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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Tiller assassination suspect linked to Des Moines activist

By Jason Hancock | 06.01.09 | 4:09 pm

The suspect in the fatal shooting of late-term abortion doctor George Tiller in Kansas was an occasional contributor to a Des Moines-based newsletter that believes that killing abortion providers is justifiable homicide.

Des Moines resident and anti-abortion activist Dave Leach publishes the newsletter, called “Prayer & Action News,” which describes itself as “a trumpet call for the Armies of God to assemble.” In an interview with The Washington Post, Leach said not only has he published the writings of alleged gunman Scott Roeder in the past, but he visited him in Kansas several years ago on his way back from speaking with Rachelle “Shelley” Shannon in prison. Shannon was convicted in 1993 of shooting Tiller outside his clinic. She later confessed to setting fires at abortion clinics in Oregon, California, Idaho and Nevada.

In an interview with the Iowa Independent, Leach said calling “killing a killer a crime is too simplistic.”

“Indeed, ‘taking the law into your own hands,’ as the idiom goes, is morally, legally, and spiritually dangerous territory,” he said. “But to say it is never right or legal is ignorance of our own laws. Every state has some version of the Necessity Defense, which says if you break a law to save a life, it’s not a crime. Taking dozens of lives by the cruelest devices, from burning to death in acid, to dismemberment, to Dr. Tiller’s scissors in a baby’s brain, as a single day’s work for any abortionist.”

Leach said when human law conflicts with God’s Laws, “we ought to obey God rather than man.”

He will not “advocate” that anyone go out and kill someone who performs abortions, but his “mind remains open on the question.”

“So while I am waiting for more dialogue, I must say that so far, the Bible discussion I have seen overwhelmingly supports anyone willing to sacrifice everything in order to physically stop an abortionist from killing thousands of babies,” he said.

Leach is no stranger to controversy. In the mid-90s, Leach’s association with the accused killer of a Florida abortion doctor helped persuade U.S. marshals to guard the Planned Parenthood clinic in Des Moines.

In 2002, he tried to air videotape of patients entering a local Planned Parenthood clinic on public-access cable TV. Mediacom Communications Corp. decided it would not allow him to air the footage.

He has also run unsuccessfully several times as a Republican for a seat in the Iowa House.

The Wichita Eagle newspaper in Kansas reports that Tiller’s clinic will re-open for business next Monday.

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  • Kansan

    The leadership of the anti-choice movement is fanatical to the core.

    Cheryl Sullenger, convicted of a California clinic bombing plot, was a Kansas leader. They praised those who murdered pregnancy termination providers. They regularly assault patients and their escorts at Tiller's clinc in Wichita.

    One Kansas Operation Save America leader, a defrocked minister who has had problems with the IRS over his “church's” tax-exempt status, makes regular headlines by attacking homosexuals. He claims that Obama is a Muslim and that Americans need to be intolerant of all non-evangelical or charismatic Christians, and of Jews. He is said to have called Tiller's assassination “a miracle,” Along with Fred “God Hates Fags” Phelps, Mark Holick was in Wichita to ridicule mourners.

    They also wholly supported the war in Iraq. Troy Newman tried to disrupt a peace march prior to Bush''s invasion by repeatedly driving his “Truth Truck” into the march and loudly played a bugle to harass protesters.

    They don't believe in paying, not only their fair share, but any taxes at all. They used their non-profit's truck to carry around campaign signs for the ethically challenged former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. (Kline used his office continually to harass Tiller with malicious prosecutions.) The anti-choice fanatics use donations from multitudes of the gullible to buy luxury properties and support their staff, who refuse to pay taxes on their wages.

    It is clear they have utter contempt for the Constitution and the law of the land. They believe they are the anointed ones whose wishes are superior to the law.

  • Frtiz

    Leach and Roeder are Class A cowards and lunatics. They should do us rational people a favor, and hasten their own journies to meet their god. And while they're up there, perhaps they can witness to all the fetuses and Terry Schiavos that their ridiculous crusades have failed to save.

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