Following an FBI whistleblower leak that exposed the bureau for targeting traditional Catholic churches for “extremism,” new reports have revealed that FBI headquarters purged an unclassified document from its system that was used to help identify “radical traditional Catholics.”
The FBI whistleblower, Kyle Seraphin, said the document helped the FBI point to those in the Catholic religion who they consider “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists in the traditionalist Catholic ideology.”
Seraphin also said that the FBI uses trusted contacts, tripwires, and liaisons to help them employ “threat mitigation for such groups ahead of the next election.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) shared the latest on Tuesday:
The document points the agency to anyone involved in the Catholic religion who 1) “rejects the Second Vatican Council as a valid church council,” 2) shows disdain for most popes elected since Vatican II, and 3) frequently adheres to anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, and White Supremacy ideology.
The issue was drawn into the spotlight this week as news channels such as Fox News went live with the news on several of its primetime shows including “Hannity.”
Seraphin, who wrote the original exposé for Uncover DC, said that the bureau shows a tolerance for left-leaning ideological people, but weaponizes the bureau against the right-wing and conservatives.
Attorney General Merrick Garland refused to answer a question recently from Missouri Senator Josh Hawley when he asked if Garland knew how many undercover FBI sources they had in the Catholic church.
Included in the document assessment is which claims “Traditional Catholics pose threats on an unnamed social media platform and that they use places of worship as facilitation platforms to promote violence.”
In an interview with the Daily Wire, Seraphin said, “The document is using poor sourcing to make a very weak link to the FBI’s favorite boogie man- ‘White Supremacy.'”
“The reason why they likely chose this group, which I’m not totally confident actually describes any traditional Catholics, is because the SPLC and Salon have called them a hate group,” Seraphin continued. “When you are using unapproved sources for an “intelligence product,” it is likely not a confirmation bias issue with the writer.”
“If this product can be cited as acceptable information, it normalizes the process of looking at any Christian group that holds views that their version of religion is correct, abortion is wrong, LGBT issues don’t belong in politics or any other hot topic “linking” them to so-called white supremacy,” Seraphin continued.
The Biden administration has used the FBI to go after several pro-life activists in the past couple of years for allegedly violating the Face Act, a law that prevents anyone from disrupting women who are seeking reproductive health care services.
“This should be off limits under the first amendment,” Seraphin finished the interview saying.