The Threat to Freedom: The Southern Poverty Law Center and DHS

Tom DeWeese, Right Side News, February 12, 2015

Author’s Note: Last year Dr. Ben Carson upset Barrack Obama by speaking out against Obamacare during a public meeting in which Obama was also present. It caused shock waves and immediately catapulted Dr. Carson into the public eye and many now promote him as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. Yet, for this act, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has now placed Dr. Carson on its “Extremist” watch file. That’s what every American is faced with if they dare speak out against the radical Progressive agenda.

A while back I was asked to address the Congressional Tea Party Caucus on Capitol Hill concerning the threat to Conservatives by the Southern Poverty law Center. This past year the SPLC issued yet another attack against me and those fighting Agenda 21, calling us a radical fringe element. And still, the SPLC has its contracts with the Department of Homeland Security. That’s why I believe the SPLC is a danger to freedom and why I’m renewing my call for the new Republican led congress to seriously investigate this dangerous anti-free speech hate group. Here was my testimony. TD

My name is Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Center, and according to the Southern Poverty Law Center I am a right wing extremist, a racist and a potentially violent terrorist.

In March, 2010, SPLC issued a report entitled “Rage on the Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism,” in which groups opposed to issues like the Obama health care plan and illegal immigration were lumped with white supremacist groups like the National Socialist Movement and Skin Heads.

In August, 2010 SPLC launched an attack against my organization and our national conference, The Freedom Action Conference, held at Valley Forge, PA, and featured such speakers as best selling author Tom Woods, former presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, Sheriff Richard Mack, several respected state legislators, and many more well known spokesmen.

The title of the SPLC attack against me read, “Patriot Rhetoric Becomes Increasingly Violent,” and said we were “united by rage” at the federal government. Not one speaker at our conference advocated violence or lawlessness of any kind. Yet we were labeled as dangerous and potentially violent terrorists.

Annually SPLC puts out a list of what it calls “hate” groups and individuals it deems dangerous to the nation. That list is almost exclusively respected pro-Constitution spokesmen.

Now why do I care what this private organization, with its own political agenda, says about me?

Because the Southern Poverty Law Center has direct ties to the Department of Homeland Security, helping to write official DHS policy that may affect my life, my freedom, my ability to travel and my ability to speak out.

Consider the following facts:

Item: In 2009, The DHS issued a report entitled “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

That official document of an agency of the United States government said “Right-wing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movement, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

Item: Two weeks later, the DHS released a second report entitled: “Domestic Extremism Lexicon,” designed to provide specific definitions of just who may be Right wing extremists.

That report labeled the following to be extremists, bordering on terrorism: Those concerned over the economy; loss of jobs; foreclosures; antagonism toward the Obama Administration; Criticism of free trade programs; anti-abortion; oppose same sex marriage; believe in the “end times;” stock pile food; oppose illegal immigration; oppose a New World Order; oppose the UN; oppose global governance; fear of Communist regimes; oppose loss of US manufacturing to overseas nations; oppose loss of US prestige; and use of the internet (or alternative media) to express any of these ideas.

Right after both of these reports were issued, there was the shooting at the Holocaust Museum. Next to their news reports on the incident, many newspapers carried side bar articles citing the DHS reports, basically confirming that such violence is perpetrated by right wing nuts and justifying the concerns of the DHS – just like clockwork.

Yet there was absolutely no connection found between that shooter and the right wing. But the damage was done.

And there’s more.

The Department of Homeland Security has established Fusion Centers in each state. These are designed to combine federal, state and local law enforcement. Their stated purpose is to assure immediate and efficient response to a terrorist attack or a Katrina-like disaster without bureaucratic red tape.

Item: In 2009, the Missouri Fusion Center set off a fire storm over a report it issued entitled “The Modern Militia Movement.” Reported Fox News, the report, “identifies the warning signs of potential terrorists for law enforcement communities.”

In other words, this report was issued to law enforcement agencies across the state as official documentation warning who the cops should look out for as potential violent terrorists.

The list of potential terrorists included Americans who voted for presidential candidate Ron Paul; Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin; and Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr. It also cited those of us who opposed the creation of a North American Union with Canada and Mexico.

Item: In January, 2011, immediately following the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Fusion Center issued a report saying that the shooter was influenced by a right wing group called American Renaissance.

Immediately, the mainstream media picked up the report and flooded the airways with the story that the radical and violent right wing was responsible for the shootings.

The information was completely wrong. There is no evidence that there was ever any connection between the shooter and American Renaissance. Moreover, American Renaissance has never advocated violence or extremism. The only connection between American Renaissance and extremism is that the Southern Poverty Law Center listed them as a hate group. A detail that interestingly found its way into the Arizona Fusion Center report as fact.

