Terrorism in the USA


San Bernardino and Colorado Springs murderers

This picture from the USA shows on the left Syed Farook, who killed his fellow workers in San Bernardino, USA. And on the right, Robert Lewis Dear, who murdered people at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, USA. Planned Parenthood had been smeared by Fox News and other right-wingers.

The difference between these two criminals in the eyes of Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch and other right-wing media is that, on the one hand, these media, and politicians like Donald Trump, abuse the San Bernardino crime for warmongering and hatred against Muslims who have nothing to do with Syed Farook’s crime. While, on the other hand, they depict Robert Lewis Dear as an unimportant eccentric person; and don’t abuse his murders for calling for war on fundamentalist (like Dear) or other Christians, or on white people.

United States Republicans defund Planned Parenthood


This video from the USA says about itself:

Pro-Life” Terror

4 Janary 2010

Women from the Center for Reproductive Rights show the terror and intimidation they live under from anti-abortion activists.

From UltraViolet Action in the USA today:

The Senate has tried to defund Planned Parenthood again and again—but this time they used a special fast-track legislative process to ram the bill through with just 51 votes. And this bill could make it all the way to the president’s desk.

We just released a hard-hitting ad to fight back, but only had room in our budget to air it on CNN and MSNBC. Will you chip in to help get it running on NBC, ABC, and CBS as well?

Yes, I’ll chip in $5 to help stop the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Since the release of heavily edited videos in July, six states have moved to defund Planned Parenthood.2 Ohio is pushing to become the seventh.3

And while President Obama has pledged to veto the Senate-passed bill, anti-choice Republicans are once again using fear of a government shutdown to push to defund Planned Parenthood nationally.4

To stop the war on Planned Parenthood, we need to make Republicans pay a political price for these attacks. If we don’t, the attacks will never stop. And if a bill like this hits the desk of a Republican president, it will become law.

Our secret weapon in the fight to save Planned Parenthood is that millions of women—1 in 5 across America—have visited a Planned Parenthood.5 That’s why, despite months of smears and discredited accusations, 6 in 10 Americans STILL oppose defunding Planned Parenthood.6

We’ve just released a hard-hitting ad with women who rely on Planned Parenthood talking about their experiences.7 We’re counting on your donation to help make sure as many people as possible see this video. Will you chip in $5?

Thanks for speaking out.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Clarise, Anathea, Audine, Ryan, Shannon, Vanessa, Megan, Kaytee, and Libby, the UltraViolet Action team

Sources:

1. Senate Passes Bill Repealing Key Parts of Obamacare, Stripping Planned Parenthood Funds, NBC News, December 4, 2015

2. Planned Parenthood Faces Funding Battle in the States, U.S. News & World Report, October 19, 2015

3. Ohio House passes bill defunding Planned Parenthood, Cleveland.com, November 17, 2015

4. Will there be a government shutdown this December?, CBS News, November 5, 2015

5. Planned Parenthood at a Glance, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, accessed December 4, 2015

6. NBC/WSJ Poll: 6 in 10 Oppose Defunding Planned Parenthood, NBC News, September 28, 2015

7. Domestic Terrorism is Terrorism, UltraViolet, December 4, 2015

Colorado Springs murderer Robert Lewis Dear will be delighted with this Senate decision. What he did with his terrorist gun, the present Senate majority does with their votes.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SUES OVER UNDERCOVER VIDEOS The civil suit accuses the anti-abortion group behind the videos of “violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and committing fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording and trespassing.” [Laura Bassett, HuffPost]

Once again, a gunman has killed people for political reasons. Once again, he is described in the mainstream media using words and phrases such as: deranged, mentally disturbed, homicidal, gunman, shooter, criminal, murderer, and lone wolf. He may have been all of that, but one key descriptive word is conspicuously missing from most of the commentary: terrorist. Killing people who don’t believe what you believe in order to further your political aims is, indeed, one of the definitions of terrorism. If the suspect involved had recently arrived here from Syria (or anywhere else in the Middle East, really), would the news networks be so cautious about calling him a “terrorist”? I seriously doubt it. In fact, if that were the case, he’d likely be quickly labelled an “Islamic terrorist”: here.

Abortion Providers Are Too Scared To Even Talk About Security: here.

A Texas grand jury investigating alleged misconduct by Planned Parenthood instead indicted two operatives of an anti-abortion group that created doctored videos of the organization last year, which they claimed showed representatives of the health provider selling aborted fetal tissue for profit. Planned Parenthood was cleared of any wrongdoing: here.

