Biden, AG Merrick Garland weaponizing Justice Dept., FBI against “domestic terrorist” parents whose only “crime” is complaining to school boards
For four years, leftists claimed that President Donald Trump was a tyrant and was taking away their rights, though not a single one of them could name any.
However, Joe Biden’s handlers are increasingly becoming tyrannical, as evidenced by an announcement made from Attorney General Merrick Garland this week.
In response to a hysterical letter sent to Biden from the National School Board Association claiming that ‘violent’ parents were making “threats” against local school board members and that the federal government should use “domestic terrorism” laws to go after them and shut them up, Garland was instructed to comply and so he has.
The American Wire provides some more detail:
The Justice Department on Monday announced an effort to combat alleged threats and violence against members of school boards as well as public school staff and officials just days after a national school board organization appealed to President Joe Biden for federal assistance.
According to the department, Garland directed U.S. attorneys’ offices and the FBI to meet within the next month with federal, state, Tribal, and local law enforcement officials “to discuss strategies for addressing” what the DoJ called “an increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in our nation’s public schools.”
“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” said Garland in a statement. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.”
“The Department takes these incidents seriously and is committed to using its authority and resources to discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them when appropriate,” Garland noted further in a memo. “In the coming days, the Department will announce a series of measures designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel.”
In their letter to Biden, association president Viola M. Garcia and interim executive director and CEO Chip Slaven claimed school board members and school officials all over the country are facing “threats of violence and acts of intimidation,” while going on to ask the administration to consider whether parents’ actions should be considered “domestic terrorism” under current statutes like the Patriot Act.
“While local and state law enforcement agencies are working with public school officials in several communities to prevent further disruptions to educational services and school district operations, law enforcement officials in some jurisdictions need assistance – including help with monitoring the threat levels,” they wrote.
“As these threats and acts of violence have become more prevalent … NSBA respectfully asks that a joint collaboration among federal law enforcement agencies, state and local law enforcement, and with public school officials be undertaken to focus on these threats,” the pair noted further.
They went on to write that the “acts of malice, violence, and threats” may constitute “a form of domestic terrorism.”
“As such,” they maintained, they asked Biden to direct the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security to examine their complaints and deploy the FBI and “any other federal agency with relevant jurisdictional authority and oversight” to deal with parental “terrorists.”
Republicans were livid at the administration for considering parents in such a way — literally weaponizing the Justice Department and FBI against ordinary, powerless citizens.
“Practically every day brings new reports about this administration weaponizing the federal bureaucracy to go after political opponents; frankly I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it in American history,” GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said to Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco during a Tuesday hearing.
“I mean for those of us who missed the McCarthy era, I guess this president is intent at bringing it to us but with new force and new power and new urgency unlike anything, we’ve ever seen,” he added.