Item: in the Spring of 2010, the Department of Homeland Security organized a “Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.” This is an advisory council given the task of creating a plan to reach out to local law enforcement and community activists for training to respond to potential violence and terrorist threat.

Leafing through the report one gets the distinct impression that the plan is basically a “turn in your neighbor,” neighborhood- watch approach. It talks extensively of “sharing” information, along with “training, training, training.”

Training for what? To identify potential terrorists, of course. And who are those potential terrorist? A look at the members of the working group offers a clue.

While the group includes several public officials and law enforcement officials from around the nation, and it also includes Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and unindicted co-conspirator in a case concerning the funding of Muslim terrorist organizations.

And the working group member list also includes Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In addition, as one of the “Subject Matter Experts,” it lists Laurie Wood, an analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center and an instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

That training center is run by the Southern Poverty Law Center and is one of the most visible direct links between DHS, the Fusion Centers and SPLC. Law enforcement agencies actually send their personnel to these training classes to gain Federal Law Enforcement Training Center certification.

That means that policy for this DHS working group is being created by the very organization that has labeled those who advocate Constitutional law to be potential terrorists.

In addition, the “training” called for in the report will most likely be conducted, at least in part, by the SPLC’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

The pattern is clear, one of the nation’s leading hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which opposes even the right of free speech by people it labels potential terrorists, is helping the largest federal enforcement agency in the nation to create its policy.

That policy clearly states, according to DHS reports, that anyone disagreeing with actions of the American government is a potential terrorist and must be, at least, watched and monitored by federal, state, and local authorities.

The result of such surveillance could possibly lead to loss of freedom, loss of jobs, loss of the ability to travel, and loss of the ability to speak publicly for anyone who opposes the private agenda of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It is an effort to silence their opponents. Honest political debate is now being interpreted as dangerous extremism.

Why is DHS dealing with such people? Are the policies of SPLC the same policies of the United States? If so, then freedom in America is in grave danger, indeed.

I believe there needs to be an immediate Congressional investigation into the ties between the Department of Homeland Security and the Southern Poverty Law Center and any other radical groups.

Particular attention should be paid to SPLC’s tax exempt status and the amount of money it receives from DHS or any other agency. And there should be an immediate stop to American law enforcement being trained by SPLC’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

The specific purpose of the Department of Homeland Security is to protect the “STATE” against all enemies. That has come to include anyone who uses their first amendment right to speak out against specific policies.

Apparently, that has been interpreted by DHS to mean a threat to the STATE.

May I remind you that the tanks that ran over the student protesters in Tiananmen Square in Communist China were also protecting the STATE against its enemies.

I fear that if private groups with their own political agendas, like the SPLC, are allowed to continue feeding their own brand of hatred into the policies of DHS then such a comparison with China is not too far off. I don’t think that is the America each of you pledged to serve.

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  • Ludwig

    Any sane level headed American is a potential terrorists in the opinion of the SPLC and DHS. Your preacher would certainly be considered an extremist.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Nice to see that Morris Sleaze and the $PLC are instructing law enforcement agencies that Ben Carson, Ron Paul and the Family Research Council are dangerous subversives but the Occupy and Hands Up rioters who loot, burn down buildings and assault cops are just fine.

      • Ludwig

        Don’t forget to mention Jared Taylor and Amren as well.

        • a1781054

          And Ram Z Paul.

      • Pelayo

        To be fair, Occupy Wall Street protesters are on Homeland Security’s list of potential terrorists. They don’t like anyone who is a threat to the regime. Laughable how the lefties call us fascists yet its their guys who watch people and fine, jail and/or ruin careers for committing thought crimes. Their tactics would make Stalin proud. They disgust me with every fiber of my being.

      • Spikeygrrl

        Should have read a few more posts down. Nevermind.

  • That report labeled the following to be extremists, bordering on terrorism: Those concerned over the economy; loss of jobs; foreclosures; antagonism toward the Obama Administration; Criticism of free trade programs; anti-abortion; oppose same sex marriage; believe in the “end times;” stock pile food; oppose illegal immigration; oppose a New World Order; oppose the UN; oppose global governance; fear of Communist regimes; oppose loss of US manufacturing to overseas nations; oppose loss of US prestige; and use of the internet (or alternative media) to express any of these ideas.

    Loss of jobs, criticism of free trade, oppose loss of manufacturing…sounds like many labor unions are extremist hate groups.

    “Foreclosures.” Hillary Rodham Clinton in her first Presidential campaign called for a time-specific moratorium on foreclosures. That hater her.

