The film world loves hyperbolic terms such as “explosive material,” but that description is more than figurative for the Sundance Film Festival documentary “After Tiller.”
The bracing, 85-minute journey into the heart of the abortion debate is the only film among this year’s line-up to require its own retinue of arms guards, plus a full security check, during its Friday world premiere at Park City’s Temple theater.
It’s risk enough when the namesake of a film is Dr. George Tiller, the Kansas physician assassinated in 2009 during a service in his Wichita church. When the only four doctors performing late-term abortions in the United States show up at the world-premiere screening for a question-and-answer session with the audience, filmmakers don’t take any chances.
Directors Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, both 29, are first-time filmmakers who worked for nearly three years on the film. “We felt good about it (the security at the premiere),” Wilson said. “It meant we could exhale.”
Shane added: “The doctors are the best spokespeople for this issue, so of course they had to be there and be safe.”
The plot had parallels with Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who set off a bomb in Oslo last year and then went on a gun rampage on a nearby island, killing a total of 77 people.
“The would-be bomber did not hide his fascination with Breivik. This should not be ignored,” Tusk told a news conference.
The prime minister said that investigators had found practical connections to Breivik too: the Norwegian bought bomb components in Poland, he said, and an analysis of his contacts helped lead Polish intelligence to the suspect.
Authorities in Norway said they had been in touch with their Polish counterparts but gave no details.
Briefing reporters in the Polish capital, prosecutors said the suspect had assembled a small arsenal of explosive material, guns and remote-controlled detonators and was trying to recruit others to help him.
A video recording taken from the suspect, who has not been publicly identified, showed what prosecutors said was a test explosion he conducted, sending up a huge cloud of dust and leaving a large crater in the ground.
“He claims that he was acting on nationalistic, anti-Semitic and xenophobic motives,” prosecutor Mariusz Krason said.
“He believed the situation in the country is going in the wrong direction, described the people ruling Poland as foreign and said they were not true Poles.”
“He carried out reconnaissance in the neighborhood of the Sejm (parliament). This building was to be the target of the attack,” Krason said.
Large amounts of chemicals commonly used to make bombs were found in the basement of a New Jersey doctor, along with assault rifles and a stun gun, prosecutors said today.
Dr. Roberto Rivera, 60, who according to some reports was active in the Occupy Wall Street movement last year, was arrested following a Friday night raid on his Ridgewood, N.J., home.
Ridgewood police first showed up at the home around 6:15 p.m. after getting a report of potential hazardous and explosive material, according to a press release from Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli.
Inside the home, police found a “large amount” of a chemical typically used in bomb-making, the release said. The name of the chemical was not released.
Armed with a search warrant, the FBI and the Bergen County Bomb Squad then visited Rivera’s home where they confiscated the bomb-making chemical and also found “several other precursor chemicals commonly used in the making of explosive devices,” Molinelli said.
There wasn’t an ignition device attached so there wasn’t a danger of explosion. Perhaps the parts of an Truck VBIED had not yet been assembled however.
Sweden raised the security alert for the country’s nuclear power plants Thursday after explosives were found on a truck at the southwestern atomic power station Ringhals. Police said they were investigating possible sabotage.
Police said bomb sniffer dogs detected the explosives during a routine check Wednesday afternoon by security staff at an industrial area within the power plant’s enclosure. Police declined to describe the amount or type of explosive material.
Four reactors are at Ringhals, 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of Sweden’s second-largest city, Goteborg. The plant is controlled by energy companies Vattenfall and E.ON.