Indiana attorney general Todd Rokita is leading a 14-state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Biden Administration. The lawsuit is requests the Biden Administration to turn over any records they have concerning the FBI surveillance of parents or schemes to silence parents from speaking out against school boards. This parent awakening has had some, including the Biden administration, labeling them as terrorists.
The lawsuit filed against President Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Education Secretary Miquel Cardona, cites the failure of the administration to honor the FOIA requests, which came last fall. Rokita demanded all records and communications pertaining to the parent terrorist label last fall but has yet to see anything. He is hoping the lawsuit, backed by 13 other states, will finally get some results.
“We just want the facts,” Rokita said via his website. “Rather than cooperate, the Biden administration has sought to conceal and downplay its culpability. What are they hiding? Why won’t they come clean? Hoosiers and all Americans deserve to know.”
Along with Rokita’s state of Indiana, other plaintiffs on the parent terrorist lawsuit include Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. The FOIA lawsuit requests all federal communications that happened before the infamous October 4th Department of Justice memo instructing the FBI to surveil unhappy parents speaking out at school board meetings. Rokita is asking the U.S. district court to force Biden’s administration to respond.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) penned a letter to President Biden that first compared protesting parents to domestic terrorists and then suggested that he use the Patriot Act against them. As bad as the NSBA letter looks, what makes it worse is that Education Secretary Cardona allegedly solicited the letter. Of course, the Education Department has since denied Cardona’s involvement and the NSBA has apologized for their language comparing upset parents to domestic terrorists.
But then there was an email exchange that was uncovered to refute the education Department’s denial. To all, this was proof positive that the NSBA and the White House teamed up to devise a way to battle the vocal parents. This is where Attorney General Garland comes in.
A few days after Biden received the NSBA letter, Garland, in turn, sent his memo telling the FBI to get out and support the local education officials who claimed they were threatened with violence. When Garland was called before a congressional committee, he denied using the label “domestic terrorist” in reference to parents.
“Attorney General Garland testified in Congress that his Memorandum was based on a now-debunked and rescinded letter drafted by individuals in the Federal Government (EOP, ED, and DOJ) working with the National School Boards Association (‘NSBA’) dated September 29, 2021,” the lawsuit reads via Fox News Digital.
“This letter, from the NSBA to President Biden, called on him to invoke ‘the PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism,’ arguing that as ‘acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.'”
As for Cardona’s part, 56 lawmakers demanded that he resign. Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., led the charge in demanding Biden to “immediately fire” Cardona over the “now infamous letter” calling parents terrorists that came from the desk of the NSBA.
Even though the NSBA apologized for their actions, the Biden Administration has never taken back their threatening memo. “The Biden administration wants to sweep under the rug these inexcusable assaults on parents’ freedom of speech,” Attorney General Rokita said. “But we’re fighting for full transparency and accountability for this misconduct so it doesn’t happen again.”