The Washington Times reports that on Friday, the FBI arrested a pro-life activist in Pennsylvania for allegedly twice for “attack of a patient escort” because he shoved a pro-abortion activist to the ground twice during anti-abortion protests in Philadelphia in 2021. This is a federal crime under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. The FACE Act makes it a federal crime to use force, intimidate or interfere with anyone because that person is a provider of reproductive health care. (Euphemism for abortion provider – not gynecologists.)
It isn’t the charges or the arrest that grates on the nerves. It is the manner in which the arrest was carried out.
The arrest early in the morning at the accused man’s home, in front of his wife and seven children, was done using a heavily-armed platoon of FBI agents: at least two dozen agents carrying rifles, with some in “firing positions” (that is, ready to snipe at the “enemy”) around the house. And upon entry to the house, had rifles leveled at the man and his wife. Two dozen: I think there were fewer G-men when they arrested Al Capone! (National Review reports 25-30 FBI “SWAT” members.)
The accused man says he has extenuating circumstances surrounding the two times he shoved the 79-year-old man down, and that he was defending his 12-year-old son and himself. Even stranger, the charges had been withdrawn this summer, according to some reports, and the pro-choice advocate’s civil suit against this accused man dismissed. That, of course, is to be decided (we hope and pray) by an impartial jury of the man’s peers.
It is the actions of the FBI that demand concern and action. As other events have demonstrated in recent years and months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has returned to its roots as a corrupt, perverted, organization dedicated to intimidation and “law enforcement” that seems to frequently involve violating the very laws they claim to enforce. While the most spectacular exercise of their corrupt power is the recent raid on former President Donald Trump’s house, there are dozens of other examples of the danger of this corrupt organization to people and liberty in the Fifty States. And even worshippers of government like Bill O’Reilly have been highly critical of the FBI and its leadership all the way back to its beginnings. (See O’Reilly’s book “Killing the Mob.”)
This isn’t to say that now and then the FBI has done some good things. Or that some FBI agents are honestly trying to investigate and solve crimes and do NOT act as bullies, thugs, and strong-arm artists. Even against state and local and tribal police forces.
But then, a stopped clock is right twice a day. And even the worst quality assurance program once in a while lets a good product get to market.
The major thing that seems to change about the FBI is who is on the enemies list that they go after: is it (some) mobsters, or German spies, or communist sympathizers? Or is it people pushing for racial equality, religious cultists, people on the political outs, or pro-life activists.
Just WHAT did the FBI expect to find at this man’s home, that justified the use of two dozen heavily armed men (and presumably women)? Was this some Ruby Ridge or Branch Davidian compound? Some heavily-armed and -fortified LDS polygamist fortress? Some Occupy Movement safehouse? A rural home filled with children, owned and occupied by a well-known Roman Catholic speaker and writer, often in public? (According to Breitbart, the FBI denies it was a “SWAT” but does not deny the number of armed and armored agents involved, or pointing guns at children in the home.)
And WHY? Clearly, the current regime in DC has much on its plate, and has already used the FBI (and other government agencies, armed or not) to do some dirty deeds. (According to many reports.) And the abortion issue is one of the major political crises of this more and more inept administration. The SCOTUS decision allowing the status of abortion to be decided by the States and voters is a dangerous precedent for the woke and the extremist “progressive” forces which Uncle Joe and his masters are fronting.
Given the disaster of the administration in so many things, Congressional Democrats need to do everything they can to motivate their own voters. That is, the voters that they thought belonged to them. (No doubt some of them remember what a job Reagan did on Democratic loyalty back in the 1980s.) Whipping up the mob by coming down hard on pro-lifers may be one more way of getting their voters both to the polls and to the streets.
Of course, when we speak of mobs – street mobs and not (private) organized crime – we should recall Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, when the Brownshirts and other “marching clubs” ruled and fought in the streets to put the National Socialist (or their opposition) into power. Similar efforts in the States so far have failed: the so-called anarchists, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and even pro-abortion efforts to create a street senate have so far yielded nearly nothing. But when the regime can use government organized crime street enforcers (such as the FBI and DEA), they may figure that they do not need to play the pretend “grassroots) game.
More on this as we think about it and discuss it. Your thoughts are appreciated.