United States anti-abortion anti-women terrorism


This video from the USA says about itself:

Domestic Terrorism is Terrorism

3 December 2015

Tell the Department of Justice to investigate domestic terror attacks at Planned Parenthood. Patient safety MUST be protected. Call (202) 353-1555.

Massacre near abortion clinic in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

2 December 2015

A woman who works at a school near the location of a reported shooting in San Bernardino, California, describes what the scene is like

From the Daily Record in Scotland:

San Bernardino shootings: Hunt for at least one gunman after 12 people reported shot dead near abortion clinic

20:23, 2 Dec 2015

By Paul English

TWELVE people are believed to have been killed in a mass shooting near an abortion clinic in California. Police are hunting for one man but believe more may be involved.

TWELVE people are dead and many more are injured after a mass shooting in California.

The San Bernardino Fire Department Tweeted that it was responding to a “20 victim shooting incident” near a golf course.

Fire officials have confirmed that an “active shooter” was at the scene about an hour outside Los Angeles.

The scene of the shooting is believed to be [an] abortion clinic.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff twitter account has also confirmed the event, Tweeting: “Confirmed an active shooter in the area of Orange Show Rd/ Waterman Ave near Park center. #SBCSD assisting.”

A spokeswoman from the San Bernardino Police Department described the scene as “still very active” and confirmed there may be up to three heavily armed gunmen wearing body armour.

Some unconfirmed reports claim 30 hostages were also taken in an as yet unnamed building, with some having escaped.

Last Friday, a gunman attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in the US state of Colorado, killing three people although the organisation have dispelled rumours that this latest attack is at one of their facilities.

Some witnesses reported that two males with ski masks, who fled the scene in an SUV, were responsible for the shooting. Other reports suggested three men in combat gear were responsible for the killings.

We do have enough information already for heartfelt condolences to the survivors, families and friends of this horrible crime, wishing them all the best possible. Recovery for the injured. Strength for those whose loved ones were murdered.

We don’t have enough information yet about the perpetrators. At first sight (which not always turns out to be correct) this may remind people of a self-styled Christian fundamentalist fanatic equivalent of the ISIS murders in Paris, France. A more militarized, more organised, bloodier follow-up to the murders at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.

Suspicions of extreme right violent ‘Christian Identity‘ groups like ‘Aryan Nations‘, the Aryan Brotherhood, and the self-styled ‘Army of God‘ anti-abortion terrorists may cross people’s minds. Self-styled ‘pro-lifers’ once again bring nothing but bloody death.

The Link Between Anti-Abortion Rhetoric and the Planned Parenthood Attack: here.

There may come new developments, corroborating or contradicting this.

UPDATE: TWO SUSPECTS DEAD, 14 KILLED IN SAN BERNARDINO “A man and woman dressed in tactical gear and carrying assault-style weapons shot and killed 14 people and injured 17 at a holiday party at a social services center on Wednesday before being fatally shot by police hours later while on the run.” This was the deadliest shooting since Sandy Hook — and there have been more mass shootings in 2015 than days. Here’s everything we know about the attackers, identified as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who were reportedly married. The couple had left their six-month-old daughter at her grandmother’s on the morning of the attack. [Matt Ferner, Andy Campbell and Sebastian Murdock, HuffPost]

SURVIVORS RECOUNT SHOOTING SCENE Eyewitnesses and survivors told of hiding under desks and sheltering in place until being rescued by the authorities. Here’s a full timeline of the shooting and resulting manhunt. [Willa Frej, Matt Ferner and Sebastian Murdock, HuffPost]

The San Bernardino shooters had a simply enormous arsenal — and all of it was bought legally: here.

The FBI has determined the California couple that shot and killed 14 people had recently been to the shooting range. [AP]

MOTIVE UNCLEAR IN SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING “With a young wife, infant daughter and government job, Syed Farook appeared to have arrived at a sweet-spot in life. Friends knew the 28-year-old by his quick smile, his devotion to his Muslim religion and earnest talk about cars he would restore. They didn’t know the man authorities say was busy with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, building homemade bombs and stockpiling thousands of rounds of ammunition for a commando-style assault on a holiday party of his co-workers that killed 14 and injured 21.” Family members of the shooters have no idea what could have motivated the couple to go on such a killing spree. And here’s a look at their massive arsenal. [AP]

MEET THE VICTIMS The 14 lives cut short too soon. Many victims leave behind small children. [Willa Frej, Michael McLaughlin and Jade Walker, HuffPost]

The corporate media and large sections of the political establishment had been pressing for the mass shooting to be labeled as a terrorist attack from the moment it emerged that the two suspects, the US-born Farook and his wife, who was from Pakistan, were both Muslim. These layers are anxious to exploit the tragedy to further Washington’s reactionary agenda of aggressive war abroad, together with police state repression and anti-immigrant chauvinism at home. Unlike any other act of terrorism committed on US soil, however, in this case the victims were all co-workers of Farook, with whom he was attending a holiday office party. They were all well known to him, suggesting that the attack may have more in common with the kind of workplace mass killings that happen on a staggeringly regular basis in America.: here.

