An agent-turned-whistleblower reportedly told the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government that the FBI issued a threat tag following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last year, but it then changed to focus on pro-life individuals.
FBI Special Agent Garret O’Boyle of the Kansas City Field Office’s Wichita Resident Agency alleged the FBI forced him to break one domestic terrorism investigation into four other files in an effort to show Congress an increase in domestic terrorism cases.
About the pro-life assignment, O’Boyle stated that the FBI established the threat tag “THREATSTOSCOTUS2022” in response to the high court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade case and restored abortion to the states.
“When this threat tag came out, it was like, why are you focusing on pro-life people?” he told the panel.
O’Boyle claimed that while at the time he believed the threat tag was legitimate he soon began to have second thoughts.
O’Boyle also later expressed his opinion that the FBI was using the threat tags in a politicized way.
The FBI, according to O’Boyle, also went on to retaliate against him for making protected disclosures to Congress.
When O’Boyle was suspended, he claimed that the FBI barred him from obtaining his personal items from a firm leased by the FBI in Virginia. O’Boyle estimated that he spent almost $10,000 retrieving his personal stuff from the FBI storage facility.
O’Boyle told the panel that he believed the FBI was being used as a weapon against people who dared to speak out about wrongdoing inside the agency.
The whistleblower interview took place in the midst of the subcommittee’s probe into alleged misuse of domestic violent extremism resources for political goals.
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