Jacqueline Romero was sworn in to the position of top federal prosecutor for the Philadelphia region earlier this year only 3 days before the Supreme Court declared abortion is not a constitutional right.
Media coverage surrounding her confirmation by the US Senate as well as her own LinkedIn page show Ms. Romero is an LGBTQ activist. More alarmingly, among the prosecutorial interests announced by Ms. Romero upon being confirmed was “cracking down on domestic terrorism.“
Ms. Romero is now leading the politically motivated persecution of Mark Houck.
FBI History of Labeling Pro-Lifers as Domestic Terrorists
In 2000, the New York Post wrote a story based on an investigation conducted by Judicial Watch and the testimony of a whistleblower that described how the Clinton FBI had attempted to us the same law being used against Mark Houck, the FACE act. At the time, the DOJ pressured a reluctant FBI to treat pro-lifers as domestic terrorists in order to ensnare supposed pro-life activists coordinating to attack abortion clinics.
According to documents obtained pursuant to FOIA requests, and confirmed by an FBI informant, the DOJ pressured the FBI to launch the VAAPCON (for Violence Against Abortion Providers Conspiracy) investigation, spying on the pro-life activists, and continued to pressure the FBI to keep the investigation open long after it was clear that there was no pro-life conspiracy.
Garland’s DOJ Persecuting Public School Parents
The Biden Department of Justice has already colluded with special interest groups to persecute parents opposed to the radical transgender ideology. Now it is likely that this tendency to label political opponents of the extreme left as “domestic terrorists” is at the heart of the FBI’s prosecution of pro-lifers.
The Post-Dobbs DOJ & HHS “Reproductive Taskforces”
In July of this year, the US attorney for Massachusetts, Rachael Rollins told the press that she and her office were receiving “frequent updates from the Biden administration and coordinating with Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice,” and that the “FBI and other federal agencies stand ready to enforce federal laws allowing access to abortion and reproductive care.”
Also in July, the White House issued an Executive Order, establishing an “Interagency Taskforce” that would be “responsible for coordinating Federal interagency policymaking and program development. This Task Force will also include the Attorney General.”
Shortly thereafter, the Department of Health and Human Services launched a website under the domain name ReproductiveRights.gov to help women find places to kill their preborn children and the Department of Justice launched the Justice Department Reproductive Rights Task Force to help abortion businesses prosecute people under the FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act).
A Tyrannical Show of Force
The banana republic arrest of Mark Houck at his home in front of his wife and minor children was undoubtedly coordinated by the White House the DOJ and the FBI. It was also completely unnecessary since Houck’s attorneys were in contact with the DOJ and had offered to have Mr. Houck come in voluntarily.
"Rather than accepting Mark Houck’s offer to appear voluntarily, the Biden Department of Justice chose to make an unnecessary show of potentially deadly force, sending twenty heavily armed federal agents to the Houck residence at dawn this past Friday. In threatening form, after nearly breaking down the family’s front door, at least five agents pointed guns at Mark’s head and arrested him in front of his wife and seven young children, who were terrified that their husband and father would be shot dead before their eyes. This case is being brought solely to intimidate people of faith and pro-life Americans. Mark Houck is innocent of these lawless charges, and we intend to prove that in court." Peter Breen, Attorney for Mr. Houck.
Mark Houck will appear for an initial hearing in federal court today, September 27th at 1:30 pm. His attorneys contend that the DOJ case goes against recent precedent in which other courts found that one off altercations between pro-life protesters and anti-life escorts do not constitute grounds for the application of the FACE Act.
Persecution of Pro-Life Family Is Backfiring
According to the Garecht family, family friends who are helping the Houck’s
raise funds to defend themselves, a prior case was dismissed by a Philadelphia federal court earlier this year when the anti-life man tried to press charges because the entire incident was caught on video, corroborating the account of Mr. Houck.
The Garecht family contends, the video shows that Mark Houck was acting to defend his 12 year old son from the aggressive pro-abortion activist while Mr. Houck and his son were attempting to to move away from the clinic.
The family has now raised over $250,000 since Mr. Houck’s arrest.
Grand Jury Indictment: a Joke
The grand jury indictment that gave the FBI the authority to arrest Mr. Houck does not acknowledge the threat to Mr. Houck’s son, and like all grand jury’s, does not give the defendant the right to give their side of the story. This is the origin of the expression that a grand jury will indict even a ham sandwich. Because the standard of proof is lower than that needed to convict someone, and secondly, because only one side, the government, has access to the jury, grand jury’s are rife for political abuse by unscrupulous prosecutors.
Politicians Demand Answers
Yesterday, Senator Josh Hawley published a letter on Twitter calling on Biden’s Attorney General to answer why SWAT-team like force was used against a peaceful and cooperative pro-lifer, while no arrests have been made in the dozens of firebombings and violent pro-abortion acts happening around the country.