You don’t need me to fill you in on the details of the murder of George Tiller in Kansas. The latest is that the suspected killer is in court today:
He’ll be charged with murder, but there’s no mention yet of any sort of terror charges. The FBI and others have been eager to use anti-terror provisions of the PATRIOT Act to go after ALF and ELF activists, some of whom have done nothing more than organize protests or post information to the web. Many of them have destroyed property, but no one has done any killing, or even wounded someone other than themselves.
Not surprisingly, his killer is strongly suspected to be affiliated with the “pro-life” movement. If that’s the case, it makes Tiller the 10th person in the United States to be murdered by anti-choice terrorists.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Since 1977, there have been at least 17 attempted murders, 383 death threats, 153 incidents of assault or battery and three kidnappings committed against abortion providers in North America. Tiller himself survived an assassination attempt in 1993.
Compare the anti-abortion movement’s record on violence with the environmental and animal rights movements, and see who you think should more properly be charged with terrorism.
Green Is The New Red steps in with 3 Reasons Why Murdering an Abortion Doctor Isn’t Being Called “Terrorism”:
It’s not a threat to profits.
Health clinics and nonprofits don’t have the lobbying power of multinational corporations.
It’s not threatening the “American way of life.”
And finally, I wanted to attack the media for not stepping up to call it terrorism. But although I found that very few were using the word, some were at least trying to point a finger at the anti-abortion movement that spawned the assassin:
- Do religious conservatives share blame in Tiller’s death?
- Doctor’s Killer Is Not Alone in the Blame, Some Say
Much weaker than I’d like, especially the NY Times reducing it to opposing sides in “the blame game.” But still a toehold that can be exploited. And since Bill O’Reilly of Fox News was such a vocal accuser of Tiller’s, at least we can count on Ken Olbermann to take up the fight. These are the strongest words you’re likely to hear in the official press, unless someone can build on them quickly.
And in fairness, here’s a link to O’Reilly defending himself. Not that he makes himself look any better.