Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained nearly two dozen pages of emails from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights and Tax divisions revealing questionable behavior by agency personnel while negotiating for Sothern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) co-founder Morris Dees to appear as the featured speaker at a July 31, 2012, “Diversity Training Event.” Judicial Watch obtained the records pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) submitted to the DOJ on September 10, 2012.


Judicial Watch filed the FOIA requests to determine what, if any, influence the SPLC’s branding of hate groups has had on government agencies. The FOIA request specifically asked for “any and all records concerning, regarding, or relating to the Sothern Poverty Law Center” between January 1 and August 31, 2012, including the Dees’ presentation sponsored by the Civil Rights and Tax divisions of the DOJ, for which employees were instructed qualified “for mandatory annual diversity training for supervisors.” According to the emails obtained by Judicial Watch, Dees’ speech was to be “simulcast to everyone’s PC throughout the Department.”

The emails produced by the DOJ include correspondence between DOJ personnel planning the Diversity Training Event and SPLC personnel, including Dees:

  • May 3, 2012 email—“We would like to tape the [Morris Dees] remarks and, at the same time, out Morris real time on the DOJ system can watch from their desks. Is that okay with Morris?”
  • June 27, 2012—“Let me know Morris’ air schedule so I can pick him up at airport and plan an evening for us if he stays over.”
  • July 11, 2012—“I will be at National in my [REDACTED] in which he has ridden before … I can arrange dinner. If he has a preference in DC where he wants to eat … tell him to let me know his druthers.”
  • July 16, 2012—“The AAG’s office want to take Morris out to lunch before the 1:30 pm July 31 remarks … I’d pick Morris up at his hotel at 11:30 am if that worked for him.”
  • July 23, 2012—“I will pick you [Morris Dees] up at the airport July 30. Would you go out to dinner with my wife and me and our two teenage daughters that first night? The girls need some inspiration from a master of inspiration.”

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has, in the past few years, taken to labeling organizations with conservative views on social issues as ‘hate groups,’” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Given these fawning emails, one would have thought that a head of state was visiting the Justice Department.  The SPLC is an attack group, and it is disturbing that it has premier access to our Department of Justice, which is charged with protecting the First Amendment rights of all Americans.  And these emails further confirm that politically-correct ‘mandatory’ diversity training programs are a waste of taxpayer money.”



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  • You’re late to the party, Breitbart boys.

    Better late than never, I suppose.

    BUT…this kind of thing is almost as bad during Republican administrations.

  • The__Bobster

    And the FBI uses ADL newsletters to create their training sessions. I was once on an airplane watching an agent create a presentation, with the documents in his lap.

    • Xanthippe2

      I think it is more direct than that, at least when the FBI and ADL are on the same page. Needless to say there is every effort in some circles to make sure they increasingly are.

  • Xanthippe2

    Once upon a time an FBI agent told me that the FBI does not take the SPLC seriously except for as a PC pressure group, but they did get data which they used from the ADL.

  • Xanthippe2

    What idiot DOJ employee wanted Dees to meet his teenaged daughters??? But on second reading I am rather sure either the father or mother was present at all times. 😉

    Also, where did he decide to eat and how did much the whole shebang cost the taxpayers??? Bet it wasn’t the senior special at Dennys with Mo lecturing out of the goodness of his heart!

  • libertarian 1234

    The ADL, the SPLC and other radical leftist political action groups, have influenced law enforcement for years now, which was one of their most important goals, both on the federal and local level.

    I’m not one of those who believe their influence is minimal nor that law enforcement personnel do not take them seriously. I’ve known of ADL or SPLC reps giving speeches in seminars to law enforcement and judicial employees that are no more than blatant political propaganda designed to demonize conservative groups by alleging all are anti-government for the purpose of using the law to act as their military arm so to speak.

    This tremendous influence is more likely than not the reason the radical left have become promoters of law enforcement in recent years. They feel they now have enough impact to turn them any way they want to.

  • bigone4u

    The federal government is an enemy of white people. Understand this and do not be deceived. From the President to the Supreme Court and on down to the lowliest bureaucrat, with few exceptions they are the enemy of white people. Act accordingly in your dealings with them.

    • Daisy

      Amen. Jaded as I am, I’m still surprised by the chumminess of it all. Scary.
      Power to the Judicial Watch org, which I’ve never heard of but will look up.

  • Lewis33

    This guy should have been a rabbi, would have been better able to hide his depravity.

  • Bill

    Who is head of the DOJ again? Oh, yeah. No surprise at this then. And who’s his boss? Right. So as in the other article today, blacks can run around in mobs across the country and terrorize, vandalize, and beat and even kill……and not a word from the DOJ. But they DO keep harping about a few guys in sheets being a terror organization, don’t they? I imagine black activity today was a GREAT deal like black behavior back during Reconstruction…..and allowed – nay – ENCOURAGED by the Federal government THEN as now, too.

