According to the SPLC website, its quarterly magazine, the self-described Intelligence Report, “provides comprehensive updates to law enforcement agencies, the media and the general public. It is the nation’s preeminent periodical monitoring the radical right in the U.S.”
Charles Cooke’s article “Occupy the Southern Poverty Law Center” describes how he contacted the Southern Poverty Law Center to find out if they had “. . . any plans to start tracking Occupy Wall Street after a hate group tried to blow up a bridge?”
The hate group in question is extreme left anarchists. They are linked to Occupy Wall Street and attempted to “blow up a bridge as an overture to the wholesale destruction of Cleveland, Ohio, and in the name of anarchism. They also looked to blow up the Republican convention.”
The FBI showed pictures of five men arrested Monday, April 30, 2012, and accused of plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, Ohio, the FBI announced Tuesday, May 1, 2012. From left, are Connor Stevens, Brandon Baxter, Douglas “Rancid Cyco” Wright, Anthony Hayne, and Joshua Stafford. “There was no danger to the public because the explosives were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee,” the agency said Tuesday in announcing the men’s arrests. “The target of the plot was a bridge that carries a four-lane state highway over part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the Brecksville area, about 15 miles south of downtown Cleveland,” the FBI said.
The SPLC stated. “We’re not really set up to cover the extreme Left. Some people ask why we don’t cover prison gangs or the Crips and the Bloods, because they are violent, too. But they aren’t political, you see… We only ever cover left-wing groups when they have a right-wing component, for example, when anarchist groups are infiltrated by those on the right; Neo-Nazis, that sort of thing.”
Mr. Cooke concludes
“I couldn’t help feeling that there was a little bit of a syllogism going on; that being that ‘Left’ equals ‘good,’ and ‘Right’ equals ‘bad,’ and therefore anything ‘Left’ couldn’t be ‘bad’ unless it were infiltrated by the ‘Right.’ In my time covering Occupy Wall Street I have seen anti-Semitism, black nationalism, class hatred, and threats of violence; there have been rapes, a few murders, and now some domestic terrorism. One would have thought that these things would be sufficient warrant for a group like the Southern Poverty Law Center to stand up and take serious note, but, as I learned yesterday, there’s one problem: They’re just “not set up to cover the extreme Left.”
Saturday, May 19, five more men were arrested and charged with conspiring to commit domestic terrorism — using Molotov cocktails. Prosecutors said the men planned to attack President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago, the home of the city’s mayor and police stations. The men allegedly bought fuel at a gas station for the makeshift bombs, poured it into beer bottles and cut up bandannas to serve as fuses. Betterly’s brother, Drew Betterly, is in jail in Broward County, Fla., charged in the murder of a Maryland man he shot there during a drug deal, officials allege.
Investigators who began looking at the men this month said the five were “self-proclaimed anarchists.” They said the men were members of a group known as “Black Bloc,” which was blamed for violence at an Occupy protest in Rome last year.
A “Black Bloc” is a tactic for protests and marches where the radical left individuals wear black clothing, scarves, ski masks, motorcycle helmets with padding, or other face-concealing items. The clothing is used to conceal marchers’ identities. Guy Fawkes’ masks are popular.
Search results on SPLC’s website do not return anything about the Black Bloc even though they have been around since 1977. Violence against police officers and political enemies at demonstrations of radical left groups have dramatically increased.
One day following the arrests, Mark Potok comments
“White supremacist groups have been having a meltdown since the census bureau predicted that non-Hispanic whites would lose the majority by 2050,” said Mark Potok, spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups. “The demographic change in this country is the single most important driver in the growth of hate groups and extremist groups over the last few years.”
What? No comment about the radical left wing thugs or bombers?
Yet the shameless SPLC profiles Virginia D. Abernethy, running mate to candidate Merlin Miller, as a “nationalist” and a “white supremacist”. The vicious report goes on to say that Virginia
“…is a retired professor from a major university, a former fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science no less. But Virginia Deane Abernethy is a now a full-fledged professor of hate. Abernethy, a professor emerita of psychiatry and anthropology at Vanderbilt University, showed her leanings early on, cooking up a “fertility opportunity hypothesis” that predicts that Mexican Americans will have more children than native-born whites in this country and then suggesting that “European-Americans should rapidly increase family size in order to avoid minority status.”
So what is “extremist” about population growth and why is that hateful? Where is the crime? Somehow, the SPLC sees this as “Right wing” and therefore “bad.”
The SPLC lists “1274 anti-government “Patriot” groups that were active in 2011. Of these groups, 334 were militias, marked with an asterisk, and the remainder includes “common-law” courts, publishers, ministries and citizens’ groups. Source”
This writer noted that not one Jewish militia was on the SPLC “list”. Kitat Konenut, an anti-Islamic militia that was founded in New York City in 2006, and today has branches in several cities, and a training facility in Arizona. Many are former Israel Defense Force soldiers.
I checked the ADL “militia movement” page to see if these Jewish groups are listed but it looks as though they’re not. Of course. These guys are O.K. and ostensibly legitimate.
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