Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New SPLC report: ‘conspiracy-minded antigovernment groups’ reached all-time high in 2012

Freda Art
Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

A new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) states that the number of “conspiracy-minded antigovernment ‘Patriot’ groups reached an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012” while also calling on the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to devote more resources to fighting these groups.

This report is in line with a West Point study conflating the “violent far-right” with recognizing the tyrannical, corrupt nature of government, a Homeland Security Policy Institute report emphasizing the supposed threat of domestic terrorism while ignoring the facts contrary to their claims, the White House’s focus on domestic extremism and the FBI’s demonization of “anti-government extremists.”

The SPLC makes a habit of targeting anyone who opposes the government, especially the so-called sovereign citizen movement, while joining the many others who endlessly promote an absurd fear of the non-existent threat of terrorism.

The newest SPLC report describes the rise of what they dub the “Patriot movement, which generally believes that the federal government is conspiring to take Americans’ guns and destroy their liberties as it paves the way for a global ‘one-world government.’”

The report goes on to imply that the “Patriot movement” is connected with domestic terrorism, while never actually showing how that is the case. See the “Latest report exemplifies the SPLC’s odd method” section for a brief examination.

Is the SPLC credible?

While some may love to claim that the SPLC is a wonderful and credible organization, others aren’t so ready to give it so much credence.

Indeed, Ken Silverstein, writing for Harper’s in 2000, penned an article, “The church of Morris Dees: How the Southern Poverty Law Center profits from intolerance” (article mirrored here) in which the SPLC and their tactics come under a great deal of criticism.

Others, like Dana Milbank writing for The Washington Post, have criticized the SPLC’s irresponsible labeling policies that have lumped the Family Research Council in with the Aryan Nations and the KKK.

Betta Dobratz and Stephanie Shanks-Meile, authors of “The White Separatist Movement in the United States,” also indicated that the SPLC is less than reliable.

“We relied on SPLC and ADL reports for general information, but we have noted differences between the way events have been reported and what we saw at those rallies,” the authors wrote. “For instance, events were sometimes portrayed in Klanwatch Intelligence Reports as more militant and dangerous with higher turnouts than we observed.”

“Also, ‘watchdog’ groups promote ‘claims’ that are compatible with their political agenda and neglect other ones as they attempt to wield political influence among policy makers. The general caution that the literature on the movement needs to be read with care seems to be particularly relevant here,” the authors conclude.

Source Watch, a project of the Center for Media and Democracy, includes the claim, “Federal law enforcement agencies and Homeland Security Fusion Centers have been issued a warning against relying on their erroneous and politicized ‘reports.’” This cannot be independently verified with any degree of certainty at this time.

Latest report exemplifies the SPLC’s odd method

To see just how nonsensical the SPLC’s reports can be, one must just read the “Conspiracies and Terror” section of their latest report.

They begin with discussing how Agenda 21 has been opposed by the John Birch Society, the Republican National Committee, among others, and then suddenly transition, with no justification whatsoever, into a list of violent incidents and alleged plots to commit violent incidents.

“The radical right last year produced more than its fair share of political violence,” writes Mark Potok, immediately after writing, “The state of Alabama passed a law barring any policies traceable to Agenda 21 without ‘due process.’”

There is no logical connection between “a neo-Nazi gunman stormed into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, murdering six people before killing himself” and the subject immediately preceding it but Potok has no problem stringing them together as if they somehow are connected.

Potok continues to list incidents and alleged plots, never relating it back to his claim that, “Another factor driving the expansion of the radical right over the last decade or so has been the mainstreaming of formerly marginal conspiracy theories.”

This is just one microcosmic example of how Potok and others who write for the SPLC simply sideline any kind of logical thinking process to create connections in the readers’ minds that simply do not exist in reality.

It’s worth noting that the SPLC’s Hatewatch blog has identified End the Lie as “a clearinghouse for conspiracy theories of the antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement, whose adherents want to end the Federal Reserve, drastically shrink the government, and put most power in the hands of county-level officials, and who believe that civilian militias will be essential for keeping order after society collapses.”

