Sen. Hawley says FBI should go “to the border” instead of targeting parents

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In light of the announcement by the Department of Justice earlier in October where Attorney General Garland stated the FBI will be investigating parents who’ve been voicing concerns and opposition toward lessons revolving around CRT or mask mandates, Senator Josh Hawley said that the FBI would be of better use on the border.

While making an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, show host Tucker Carlson and Senator Hawley discussed how AG Garland felt it was necessary to get the FBI to investigate alleged threats aimed against school boards and teachers that are purportedly being carried out by concerned parents.

Senator Hawley said that the FBI could being engaged in something more productive like addressing the issues impacting the southern border instead of looking into school board officials that are being brought to task by parents infuriated over what’s happening in their children’s schools:

“Well, you can imagine, Tucker, some things that FBI agents could be doing like maybe going to the border where we have an unprecedented surge of the crime of illegal immigration of drug smuggling, but no, instead we’re going to go after parents.”

The Republican senator noted that when it comes down to the FBI getting involved to essentially quash dissenting opinions over school practices and curriculum, then it’s evident that these school boards can’t defend the practices they’re being scolded for:

“I mean, can I just say you know that you’ve lost the argument when you are sending FBI agents to try and silence voting tax-paying parents, trying to silence them. I mean, I can’t think of an instance in American history when anything like this has happened before.

It’s another first for Joe Biden, and it’s a bad one.”

Senator Hawley continued on that notion, putting things into perspective regarding how absurd it is that the FBI is going to get involved after school board officials complained about being called out for what is happening in various schools across the country:

“What we’re seeing is Tucker, any time this administration doesn’t like opposition, any time it doesn’t like a political point of view – they try to silence it. And they’re wiling to use federal law enforcement power to do it.

But to use it against parents? I mean things are just getting really crazy when they’re using it against parents of children who what?

They line up at a school board meeting, they want to express their concerns – they elect these people by the way – the parents elect the school board. And now they can’t even speak without being investigated? It’s insane.”

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AG Garland’s daughter married to co-founder of education company peddling CRT resources to schools

(Originally published October 6th, 2021)

Following the early October announcement from the Department of Justice to target parents opposed to aspects like critical race theory who’ve allegedly engaged in “harassment, intimidation and threats” against various school boards across the country, a concerning connection has come to light regarding AG Merrick Garland’s daughter.

The U.S. Attorney General’s daughter happens to be married to the co-founder of a company that peddles resources to schools to foster more “equitable” school environments – a term that often accompanies CRT proponents.

According to a 2018 article from the New York Times, Rebecca Garland married Xan Tanner, which Tanner happens to be one of the co-founders of Panorama Education.

According to the company website’s “About” page, their products are already being used to “support over 13 million students in 21,000 schools, 1,500 districts, and 50 states.”

Products that are offered to school districts include educational progress dashboards called “Student Success”, another dashboard called “Social Emotional Learning”, and “Feedback Surveys” that schools can utilize to address all matters ranging from student to staff concerns and desires.

What has the potential to raise some eyebrows would be the “Social Emotional Learning” product sold by the company run in part by the son-in-law of AG Garland, as it seems to have elements of CRT basked into the product sold by the company.

According to the topics listed within the “Social Emotional Learning” section of the product information, some of the “topics for students, teachers and staff” address the following:

  • Diversity and Inclusion – How diverse, integrated, and fair school is for students from different races, ethnicities, or cultures.
  • Cultural Awareness and Action – How often students learn about, discuss, and confront issues of race, ethnicity, and culture in school.
  • Social Awareness – How well students consider the perspectives of others and empathize with them.
  • Cultural Awareness and Action (Student Focus) – How well a school supports students in learning about, discussing, and confronting issues of race, ethnicity, and culture.
  • Cultural Awareness and Action (Adult Focus) – How well a school supports faculty and staff in learning about, discussing, and confronting issues of race, ethnicity, and culture.

These aforementioned areas all are part of CRT-based efforts, creating a hyper-focus on aspects like race and ethnicity that many parents across the country have voiced concerns over their propensity to foster identity politics in a school setting.

And as mentioned earlier, AG Garland released a statement on October 4th in light of parents attending and voicing concerns at school board meetings all over the United States that alluded to said acts as being instances of “harassment, intimidation and threats of violence.”

While the Department of Justice release proclaimed that they’re only responding to a “rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel”, this alleged criminal conduct the Justice Department aims to address stems from the hyperbolic claims made by the National School Boards Association in late September.

