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An FBI whistleblower came forward early in 2023 to expose the FBI for having targeted faithful Catholics as domestic extremists, and now the House GOP in the Weaponization of Government Committee has revealed that the FBI considered developing sources from among the Catholic clergy and had even interviewed a priest and choir director affiliated with a Catholic Church in Richmond, VA.
They also discovered that “there was no legitimate basis for the memorandum to insert federal law enforcement into Catholic houses of worship.”
“The Committee and Select Subcommittee’s oversight shows that the FBI abused its counterterrorism tools to target Catholic Americans as potential domestic terrorists,” reads the latest report from the subcommittee. The Committee and Select Subcommittee discovered that the FBI relied on at least one undercover agent to develop its assessment and the FBI even proposed developing sources among the Catholic clergy and church leadership.
“Not only did the FBI propose to develop sources,” the report continued, “but it already interviewed a priest and choir director affiliated with a Catholic church in Richmond, Virginia for the memorandum. Most concerning of all, without the disclosure of the brave whistleblower, the Richmond memorandum would still be operative in FBI systems, violating the religious liberties of millions of Catholic Americans.”
The FBI, per the committee, “saw the memorandum as an opportunity to insert federal law enforcement into places of worship and support outreach efforts to the Diocese of Richmond and other Catholic parishes.”
The committee stated that “The documents received pursuant to the Committee’s subpoena show there was no legitimate basis for the memorandum to insert federal law enforcement into Catholic houses of worship.”
Then they gave the examples of just how absurd the basis of the issuance of the memorandum was. There was only one investigation carried out by the FBI Richmond Field Office prior to the issuance of the memo, and that investigation concerned one individual who “self-described” as a “radical-traditionalist Catholic.”
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