A House Weaponization Committee report revealed that the FBI targeted so-called Radical-Traditional Catholics as potential domestic terrorists, leading to an investigation.
The FBI’s actions included interviewing a priest and choir director from The Society of Saint Pius X, violating the religious liberties of Catholic Americans.
The FBI’s memo, based on left-wing sources, lacked a clear definition of “Radical-Traditional Catholic” and relied on a single investigation. (Trending: Bombshell Email Uncovered Between Joe Biden And Hunter)
“The FBI’s Richmond memorandum is a startling reminder that Americans’ civil liberties and core Constitutional rights must be vigorously guarded against government overreach, including in this case from an overzealous law enforcement agency,” the committee wrote in the report.
The FBI “abused its counterterrorism tools to target Catholic Americans as potential domestic terrorists,” according to the committee’s report.
“While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, this particular field office product — disseminated only within the FBI — regarding racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism does not meet the exacting standards of the FBI,” said an FBI spokesperson.
“Upon learning of the document, FBI Headquarters quickly began taking action to remove the document from FBI systems and conduct a review of the basis for the document,” they added.
After the memo leaked, the FBI took steps to remove it from their systems and claimed they would not target individuals based on First Amendment protected activity.
The committee found the FBI’s actions unjustified and criticized their targeting of Catholic houses of worship.
The House committee ruled that there “was no legitimate basis for the memorandum to insert federal law enforcement into Catholic houses of worship.”