American Rightwing Terrorist Arrested in Bomb Attempt – But Not by Homeland Security

On Friday, the Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested a homegrown American rightwing terrorist named Paul Ross Evans who had attempted to bomb an abortion clinic in Austin earlier in the week week:

A cynic might wonder if the reason DHS leaves domestic terrorists to task forces like the one in Texas is political, since clinic bombers are tacitly supported by the GOP’s Christian nationalist allies.

A 27-year-old Austin man was … charged with placing an unexploded [sic] bomb containing some 2,000 nails outside an abortion clinic in the state’s capital.

The explosive device also included a propane tank and a mechanism “akin to a rocket,” Austin Police Commander David Carter said.

The device was discovered on Wednesday in the parking lot of the Austin Women’s Health Center, police said.

It is surprising that Evans was arrested by the terrorism task force — which is comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement authorities — and not the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS). And even though Evans was arrested by a terrorism task force, none of the charges against him are terrorism-related:

Evans was charged with violating federal laws banning the manufacture of explosives and interfering with access to an abortion clinic. He appeared before a federal magistrate, and was being held without bail.

No further arrests were anticipated in the case. “The threat is over,” Carter said.

It is exceedingly strange that in the Republican mindset that dominates our culture abortion clinic bombers do not fall under the purview of DHS and yet child predators and pornograhpers do. (I first learned that DHS tracked pedophiles when the department was instrumental in arresting John Mark Karr, the man who falsely claimed to have killed JonBenet Ramsey.)

Certainly, the government has a responsibility to investigate and arrest anyone involved in child predation and porn, but it’s hard to make the case that this problem, serious as it is, is a threat to homeland security. It seems that these sorts of crimes ought to be handled by the FBI.

Conversely, people who bomb abortion clinics are, by definition and intent, terrorists who threaten America homeland security. Who would be better at investigating them than DHS?

A cynic might wonder if the reason DHS leaves domestic terrorists to task forces like the one in Texas is political, since clinic bombers are tacitly supported by the GOP’s Christian nationalist allies.


  • Rev Don Spitz
    April 30, 2007 - 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Grow up. Do you think anyone actually cares that a babykilling abortion mill is blown up? You don’t seem too concerned about the babies that are being murdered at the babykilling Austin Women’s Health Center; only that their babykilling building is left standing so they can continue to murder innocent children.

    SAY THIS PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I am a sinner and am headed to eternal hell because of my sins. I believe you died on the cross to take away my sins and to take me to heaven. Jesus, I ask you now to come into my heart and take away my sins and give me eternal life.

  • Madison
    May 1, 2007 - 6:15 am | Permalink

    Wow, a pro-terrorist Christian nationalist comes out of the shadows to speak. It’s not often advocates of bombing American citizens will come forward and promote their terror campaign.

    Lucky for you, “Rev,” your corrupt Republican Party controls the government so your local terrorism task force probably won’t be tracking your IP address.

  • MO
    May 1, 2007 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    IT’S NOT AN “ABORTION” CLINIC DAMN IT !!! Unless that is all they do IT IS A WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC !!!!!!!!
    I am so very tired of hearing the media’s continuous shilling to the religeous right by using their incorrect terms.

  • May 1, 2007 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    Hey Madison, I think the “Rev” really is a rev. He’s got a Blogger blog here:
    He lives in that bastion of fundamentalism, Hampton Roads, Va., and his sole interest is: “Saving souls from going to eternal hell and saving babies from being murdered by babykilling abortionists.” Oh, and he also thinks “PETA is full of hate and anti-Christian bigotry.” Just another terrorist witlessing for the lord.

  • MO
    May 1, 2007 - 10:50 am | Permalink

    So “rev”, where in the bible does Jesus say you should kill ANYBODY for ANY reason?
    Where exactly does it say he supported bombs that indisciminately kill people that may be there to see a doctor about the baby they are having or passing by when the bomb blows?
    Who else is on your list of people you think should die for not following your beliefs “rev”?

  • Nick
    May 14, 2007 - 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I don’t agree with abortion. I am a Christian. The “Rev.” is a disgrace to Christians. Christ never condoned violence. He practiced and He preached peace and love. Not violence and murder. Don Spitz, you give Christianity a bad name…
    Ghandi said this, “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians, your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Dear public, please don’t judge my Jesus based on this lunatic!

  • tracie
    May 18, 2007 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    Hey Nick:

    I am an atheist, but I very much appreciate your post. I wish there were more Christians like you–willing to stand up and denounce extremists in their own religion. The far right uses the numbers of Christians in the U.S. to bolster their power–basically claiming they represent all of Christianity. But until there are more Christians like you, willing to stand up and say, “that isn’t me,” our politicians will continue to accept their claims and cater to their political agendas.

    There is no reason to think that a religion or denomination that would try to dictate anyone’s right to make decisions regarding their own body, wouldn’t also eventually try to infringe on the right of freedom of religious worship for other believers who believe differently.

    When a religious faction dictates their religion from Washington–that’s the end of religious freedom for everyone else–whether secular or nonsecular.

    Christianity, in general, doesn’t seem to see that they have less to fear from me, the atheist, than they do from their more conservative brothers and sisters. I will defend anyone’s right to believe and worship as they choose (even the Rev’s)–so long as they don’t harm someone else or infringe on the Constitutional rights of others.

