EXCLUSIVE: The FBI created a danger tag following the Supreme Court’s choice to overturn Roe v. Wade ultimate yr, but it surely later “shifted” to concentrate on pro-life folks, an agent-turned-whistleblower advised the House Select Subcommittee at the Weaponization of the Federal Government.
FBI Special Agent Garret O’Boyle, from the Wichita Resident Agency within the Kansas City Field Office, additionally stated the FBI made him divide one home terrorism case into “four different cases,” in what he described as an effort through the bureau so as to display Congress an inflow of home terrorism instances.
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Fox News solely reviewed parts of a transcript of O’Boyle’s Feb. 10 interview with the panel.
As for the pro-life project, O’Boyle stated the FBI created the danger tag “THREATSTOSCOTUS2022” after the top court docket’s choice on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade and returned the problem of abortion to the states.
After the ruling, O’Boyle stated he felt using the danger tag was once “legitimate” as a result of “threatening a Supreme Court official is a violation of federal crime.” The FBI has used such tags to watch equivalent instances on a big scope.
But, O’Boyle stated this danger tag “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?” O’Boyle advised the panel, consistent with a transcript reviewed solely through Fox News Digital. “It’s pro-choice people who are the ones protesting or otherwise threatening violence in front of Supreme Court justices’ houses.”
O’Boyle stated the FBI sought after brokers to “look into” what the bureau referred to as “pregnancy centers.”
“Like, the antithesis to abortion clinics. Whatever those are called,” O’Boyle stated.
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O’Boyle stated he was once at a loss for words to why brokers would want to “talk to these people about threats.”
“If somebody is going to be getting threatened, it would be them, because people thought that abortion was suddenly outlawed, which, that wasn’t the case either, it was just remanded back to the states,” O’Boyle stated, including that the project “struck me as odd at the time.”
O’Boyle stated he later was once given a “request for collection,” and was once steered to invite his confidential human supply, who he stated was once pro-life, “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,” O’Boyle endured. “Like, he’s not the one going and threatening the Supreme Court justices.”
When requested if he felt the FBI was once the use of and growing danger tags in a politicized method, O’Boyle stated: “I do.”
Meanwhile, in regards to the home terrorism instances, O’Boyle stated the department of 1 case into more than one separate instances gave the FBI the chance to visit Congress and say “look at all the domestic terrorism we’ve investigated.”
“Where, really, I was working on one case,” he stated. “But, the FBI can then say, well, he actually had four, and so we need you to give us more money because look at how big of a threat all this domestic terrorism is.”
O’Boyle claimed the FBI retaliated in opposition to him for making secure disclosures to Congress.
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When O’Boyle was once suspended, he claimed the FBI avoided him from retrieving his private assets that had been in garage with an organization shrunk through the FBI in Virginia. O’Boyle estimated that he spent roughly $10,000 to retrieve his private assets from the FBI garage.
O’Boyle advised the panel he felt the FBI “was being weaponized against agents or anybody who wanted to step forward and talk about malfeasance inside the agency prior to this.”
The FBI advised Fox News Digital that the bureau’s “focus has been and remains on violence and threats of violence.”
“And we will vigorously pursue investigations of any threat or use of violence committed by someone who uses extremist views to justify their actions, regardless of motivation or what side of an issue that person is on,” the FBI answered in a observation. “We do not conduct investigations based on a person’s political or social views.”
The FBI stated it had “no comment on particular threat tags,” however wanted “to remind the public what they are used for.”
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“A tag is merely a statistical tool to track information for review and reporting,” the FBI went on. “The creation of a threat tag in no way changes the long-standing requirements for opening an investigation, nor does it represent a shift in how the FBI prioritizes threats.”
The FBI stated it had “used tags to track everything from drug trafficking to human trafficking.”
“Any assertion that the FBI manipulates statistics on domestic terrorism cases is categorically false,” the FBI endured. “The FBI’s authority to investigate a case as domestic terrorism requires the existence of a potential federal criminal violation and the unlawful use or threat of force or violence to further political or social objectives.”
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The FBI added: “We follow the facts of each case and will never open an investigation based solely on First Amendment protected activity.”
The FBI additionally stated it “has not and will not retaliate against individuals who make protected whistleblower disclosures.”
The whistleblower interview got here amid investigations led through the subcommittee into alleged misuse of home violent extremism assets for “political purposes.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the panel’s chairman, wrote a letter to the FBI ultimate month after a leaked inside memo published the FBI had efforts underway to spot and deal with some Catholics as violent extremists.
Jordan stated the panel has been investigating “startling allegations that the FBI is misusing DVE resources for apparent political purposes.”