Be sure to read Judy Thomas' piece about the George Tiller homicide. Specifically, Judy writes about the feds investigating whether anybody else -- besides suspect Scott Roeder -- should face charges in the killing. It sounds like Roeder had ties to a handful of groups that could be labeled extreme, but as Judy reports, noting formal.
Still, abortion-rights supporters say their opponents -- because of their rhetoric -- aren't innocent here. Snip:
“Their language is so over the top that there’s no way that the permission, the encouragement, to do these kinds of activities is not implicit in that,” said Ann Glazier, former director of security for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“This is literally standing up in a crowded theater yelling ‘fire,’ but yelling ‘fire’ when there are a bunch of arsonists in the room.”
Of course, that raises some pretty serious issues involving the First Amendment and, oh, blaming somebody for a crime they didn't actually carry out. Though -- frankly -- I don't think anybody would have a problem blaming Osama bin Laden or his associates for the violence they've encouraged.
The Associated Press has an article similar to Judy's -- also about the concept of "lone wolf" killers. The AP, though, focuses on the logistics of catching lone wolves. It's one thing to track an official, organized hate group. You can monitor their Web site, even infiltrate their meetings. Finding the one person who acts alone, though, is a lot harder.
The feds do have one particular trick up their sleeve here. They've set up programs encouraging businesses to report anybody who buys large amounts of bomb-making materials, weapons, etc.