Obama Admin Criticized for Ignoring Scott Roeder Vandalism Before Tiller Shooting
by Steven Ertelt
June 4, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In the aftermath of the shooting death of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, some new reports are blaming the administration of President Barack Obama for not doing more to stop the shooting.
FBI officials are facing accusations of failing to follow through sufficiently on tips staff from another Kansas abortion center gave them about alleged vandalism Scott Roeder committed prior to the Tiller homicide.
Before the Sunday murder of Tiller, allegedly committed by gunman Scott Roeder, at his church, Roeder may have vandalized another abortion facility, the "Aid for Women."
Using a pseudonym, Jeffrey Pederson, an abortion center staffer appeared Wednesday night on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show and explained how FBI officials could have done more with tips they were given days and weeks before the shooting.
On the morning of May 25, staff at the abortion business showed up to work to find their doors of their abortion center super-glued shut. When Pederson finally gained access to the building, he replaced the locks and notified the local police and FBI about what had happened.
Pederson told MSNBC he wasn’t able to identify Roeder, with whom he had had previous run-ins of vandalism, on the first viewing of the abortion center’s security tapes. However, he was able to identify the alleged shooter the second time around.
On May 28, he provided a copy of the videotape to the FBI.
Roeder allegedly returned to the abortion center on May 30, the day before the shooting, and another abortion center staff member saw him attempting to use superglue to fasten the doors together.
The staff chased Roeder away and grabbed the license number of his car before he was able to flee the vicinity, Pederson told MSNBC. Pederson says he reported the incident to the FBI and said it was the same person he had seen earlier in the security video footage.
The FBI told Pederson they could take no action against Roeder without convening a grand jury and obtaining a warrant.
However, federal law, under the FACE Act, makes it a crime to vandalize an abortion center.
In a post on the web site Talking Points Memo, Zachary Roth says FBI officials should have done more with the information they were given.
"It would appear that the FBI had been given evidence — tapes, witness interviews, a license number — indicating that Roeder had repeatedly done that. The FBI also knew that Roeder had been arrested in 1996 for having bomb-making parts in his car, and had past ties to violent extremist groups," Roth explains.
"And yet … Roeder was left free the following day to shoot Tiller at close range in church," he says.
Roth also indicates that Bridget Patton, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Kansas City office, tells him that it opened an investigation after receiving the information from the Tiller staffers.
Even Rachel Weiner, a writer at the pro-abortion Huffington Post, is annoyed that the Obama administration didn’t do more.
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation ignored repeated complaints from an abortion clinic about Scott Roeder," she contends. "They did nothing."
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