FLASHBACK: BizzyBlog: DHS report labeling anti-abortionists extremists as domestic terrorist threat unwarranted
Yesterday, a medical doctor who performs legal abortions was murdered while escorting people to their pews in church. His wife, who sings in the choir, and others witnessed the murder.
Back in the spring, BizzyBoy was condemning a Department of Homeland Report about the domestic terrorist threat posed by right-wing extremists (a report Bizzy still conveniently fails to mention was begun in the Bush Administration).
From his April 16th "Lucid Links" post (I think he means Lurid Links):
DHS head Janet Napolitano is not backing off from her department’s report: “…. she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.” . . . Other terrorist risks she stands by: “groups opposed to abortion and immigration,” and those who “reject …. federal authority in favor of state or local authority ….” Three other words to live by: Obama owns this.
Except that the report did not list returning veterans as a threat. It stated that returning veterans are a possible recruitment target for such organizations-- a viewpoint proven correct in the OKC bombing.
Obama owns this, Blumer says. How dare Obama suggest that those who oppose abortion and reject federal authority in the favor of state or local authority might be domestic terrorists, he said.
BizzyBoy yesterday, in describing Dr. Tiller's murderer and decrying any attempt by the media to link his murderer to the anti-abortion movement (citing the completely objective (snark) media organization/conservative propagandist "Pro-Life News"):
Authorities have apprehended a Kansas man suspected of killing late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller on Sunday morning at his church. Police have identified the man as 51-year-old Scott Roeder of Merriam, Kansas and he has been detained but has not yet been officially charged.
As has been the case with most previous incidents of abortion-related violence, Roeder appears to have an affiliation with extremist political groups but not with the mainstream pro-life movement.
Pro-life groups have quickly and genuinely condemned the Tiller shooting.
In 1996, officials in Kansas apparently stopped his vehicle for not having a valid license plate, which he removed as an act of anti-governmental protest. His license plate apparently had slogans such as “Private Property, Immunity Declared at Law, Non-Commercial American.”
According to the Kansas City Star, the FBI suspected Roeder of having ties with the Montana Freemen, a militia group, which had had standoffs with authorities.
Bizzy then goes onto say:
At the link within the report, Ertelt recites the following organizations that quickly condemned Tiller’s murder: Operation Rescue, Kansans for Life, Priests for Life, “pro-life activist Rev. Patrick Mahoney, members of the youth pro-life group Bound for Life, and others."
Here's how Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry "condemned" Tiller's murder (HT: TPM):
Concerned that his response left some ambiguity, Terry went to the Washington Press Club to elaborate:
"George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder."Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches."
Oh, and as to Bizzy's point that Dr. Tiller's killer had no ties to anti-abortion organizations?
Roeder believed in "justifiable homicide" -- that is, that it's OK to kill those who facilitate abortions -- according to another anti-abortion activist, Regina Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie told McClatchy that in 1996, Roeder walked into a Kansas City Planned Parenthood clinic that was being picketed by protesters, and asked to see the doctor, Robert Crist.
Dinwiddie continued:Robert Crist came out and he stared at him for approximately 45 seconds. Then he (Roeder) said, 'I've seen you now.' Then he turned his back and walked away, and they were scared to death.
In addition, McClatchy reports, someone using the name Scott Roeder has posted anti-Tiller comments on several anti-abortion websites. One comment, posted in 2007, read:It seems as though what is happening in Kansas could be compared to the 'lawlessness' which is spoken of in the Bible. Tiller is the concentration camp 'Mengele' of our day and needs to be stopped before he and those who protect him bring judgment upon our nation.
That same year, another comment from "Scott Roeder" referred to a recent event organized by anti-Tiller activists in Wichita:
Bless everyone for attending and praying in May to bring justice to Tiller and the closing of his death camp. Sometime soon, would it be feasible to organize as many people as possible to attend Tillers church (inside, not just outside) to have much more of a presence and possibly ask questions of the Pastor, Deacons, Elders and members while there? Doesn't seem like it would hurt anything but bring more attention to Tiller.
Here's what the murderer's former militia "commander" said of him:
Morris Wilson, who during the mid 1990s was the commander of a group called the Kansas Unorganized Citizens' Militia said he knew Roeder well. "I'd say he's a good ol' boy except he was just so fanatic about abortion," said Wilson.
When militia commanders start calling someone a "fanatic" about abortion, the debate is over, Bizzy!
Why can't he just admit that he was wrong and the DHS was right? How many security measures were quashed because the politicization of this intelligence summary which, sadly, has been proven deadly accurate?
But if that's not enough to pull your hair out, then "Joe C." a frequent conservative commenter on the now defunct "Right Angle Blog" (which was affectionately called "RABid" here) and at BizzyBlog actually writes:
"Tiller’s murder, regardless of who did it, means nothing to me — sort of like when terrorists or drug dealers get killed. I’m not going to feign remorse just to make my views more palatable to the leftists who are responsible more for more innocent deaths than any abortionist."
When you start equating victims of terrorist with terrorists, you haven't just lost your mind as a conservative movement; you've lost your soul.
As of this writing, BizzyBoy has yet to condemn "Joe C."'s comment he approved for publication on his blog.
UPDATE: Eric at Plunderbund apparently beat me to the punch.