WASHINGTON, June 26 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The US government’s secret database on pro-lifers contains files on the US Catholic Bishops according to a recent report in Insight magazine.

As LifeSite reported in July 1999, Judicial Watch, a US government watchdog, confirmed the existence of a database on pro-life leaders called VAAPCON. Insight reports that newly obtained internal Justice Department documents lay out justification for “intrusive investigative activity.” Agencies implicated in the report include the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Postal Inspection and U.S. Marshals services and other federal law-enforcement agencies, which are authorized to compile dossiers on groups as divergent as the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Rifle Association and the Women’s Coalition for Life.

LifeSite found that VAAPCON was originally the name of an 18-month task force called Violence Against Abortion Providers Conspiracy by the US Justice Department. Its failure to find evidence of a conspiracy among pro-lifers to commit violence, was a sore-point for pro-abortion forces.

For LifeSite July coverage see:
FBI Database On U.S. Pro-Lifers Discovered