The man she had married professed to be deeply religious. But after more than seven years with Robert L. Dear Jr. [later, the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic murderer], Barbara Micheau had come to see life with him as a kind of hell on earth. … A number of people who knew Mr. Dear said he was a staunch abortion opponent. Ms. Micheau, 60, said in a brief interview Tuesday that late in her marriage to Mr. Dear, he told her that he had put glue in the locks of a Planned Parenthood location in Charleston. … One person who spoke with him extensively about his religious views said Mr. Dear, who is 57, had praised people who attacked abortion providers, saying they were doing “God’s work.” In 2009, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of concerns for the privacy of the family, Mr. Dear described as “heroes” members of the Army of God, a loosely organized group of anti-abortion extremists that has claimed responsibility for a number of killings and bombings: here.

Mass shootings in the USA: here.

Here’s a map of all the mass shootings this year.

Women’s rights violated in northern and southern Ireland


This video from the USA says about itself:

30 November 2015

There has been a historic ruling in Northern Ireland regarding the country’s ban on abortion. A judge decided that denying women access to abortion is a violation of their human rights. Ana Kasparian (The Point) and John Iadarola (Think Tank) hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

Read more here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Dublin ‘must act’ on Northern Ireland abortion ruling

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Belfast High Court says ban violates human rights convention

by Our Foreign Desk

THE Dublin government was put on notice yesterday after a Belfast High Court ruled that the almost outright ban on abortion in Northern Ireland violates human rights.

Mr Justice Mark Horne’s landmark judgement could lead to a relaxation of the strict laws prohibiting women accessing terminations in cases of rape, incest or where there is a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality, and will have major implications for the 26 counties.

Amnesty International Ireland executive director Colm O’Gorman said the Belfast High Court ruling was not something solely for the Stormont executive to act on.

“The Irish government is now on notice that it too is violating the European Convention on Human Rights,” he said.

Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland, so terminating a pregnancy remains illegal there except in very limited circumstances where the life or mental health of the mother is in danger.

Anyone who performs an illegal abortion could be jailed for life.

Judge Horner said that the failure to provide exceptions to the law in certain limited circumstances breached a woman’s right to privacy.

In cases of fatal foetal abnormality (FFA), he concluded that the mother’s inability to access an abortion was a “gross interference with her personal autonomy.”

He said: “In the case of an FFA there is no life to protect. When the foetus leaves the womb, it cannot survive independently. It is doomed. There is no life to protect.

“Therefore, even on a light-touch review, it can be said to a considerable degree of confidence that it is not proportionate to refuse to provide an exception to the criminal sanctions imposed on the impugned provisions.”

The court also heard that the near-blanket ban, reinforced with criminal sanctions, placed a disproportionate burden on victims of sexual crime.

“She has to face all the dangers and problems, emotional or otherwise, of carrying a foetus for which she bears no moral responsibility and is merely a receptacle to carry the child of a rapist and/or a person who has committed incest, or both,” the judge declared.

This video from the USA says about itself:

14 November 2012

“The debate over legalizing abortion in Ireland flared Wednesday after the government confirmed a miscarrying woman suffering from blood poisoning was refused a quick termination of her pregnancy and died in an Irish hospital.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he was awaiting findings from three investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian living in Galway since 2008 who was 17 weeks along in her pregnancy. The 31-year-old’s case highlights the bizarre legal limbo in which pregnant women facing severe health problems in predominantly Catholic Ireland can find themselves.

Ireland’s constitution officially bans abortion, but a 1992 Supreme Court ruling found it should be legalized for situations when the woman’s life is at risk from continuing the pregnancy. Five governments since have refused to pass a law resolving the confusion, leaving Irish hospitals reluctant to terminate pregnancies except in the most obviously life-threatening circumstances.”

Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss the story of Savita Halappanavar, who died after the Catholic hospital refused her repeated requests for an abortion. Are the strict abortion rules and imposed religious morality upheld by the hospital really viable in today’s age? Where did the idea of this form of “morality” and religion over human life and suffering even originate, and why do people follow it? Cenk Uygur has an answer.

