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Monday, May 28, 2007

Alabama Homeland Security Terror List

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security created a list of potential terrorists, and posted that list online. You might want to check that list to see if your name is on it.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Homeland Security has taken down a Web site it operated that included gay rights and anti-war organizations in a list of groups that could include terrorists.

Yeah, because we all know that gays and their supporters are terrorists. They're trying to destroy families, and are a threat to straight people. They must be labeled for what they are!! GET REAL!!

Those whacky, pot-smoking, bell bottom jeans wearing, anti-American, communist bastards who call themselves anti-war activists are a HUGE threat to America. They're the biggest terrorists of all!! You see, they hate America because they don't want people to die. They hate America because they hate war. They hate America because they exercise their Freedom of Speech rights. That is just completely unacceptable. I say, lock them up in Gitmo!! Oh the horror of it all!! Imagine, someone actually protesting death and destruction!! That's so...wrong!! Hey, where's John Boehner when we need a good cry? Oh, he's cried so much that he's been swept away by the flood!!

The Web site identified different types of terrorists, and included a list of groups it believed could spawn terrorists. The list also included environmentalists, animal rights advocates and abortion opponents.

The director of the department, Jim Walker, said his agency received a number of calls and e-mails from people who said they felt the site unfairly targeted certain people just because of their beliefs. He said he plans to put the Web site back on the Internet, but will no longer identify specific types of groups.

Howard Bayliss, chairman of the gay and lesbian advocacy group Equality Alabama, said he doesn't understand why gay rights advocates would be on the list.

"Our group has only had peaceful demonstrations. I'm deeply concerned we've been profiled in this discriminatory matter," Bayliss said.

The site included the groups under a description of what it called "single-issue" terrorists. That group includes people who feel they are trying to create a better world, the Web site said. It said that in some communities, law enforcement officers consider certain single issue groups to be a threat.

"Single-issue extremists often focus on issues that are important to all of us. However, they have no problem crossing the line between legal protest and ... illegal acts, to include even murder, to succeed in their goals," it read.

Walker said the site had been up since spring 2004, and had gotten a relatively small number of hits until it recently became the subject of blogs, he said.

Birmingham attorney Eric Johnston, president of the Alabama Pro Life Coalition, said he was concerned about any list that described people doing social justice work as terrorists.

"Our group's main mission is educational. The thought that we would somehow be harboring terrorists escapes me," he said.

I would agree that abortion opponents deserve to be on the list of potential terrorists. After all the anti-aborton (so-called Pro-Life) movement did produce Eric Rudolph, Mr. Terrorist himself!!

I had to laugh at the comment made by Eric Johnston who is the president of the Alabama Pro Life Coalition. He said that he was "concerned about any list that described people doing social justice work as terrorists." Social justice work? Is that what you call harassing women, and clinic workers? Is that what you call shooting abortion providers? Is that what you call bombing clinics? Social justice work!! We'll have to remember that the next time one of these "social justice workers" goes on a rampage at a clinic.

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