May 29, 2013 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer
Excerpted from LIFE SITE NEWS
– The FBI office charged with investigating terrorism has said it intends to question the national director of a chain of crisis pregnancy centers. The development is the latest in what pro-life activists have charged is a pattern of intimidation on the part of the Obama administration against pro-life activists.
Agents of the Joint Domestic Terrorism Task Force told Chris Slattery, national director of Expectant Mother Care (EMC) FrontLine Pregnancy Centers, only that they wanted to meet him “for a mutually beneficial relationship.”
“In other words, if I don’t meet with them, it will not be beneficial for me,” Slattery told LifeSiteNews.com. “I’m not sure what I’m going to get out of it,” he joked.
The questioning comes as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has subpoenaed the group for not abiding by the standards of a consent agreement Slattery believed expired more than 20 years ago, as well as in relation to a question of some of its paperwork. Currently EMC is poised to expand crisis pregnancy centers into 10 states, including Washington, D.C.
Federal agents pressed to meet Slattery last Friday but rescheduled when he insisted that one of his attorneys be present. Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice has agreed to represent him at a national level, and Christopher Ferrara of the American Catholic Lawyers Association has agreed to act as his local counsel.
The meeting will probably be held next week, Slattery said.
“I thank God for the FBI,” Slattery said, noting their good work fighting crime and legitimate terrorism. “But if the president orders them to do something, they have to do it.”
“I do know they have been used by attorney generals in the past for surveillance of domestic troublemakers and communists, and now we are the communists of the modern-day, the domestic ‘people of interest,’” he said.
The rate of federal questions, and allegations of surveillance, of pro-life activists have led many leaders to conclude the Obama administration is gathering intelligence on the pro-life movement.
FBI agents questioned Andy Moore, the founder of AbortionWiki.org and now communications director of Americans United for Life, last July after Southwest Women’s Surgery Center, a Dallas abortion facility, complained that Moore used a bullhorn during a peaceful protest.
Moore said they raised the possibility the Obama administration might deport the pro-life activist back to his native New Zealand if he did not name the names of other pro-life activists.
They also reportedly asked, “What affiliations do you have, including church groups” and other pro-life groups?
Moore’s mother-in-law, pro-life leader Jill Stanek, wrote that the agents asked “inappropriate questions clearly aimed at intimidating Andy, while also launching into a fishing expedition about me.”
Some say Attorney General Eric Holder has a vested interest in prosecuting the pro-life movement, since his wife and sister-in-law rented facilities to Tyrone Cecil Malloy, a Georgia abortionist accused of malpractice, Medicaid fraud, and causing a patient’s death.
The Justice Department has intensified the number of cases it is prosecuting under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, something Obama’s Labor nominee, Thomas Perez, boasted about last September.
Civil libertarians – and at least one federal judge – wonder if it is not part of a deliberate strategy to silence sidewalk counselors.
EMC maintains a perpetual vigil at an abortion facility in South Bronx, Slattery said.