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Jailhouse Notes of a Domestic Terrorist

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Eric Rudolph is a convicted and confessed domestic terrorist. As summarized by the Associated Press, “Rudolph is scheduled to be sentenced to multiple life terms July 18 after pleading guilty in April to the deadly bombings at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and a Birmingham abortion clinic in 1998. He also admitted bombing a women’s clinic and gay bar in Atlanta in 1997.”

Rudolph spent five years simultaneously on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and on the lam in the backwoods of North Carolina, hiding out from the feds. Now he has published part of his story of life on the lam on the web site of the Army of God, a group many consider to be a domestic terrorist organization. Many of its members have been convicted of crimes against abortion providers, including murder, attempted murder, arson, bombing and kidnapping. They are hailed on the site as “Heroes of the Faith.”

Rudolph is listed among the “Prisoners For Unborn Children” who are defined as “Those incarcerated for saving unborn babies about to be murdered by babykilling abortionists.”

The AOG reports that the 5,500 word piece is “Eric Rudolph’s story while on the lam. Recently transcribed from a handwritten copy he sent.”

Its the tale of a survivalist and a revolutionary — acquiring the food he needed to survive in the woods, eluding capture, and living to fight another day. “Preparation is the key to success in most human endeavors, Rudolph writes, “but this is especially true when attempting to move two tons of grains twenty miles with no transportation or equipment, and doing this right under the noses of the two hundred F.B.I. agents who were looking for me.” Rudolph also discusses how he had planned to attack another abortion clinic as well as the FBI’s Rudolph-hunting headquarters, but he was unable to do so.

Rudolph suggests that his first story, won’t be the last. “But just wait until you hear about the time the cops took me to get some gas for my stolen truck. Maybe next time.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Charles Stone, who was one of the lead investigators in the Rudolph case, says “Based upon the information contained in this, there’s no doubt it was written by Eric.”

Curiously, the newspaper reported only that the story “was posted on a Web site operated by an anti-abortion group head quartered in Virginia.” But it was not hard to guess which one. Rudolph’s are not the only writings by major criminals published by the Army of God.

Currently, the AOG has posted the entire text of a book by convicted murder Paul Hill, titled Mix My Blood with the Blood of the Unborn.

In 2001 AOG posted stories by Clayton Waagner while was on the FBI’s most wanted list. I wrote at the time on “Waagner, who escaped from the DeWitt County Jail in Clinton, Ill., in February and has eluded capture since, says he’s been driving across the country stalking abortion clinics, assembling a cache of weapons and compiling dossiers on clinic staff in order “to kill as many of them as I can.” Clayton made his threats on the ‘Clayton Waagner Message Board,’ hosted by the antiabortion Army of God.”

“‘Pray,’ he asks his supporters, ‘that every one I kill causes a hundred to quit.'”

…”‘Thanks to some very generous bank financing’ — an apparent reference to the Harrisburg heist (and, the FBI believes, possibly others), Waagner says he is ensconced in a ‘very secure safe house’ and has assembled ‘the tools I would need to wage war.'”

“Waagner is far from a populist antihero, merrily thumbing his nose at the cops. His beliefs and plans are more comparable to those of the grimly methodical Timothy McVeigh, the Aryan Republican Army and other violent far-right revolutionaries of the past decade, including, of course, the Army of God, a shadowy, loosely affiliated band of antiabortion terrorists who’ve taken responsibility for assorted clinic violence. Waagner envisions himself pitted against ‘the most powerful country in the world'” — a country that views him as a terrorist.”

“They’re right,” he declares. “I am a terrorist. And that’s the reason I’m posting this letter.”

The Army of God continues to celebrate the criminal exploits of the likes of Hill, Rudolph, and Waagner. Meanwhile, prochoice leaders, and former undercover FBI agent Mike German, believe that the support network that spawned and supported them needs to be further investigated.

Written by fred

June 25th, 2005 at 5:02 am

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  1. Other than absolute outrage at the audacity of Rudolph to still communicate his message of hatred, I’m struck by two things. How does a federal prisoner have his writings on the web? and The graphic images of abortion that are on the site only steel my determination to keep safe, legal and necessary abortion avaiable.


    25 Jun 05 at 11:19 am

  2. This is such an important subject. Why indeed, do federal prisoners have the ability to get their writings on the web? Is it a free speech issue?

    Many years ago I saw an HBO documentary (that I cannot recall the title of) about the AOG. It was chilling to me how casually some of these people talked about killing doctors or anyone associated with family planning clinics. And this was during one of their “family picnics” where children were present. Very scary.

    Domestic terrorist groups like AOG are a much bigger threat to the US than Al-Queda and receive much less attention. Thank you, Fred for shining some much needed light on this subject.


    25 Jun 05 at 6:23 pm

  3. I recently seen the HBO special on AOG and recently visited their website. I think it is downright sick to glorify a cold blooded killer. Furthermore their brand of terrorism makes them murderers as well. If you take their belief that abortion is murder and hence wrong in the eyes of God. Then what would God have to say about gunning someone down in a parking lot?Is that not murder as well? I have trouble believing God sanctions terrorism. These extreme religious nut jobs are a threat to society. I agree there are no differences between the Army of God and AlQueda.


    6 Aug 05 at 3:17 am

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