February 26, 2010

Military Kept Eye on Abortionists, Racists During 2002 Utah Olympics


The U.S. military monitored Planned Parenthood and a white supremacist group as part of the government’s security preparations for the 2002 Olympics in Utah, according to new documents released by the Department of Defense.

The U.S. Joint Forces Command liaison collected and disseminated information on U.S. citizens who were members of Planned Parenthood and the white supremacist group National Alliance regarding their involvement in protests and distributing literature, according to an intelligence-oversight report released by the Pentagon. The documents indicate that the JFC liaison was working with the FBI's Olympic Intelligence Center at the time.

That the government may have been monitoring potential threats just after 9/11 and may have danced on the edges of legality concerns critics.

And while some will question the legality of the monitoring, very few will question why supremacist groups may be on the radar as potential threats. Many of these same concerned citizens, however, seem appalled that Planned Parenthood was on the list of organizations being monitored.

While PP has never taken up arms to conduct killings, they've never need to do so. Founded by a eugenicist, they continue to target minority communities, accept donations to specifically abort minorities. Planned Parenthood, a sacred institution for many on the left, is likely responsible for more deaths in minority communities in any given year than all racial supremacist groups in U.S. history, but they insist on viewing them as benign.

There is something quite wrong with that.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 26, 2010 12:08 PM

Don't forget that the last Olympics held on US soil had a terrorist attack, so of course there was a great deal of concern about domestic terrorism.

Posted by: XBradTC at February 26, 2010 01:45 PM


Sounds like a violation of Posse Comitatus Act, however minor and technical.

Posted by: Brad at February 26, 2010 03:47 PM

Not to defend PP, but ya' monitor likely targets too.

Posted by: Druid at February 27, 2010 10:01 PM

I don't think so, Brad. At the very least it's a very gray area. Intel-gathering isn't traditionally a "law enforcement activity." Posse Comitatus was intended to prevent the Army from doing overtly police-ish stuff like patrolling the streets and arresting people.

Posted by: wolfwalker at February 28, 2010 05:54 AM


Surveillance for the purpose of enforcing civilian law: stakeouts, intel gathering or otherwise; sounds like prohibited law enforcement activities to me. The military involvement in the ATF raid of Waco, such as providing training and equipment, did not involve direct use of Army units for arrest. Yet that activity was only permissible because of the drug law enforcement loophole of the Posse Comitatus Act, a loophole which the ATF falsely invoked. Of course I'm not a lawyer, so what do I know.

Posted by: Brad at March 1, 2010 12:52 AM