Our wonderful FBI sent undercover agents to spy on Catholic churches. For Domestic Extremism. Yes, Churches.
The FBI has had quite the week in the news cycle. First, they accidentally raided a poor pilot's hotel room and interrogated him in the shower. Then, it was revealed they were targeting sad incels for talking about "red pills". And now it turns out they're really going after all of us pesky Catholics.
The Weaponization of Government Committee obtained information from the FBI revealing the agency had sent undercover agents into Catholic churches to investigate them for domestic extremism. Yes, into churches. Jim Jordan wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, "Based on the limited information produced by the FBI to the Committee, we now know that the FBI relied on at least one undercover agent to produce its analysis and that the FBI proposed that its agents engage in outreach to Catholic parishes to develop sources among the clergy and church leadership to inform on Americans practicing their faith."
\u201c\ud83d\udea8 #BREAKING: We now know the FBI, relying on information derived from at least one \ud835\udc2e\ud835\udc27\ud835\udc1d\ud835\udc1e\ud835\udc2b\ud835\udc1c\ud835\udc28\ud835\udc2f\ud835\udc1e\ud835\udc2b employee, sought to use local religious organizations as \u201cnew avenues for tripwire and source development.\u201d\u201d— Weaponization Committee (@Weaponization Committee) 1681147641
The letter explains how a document provided to the committee confirms the FBI, "relying on information derived from at least one undercover employee, sought to use local religious organizations as 'new avenues for tripwire and source development.'" It then cites part of the provided document as an example of the surveillance efforts: "In addition to [redaction], engage in outreach to the leadership of other [Society of Saint Pius X] chapels in the FBI Richmond [area of responsibility] to sensitize these congregations to the warning signs of radicalization and to enlist their assistance to serve as suspicious activity tripwires."
If you recall, earlier this year, a leaked FBI bulletin identified Catholics who attend Traditional Latin Mass as potential domestic extremists. The bulletin relied on sources from the Southern Poverty Law Center and was later withdrawn. But with this new information from Jordan's committee, it seems the FBI does have a somewhat concerted effort to target Catholics.
As a practicing Catholic myself, I can assure everyone that I have never experienced any "domestic extremism" at any church I've ever attended. Just a lot of love for Jesus and unborn babies. But perhaps that's exactly what they're worried about.
Lily is a Zoomer college dropout who somehow landed a writing gig here at LwC.com. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, touching grass, and occasionally tweeting tweets for fellow tweeters.
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