WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – An FBI whistleblower is alleging that the nation’s top law enforcement agency shifted its threat tag to focus on pro-lifers after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade despite the ruling provoking violent rage from supporters of legal abortion.
Fox News reported that it reviewed portions of the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government’s interview with Special Agent Garret O’Boyle of the Wichita Resident Agency in the FBI’s Kansas City Field Office.
O’Boyle told the committee that the FBI created the threat tag “THREATSTOSCOTUS2022” after the release of the Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization last June that was met with a wave of pro-abortion threats and violence against pro-life pregnancy centers and churches, as well as a man who wanted to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The threat tag initially seemed reasonable in that environment, he said, but soon “shifted and began focusing in on pro-life adherence […] When this threat tag came out, it was like, why are you focusing on pro-life people? It’s pro-choice people who are the ones protesting or otherwise threatening violence in front of Supreme Court justices’ houses.”
The FBI is planning to intensify its “assessment” and “mitigation” of “Radical Traditionalist Catholics” over the next 12 to 24 months according to an explosive document from a former agent turned whistleblower.
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The bombshell 8-page memo was released by former FBI agent Kyle Serpahin on his website UncoveredDC Wednesday. The report, written by an FBI analyst in Richmond, Virginia, was published for internal agency use only on January 23, is titled, “Interest of Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents New Mitigation Opportunities.”
Seraphin describes the briefing as an “intelligence product” that, though not being exhaustive, can be used as an initial reference point for the agency to “prop up” future investigations on the subject. He says he obtained the document from an anonymous Baptist employee for the agency.
“This is the first FBI Richmond domain product to focus on the interest of racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists in the Radical Traditional Catholic movement,” the document states. “A search of FBI databases indicates this is also the first FBI finished intelligence product to specifically address this environmental variable.”
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Among the most controversial aspects of the memo is that it directly cites a defamatory study conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on the subject “Radical Traditional Catholicism.” The SPLC has long been rejected as a legitimate resource for the FBI, Seraphin says, but in this instance, it is being relied on as a primary source to justify its efforts. The memo also references three anti-Catholic smear articles (here, here, and here) published by leftwing websites Salon and The Atlantic to defend its monitoring.
The report alleges that its real motivation is a concern that “Radical Traditionalist Catholic Ideology” possesses an “anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, and white supremacy” outlook, and that this presents a threat to the US’s domestic well-being. The report further claims that adherents to RTC ideology “frequently share language and symbolism, such as crusader references or anti-Semitic discourses” online that pro-life white nationalists also support.
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The agency was interested in “look[ing] into” pregnancy centers, O’Boyle said, and directed him to ask a pro-life confidential source “a bunch of questions about the threats to the Supreme Court. And even when I got that, I was like, why would this person know about those threats? He’s pro-life. Like, he’s not the one going and threatening the Supreme Court justices.”
O’Boyle also alleged that he was instructed to split the elements of one domestic terrorism case into four separate cases in order to inflate the impression of the threat so the FBI could tell Congress that “we need you to give us more money because look at how big of a threat all this domestic terrorism is.”
For speaking to Congress, O’Boyle was suspended, and “claimed the FBI prevented him from retrieving his personal belongings that were in storage with a company contracted by the FBI in Virginia. O’Boyle estimated that he spent approximately $10,000 to retrieve his personal belongings from the FBI storage,” Fox adds.
In response, the FBI reiterated its generic denials that it discriminates on the basis of political views or retaliates against personnel for speaking to Congress, without addressing specifics.
The use of federal law enforcement to retaliate against political opponents has been one of the most alarming facets of the Biden presidency.
Since January 2021, the administration has aggressively pursued individuals alleged to have participated in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol protesting the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory over predecessor Donald Trump. Last September, an FBI whistleblower, Special Agent Steve Friend, was suspended for protesting the excessive treatment of January 6 suspects accused only of nonviolent misdemeanors, as well as the bureau’s alleged manipulation of information to give the public an inflated perception of the “threat.”