The Biden administration colluded with left-wing education groups to give the Department of Justice cover to unleash the FBI to investigate parents who oppose marxist Critical Race Theory being taught in their childrens’ schools.
The National School Boards Association, a group not known for radical activism, had issued a letter to the Department of Justice that provided a purported pretext to deploy the FBI nationwide. The letter had even gone so far as to accuse the parents of ‘domestic terrorism and hate crimes.’
Such is the revelation that was contained in a legal memo issued by America First Legal to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz. America First Legal describes itself as “a national, nonprofit organization, working to promote the rule of law, prevent executive overreach, ensure due process and equal protection for all Americans, and promote knowledge and understanding of the law and individual rights guaranteed under the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
The AFL legal memo’s filing with the DOJ Inspector General was broken by conservative talk radio host and author Mark Levin on Thursday night.
“The federal government is using its power to silence and intimidate American citizens,” Levin said. “They’re trying to chill free speech.”
Mark Levin then read portions of the letter, which was posted online.
“In light of the Attorney General’s Memorandum of October 4, 2021, it appears the Department of Justice is committing the full weight of its federal law enforcement resources to prevent parents from exercising constitutionally-protected rights and privileges, for inappropriate partisan purposes,” the letter states.
The AFL claims that the Biden administration colluded with left-wing education groups to rationalize FBI targeting of parents.
“Key Biden Administration stakeholders, including the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and others, have combined to oppress, threaten, and intimidate parents to chill and prevent them from exercising the rights or privileges secured by the Constitution. To date these efforts, though extensive, have generally proven ineffectual.”
“In early September, Biden Administration stakeholders held discussions regarding avenues for potential federal action against parents with a key Biden Domestic Policy Council official (Jane Doe #1) and White House staff
(John Doe #1). Stakeholders also held discussions with senior department officials, including at least one political appointee in the department’s Civil Rights Division (Jane Doe #2). Jane Doe #1, John Doe #1, and others in the White House separately expressed concern regarding the potential partisan political impact of parent mobilization and organization around school issues in the upcoming midterm elections,” the letter continued.
The information in the letter gets even more disturbing. The details merit closer reading.
“Upon information and belief, at the express direction of or with the express consent of Jane Doe #1, Jane Doe #2 and other Biden Administration officials developed a plan to use a letter from an outside group (“not the usual suspects”) as pretext for federal action to chill, deter, and discourage parents from exercising their constitutional rights and privileges,” the letter said.
“Upon information and belief, in or about mid-September work began on development of what became the Attorney General’s Memorandum. Concerns expressed by department staff included (1) the absence of federal law enforcement nexus and authority, and (2) the constitutionally protected nature of parent protests. However, Jane Doe #2 made it clear this was a White House priority and a deliverable would be created,” the legal memo added.
The AFL legal memo points to the citation of legal authorities in the Patriot Act to skirt jurisdictional issues over the FBI deploying for the purposes of blanket surveillance and intimidation of parents who oppose the radical Critical Race Theory curriculum.
“On or about September 29, citing legal authorities including the Patriot Act, the ‘National School Boards Association’ made public a letter demanding federal action against parents citing authorities including the Patriot Act. The justification for federal action included, inter alia, parents were ‘posting watchlists against school boards and spreading misinformation (sic) that boards are adopting critical race theory curriculum and working to maintain online learning by haphazardly attributing it to COVID-19.’ It is not yet clear whether and to what extent drafts of this letter were shared with Biden Administration officials, including Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2, and whether changes were suggested or made by them, prior to the ostensible public release date.”
The letter concludes with a call to investigate the Department of Justice’s collusion with outside groups.
“Accordingly, we request your Office investigate whether the Attorney General’s Memorandum was formulated and issued based on improper considerations. At this point, the dangers inherent in the undue politicization of the department’s criminal and civil law enforcement authorities, and in the corruption of the department’s standard order and process, should be evident,” Reed Rubinstein, the AFL’s Senior Counselor and Director of Oversight and Investigations, closed the letter.
NSBA cites a tiny number of minor incidents in order to insinuate that parents who are criticizing and protesting the decisions of school boards are engaging in, or may be engaging in, “domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” NSBA even invokes the PATRIOT Act. The association of legitimate protest with terrorism and violence reveals both your contempt for parents and your unwillingness to understand and hear the sincere cries of parents on behalf of their children. To equate parents with terrorists dishonors the thousands of victims of actual terrorism around the world. Have you no shame?
The parent organizations called it a “thinly veiled threat, intended to intimidate into silence and submission the very constituents that [the NSBA] members ostensibly represent.”
It should be obvious to the NSBA and the Biden administration that these parents have no intention of remaining silent. Their children’s futures are at stake, and they have no intention of yielding to this regime’s intimidation tactics.
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