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Leftists Using Tiller Murder to Advance Agenda

June 3, 2009

Leftists are using the murder of abortionist Dr. George Tiller to urge Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to reconsider the now-withdrawn politically motivated DHS report that labeled all conservatives, libertarians, and returning veterans as potential right-wing terrorists.

After weeks of withering criticism, Napolitano quietly pulled the embarrassing report that seemed calculated to chill the speech of critics of the Obama administration’s agenda. After the report was publicized, even Democratic lawmakers like Maryland’s Sen. Ben Cardin said it was unacceptable for DHS to label right-wing Americans as potential terrorists. 

But the horrifying weekend slaying of Tiller in his church has sent affective activists into paroxysms of rage and the left wants the report reexamined.

Zachary Roth of TPM Muckraker writes that in light of the murder by an alleged “anti-abortion extremist – who had also been said by the FBI during the 1990s to have been a member of the radical Freemen group — the report is looking a little more reasonable.”

“Kyle” of “Right Wing Watch” on the People for the American Way smear site, writes: “[I]t seems as if the report — far from being an offensive attack on Christians and anti-choice activists — was remarkably timely and accurate.”

Jason Linkins of the leftwing Internet webzine Huffington Post lies about how conservatives reacted to the release of the DHS report. Linkins writes that he “found it a bit bizarre that many conservatives seemed to want to go out of their way to identify and equate themselves with domestic neo-Nazi organizations and violent religious fundamentalists.” Noting that “the word ‘conservative’ did not appear in the report,” he argues that it made no sense for conservatives “to stand up for and embrace a violent political fringe.”

In fact, conservatives did no such thing and Linkins knows it. Conservatives protested this obvious attempt to shut down right-of-center criticism of the Obama agenda by lumping Ku Klux Klansmen and violent militias together with good-government types and members of the Federalist Society.

The left’s reaction today is just part of its long-running effort to delegitimize and marginalize those views it doesn’t approve of.

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