Wisconsin Pro-Life Groups Illegally Tracked

Following Field Marshal Janet Napolitano’s, the Department of Homeland Security has been tracking pro-life groups in Wisconsin as potential domestic terrorists.

From LifeNews via Melissa Clouthier at Right Wing News:

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — The Department of Homeland Security admitted today that it improperly conducted a threat assessment on pro-life and pro-abortion groups in Wisconsin. The assessment came before an expected rally last year in response to the University of Wisconsin Hospital board decided to allow abortions.

In February 2009, pro-life advocates planned to protest the hospital’s decision to open up a new Madison Surgery Center doing abortions.

The Associated Press reported today that the department said in a memo that it “destroyed all of the copies of the assessment after an internal review found it violated intelligence gathering guidelines about ‘protest groups which posed no threat to homeland security.’”

AP indicated the assessment was reportedly only shared with the director of Wisconsin’s intelligence-sharing center and local police in Middleton, Wisconsin, the site of the rally.

This is what should be even more frightening than the actual threat assessment: DHS, the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Middleton Police Department all refused to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests from the Alliance Defense Fund and Pro-Life Wisconsin to review the findings. Turns out the reports from DHS were destroyed, and the Middleton PD refused to release its copy.

In January 2010 the Alliance Defense Fund, on behalf of Wisconsin pro-life advocates, asked the Middleton Police Department for a copy of the report pursuant to Wisconsin’s open records laws.

The Middleton Police Department refused to disclose the report and further said that the DOJ similarly refused to authorize disclosure of the report, despite the fact that DHS had already determined that the report was an improper investigation of freedom of speech activities.

Peggy Hammill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, is justifiably outraged:

This move by DHS illustrates the Obama administration’s goal of silencing pro-lifers. It is disturbing that a local police department has apparently tapped into the security apparatus of the federal government to potentially obstruct free speech.

Last year, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano unjustly included pro-lifers in a report on domestic terrorism, and here we see her words in action.

To answer Dr. Clouthier’s question: Yes, it does look like an enemies list is being compiled by the administration. That list will eventuall consist of most of the American people, who the White House views as its enemy.