Eric Rudolph, the North Carolina man responsible for the bombing of The Otherside, an Atlanta lesbian bar, as well as two abortion clinics and Centennial Olympic Park, was arrested in Murphy, N.C., on May 31, 2003.
Despite imprisonment, Eric Rudolph can still voice his viewpoints via the internet.
Since pleading guilty in August 2005, he has been incarcerated in the most secure part of a federal Supermax prison in Colorado.
Like other supermax inmates, he spends 22 hours per day in his tiny concrete cell. He has no access to the internet or computers, yet his words are now appearing on a website maintained by The Army of God.
Victims of Rudolph say his writings are taunting them — and federal officials say there is little they can do to stop him.
Posted on the Army of God website in a section dedicated to Rudolph’s writings is a story about his bombing of the two abortion clinics. In the piece, Rudolph attempts to justify the attacks by arguing that Jesus would condone “militant action in defense of the innocent.”
In another piece titled “The Sentence,” Rudolph makes negative references to former abortion clinic nurse Emily Lyons, who was nearly killed in the 1998 bombing in Birmingham.
Rudolph also recounts how Lyons, in court, described the pain of her injuries and made an obscene gesture at Rudolph as she showed off a finger mangled by the blast. Says Rudolph: “It was a great speech and one that the denizens of freedom should be proud to enshrine in a museum somewhere. Perhaps they could put it next to MLKs ‘I Have a Dream.’ They could call it ‘I Have a Middle Finger.’”
According to a story published in Birmingham’s Decatur Daily, U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, who helped prosecute Rudolph for the Alabama bombing, says there is nothing the prison can do to restrict Rudolph or the supporter who keeps posting his writings, anti-abortion activist Donald Spitz of Chesapeake, Va., who is a member of The Army of God.
“An inmate does not lose his freedom of speech,” Martin said.
Of the bombings committed by Rudolph, the most notorious was the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta on July 27 during the 1996 Summer Olympics. The blast killed spectator Alice Hawthorne and wounded 111 others. Hawthorne had attended the Olympics with her daughter because she wanted to watch the American basketball team. Melih Uzunyol, a Turkish cameraman who ran to the scene following the blast, died of a heart attack. Rudolph’s motive for the bombings, according to his April 13, 2005 statement, was political:
“In the summer of 1996, the world converged upon Atlanta for the Olympic Games. Under the protection and auspices of the regime in Washington millions of people came to celebrate the ideals of global socialism. Multinational corporations spent billions of dollars, and Washington organized an army of security to protect these best of all games. Even though the conception and purpose of the so-called Olympic movement is to promote the values of global socialism, as perfectly expressed in the song “Imagine” by John Lennon, which was the theme of the 1996 Games even though the purpose of the Olympics is to promote these despicable ideals, the purpose of the attack on July 27 was to confound, anger and embarrass the Washington government in the eyes of the world for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand.”
In addition to Olympic Park, Rudolph has said he targeted the health clinic and office building because abortions were performed there, and targeted the Otherside Lounge because it was a predominantly lesbian nightclub.