    Item: In 2009, the Missouri Fusion Center set off a fire storm over a report it issued entitled “The Modern Militia Movement.” Reported Fox News, the report, “identifies the warning signs of potential terrorists for law enforcement communities.”

    Obviously that report interested me very much just based on geography. But it was not the only one like it; a bunch of states’ “fusion centers” came out with very similar reports at that time. And I think the reason was that it was little more than the football spiking of the Obama administration just having been sworn in, that at least they wanted to satisfy their left wing crackpot base that they weren’t going to care about Muslim terrorism anymore.

    • Race War Provisions

      So we all are extremists?

      PS: “Oppose a New World Order” Cat’s outta the bag on that one hahaha. They stated it exists and it’s set in motion. IT WILL FAIL.

  • connorhus

    Actually I kinda enjoyed the Missouri Fusion paper that identified me as a Homegrown terrorist. It gave me a good excuse to tell the telesales people to take a flying leap at the moon when they called looking for Highway Patrol donations. They are always so pushy but when you start screaming at them about how the Highway Patrol wants to label youa terrorist and then beg for money they hang up quick 🙂

    • If they try to hit you up again for dough, ask them why they can’t properly fit a life jacket on a person.

      • connorhus

        I still can’t believe that incident and the fact they let that cop off the hook for it just stuns me. The fact that any cop would even be such a tool (I said tool don’t remove my comment) to put cuffs on a simple drunk and then try and walk him off one boat onto another over water you can drown in, is well, total disrespect for your prisoners safety.

        • One of the big items of buzz at State of the State, unmentioned by Nixon but on people’s lips nonetheless, at the Capitol, was that this was probably caused by the merging of the Highway Patrol and the Water Patrol, that this mean you had Highway Patrolmen working on the water.

    • I’ll have to try that when the cops want donations from me.

  • Chip Carver

    The SPLC is for the most part run and staffed by the same hypocritical, genocidal fanatics who pull the major strings in DC. That’s why this White hating organization has such easy access to and influence over “our” government and its policies.

  • SentryattheGate

    Patriot” groups, as defined by the SPLC, at least, are organizations concerned about the very real lawless government activities that violate the Constitution, which all elected officials swear an oath to uphold.

    • WR_the_realist

      Yup. The $PLC (please learn to spell their name correctly) is one with the TSA and the NSA. The biggest advocate for liberty in American politics, Ron Paul, is on their list of dangerous extremists.

  • JP Rushton

    “Item: In 2009, the Missouri Fusion Center set off a fire storm over a
    report it issued entitled “The Modern Militia Movement.” Reported Fox
    News, the report, “identifies the warning signs of potential terrorists
    for law enforcement communities.”

    In other words, this report was issued to law enforcement agencies
    across the state as official documentation warning who the cops should
    look out for as potential violent terrorists.”

    This report was never released, it got leaked by wikileaks. If you google the name you can read the report. It specifically lists white males as a problem and is pretty inflammatory.

    But the state did take action against the fusion center. They said they would cut their funding if they ever worked on a pure political hit piece again.

    • WR_the_realist

      The report was not issued to the public, but is was issued to law enforcement agencies. I believe it was somebody at one of those law enforcement agencies who sent it to wikileaks.

  • MekongDelta69

    $PLC = Nobama = Present day America Orwell…

  • LHathaway

    This boarders on being an advertisement for terrorism. If anyone should be attacking the USA, it should be us.

  • Sick of it

    “While the group includes several public officials and law enforcement
    officials from around the nation, and it also includes Mohamed Magid,
    president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and unindicted
    co-conspirator in a case concerning the funding of Muslim terrorist
    organizations.

    And the working group member list also includes Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

    For some reason this working group reminds me of Toledo in 711 AD.

  • bilderbuster

    I’ve never heard of The National Socialist Movement and the majority of the people I see sporting the “Skin Head” look are Blacks and Latinos.

    • Spikeygrrl

      …and White military, especially Marines. For the jobs they do, hair is often an impediment — especially when deployed.

      • TheMaskedUnit

        I think you are confusing short with bald.

        • Spikeygrrl

          Was that supposed to be humor?

          • TheMaskedUnit

            No. White marines are not bald. They call it a “high and tight” or a “flat top”. It is just very short, neat grooming.

          • Spikeygrrl

            WRONG. High-and-tight and Flat-top are two DIFFERENT styles of ultra-short cuts popular with and approved for the USMC. Shaving the entire head is ANOTHER option popular with and approved for the USMC.

            Please don’t even try to argue. My husband has been a U.S. Navy FMF “corpse man” (career NCO combat medic who trains and deploys with Marines) for over a decade. Almost everybody shaves their heads within 24-48 hours before deploying.

          • TheMaskedUnit

            What exactly are you arguing?

