Extremism experts are pointing to a 1996 arrest that, they say, links the leading suspect in the murder of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller to some of the most zealous antigovernment groups, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Scott Philip Roeder of Merriam, Ks., 51, has been charged in the Tiller case. Thirteen years ago, someone named Scott Roeder, 38, was arrested in Topeka, and charged with criminal use of explosives after police found fuse cord and a pound of gunpowder in his car trunk. He had a homemade license plate proclaiming he was immune from Kansas law – a tag associated with the Freemen organization.
There has been an upsurge in anger levels on extremist web sites and in group internal communications, says Mark Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League. “Two broad things underlie this: the economic crisis, and the election of Barack Obama, which has made the extreme right very angry,” says he says. Recently the extreme fringe of the anti-abortion movement has become more and more frustrated, says Brian Levin of the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino.