Weeks after President Biden’s deadline to withdraw Americans and U.S. passport holders from Afghanistan in the midst of the Taliban’s takeover there are still hundreds stranded in the country. As the Biden administration does little to help evacuate Americans and Afghan allies in direct danger of the Taliban other private organizations have stepped up. However, new reports detail recent visits from the FBI poking around the organizations working to evacuate those stranded in Afghanistan causing some to question if they are deliberately trying to interfere.
Agents have visited, emailed and called members of Task Force Pineapple and Task Force Dunkirk, two of the more prominent organizations, and other groups with a host of queries. The Bureau has asked groups about financial records, to provide manifests and make sure no federal laws are violated, according to eight group members and congressional aides familiar with the moves.
In one instance, agency officials showed up at the home of Scott Mann, founder of Task Force Pineapple, said Tim Parlatore, the group’s legal counsel. Such a visit is normal for the FBI, and the group cooperated fully, Parlatore said.
Some of the people described the outreach as nothing out of the ordinary and part of the growing public-private partnership on evacuations. “In my mind, the FBI was trying to be helpful, not intimidating,” a person familiar with the outreach said.
Others saw it differently. “Any time you get visited by the FBI or contacted by an entity like that, it’s concerning,” said one person affiliated with the groups, who like others spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic.
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