Their goal is to reinvigorate that old meme (report!) that it’s rightwingers we should all fear and to distract our attention from the rise of Islamic radicalism here and abroad, or from leftwingers like some of the “Occupy” rabble.
For background, please take a few minutes and read James Simpson’s investigative report on the SPLC at the Capital Research Center, here.
See how the SPLC figured into the MD CAN conference this past weekend as CAIR-MD said keynote speaker Pamela Geller was one of their top “haters,” and see Geller’s whole response. Here is just a bit on the SPLC:
The Southern Poverty Law Center fraudulently parades around as a civil rights group (like Hamas-CAIR), when in fact it is an uber-left communist organization that is bent on destroying those who are fighting for freedom, such as vets, tea parties and counter jihadists. The SPLC was designated one of the gravest threats to freedom in the United States on the AFDI Threats to Freedom Index.
SPLC has named me three hate groups. lml. I equate the Southern Poverty Law Center coming out for Islamic supremacists with them coming out for Nazis. What’s the difference, and why doesn’t the SPLC even have a category for Islamic jihadi groups or uber-left groups bent on destroying America? Not one. The greatest threat facing our nation, our people, our world, and they are shilling for them and smearing those of us fighting for preservation of our freedom.
Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the SPLC was designated as a Communist front. It was essentially run by a couple, Anne and Carl Braden, who were CPUSA members. They had been identified in sworn testimony, and they made no attempt to deny the allegations. They would be proud that their legacy remains intact — their “heirs,” destroyers and America-haters, continue their work to subvert and destroy America.(more here)
Here is what the Center for American Progress says in their invitation to hear from the SPLC this coming week surely timed to get some media coverage just as the “gun issue” hits Capitol Hill! (emphasis mine)
From 2001 through 2011, the number of hate groups active in America skyrocketed from 602 to 1018. Largely extremist and right-wing in nature, these organizations target immigrants, LGBT communities, people of color, and religious minorities. And yet, even as these groups have proliferated, efforts to monitor and track them have stagnated. In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security closed down the team that tracked violent right wing groups in the wake of conservative backlash to a report issued by the DHS describing how extreme right wing domestic terrorist groups looked to take advantage of the election of the first African American president and the economic downturn to bolster recruitment. The DHS report further highlighted the interest of right wing extremist groups in recruiting military veterans because of their combat experience.
It is clear that the federal government has an essential role to play in thwarting domestic terrorism and to do so must understand right wing violent extremism.
Now, for readers who either know something about the military-like SWAT on Terry Porter in Sharpsburg back in November, or have read about it, don’t you think this is all too much of a coincidence? What if O’Malley (who wants to be President next, and wouldn’t he be the hero if HIS state police captured a right wing extremist!) and Obama were trying to provoke a reaction by a man they could show was on the political right to get a news story to back up their “rightwing violent extremism” theory. Can you see those headlines now, if Porter was not the man he is and had God forbid! fired a gun!
LOL! So far O & O are having a tough time getting any “violent extremists” to cooperate!