Below is the statement from the Department of Justice about their success in persecuting anti-abortionists; Followed by their VAAPCON document;
National Task Force on Violence Against Health Care Providers Report on
Federal Efforts to Prevent and Prosecute Clinic Violence
The DOJ's persecution of those who oppose abortion, while protecting those who murder innocent babies is a harbinger of the judgment of God which is coming upon the United States.
God has charged you to be "ministers of righteousness", and commanded you to protect innocent life - but you protect those who murder the child in the womb. You have made yourself an accomplice to these murders.
To those in the government who support and strengthen the hands of abortionists babykillers, the murderers of helpless children, you also have the blood of those children on your hands.
Psalm 105:15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
Isaiah 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
Below, in their own words, is the evidence convicting the DOJ of being in league with those
who mass murder helpless children that were created in God's image.
They convict themselves.
National Task Force on Violence Against Health Care Providers
Report on Federal Efforts to Prevent and Prosecute Clinic Violence
In November 1998, in response to the murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian and other attacks
on reproductive health care providers, Attorney General Janet Reno established the
National Task Force on Violence Against Health Care Providers.
As discussed in more detail below, the Task Force coordinates the investigation and
prosecution of those responsible for these attacks, maintains a database of information
related to clinic violence, identifies ways to make at-risk clinics more secure, and enhances
training of law enforcement officers on issues related to clinic violence.
The establishment of the Task Force is the most recent in a series of federal efforts to
combat and prevent clinic violence. In May 1994, after escalating levels of violence against
reproductive health care clinics across the country, the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances
Act was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. This Act
established federal criminal penalties and civil remedies for "certain violent, threatening,
obstructive and destructive conduct that is intended to injure, intimidate or interfere with
persons seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health care services."
A number of other federal laws also apply to violent acts directed against health care providers.
For example, 18 U.S.C.§844(i) establishes a federal felony criminal offense where an individual
"maliciously damages or destroys, or attempts to damage or destroy, by means of fire or an
explosive, any building, vehicle, or other real or personal property used in
interstate or foreign commerce." Offenses under section 844(i) are most frequently charged
in instances of violence involving arsons or bombings of reproductive health care clinics.
Similarly, the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony offense against a reproductive health
care provider might warrant prosecution under18 U.S.C. §924(c). In addition, 18 U.S.C. §1951
(more commonly referred to as the "Hobbs Act") criminalizes conduct that obstructs, delays
or affects commerce by means of robbery or extortion. Attempts to coerce a reproductive health
care provider to limit or halt operations may constitute a violation of this statute. The penalties
for these various offenses are substantial.
In August 1994, the Attorney General established the Task Force on Violence Against Abortion
Providers (often referred to as "VAAPCON"). VAAPCON was charged with determining whether
there was a nationwide conspiracy to commit acts of violence against reproductive health care
providers. While the evidence gathered did not support a definitive conclusion as to the existence
of a nationwide conspiracy, VAAPCON played an important role in the early
implementation of FACE and also reinforced to law enforcement officials the availability of other
federal criminal statutes to address clinic violence. Indeed, VAAPCON's coordinated activity
resulted in a great increase in the flow of information concerning risks faced by providers and in
the number of criminal and civil cases successfully prosecuted by the Department, and its work
generated much information that is relevant to current investigations.
In January 1995, President Clinton directed each of the 93 United States Attorneys to establish
a local task force to coordinate law enforcement efforts relating to clinic violence. These working
groups have remained in place since that time, and include representatives from state and local law
enforcement as well as representatives from the FBI, ATF, and US Marshals Service. They are
designed to maximize the level of coordination and communication among law enforcement officials
in the field. They are also intended to improve communications between providers and law
enforcement to assess and address threats and other security risks more effectively.
As VAAPCON was phased out in 1996, the responsibility for coordinating the law enforcement
response to clinic violence was transferred to the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Cases were worked according to normal procedures in the Criminal and Special Litigation
Sections in cooperation with United States Attorney's offices and investigative agencies. To help
ensure effective communication, the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights established a Working
Group on Abortion Violence with participants from the Criminal and Special Litigation Sections,
the FBI, ATF, the USMS and the Executive Office for the United States Attorneys. The Working
Group met monthly to facilitate coordination on a national level.
