FBI Using Counterterrorism Tools To Track Parents, Whistleblower Says

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In this July 22, 2019, file photo, Merrick Garland pays his respects for the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s counterterrorism and criminal division have reportedly began placing “threat tags” on alleged complaints against school-board members and educators. The move comes after the Justice Department issued a memo “designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel.”

Members of the GOP have argued the Biden Administration is improperly targeting parents who voice concerns about their local school boards.

On Tuesday, a whistleblower provided documents to the House Judiciary Committee alleging the FBI is using counterterrorism tools to investigate American parents.

The FBI’s “Counterterrorism and Criminal Divisions created a threat tag, EDUOFFICIALS, to track instances of related threats,” according to the email. “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.”

“Merrick Garland testified that the FBI wasn’t targeting parents,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said. “We now know the FBI is “tagging” parents they consider threatening. The Attorney General has some explaining to do.”

“The FBI has never been in the business of investigating parents who speak out or policing speech at school board meetings, and we are not going to start now,” the FBI told the Wall Street Journal. “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.”

This is a breaking news update.

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