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Why is U.S govt. coming after your cryptos despite NO Hamas reasons?

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The heat is on as legislators continue to come after crypto…

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  • A recent Congressional hearing focused on the misuse of crypto in crimes
  • Experts want new regulatory changes, despite WSJ’s ‘inaccurate reporting’

In a significant move meant to tighten the noose around the use of cryptocurrencies for illicit activities, the House Financial Services Committee convened on Wednesday. In doing so, it put a spotlight on crypto’s apparent use as a crucial tool in the hands of criminals and terrorists. 

The session featured insights from key figures in the fight against financial crimes: Brian Nelson, the Treasury Department’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI), and Andrea Gacki, the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Details about the cryptocurrency hearing

The hearing underscored the government’s increasing focus on the darker side of digital currencies. This, in light of episodes of crypto being exploited for money laundering, terrorism financing, and other illegal enterprises. 

Nelson and Gacki provided the committee with an update on the Treasury’s ongoing efforts and achievements in combating these threats. They built a strategy that uses both regulatory measures and technology to track and disrupt illicit financial flows.

One of the key themes of the discussion was the necessity for enhanced regulatory frameworks that can adapt to the ever-changing trajectory of digital currencies. The officials emphasized the importance of international cooperation, given the global nature of cryptocurrency and the cross-border implications of many illicit transactions. 

Gacki, in her testimony, shed light on FinCEN’s role in this battle. Additionally, she detailed the agency’s efforts to analyze transactions in the crypto-space for signs of illegal activity. She pointed to the success of recent regulations that require stricter identity verification and reporting standards for crypto-exchanges and wallet providers. 

Hamas or not?

Cody Carbone, Chief Policy Officer at the Chamber of Digital Commerce, also shared his opinion on the need for stringent regulations to curb the illicit financing of terror organizations. 

He mentioned,

“There is consensus across the industry right now that if there is any amount of digital assets being used by terrorist groups, by money launderers, or by rogue nations, we want to combat that as much as possible to protect consumers and investors.”

A few months ago, the Wall Street Journal claimed that Hamas had raised millions via cryptos. According to many, this and WSJ’s following stories encouraged the latest bout of legislative actions against the crypto-space. However, how true are these reports?

Well, according to Congressman Tom Emmer,

He added,

“Senators are writing legislation based on the Wall Street Journal’s inaccurate reporting. Since Treasury has accurate data, it has an obligation to correct the record on the size of Hamas’s digital asset fundraising efforts.”

That’s curious, isn’t it? Lawmakers gunning for cryptos knowing how wrong mainstream reporting of cryptos has been. Hence, the question – Why is the government coming after your cryptos? Well, you might want to ask Elizabeth Warren, especially since the Senator is now busy working on a Digital Assets bill that has elicited a lot of reactions from all quarters.

Enhancing crypto-security: What analysts think

A recent interview for Unchained also covered a similar discussion wherein the top minds in the crypto-security sector came together to discuss the need for crypto-regulations. According to Jessi Brooks, the CEO and Legal Officer at Ribbit Capital,

“Even a dollar of crypto going to terrorism is too many dollars, and so we as an industry are working together and will continue to work together to stop even that one dollar.”

With the Treasury making strides in countering money laundering and terrorist financing, the message is clear – The fight against the illicit use of crypto is intensifying. 

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Prakriti is a Content Writer at AMBCrypto. She describes herself as a passionately creative individual, with a dash of strategic prowess. With over 3.5 years of experience in the field of content writing and marketing, she is dedicated to churning out top-notch content in domains like Crypto, Web 3.0, AI and contributing to quench the thirst for technical knowledge of her readers.
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