Arson by anti-women fundamentalists in Washington, USA


This video from Washington state in the USA says about itself:

Arson shuts down Pullman Planned Parenthood office

4 September 2015

A Pullman fire investigator has determined the fire at a Planned Parenthood office early Friday morning was arson. KXLY4’s Brittany Paris reports.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Abortion clinic fire ‘was arson’

US: A pre-dawn blaze that badly damaged an abortion clinic in Pullman, Washington, was arson, fire investigators have determined.

The fire followed a recent wave of protests at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.

On August 22, around 500 protesters gathered outside the Pullman clinic, waving signs and calling for Congress to stop funding the organisation.

Dutch pro-choice government minister Els Borst, murdered by fanatical Christian


Els Borst

This photo shows Ms Els Borst-Eilers. She was a doctor. And a politician of the ‘liberal’ D66 party. She was D66 party leader; and deputy prime minister. And Minister of Health. As a minister, she liberalized the rules on abortion and euthanasia. The political Christian right did not like her for that. According to the ultra-religious political party SGP, apart from her policies, Els Borst should not have been a minister in the first place; as their platform said women should not have the vote. That platform also says that the death penalty, abolished in the Netherlands in the nineteenth century, should be brought back.

On 8 February 2014, Ms Borst was murdered. It took police almost a year to arrest the suspect of this murder.

Murder suspect Bart van U. and the area where Ms Borst was murdered

The suspect of the murder of Ms Borst is Bart van U.

That man had been arrested earlier for murdering his sister Loïs. According to Dutch daily Metro, 22 July 2015, page 5, Bart confessed murdering his sister. He said he would do it again.

Also Van U. – from a fundamentalist Christian family – and Loïs thought differently about euthanasia and abortion, he said.

According to fanatical fundamentalist Christians, ‘abortion is murder’.

Someone who knew Bart van U. said, quoted in Dutch daily Metro, 26 January 2015:

He saw Muslim extremists everywhere, and also said that abortion is murder.

Some fanatical religious people extrapolate that to giving oneself the right to murder people with pro-choice views. Like violent ultra-religious Christians in the USA murdering doctors. And, apparently, Bart van U. in the Netherlands murdering someone with different views on women’s reproductive rights. Even if that person with different views is one’s own sister.

One may ask: if a person like Bart van U. hated his own sister so much for her different views on women’s reproductive rights, then how much stronger must his hatred have been for Ms Borst? Not his sister. Not just someone with views; but someone who put her views into practice by liberalizing the laws of the land about abortion and euthanasia.

Dutch NOS TV reporter Robert Bas says that may have been Bart van U.’s motive for murdering Ms Borst.

That ultra-fundamentalist Christian ‘abortion is murder’ ideology may have been Van U.’s murder motive was only mentioned very shortly, or not at all, by Dutch and international media reports on this.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Former D66 minister Els Borst was killed by stab wounds. The public prosecutor has announced this, now that the summons has been sent to the suspect, Bart [van] U.

Van U. will be next Tuesday for the first time in the court room in this case. However, he had to justify himself earlier for the murder of his sister. In court he admitted that he had stabbed his sister. About the murder of Ms Borst, as far as is known, nothing was said.

Borst was murdered in February last year in the garage at her home in Bilthoven. Almost a year later, in January, Van U. murdered his sister. Only during the investigation into that murder, police started to suspect him of the violent death of the former minister.

Now, to another side of self-confessed murderer Bart van U. Apparently, this Islamophobesaw Muslim extremists everywhere‘. Unfortunately, Bart van U. is not the only person with that kind of fanaticism, neither in the Netherlands nor in other countries.

Now, let us imagine for the sake of argument that Bart van U. would not have been the Christian extremist Bart van U.; but an imaginary Muslim extremist called Mohamed U. Mohamed U. who murdered his sister, called Fatima, not Loïs, for religious infidelity on abortion. Mohamed U. who murdered Minister Borst for liberalizing rules on abortion and euthanasia, at variance with Mohamed U.’s views about what Muslim sharia law about that should be.

Then, not just one sentence in media, as now about Bart van U.’s possible motive. Chocolate letter headlines on newspapers’ front pages about “International Islamic terrorism at it again“. Supporters of Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic PVV party setting mosques which have nothing to do with Mohamed U. on fire. Dutch politicians afraid of losing voters to the PVV attacking civil liberties, of Muslims and of other people as well.

Fortunately, as far as I know no one in the Netherlands so far has blamed Christians who have nothing to do with Bart van U. and his crimes. I hope it will stay that way. And that people will learn lessons from that about the stupidity of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, anti-Roma racism, anti-African racism, anti-east European bigotry, etc. etc.

UPDATe: Van U. tried to escape from prison.