New York, NY, June 2, 2009 … The man charged with killing a Kansas abortion doctor was not only a radical anti-abortion extremist, but also was an active member of anti-government extremist movements, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Scott Philip Roeder, 51, belonged to the anti-government extremist sovereign citizen and tax protest movements. The sovereign citizen movement believes that virtually all existing government in the United States is illegitimate and they seek to "restore" an idealized, minimalist government that never actually existed.
"Roeder's attachment to extreme causes extended beyond anti-abortion extremism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "His extremism cross-pollinated between anti-government extremism and anti-abortion activism and led to violence and murder."
According to ADL's Center on Extremism, Roeder had focused considerable attention on Dr. George R. Tiller of Wichita in recent years, comparing him in messages posted on anti-abortion sites to Dr. Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi physician who performed inhumane experiments on Jewish victims in concentration camps during the Holocaust.
In 2007, Roeder posted a message on an anti-Tiller Web site, saying that Tiller "needs to be stopped before he and those who protect him bring judgement upon our nation." That same year, he posted a message on the Web site of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue in support of organized protests against Tiller. Roeder praised people he felt would "bring justice to Tiller and the closing of his death camp."
Roeder was previously arrested in Topeka, Kansas in 1996 after deputies pulled him over for having a bogus sovereign citizen license plate on his vehicle and found bomb-making materials in his car. He was subsequently convicted of an explosives violation, though his conviction was ultimately overturned due to a technicality.
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