Giancarlo Canaparo for The Daily Signal
Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum Monday instructing the Justice Department and the FBI to “launch a series of additional efforts in the coming days to address the increase in directed criminal behavior towards school staff.”
The Garland memo looks like an attempt to use the FBI Threats and silence Parents who are outspoken opponents of the critical race theory in school. Abuse of power will be alone. What Garland has done is, of course, even more shameful.
Maybe Garland doesn’t really want to use the FBI to track parents – maybe he knows he doesn’t have that power. In that case, he is trying to mislead the parents. He hopes the strategy will stifle parental freedom of speech and leave a bone to a strong ally of his political party.
Even a few FBI agents questioning parents is enough to convince others that it is not risky to stand up for their values.
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To understand what Garland is doing with this memo, you need a brief primer about your background information and government law.
Starting with the facts: What is this “increase in criminal behavior” against school officials? You will not find any evidence quoted in Garland’s memo. You will not find any evidence of the FBI’s criminal information.
The claim stems from a letter sent to Joe Biden, president of the National School Boards Association – a powerful leftist group that represents many school boards across the country by pushing a critical race theory curriculum. The letter made vague claims about “acts of intimidation and violence” against school board members from parents who opposed the critical race theory.
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The letter complained of “disruption” by angry parents but was able to find only one instance of violence against a school official (possibly a security guard), which was handled by local law enforcement.
Much of the letter has the National School Boards Association grab its pearls, outraged that angry parents are advising their children diligently in their best interests. The strategy adopted so far is nothing compared to the summer riots of 2020, which destroyed more than a billion dollars in property and caused multiple deaths.
These strategies have not been denied by the National School Boards Association and its generous friends. In fact the current vice president Organized financial support To the criminals involved.
The National School Boards Association is not really concerned about an isolated example of adequately managed violence by local law enforcement. It is much more unfortunate that it is powerless to prevent parents from exercising their First Amendment rights in order to push back against critical race theory in the classroom.
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And so, a move that is almost a reflection among many leftist organizations, it called on the government to lend some of its law enforcement power to stop its intervening critics. Garland was very happy to be compelled. By doing this, he has deceived himself and Biden.
When Biden announced Garland’s nomination, he promised to uphold the DOJ’s independence from the White House’s political influence. Garland made the same promise:
I have spent my entire professional life on the side of Ed Levy and other Attorney Generals following Watergate who stood up for the department against the indomitable pressure and influence. If I am sure as Attorney General, I want to do the same.
There is no clearer example of political influence entering the DOJ than a demand from a left-wing advocacy group to the president in less than a week.
But there is a problem with the DOJ’s arming of Garland: there is no conceivable basis for federal law enforcement action against these parents.
Unlike Attorney General Eric Holder, who abused the Clinic Entrance Act to Freedom of Access Clinic Entrance Act, Garland found no law that he could similarly silence parents. If he could, he would put it in the memo.
But the parents do not know.
And here the official law enters. Garland’s memo failed to specify any basis for law enforcement action by the DOJ or the FBI, but it is hidden with a morale in official language that says federal law enforcement will give local school boards some advice.
FBI agents and federal prosecutors (who have nothing else to do, apparently) will travel the country to school boards with their local police phone numbers and the web address of the FBI’s Internet tip line.
After the noise and anger have subsided, there is nothing left on the side.
What did we make of all this?
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First, there is no reason to enforce federal law; Local authorities are in control of it.
Second, Garland has shown, disappointingly, that he is targeting powerful left-wing political groups and is quite happy to use the threat of federal government law enforcement to suppress the freedom of speech of their critics. The DOJ’s promised reliance is a farce.
Third, it is more important for Garland to spend less on law enforcement agencies to satisfy liberal interest groups than on national concerns.
Fourth, some good news, parents need not be afraid. Teaching children critical racial theory is their constitutional right to legally resist schools.
Go to school boards and have your voice heard.
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