    The religious right cannot make that same statement. They push very hard–using our own government–to make sure their religion is dominant and that it enjoys a privileged status in our nation over all other beliefs. Just this year, I’m aware of four pieces of legislation that involve promoting Christianity through government channels here in Texas, where I am from:

    1. Putting “In God We Trust” in the Legislative chambers (carved over the entry way in stone).

    2. Allowing prayer meetings during public school hours.

    3. Adding “under god” to the Texas pledge.

    4. Creating a Bible class as an elective in public schools.

    This is a precedent that can lead to infringement of all other belief systems–religious and nonreligious.

    I believe, Nick, that most Christians agree with your stance. I only wish that they’d add their public voice (and their vote) to yours.

  • Dominic Marcello
    July 31, 2007 - 10:32 am | Permalink

    Hey Rev. Spitz, you may not be aware of this, but in the United States abortion is legal and the doctors at abortion clinics are well within their legal rights to perform abortions. If you don’t like it, the proper way to change it is through the law, not through acts of terrorism.

    It amazes me that a Reverend – someone who claims to be a man of God – would defend the actions of a terrorist. You sir are a hypocrite.

  • Tommy Foster
    January 23, 2008 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Rev, you are insane. In the bible (notice it is not capitalized… this is because it is an evil book of lies)it states that if a person works on Sunday that he or she has broken the law that God set down and should be killed…do you work on the sabath?…I bet you do… maybe some terrorist Christians that believe that the bible is the word of god should go over to your house and blow you up huh does that sound fair or just? I don’t think so…

  • February 6, 2008 - 11:02 pm | Permalink

    No, I am not a terrorist, but you are a terrorist. Those who murder helpless babies in their mother’s wombs and those who support these murders are the terrorists.

  • szaleniec
    November 28, 2008 - 1:32 am | Permalink

    Abortion is legal, so by definition isn’t murder. Nor are people who carry it out terrorists, because they aren’t doing so in order to cause terror. The dictionary is your friend.

  • November 28, 2008 - 1:37 am | Permalink

    Don Spitz, please don’t lie. You know that attacking any place to cause fear is terrorism, and you approving it shows you support such actions. I’m sure no one would miss a few churches though, right? My point exactly.

  • James
    November 28, 2008 - 2:36 am | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Spitz,

    What a wonderful example of ‘christian love and compassion’ you are.

    Note: I refuse to use the title ‘reverend’ you claim, as no true and honourable Reverend would contemplate the evil you spew.

  • emau99
    November 28, 2008 - 7:27 am | Permalink

    @ Don Spitz:

    Terrorism is defined as the use of force to intimidate and/or coerce a population or government into granting demands.

    How does this apply to abortion?

  • Susan
    November 28, 2008 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    @spitz: you do know a clinic does pap smears, pre-natal care, hormone replacement therapy and so on? Their fees are much less than the ob/gyn office. So if you blow up the place you’re killing women their getting their monthly check-up before their delivery date and probably their other child sitting in the waiting room for mommy. Or older women getting their pap smears and hormones. Maybe you think collateral damage is righteous and whatever “innocent” woman dies they’ll get a golden crown in heaven. What a bunch of crap. YOU are the one who needs to grow up. I won’t use the “Rev” you claim you have. Your love of evil acts negates the usage.

  • Anon-e-moose
    November 28, 2008 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    If you ‘Pro-Life’ types want abortion banned EVERYWHERE, fine. I’d agree to that (and I’m ULTRA-Pro-Choice!). But there’s just one condition: ALL ‘Pro-Lifers’ have to agree to look after ALL the unwanted babies in the world. They’re shared equally amongst everyone who is ‘Pro Life’ (including YOU, Rev. Spitz), with new additions also shared equally. And you must look after ALL these unwanted babies by yourself, with no help from anyone else, and no outside financial help, neither – YOU must pay for their upkeep. One more thing: If just ONE ‘Pro-Lifer’ complains in any way, shape or form, then the whole deal’s off – and abortion is made legal worldwide in perpetuity, with abortions made compulsory amongst ‘Pro-Lifers’ (especially right-wing Xtian fundies like YOU). Therefore until you agree to do the above, ‘Pro-Lifers’ have NO right to criticise abortion

    BTW, I notice you’re not exactly concerned about the ‘murder’ of all those babies in China, the abortion of such happening on an almost industrial scale. If abortion is SO abhorrent to you, why don’t you go to China and protest about such there? Indeed, encourage the bombing of abortion clinics THERE?

    …what’s that? If you did, you’d be jailed in a ‘re-education camp’ for ten years, be beaten & brutalised, forced to recant your ‘Faith’ and learn to follow the Party line & become an Atheist, especially that abortion is a GOOD thing (and if you slipped up once, even after 9 years 364 days, you’d have to undergo it all over again!). That’s why you’re ONLY doing so in the US. Two Words: Soft Target. Thought so. The fact you’re not booking that plane flight to Beijing now is proof of your hypocrisy. The fact you’re not protesting about abortion in China, and only doing so in America exposes such. And therefore you have NO right to criticise abortion.

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