March 8, 2013
The Southern Poverty Law Center sent a letter earlier this week to Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the government to establish a task force to investigate the supposed domestic terror threat posed by the likes of Alex Jones, We Are Change, Oath Keepers, the Constitution Party, the Tyranny Response Team and thousands of other Americans outside of the orbit of the establishment.
Chris Matthews continues the corporate media attack on the patriot movement. In the above video, Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, includes Alex Jones in a hysterical litany of dangerous and “nutty” people engaged in free speech.
The letter sent by the president and CEO of the SPLC, J. Richard Cohen, begins by reminding Holder and Napolitano that the organization “wrote Attorney General Janet Reno about the growing threat of domestic terrorism” prior to the Oklahoma City bombing in October, 1994.
“Today, we write to express similar concerns. In the last four years, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of conspiracy-minded, antigovernment groups as well as in the number of domestic terrorist plots.” Today’s “ominous threats,” Cohen warns, come from citizens concerned about federal government attacks on the Second Amendment. “Because of the looming dangers, we urge you to establish an interagency task force to assess the adequacy of the resources devoted to responding to the growing threat of non-Islamic domestic terrorism.”
Utilizing the standard SPLC modus operandi and fear tactics, Cohen conflates a small number of racist white supremacist groups with the larger and more diverse patriot community. He also characterizes growing concern on the part of millions of Americans in response to egregious violations of the Constituion as dangerous and deems the federal government response to this “domestic terror” threat as entirely insufficient. “In light of these questions and the disturbing trends we have described in this letter, we believe it is time to take a fresh look at the issue,” he concludes.
It is hardly surprising the SPLC has decided to exploit the growing and diverse movement opposed to a raft of recently proposed unconstitutional firearms laws and label the movement extremist and akin to domestic terrorism. It is also hardly surprising that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews would have SPLC spokesman Mark Potok on his increasingly irrelevant cable television show just as Congress begins work on a number of anti-Second Amendment bills. SPLC’s domestic terror angle and timing feed right into the larger anti-Second Amendment narrative spun by the establishment media.
The Department of Homeland Security most certainly has an overriding obsession in exaggerating and demonizing political activism the establishment regards as dangerous. As revealed in its “rightwing extremism” document leaked in 2009, the DHS is drinking the SPLC kool aid. It considers returning veterans, Second Amendment advocates, and anti-immigration activists on par with white supremacists and other ultra-fringe groups (many, as we have noted, infiltrated by the FBI). The establishment attack on opposition political activists cannot succeed without this necessary process of demonization and political ostracism hyped by its media.
It remains to be seen if the effort will be successful. Following extensive coverage on the DHS “Rightwing Extremism” document eventually covered by the mainstream media, elements within the Republican party criticized Napolitano and the DHS, a reaction that resulted in an embarrassing backtrack by the agency. Because of this experience, the DHS may be reluctant to heed the SPLC call to wage a domestic war on terrorism against political groups that do not pose a threat and are wholly within their rights under the First Amendment.
Finally, the SPLC’s theatrical use of the Oklahoma City bombing is interesting considering the organization’s connection with that terrorist event. In 2004, a declassified FBI memo obtained by an Oklahoma newspaper revealed the existence of a Southern Poverty Law Center informant connected to the Elohim City operation. “References to an informant working for the SPLC at Elohim City on the eve of the Oklahoma City bombing raises serious questions as to what the SPLC might know about McVeigh’s activities during the final hours before the fuse was lit in Oklahoma City – but which the SPLC has failed to disclose publicly,” the newspaper reported.
Asked about his organization’s role in the terror attack, Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial counsel for the SPLC, told the media: “If I told you what we were doing there, I would have to kill you.”