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WASHINGTON, DC- Law Enforcement Today recently reported on the National School Board Association (NSBA) sending a letter to the White House demanding federal law enforcement involvement in local school board meetings, alleging “violence” by parents.
The NSBA asked the White House to use tools such as the PATRIOT Act, designed to investigate external terrorist threats, to investigate parents. Now, the NSBA is expressing some regret as they have been slammed by parents and conservatives alike.
On Friday, the NSBA announced that “we regret and apologize for the letter” sent to the Biden administration which classified concerned parents as being the equivalent of “domestic terrorists,” Gateway Pundit reports.
The letter gained even more controversy after incompetent radical Attorney General Merrick Garland said he was directing the FBI to get involved in so-called “threats” against school boards made by parents, investigations which would typically be carried out by local law enforcement agencies.
Garland’s letter was viewed as an attempt to intimidate parents from speaking out. Given the government’s response to trespassers at the US Capitol, some who have been locked up since Jan. 6, including placing some in solitary confinement, it’s understandable how some could be concerned about the feds getting involved.
The letter came only one day after it was revealed that the Biden administration had in fact coordinated with the NSBA in the weeks leading up to the letter attacking parents and the subsequent memo from Garland, as reported in a bombshell report by the Washington Free Beacon.
The Friday letter read:
“On behalf of the NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter. To be clear, the safety of school board members, other public school officials and educators, and students is our top priority, and there remains important work to be done on this issue. However, there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter,” they wrote.
“We deeply value…the voices of parents who should and must continue to be heard when it comes to decisions about their children’s education, health and safety.”
It would appear that given the report from the Free Beacon, this apology letter is nothing less than an attempt to gain cover for the NSBA and turn down the temperature a bit.
Last week, Garland appeared before the House Judiciary Committee, where he was slammed by Republicans over a range of issues, from the memorandum threatening parents to his apparent conflict of interest concerning critical race theory and Hunter Biden’s “art” sales.
Garland is looking to face further grilling this week when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republicans (because face it, Democrats are in on it) will likely question him about the “come to Jesus” letter sent by the NSBA last week as well as the Free Beacon report.
In that report, it was learned through emails obtained via a Freedom of Information (FOIA) from Parents Defending Education that the NSBA’s president and CEO sent the letter to Biden on Sept. 29 without getting approval from the board. In that letter, he alleged that parent’s conduct at school board meetings should be considered “a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
In a reply email, the white House asked for specific examples of threats against school board members, sent only days before Garland issued his memo and created a task force of officials from both the FBI and the Justice Department in order to plan how to prosecute alleged “crimes” at school board meetings.
In other emails obtained by Parents Defending Education, a member of the board of the NSBA said, in part:
“…the Board of Directors should have been consulted before a letter like this was sent out publicly, and no less to the President of the United States and the National Press. I also agree that the letter took a stance that went far beyond what many of us would consider to be reasonable and used terms that were extreme and asked for action by the Federal Government that many of us would not request.”
The email also agreed that matters such as these are better managed by:
“local law enforcement and local authorities, and NOT the Federal government. Local control has been a stalwart of our principles, and we do not want to abandon that concept now.”
Further and much more egregious was an email sent by Chip Slaven, NSBA’s interim executive director, in which it indicates White House staff was in fact in communication with NSBA over “several weeks” and asked that “specific information be included in the final letter that was sent.” This folks is what you call real collusion.
Slaven wrote, in part:
“…in talks over the last several weeks with White House staff, they requested additional information on specific threats, so the letter also details many of the incidents that have been occurring.” [emphasis added]
Emails obtained by Parents Defending Education:
Clearly, the White House’s receipt of the NSBA letter hardly came as a surprise, and the fact that Garland announced the DOJ’s involvement only five days after the letter was “received” is a clear indication that this was a coordinated effort between at least Slaven, the White House and the Department of Justice to target parents. And they called Trump a tyrant?
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All of this has come about as parents have become increasingly concerned about issues such as indoctrination of children into critical race theory and radical transgender teachings which ironically came about as the result of remote learning last year during the pandemic lockdowns. Parents were able to see exactly what their children were being taught, and in many cases didn’t like what they saw.
Over the past six months or so as the radical critical race theory has become more prevalent in schools, parents have become increasingly vocal about their disapproval, resulting in some contentious, although clearly non-violent school board meetings.
All of this has of course gotten the attention of the radical teacher’s unions, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA), which were quite content with parents being ignorant to the indoctrination they were pushing on America’s school children.
The actions taken by the NSBA and the DOJ is viewed as an attempt to silence parents and scare them into compliance, fearful that an overreaching federal government and increasingly rogue DOJ will put the hammer down.
Critical race theory isn’t the only issue concerning parents; many have become increasingly concerned about mask mandates put on their children, where they are being forced to wear masks in schools for up to seven hours per day for a virus that has an infinitesimal chance of making them seriously ill.
All of this has led parents to start recall efforts of school boards in some districts, while in others, parents have organized to primary radical school board candidates or run their own candidates in order to wrest control back from the extremists.
In the email chain lambasting the Slaven’s letter to Biden, one NSBA director rued that the letter had “reawakened hostilities” that had in some quarters started to subside.
“Many of us have been put in a position of now explaining or defending the action of our association as we are asked by members of our community if we consider them domestic terrorists for showing up at our meetings and expressing their opinions,” wrote John W. Halkais, director from the Association’s Central Region.
He noted that had they known about the contents of the letter, it would likely have not been approved by him and other board members, which he said “used terms that were extreme, and asked for action by the Federal Government that many of us would not request.”
Other emails showed coordination between Slaven and Viola Garcia, president of the association, and the White House and Department of Education regarding the rise of cases involving irate parents showing up at school board meetings.
In an October 2 email, Garcia told the board that the association had been coordinating with the White House and Department of Education “for several weeks” on the school board protests.
“We felt compelled to say something when we started hearing about the threats, harassment, and acts of intimidation at school board meetings,” she wrote.
During his House testimony last week, Garland said he hadn’t spoken to the White House “directly” about his memo unleashing federal law enforcement agencies on local parents but acknowledged that it was “likely” the White House and Justice Department officials had discussed the NSBA’s letter.
Republicans have slammed the NSBA, the DOJ and the White House for advocating the use of the PATRIOT Act to target parents.
In the Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) raised the school board issue to Garland, Fox News reported, saying he “found it deeply disturbing that the National School Boards Association convinced the Biden administration to sic you and your Justice Department, the FBI…on involved parents as if they were domestic terrorists.
Chabot told how he and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) were both on the committee when the PATRIOT Act was passed, and how both had expressed concerns at that time about possible abuse of the law by the government.
“I can tell you, not in a million years did we dream that one day we would see the Justice Department treat American parents as domestic terrorists,” the congressman said.
“No one has the right to be violent or threaten violence,” he continued, noting that violent individuals can be dealt with by security or other officials. “But we don’t need the vast power of the federal government throwing its weight around.”
In an amazing and rather unbelievable exchange, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked Garland if it was a “coincidence” that Garland’s memo went out only days after the NSBA sent their letter to Biden.
Garland claimed he first read about the letter “in the news” and nobody in the White House discussed it with him. He finally admitted that the letter was “brought to our attention,” and that it had been discussed between people at the White House and Justice Department.
Given the revelations about the emails between the NSBA and White House on Friday, it appears Garland was playing fast and loose with the truth…in other words, he lied.
This week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing should prove to be very interesting.
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