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the Body Politic
Vol. 06, No. 11 - January 1996, Page 11
Copyright © 1996, 1998 by the Body Politic Inc.

Army of God Still Marching -- Part II

By Anne Bower

The Declaration
Beginning officially with the Freedom of Choice Act -- we, the remnant of God-fearing men and women of the United States of America, do officially declare war on the entire child killing industry. After praying, fasting, and making continual supplication to God for your pagan, heathen, infidel souls, we then peacefully, passively presented our bodies in front of your death camps, begging you to stop the mass murdering of infants. Yet you hardened your already blackened, jaded hearts. We quietly accepted the resulting imprisonment and suffering of our passive resistance. Yet you mocked God and continued the Holocaust.

No longer! All of the options have expired. Our Most Dread Sovereign Lord God requires that whosoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. Not out of hatred of you, but out of love for the persons you exterminate, we are forced to take arms against you. Our life for yours - a simple equation. Dreadful. Sad. Reality, nonetheless. You shall not be tortured at our hands. Vengeance belongs to God only. However, execution is rarely gentle.

Last month we began a review of the anti-abortion terrorists' handbook, The Army of God Manual which has been connected with attempted murderer and convicted bomber, Shelley Shannon. While executing a search warrant at her Grants Pass, Oregon home, investigators found three copies of this blueprint for mayhem buried in Ms. Shannon's backyard.

Tactics for harassing abortion providers and damaging or destroying clinics in the first half of the manual are attributed to the authorship of the "Mad Gluer". The second half show, over time (perhaps 15-18 years), their tactics have escalated dangerously.

Sticky Subjects

After giving instructions on gluing locks, jamming phone systems, car blockades, blocking sewer systems, and butyric acid attacks, the manual proceeds to more "advanced" techniques such as staging auto accidents to delay a doctor on the way to work. However, the Mad Gluer cautions these tactics should only be attempted by the young and strong who are spiritually old and wise because they can result in bigger consequences. He advises,

"Remember, the reason that things like bombs and arson techniques are relegated to the Appendix of this manual (for 'Eyes Only') is not because they are wrong or ineffective. On the contrary, those methods are powerful, appropriate and discriminate. The difficulty is cost i.e., charges, jail time, etc."

Some soldiers, such as Ms. Shannon, have been willing to pay those costs. Others, convicted on lesser charges, are out of prison in 5 or 10 years, time enough to carry out the Mad Gluer's suggestion of a Furlough for Life. This tactic is intended to keep law enforcement distracted by a released felon and some friends while they travel around the country "visiting" clinics. The manual says police will be so busy concentrating on the traveling companions they will not have time to monitor another activist who will actually stage an attack on clinics.

In a prescient paragraph, the Mad Gluer says the day may come when "rescuers" may be hit with felony convictions for doing nothing worse than "blocking public access." (Now that the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act is law, those who blockade clinics or harass staff and patients can be charged with a federal crime punishable by jail and stiff fines.) The Mad Gluer warns,

"If the system is going to hand out felony convictions for rescue, the powers that be have guaranteed that the bombs and fires are not going to be just here and there every now and again, but here, there, and everywhere, now and again and again and again. This War is going to end - one way or another."

The Mad Gluer ends his part of the manual with a final note warning readers that material contained in the Appendix is only for the "serious and committed covert activist." If anyone decides to use the information, they are on their own,

"but what we do we do for the babies, and God knows, and God helps. God bless!"

Second Edition

The first tactic mentioned is one Shelley Shannon wrote about in her diary--instructing your fellow prison inmates that clinics (Blood Banks) are great targets for robbery because they have large sums of cash that must be deposited each day. (Apparently there are limits to what an anti-abortion zealot should be willing to do for the cause. Armed robbery is no fit occupation for anti-abortion zealots, and should be left for "hardened criminals.")

Besides promoting armed robbery, the second edition suggests disabling cars with high-powered rifles and armor piercing bullets, flying ultralights to "brick bomb" clinics and using chemical warfare, this time with an extremely explosive and dangerous chemical designed to, not just damage property, but injure staff. It was in this part of the manual that Ms. Shannon found instructions on how to destroy a building that uses natural gas for heating.