In a September 29th letter to President Biden from the NSBA, the association claimed that parents voicing opposition to CRT or mask mandates in school is “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

While a singular instance in their September 29th letter noted that one person “in Illinois for aggravated battery and disorderly conduct during a school board meeting,” every other complaint lodged in the letter pertained to things like angry letters, being called mean names like “Marxist”, and dealing with “anti-mask proponents” who cause “chaos during board meetings.”

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They haven’t learned their lesson: DOJ watchdog finds ‘significant lapse’ in how FBI follows FISA evidence rule

(Originally published October 3rd, 2021)

WASHINGTON, DC-  The FBI, the so-called “preeminent law enforcement agency in the world” has still apparently not learned from their past mistakes, at least that’s what a report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz tells us, according to the Washington Examiner.

The investigation into the FBI’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) procedures, spurred in part by serious flaws uncovered in the program during the agency’s involvement in the Russia collusion hoax found “significant” and “widespread” problems with how the FBI conducts what is one of the most important programs it has.

According to Horowitz’s report, “The FBI conducted an inventory of all Woods Files for each FISA application associated with dockets from January 2015 to March 2020.

“Based on FBI documentation, we determined that out of the more than 7,000 FISA applications during that time, there were at least 183 instances (including the 4 that the Office of Inspector General previously identified) where the required Woods File was missing, destroyed, or incomplete at the time of the FBI’s inventory.”

According to the FBI watchdog, he deemed the missing Woods Files “a significant lapse in the FBI’s management of its FISA program.” Yet FBI Director Christopher Wray still has a job, further proof that nobody in Washington, D.C., be it in the military or law enforcement or security apparatus is accountable for anything.

The so-called “Woods Procedures” are designed “to ensure that FISA applications are accurate and related to specific facts supporting probable cause, the existence and nature of any related criminal investigations or prosecutions involving the subject of the FISA application, and the existence and nature of any prior or ongoing asset relationship between the subject and the FBI.”

In March 2020, the same DOJ watchdog issued a “management advisory” memo in which it cited the FBI’s “non-compliance” with the Woods Procedures in 29 FISA applications looked at, which had all been approved by the FISA Court between 2015 and 2019. In all, the DOJ notified the FISA court of 209 errors of which four were determined to be “material” errors.

Horowitz wrote:

“The FBI and DOJ are implementing important reforms as a result of our prior FISA reports,’ he wrote. “However, we believe additional action is necessary to ensure rigorous supervisory review and to further strengthen Woods Procedures oversight to reduce the risk of erroneous information being included in FISA applications which can lead to faulty probable cause determinations and infringement of U.S. persons’ civil liberties.”

The 2020 memo issued by Horowitz came after a separate 2019 report whereby the watchdog identified 17 “significant errors and omissions” related to the FISA warrants for Trump campaign aide Carter Page, as well as the FBI’s reliance on the debunked Steele dossier for the purposes of obtaining the FISA warrant. In addition, Horowitz slammed the agency for not including potentially exculpatory information gleaned from confidential sources to the FISA court.

In criticizing the FBI at the time, their explanations were deemed to be “unsatisfactory across the board,” however they couldn’t determine if the errors were “gross negligence” or “intentional misconduct.”

A portion of the Carter Page FISAs were eventually ruled to be “invalid” by the Department of Justice while ineffectual FBI Director Wray admitted there had been illegal surveillance.

The IG said in the newly-released 60-page report that “further audit work identified over 200 additional instances of Woods Procedures noncompliance—where Woods Files did not contain adequate supporting documentation for statements in the 29 applications—although the FBI and NSD subsequently confirmed the existence of available support elsewhere.”

Regarding the 183 applications where Wood Files were “missing or incomplete,” the report stated:

“We observed that the Woods Files generally did not contain evidence of the thoroughness or completeness of this supervisory review.”

In essence, the report concluded that:

“…the widespread Woods Procedures non-compliance that we identified in this audit raises serious questions about the adequacy and execution of the SSA review process in place at the time of the applications we reviewed.”

According to Human Events, the investigation discovered the FBI’s procedures showed a lack of thoroughness or completeness, where they are in fact designed to find problems including “human error” and “confirmation bias,” however would only work with proper supervisory oversight, which didn’t happen.

“We observed that the Woods Files generally did not contain evidence of the thoroughness or completeness of this supervisory review,” Horowitz wrote.

“The widespread Woods Procedures non-compliance that we identified in this audit raises serious questions about the adequacy and execution of the SSA review process in place at the time of the applications we reviewed. We also have concerns with the FBI’s and the NSD’s oversight efforts—specifically the need to be strategic, accountable and timely.”

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