When we heard that the Ku Klux Klan refused to support the “God Hates Fags” folks at the Westboro Baptist Church, we thought, “Man, the WBC has really hit rock bottom.” But then we learned that our government hired them to teach a class to FBI agents—D’OH!
… the FBI recently invited leaders of the fundamentalist church to the Quantico Marine base in Virginia to talk to FBI agents as part of the bureau’s counterterrorism training program…
[WBC leader Timothy Phelps] said the program was designed to teach agents “how to stay measured when they are speaking with a witness or a suspect with whom they have a strong, visceral disagreement.”
Law enforcement officials who attended the session said it was focused on domestic terrorism. They were told that the FBI invited Westboro members to the class so police officers and agents could see extremists up close and understand what makes them tick…
Wow. And here we thought the WBC was good for nothing. Joke’s on us—they’re good for teaching the FBI how to deal with total whack jobs.
Interestingly, the FBI had also previously invited the KKK to speak to their agents (just another thing the WBC and the KKK have in common). But the WBC says they got no money for their FBI gig. But even still, some FBI heads had a problem with the WBC teaching agents.
According to NPR, the FBI couldn’t have chosen a worse time to have the WBC teach classes at a military base, especially since the WBC had a case pending in the Supreme Court for picketing soldiers’ funerals.
The top brass at the FBI only found out about the Westboro invitations after more than 200 officers and agents had attended the sessions. Almost immediately afterward, the officers and agents sent memos asking why the group had been invited…
A memo from the assistant director of the FBI’s Training Division, Thomas Brown, put an end to Westboro’s partnership with the FBI. It was one line long: the FBI, it said, is not to invite Westboro to any of its training sessions again.
Damn. We bet a class run by the WBC is wilder than a boxful of rabid poodles on crank. Maybe the FBI can get them to teach electives or run the glee club.