On September 29, the National School Boards Association wrote a frantic six-page letter to President Biden, insisting that threats to “America’s public schools and its education leaders” are growing so rapidly that they ” affect interstate commerce â.
These are magic words meant to break constitutional restrictions on the power of the federal government, and they stir up trouble for freedom in America.
The power of the federal government is constitutionally limited, but it unquestionably has the power to regulate interstate commerce. The question is how threats, intimidation or violence against local school officials would fit into this category. These are exactly the types of crimes that are typically investigated and prosecuted by state and local law enforcement agencies.
The National School Boards Association called on the president to “apply federal law and other help to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and intimidation occurring across the country.” But why?
And why did the Biden administration respond days later by directing the FBI and federal prosecutors to “call meetings with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial leaders in each federal judicial district” to “facilitate discussing strategies to counter threats âagainst school board members and school staff, andâ opening up dedicated lines of communication for reporting, assessment and response to threat “.
The US Department of Justice, headed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, issued a press release on Oct. 4 announcing that the DOJ would create a “task force made up of representatives from the Criminal Division, National Security Division, from the Civil Rights Division, the Executive Office for US Attorneys, the FBI, the Community Relations Service, and the Office of Justice Programs to determine how federal enforcement tools can be used to prosecute these crimes.
In case the threats are unclear, the DOJ will create “specialized training and counseling” for school board members to help them “understand the type of behavior that constitutes threats” and how to “capture and retain evidence of threatening behavior to aid in the investigation and prosecution of these crimes.
If the White House had been so tough on the Taliban, Afghanistan would be our 51st state.
The National School Boards Association is putting the full force of the United States government not on foreign terrorists, but on angry parents. In a joint statement released Sept. 22, the NSBA and AASA, the School Superintendents Association, said: Local health policy experts.
After 20 months of such “guidance,” the internet is a mega-complex of online videos showing angry parents lashing out on school board members during the once sleepy public comment period of regular board meetings.
School officials could call the cops whenever they felt threatened or in danger. They don’t need the FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to deal with an angry parent who loses him over mask warrants for kindergarten children.
So why did they do it? Why did the NSBA tell the president that “these heinous actions could be the equivalent of a form of domestic terrorism”, and why did the president and his attorney general accept this huge show of force against the citizens? Americans?
The troubling answer is found in the six-page letter from the NSBA and its two dozen footnotes.
Footnote 24 describes âhate mailâ from someone in Ohio. âYou make them wear a mask – for no reason in this world other than control. And for that, you will pay dearly. The NSBA added: “Among other arsonists, this same threat also labels the school board member a ‘dirty traitor’, involves the loss of pension funds and calls the school board a Marxist.”
Loss of pension funds! This is terrorism!
Or it’s the free speech of an angry taxpayer exercising the constitutionally protected right to petition the government for redress for its grievances. âYou’ll pay dearlyâ could refer to a lawsuit or election challenge. It’s not friendly, but it has nothing to do with parking an airliner on the side of a building.
Then there is Footnote 20, attached to this statement: âOther groups post watchlists against school boards and spread misinformation that the boards are adopting a critical racial theory agenda and s. ‘strive to maintain online learning by randomly attributing it to COVID-19. The footnote identifies the source of this information as a publication on Substack, an online self-publishing site. The quoted article is titled “TPUSA Launches Project Targeting School Board Members”.
TPUSA is Turning Point USA, a conservative group that offers an alternative to the liberal politics prevailing on high school and college campuses. “Targeting” refers to publishing “a database of what appears to be every school board member in the country, and [including] information on policies, board meetings, etc.
Oh humanity. People attend school board meetings and criticize elected officials for their policies. Someone’s calling the FBI.
Someone did. And now, the full force of a federal investigation will be deployed against Americans who say or write things school officials find intimidating or threatening. Anyone can tip the FBI’s National Threat Operations Center and trigger an intrusive investigation that alone can destroy someone’s life and career. Instead of a local police report, federal agents will storm someone’s home, seize their electronics, question their neighbors, and investigate their contacts.
The Biden administration has unleashed a gruesome abuse of power clearly aimed at spreading fear by harassing and intimidating Americans. The goal is silent compliance.
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