Instead of simply listening to American parents concerned about what is said and done in their children’s classrooms and school hallways, the Biden administration appears to be mobilizing the FBI against them as if they are a terrorist threat.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, is demanding answers from Attorney General Merrick Garland about his October testimony to that same panel about the FBI’s establishment of a “threat tag” to label and characterize concerned parents of schoolchildren, The Daily Signal reports.
Jordan cited a document furnished by a whistleblower that shows the FBI has started using a specific tag, EDUOFFICIALS, to track what they deem to be threats related to school personnel.
“We are now in receipt of a protected disclosure from a [Justice] Department whistleblower showing that the FBI’s counterterrorism division is compiling and categorizing threat assessments related to parents, including a document directing FBI personnel to use a specific ‘threat tag’ to track potential investigations,” Jordan wrote in a Nov. 16 letter to Garland.
“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,” Jordan added, referring to a Sept. 29 letter sent to Joe Biden by the National School Boards Association and since revealed to have been discussed with the White House in advance.
The association wrote: “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat,” and requested “federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.”
Garland issued a memo directing the FBI to pursue “strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff” on Oct. 4. Jordan’s letter cites an Oct. 20 email sent by Timothy R. Langan Jr. of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and Calvin Shivers of the FBI’s criminal division. The email says a tag called “EDUOFFICIALS” will be created to track threats.
“The purpose of the threat tag is to help scope this threat on a national level, and provide an opportunity for comprehensive analysis of the threat picture for effective engagement with law enforcement partners at all levels,” states the email, which says the tag should be applied to “investigations and assessments of threats specifically directed against school board administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”