Tim Scott blasts Biden regime for targeting Bible purchases: ‘It’s unacceptable’

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) blasted the Biden administration over the chilling financial surveillance allegedly being directed at Trump supporters so intrusive that even people who purchase religious texts could find themselves on a government watchlist.

During a Thursday Senate Banking Committee hearing, the South Carolina Republican referenced a recent House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government report that alleged that the regime had flagged terms for financial institutions such as “MAGA” and “TRUMP” if used during financial transactions.

According to the committee, “Individuals who shopped at stores like Cabela’s or Dick’s Sporting Goods, or purchased religious texts like a Bible, may also have had their transactions flagged.”

“It’s unacceptable, and I’m demanding answers,” Scott wrote in a post to X, sharing a video of his remarks.

Addressing the “recent allegations that suggest that federal law enforcement and financial regulators may be expending their resources to target Americans for their political and religious beliefs,” Scott said. “Instead of targeting Americans for purchasing bibles or shopping at the Bass Pro Shops, our government should focus on doing its job, protecting our families and prosecuting actual criminals including those behind financial scams.”

“Unfortunately, these examples are part of a larger trend we have seen from this administration of putting politics first,” he said.

“This kind of pervasive financial surveillance, carried out in coordination with and at the request of federal law enforcement, into Americans’ private transactions is alarming and raises serious concerns about the FBI’s respect for fundamental civil liberties,” the Republican-led House Committee said in a statement about the alarming allegations.

In a January 17 letter requesting a transcribed interview from Noah Bishoff, former Director of the Office of Stakeholder Integration and Engagement in the Strategic Operations Division of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the House Judiciary Committee chairman wrote: “The Committee and Select Subcommittee have obtained documents indicating that following January 6, 2021, FinCEN distributed materials to financial institutions that, among other things, outline the ‘typologies’ of various persons of interest and provide financial institutions with suggested search terms and Merchant Category Codes (MCCs) for identifying transactions on behalf of federal law enforcement.”

“These materials included a document recommending the use of generic terms like ‘TRUMP’ and ‘MAGA’ to ‘search Zelle payment messages’ as well as a ‘prior FinCEN analysis’ of ‘Lone Actor/Homegrown Violent Extremism Indicators.’ According to this analysis, FinCEN warned financial institutions of ‘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) and subscriptions to other media containing extremist views.’ In other words, FinCEN urged large financial institutions to comb through the private transactions of their customers for suspicious charges on the basis of protected political and religious expression,” the letter read.

Senator Scott recently endorsed Trump and is being mentioned as a possible running mate for the GOP frontrunner.

Chris Donaldson

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