  • As I have come to understand, Federal law enforcement and the paranoia-industrial complex (ADL, SPLC) have a working relationship.

    Former uses the latter to spy on people in ways that it’s not allowed to, and the former pays the latter back by having its assets and pidgeons run around in public in funny uniforms, so that the latter has a fund raising pretext.

    • Xanthippe2

      Well, I see someone else has some non-internet experience!

    • Daisy

      What can ADL and SPLC do in terms of spying that the feds can’t?

      • Because the Feds are a government, they must comply with the Constitution and civil rights laws on how they gather information, and also they’re not allowed to gather information at all beyond a certain threshhold against people who are not a subject of an active criminal investigation. ADL/SPLC has no such restrictions, because they are theoretically private firms.

        • Daisy

          So they can simply gather info from an agency that violates civil rights laws, or they’re just held to much higher adherence to them? Could you concretize the mechanics of what the ADL or SPLC can do that the feds can’t. I would have thought that if the info was gathered in violation of civil rights laws the feds couldn’t use it, theoretically anyway.

          • I think what the FBI/ATF/DEA/etc. are looking for with their symbiotic relationship with the ADL/SPLC is information that would cause them to want to open an investigation of someone or some group.

            The problem is, the credibility of the ADL or SPLC is rarely if ever questioned in court, and to me, any defense lawyer worth 1% of his own weight in salt should be able to do it. The ADL and SPLC play so fast and loose with the truth that it should be easy to bork their credibility, and the credibility of any real law enforcement investigation that is opened on the basis of ADL/SPLC information.

  • June

    I have posted this same story about Morris Dees several times in the past and apologize for doing so again, but it gives an important little glimpse into his character.

    For many years here in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a local restaurant displayed a bad check

    written by Morris Dees. It was only for about $5.00 but it had been run through the bank several times and stamped “NSF.” to the point that no more attempts could be made to collect it. I used to eat breakfast at this restaurant and on countless occasions saw this check up close since it was taped beneath the glass surface of the cashier’s counter.

    At the interest rate usually charged for a bad check with the collection fee added to it, Dees now owes this little cafe over $500.00. However, they are a white owned business and Dees will never make it good.

    There can only be one conclusion: In addition to everything else, DEES IS A THIEF.

    • June

      What is truly amazing is that in his divorce papers, Dees submitted financial information revealing that he was worth over $5 million in 1969. This was about the time that check was written. It was displayed at the restaurant well into the early 1970s.

      Do a web search and you’ll find his divorce proceedings. Dees is a creep and pervert in addition to being a thief.

  • Joseph

    The only reason that SPLC is in such good close favor with DOJ is because of their superior Ashkenazi intelligence; nothing more.

    There, just thought I’d better get that out of the way right off the bat.

  • Slightly OT.

    Someone in another thread asked how Tim Wiseguy makes money.

    What’s more interesting to me is how he became somebody in the first place.

    As many of you know, Karl Roverrated has become (sarc) my new favorite person in the world, and the new love of my life. (/sarc) Actually, even before last year, I knew this whole industry of what is called the political consultant class, and what I call the barnacle class, was a hustle and a fraud. Basically, the scam boils down to this: A new young wannabe barnacle latches his way onto some political campaign. If the politician happens to win the election, then the barnacle will get the credit among his cohorts in the barnacle class, even if the barnacle’s advice had nothing to do with his politician winning. And because of that, other politicians feel the need to hire this barnacle for future campaigns. A given barnacle that is lucky enough to latch his way onto enough winning politicians, again, I must stress, even if the barnacle’s advice, strategy and tactics have nothing to do with those politicians winning, then the given barnacle will get hired by more and more prominent politicians. Eventually, a lucky enough barnacle that latches himself onto a Presidential candidate that wins election then re-election will be a guest on Sean Hannity’s show every other day and will be called “The Architect” and “a great American.” Even if I happened to think that Bush won two elections in spite of that rather rotund obese barnacle, not because of him.

    Tim Wise got his start in sort of a mirror image and polar opposite of Karl Roverrated — He was an “anti-barnacle” trying to prevent David Duke from winning Senate or Governor when he ran statewide in Louisiana in 1990 then 1991. And of course Duke didn’t win, and of course Wise’s kook left buddies gave him credit for that, and of course Wise was able to parlay that into a speaking/writing/quasi-academic career, as sort of a dog patch Morris Dees. And of course Duke not winning (sarc) had nothing to do (/sarc) with the fact that while he got a majority of white votes both times, that Louisiana has a 15% or so of the total vote stratum of “moderate” (by Louisiana standards) whites who would have never voted Duke for his “colorful” past, and that at the time, Louisiana had the highest percentage of black voters among all the states of the union (while MS has a blacker population, LA’s voter base pre-Katrina was blacker because LA has a lot of mulattos). IOW, Wise had nothing to do with Duke not winning, but got credit for it anyway.