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Thursday, 16 August 2012
SPLC, CAP Join MPAC in Anti-Semitic Hate Rhetoric
David Yerushalmi, Architect of American Law for American Courts
Lori Lowenthal Marcus of Z Street has published in today's Jewish Press a brilliant recap of last night's MPAC teleconference with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Soros-backed Center for American Progress (CAP): "Southern Poverty Law Center Joining Pro-Hamas, Hezbollah Groups in Blasting "Haters" - Mostly Jews" . The teleconfrence marked a new low in agitprop by Muslim Brotherhood front group MPAC and its 'progressive' allies. As Marcus notes in her article, the focus was on criticizing largely Jewish counter-Jihadists painting them as racists denying First Amendment guaranteees of 'protected speech'. That the SPLC which relies heavily on liberal American Jewish contributors, would undertake this dramatic shift toward the support of the 'dark side' of Islamic Jew hatred is troubling. The SPLC has surely lost its moral compass.
Marcus noted that in her opening stanza:
A quick peek at . . .five supreme evil villains reveals four of the five are Jews, and the fifth works closely with Jews and Jewish organizations. Those five are Frank Gaffney at the Center for Security Policy; David Yerushalmi (Orthodox Jew) at the Society of Americans for National Existence; Daniel Pipes at the Middle East Forum; Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch and Stop Islamization of America; and Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
During the teleconference Wajahat included David Horowitz (yes, another Jew) of the Horowitz Freedom Center in his list of the Network experts. Horowitz was not surprised that the SPLC was joining with MPAC and CAP to criticize people like him.
“The SPLC is the most prominent and active leftwing smear site in America,” Horowitz told The Jewish Press. He explained that, “like much of the left it has joined the Muslim Brotherhood and its front groups in attacking patriotic Americans who oppose the Islamist oppression of women, gays and other religions and promote jihad against the United States.”
Prominent among these American Jewish counter-jihadist criticized was David Yerushalmi, the architect of the model American Law for American Courts model legislation introduced in more than two dozen states and enacted in four: Arizona, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kansas.
In many ways, last night's MPAC teleconference call exposed the devolution of the Southern Poverty Law Center from its former civil rights activism into equating Jewish and other counter-Jihadists as equivalent to the KKK. Prominent among the verbal dossier presented by Aajahat Ali of the CAP came straight out their publication, Fear, Inc. that we correctly tagged last summer in an NER article: Fear, Inc. The Obama Re-election Straetgy for Muslim Votes.
Much of what Ali discussed on the call was simply a repetition of the Fear, Inc. report. We noted:
Note what one of the study co-authors, Wahajat Ali says is the agenda of this ‘conspiratorial’ network:
There are five major players who we call the central nervous system of the Islamophobia network. They're primarily responsible for creating the talking points and manufacturing the messages and memes that get distributed and mainstreamed via the network. The second aspect of it is the grass-roots organizations and the religious right. Examples include Act for America, Eagle Forum and Stop Islamization of America. They take these talking points -- such as, "Shariah is a legal-political-military doctrine that will supplant the United States Constitution" -- and promote them. Then these ideas -- such as "Obama may be a Muslim," "Shariah is a threat," "mosques are Trojan Horses" -- are mainstreamed through a media megaphone. That's primarily Fox News but also radio shows like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and websites like WorldNetDaily, FrontPage Magazine and JihadWatch. Finally, we see how these talking points are used by mainstream politicians.
However, as Ed Lasky in an American Thinker article, “The Soros-Supported Center for American Progress Blames Rich Jews for Stoking Islamophobia,”the CAP dossier has a sleazy element of anti-Semitism.
The eight foundations mentioned as funding this effort include, almost exclusively, ones founded and funded by Jewish donors. Lest readers not be aware of this fact, the Center for American Progress lists not only the other beneficiaries of the charities and foundations (most of them having Jewish or Israel in the title) but also goes to the trouble of naming the individuals behind these charities -- not just the donors but also those who serve on the boards.
Why include this additional information except to highlight that Jewish people are behind this effort to "defame" Muslims? By "outing" the people involved, the report endangers them. Furthermore, this "report" relies on the conspiracy and age-old anti-Semitic trope that Jews fan prejudice towards others and promotes divisions for their own nefarious purposes (to support Israel in this case). This mindset is straight out of Mein Kampf.
