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FBI specifically targeted pro-lifers after Roe overturned, whistleblower claims
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FBI specifically targeted pro-lifers after Roe overturned, whistleblower claims

A whistleblower has testified before some members of Congress that the FBI specifically targeted pro-lifers and crisis pregnancy centers after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer.

On February 10, FBI Special Agent Garret O’Boyle of the Wichita Resident Agency in the Kansas City Field Office testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

During his testimony, O'Boyle alleged that, while the agency initially created the tag "THREATSTOSCOTUS2022" to investigate threats against Supreme Court justices in the fallout of Dobbs, that tag eventually devolved into a means of targeting pro-lifers.

"When this threat tag came out, it was like, 'Why are you focusing on pro-life people?'" O'Boyle told the panel. "It’s pro-choice people who are the ones protesting or otherwise threatening violence in front of Supreme Court justices’ houses."

O'Boyle also claimed that he was pressured to ask a source, who happened to be pro-life, about various threats against SCOTUS. "I was like, 'Why would this person know about those threats? He’s pro-life,'" O'Boyle said, adding, "Like, he’s not the one going and threatening the Supreme Court justices."

When asked whether he believes that the FBI had politicized threat tags, O'Boyle responded unequivocally, "I do."

The FBI denied O'Boyle's allegations in a statement. "[W]e will vigorously pursue investigations of any threat or use of violence committed by someone who uses extremist views to justify their actions, regardless of motivation or what side of an issue that person is on. We do not conduct investigations based on a person’s political or social views," the statement said.

"Any assertion that the FBI manipulates statistics on domestic terrorism cases is categorically false," the statement continued, adding elsewhere, "We follow the facts of each case and will never open an investigation based solely on First Amendment protected activity."

In addition to the allegations of agency bias, O'Boyle claimed that the FBI was deliberately breaking up cases into several different cases to pad its stats regarding domestic terrorism. "Where, really, I was working on one case, but the FBI can then say, 'Well, he actually had four, and so we need you to give us more money because look at how big of a threat all this domestic terrorism is," he said.

O'Boyle then indicated that the agency had retaliated against him for voicing his concerns publicly, claiming that he had been suspended by the FBI and then prevented from collecting his belongings from a Virginia storage facility after he spoke out. He said that he had to spend $10,000 to reclaim those items. The FBI "was being weaponized against agents or anybody who wanted to step forward and talk about malfeasance inside the agency prior to this," he asserted.

The FBI statement, however, denied that the agency has punished any "individuals who make protected whistleblower disclosures."

O'Boyle's testimony comes on the heels of Attorney General Merrick Garland testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. During some tense exchanges with several Republican senators, Garland admitted that pro-lifers had been disproportionately prosecuted compared to pro-abortionists. However, Garland insisted that most pro-life "crimes" are committed in broad daylight, while pro-abortionists often prefer the cover of darkness to commit their crimes, which makes them more difficult to investigate.

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Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil

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Cortney Weil is a senior editor for Blaze News.
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