The man charged with murdering a high-profile abortion doctor claimed from his jail cell Sunday that similar violence was planned around the nation for as long as the procedure remained legal, a threat that comes days after a federal investigation launched into his possible accomplices.
A Justice Department spokesman said the threat was being taken seriously and additional protection had been ordered for abortion clinics last week. But a leader of the anti-abortion movement derided the accused shooter as "a fruit and a lunatic."
Scott Roeder called The Associated Press from the Sedgwick County jail, where he's being held on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the shooting of Dr. George Tiller one week ago.
"I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal," Roeder said. He would not elaborate.
As several other bloggers have pointed out, according to the Bush Administration and those who defend so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques", why shouldn't we use these techniques on Scott Roeder? He has connections to radical organizations and has hinted that he has knowledge of other "similar" events that are planned around the country that could target doctors. Should we put Roeder in a box with an insect? Put him is stress positions? Use sleep deprivation? Strip him naked and expose him to sensory deprivation? Waterboard him? If torture provides such valuable and accurate information and we are involved in a ticking-timebomb scenario, then what are we waiting for?