The report also stokes the view that rich Jews operate behind the scenes and use their wealth to control the media and government policy (politicians are also mentioned as being ensnared in this web).
Ali simply resurrected this trope of flagrant anti-Semitic conspiracy theory libel on last night's MPAC-sponsored call. When Ali cites $40 million in support of counterjihad activities from several foundations, that pales by comparison with what the combinedf SPLC, CAP take was in 2011, well over $66 million.
Note this comment from Steve Emerson, one of those accused of hate rhetoric by Ali on the MPAC teleconference call:
Steve Emerson is one of the “architects” of the Islamophobic Network, according to CAP. Emerson told The Jewish Press, “that now the SPLC has scurrilously jumped on the ‘Islamophobia industry’ like MPAC and CAP in promoting a totally fabricated conspiracy that alleges a group of ten individuals (yours truly included) colluded for a decade to hypnotize 300 million Americans to be suspicious of Muslims.”
In fact, according to Emerson, “the reality is MPAC, SPLC, CAP and also the ADL and ACLU are the true conspiratorialists in promoting the myth of Islamophobia, a term created by radical Islamic groups, together with their handlers like CAP, the SPLC and the ADL, to silence any criticism of radical Islam.”
Rabbi Jon Hausman and Dr. Charles Jacobs of Americans for Peace and Tolerance were quoted by Marcus zeroing in on the SPLC's bizarre policy shift towards alliance with patently ant-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood rhetoric:
Rabbi Jon Hausman of Stoughton, Massachusetts signed the letter. Hausman said he could not understand how the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was “founded to combat the worst impulses of hatred is now working with acknowledged purveyors of anti-Semitism, and which believes the State of Israel needs to be dismantled.”
Another one of the signers, Charles Jacobs, is a long-time human rights activist who founded the American Anti-Slavery Group in 1994. Jacobs explained that long ago he respected the SPLC, but he learned its true colors when they refused to help his anti-Slavery group nearly fifteen years ago. At that time, he was “shocked and disappointed.”
According to Jacobs, “the SPLC doesn’t really care about human rights. To be more precise, they only care about human rights violations committed by those in the West.” Jacobs told The Jewish Press that “the SPLC has abandoned the victims of non-Westerners, such as Black victims of Arabs, and women victimized by Islam, and Christians victimized by Muslim majorities.”
Jim Cavanaugh, a former ATF official involved with the Columbia, Tennessee mosque burning of 2008 posted this comment on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama, Hatewatch.in reference to a controversial counter-terrorism training program sponsored in February 2012 by the Rutherford County Sheriff's office :
"Reject the haters, Sheriff Arnold, and reorganize your training,” he wrote. “Don’t drink from the poison cup of hate, no matter how sweet they tell you it will taste. Leave the hate to the far reaches of the Internet, . . ."
Cavanaugh's statement is ironic given what SPLC perpetrated with its Intelligence Director, Heidi Beirich's comments and participation in last night's MPAC teleconference on "The Real World Impact of Hate Rhetoric in America." SPLC has drunk "from the poison cup of hate." Anti-Semitic hate.
Islamic militants killed a Pakistan Army soldier in a daring raid on one of the country’s most heavily protected nuclear air bases.
Six militants were killed in a fierce firefight with security forces inside the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex at Kamra, 40 miles from the capital Islamabad. The gun fight early this morning lasted several hours and has raised new questions over the security of the country’s nuclear weapons arsenal.
The attack is the third on the air base since 2007, but is the most audacious and successful to date. . . In this morning’s attack, in which Kamra’s commander Air Commodore Muhammad Azam was wounded, the militants successfully penetrated the base and fired a number of rocket propelled grenades, damaging an aircraft. The militants launched their assault at 2am today with automatic weapons and RPGs and held out for two hours as Pakistani security forces fought to re-take the base.
The facility is believed to house a number of American F-16 fighter jets as well some of the country’s estimated 100 nuclear warheads. Pakistan’s military leaders and government have sought to allay American concerns, including some voiced by President Obama, that its nuclear facilities are under threat from Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists seeking to acquire atomic weapons.
