If the FBI doesn’t have an “optics” division, they’d better form one pretty quick, because its reputation keeps swirling the drain, especially after the latest debacle.
According to Breitbart, a Catholic pro-life activist was the subject of the FBI’s latest, over-the-top raid. He was charged with allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, during his routine counseling services offered outside of abortion clinics.
Mark Houck, the founder and president of The King’s Men, had his Pennsylvania home raided by a staggering “25-30 agents,” according to eyewitness reports.
Understandably, Houck’s wife and children were absolutely terrified as the intimidating squadron of armed federal agents burst through the doors of their home.
“Pounding and screaming”
“Please, I’m going to open the door, but, please, my children are in the home. I have seven babies in the house,” Houck reportedly said as he pleaded with the armed battalion of FBI agents.
Houck’s wife added: “They started pounding on the door and yelling for us to open it,” going on to say that the armed agents were “pounding and screaming.”
“They had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” she continued.
“Our staircase is open, so [the kids] were all at the top of the stairs which faces the front door, and I was on the stairs as well, coming down,” Houck’s wife added. “The kids were all just screaming. It was all just very scary and traumatic.”
She explained that the children were understandably upset, and likely traumatized as a result of the unnecessary armed raid of their residence. “I don’t really know what’s going to come of it when you see guns pointed at your dad and your mom in your house when you first wake up in the morning,” she said, adding that she’s already sought counseling services.
Why the raid?
Many are wondering why the FBI felt it needed an rifle-toting army to raid the home in the first place. The charges Houck faces stem from an incident in which he allegedly shoved a pro-life activist, with Houck alleging the activist was harassing his 12-year-old son.
Even more shocking is that the charges were reportedly “thrown out” earlier this year by a lower court, but were apparently reinstated by none other than President Joe Biden’s top cop, Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Assault is always a serious offense, and under the FACE Act, if the victim is targeted because of their association with a reproductive healthcare clinic, it is a federal crime. Our Office and the Department of Justice are committed to prosecuting crimes which threaten the safety and rights of all individuals,” U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero said.