FBI Told to Quit Harassing Pro-Life Advocate Over Free Speech

National   Steven Ertelt   Jul 26, 2012   |   11:43AM    Washington, DC

A pro-life legal group has issued a letter to the FBI asking officials to quit harassing a peaceful pro-life advocate who is only expressing his First Amendment free speech rights by protesting outside abortion facilities.

The Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) because they threatened and questioned pro-life advocate Andrew Moore at his home in Dallas, Texas on July 13. The FBI agents talked to Moore for over an hour about his peaceful free speech activities that take place on public sidewalks outside of Southwestern Abortion Clinic in Dallas. The letter demands that the FBI stop the harassment.

Although the FBI has no evidence Moore had ever violated any law, the agents referenced his wife and newborn son , commenting that he would not want to be separated from his family, and suggesting that a felony conviction could get Moore deported back to New Zealand, where he originally hails.

The agents also asked Moore  about his employment, how he met his wife, who his friends are, where they attend church, why he has certain political views, and why he engages in particular activities in the community.

“The FBI agents used bullying tactics and intimidated Mr. Moore,” said Dana Cody, Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. “It’s deplorable that they want to silence his constitutionally protected free speech rights.”

“When has it become the business of the government to invade a private citizen’s residence to ask him such personal questions?” Cody added. “It is clear that the FBI is not merely seeking to enforce federal law, but is conducting a witch hunt of anyone who is openly critical of the Obama administration’s pro-abortion position.”

“The Life Legal Defense Foundation is committed to exposing the FBI’s Gestapo tactics and will take immediate action in federal court if the agents’ unconstitutional actions persist,” Cody said.

The FBI agents also asked Moore questions about his mother-in-law, Jill Stanek, who is a pro-life speaker and blogger. Stanek previously wrote about the FBI visit with her son-in-law.

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“On July 13 FBI agents Conrad Rodriguez and William Sivley paid a visit to my son-in-law, Andy Moore, at his home,” she said.

Agents Rodriguez and Sivley told Andy three red flags prompted their visit:

  1. His use of a megaphone outside the mill, a one-time event on March 31, which he stopped and never repeated after police told him he was violating a noise ordinance.
  2. A complaint by the clinic manager that Andy trespassed, which he did not. There was no evidence, yet police gave Andy a warning: “I asked the officer multiple times, ‘Why are you giving me this warning, as I did not trespass?’ All he would tell me was, ‘I’m giving you this warning.’ He did not answer my question.”
  3. Unsubstantiated complaints that Andy may be too aggressive. “One of the agents told me it is acceptable to be aggressive, however there is a line. He gave examples of things which would cross the line, such as making threats of violence, or obstructing vehicle access – violations of the FACE act. I told him in no uncertain terms that I had never done anything like this and had not considered anything like this either.”