Late last year, Attorney General Merrick Garland wrote a controversial memo regarding a “spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” against school board members. In reality, it was just a bunch of school parents exercising their First Amendment rights at board meetings.
But Garland dragged the DOJ into it, anyway.
“The Department takes these incidents seriously,” Garland said in the memo, “and is committed to using its authority and resources to discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them when appropriate.”
It was quickly discovered that the National School Board Association asked the Biden Administration to treat parent protests at school board meeting as acts of “domestic terrorism.”
In October Garland denied, before Congress, that the DOJ was treating school moms and dads with like terrorists —insisting his department had not used antiterrorism tools in its efforts.
“I can’t imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor can I imagine a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism,” he said at the time.
Well, that was a lie. Turns out, that’s exactly what they did.
According to a report from Fox News, two FBI whistleblowers have revealed that parents were targeted with terrorism tools, including a line set up for snitching and use of an internal threat tag: “EDUOFFICIALS.” Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan is livid.
“This whistleblower information raises serious concerns that your October 4 memorandum will chill protected First Amendment activity as parents will rightfully fear that their passionate advocacy for their children could result in a visit from federal law enforcement,” Jordan and fellow lawmaker Rep. Mike Johnson wrote in a letter to Garland.
The lawmakers also cited a few examples that raise red flags.
From Fox News…
In one investigation, FBI officials interviewed a mom for allegedly telling a school board member “we are coming for you.” The person reported the mom because she belonged to a “right wing mom’s group” called “Moms for Liberty” and because she is a gun owner. FBI officials eventually determined this mom was not a threat.
In another investigation, FBI officials interviewed a dad opposed to masks, according to Jordan and Johnson. The person who reported the dad did so because he supposedly fit the bill of an “insurrectionist” and “rails against the government” and “has a lot of guns and threatens to use them” – claims which the person later admitted they had “no specific information or observations of … any crimes or threats.”
Jordan spoke with Fox News’ Jesse Watters about the whole mess.
“If you’re a mom, you’re a dad, you’re a gun owner, you’re a Republican and you’re standing up for your kids, oh my goodness, look out, because here comes the FBI.”
We wish he was joking.