AMAC Exclusive – By Tammy Bruce
Despite the denials of Attorney General Merrick Garland, courtesy of two whistleblowers, we now know the Department of Justice has indeed been investigating parents who dare to defend their families and children by engaging with their local school boards. Moreover, the DOJ is using funding designated for counterterrorism to ‘investigate’ these American moms and dads.
All of this stems from the shocking revelation last year that the National School Board Association (NSBA) worked with the Department of Education and Biden’s White House to craft a letter comparing protesting parents to domestic terrorists. That letter was then sent to Attorney General Garland, asking the DOJ to consider using the Patriot Act against parents confronting school boards about woke policies in the curriculum.
Fox reports, “Five days later, the DOJ issued a memo directing the FBI to investigate threats to school boards. The memo highlighted the FBI’s National Threat Operations Center [which is] likened to a ‘snitch-line’ for tips about parents at school board meetings.”
This ‘terrorism’ link was necessary to allow federal law enforcement to swoop in on local jurisdictions which are less inclined to treat their citizens like terrorists or criminals for participating in their local government. Normally, if someone is threatened, be it an average citizen or a local elected official, the local police department handles it.
But what local cops won’t do, thank goodness, is act as the federal Thought Police targeting individuals for daring to challenge Democrat Party politics. Hence, Biden’s DOJ needed an excuse to make it of federal interest, ergo, tagging parents as potential terrorists.
Yes, it is still as insane today as when first exposed.
After considerable backlash, the NSBA eventually apologized for their characterization of parents as terrorists, and AG Garland assured the House Judiciary Committee last year that he would never subject parents to DOJ scrutiny for speaking up at school board meetings. He said, in part: “I do not believe that parents who testify, speak, argue with, complain about school boards and schools should be classified as domestic terrorists or any kind of criminals…I do not think that parents getting angry at school boards, for whatever reason, constitute domestic terrorism. It’s not even a close question.”
And yet, it appears AG Garland wasn’t being completely forthright.
In a May 11, 2022 letter to the attorney general, Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson reveal they have received information from whistleblowers indicating the DOJ is actually investigating and contacting parents for their comments at school board meetings. They write:
“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. 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…”
They go on to describe agents from an FBI Field office interviewing a mom “for allegedly telling a local school board “we are coming for you.” The complaint, which came into the FBI through the National Threat Operations Center snitch-line, alleged that the mom was a threat because she belonged to a “right-wing mom’s group” known as ‘Moms for Liberty’ and because she ‘is a gun owner.’ She explained, of course, that she was speaking about using the electoral process.
In another case, they describe the FBI initiating an investigation against locally elected Republican officials “over allegations from a state Democratic party official that the Republicans ‘incited violence’ by expressing public displeasure with school districts’ vaccine mandates,” which also came through the ‘snitch line.’
In the letter to AG Garland, Reps Jordan and Johnson reveal more details they received from the whistleblowers:
“This whistleblower information is startling. 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 the 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.”
The whistleblowers report more than two dozen parents that have been “tagged” by the FBI with counterterrorism tools being used against them.
Please make no mistake: all of this is meant to frighten everyone from feeling safe to exercise their First Amendment rights and to retreat from challenging the Democratic Party agenda.
While the FBI and DOJ are labeling American parents as terrorists and spending resources on investigating and tracking them, our federal law enforcement seems to have little interest in the number of actual terrorists coming over our southern border. Since Biden’s presidency, dozens of people on the terrorist watch list have been apprehended crossing the chaotic southern border. Considering our problem is the million-plus “getaways,” how many real terrorists have actually made it through?
Due to a leaked draft opinion of the court involving Roe v. Wade, we are also being subjected to the obscenity of leftists harassing and attempting to intimidate Supreme Court Justices and their families in front of their homes. The White House not only refused to condemn the threatening activity, but Jenn Psaki said they “encourage” it to continue. While Garland has directed federal law enforcement to provide more security at the Supreme Court itself, there has been silence about the obvious threat environment at the justices’ homes.
What’s happening here belongs in little totalitarian regimes which target and destroy their political opponents and regular citizens who simply dare to challenge a dire status quo. Moreover, those who support the Democratic partisan narrative and agenda are given free rein to do as they please with no consequences. We thought it couldn’t happen here, but it is.