Recently, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government has made a disturbing discovery. The FBI has been attempting to infiltrate several Catholic congregations by using informants planted inside them. The FBI deployed undercover agents to gather information and explore the possibility of using religious organizations as a means to develop new sources of information.
Did Garland Commit Perjury Over Targeting of Catholic Churches? https://t.co/1ghVrkRdiE
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 11, 2023
According to a document titled "Opportunities" dated January 23, 2023, the FBI suggested the idea of cultivating informants in Catholic churches. This document is cause for concern as it was reviewed and endorsed by two senior intelligence analysts and the local Chief Division Counsel. Whistleblowers have come forward to reveal that the FBI circulated this questionable document widely to its offices nationwide.
I specifically asked Merrick Garland whether the FBI was targeting Catholic parishes and he said no. Now it turns out the FBI was using undercover sources in multiple parishes https://t.co/NZMkIXEN47
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) April 10, 2023
FBI says “traditionalist Catholics” are a terrorist risk and should be monitored. So how many spies and sources do they have in America’s churches? Garland won’t answer pic.twitter.com/KjXd1pWjFD
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 1, 2023
FULL EXCHANGE between Senator @HawleyMO and Attorney General Merrick Garland:
"You used an unbelievable show of force with guns, that I'd just note liberals usually decry…You're happy to deploy them against Catholics and innocent children!" pic.twitter.com/MaHt6D4HWu
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 1, 2023
In March, Republican Senator Josh Hawley questioned Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the FBI and Department of Justice's involvement in the aforementioned practice. It is disheartening to note that Garland denied any such engagement. This situation leaves two possibilities – either Garland committed perjury, or he lacks control over the FBI, which falls under his jurisdiction.
The Attorney General should be held responsible for the FBI's inexcusable actions, which go against the fundamental principles on which this country was built. It is a severe breach of the First Amendment's protection of religious freedom for the FBI to interfere with the Catholic Church's practices. The government must not infringe upon the church's right to practice their beliefs. Congress must intervene to prevent such reprehensible behavior from recurring.