A group of FBI whistleblowers has come forward to state that the bureau has probed the parents that critical of the various woke school boards as domestic terrorists, which comes in a claim that just may contradict the denials from Attorney General Marrick Garland, as stated by a pair of GOP lawmakers.
Both Reps. Mike Johnson, of Louisiana, and Jim Jordan, of Ohio, say “brave whistleblowers” have come forth to say that the FBI has opened a large number of probes all over the country as many parents have chosen to protest mask mandates, Critical Race Theory instruction, and many other woke policies. As seen in a letter to Garland, the legislators cited an internal email from the FBI’s criminal and counterterrorism divisions.
“We have learned from brave whistleblowers that the FBI has opened investigations with the EDUOFFICIALS threat tag in almost every region of the country and relating to all types of educational settings,” wrote the lawmakers in a letter sporting the date of this past Wednesday. “The information we have received shows how, as a direct result of your directive, federal law enforcement is using counterterrorism resources to investigate protected First Amendment activity.”
Whistleblowers: The FBI has labeled dozens of investigations into parents with a threat tag created by the FBI's Counterterrorism Division pic.twitter.com/STlLdrfbMz
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 11, 2022
This past October, Garland ordered the counterterrorism bureau within the FBI to look into and keep track of alleged threats against the school boards after the National School Boards Association asked the White House to look into parents who have allegedly issued threats to boards because of their woke curricula and policies. This order sparked extreme outrage from various conservative groups who have stated that concerned parents were being labeled as domestic terrorists.
Garland, while speaking in sworn testimony standing before the Senate in October, promised lawmakers that his memo did not tell the FBI to start investigations into local matters concerning parents and school boards. The National School Boards Association put forth an apology for its part in the whole ordeal as accusations came to light that it had colluded with the White House to make the DOJ go after the parents.
“All [the memo] asks is for federal law enforcement to consult with, meet with, local law enforcement to assess the circumstances, strategize about what may or may not be necessary, provide federal assistance if it is necessary.”
As stated by Jordan and Johnson, the FBI marks “dozens” of its investigations by making use of the threat tag “EDUOFFICIALS,” which the legislators state shows a contradiction in Garland’s congressional testimony that denied parents were being targeted using procedures normally reserved for counterterrorism.
For example, it was stated that one alleged probe was sent out int the wake of a tip to the FBI that stated that a mom had threatened the local school baord. The tipster “alleged that the mom was a threat because she belonged to a ‘right wing mom’s group’ known as ‘Moms for Liberty,’” and was the owner of a gun. This sparked the need for an FBI agent to interview the unidentified woman.
As of yet, it has been cited by Jordan and Johnson that the bureau has ultimately stated that no crimes had been committed. The lawmakers still stated, however, that these revelations still show how the DOJ under Garland was utilized to target worried parents as terrorists and target their rights to free speech.
“This whistleblower information is startling,” they claimed. ”
You have subjected these moms and dads to the opening of an FBI investigation about them, the establishment of an FBI case file that includes their political views, and the application of a ‘threat tag’ to their names as a direct result of their exercise of their fundamental constitutional right to speak and advocate for their children.”
“This information is evidence of how the Biden Administration is using federal law enforcement, including counterterrorism resources, to investigate concerned parents for protected First Amendment activity.”