Together, these efforts have paid off. Since the 1994 enactment of FACE, the Department of
Justice has obtained the convictions of a total of 56 individuals in 37 criminal cases for violations
of FACE and other federal statutes relating to violence against health care providers. In addition, the
Department has brought 17 civil actions against more than one hundred defendants under FACE,
seeking injunctions and, where appropriate, damages and monetary penalties against
individuals and organizations for interfering with access to reproductive health care services.
In 1994, Paul Hill was charged with violating FACE for the shooting of a doctor and two clinic
escorts in Florida; the doctor and one of the escorts were killed; the other escort was wounded.
He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.
Frank Bird was convicted and sentenced to one year of incarceration in 1995 for violating
FACE by throwing a bottle through the window of a doctor attempting to enter a Houston clinic.
In 1995, two defendants were convicted of Hobbs Act and conspiracy charges, and sentenced
to 37 and 41 months incarceration in connection with acid attacks on clinics in Syracuse, NY.
In June 1995, the Department obtained a preliminary injunction against three California members
of Operation Rescue who allegedly interfered with and intimidated a doctor at his home. In February
1996, the Department obtained a permanent injunction protecting the doctor and his family.
Also in 1995, Robert Cook was convicted after soliciting another individual to assist him in killing
reproductive health care providers and burning clinics. He was sentenced to a total of 176 months
for solicitation to violate FACE as well as other charges.
In May 1995, the Department obtained a preliminary injunction against several individuals in
Fargo, N.D. who blocked an entrance to the city's only clinic and threatened staff. In February 1996,
the Department obtained an agreement protecting the clinic and staff at the clinic and their homes.
In 1995, the Department obtained a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order against
Alan Smith for allegedly threatening and intimidating a reproductive health doctor and his family at
both his home and his workplace in Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Smith's alleged activities included
attempting to run the doctor off the road with his truck and telling the doctor's teenage stepdaughter
that the doctor "was dead.") In August 1996, the Department obtained a finding of criminal contempt
and a fine of $1,500 against Smith for violating the preliminary injunction by verbally threatening the
doctor outside an Ohio clinic. Smith unsuccessfully appealed the conviction to the Sixth Circuit, and
the case went to trial in 1997; we are still awaiting a decision.
In 1996, Ricky McDonald was sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating FACE and federal
arson statutes for chaining a New Mexico clinic's doors shut and setting it on fire.
In July 1996, 35 individuals were sued for blocking access to a clinic outside of Philadelphia.
In November 1996, the Department obtained a preliminary injunction protecting access to the clinic.
In May 1998 the Court granted a permanent injunction against all the defendants.
In 1996, Angela Shannon was convicted for mailing a death threat to a Milwaukee doctor
who performed abortions. She was sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison.
In December 1996, 10 individuals were sued for blockading a New York City clinic by
pushing their way into the clinic and locking themselves together in front of the clinic's doors
and elevators. After a jury trial, the court entered a permanent injunction protecting the clinic
and in May, 1998 imposed civil penalties totaling $22,000.
In 1997, eleven defendants were convicted under FACE for blocking entrances to a clinic in
western New York by chaining and gluing themselves to a car, a picnic table, the door, and each other.
Two were sentenced to four months in prison, two to two months, and the remainder to time served
(three days), supervised release, and community service.
Also in 1997, Richard Andrews pled guilty to setting fires at two California clinics and was sentenced
to 81 months in prison.
In 1998, Joshua Cabaniss was sentenced to three months in prison after entering an Oklahoma
clinic and punching and kicking the clinic's doctor.
Also in 1998, Fred Hart was convicted of two FACE Act violations by abandoning two Ryder trucks
in front of a Little Rock clinic, thus obstructing access to the clinic and communicating a credible
bomb threat to clinic staff. Several businesses and residences near the clinic were evacuated for
several hours while bomb and arson experts investigated the trucks. The defendant was sentenced to
one year home confinement, followed by three years' supervised release.
In July 1998, the Department obtained a preliminary and permanent injunction against a Kansas man
for blocking the entrance to a Planned Parenthood clinic. In August, the Department filed for
In 1999, the Department obtained convictions in cases involving threats to clinics in Pennsylvania
and Mississippi; e-mailed threats sent to various reproductive health care providers from a Florida
man; and arsons of clinics in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Fargo, North Dakota.
