Obama Administration Ignored Second Tip on Scott Roeder Harming George Tiller
by Steven Ertelt
November 13, 2009
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — The Obama administration has already come under fire for ignoring one tip about Scott Roeder, the alleged shooter of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller. Now, new reports indicate the FBI also ignored a letter sent by Roeder relatives warning he may engage in a violent action.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it received a letter more than a month before Tiller was shot and killed warning that he would harm an abortion practitioner.
FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton confirmed to the Associated Press that Mark Archer, who is fighting with his wife for custody over a child that Roeder fathered, sent a letter detailing his concerns.
Patton says the agency found no credible threat at the time.
This is the second time the Obama administration has faced questions about not doing more to stop the shooting.
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 on MSNBC in June 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.
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