MARCH 27, 2014
A year after Judicial Watch exposed the Justice Department’s tight relationship with a radical anti-Christian group linked to domestic terrorism the agency appears to have quietly severed ties with the leftwing organization.
It marks a rare victory for conservatives in a leftist administration led by a president obsessed with political correctness. Among the extremist organizations that wield tremendous influence in the Obama White House are the terrorist front group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the open-borders powerhouse National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
JW has investigated all of these nonprofits’ unscrupulous ties to the Obama administration and uncovered a series of records detailing the unprecedented influence they have on our government. This particular case involves the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that labels conservatives who disagree with it on social issues hateful. In fact, its website features conservative organizations on a catalogue of “hate groups.” The hate catalogue made headlines in 2012 when a domestic terrorist who carried out a politically-motivated shooting at a Christian organization, the Family Research Council (FRC), admitted he got his target list from the SPLC.
The shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins, stormed into the FRC’s Washington D.C. headquarters with the intention of killing as many employees as possible, according to a news report that cites legal documents. He shot an unarmed security guard at the FRC before the guard subdued him. Corkins pleaded guilty to three felonies, including committing an act of terrorism, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Led by the FRC, a coalition of conservative groups—including Judicial Watch—demanded that the Obama administration stop relying on the SPLC for advice and training materials.
Last year JW obtained files from the Obama DOJ that reveal SPLC co-founder Morris Dees actually conducted a “Diversity Training Event” for the agency. Later in the year, another shocker was exposed by the conservative coalition working to chip away at the SPLC’s influence in government; the radical group also provides the U.S. military with training supplies and briefings. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a DOJ entity, also endorsed the SPLC as a source and listed it as a resource on its hate crime web page.
The conservative groups fired off letters to both the DOJ and the Department of Defense (DOD) demanding an end to this outrageous relationship with the SPLC. The first one, delivered to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in December, asks that the U.S. military stop using SPLC training materials. “It is imperative that the Defense Equal Opportunity Institute (DEOMI) ensure future materials do not rely on information from organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) or any others that engage in groundless and highly pejorative mischaracterizations of long-standing ministries and organizations for their own political purposes,” the letter says.
In mid-February of this year a similar letter went out to the DOJ and the FBI regarding the agencies’ relationship with the SPLC. It specifically addresses the FBI hate crimes website including the SPLC as a partner in public outreach. That means the FBI shares information and cooperates in solving problems with the SPLC. “The presentation of SPLC to the public as a trusted source of information on the serious matter of hate crimes is completely unacceptable,” the letter says. It further reminds that the SPLC has used its website to inflame public sentiment against those who disagree with the group’s goals, resulting in tragic consequences.
Incredibly, the feds took the information seriously though no formal notice was ever delivered and it’s unlikely that there will be any public announcement. The Washington Examiner reported this week that the FBI quietly dumped the SPLC as a resource on its hate crime website, calling it a “significant rejection of the influential legal group.” The “scrubbing” came at the end of last month, shortly after the DOJ and FBI received the hard-hitting letter from the conservative coalition.
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