The FBI is again under intense criticism after it raided the home of a Catholic pro-life speaker.
The 25 to 30 fully armed officers were seen yelling and pounding at the door with guns drawn at the home Mark Houck in Friday morning. Details are just emerging and have many in the pro-life community concerned they’re next in the crossfire of an FBI they believe has been politicized to go after opponents of the Biden adminsitraiton.
Houck, 48, of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, is the latest target of a string of Department of Justice-sponsored SWAT raids and arrests, as at least two dozen federal agents swarmed his property in Bucks County with around 15 vehicles at 7:05 a.m. on Sept. 23, reported LifeSite News.
“The kids were all just screaming,” Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, told the online news portal. “It was all just very scary and traumatic.”
The father of seven is also co-founder and president of well-known organization The King’s Men, a nonprofit that promotes healing for victims of pornography addiction. In his pro-life work, Houck drives two hours south to Philadelphia every Wednesday to pray and offer counseling for six to eight hours at two different abortion centers, according to his wife.
“Please, I’m going to open the door, but, please, my children are in the home. I have seven babies in the house,” Houck said, according to his wife. When he opened the door, “they had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” Ryan-Marie Houck told LifeSite.
“I don’t really know what’s going to come of it when you see guns pointed at your dad and your mom in your house when you first wake up in the morning,” she told the outlet.
After Ryan-Marie Houck accused the FBI of kidnapping her husband, the agents provided the first page of the search warrant and said they were taking her husband to “the federal building in downtown Philadelphia.”
“The FBI has turned into Biden’s secret police force,” Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) wrote on Twitter on Sept. 24. “Sending a small army of heavily armed agents to raid Mark Houck’s home should frighten EVERY American. The FBI using fear & intimidation tactics to go after conservatives needs to END!!”
The Department of Justice and FBI did not immediately return a request for comment. The agency is currently the subject of inquiries by Republican leaders in Congress over their handling of other raids on civilians.