Operation Chokepoint 2.0 — Fact or fiction?

John Bottomley
2 min readMar 30

“Operation Choke Point 2.0” — the (conspiracy?) theory that the US government coordinated effort to pressure banks to not deal in crypto.

It’s no surprise that 2022 (and now 2023) has been difficult on the crypto space — mostly due to bad actors, corruption and, yes, massive illegality. FTX is, of course, the poster child of what went wrong but, not to be forgotten, Terra/LUNA, Three Arrows, Voyager, Celsius & BlockFi all failured & Axie Infinity’s Ronin bridge was hacked.

Regulators around the world have been slow to address the crypto space — most notably the SEC (not to single them out but the SEC does regulate the US capital markets so, naturally, all eyes are on it).

Credible players in the crypto space (especially Bitcoin players but also Defi and other cool legitimate projects) want active engagement with the SEC & other regulators. Why? Because the rules DO need defining to facilitate & enable more institutional and retail adoption.

As a Bitcoin Maximalist, I generally don’t like government involvement of any kind. However, in this particular case, regulation does need to be implemented, confirming that Operation Choke Point was but an unsubstantiated rumour that will then simply fade from collective memory. My hope is that it’s fiction, not fact.

So, Mr Gensler at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr Behman at the CFTC, Ms Yellen at US Treasury et al, please do focus on establishing the necessary rules & regulations for the crypto space in an open and transparent way; not via underhanded measures like Operation Choke Point imply. For society benefits from the innovation deriving from crypto including, but not limited to, financial empowerment & self sovereignty, blockchain and distributed ledger technology, new decentralised financial products and services, and an immutable and powerful transactional foundation for a world increasingly connected via internet of things & artificial intelligence.

Put simply, transparency works.

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John Bottomley

founder, entrepreneur, non-executive director | energy transition evangelist who resides at the nexus of renewables, crypto & p2x | coffee addict -> https://ko