An FBI whistleblower has revealed that 'dozens' of investigations into parents voicing their opposition to topics ranging from Critical Race Theory to mask mandates were investigated using a "threat tag" created by the agency's counterterrorism division - directly contradicting Attorney General Merrick Garland's 2021 testimony denying that the Department of Justice had been weaponized.
According to a letter from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mike Johnson (R-LA), "We now have evidence that contrary to your testimony, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has labeled at least dozens of investigations into parents with a threat tag created by the FBI's Counterterrorism Division to assess and track investigations related to school boards.
The letter cites an October 4th memo issued by Garland announcing a concentrated effort to target any threats of violence, intimidation, and harassment by parents toward school personnel.
"We have learned from brave whistleblowers that the FBI has opened investigations with the EDUOFFICIALS threat tag in almost every region of the country," adding "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."
Three examples were provided, including at least one member of "Moms for Liberty," a nonprofit dedicated to helping parents fight for conservative values in the classroom.
"This whistleblower information is startling," the letter continues. "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 fundamental constitutional right to speak and advocate for their children."
🚨 SMOKING GUN: Whistleblowers reveal the FBI has labeled dozens of investigations into parents with a threat tag created by the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division pic.twitter.com/uDMd7x1no3— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) May 11, 2022
"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."
Reactions to the whistleblower revelations has been harsh:
Welcome to Soviet America under Premier Biden. Empty shelves, a disinformation governance board to censor criticism of the regime, and the federal government targeting parents who protest the indoctrination of their children. https://t.co/B5JyosKRjG— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) May 11, 2022
BREAKING: The Biden Administration has mobilized FBI counterterrorism resources to investigate parents, including at least one member of @Moms4Liberty, for expressing protected political speech at local school board meetings.— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) May 12, 2022
This is a grave abuse of power. pic.twitter.com/MdK0vm51VN
The letter is similar to a November, 2001 memo from Jordan to Garland
A 'protected disclosure':
In mid-November, House Judiciary Committee Republicans sent a letter to Garland after an FBI whistleblower came forward with "a protected disclosure" - claiming that "the FBI's Counterterrorism Division had been compiling and categorizing threat assessments related to parents, including a document directing FBI personnel to use a specific "threat tag" to track potential investigations."
"This disclosure provides specific evidence that federal law enforcement operationalized counterterrorism tools at the behest of a left-wing special interest group against concerned parents," the letter continues.