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Yesterday, I mentioned that a federal grand jury is investigating whether there was a broader conspiracy behind last year's murder of George Tiller.  It's a near-certainty who one of the witnesses will be--Cheryl Sullenger, the senior policy director for Operation Rescue.  Sullenger, for those who don't know, was in frequent contact with triggerman Scott Roeder before Tiller's death.  In fact, her phone number was found on Roeder's dashboard.  She initially denied any contact with him, but later admitted she'd helped Roeder keep track of Tiller's court appearances.  At the very least, this is firmly in "what did she know and when did she know it?" territory.

However, even if Sullenger didn't do anything criminal, she displayed a staggering degree of irresponsibility.  She had to have known Tiller was a marked man for many extremists on the pro-life side.  And yet she gives Tiller's court dates, and possibly other information about him, to someone who is basically off the street?   I'd been waiting a year for Sullenger to be woman enough to resign.  But now I'm publicly calling for her to resign--and if she doesn't, Operation Rescue should fire her.

Granted, it may be too much to expect to ask Operation Rescue to fire her, considering they hired her despite the fact she tried to blow up a clinic in California back in 1988.  But based on what we know, Sullenger is at the very least morally responsible in part for Tiller's death, even if she isn't criminally responsible.  Can you imagine if it came out that some Dem congressional staffers were communicating with yayhoos who vandalized a Repub congressman's house?  It wouldn't matter if they did anything criminal--the demands for them to be fired would have come fast and hard.

For all of its denunciations of Roeder's crimes, their continued employment of Sullenger is a slap in the face to the Tiller family.  Moreover, she was irresponsible in a way a senior member of any organization can't afford to be.  If Sullenger has anything left in her, she should resign.  And if she isn't woman enough to do it, Operation Rescue president Troy Newman should show some leadership and fire her.

Crash their inbox--email them at info at operationrescue dot org (sorry, not even bottomfeeders like them deserve to be spammed).

Originally posted to Christian Dem in NC on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 12:16 PM PDT.


Should Cheryl Sullenger be fired, even if she committed no crime?

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    •  there's an error in your reasoning. (0+ / 0-)

      You're assuming that Operation Rescue is more or less just a political lobbying group.

      They are not.

      They are a terrorist organization.

      I've read the stuff they publish internally for their devoted followers to use.  Their dossier on Tiller would do credit to a small country's intelligence service.  

      There is only one reason to compile a dossier like that on someone, which is to enable committing crimes against them, ultimately leading to arsons, bombings, and as we have seen, murder.

      That's what Operation Rescue does.   The rest of it is just window-dressing for PR.  

      Sullenger's criminal record was a bonus point on her resume.  

      And yes, we have evidence that she had guilty knowledge of the crime.   No doubt that evidence will be presented to the grand jury, along with everything else the Feds have on them.  

      What Sullenger deserves is to be sitting at a Defense table clad in an orange jumpsuit.  And then, the maximum sentence under law.  

  •  Yeah she should be fired but (6+ / 0-)

    For all of its denunciations of Roeder's crimes

    You want to make a bet these are only public denunciations. I'll be willing to bet that in private, to their biggest donors, they're singing a very different tune. Thus they'll never fire Cheryl. She's responsible for their biggest "success". Sick bastards.

    Those who forget the lessons of history are probably watching Glenn Beck.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 12:23:32 PM PDT

  •  If she was fired... (2+ / 0-)
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    wiscmass, ontheleftcoast

    ...would there be anyone left at Operation Rescue other than Troy Newman?  I thought it was pretty much just the two of them.

  •  Any respectable organization would fire her (6+ / 0-)

    Operation Rescue, however, is a terrorist organization -- by definition, they're not respectable.

    Thwarting Republicans since 1978.

    by wiscmass on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 12:26:19 PM PDT

    •  agreed, wiscmass, her record is a BONUS to (3+ / 0-)
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      G2geek, corvo, wiscmass

      these thugs, not something to be ashamed of!

      Granted, it may be too much to expect to ask Operation Rescue to fire her, considering they hired her despite the fact she tried to blow up a clinic in California back in 1988.

      Would a responsible political organization bring aboard a self-aggrandizing terrorist like this?

      LBJ & Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees: Texas is No Bush League! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 01:30:32 PM PDT

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  •  Operation Rescue? (3+ / 0-)
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    For those bastards, collaborating in the assassination of George Tiller would be a feature, not a bug.

    What have you done for DC statehood today? Call your Rep and Senators and demand action.

    by mistersite on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 01:03:07 PM PDT

  •  I think Al Qaida is more likely (3+ / 0-)
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    to fire Osama Bin Ladin.

  •  Is Operation Rescue an ethical organization? (1+ / 0-)
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    Harassment of women at clinics and violent rhetoric has been a part of the organization since it was run by Randall Terry.

    Additional evidence suggests that actions by Terry and Operation Rescue may have provoked violence at abortion clinics. As the New York Times reported on July 20, 2001, "One of his [Terry's] most avid followers in Binghamton was James E. [sic: C.] Kopp, now charged in the 1998 murder of a doctor who performed abortions in Buffalo [New York]." Kopp was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. A November 6, 1998, Times report further detailed Terry's connection to Kopp:

    In July 1988, when Randall Terry drove through the night from his home in Binghamton, N.Y., to Atlanta to start the series of anti-abortion protests that would finally put his new hard-line group, Operation Rescue, onto America's front pages, James Charles Kopp was in the van riding alongside him, said former leaders of Operation Rescue.

    And when Mr. Terry was arrested on the first day of Operation Rescue's "Siege of Atlanta," Mr. Kopp followed him into jail, said the leaders, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Along with more than 100 other Operation Rescue members, according to some people who were there, Mr. Kopp remained in jail for 40 days and adhered to Mr. Terry's orders not to give a real name to the police or courts.

    After his release, Mr. Kopp returned to Operation Rescue's Binghamton headquarters, and was there working alongside Mr. Terry as the group's power and influence in the anti-abortion movement surged in late 1988 and 1989, according to the former leaders of Operation Rescue.

    Media Matters

  •  Provided Material Support to Terrorist? (2+ / 0-)
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    Sounds to me like she may be guilty of providing material support to a terrorist.  

    That's not a resignation offense, it's a jail offense.

  •  O'Reilly deserves (1+ / 0-)
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    some of the blame also.

    It's not a "pledge for America" it is a "pledge for American Corporations."

    by regis on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 03:23:03 PM PDT

    •  morally, but we're going to have to... (0+ / 0-)

      ... change the law if we want to make him legally culpable.

      All of these hate-talkers have clever lawyers who advise them of exactly how close they can get to the line of overt incitement without being in technical violation of the law.  

  •  Always remember, and point out (1+ / 0-)
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    in letters to the editor, or call-in TV/radio shows, that what the far-right knuckle-draggers REALLY want is for women who undergo abortions, and the doctors who provide them, to either be locked up or executed.

    These extremists have succeeded in calling the shots in, of all places, Nicaragua, where the former leader of the Sandinistas, Daniel Ortega, entered into a very slimy relationship with the Catholic church, to the point that no abortions are now allowed at all, even those necessary to save/protect the life of the mother.

    That's misogyny in its purest form.

    One reason I'm pro choice, if women can have their physical rights curtailed to the point of death or imprisonment, it can happen to me.

    That the pro forced-birthers were allowed so much sway during the health care legislation fiasco is an absolute mark of shame on our country, completely infuriating.

    When it comes to Texas Politics, "Stupid" Plays Very Well

    by KingCranky on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 06:38:30 PM PDT

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