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CatholicVote Sues FBI For Targeting American Catholics As National Security Threats

CatholicVote Civic Action and Judicial Watch have sued the FBI and Justice Department for records of the Biden program to target American Catholics as potential national security


In February 2023, an FBI intelligence document was leaked that revealed FBI targeting ” of Catholics who adhere to traditional beliefs on abortion and other cultural issues. The Catholic News Agency reported: “The leaked document has been condemned by several federal and state officials, as well as clergy, including Bishop Barry Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond, who recently called the memo a ‘threat to religious liberty.’”


On March 8, 2023, Judicial Watch and CatholicVote sent four FOIA requests to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI, a division of the Department of Justice) for:


(a) All emails, Lync messages, and text messages sent to and from the following FBI Headquarters officials: Director Christopher Wray, Deputy Director Paul Abbate, Asst. Director George P. Beach, II, General Counsel Jason Jones, Chief of Staff Jonathan Lenzner, Executive Asst. Dir. Larissa Knapp, and Asst. Dir. Timothy Langan for the period March 1, 2022 to the present referencing:


* “Catholics”


* “Latin Mass”


* “Radical-Traditionalist Catholics”


* “RTC”


* “Church Militant”


* “Catholic League”


* “Southern Poverty Law Center”


* “SPLC”


* “Pope Francis”


* “Vatican II”


* “Second Vatican Council”


* “Rosary”


* “FSSP”


(b) All emails, Lync messages, and text messages sent to and from the following FBI Richmond Field Office (RFO) officials: SAIC Stanley Meador, ASAIC David Lewis, ASAIC Stephen Farina, and the FBI Richmond Chief Division Counsel for the period March 1, 2022 to the present referencing:


* “Catholics”


* “Latin Mass”


* “Radical-Traditionalist Catholics”


* “RTC”


* “Church Militant”


* “Catholic League”


* “Southern Poverty Law Center”


* “SPLC”


* “Pope Francis”


* “Vatican II”


* “Second Vatican Council”


* “Rosary”


* “FSSP”


(c) All emails, Lync messages, and text messages sent to and from the following FBI Headquarters officials: Director Christopher Wray, Deputy Director Paul Abbate, Asst. Director George P. Beach, II, General Counsel Jason Jones, Chief of Staff Jonathan Lenzner, Executive Asst. Dir. Larissa Knapp, and Asst. Dir. Timothy Langan for the period March 1, 2022 to the present referencing:


* actions taken to remove the Intelligence Note from FBI systems;


* the FBI review of (1) the basis for the Intelligence Note and (2) any official FBI actions taken pursuant to the Intelligence Note


(d) All emails, Lync messages, and text messages sent to and from the following FBI Richmond Field Office (RFO) officials: SAIC Stanley Meador, ASAIC David Lewis, ASAIC Stephen Farina, and the FBI Richmond Chief Division Counsel for the period March 1, 2022 to the present referencing:


* actions taken to remove the Intelligence Note from FBI systems;


* the FBI review of (1) the basis for the Intelligence Note; (2) any official FBI actions taken pursuant to the Intelligence Note


Also, on March 8, 2023, Judicial Watch and CatholicVote sent similar FOIA requests to the U.S. Department of Justice; Office of the Attorney General and Office of the Deputy Attorney General.


“Our weaponized and corrupt government agencies have demonstrated a pattern of contempt for justice and the rule of law by prioritizing partisan ideology and agendas over the protection of the American people – in particular those with whom they disagree politically,” said CatholicVote President Brian Burch. “We are demanding transparency from our government and are determined to uncover just how high up the anti-Catholic bigotry goes.”


“In a brazen attack on the First Amendment and Christians, the Biden FBI planned to treat Catholics as potential terrorists and spy on them in their churches,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And now, as our new FOIA lawsuit shows, the FBI and Justice Departments are trying to cover their tracks by hiding documents about this growing scandal.


CatholicVote.org is a community of patriotic Americans who believe that the timeless truths of the Catholic faith are good for America. It makes its mission “to inspire every Catholic in America to live out the truths of our faith in public life.”



  • FBI

  • Catholic Vote

  • National Security

  • Deep State spying

  • Judicial Watch

  • Bishop Barry Knestout

  • FOIA requests

  • Director Christopher Wray

  • Deputy Director Paul Abbate

  • Intelligence Note

  • CatholicVote President Brian Burch

  • anti-Catholic bigotry

  • Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton

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