By Hudson Crozier
What’s happening: FBI whistleblower Garret O'Boyle alleged multiple systemic problems related to the bureau’s handling of terror threats. His testimony to the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government corroborates previous whistleblower claims and reported trends.
Pro-abortion bias: O’Boyle said that after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the bureau inexplicably labeled pro-life groups as potential terror threats and directed agents to focus on them more than the pro-abortion protesters who were threatening Supreme Court justices. He said he was never given any guidance on investigating attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers as activists were threatening and bombing them. These claims align with the disproportionate prosecution of pro-life activists by the Department of Justice.
Exaggerating terrorism: O’Boyle said the FBI made him needlessly divide one domestic terrorism case into four—one for each suspect—in order to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism so that Congress would grant the bureau more funds. Other whistleblowers have said that the bureau reclassifies some cases as domestic terrorism without evidence in order to meet certain performance quotas.
Big picture: As more insiders come forward, the government is running out of ways to hide the corruption that it repeatedly denies. O’Boyle alleged that after he began speaking out, the FBI suspended him and denied him access to his family’s personal belongings in a storage unit until he paid $10,000 to retrieve them. Retaliation of this kind is a recurring theme in FBI whistleblower allegations.