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    Scott Roeder held as 'Person of Interest' for Tiller Murder

    Update on Tiller investigation:

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Dr. George Tiller, one of the nation's few providers of late-term abortions despite decades of protests and attacks, was shot and killed Sunday in a church where he was serving as an usher.

    The gunman fled, but a 51-year-old suspect was detained some 170 miles away in suburban Kansas City three hours after the shooting, Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said.

    Although Stolz refused to release the man's name, Johnson County sheriff's spokesman Tom Erickson identified the detained man as Scott Roeder. He has not been charged in the slaying and was expected to be taken to Wichita for questioning.
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    In April 1996, Roeder was arrested in Topeka after Shawnee County sheriff's deputies stopped him for not having a proper license plate. In his car, officers said they found ammunition, a blasting cap, a fuse cord, a one-pound can of gunpowder and two 9-volt batteries, with one connected to a switch that could have been used to trigger a bomb.
    Roeder was a poster on an Operation Rescue website:

    Scott Roeder Says:
    May 19th, 2007 at 4:34 pm
    Bleass 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.

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    Re: Scott Roeder held as 'Person of Interest' for Tiller Murder

    Suspect supported killing abortion providers, friends say | McClatchy

    Those who know Roeder said he believed that killing abortion doctors was an act of justifiable homicide.

    "I know that he believed in justifiable homicide," said Regina Dinwiddie, a Kansas City anti-abortion activist who made headlines in 1995 when she was ordered by a federal judge to stop using a bullhorn within 500 feet of any abortion clinic. "I know he very strongly believed that abortion was murder and that you ought to defend the little ones, both born and unborn."

    Dinwiddie said she met Roeder while picketing outside the Kansas City Planned Parenthood clinic in 1996. Roeder walked into the clinic and asked to see the doctor, Robert Crist, she said.

    "Robert Crist came out and he stared at him for approximately 45 seconds," she said. "Then he (Roeder) said, 'I've seen you now.' Then he turned his back and walked away, and they were scared to death. On the way out, he gave me a great big hug and he said, 'I've seen you in the newspaper. I just love what you're doing.'^"

    Roeder also was a subscriber to Prayer and Action News, a magazine that advocated the justifiable homicide position, said publisher Dave Leach, an anti-abortion activist from Des Moines, Iowa.

    "I met him once, and he wrote to me a few times," Leach said. "I remember that he was sympathetic to our cause, but I don't remember any details."
    Aaaaaand this:


    Leach said he met Roeder in Topeka when he went there to visit Shelley Shannon, who was in prison for the 1993 shooting of Tiller.

    "He told me about a lot of conspiracy stuff and showed me how to take the magnetic strip out of a five-dollar bill," Leach said. "He said it was to keep the government from tracking your money."

    Roeder, who in the 1990s was a manufacturing assemblyman, also was involved in the "Freemen" movement.

    "Freemen" was a term adopted by those who claimed sovereignty from government jurisdiction and operated under their own legal system, which they called common-law courts. Adherents declared themselves exempt from laws, regulations and taxes and often filed liens against judges, prosecutors and others, claiming that money was owed to them as compensation.
    What a ****ing nutjob.
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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    Re: Scott Roeder held as 'Person of Interest' for Tiller Murder

    Bleass 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.
    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
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    Re: Scott Roeder held as 'Person of Interest' for Tiller Murder

    Why is Operation Rescue not designated a terrorist organization?

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    Re: Scott Roeder held as 'Person of Interest' for Tiller Murder

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    What a ****ing nutjob.
    Indeed, but it sounds like he had a lot of enablers.

    Perhaps charging them with aiding and abetting might reduce these killings.

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    Re: Scott Roeder held as 'Person of Interest' for Tiller Murder

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Why is Operation Rescue not designated a terrorist organization?
    What about Organization Rescue even remotely resembles a terrorist organization?

    Let's not go overboard here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe1991 View Post
    Indeed, but it sounds like he had a lot of enablers.

    Perhaps charging them with aiding and abetting might reduce these killings.
    Aiding and abetting requires specific knowledge, which there is no evidence that anyone else had.
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    Re: Scott Roeder held as 'Person of Interest' for Tiller Murder

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    What about Organization Rescue even remotely resembles a terrorist organization?

    Let's not go overboard here.

    It was intended to be slightly in jest, slightly exaggerated to make a point.

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    Re: Scott Roeder held as 'Person of Interest' for Tiller Murder

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    What about Organization Rescue even remotely resembles a terrorist organization?
    First of all it's bitter gun toting religious folks. Slap on the beard and the regional hat and you're in downtown terroristville
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    Re: Scott Roeder held as 'Person of Interest' for Tiller Murder

    Actually, reading a bit on "operation Save America" as it is now known, and while it may not actually be a terrorist organization, it is possibly the worst group in America. Foul, vile and offensive is the only way to describe them.

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    Re: Scott Roeder held as 'Person of Interest' for Tiller Murder

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    What about Organization Rescue even remotely resembles a terrorist organization?

    Let's not go overboard here.



    Aiding and abetting requires specific knowledge, which there is no evidence that anyone else had.
    I'm going to agree with you on this. Operation Rescue is not a terrorist organization.

    It is important though that they come forward with any information they have on Roeder.--or other potential rogue members. They absolutely can not protect people in their organization that are unstable and potentially dangerous. This guy may have been on the outs and not accepted by anyone. That could have motivated this type of act.

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