The Department of Homeland Security listed pro-life mothers as potential “radicalization suspects” in a violence-prevention training guide just days after President Biden took office, documents obtained by a conservative legal watchdog show.
DHS’s Office of Terrorism and Violence lists profiles of various domestic extremists in an internal memo dated Jan. 29, 2021, — including a “middle-aged pro-life advocate” — and asks participants to make “real-life decisions” to confront each.
“This is Ann, a resident of Elkville in rural America,” one profile reads. “Ann has always been religious but since the death of her mother, she’s become increasingly devout. She’s a regular in the small-town community, active in several church groups. While she has always been protective of her four kids, she has become increasingly more concerned about the welfare of other children including the unborn.”
The document, obtained by American First Legal, then tells employees to consider ways to address the fictional Ann’s behavior after she questions whether “the bible justifies violence in defense of life” during a prayer group meeting and calls the mayor of her small town a “baby killer” at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A third scenario asks whether a hairdresser should research pro-life groups Ann mentions or even contact a sheriff to learn about when such behavior could become a problem.
Other profiles included “Courtney,” a “budding conspiracy theorist” who has “become fixated on government conspiracy theories regarding government connections to child abuse and trafficking,” and “Pete,” an “Anti-gov/authority Abusive Parent/Stepdad,” who is “often seen hanging out at the local bar” and “seems like a quiet guy.”
Documents also show that Homeland Security was planning to photograph a family scene at a dinner table “to emphasize that domestic terrorism can happen to anyone, but that anyone can also help prevent it.”
Reed Rubinstein, America First Legal Senior Counselor and Director of Investigations, said in a statement that DHS “is out of control.”
“The Department of Homeland Security’s transformation into a domestic intelligence organization and a Stasi-like Deep State internal security apparatus is alarming,” he said.
“It is a very long way from ‘see something, say something’ regarding an unattended suitcase at the airport to profiling patriotic and politically conservative Americans as abusive parents and domestic terrorists because they oppose abortion on demand and voted for former President Trump.”
The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last year, the agency introduced plans to create a “Disinformation Governance Board,” widely condemned as an effort to censor Americans’ free speech before DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas disbanded it.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, which is housed within DHS, also came under fire after publication of the “Twitter Files,” a series of investigative reports on the department’s collusion with Big Tech to flag and take down social media posts about COVID vaccines and elections that stood at odds with the federal government.
In the fall of 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland also issued a memo that called for the FBI to investigate parents at school board meetings as potential domestic terrorists — an order that was preceded by talks between the Biden White House and the National School Boards Association.