A San Francisco dog and his owner are now a social media viral sensation after Feds targeted the dog as a terrorist, New York Post reported March 28. The case of mistaken identity by the Department of the Treasury targeted Bruce Francis, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and his dog Dash earlier in March.
The story begins earlier this month when Bruce wrote a check to the dog walker who helps care for Dash. The dog walker contacted Bruce and told him the check hadn’t gone through, at which time Bruce checked with his Chase bank account and learned his account had been flagged. In an interview with KTVU San Francisco Bruce stated he had entered the name of his 9-year-old service dog in the memo line of his monthly payment
“I looked in my Chase account and there was a message saying, ‘Please explain what ‘for Dash’ means.’I thought to myself, ‘Great, they’re stopping the world’s stupidest terrorist.”
The Department of Treasury had flagged the bank account because the name Dash is similar to a term used in the Islamic world of ISIS Daesh. Confirmation about the hold-up being triggered by the pit bull mix’s name was confirmed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is run by the Treasury.
Dash’s newly found fame has earned him the hashtag #TerroristDog, with Bruce’s Facebook page listing articles posted around the world about his now famous pooch. The dog walker received a check for services rendered and Dash is no longer listed as a threat to national security.
Identity Project civil liberties group representative Edward Hasbrouck says banking customers don’t realize banks are required to scan all financial transactions and to turn over suspicious transactions to the Treasury Department. An overreach and lack of transparency are a major concern, as much of this is done in secrecy. Hasbrouck commented
“What happens is that the government requires the banks to become in effect, outsourced spies for the government.”
Bruce says he’s glad to know the United States is keeping watch on bank transactions in the war against terror.
“I think anything we can do to stop the terrorists and the funding of terrorists, let’s do it. And if it means an inconvenience to me and my dog walker, then that’s a price I’m totally going to pay.”