WASHINGTON - Making good on its promise to protest defections from the thrift insurance fund, the American Bankers Association this week attacked Great Western's application to charter two national banks.

The 11-page objection blitzes the nation's second-largest thrift on five fronts and asks the Comptroller of the Currency to hold a hearing on Great Western's plans to piggyback bank branches on its 400 thrift offices throughout California and Florida.

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