Thursday, March 28, 2024

SMOKING GUN: Biden DOJ Took Advice From Group Demonizing Concerned Parents, Docs Show; Justice Department Leadership Accepted Left-Wing Briefing Calling Moms for Liberty ‘extremist’

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SMOKING GUN: Biden DOJ Took Advice From Group Demonizing Concerned Parents, Docs Show:
The Justice Department arm focused on prosecuting “hate crimes” welcomed input from a far-left organization known for demonizing conservatives and Christians right after that organization put parental rights groups, including Moms for Liberty, on a “hate map” alongside the Ku Klux Klan, documents obtained by The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project reveal. (The Daily Signal is Heritage’s news and commentary outlet.)
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which notoriously brands mainstream conservative and Christian organizations as hateful by placing them on a “hate map” in what a former employee describes as a fundraising scheme, reached out to the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division on June 6, 2023—the day the SPLC released its annual “Year in Hate and Extremism” report and had added Moms for Liberty to the map.
The new documents, obtained by the Oversight Project via a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal yet more collaboration between the Biden administration and the far-left group.
The Justice Department confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the briefing did indeed take place, although the department did not specify when.
SPLC Outreach
Michael Lieberman, senior policy counsel for “hate & extremism” at the SPLC, reached out to Robert Moossy Jr., deputy assistant attorney general at the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, and Sheila Foran, acting head of the Civil Rights Division’s Policy and Strategy Section, granting Moossy and Foran a “quick embargoed peek” ahead of the full report.
“We’d love to work with you both and the policy team to set up a briefing for interested DOJ interdepartmental hate crime task force members this month,” Lieberman wrote. “If you’re interested, happy to talk about scheduling time with our report authors and SPLC Intelligence Project subject-matter experts.”
The SPLC used its Intelligence Project to monitor Klan activity in the 1980s and later expanded the project to develop the “hate map,” which began to include mainstream conservative organizations in the 2000s.
Foran forwarded Lieberman’s email to Johnathan Smith, deputy assistant attorney general at the Civil Rights Division, and Luis Lopez, chief of the Policy and Strategy Section at the division. That section supports and coordinates the division’s policy work “by developing and analyzing legislative, regulatory, and policy proposals relating to the division’s enforcement authorities,” according to its website. --->READ MORE HERE
Justice Department leadership accepted left-wing briefing calling Moms for Liberty ‘extremist’:
Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice accepted a “Year in Hate and Extremism” briefing from the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, during which the parental rights group Moms for Liberty was characterized as a “reactionary anti-student inclusion” and “anti-government extremist” group.
The SPLC offered a briefing to the DOJ on its annual extremism report last summer, shortly after designating Moms for Liberty an “extremist” organization — a designation it boasted to DOJ officials as the first of its kind.
Emails obtained by the Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project through a public records request show DOJ officials interested in the briefing that claimed pro-parent groups like Moms for Liberty are “working to burnish connections to far-right politicians and normalize assaults on inclusive education.”
The Justice Department confirmed to the Washington Examiner on Wednesday that it accepted the briefing from the SPLC, although it did not specify when.
“The DOJ calling parents domestic terrorists, the SPLC, trying to label us as a hate group, having the SPLC, an outside organization, giving briefings to the Department of Justice about moms and dads that are concerned about the fact that the majority of our kids in schools are not learning how to read is shocking and should be shocking to the American public,” Moms for Liberty co-founder Tiffany Justice told the Washington Examiner in an interview. “The weaponization of the American government against the people themselves is no joke, and we should be paying attention.”
The SPLC is known for designating mainstream conservative organizations as “hate” groups or “extremists,” comparing groups such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council to neo-Nazis and white supremacist organizations.
DOJ officials were approached by Michael Lieberman, SPLC senior policy counsel on hate and extremism, in early June of last year to “arrange a special briefing for select [Civil Rights Division] staff” and provide a first look at the group’s upcoming public designation of Moms for Liberty as an extremist organization, which placed the parents’ rights group on the same level as the Ku Klux Klan.
After DOJ officials in the agency’s Civil Rights Division shopped the briefing around within their division and to the separate DOJ office of the Criminal Division, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Robert Moossy told his colleague that “the briefing makes sense,” according to a June 7 email exchange. --->READ MORE HERE
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