You might recall that when word first came that the FBI sent about two dozen gun-toting agents to arrest a pro-life activist, terrorizing his wife and children in the process, I at first included their denial that it had happened that way. I didn’t really believe it, but I wanted to be fair and give their side. But when they then arrested nearly a dozen more peaceful, elderly, religious pro-life activists, including an 87-year-old communist concentration camp survivor, on trumped-up charges that amount to prosecuting people for praying and protesting outside an abortion clinic, it became impossible to extend any credence to the FBI’s claims.
Well, they’ve done it again, only this time, the targets got it on video: multiple agents, AR-15s, evasive responses, handcuffing dad in front of terrified children and all.
This is the same FBI that until now has never put up such a show of force in serving warrants on nonviolent and misdemeanor offenders. That’s irresponsible, unprofessional, immoral and a good way to escalate the likelihood of someone getting hurt. It has nothing to do with justice or intelligent law enforcement procedures and everything to do with trying to bully and intimidate people opposed to murdering babies in the womb into giving up their First Amendment rights.
This is the kind of show of force you might expect when arresting genuine violent radicals who, say, firebombed a pro-life pregnancy center while making death threats. Except they haven’t yet arrested a single person involved in any of the dozens of instances of that.
Ever since Trump won in 2016, the FBI has been burning down its good reputation through nakedly partisan actions. Under Biden, the weaponization of law enforcement against political opponents has worsened so much that one poll shows a majority of Americans now view it as “Biden’s Gestapo.” We fought a World War to get rid of one Gestapo; we don’t need another one on American soil.
The law these people are charged under (the FACE Act) should be either repealed or overturned by the courts as unconstitutional; these politically-motivated charges dropped with apologies; and whoever was responsible for this outrage inside the DOJ identified, fired, and if possible, prosecuted. Hold the trial outside DC, where juries will actually look at the evidence. And preferably in some jurisdiction where tarring and feathering is still a recognized form of punishment.
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