Pro-Life? The FBI is Watching You

Earlier today, Pakistani-born terrorist Faisal Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison for the failed Times Square bombing in May. In the courtroom, the self-proclaimed “Muslim warrior” told America to “brace yourself” for new waves of terrorism. “The defeat of the U.S. must and will happen in the near future,” he said. “If you call us terrorists for doing that, than we are proud terrorists.” Shahzad, who had been planning a second attack if the first succeeded, should have hit home with Barack Obama. The White House is already touting the success of giving terrorists Miranda rights.

The chief problem is not where Obama is trying terrorists but where he is seeking them. On August 25, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security hosted a joint training session on terrorism conducted by Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation and the Feminist Majority Foundation. The “terrorists” they are focused on have committed only one crime: they oppose abortion, the taking of unborn life.

At precisely the moment al-Qaeda is targeting American citizens abroad and domestic Muslim terrorists continue plotting to strike at home, the Obama administration is training the federal police corps to keep tabs on his political enemies. discovered an 84-page briefing document participants received entitled, “Resource Guide: Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers.” It is at once a strange and offensive document. It is strange in that, for instance, although it claims to have been “Revised in 2010,” it reports that Wichita’s late-term abortionist, George Tiller, “continues practicing,” then pages later it notes he was murdered. (Tiller was shot dead while serving as an usher at a Lutheran Church last May.) It also stokes fear of a massive underground terrorist network by blaming the bombing of two abortion clinics on a shadowy group called “The Army of God.” Of course, those crimes and more were committed by Eric Rudolph, a North Carolina extremist who was arrested more than seven years ago.

The report should offend anyone who believes in the First Amendment, because it continually conflates free speech with violence. At regular intervals, it lumps in “violence” with actions like “blockades” and “invasions.” A group of nuns praying the rosary outside a clinic could constitute a “blockade,” and a smiling evangelical leaving a pro-life pamphlet in the waiting room could constitute an “invasion” (though not as great an invasion as when paring shears penetrate a skull, an action Planned Parenthood has perpetrated frequently and with great profitability).

The abortion providers must confess “Severe violence” – you know, the kind that is actually violent – is “very low.” Although it could whip up only 6,263 acts of “violence” (including trespassing, “invasion,” “stalking,” and reputed threats) since 1977, it reports 26 times as many acts of “disruption,” including “Hate Mail,” “Internet Harassment,” and “Picketing.” Even clinics experiencing “noise disturbances” (conventionally known as free speech) “has decreased,” and the number of clinics reporting violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) law reached “the lowest level ever reported.” Virtually every measure shows the actual number of incidents declining, a fact the report hides by using percentages.

Nonetheless, “harassment remains.” It seems Big Abortion objects when pro-lifers file lawsuits over “an infringement on their right to free speech.” The PP report lists such recent “developments” as “the use of huge anti-abortion posters on large trucks paraded through towns and freeways, and campus campaigns by a group called the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.” Ethics and the First Amendment? Fie the outrage!

Then the report shows its true objections: financial loss and bad PR. It cites the existence of “boycotts against abortion providers and the businesses they associate with.” Is it apparently wrong to “boycott” abortion. Does that mean they wish abortion to become compulsory? The idea has been defended by Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren. The report also complained of: “A number of undercover operations involving recording, filming, entrapping and ‘phishing; phone calls have been aimed at clinics over the past several years. Anti-abortion extremists have made ample use of the ability to publish almost anything on the Internet.”

Indeed, they have. One series of more than 800 phone calls to abortion clinics nationwide found that Planned Parenthood employees refuse to report statutory rape – and regularly counsel underage girls on how to cover up for their abusers:

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James O’Keefe got his start in undercover filmmaking by offering abortionists donations earmarked to abort minority children – money their fundraisers said they were “excited” to accept:

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Having FBI agents and terrorist hunters in the Department of Homeland Security waste five minutes being briefed by Planned Parenthood rather than investigating it is an outrage all its own. However, the greatest danger of the meeting is what it reveals about the Obama administration: it is hostile to its critics’ right to free speech and will eagerly brand them terrorists in order to justify elaborate surveillance of them.

In April 2009, the DHS (Department of Hopeless Seculation) issued a report entitled, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” That political manifesto states “extremism” may “include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.” It warns officers to watch for “Disgruntled Military Veterans.”

This dangerously misguided view left America vulnerable. Its sponsoring agencies concluded “lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent rightwing extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States.” Faisal Shahzad should have disproved that theory. Nonetheless, it resolves, “DHS/I&A will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months to ascertain with greater regional specificity the rise in rightwing extremist activity in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the political, economic, and social factors that drive rightwing extremist radicalization.”

Planned Parenthood sought to provide “specificity.” The resource guide complains “technology provided a new outlet for extremists,” then goes on to list three pages of “Anti-Abortion Web Sites,” including such malefactors as the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), National Right to Life, Concerned Women for America, the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Priests for Life, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), American Life League, Human Life International, Pro-Life Action League,, the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, and a website dedicated to exposing the birth control pill. (We are disappointed this website was launched too late for inclusion.)

Will government agents now investigate comments Obama’s political opponents comments make on blogs and bulletin boards? Thanks to Cass Sunstein, they already are. After being hired by Elena Kagan at Harvard Law School, Sunstein advocated the government employ people to “cognitively infiltrate” any organization disseminating conspiracy theories the government disfavors and undermine it from within. He wrote the agents should work anonymously or even with false identities.” Last year, Obama appointed Sunstein his Regulatory Czar. This summer Congressman Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has revealed in a 36-page report that the Justice Department hired Tracy Russo, a former blogger for John Edwards, to comment on internet articles or bulletin board messages that criticized Barack Obama and his agenda. She did this anonymously or sometimes used a pen name.

The Planned Parenthood witch hunt is another facet of Barack Obama’s decision to co-opt the federal government to persecute his enemies. In a 2001 public radio interview, Obama called feminists’ plans to force taxpayers to fund abortion “important battles that have to be fought” and pledged an “activist” executive branch to pursue redistribution of wealth. The Obama administration has proven itself proactive in everything from prying into our medical records to implanting microchips in recycling bins to assure compliance. Apparently spying on conservatives’ online activity is another front in their war against the Constitution. But filling federal agents with hatred for perceived “violent extremists” can result in the feds overreacting, trampling those citizens’ rights, even unnecessarily killing them. Ask Randy Weaver.