In response to the murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian and other attacks on reproductive health care providers
-- and to coordinate and build on already ongoing efforts -- Attorney General Janet Reno established the
National Task Force on Violence Against Health Care Providers in November 1998. "The Department
must do everything it can to protect providers and patients from acts of violence and to prevent unlawful
interference with the delivery of constitutionally protected reproductive health care services," said the
Attorney General in announcing the creation of the Task Force. "Every woman has the constitutional right
to reproductive health care, and no person should ever be able to deny that right through violence."
The Task Force is led by the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. It is staffed by attorneys and
other staff from the Civil Rights and Criminal Divisions of the Department of Justice, and by investigators
and other representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
and Firearms, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The Department of
Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Enforcement represents that Department on the Task Force and is
consulted regarding oversight of the Task Force.
The Attorney General charged the Task Force with several wide-ranging functions. These objectives
-- and a brief summary of the Task Force's work to date -- are as follows:
1) Coordinate national investigation and prosecution of incidents of abortion violence, with a focus
on connections that may exist between individuals involved in criminal anti-abortion activities
Shooting of Dr. Slepian: National Task Force agents and lawyers have been actively participating in
the joint efforts of local, state, federal, and Canadian officials working together to solve the murder
of Dr. Slepian. James C. Kopp has been charged with the murder, in violation of FACE and federal
firearms statutes. He remains a fugitive from justice and has been added to the FBI's "Ten Most
Wanted" list. The Justice Department is offering a reward of up to $500,000 for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fatal shooting.
Arsons: Task Force members have worked with U.S. Attorney's offices (USAOs) and field agents
to investigate a number of arsons. As a result of these efforts, a defendant was convicted of
attempting to set fire to a clinic in North Dakota, in violation of federal arson statutes, and
sentenced to 60 months' incarceration; another defendant was convicted of setting fire to a clinic in
South Dakota, in violation of federal arson statutes and FACE, and sentenced to 60 months'
incarceration and six months' incarceration, respectively, to be served concurrently. Defendants
charged with arsons of clinics in Albuquerque and Sacramento are currently awaiting federal trial.
Threats: Task Force representatives are also actively involved in numerous investigations of threats
against reproductive health care providers. For example, Task Force personnel provided
investigative and pretrial support and technical assistance in a Gainesville, Florida case in which the
defendant pled guilty to making e-mail threats to reproductive health care providers in violation of
federal threat statutes, and was sentenced to 16 months' incarceration. As a result of similar Task
Force efforts in a variety of phone threat cases, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania defendant pled guilty
and was sentenced to a period of incarceration and supervised release; a Mississippi defendant was
convicted of telephoning a bomb threat to a clinic and sentenced to 13 months' incarceration; and a
Utah defendant pled guilty to making a telephone threat to a clinic in violation of FACE, and was
sentenced to probation.
Blockades: Task Force members have worked with USAOs and state and local law enforcement
agencies to respond to anticipated blockades, and have helped to pursue FACE actions when
blockades do occur. For example, Task Force members helped to obtain permanent injunctions
against individuals who blockaded clinics in Washington, DC, Ohio, Philadelphia, and Englewood,
2) Serve as a clearinghouse for information relating to acts of violence against abortion providers,
and collect and coordinate data identifying national trends related to clinic violence
Task Force analysts have collected information on incidents of violence, and have compiled
a database for the use of investigators and prosecutors. The Task Force uses this data to
look for connections between incidents, and to respond to requests for information from
USAOs and field offices.
3) Make security recommendations to enhance the safety and protection of providers
Technical assistance and outreach on security to clinic personnel: Task Force personnel provide
briefings on FACE protections and security issues to reproductive health care providers. Such
activities include presentations at conferences of Planned Parenthood clinic security directors and
doctors from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and regional security
briefings for doctors and other clinic employees. These briefings include discussions of assessing
the dangerousness of threats and other behavior, security precautions, and procedures for alerting
law enforcement authorities of troubling activity.
In light of the history of shootings of abortion providers along the U.S.- Canadian border on or
around the November 11 Remembrance Day anniversary since 1994, the Task Force provided a
series of briefings to doctors and other clinic personnel in eight locations over the past two years.
These briefings included presentations on assessing the dangerousness of threats and other
suspicious activity, nuts-and-bolts security measures for home and office, and a discussion of
available local, state, and federal law enforcement resources. Task Force personnel also worked
with the USMS to issue an NLETS advisory to all local law enforcement on the significance of the
Remembrance Day anniversary and the need for increased security and awareness around clinics
and doctors' homes. The Task Force sent a similar advisory to the 93 USAO points of contact on
clinic violence issues.