The SPLC makes a business of throwing in what they call the “Patriot movement” with neo-Nazis and other racist individuals and organizations, the “radical-right,” domestic terrorists, etc. without ever showing any connection between them.

They simply throw them together, sometimes within a single paragraph, despite the fact that there is no logical connection to be seen. Furthermore, no evidence is ever provided linking the Patriot movement with violent acts or alleged plots, let alone neo-Nazis and others.

SPLC’s recommendation: more resources to tracking, combating “radical antigovernment groups”

In a letter published March 5, 2013 by Think Progress, written by J. Richard Cohen, president and CEO of the SPLC, the SPLC calls on the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security 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.”

“The resources devoted to countering domestic hate and radical antigovernment groups and those they may inspire do not appear commensurate with the treat,” Cohen writes.

Cohen claims that “serious questions have been raised about the level of resources that are now being devoted to assessing the threat of non-Islamic terrorism” and based on the “disturbing trends we have described in this letter, we believe it is time to take a fresh look at the issue.”

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Hide Behind said...

I sence a conspiracy by the combined efforts of the government and SPLC to depict all honest dissenters as terrorist.
ctualy the Gov is terorozed by a might powerfull enemy, TRUTH.

Anonymous said...

SPLC designates anyone they disagree with as a hate group. They have been described as greedy hucksters.

Anonymous said...

STALKING. The SPLC is engaged in a conspiracy of STALKING and TERRORISM.
(1)They are creating falicy laden files on people who are peacefully using their Constitutional Rights.
(2)The SPLC is using it's files to attempt to intimidate American Citizens out of exercising their Natural Rights to Speak Out.

Anonymous said...

The SPLC is another mouthpiece of the global banking elite also known as the New World Order. People who are awakened know the game these front groups operate under, they are a part of the Council Of Foreign Relations, (the media). They target libertarians and conservatives and portray them as racist, in order to smear the whole freedom movement, as crazy, or bigoted. These cases are almost always exaggerated,or erroneous, but the media, in concert will cover them anyway, to give it some sort of legitimacy, and exposure. At the same time the media (CFR), and the SPLC will ignore all left wing, and socialist, forms of bigotry, terrorism, and hate crimes! It's an old trick, but because the masses are asleep, it's an effective trick!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I wonder if this counts as anti-governmental "conspiracy theory"? -

FDR and the Masons -


"And many U.S. presidents, including FDR, were members of the Masons. Franklin Roosevelt was initiated October 10, 1911, passed November 14, 1911, and raised November 28, 1911, in Holland Lodge, No. 8, New York City."

One of the photo's accompanying the article is this one(better quality from a different website) -


(F.D.R sits front and center, with his sons behind him.)

That image was on the front page of virtually all German media outlets on July 23, 1941 and apparently ran under the title of "Roosevelt is the main tool of Jewish world Freemasonry".

Ironically this article from the Prescott Evening Courier(Prescott, Arizona) of July 23, 1941 entitled "German Press Berates F.D.R" points out the ridiculousness of the claims of Freemasonry regarding world politics.

Excerpt - "(Freemasonry in parts of continental Europe years ago developed activities, including interference with politics, which led many to declare it a danger to the state and to suppress it within their jurisdictions.

Freemasonry in the United States, as well as the "mother grand lodge" of England and Anglo-Saxon lodges generally, has no connection with such Freemasonry.

Among the fundamentals of the United States grand lodges, for instance, are non-sectarianism in religion and the forbidding of political activity.)"


Note 2 things -

1) There has only ever been one Freemasonry organization, although many "sub-organizations" and variants of Masonry exist under it's umbrella the Freemasonry of "continental Europe" is exactly the same as modern Anglo-Saxon Freemasonry.

Simply by using propaganda to say "but we're not THOSE Freemasons...!" (wink, wink) doesn't make it true.

2) The laughable irony of the statement that Freemasonry has no involvement with politics - addressing a photo of the U.S President as a Freemason.

While a Freemason sits in the highest office of power in the U.S.A, arguably the whole world, Freemasonry has nothing to do with politics... because a PR statement from the Masons says so.

Seriously, how dumb can people be to believe that crap?

It really is time for a rebirth of the Anti-Mason Party in the U.S.A, and here in Canada.


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