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Senator Elizabeth Warren calls crypto a ‘new threat’

Senator Elizabeth Warren has once again voiced strong criticism against cryptocurrencies, highlighting them as a new threat to the United States.

Her comments, made during a CNBC’s Squawk Box appearance on Dec. 7, resonate with the views of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who has been a vocal advocate for shutting down the crypto sector.

Warren’s remarks centered on the alleged use of cryptocurrencies in financing terrorism, drug trafficking, and aiding rogue nations.

“Crypto is being used for terrorist financing and drug trafficking. North Korea is using it to fund about half of its nuclear weapons program. We can’t allow this to continue.”

Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator

However, data from Chainalysis, an on-chain analytics firm, presents a contrasting narrative indicating that only about 0.15% of cryptocurrency transactions are linked to illicit finance, challenging the senator’s assertions. This figure sharply contrasts with the claim that crypto is a primary tool for such activities.

However, the facts did not deter Senator Warren, who added that Jamie Dimon and I are in exactly the same place because we have a serious problem in this country.

She further mentioned that numerous bank CEOs share her viewpoint, which is hardly surprising. Decentralized currencies like Bitcoin pose significant challenges to banks and governments that aim to maintain strict control over public financial activities.

During a session with the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Dec. 5, Jamie Dimon remarked:

“The only true use case for it [crypto] is criminals, drug traffickers, money laundering, tax avoidance. If I were the government, I’d close it down.”

Jamie Dimon

Despite this shared viewpoint, JPMorgan’s actions present a contradiction. The banking giant, under Dimon’s leadership, has launched its own JPM crypto token on the Ethereum (ETH) network.

This move is noteworthy, considering JPMorgan has paid nearly $40 billion in fines for various violations over the past two decades, highlighting a perceived double standard in the treatment of traditional banks and the crypto sector.

The debate around cryptocurrencies in the U.S. remains highly polarized, with figures like Senator Warren advocating for stringent measures against the industry. However, the feasibility of such actions is debatable, similar to the challenges of banning the internet.

As the dialogue evolves, the crypto community and traditional financial institutions remain at odds, each defending their stance in a rapidly changing financial landscape. The future of cryptocurrencies in the U.S., amidst these conflicting views, remains uncertain.

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