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by Sharon Rondeau

Founded in 1971, the SPLC claims to be "dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry"

(Apr. 22, 2010) — The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has published an article entitled “Meet the Patriots” in which it takes aim at 40 Americans on the grounds that they are  anti-government, racist, anti-immigration, or anti-Obama.

The list begins with Pastor Chuck Baldwin and includes people such as Joseph Farah, Editor-in-Chief of WorldNetDaily and Devvy Kidd, a prolific writer and speaker.

The article attempts to connect “the Patriots” to anti-abortion activists capable of violence or characters such as Timothy McVeigh by providing a “timeline” which dates back to the early 1990s.  The final entry in the timeline is April 19, 2010, citing that date’s activities as “Antigovernment Patriot groups, including the Oath Keepers, plan to play prominent roles at a Second Amendment March in Washington, D.C. The website promoting the march is topped by a picture of a colonial militiaman, and key supporters include Larry Pratt, a long-time militia enthusiast, and Richard Mack, a former sheriff and militia hero.”   Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oathkeepers, is also on the “Patriots” list.

Page 4 of the report also labels Judge Andrew Napolitano and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann “Enablers” and claims that Napolitano is “vying to become a fixture on the far-right lecture circuit.”

Last spring, Alex Jones, who is also on the “Patriot” list, reported that a document issued from a “MIAC” center in Missouri contained “over 32 characteristics police should watch for as signs or links to domestic terrorists, which could threaten police officers, court officials, and infrastructure targets.”  Jones’s article stated that “The Southern Poverty Law Center was cited as a research source for the ‘Missouri Documents’.”

On April 7 of last year, the Department of Homeland Security issued a report which labeled certain groups of people, including veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as potential “rightwing extremists.”  Much of the report appears to have similar wording as those posted at the Southern Poverty Law Center:

During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors.

Chuck Baldwin wrote yesterday that “our federal government has chosen to exalt the SPLC to the position of being its ‘go to’ source for information regarding ‘potential domestic terrorists and similar characterizations. As a result, the information and reports disseminated by SPLC wind up in police reports and bulletins all over the United States. As an example, the SPLC had its fingerprints all over the infamous MIAC report.”

Page 1 of the SPLC report acknowledges the Obama eligibility issue by including Bob Campbell, Founder of the American Grand Jury, and correctly reporting, “Campbell insists that Obama wasn’t born in the United States and thus is constitutionally ineligible to serve as president. The group also seeks to indict Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her role in the purported conspiracy to defraud the American people by getting Obama elected.”  However, it incorrectly states that Campbell lives in Arkansas.

A report in the Los Angeles Times which quoted the SPLC article stated that “The SPLC said resentment of Obama is one factor fueling anti-government sentiment.”

According to Wikipedia, the purpose of the SPLC, founded by Morris Dees, was “suing racist organizations.”  A page from the organization’s website depicts a “hate map” which purportedly shows “Active U.S. hate groups” across the country with the accompanying description: “Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing…Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.”  The group also maintains “Intelligence Files” on individuals it deems to be “extremists” where the reader can browse by “ideology,” “group,” or “individual.”

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  1. Maybe it’s time We the People make up our own list
    of crooks and treasonous persons in the government.
    Just to start out right, start with the first one hundred.
    I understand there are more than enough campsites
    to hold them until their trials start.

  2. A cursory examination of the SPLC’s website shows one glaring omission: No mention of potentially dangerous Islamic jihadist groups. SPLC is a tool of the left, as with FactCheck, Snopes, and a plethora of other self-proclaimed “non-partisan watchdogs.”

  3. btw…I read the article by SPLC. I recommend everyone do the same. I cannot effectively describe the extreme far left radical propaganda. Every individual included in this “list” is described as “Anti-government”.

  4. Same old Alinsky style tactics. And they really think we will retreat & back off? Not a chance in hell! The American people are not like the European whimpy style “sheep” that will be led to slaughter!

  5. Looks like Lefty is going on a Violent offensive against John Q. Public again. Just like the Clinton Regime did in the 90’s. Not suprising.
    When things get tough for Dear Leader, Lefty will slaughter some group and make it look like they had it coming.

  6. Support and Donations are badly needed for LtCol. Terry Lakin. Please Donate Today! A vigorous defense of this case presents the ONLY present hope that Americans will finally learn whether their president lawfully holds office. If you want the proof, you can only hope to get it by supporting LTC Lakin NOW

  7. I would possibly take the SPLC seriously if they were to include in their Hate Group Lists the Bloods/Crips/RAZA/M13 and the myriad of other ‘Gangs’ that sow hate through their criminal activities.

    But unfortunately, like soooooo many other organizations that live off of Tax-Payer supported Federal Grants & Tax Exempt Donations and Membership Fee’s along with ALL of the Union’s currently active in the US, truth and fidelity to the truth, let alone the Constitution, is the last thing on their minds.

  8. So now BHO & his co-conspirators have an Enemies List. We Patriots better hurry and Indict, Convict and Imprison these CRIMINALS.

    These 12 Simple Steps are the way Patriots can use our Bill of Rights to keep control of the Government and to Clean up Corruption in government:

    1) Advertise and Promote the Fact that you are forming a Grand Jury in Blogs, Local Newspapers and Community Organizations.

    2) Form the Grand Jury and select a Foreman.

    3) Select a Private Attorney General to make Presentments to Grand Jury, if local DA refuses to make presentments.

    4) Select a convenient Meeting Place.

    5) Communicate with all Citizens who have criminal information to present.

    6) Schedule presentments by said Citizens.

    7) Subpoena documents from Government Offices and Officials.

    8) Schedule presentment of said Documents to Grand Jury by Grand Jury Attorney General.

    9) Have Grand Jury Attorney General present said Documents to Grand Jury.

    10) After investigation and deliberation is completed, vote and issue a True Bill (Indictment) or No True Bill.

    11) Announce all Indictments to the Press and schedule News Conferences in front of your local Court House.

    12) Serve the Indictment on the Judiciary at Court House News Conferences for the Issuance of Arrest Warrants.


    1. Ruby ridge ? The ATF shot a mother with a baby and a 12 year old boy cuz he had a rifle in his hands ( he was unaware of their presence ) . And all of that because the father sold a shot gun with the barrell sawed off ( get this ) 1/16 of an inch too short (legal is 18 in ) . Yep , he cut on the line instead of leaving the line and became a fn crimminal and “they” in turn justified shooting his son and his wife while she was holding a baby ! ( didnt know a child was a weapon ) . And we think the problem just began with the annointed one ? We are all on their list . Any of us whom believe in the constitution of this great land and are willing to fight and defend it are in their way . And we are one their list . I am truly afraid of what is to come . But history should teach us . And what I can learn from it is , we go 1860 comin all over again . Terrifies me to death !