of political retaliation, is something that seems like it could have come from a scene straight out of the film itself.

"When you look at the police states around the world – North Korea, China, Iran, Cuba, the old Soviet Union – the defining characteristics are things like mass surveillance, censorship, ideological indoctrination, and propaganda in the schools and media," D'Souza explained about the film in a recent interview.

"You go down this list and realize that many – maybe not all, but many – of these characteristics are right here in this country. It is very disturbing what is going on, and it's not just happening to Trump."

The latest news about America's burgeoning police state can be found at PoliceState.news.

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