As the Democratic Party continues to shift ever leftward, so too are many federal government institutions, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which more and more seems to have become the partisan enforcement arm of the ideological left.
That growing perception recently prompted former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who increasingly finds herself out of alignment with her own party, to chastise the FBI for becoming too “woke” and “politically correct,” Fox News reported.
The impetus for Gabbard’s accusation was how the FBI initially seemed to downplay an Islamist terror attack on a Jewish synagogue in Texas in comparison to revelations about how the Bureau was quick to apply the “terrorism” label to concerned parents speaking out at local school board meetings across the country.
FBI initially downplayed it
In a tweet posted Wednesday, Gabbard wrote, “Instead of trying to be ‘woke’/politically correct and targeting parents who care about what schools are teaching their children, the FBI/Dept of Homeland Security should focus on actual threats like the jihadist who terrorized the Texas synagogue.”
Instead of trying to be “woke”/politically correct and targeting parents who care about what schools are teaching their children, the FBI/Dept of Homeland Security should focus on actual threats like the jihadist who terrorized the Texas synagogue.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) January 19, 2022
What the former congresswoman was referring to in the second part of her tweet was the incident last Saturday in which a radicalized Islamist terrorist named Malik Faisal Akram had taken a rabbi and several other Jews hostage for several hours at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.
Akram had demanded the release of a convicted terrorist named Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani jihadist dubbed “Lady Al Qaeda” who had attempted to murder U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Akram was eventually killed by a SWAT team after the Jewish hostages were able to escape unharmed.
The problem, though, as highlighted by Gabbard, is that the FBI had initially refrained from labeling that incident as terrorism and had sought to deny any sort of ideological or religious connection between the Islamist jihadist’s actions and the fact that he had taken Jews hostage in a synagogue on the Sabbath.
Of course, following harsh criticism for that initial response, FBI Director Christopher Wray has now insisted that “the FBI is, and has been, treating Saturday’s events as an act of terrorism targeting the Jewish community,” and went on to wax poetic about how no person of faith should feel threatened in a house of worship.
Parents “domestic terrorists”
Meanwhile, as to the first part of Gabbard’s critical tweet, the New York Post reported that a whistleblower exposed to Congress an FBI email that purports to show how the bureau had mobilized its counterterrorism unit to target American parents expressing concerns at school board meetings as potential “domestic terrorists.”
That FBI action stemmed from an October memo from Attorney General Merrick Garland about investigating threats against teachers and school board members that came in response to a letter from the National School Board Association to the administration decrying the outraged parents showing up at school board meetings and equated their disruptions with “domestic terrorism.”
Those two disparate FBI responses — downplaying the synagogue attack while going after school board critics — are just a couple of examples of how the FBI has, indeed, increasingly adopted a “woke” and “politically correct” stance in line with the progressive left, and that is so unacceptable that even some Democrats, such as Gabbard, have declared that enough is enough.