FBI Invited Controversial Westboro Church To Talk To Agents

Passing this story forward:

The Westboro Baptist Church is infamous for picketing soldiers’ funerals with signs like “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates the USA.”

Jacob Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court during Snyder v. Phelps this past October in Washington, D.C.

Yet the FBI recently invited leaders of the fundamentalist church to the Quantico Marine base in Virginia to talk to FBI agents as part of the bureau’s counterterrorism training program. But after four sessions this spring, the FBI canceled the arrangement amid criticism from inside the bureau, while church leaders claimed that they had been misled.

The church group, led by Pastor Fred Phelps and based in Topeka, Kan., says its protests are intended to tell the world that God is punishing the U.S. military for America’s tolerance of homosexuality. The pastor claims to be the prophet of God’s wrath.

Read on Via NPR and The Daily What.







One thought on “FBI Invited Controversial Westboro Church To Talk To Agents

  1. Yea, I heard this on NPR yesterday morning. I frankly don’t see what all the outrage is about.

    What better way is there to understand the mind of the person that may come after you than by actually having some one-on-one face time with the person BEFOREHAND? I think this is actually brilliant.

    Let me put it this way. Suppose some member of the WBC went rogue and committed some atrocity. If that happened and the FBI conducted some post-attack interview to understand the mind of the attacker, how would that be different than from what the FBI was trying to accomplish with these talks? And would the general public not clamor for the head of someone inside the FBI for not doing anything to preempt something like this? This is clearly a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    I also couldn’t give a crap as to the pretense used by the FBI to lure WBC members to Quantico.

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