An FBI whistleblower just revealed to Congress that the FBI had him artificially inflate the number of domestic terrorism cases.
The FBI whistleblower is Special Agent Garret O’Boyle of the Kansas City field office, and, according to Fox News, O'Boyle made this revelation to the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.
O'Boyle participated in an interview with the subcommittee on Feb. 10, and Fox News just released a report on the interview after the outlet was allowed to review portions of the transcript.
O'Boyle, Fox reports, told the subcommittee that "the FBI made him divide one domestic terrorism case into 'four different cases,' in what he described as an effort by the bureau to be able to show Congress an influx of domestic terrorism cases."
O'Boyle explained that the point of the artificial increase was to allow the FBI to go to Congress and say, "look at all the domestic terrorism we’ve investigated."
“Where, really, I was working on one case,” O’Boyle said. “But, the FBI can then say [to Congress], 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.”
This wasn't the only revelation that O'Boyle made to the committee.
O'Boyle also revealed that the FBI created a threat tag following the unprecedented leak of the U.S. Supreme Court's draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health. This is the case in which the court overturned the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, returning the abortion issue to the people and their state legislators.
Initially, O'Boyle said that he felt the threat tag was "legitimate" because of the threats that members of the U.S. Supreme Court faced. But, O'Boyle said that the threat tag "shifted and began focusing in on pro-life adherence."
The FBI, following these revelations from O'Boyle, has attempted to explain them away.
With regard to the alleged inflation of domestic terrorism numbers, the FBI said:
Any assertion that the FBI manipulates statistics on domestic terrorism cases is categorically false. The FBI’s authority to investigate a case as domestic terrorism requires the existence of a potential federal criminal violation and the unlawful use or threat of force or violence to further political or social objectives. We follow the facts of each case and will never open an investigation based solely on First Amendment protected activity.
The FBI did not respond directly to the allegation that the FBI used the threat tag to target pro-life individuals.
The FBI, instead, said:
A tag is merely a statistical tool to track information for review and reporting. The creation of a threat tag in no way changes the long-standing requirements for opening an investigation, nor does it represent a shift in how the FBI prioritizes threats.
O'Boyle is just one of several FBI whistleblowers who has spoken with the House subcommittee.