Heritage Issues Statement on Government Weaponization Against Conservatives


Heritage Issues Statement on Government Weaponization Against Conservatives

Apr 9, 2024 8 min read

WASHINGTON—The Heritage Foundation hosted a ‘Weaponization of U.S. Government’ Symposium Tuesday. The event featured senators, congressmen, FBI whistleblowers, government skeptics, investigators, and media experts who discussed the weaponization of government against everyday Americans.   

Mike Howell, director of the Oversight Project at The Heritage Foundation, issued the following statement at the conclusion of today’s event:  

“The Oversight Project is declaring a state of emergency against government weaponization. The Left has corrupted every institution of society and infected its poisonous ideology into almost every aspect of American life. We are sounding the alarm and fighting back. 


“Institutions like law enforcement, the education system, corporate media, finance, and medicine—previously thought to be largely free from politicization—have been polarized by leftist ideologies and its time that comes to an end.” 

Today’s speakers included:  

  • The Hon. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), U.S. Senator

  • The Hon. Ron Johnson (R-WI), U.S. Senator 

  • The Hon. James Comer (R-KY), U.S. Representative, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee 

  • The Hon. Dan Bishop (R-NC), U.S. Representative 

  • Dr. Kevin Roberts, President, The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America 

  • Stephen Friend, Former FBI Special Agent and Congressional Whistleblower  

  • Garret O’Boyle, Former FBI Special Agent and Congressional Whistleblower 

  • Cully Stimson, Deputy Director, Meese Center, and Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation 

  • Chaya Raichik, Founder, Libs of TikTok 

  • Tiffany Justice, Co-Founder, Moms for Liberty 

  • Michael Benz, Executive Director, Foundation for Freedom Online 

  • Ben Weingarten, Editor at Large, Real Clear Investigations 

  • Kara Frederick, Director, Tech Policy Center, The Heritage Foundation 

  • Tristan Leavitt, President, Empower Oversight 

  • Mary Holland, President and General Counsel, Children's Health Defense 

  • Mollie Hemingway, Editor-in-Chief, The Federalist 

  • William Shipley, Defense Attorney, Law Offices of William L. Shipley & Associates 

  • Steve Bradbury, Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation 

  • J. Michael Waller, Senior Analyst for Strategy, Center for Security Policy 

  • Adam Lovinger, Vice President of Strategic Affairs, The Gold Institute for International Strategy 

  • John Gentry, Adjunct Associate Professor, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University 

  • Tom Fitton, President, Judicial Watch  

  • J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel, Public Interest Legal Foundation 

  • Hans von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, 
    The Heritage Foundation 

  • Chris Iacovella, Chief Executive Officer, American Securities Association 

  • Mark Morgan, Visiting Fellow, Border Security and Immigration Center, The Heritage Foundation 

A recording of today’s event can be accessed here

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