The author even suggests that if a member of the AoG is diagnosed with a terminal illness, before they die, they should plan clinic attacks across the nation.

"The main fear of performing certain activities has been miraculously removed. Why bankrupt yourself (or your family) over a few more days or months of life? Whatever activities are undertaken (torching, bombing, thumb removal, other) carry on with prodigal, reckless, abandon."

Appendixes from Hell

Final chapters of the AoG are appendixes loaded with instructions on many how-to-do it projects. There is a discussion of a non-explosive demolition agent which can be mixed with water and injected into a building causing foundations to crack. The address and phone number of the company that manufactures the chemical is given with the encouraging note that the company will gladly send information to you and provide the product because "they really don't care or want to know why you want it." (When contacted in 1994, the company acknowl-edged they did indeed manufacture this chemical, but were aghast that their product had been promoted for such a use and in such a document.)

For those unable to find time or tools to crack building foundations, the AoG offers detailed instructions, including pictures, on the manufacture of C4 or plastique, a powerful military explosive. In typical anti-federal government language, the AoG says,

"... the federal government monopolizes C-4, making it next to impossible to purchase. We can't count on buying and caching military explosives for use against the killers."

There follows a knowledgeable discussion of the ingredients used in C-4 and how to obtain them. While cautioning this is a dangerous project, pictures, obviously taken in someone's home, show step by step what to do.

Instructions are included for making improvised detonators plus a list of chemical companies where materials can be purchased. Like any good textbook, the AoG contains a Recommended Reading list such as Soldier of Fortune magazine, which "the enterprising termite can readily put to use to supplement the information in this manual."

Alpha Boycott Hell

The best way to long term covert success is found by adding new activist blood. Your children are your greatest resource--especially if you keep them out of public school or, "hell".

"The public school system (read: government school system) is a jungle. The jungle is just down the street from you. And so are the pushers: drug pushers, values clarification pushers, contraception and abortion without parental notification pushers, man is a product of evolution chance pushers, anti-religion, anti-parent, anti-American pushers."

The author asserts that nearly all of the committed covert teen activists have been home schooled. Single parents are cautioned against covert activity because it will take them away from their children. The suggestion is made that the most dedicated activist should consider celibacy because,

"...practically speaking, a covert activist with no ties could save thousands of children and their mothers in a lifetime."

The Mad Gluer "Talks to God"

The final pages of this manual contain a fictional interview conducted by the Mad Gluer with The Army of God in which the AoG says he/she will "drive the abortion industry underground" by the use of explosives. In response to the question, what about non-violence, the AoG makes the usual claim that destroying a building or removing a doctor's thumbs is not violent because it stops the violence of abortion. (After Paul Hill assassinated Dr. Britton one activist said the doctor's family should thank Mr. Hill for what he did.) As to claims that violent activity harms the Pro-Life Movement, the AoG says, when more citizens take matters into their own hands, the media will portray their actions in a more favorable light and violence will then be rewarded.

In response to the question, "What should concerned citizens do?" the AoG says,

"Every Pro-Life person should commit to destroying at least one death camp, or disarming at least one baby-killer. The former is a relatively easy task - the latter could be quite difficult to accomplish."

After admitting that most violent anti-abortion activists incarcerated at the time of this fictitious interview were not AoG members (or they might still be free), the AoG closes the interview saying one becomes an AoG member with great difficulty but issues a call for "single lone-rangers" who will destroy at least one clinic before they die.

Epilogue of Death

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Army of God manual has gone through three editions. Beginning with criminal mischief, then progressing to felony crimes, the Epilogue of the third edition simply calls for murder.

A small note at the beginning of the Epilogue claims it was written in November 1992 after Dr. Karpen of Houston and two clinic workers in Springfield, Missouri had been shot and wounded. However, this preface to the Epilogue was clearly written after November 1992 because it says that Dr. David Gunn, killed March 1993, was the first "direct action" attributed to the AoG.

In just five paragraphs, the Epilogue effectively renders the preceding manual obsolete by claiming all tactics to date have not stopped abortion. Rescuing has not worked. Neither has burning down or blowing up clinics. Consequently, the only course left is articulated by their final Declaration -- a call to arms heeded by Shelley Shannon and Paul Hill. How many more soldiers will The Army of God recruit?


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