Homeland Security Dept’s threat assessment

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a threat assessment of pro-life and pro-choice activists and shared it with local law enforcement in preparation for a public meeting of the UW Hospital Board regarding the plan to provide late, 2nd-trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center (MSC).
>> read the AP story

Several WFC staff members attended that UW Hospital Board meeting (about one year ago) because the Board was voting to approve or oppose the MSC late-term abortion plan (they approved it).  I remember my coworkers describing how they had been searched and herded together at the meeting, along with other public attendees, like terrorist suspects.  Apparently, that’s what DHS believed them to be.

DHS realized the assessment “violated intelligence-gathering guidelines by collecting and sharing information about ‘protest groups which posed no threat to homeland security,'” according to the AP.  No kidding!  Pro-life activists requested to see a copy of the assessment from the Middleton Police Department (because DHS destroyed their copies after “discovering” their mistake).

So far, the Middleton Police Department has refused to release a copy of the assessment because of the “sensitive” information it contains, which could compromise the identity of pro-life and pro-abortion activists.

I find it ironic, to say the least, that just a few months later the DHS was circulating a memo identifying “right-wing extremists”, including pro-lifers, as potential security threats.  On April 7, 2009, DHS sent the report to local law enforcement under the title, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

Wow.  Just wow.
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