A shocking letter has just been released from Rep. Jim Jordan identifying a program that has been carried out by the US Government to monitor activities closely related to missionary work, such as travel and purchasing Bibles.
US Congressman, Jim Jordan, is chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. He posted on his X Account “We now know the federal government flagged terms,” to financial institutions related to specific political activities. “What was also flagged? If you bought a religious text, like a BIBLE…”
The official congressional letter, dated January 17, was addressed to Noah Bishoff. The letter indicates that federal law enforcement agencies wanted financial institutions to identify potential extremists by flagging the purchases of ‘religious texts,’ including books.
The government monitoring system was specifically designed to highlight actions that are typical of foreign missionaries including, “search Zelle payment messages” for “extremism indicators that include transportation charges, such as bus tickets, rental cars, or plane tickets, for travel to areas with no apparent purpose,” or “the purchase of books (including religious texts).”
This revelation is extremely worrisome, especially considering that American missionaries working in closed countries have been experiencing multiple problems with banking.
Noah Bishoff is the former director of an office in the Strategic Operations Division of FinCEN, which is, according to their website, “the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the United States Department of the Treasury that collects and analyzes information about financial transactions in order to combat domestic and international money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes.”
Congressman Jim Jordan said these materials included “suggested search terms and Merchant Category Codes (MCCs) for identifying transactions on behalf of federal law enforcement” after Jan. 6, 2021.
Even though the Trojan Horse was the January 6th event after the 2020 elections, the actual monitoring program potentially categorizes typical missionary activities as “extremist.”
Financial institutions were recruited to comb through the private transactions of their customers to look for suspicious charges on the basis of protected religious expression. This effort directly helps China, North Korea, and Iran to stop mission activities.
In recent years, BTJ has directly encountered banking restrictions in the United States. In the name of ‘fighting terrorism,’ the international banking system has been increasingly aggressive towards traditional mission banking practices.