What if the FBI Infiltrated Anti-Choice Groups?

The suspect in the attack on the Grand Chute Planned Parenthood office, Francis Grady, explained to journalists at his court appearance today why he attacked the clinic.

A reporter asked why Grady attacked the clinic.

“Because they’re killing babies there,” he responded.

For the record, Planned Parenthood does not list its Grand Chute office among the affiliates that offer abortions (the nearby Appleton Planned Parenthood does provide abortions). They weren’t killing babies in there. They weren’t even ending pregnancies before fetuses became babies.

They were providing medical screenings and helping families prevent unwanted pregnancies from being conceived.

Update: I’ve been corrected. The “Grand Chute” location is actually the North Appleton location that does provide abortions. Thanks to RM for the correction.

Nevertheless, Grady chose to attack a medical clinic in such a way as to cause terror. He hasn’t been charged with a terror attack mind you, but what he did does constitute terrorism, as defined under law.

(5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that—

(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;

(B) appear to be intended—

(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

Now, lucky for the police, Grady appears to have saved them an investigative hassle they were facing: confirming allegations that Grady had protested the clinic in the past.

The Grand Chute police chief said if Grady does have ties to the anti-abortion demonstrations, it would be a departure from what usually takes place.

“For the most part those demonstrations are very peaceful,” Peterson said. The protesters generally follow the rules and avoid blocking entrances or driveways.

But Peterson also said Grady’s views on abortion are going to play a key role as the case moves into the courts.

“Motive is going to be important at some point in this process,” he said. “Certainly if he’s been involved in the past, it’s going to help tell us why he might have done this.”

Grady was scheduled to make his first appearance Wednesday in federal court in Green Bay, Wis., where he was charged with arson of a building used in interstate commerce and intentionally damaging a facility that provides reproductive health services.

The local “Pro-Life” group has dismissed any connection, stating that “mainstream pro-life” people don’t have extensive criminal records, as Grady does.

Well, I guess we can dismiss that theory!

But here’s the dilemma. Here we have a known criminal–with drug convictions–alleged to have committed a terrorist attack. If Grady were Muslim, you can bet the FBI would be recruiting infiltrators to attend meetings and catalog participants. The FBI would ask phone companies for call and email records to learn who was part of the anti-choice community, just to know who might harbor such strong feelings that he or she might launch another terrorist attack. The FBI would develop training programs so agents understand–or just as likely, misunderstand–the culture of the anti-choice community.

I don’t condone that. That would be a gross violation of the anti-choice community’s First Amendment. But that is, in fact, how our country fights other suspected and imagined terrorists, Muslim ones.

The double standard sure does suggest our country condones terror targeted at women seeking medical screenings.

7 replies
  1. MadDog says:

    Tangentially OT – Speaking of terrorism charges, and unlike the absence of such as EW notes in the Planned Parenthood clinic bombing in Wisconsin, an updated 88 page charge sheet against KSM and 4 other alleged 9/11 co-defendants can be found here. It can also be downloaded there from Google Docs.

  2. Quanto says:


    You forgot the part about grooming a new recruit and supplying him/her with a van and fake bomb.

  3. guest says:

    They’re too busy infiltrating Code Pink and the Quakers and all those other antiwar folks. Can’t be everywhere at once.

  4. orionATL says:

    of course our gov’t condones terrorism – though not that aimed at women so much as that aimed at providers of medical services to women.

    what the gov’t tolerates that IS aimed at women is intimidation together with a category of moral viciousness that one ordinarily sees only in war.

    gov’t aside, and religious institutions front and center, there are few more inhumane treatments of human beings by other human beings than the mistreatment pregnant women endure at the hands of contemporary anti-abortion fanatics – and to be against abortion is this country at this time is, de facto, to be a fanatic. that inhumane treatment is fully, though always covertly, supported by some religious institutions and anti-abortion societies.

    attacking a pregnant woman who does not wish to have a child at this point in her life, as a decision that is somehow both selfish and morally deficient, using propagandistic words and phrases like “slaughter of innocents”, “murder”, “baby killers”

    is one of the most inhumane, vicious misuses of christian writings and christian church socialization that have arisen in this last century of routine misuse of christian religious teachings.

  5. Bill Hicks says:

    You say “The double standard sure does suggest our country condones terror targeted at women seeking medical screenings.” Well duh! Isn’t this exactly Ronald Reagan’s position on Roe V Wade, from the get-go?

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