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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Should FBI have invited Westboro Baptist to speak with agents?


NPR broke an interesting story on Wednesday about members of Westboro Baptist Church speaking to FBI agents and other law-enforcement officials at bureau-hosted training sessions. From the Star's take:

Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-gay Topeka congregation known for protesting military funerals, has sent guest speakers to FBI training sessions, the bureau said.

But church members won’t be welcome in the future.

The sessions were designed to teach younger FBI agents and law-enforcement officers around the country how to deal with groups they strongly disagree with, said church member Timothy Phelps, who spoke at some of the sessions.

NPR also notes that bureau officials, in the past, have invited former Klan members and other controversial guests to speak to agents. What's your take? Do you think the FBI was doing a smart thing, or were the invitations out of bounds?


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