July 4, 2022

FBI using counterterrorism tools on schools, leaked email reveals

An internal FBI email shows the use of counterterrorism tools to monitor threats against school board members and teachers, according to a new report.

The email was obtained by House Republicans from an FBI whistleblower, according to The Washington Examiner. The information appears to contrast Attorney General Merrick Garland’s earlier memo.

The email noted the creation of a threat tag called EDUOFFICIALS that monitor school actions.

“The purpose of the threat tag is to help scope this threat on a national level and provide an opportunity for comprehensive analysis of the threat picture for effective engagement with law enforcement partners at all levels,” the email noted.

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan revealed the email to Garland in a letter Tuesday, noting it was sent just one day before his Oct. 1 testimony on the matter.

“At best if we assume that you were ignorant of the FBI’s actions in response to your October 4 memorandum at the time of your testimony, this evidence suggests that your testimony to the committee was incomplete and requires additional explanation,” Jordan wrote.

The concerning message will likely lead to further investigation into the matter. The FBI should not be investigating parents with concerns over school matters, yet it appears this is exactly what is taking place.

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