Originally published May 14, 2023 10:18 am PDT
Newly disclosed documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suggest that pro-life mothers were marked as potential “radicalization suspects” in a violence prevention training guide, RedState reports.
The revelation came to light after American First Legal, a legal watchdog, secured the internal memos from DHS’s Office of Terrorism and Violence.
Dated January 21st, 2021, the memo outlines various profiles of domestic extremists, one of which is a “middle-aged pro-life advocate” named Ann.
Hailing from rural America, Ann, a devout Christian and mother of four, is portrayed as increasingly concerned about the welfare of children, including unborn ones.
The guide urges trainees to contemplate various real-life scenarios, including Ann questioning if “the bible justifies violence in defense of life” or labeling her town’s mayor as a “baby killer.”
Other characters include Courtney, a budding conspiracy theorist interested in government child abuse and trafficking conspiracies, and Pete, an anti-government figure described as an abusive parent.
The DHS planned to use a family dinner table snapshot to underline the ubiquitous threat of domestic terrorism and the need for collective prevention measures.
Reed Rubinstein, senior counselor and director of investigations at America First Legal, criticized the DHS’s approach.
“The Department of Homeland Security’s transformation into a domestic intelligence organization and a Stasi-like Deep State internal security apparatus is alarming,” he stated, adding that it’s a far cry from cautioning about unattended luggage at airports to profiling patriotic Americans opposing abortion and supporting former President Trump.
The DHS, however, has remained silent on the issue.
Simultaneously, the department is under the scanner for alleged targeting of conservatives and questionable internal practices.
The dissolution of its “Disinformation Governance Board” and CISA’s collaboration with tech giants to counter mis-, dis-, and malinformation (MDM) on topics like elections and COVID vaccines have also drawn criticism.