Thursday, August 13, 2009
Despite the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center linked Infowars and Alex Jones with Pittsburgh cop killer Richard Poplawski earlier this year because Poplawski had left comments on Jones’ websites, comments on SPLC’s own website that call for Alex Jones to be executed for his political beliefs have remained online for four months.
Southern Poverty Law Center’s concern about comments on the Internet which call for violence does not seem to extend to their own website.
In a response to SPLC’s smear piece which connects Poplawski to Jones, which remains uncorrected despite several other large websites making retractions on the issue, a commenter compares Jones to the “Taliban, Nazis and ruthless fascist dictators” and says that people like him blow up clinics, fly planes into buildings, hang people and shoot cops.
The respondent then advocates that Jones and his ilk receive “a lethal injection or a bolt of electricity,” i.e. that they be executed by the state simply for espousing political viewpoints that some may disagree with.
For full quote in context, click here.
The commenter then laments, “I expect to see more violence,” seemingly oblivious that he just advocated people be killed by the government for the words they say.
The comments were made on April 15th by a person calling themselves “Hawkeye”. They have remained on the SPLC website for nearly four months without being removed.
The Southern Poverty Law Center routinely cites Internet chatter advocating violence as an excuse to push their anti-free speech agenda, and yet when their own supporters threaten violence it’s seemingly not a problem.
Other respondents to the article highlight the fact that the tragic death of three police officers during the incident was caused by an escalation of a domestic dispute, and had nothing to do with Poplawski’s political beliefs. Poplawski’s mother threw him out of the house because his dog had urinated on the floor and she then called the police when Poplawski became threatening.
However, in the days after the event, numerous leftist blogs attempted to smear Alex Jones and Infowars by claiming that Poplawski was a fan, despite the fact that his comments expressed vehement disagreement with Jones for not sharing his beliefs. This led to several large websites, including Raw Story and Crooks and Liars, to issue retractions and withdraw the accusation, something that the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti Defamation League have refused to do.
As we reported yesterday, the SPLC have issued a new report which recycles bellicose propaganda about how “rightwing extremists” are planning to commit acts of domestic terrorism because they are upset with Obama. As we highlighted, every major act of domestic terrorism in the last 20 years has been carried out by the federal government, from Ruby Ridge, to Waco, to the Oklahoma City bombing, with court documents now proving that Timothy McVeigh was being groomed by FBI handlers.
The SPLC has worked closely with Homeland Security to issue similar “threat projections” over the last few years, demonizing gun owners, constitutionalists and libertarians as terrorists, the latest of which, as an FOIA request revealed, was not based on any reliable supporting evidence whatsoever, but was merely the product of a DHS agent surfing around SPLC’s own website, as well as widely a debunked disinformation fringe blog, for a matter of hours.