Emails reveal school board association coordinated with White House over domestic terrorists letter
- November 29, 2022
Jeremiah Poff, Washington Examiner
The National School Boards Association notified the Biden administration that the group would ask the Department of Justice to devote federal anti-terrorism resources to investigate threats against school board members, internal emails show.
The emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the government accountability organization Protect the Public’s Trust and reviewed by the Washington Examiner, detail the extent to which the NSBA coordinated with the White House and the Department of Education when it released its Sept. 29, 2021, letter that compared parents protesting at school board meetings to domestic terrorists and asked the Biden administration to use the Patriot Act to investigate threats against school board members.
“This is a sad episode in a very frightening tale — a government ostensibly of the people, by the people, and for the people turning on its own people, turning on parents trying to protect their kids,” Chamberlain said. “While we all abhor the use of violence and threats to advance policy goals, the government has to clear a high bar to avoid trampling on the constitutionally protected rights to speech and protest. The documents we have uncovered in this lawsuit provide even more evidence that the federal government was a participant in creating a narrative to justify lowering that bar and chill the exercise of those rights.”