          • Spikeygrrl

            Who’s arguing? Arguing requires opponents with differing OPINIONS. I’m simply correcting your error about a point of FACT.

          • TheMaskedUnit

            It was rhetorical.

  • It needs to be expressly illegal for law-enforcement agencies to cozy-up to private advocacy groups in this manner, as objectivity and transparency instantly evaporate. If this was made a 10-year federal felony, this undemocratic police-state nonsense would come to a screeching halt.

  • Raymond Kidwell

    Why is it the Southern Poverty center. Is it because it sees Southerners as inferior? We need to send them to tolerance training and learn that we are all created equal.

    • 1G25

      It’s a consortium of race-baiting WHITE shylock sleazebag lawyers whose activities and profits make Al Sharpton look like St. Francis of Assisi.

      Many of the legal fees resulting from the lawsuits they file, couched in “ethnic minority victim” terms, are paid for by the U.S. government.

      The more $hit they stir up, the more of your tax money goes into their coffers.
      .

  • Raymond Kidwell

    The ADL runs a program that most law enforcement and FBI go through, as well as prison guards. Basically during your training you learn how to spot “white supremacists” and “racists” and all that. It’s all one sided as if whites are the only racists, white supremacists are major terrorists etc. There is little mention of criminal gangs that really do kill people every year, including officers. Instead you get indoctrinated in some ideology about whites being nazi terrorists.

    I’m sure the southern poverty law center has similar programs. Combating racism to them= seeking out white people and attacking them. Report anything about attacks against whites and it is treated with little concern. Example: a black gang on the streets attacking random white people, yelling that they hate whites, want to overthrow the government etc. this is not racism nor terrorism. A white guy attends an amren conference and he’s a terrorist worthy of being put on a watch list. Posting on stormfront also makes you a terrorist according to them.

  • Pelayo

    “I believe there needs to be an immediate Congressional investigation into the ties between the Department of Homeland Security and the Southern Poverty Law Center and any other radical groups.”
    Oh that’s the nice approach and it hasn’t worked thus far. What needs to be done is to start ruining these people. Find about about every back room deal, every bribe, every tax evasion, every affair and start to disgrace the people in charge of these hairbrained schemes. If I had the means and the know-how, I would make this my life’s mission to ruin every one of these people. Don’t get mad, get even.

  • HE2

    I believe there needs to be an immediate Congressional investigation into the ties between the Department of Homeland Security and the
    Southern Poverty Law Center
    and any other radical groups.”

    YES!!! What about planting a few moles in the SPLC organization?

    Audio/video wired moles, planted in ACORN were able to capture that organization’s commonly practiced illegal activities on behalf of supposed “victims.” They are a tainted group.
    Not sure the ACORN exposé accomplished anything in the long run, but it did alert the populace to their govt sanctioned criminal activities.
    I view both ACORN and SPLC as Obama’s beloved Marxist backed efforts utilizing useful idiots bent on the destruction of our Euro-White culture, laughably in the name of “progress,” a misnomer if there ever were one.

  • Tom_in_Miami

    “Like where in hell did America and the American ideal become so perverted and derailed by extremist groups like the SPLC!”

    That was when we threw out the US Constitution.

    • daddio

      It was when we abandoned G-d.

  • Sick of it

    The only time FBI field agents come out here is to arrest cops for political crimes.

  • Hammerheart

    I guess my Thomas Jefferson bumper stickers placed on the back of my truck qualify me, a combat vet, as a terrorist. Interesting.

    I’ve also still have yet to find any study or statistic that contradicts my belief that democratic voter demographics are twice as dangerous as someone who voted for Ron Paul.

  • ghettovalley

    The man who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was initially reported as a right wing extremist. I recall seeing that on the news directly after the incident as clear as day. It was actually discovered from his social media activity and internet history that he was an extreme left wing commie nutcase. Those on the left, despite claiming to be the party of tolerance and acceptance, who advocate pacifism, and who supposedly abhor violence, are responsible for the largest amount of domestic terrorism in order to achieve political goals in recent history.

  • There has been credible scholarly research that proves that point. The alphabet gang inside of government uses the alphabet gang outside of government to gather information both that the inside gang cannot literally gather and in ways they may not, rules imposed after Watergate and the Cointelpro scandal breaking open and the Church Committee hearings. But it also means the outside gang wants to be compensated for their services, and the inside gang does this in two ways: One, giving its imprimatur to the outside gang so that the outside gang can use this as credibility in its fund raising campaigns, and two, the inside gang has its stool pidgeons and assets do crazy stuff to puff up the threat for the outside gang to use in fund raising letters.

  • Paleoconn

    Spellcheck: $PLC