The Justice Department’s teaming with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) means that all Americans who oppose the Obama Administration’s hard-Left agenda will be under suspicion (or worse) of being “domestic extremists” — including those who criticize the Administration for refusing to tell the truth about the nature and magnitude of the global jihad threat. For the SPLC is a far-Left propaganda machine that poses as a neutral observer of “hate groups” but actually uses the “hate group” designation to demonize and marginalize those whose political opinions it opposes — including those defending the freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and equality of rights of all before the law against the enablers of and apologists for jihad violence and Sharia supremacism.
Who watches the watchmen? Why is fighting for the freedom of speech and the equality of rights of all people now classified as “hate”? The mainstream media insists that the SPLC is an impartial, unimpeachable source, when actually nothing more than a Leftist attack outfit, using its “hate group” classifications to stigmatize and demonize foes of its political agenda. Notably, it classifies no Islamic jihad groups (or Leftist groups) as “hate groups.”
As Pamela Geller notes, “The Weekly Standard has done an extensive expose on these scammers and fraudsters here. The extremists over at the Southern Poverty Law Center are among the gravest threats to freedom in the United States, “a wellspring of manufactured hate,” and are named as such on the AFDI Threats to Freedom Index. Consider this. The SPLC lists my organizations and me as hate groups. They do not profile jihad or Islamic extremist groups.”
This “domestic extremism” initiative is an attempt to criminalize political dissent — specifically, dissent from the Leftist agenda, which includes appeasement of and capitulation to the jihad imperative. It proceeds on the false claim that “right-wing extremism” is a greater threat than the global jihad, as is stated here: “The domestic terrorism counsel is one of the ways the Justice Department is responding to extremists in the United States. Mr. Carlin explained that although threats from Al Qaeda and ISIL are a danger in the United States, more people have died in attacks by domestic extremists harboring anti-government views, racism, bigotry, anarchy and other hateful beliefs. He cited examples such as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the recent mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina.”
John P. Carlin is Assistant Attorney General. The claims he is making are nonsense, as I show here. When he refers to “racism” and “bigotry,” remember how Islamic advocacy groups such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations have smeared opposition to jihad terror as “racism” and “bigotry” for years now.
The U.S. Justice Department announced the opening of a new office aimed at tracking domestic terrorism and coordinating investigations with various pertinent parties – but it’s their planned partner in the endeavor that could set conservatives’ teeth on edge: the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“We’ve been pushing for something like this for quite a few years,” said Mark Potock, with the SPLC, Breitbart reported. “We feel like it’s very much a step forward, although we’ll have to see how it plays out.”
The new office was billed by John Carlin, assistant attorney general, as a “main point of contact for U.S. attorneys working on domestic terrorism matters” in comments delivered at George Washington University, Breitbart reported.
He went on: “The new DT Counsel will not only help ensure that DT cases are properly coordinated by will also play a key role in our headquarters-level efforts to identify trends to help shape our strategy, and to analyze legal gaps or enhancements required to ensure we can combat these threats.”
WND reported extensively on the mystery surrounding this new office and new domestic terror chief here.
But his reference to the outfit’s new partner could prove alarming to those on the political right. Carlin said the feds were joining with SPLC, due in large part to the nonprofit’s history of watch-dogging “hate groups.”
The SPLC has been dismissed and condemned by conservatives, Christians and traditional family groups as a partisan hatchet group. One example: The group listed the traditional, Christian-based Family Research Council as a hate group because of its biblically based views of homosexuals and the LGBT community.
That information was used by Floyd Corkins II as he prepared for and attempted to carry out a mass murder at the FRC three years ago. He was subdued by a security guard at FRC’s offices after he started firing his gun, and he’s now serving a prison term for domestic terror, having linked the SPLC to his actions in court.
“As our society became more politically partisan, SPLC cemented its position as speaking for those with progressive political and social attitudes. Rather than developing into an objective clearinghouse for the identification of hatred – no matter where the source of that hatred may develop – SPLC has become a useful organization for progressives to legitimate their battle against conservatives. Since conservative Christians are categorized as opponents there is little, if any, incentive for SPLC to recognize hateful expressions against Christians, because doing so actually works against the social vested interest of the group,” said George Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, in a 2014 study published in the journal Academic Questions and cited by the Christian Post.