With the current term of the U.S. Supreme Court drawing to a close and a decision that could see the overturn of Roe v. Wade looming, the FBI released a statement Friday that emphasized precisely why the American people are losing faith in federal institutions.
Since Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion regarding Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked at the beginning of May, there have been unrelenting protests ranging from mild to violent extremism. Despite the consistent and credible threats a number of these protests have presented, particularly to the conservative members of the court, the FBI waited until two days after a failed assassination attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh to declare they will not tolerate “violence or criminal activity under the guise of…demonstration.”
U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono of the FBI Washington Field Office released a joint statement on “Public Safety in the Nation’s Capital” Friday that left much to be desired.
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“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the FBI’s Washington Field Office are committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of all Americans to express their views peacefully during demonstrations that take place on a regular basis in the nation’s capital, including at the Supreme Court,” the statement read adding, “We also have a responsibility to ensure public safety and the orderly conduct of government business.”
It went on to note, “We will not tolerate violence, destruction, interference with government functions, or trespassing on government property. We are committed to working closely with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to stop any individuals who intend to commit violence or criminal activity under the guise of carrying out a demonstration.”
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However, since a 26-year-old suspect called 911 on himself after traveling from California to Kavanaugh’s home outside Washington, D.C. with the intent to kill the justice because of his potential vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and a pending case on gun control laws, protesters have been permitted to remain outside the homes of justices despite the apparent violation of US Code 1507.
Regarding picketing or parading, the code states, “Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”
The sincerity of the FBI’s stance is also in question as, on the same day that the life of Kavanaugh was at risk, 90 claimants filed suit against the bureau for its failure to properly investigate claims of assault made against Dr. Larry Nassar in 2015 who wasn’t arrested until the fall of 2016 as part of a separate investigation.
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Furthermore, concerns of the FBI having become a political tool remain as questions remain unanswered as to what involvement or advance knowledge the agency may or may not have had surrounding the breach of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
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