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KINTNERSVILLE, PA- Another day, another case of the FBI, the enforcement arm of the Biden administration targeting political enemies, in this case a pro-life advocate. If ever there was a federal agency begging to be defunded and dismantled, it is the current incarnation of the FBI. Not since the days of J. Edgar Hoover has a federal law enforcement agency been so compromised.
The latest case involves Mark Houck, a pro-life activist who saw a huge contingent of FBI agents, estimated at thirty, conduct an armed raid at his Pennsylvania home, sources told Todd Starnes, radio talk show host.
“They had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” Ryan-Marie Houck told Starnes. “The kids were all just screaming. It was all just very scary and traumatic.”
As a point of contrast, the FBI has yet to make an arrests in the number of firebombings and other vandalism that have occurred at crisis pregnancy centers nationwide in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned.
Likewise, not one member of Antifa or Black Lives Matter have been subjected to an armed FBI raid for causing $2 billion of damage, along with countless injuries and a number of deaths in 2020’s violent riots.
Speak out against the left’s holy grail? Thirty armed FBI agents terrorize you and your family.
So what exactly did Houck to do command such an armed presence of the FBI’s finest? They told him it was because he had “shoved a pro-abortion activist” who subjected his son to disgusting vitriol outside an abortion clinic last October.
That is correct, for what amounted to a misdemeanor battery case at best a year ago, the FBI sought to conduct a raid worthy of John Dillinger for a man who dares to criticize the religion of abortion.
According to LifeSite News:
On several occasions when Mark [Houck] went to sidewalk counsel last year, he took his eldest son, who was only 12 at the time, she [Ryan-Marie Houck] explained. For “weeks and weeks,” a “pro-abortion protester” would speak to the boy saying “crude…inappropriate and disgusting things,” such as “your dad’s a fag,” and other statements that were too vulgar for her to convey.
Repeatedly, Mark would tell this pro-abortion man that he did not have permission to speak to his son and please refrain from doing so. And “he kept doing it and kind of came into [the son’s] personal space” obscenely ridiculing his father. At this point, “Mark shoved him away from his child and the guy fell back.”
So got that? This pro-baby killing lunatic apparently had the freedom to verbally assault a 12-year-old child, get in his face and when the child’s father defended him, he is subjected to an FBI raid involving 30 armed agents? So bogus was this pro-abortion extremist’s complaint that a civil suit he filed against Houck was tossed out of court.
However as we are well aware, it is not permitted under the Biden administration to go against the regime and clearly the Department of Justice and feckless, tyrannical Attorney General Merrick Garland is trying to send a message. Go along with the regime, or we will target you.
According to Catholic News Agency:
The FBI confirmed to CNA Friday that Houck was arrested outside his residence Friday morning “without incident.” In a press release, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said that Houck is being charged with a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, more commonly referred to as the FACE Act.
The federal indictment says that Houck twice assaulted a 72-year-old man who was a patient escort at a Planned Parenthood clinic at 1144 Locust St. in Philadelphia on Oct. 13, 2021. First, Houck shoved the escort, identified only with the initials B.L., to the ground as B.L. was attempting to escort two patients, the indictment says. Houck also “verbally confronted” and “forcefully shoved” B.L. to the ground in front of Planned Parenthood the same day, the indictment says. The indictment says B.L. was injured and needed medical attention.
If he is convicted, Houck could face up to 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $350,000, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
So for a misdemeanor “shoving” charge, Houck was placed in shackles with guns pointed to his head, according to witnesses, all while his seven children watched. Nice.
Houck is affiliated with a men’s group called “The King’s Men,” which engage in sidewalk counseling outside abortion mills.
Hans von Spakovsky, writing in The Daily Signal, notes that using the FACE Act to target abortion opponents is nothing new for Democrats, having been used numerous times by the Obama-Biden administration.
Von Spakovsky notes the curious timing of the raid on Houck, occurring almost exactly three months after the high court tossed Roe v. Wade. As von Spakovsky notes, “the FBI’s raid of Houck’s home was designed to send a warning to pro-life activists in activities protected by the First Amendment.”
The FACE Act (18 U.S.C. § 248) specifically forbids physically obstructing, injuring, intimidating, or interfering with anyone “obtaining or providing reproductive health services.”
However Congress specifically wrote that the act doesn’t “prohibit any expressive conduct (including peaceful picketing or other peaceful demonstration) protected from legal prohibitions by the First Amendment to the Constitution,” including the “free speech or free exercises clauses,” occurring “outside a facility.”
As von Spakovsky writes, Houck repeatedly warned the “victim” to stop harassing his young son, however he refused to stop, leading to the confrontation.
So what were these “serious” injuries this pro-baby killing extremist received? According to Houck’s family, he required only “a Band-Aid on his finger.”
To make matters even worse, far-left Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a rogue prosecutor if there ever was one, refused to file misdemeanor charges against Houck. That was in addition to the civil suit being thrown out of court.
The feds may have some difficulty in proving their case that the “victim” was “obtaining or providing reproductive health services” as required in the statute, von Spakovsky argues. In addition, it would seem fairly easy for Houck to invoke a self-defense argument, since he was defending his young son from a verbal assault.
In 2012 when Obama was president, a pro-life activist, Susan Pine, was indicted by Obama’s Justice Department under the FACE Act.
In throwing out the indictment against Pine, the judge slammed the DOJ for the way its attorneys acted, saying the indictment appeared to be the “product of a concerted effort between the government and the [abortion clinic]…to quell Ms. Pine’s activities” rather than to enforce the statute. That would seem to be the same in the case of Houck.
One must question the motives of this indictment of Houck, given the rather suspicious timing. As von Spakovsky observes, “even in the light most favorable to the government this was, at best, two minor incidents of misdemeanor assault.”
Yet one cannot overlook the fact that a far-left zealot like Krasner didn’t see fit to file charges against Houck, judging that it didn’t rise to the level of a misdemeanor assault under state statutes let alone a felony for which he now stands charged.
It was more or less a case of “mutual combat,” von Spakovsky theorizes where “two adults got out of hand and ended up in a minor scuffle.” As he rightly observed, cases like this typically do not end up with either party being charged.
Another factor which is curious about this case is if it was indeed such an egregious incident requiring 30 FBI agents in SWAT garb with semi-automatic weapons raiding his home in front of his children, why then did they wait 337 days to swoop down on his house, shackle him with guns to his head, and take him into custody?
Curious minds want to know. It should be noted that Houck has no…zero…criminal record.
Von Spakovsky also wonders (rightfully) why the attacks on some 70 pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, which are also protected under the FACE Act’s definition of a facility that “provides reproductive health services,” have not received the same attention as Houck.
That of course is a rhetorical question. We all know why. That fits the regime’s political agenda…they do not care if such centers are attacked.
The violent rhetoric coming from Democrats and the White House, with their constant drumbeat of “radical MAGA Republicans” is going to end up getting someone killed. In fact, it already has…a young 18-year-old Trump supporter in North Dakota, killed only because of his political ideology.
There are radical extremists alright…a majority on the political left.
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