This is the fourth in the series of articles on the DOJ/FBI campaign to combat “domestic terrorism” by harassing parents upset by Marxist and/or sexualized propaganda in local schools. To find the previous three articles, merely enter “the fbi” into the SMM homepage search bar.
We now know The National School Board Association actually colluded with the White House before sending its letter, which the White House told them to write and told them what to write, to AG Merrick Garland:
President Biden’s White House was in discussion with the National School Board Association in the weeks leading up to the NSBA sending a letter demanding federal law enforcement crack down on the alleged harassment of school officials, emails show.
The emails show the school board group drew on conversations with White House staffers in drafting the letter.
On Sept. 29, the NSBA, which represents more than 90,000 school board members, sent a letter to Biden asking his administration to address hostilities toward school boards as possible acts of “domestic terrorism,” claiming there had been an increase in the “acts of malice, violence and threats against public school officials.”
The NSBA letter also called for the Biden administration to invoke the Patriot Act, which Congress passed to deal with terrorism in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Gee, seems legit to me…
Less than a week later, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued an explosive memo directing the FBI to investigate threats by parents against school board members.
But I’m sure he didn’t do anything inappropriate, or—you know—threatening:
Republicans pressed Garland during Thursday’s hearing on whether White House and Justice Department officials discussed the memo before it was issued. Garland said he never personally discussed it with the White House, but he admitted that the letter ‘was brought to our attention,’ and that someone at the White House had discussed it with someone at the Justice Department.
Attorney General Merrick Garland admitted on Thursday [10-21-21] that the basis for targeting and potentially charging parents concerned about what their children are learning in schools with domestic terrorism was a letter from the National School Boards Association, not real evidence.
‘When did you first review the data showing this so-called disturbing uptick?] Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan asked during a House Judiciary hearing on Thursday.
‘I read the letter, and we have been seeing over time—‘ Garland began before Jordan interrupted him.
‘So you read the letter? That’s your source?’ Jordan asked incredulously. ‘Is there some study, some effort, some investigation someone did that, said there’s been a disturbing uptick, or you just take the words of the National School Board Association?’
Garland then confirmed it wasn’t until NSBA contacted him that his department began to investigate claims of violence and terrorism.
‘Well, the National School Board Association, which represents thousands of school boards and school board members, says that there are these kinds of threats. When we read in the newspapers reports of threats of violence—‘ Garland said before Jordan interjected again.
‘The source for this … was the National School Boards Association letter,’ Jordan reiterated before his time expired.
During his hearing, Garland also confirmed that no one involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has been charged with ‘insurrection.’
This, gentle readers, is the chief law enforcement official in America. Any Police officer in the real world trying to scrounge up an investigation on such political and non-existent grounds would have a brief, but intense, chat with his Sgt. Garland also told the committee he just sort of missed the recent attack on the Interior Department HQ by leftist “demonstrators. Suuure he did.
The NSBA is in real trouble, beginning with this:
The National School Board Association is under intense pressure bordering on a revolt among its members after the NSBA letter to the Department of Justice demanding federal law enforcement action against parent protesters. That letter was the excuse used by DOJ to organize law enforcement monitoring and possible action. Attorney General Merrick Garland defended his reliance on the NSBA letter in testimony to Congress.
‘As you all know, there has been extensive media and other attention recently around our letter to President Biden regarding threats and acts of violence against school board members. We wanted to write to you directly to address this matter.
On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter. To be clear, the safety of school board members, other public school officials and educators, and students is our top priority, and there remains important work to be done on this issue. However, there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter. We should have had a better process in place to allow for consultation on a communication of this significance. We apologize also for the strain and stress this situation has caused you and your organizations.
As we’ve reiterated since the letter was sent, we deeply value not only the work of local school boards that make important contributions within our communities, but also the voices of parents, who should and must continue to be heard when it comes to decisions about their children’s education, health, and safety.
We are gong to do better going forward. We are engaged in a formal review of our processes and procedures. We will announce specific improvements soon to ensure there is improved coordination and consultation among our staff, our board, and our members across the country. The review will include not only the proceedings leading to the letter, but also other related concerns raised by members even before the letter was sent.
We still have more to share with you soon as our review continues. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you.
