Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote of Stalin’s 1940s Russia, “It has, after all, been explained to us that the heart of the matter is not personal guilt, but social danger. One can imprison an innocent person if he is socially hostile. And one can release a guilty man if he is socially friendly.” Does this not ring familiar in America today?
Compare the fates of the January 6 political prisoners to the 2020 summer rioters. Two very specific recent incidents have not received the media attention they deserve. In Mesa County, Colorado, middle America, two women’s homes were raided by the FBI.
Here’s their story as told to me: On the morning of November 23, FBI agents invaded the homes of Gold Star mom Tina Peters and home school mother Sherronna Bishop. Armed agents dressed in SWAT gear spent five hours combing thru every inch of Tina Peters’ belongings, including the previously untouched box of her Navy Seal son’s personal effects and letters, including photos of his dead body.
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Across town, the FBI rammed the door at Sherronna Bishop’s home as she was homeschooling her children, in her pajamas. They handcuffed Sherronna and her husband, forced them into the front yard not fully dressed, with children still in the home.In both cases, agents took every cell phone, computer and laptop, took pictures of every room, and treated Tina and Sherronna and their families with disregard and aggression. What was their crime? Neither woman knows, but here is some background.
Tina was elected Mesa County, Colorado Elections Clerk in 2017. She worked closely with Dominion Voting Systems and was assured that the voting machines were secure and could not connect to outside entities. After the 2020 election, constituents and others approached Tina about problems with Dominion, but she was skeptical. It wasn’t until after a careful examination of the data that Tina discovered blatant inconsistencies. When local authorities decided to eliminate 2020 data, Tina captured images of what they removed. Her actions were lawful. Election data in Colorado is to be kept for 24 months, and it is her job to secure that data. Subsequently, her office was raided and she was locked out and removed from her duties.
Following the raid on her home, she went out of state in concern for her safety, but the hotel room where she was staying was ransacked. Even though she remains Elections Clerk, she has no access. Her staff is being charged with crimes, some fired, and Tina is now being turned into a criminal both in public perception and reality. Authorities in Colorado have somehow managed to have her husband, who has dementia and is in a nursing home, serve her with divorce papers. Newspapers articles and media are painting her as a criminal with no character. She is heartbroken and frightened. She is 66-years old.
Sherronna spearheaded the effort that led to the turnover of nine school boards in Colorado. The Superintendent of Schools turned her name and the names of others over to the Justice Department after Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decree calling on to the FBI to mobilize against parents who speak out at school board meetings. Sherronna, an ally of Tina’s, is involved in election integrity efforts and further, was campaign manager for Congresswoman Lauren Boebert. Both women are bold but frightened.
The Republican Party in Colorado appears to be complicit with their isolation and persecution and all the authorities surrounding them have turned their wrath on both.
What is happening here? Why have the U.S. Department of Justice and local authorities criminalized these two American citizens who appear to have been acting within their constitutional rights and responsibilities? The problem is not just at the top of intelligence agencies. Something has convinced agents on the ground that raiding homes of ordinary citizens is OK.
Maybe it was President Joe Biden’s comments that “white supremacists” are the greatest threat to our national security. Or perhaps Attorney General Merrick Garland’s directive that people who speak at school board meetings should be treated as domestic terrorists. This is not normal in our constitutional republic. So why has this travesty not been a top story in the media? Even conservative talk show hosts and newspapers won’t touch it. How many other FBI raids are being quietly swept under the rug?
Two reasons are apparent, although both are appalling condemnations of our times. First, many media outlets are silenced by lawsuits or threats of suits for daring to question fraudulent votes in the 2020 elections. Secondly, there are simply so many other travesties competing for airtime and headlines. Think of that — the FBI is raiding American homes as though these ladies were violent terrorists and it’s not worth airtime! That in itself is a significant condemnation of life in Biden’s America.
Harken the words of Solzhenitsyn, and watch your door.
Sheryl Kaufman is a Member of the Board of Americans for Limited Government.
Cross-posted with The Daily Torch
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