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Operation Rescue has long maintained Tiller Watch, a section of their website devoted to keeping tabs on Dr. George Tiller, the abortion provider who was murdered today in Wichita. Shortly after the news of the murder was announced - and I mean within minutes - the link from Google to Tiller Watch returned a Forbidden 403 error. Other links referencing Tiller but not in the Tiller Watch directory also returned the 403 error. The front page of the site was still active but there were no links to anything about Tiller other than the statement on the front page regarding the murder. Thanks to Google cache, though, what Operation Rescue is trying to keep you from reading is still available.

The last cache was dated May 27, but the last update was April 28, the day Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was confirmed as HHS Secretary. Much of Tiller Watch is devoted to linking Sebelius to Tiller:

Sebelius Confirmed By Divided Senate
April 28th, 2009

Washington, DC – Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services today in the U.S. Senate after hours of debate, by the vote of 65 to 31.
Senators Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts of Kansas both voted to confirm Sebelius over the strenuous objections of pro-life, conservative groups.
Most Senators who rose [...]

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Sebelius Confirmation Vote Could Have Dramatic Repercussions
April 27th, 2009

Sebelius’ abortion extremism makes her unfit to serve and unfit for pro-life senators’ votes

Washington, DC – Pro-life supporters will be carefully watching tomorrow’s scheduled vote on the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services Secretary, a vote that could determine how much support from the conservative grassroots some senators will continue [...]

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Sebelius Flaunts Her Radical Support for Late-term Abortion In Veto Of Reporting Law
April 23rd, 2009

[...]

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Opposition To Sebelius Continues To Grow As New Concerns Arise
April 23rd, 2009

Sebelius’ support for "comparative effectiveness" is Mengle-esque health care at its worst[...]

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HHS Nominee Sebelius Continues To Conceal Full Extent Of Tiller Contributions
April 15th, 2009

[...]

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Sebelius’ "Oversight" Creates Questions About Her Integrity
April 14th, 2009

Washington, DC – It is now being widely reported that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius failed accurately report to the Senate Finance Committee the true amount of campaign contributions given to her by late-term abortionist George Tiller. In fact, documents show that the amount was nearly three times what she reported.
"In the wake of being exposed, [...]

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Sebelius Not Telling the Truth About Tiller In Answers To Senate Committee
April 11th, 2009

Records available online debunk her story about dinner with Tiller in 2007 and prove Tiller gave her more money that she admits.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has published written answers submitted by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in response to questions submitted to her during her examination for confirmation as Secretary of Health [...]

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Unfortunately, I have been unable to access the comments. I find it odd that there have been no updates to Tiller Watch since April 28. In summary, Operation Rescue tried to blackmail Roberts and Brownback, and Sebelius is "radical", "Mengel-esque" [sic] and a liar.

Since most of these posts were also press releases, many of the articles are still widely available on other websites. Here is some of the inflammatory rhetoric:

"We are again calling on men and women of faith to come to Wichita to pray for this historic trial," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "This is the moment we have been praying for and working toward. We need to press in and fervently pray for justice, because if that prayer is answered, the lives of countless innocent babies will be spared. This case is literally one that will decide life or death for thousands of children."

...

"We urge pro-lifers to make every effort to be at those prayer rallies," said Newman. "Now is the time to press in with prayer and ask God to finish the work He started and bring a final end to Tiller's horrific abortion business."

Tiller was acquitted in that trial. Since God didn't "finish the work He started" did the suspected killer decide it was his duty to give God a hand?

"This video shows the need to convict Tiller and get him out of business. He and his staff present an extreme danger to the public," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman who photographed the ambulance at the hospital emergency room. "We urge Christians everywhere to join us in praying that Tiller will be convicted and his abortion mill will be permanently closed."

Tiller was "an extreme danger to the public", according to Newman. Once again, a deranged follower of Newman might think he is a hero protecting the "public" by committing murder. I hope that Sebelius, and also Roberts and Brownback, are given additional protection immediately.

If Troy Newman hasn't been inciting his followers, why is he scrubbing his website?

Originally posted to Blue Intrigue on Sun May 31, 2009 at 08:17 PM PDT.

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