To further promote clinic security, the Task Force developed a CD-ROM based on the material
provided in live security briefings, which will be made available to U.S. Attorneys' Offices, clinics,
and their security directors.
4) Assist the work of the U.S. Attorneys' local working groups on clinic violence
As discussed above, the Task Force provides extensive technical assistance and support to
USAO working groups involved in the investigation and prosecution of clinic violence. The
Task Force also issues periodic e-mail updates on civil and criminal developments on clinic
violence issues to all 93 US Attorney Working Group points of contact. For example, after a
wave of anthrax threat letters, it urged all USAOs to convene their local working groups to
discuss in advance responses to anthrax threats, and facilitated discussions with the Center
for Disease Control to ensure appropriate public safety responses to anthrax threat letters.
Similarly, the Civil Rights Division's Special Litigation Section serves as a resource to the
U.S. Attorneys with regard to blockades and related activities in their jurisdictions and
provides guidance as to civil FACE issues.
5) Enhance training of federal, state, and local law enforcement on issues relating to clinic
Briefings/Trainings: Task Force personnel have participated (along with USAOs, local law
enforcement, and providers) in a series of day-long briefings of federal, state, and local law
enforcement officers on clinic violence in a number of locations across the country. The briefings,
which include presentations by Task Force agents and lawyers, discuss techniques for the
investigation and prosecution of criminal and civil FACE violations, potential Federal criminal laws
applicable to clinic violence, advice on mail screening, and procedures for preserving evidence at
bomb and arson scenes. State and local officials provide guidance on local laws available to address
clinic violence. Health care providers and task force personnel discuss national and regional trends
in clinic violence, and also address security resources available to law enforcement and to clinics.
Recent briefings have also included presentations by representatives of the Center for Disease
Control on responding to anthrax threats. ATF has additionally scheduled canine demonstrations
relating to bomb and arson detection.
Task Force personnel have also briefed FBI agents on FACE and related issues at several Quantico
training sessions, participated in a panel on FACE investigation and prosecution at the National
Center on Women in Policing conference (a conference of 500 women law enforcement officials
from across the country), and participated in a day-long Police Executive Research Forum
symposium on developing effective local law enforcement strategies for addressing abortion-related
conflict and violence.
The Task Force has developed a website that provides information about the statutes available to
combat violence against reproductive health care providers, security measures available to
providers, and relevant law enforcement agencies' areas of responsibility.
The Task Force has also developed a resource manual for United States Attorneys' Offices and
other law enforcement personnel on FACE and other clinic violence issues. This manual includes
discussion of specific investigative and prosecutive issues that arise in the clinic violence context,
as well as sample pleadings and other reference materials.
6) Support federal civil investigation and litigation of abortion-related violence.
Civil litigation: In June 2000, the Department obtained permanent injunctions against Operation
Rescue National (ORN) and several individuals who had allegedly blocked the entrances to three
clinics in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Kettering, Ohio as part of ORN's week-long anti-abortion
In January 2000, the Department obtained a permanent injunction, applicable to any reproductive
health facility within the D.C. metropolitan area, imposing a twenty-foot buffer zone with respect
to a group of individuals who had blockaded a Washington, D.C. clinic by sitting and standing in
front of the clinic's entrances, in commemoration of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade.
The defendants' appeal to the D.C. Circuit is currently pending.
Monitoring and Enforcing Existing Injunctions: We monitor and, where necessary, work to support
and enhance enforcement of such injunctions to prevent unlawful interference with patients and/or
The Task Force's work has paid off to date, as violence against reproductive health care providers
declined in 1999 and 2000. Investing in a visible, well-coordinated Task Force may well serve as a deterrent
to those who might contemplate such acts of violence. The Task Force and its efforts demonstrate that, by
working together at all levels, law enforcement can produce great success in investigating and prosecuting
acts of clinic violence and enhancing the safety of reproductive health care providers.
Still reading? Here is the DOJ's link to
(It ends with our federal government giving pro-aborts advice (help) on how to murder helpless
babies - safe from those pro-lifers who want to
keep the babies from being murdered.)
Rev. Donald Spitz
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE vs. ANTI-ABORTIONISTS