Did the NSBA realize, on it’s own, it had done wrong? Of course not. To date, more than half the states have dumped their membership in the NSBA, and more are considering it. The Garland hearing was a disaster. Failed Terry MAulife’s comments on education during his flamed out run for VA governor were a disaster, and there has been a massive congressional and public backlash against the NSBA. That sort of thing, which means a huge decrease in funding and influence, tends to concentrate the organizational mind. But I’m sure the concerns of parents are right at the top of their list of priorities.
The Department of Education earlier this month tapped the president of the National School Board Association to serve on a federal board that tracks student progress, the latest indication of the Biden administration’s collaboration with the group that compared parents to domestic terrorists.
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Oct. 13 appointed National School Board Association president Viola Garcia to the National Assessment Governing Board, which develops the tests used to track student achievement across the country. Garcia was behind a Sept. 29 letter urging President Joe Biden to have the FBI monitor school board meetings for potential violence. The Department of Justice formed a task force on Oct. 4 consisting of the FBI and Justice Department’s national security and civil rights divisions, sparking outrage from parents groups who say the administration is trying to stifle parents who oppose mask mandates and left-wing curricula.
Garcia’s position on the board could raise questions about whether the appointment was linked to her advocacy work at the National School Board Association.
No! Whatever could make anyone think that? AG Garland assured us he could not imagine parents exercising their First Amendment rights would ever provoke FBI interest. And in Virginia, ground zero of Federal and local efforts to do just that:
‘This is something that is incredible in America and it’s ridiculously un-American,’ said Stacy Langton during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
Langton shared a photo on Twitter of a Department of Homeland Security vehicle as well as several ‘ghost cars,’ which could have been either unmarked local or federal vehicles. In addition, Langton said a helicopter flew overhead, shining its spotlight down on the event.
Fox News reached out to the Department of Homeland Security for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
Update that to: “a response as soon as Hell freezes over.” And about Garland’s assurances:
A letter from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland reveals the lawmakers have received documents from a whistleblower that state the FBI is using counterterrorism tactics to investigate parents considered to be potential “domestic terrorists” as they voice concerns about education in their local school districts.
It gets worse:
A letter signed by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), ranking member of the House Judiciary, to Garland Tuesday states:
‘We are now in receipt of a protected disclosure from a 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. This new information calls into question the accuracy and completeness of your sworn testimony.’
In his letter, Jordan also reminded Garland:
‘Specifically, you testified that you could not ‘imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor … a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorists.’ You also testified: ‘I do not think that parents getting angry at school boards for whatever reason constitute domestic terrorism. It’s not even a close question.’
Let’s review: the day before Garland’s testimony saying essentially “who you gonna believe, me or your own lyin’ eyes?” the FBI was already designating a specific threat tag for investigating parents. There are two possibilities: 1) Garland was committing perjury; 2) Garland has no idea what’s going on in the DOJ he ostensibly leads. Which, gentle readers, is worse?
Oh, and did you know Garland has a major conflict of interest in this matter?
…Garland was asked by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., to address conflict of interest concerns regarding his son-in-law’s company, Panorama Education, a technology company that endorses the type of left-leaning ideas that parents have opposed in school districts across the U.S.
The company was reportedly paid at least $27 million from as many as 1,500 school districts across the country since 2017, raising questions about how much Garland’s family stands to benefit from law enforcement cracking down on school board opposition.
An ethical AG would recuse himself with even the appearance of a conflict. Garland, not so much. We dodged a major bullet keeping this crook off the Supreme Court. And are the media, those guardians of truth and justice, on the case?
The media have largely ignored the explosive allegation made by a DOJ whistleblower about the counterterrorism targeting of outraged parents that appears to undercut sworn testimony from Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Final Thoughts: Merrick Garland is either a perjurer or incompetent, perhaps both. The DOJ and FBI are indeed pursuing “domestic terrorist” investigations against American parents who dare oppose CRT and Covid indoctrination in public schools. It’s no coincidence both of those Marxist issues are gospel for D/S/Cs.
What’s beyond dispute is our government is far more interested in investigating and jailing innocent Americans than in dealing with America’s many enemies, all encouraged by the weakness and stupidity of the Brandon Administration.
These are dangerous days.