Alabama Revises State Terrorism Web Site After Including Pro-Lifers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 28, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 28
, 2007

Montgomery, AL ( — If you’re a member of a pro-life organization, there’s a chance you could be among those who are involving in plotting terrorist attacks against the United States. That was the view of the Alabama state terrorism web site until recently, when state officials took it down to revise its content in the face of a huge outcry.

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security put together a web site that was partially intended to help state residents spot possible terrorists and report them to officials.

The only problem was that the site included several various political groups on the site, including gay and lesbian groups, anti-war organizations, and pro-life advocates. They fell under the heading "single-issue" terrorists.

"Single-issue extremists often focus on issues that are important to all of us. However, they have no problem crossing the line between legal protest and … illegal acts, to include even murder, to succeed in their goals," the web site said.

Jim Walker, the head of the department, said the agency received numerous calls from people opposed to abortion and members of other groups that were on the web page. The site will be back on the Internet soon but will no longer include the political groups.

Walker told media outlets that the site had been up since 2004 but it started receiving notoriety when several bloggers noticed the listing of the groups and cried foul.

Birmingham attorney Eric Johnston, president of the Alabama Pro Life Coalition, is one of the people upset by the content and says pro-life advocates have nothing to do with terrorism.

"Our group’s main mission is educational. The thought that we would somehow be harboring terrorists escapes me," he said.