In a recent Human Events Daily podcast episode, Jack Posobiec ripped into the FBI for targeting Catholic churches and designating those that practice Latin Mass as “Radical-Traditionalist Catholics,” (RTC).
In an FBI bulletin that was leaked in early February, Catholics who prefer Latin Mass were labeled as adhering to “anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ and white supremacist ideology.” The writer of the bulletin went on to suggest that those who adhere to this brand of Catholicism were “typically characterized by the rejection of the Second Vatican Council.”
Posobiec kicked off the segment by saying that the Weaponization of Government Committee was now investigating the FBI handling of so-called “domestic violent extremism” against “Catholic Americans,” going on to say, “Based on this information, we now know, as I’m reading from the letter directly, the FBI relied on at least one undercover agent to produce its analysis.”
The letter Posobiec was referring to was Rep. Jim Jordan’s letter to the FBI, which goes on to say that the “FBI proposed that its agents engage in outreach to Catholic parishes to develop sources among the clergy and church leadership to inform on Americans practicing their faith.”
It has also been reported that the FBI apparently received some of its information about this issue from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Salon Magazine, and The Atlantic. However, it is still unclear why the FBI would use a flimsy report drummed up by the SPLC to ignite an undercover operation against a religious group in the US.
Posobiec then mentioned the apparent inability of members of the FBI to give an honest answer about anything, saying that “these government bureaucrats lie,” adding that whenever they are put on the stand, “they just start equivocating” and “never actually answer your question.” Posobiec comically compared the FBI’s evasiveness with the DMV in that way.
Posobiec also called into question the answer-by-consensus strategy that seems to plague these government institutions. He points out that when answers and motions are made by consensus, “you can’t actually find someone who has the entire piece of it, because the responsibility, the accountability, it’s not found there, because you’re doing everything by committee. You’re doing everything by consensus.”
He called for FBI director Christopher Wray to take full responsibility for the actions his agency has taken in targeting Catholics for what seem like frivolous reasons. The SPLC, the organization that appears to have spearheaded this debacle, has a tarnished reputation of going after anyone and anything that appears to go against their worldview. In the summer of 2018, the SPLC had to publicly apologize to Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation for openly defaming them as “anti-Muslim extremists.” As a result, they had to pay out $3.365 million to Nawaz.