Yesterday, I pointed out that the FBI suddenly became interested in all the attacks on pro-life pregnancy clinics now that Republicans are in the House majority.
The FBI began putting up $25,000 rewards and made its first two arrests.
As I wrote in October, the FBI had shown zero interest in doing anything about the wave of attacks while conducting armed raids at the homes or pro-life civil disobedience protesters.
After 18 attacks directly claimed by Jane’s Revenge over a period of six months, the FBI has made zero arrests. But while under Biden the feds have shown no interest in a national campaign of leftist terrorism, the FBI has been swift to come after abortion opponents.
The same month as the Southfield attack, an FBI team of 25 armed agents pounded on the door of of an anti-abortion activist in Pennsylvania who had been accused of shoving a Planned Parenthood escort. A nationwide campaign of domestic terrorism didn’t trigger a single arrest, but a shove brought heavily armed men in over a dozen vehicles to a suburban home.
Amazing how the FBI couldn’t arrest anyone for half a year, but suddenly found two people to arrest right before Director Wray testified in the Senate.
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida questioned Wray during the hearing about recurring accusations that the FBI is not committing resources to combat an escalation in crimes committed against pregnancy centers, churches and other pro-life institutions.
“My view — plainly expressed to all of our people, including in the context of abortion-related violence — is that I don’t care what side of the issue you’re on, you don’t get to engage in violence, and we are equal-opportunity when it comes to that,” Wray replied to Scott.
The FBI director went on to address the rising rate of violent threats and attacks against pro-life groups — the most explicit confirmation of the trend from FBI leadership thus far.
“Now, we have quite a number of investigations — as we speak — into attacks or threats against pregnancy resource centers, faith-based organizations and other pro-life organizations,” Wray continued. “And you might be interested to know that since the Dobbs Act decision, probably in the neighborhood of 70% of our abortion-related violence cases or threats cases are cases of violence or threats against […] pro-life organizations. And we’re going after that through our joint terrorism task forces, through our criminal authorities, FACE Act and things like that.”
“We have about 20 field offices involved in this. And so we take it very seriously. And again, I don’t care you’re motivated by pro-life views or pro-choice views. You don’t get to use violence to express it,” he added.
The 70% statistic makes things worse, not better. The FBI did virtually nothing about the vast majority of FACT Act violations while sending in ground troops to go after abortion clinic protesters.
But we know the game.
Wray knew he was going to be asked about this and pushed his subordinates to do something and they announced rewards, which are meaningless, and made a few arrests. This should not be how law enforcement works.
But Director Wray answers to the White House and Congress in that order. Biden’s DOJ prioritized prosecuting abortion clinic protesters while, likely, signaling that it had no interest in taking action against pregnancy clinic attackers. The FBI, always politically sensitive, got that message. Now that Republicans have a more significant presence in Congress, the FBI will make a small effort to cater to them.
That is how the federal government works.
People go on about how corrupt the FBI is as if that were a phenomenon apart from how corrupt the federal government is. It’s not. FBI directors try to please everyone and usually end up pleasing no one. They direct most of their efforts to pleasing Dems, because they have a longer memory and a bigger vicious streak. Careerists in the FBI increasingly lean leftward these days and pursue whatever agendas will win over Democrats. The pregnancy center attacks are just a grotesque example of the double standard.