The bureau is specifically targeting United States Marines and other military veterans whom they have accused of being “disloyal to the United States of America” because they fit a profile consistent with a supporter of former President Donald Trump, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times from FBI whistleblowers who have come forward to the House Judiciary Committee.
Deputy Assistant Director Jeffrey Veltri and Assistant Section Chief Dena Perkins of the FBI’s Security Division have been accused of stripping these agents of their security clearances in retaliation for their political views. Once security clearances are taken away, agents are sidelined from their jobs, the disclosure states.
Veltri and Perkins declared the conservative military veterans “disloyal to the United States of America” despite there being “no indication that any of the individuals had any affiliation to a foreign power or held any belief against the United States,” according to the whistleblowers, the outlet reports.
In addition, Perkins and Veltri also concluded that engaging in religious activities, not wearing masks, and declining the COVID-19 vaccination demonstrated that a worker was a “right-wing radical and disloyal to the United States.”
The disclosure states that Perkins made an attempt to remove a bureau employee’s security clearance who she knew had been in the Marines, but data revealed that the initial accusations against the worker were unfounded.
Despite finding no evidence, Perkins went a step further, ordering her detectives to contact at least ten police agencies in the employee’s area of residence in order to inquire about any allegations that may have been made against the FBI employee.
“During the process, Perkins was attempting to provide evidence so she could terminate this employee because he was ‘Disloyal to the United States,’” the disclosure states, according to The Washington Times. “An employee advised that at least two of the publicly known FBI whistleblowers were former members of the military, specifically…Kyle Seraphin and Garret O’Boyle.”
An additional FBI whistleblower disclosure to the Judiciary Committee came from a security division worker who said the investigation into Mr. Seraphin’s security clearance did not follow the policy guidelines by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The disclosure states that Agent Seraphin was the target of a security clearance investigation after his field office informed Perkins that he had been approached by a police officer who was not under his jurisdiction regarding practicing with a gun at a shooting range.
The FBI denied that conservative military veteran personnel are being targeted by the agency in a statement to The Times and said that the whistleblowers’ allegations are untrue.
“The FBI has not and will not retaliate against individuals who make protected whistleblower disclosures. We do not target or take adverse action against employees for exercising their First Amendment rights or for their political views. The FBI is proud to have many veterans in our workforce and we thank all veterans for their service,” the bureau told the outlet.
After testifying before the panel of the House Judiciary Committee looking into the federal government’s weaponization, Agent O’Boyle lost his security clearance. In September 2022, his security clearance was revoked due to accusations that he had disclosed details of a criminal investigation to Project Veritas, a move that FBI authorities claimed “compromised the case.”
The reports state that O’Boyle lost his security clearance and was placed on unpaid leave, which ultimately led to his homelessness.
According to the disclosure, Perkins and FBI supervisor Sean Clark were responsible for O’Boyle’s punishment, which included moving him across the nation with the intention of suspending him and ruining his finances.
“Clark bragged to at least one other FBI employee in SecD that he was going to really ‘screw’ O’Boyle,” the disclosure states.
The disclosure comes as many current and former FBI whistleblowers have come forward before Congress to express grievances that the bureau has been weaponized against Americans with politically conservative values and the Democrat Party’s political opponents.