So far Federal judges have protected an avowed anti-abortion terrorist from keeping away from an abortionist doctor who plans to practice here in Wichita.
A federal judge on Wednesday refused the government's request for a preliminary injunction ordering Angel Dillard, of Valley Center, Kan., to stay away from Dr. Mila Means, of Wichita, Kan., her clinic and her home.
Even though Dillard has written a letter threatening Means, the courts have ruled she is protected by the First Amendment of the constitution.
According to a letter published in The Wichita Eagle;
Thousands of people are already looking into your background…..They will know your habits and routines.
They will know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live. You will be checking under your car everyday-because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.
The rest of the letter is mostly an attempt to shame Means, but threatening her with a bomb under her car is a threat not an opinion.
The government has had no problem arresting anti-war protesters for allegedly supporting foreign terrorist, only by meeting with people outside the U.S. or for their opinions on foreign affairs. These people have been refused protection from the first amendment, but local anti-abortionists are a different story.
According to Gonzo Times;
…in response to the FBI raids on seven homes and an anti-war office on Friday, September 24, 2010. The FBI also handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to fourteen activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. These activists are involved in many groups, including the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee, the Palestine Solidarity Group, the Colombia Action Network, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. These activists and many others came together to organize the 2008 anti-war marches during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. In December, 2010, 9 Palestine solidarity activists in Chicago were also subpoenaed.
What happened to the first amendment rights of these people? It seems only those whose aims are different from the Republican Party can be treated as terrorists and only then can a threat be considered a crime instead of speech.