September 21, 2009
After Infowars and Prison Planet reported on the Department of Homeland Security’s “rightwing extremism” report earlier this year and the story went mega-viral on the internet — and was subsequently picked up by the corporate media, often with the usual dismissive caveats — it was discovered the agency had based much of its “research” on reports generated by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League. The SPLC was also instrumental in the Missouri Information Analysis Center’s report. The MIAC story went public after an anonymous source in the Missouri State Police provided Alex Jones with a report characterizing Ron Paul and Chuck Baldwin as extremists and their supporters as terrorists.
|The SPLC has attempted to link Alex Jones to the shooting of police officers in Pittsburgh.|
The SPLC has lately made a cottage industry out of maligning members of the patriot and consitutionalist movements. After it was discovered accused cop killer Richard Poplawski posted on Infowars, the SPLC and a handful of writers (in particular, Dennis B. Roddy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) attempted to forge a link between Poplawski and Alex Jones. As Alex Jones has pointed out on numerous occasions, Poplawski did indeed post on Infowars. It was not mentioned by the SPLC or the writers, however, that the comments posted on the site were critical or Jones, nor was it mentioned that Jones does not share Poplawski’s racist and antisemitic beliefs.
The ADL has posted similar articles on its website.
The SPLC has a double standard when it comes to comments on websites. In August, a comment attached to a libelous article on Alex Jones posted on the SPLC website declared that Jones and his ilk should receive “a lethal injection or a bolt of electricity,” in other words that they be executed by the state simply for espousing political viewpoints that some may disagree with. The comments were made on April 15th by a person calling themselves “Hawkeye”. The comments have remained on the SPLC website for nearly four months without being removed, notes Paul Joseph Watson.
The SPLC is determined to link Alex Jones and Infowars to terrorism and “rightwing extremism.” In the Fall, 2009, issue of the SPLC’s “Intelligence Report,” Larry Keller takes the SPLC agenda one step further. After a rather tedious and long-winded run-down of the so-called militia movement — fashioned as a domestic terrorist threat by the government and corporate media after the federal massacre at Waco and the murder of Randy Weaver’s family at Ruby Ridge — Mr. Keller warns against the “extremism” and putative racism of the COINTELRO operative Glenn Beck, CNN broadcaster Lou Dobbs, and former Nixon speechwriter Pat Buchanan.
However, the SPLC’s enmity is reserved for Alex Jones. Near the end of the article, Keller writes the following:
A good illustration of antigovernment Patriot movement paranoia was the reaction to a National Guard exercise planned for April in the little town of Arcadia, Iowa. The guardsmen had intended to conduct a four-day mock search for an arms dealer that would include patrolling the town’s streets, distributing photos of the fictional bad guy and knocking on doors of residents who agreed to participate in the drill.
Alex Jones, the radio host and conspiracy theorist, got wind of the plans and interviewed a National Guard official, setting off an avalanche of angry calls and visits to his website from people who feared the exercise was really about imposing a dictatorship or martial law on the country. “Tell them that ANY violation of your rights will result in a ‘Live Fire Exercise,'” one such person wrote on Jones’ Infowars.com website. “If they come, come loaded for war!”
That incident showed how quickly militia enthusiasts now mobilize, thanks to the Internet. The National Guard rapidly scaled back its planned exercise, although it denied that the deluge of complaints had anything to do with its decision.
The “exercise” in Arcadia, California, was a brazen attempt to portray gun owners and Second Amendment activists as domestic terrorists that pose such an ominous threat to local police as to require the participation of the National Guard. It also served to underscore the fact the Posse Comitatus Act is a dead letter and acclimate civilians to armed soldiers performing what should be considered police work. In the last year, soldiers have been deployed to perform police duties in California, Ohio, New York, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. National Guard troops were present at the Kentucky Derby and the Boston Marathon.
Keller and the SPLC are insinuating that Alex Jones is actively mobilizing “militia enthusiasts” bent on violence against the government. Jones has repeatedly stated that he does not believe in violence and has denounced comments on Infowars and Prison Planet calling for armed insurrection and violence against police officers and soldiers. Infowars and Prison Planet both share an open posting policy and the only restrictions on the sites are related to direct threats and pornography.
“The sounds of violence are growing louder,” Keller concludes. In fact, the sounds of outrage with the federal government and the New World Order are getting louder. The SPLC invariably characterizes such disagreement as violence and shamelessly dredges up the most fringe element declarations and outrageous actions as indicative of the intent of the patriot, libertarian, and constitutionalist movements.