FBI has branded veteran-run disaster organization a ‘terrorist’ group following government criticism, whistleblower says
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The FBI has been accused of falsely naming a veteran-run emergency prevention organization and its founder as enablers of domestic terrorism, according to a whistleblower complaint made public via a letter from the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee of bedroom.
In the letter, Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said the FBI associated the American contingency with domestic terrorism despite its own investigation proving otherwise in an effort to “advance a deceptive political agenda.”
“American Contingency is a company founded by former U.S. serviceman Mike Glover, who has publicly denied FBI charges that he is a terrorist and has described American Contingency’s charitable work on behalf of communities devastated by natural disasters” , Jordan said in the letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
According to the letter, the FBI maintained a terrorist designation on American Contingency despite a thorough investigation of the organization and its founder.
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The FBI investigated Glover’s “military records, his veteran’s disability rating, and even his monthly disability benefits” before ultimately determining that he was not a perpetrator or instigator of domestic terrorism. Jordan said those details were corroborated by an FBI whistleblower.
“We have no comment on specific groups or individuals. However, the FBI does not and cannot designate domestic terrorist organizations. The FBI can never initiate an investigation based solely on First Amendment protected activity. “, replied the office.
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“We cannot and do not investigate ideology. We focus on individuals who commit or intend to commit acts of violence and criminal activity that constitute a federal crime or pose a security threat national. The mission of the FBI is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution. One does not come at the expense of the other.”
Jordan said: “The FBI’s recent characterization of the American contingency as a DVE [domestic violent extremism] The organization is striking in light of new disclosures from whistleblowers that show the FBI had concluded as recently as 2020 that the group was not a threat.”
As a result of this investigation, the FBI determined on August 26, 2020 that Glover “is a decorated United States veteran” whose military record and frequent social media posts reflect his “patriotism for the United States”.
“Glover wants to help Americans prepare for catastrophic events, not overthrow the United States government,” the FBI’s online administrative memo reads. “A background investigation and review of Glover’s social media failed to support the claim that Glover is a threat to the United States or its citizens.”
While arguing that the designation was initially unwarranted, Jordan pointed out that the FBI retained its terrorist designation “even after the FBI determined in 2020 that the American contingency was not a threat.”
Jordan then investigated in more detail the FBI’s “Domestic Terrorism Symbols Guide” to “Militia Violent Extremists” (MVE) – which was shared publicly via Project Veritas – including questions on how and why. the FBI pursues people or organizations such as Glover and American Contingency.
The FBI document points to symbols like “2A,” an abbreviation for the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, and “commonly referenced historical images or quotes,” like the “Betsy Ross flag” and the ” yellow Gadsden flag that says ‘Don’t tread on me’ as symbols of ‘terrorists’, Jordan said.
Concluding the letter, the top Republican asked Wray for “all documents and communications referencing or relating to the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Symbols Guide to Militia Violent Extremism, for the period January 1, 2020 to present. “.
He also asked for “a full and complete explanation of why the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Strategic Unit did not include symbols, images, phrases, events and individuals about extremism. violent leftist from the FBI’s Guide to Symbols of Domestic Terrorism”. Jordan urged Wray to “provide this information as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 28, 2022.”
The FBI told reporters last month, “The threat posed by domestic violent extremists is persistent, evolving and deadly. The FBI’s authority to investigate a domestic terrorism case requires the existence of a potential federal criminal violation. , illegal use or threat of force or violence and ideological motivation of any type.We do not study ideology.
“The FBI investigates individuals who commit or intend to commit acts of violence and other criminal activities that constitute a federal crime or pose a threat to national security. We are committed to upholding the constitutional rights of all Americans and will never initiate an investigation based solely on First Amendment activity.”