Following the last attack at Kamra, Professor Shaun Gregory a nuclear expert at Bradford University’s Pakistan Security Research Unit warned US officials that terrorist attacks could cause fires or explosions at Pakistani bases which could pose radiological threats or even seize vital components for creating their own weapon. "An attack to cause a fire at a nuclear weapons facility, which would create a radiological hazard; an attack to cause an explosion at a nuclear weapons facility involving a nuclear weapon or components or an attack with the objective of seizing control of nuclear weapons components or possibly a nuclear weapon,” he warned.
There was speculation this morning that the attack may have been a pre-emptive strike by Pakistani Taliban fighters after Islamabad indicated it was preparing to strike at terrorist camps in their North Waziristan strongholds, close to the Afghan border. US Defence Secretary Leon Penetta said on Monday that Pakistan’s army chief had told him an offensive was imminent after resisting US pressure for several years. They've talked about it for a long time. Frankly, I'd lost hope that they were going do anything about it. But it does appear that they in fact are going to take that step,"
Muslim group blasts U.S. judge over 'sea monster' comparison
Reuters - A Muslim rights group criticized a federal judge on Wednesday, complaining he had compared the civil liberties of Muslim Americans to a "hideous sea monster" while tossing out a lawsuit over the infiltration of California mosques by an FBI informant.
U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney dismissed the lawsuit on Tuesday, which charged that the undercover FBI informant had violated civil liberties of U.S. Muslims by spying on them, ruling that allowing the case to proceed could risk disclosure of government secrets. In his 36-page order, Carney invoked the fictional Greek hero Odysseus, who was forced to sail his ship between a six-headed sea monster and a dangerous whirlpool during an epic voyage home from the Trojan War.
"Odysseus opted to pass by the monster and risk a few of his individual sailors, rather than hazard the loss of his entire ship to the sucking whirlpool," Carney wrote. "Similarly, the proper application of the state secrets privilege may unfortunately mean the sacrifice of individual liberties for the sake of national security."
"Our civil liberties are not a hideous sea monster, but they are instead the most stalwart defense against the real threats of tyranny and oppression," Ameena Mirza Qazi, deputy executive director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said
The Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner discriminated against members of a Jewish organization at a charitable event two years ago, a Santa Monica Superior Court jury determined Wednesday.
The case was brought by young leaders of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, who had gathered on the afternoon of July 11, 2010, at the Art Deco hotel. Soon after their party got underway around the pool, hotel staff and security guards began telling group members to remove their literature and banners, to get out of the pool and hot tub, and to stop handing out T-shirts, according to legal documents and testimony.
The employees said they were following the orders of Tehmina Adaya, the hotel owner — a Muslim woman of Pakistani descent.
The jury heard deposition testimony of a former employee, Nathan Codrey, who said Adaya repeatedly used profanity as she insisted that the event stop. “If my [family finds] out there’s a Jewish event here, they’re going to pull money from me immediately,” she said, according to the testimony
The jury found that Adaya and the hotel violated the Unruh Act ( California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which bars hotels and other businesses from discriminating on the basis of sex, race, color or religion) and inflicted emotional distress. The panel awarded statutory damages of more than $1.2 million. A hearing on punitive damages is scheduled for Thursday.
Israel will be obliterated by chemical, microbial and nuclear bombs, Iran is warning, but those weapons of mass destruction will be used first on Tel Aviv by Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad at the start of a decades-old Muslim dream of destroying the Jewish state.
An alarming commentary last week in Mashregh, the media outlet of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, confirmed that the Islamic regime not only has WMDs but has armed its terrorist proxies with them. Mashregh speaks for the regime.
It warned Israel that if the fighting in Syria does not stop, an all-out attack on the Jewish state will be launched and that at zero hour, Tel Aviv will be the first city to be destroyed.
The commentary said that for 18 months, Israel, with all its power, has tried to reshape Islamic movements that have targeted the “Zionists” into a conflict between Muslims, with Syria at the center of its efforts.
The Mashregh column charged that Israel is behind the Syrian crisis in order to strategically change the geopolitics of the region and defeat one of the main players in the Islamic world’s “resistance front.” It warned Israel that with the direction it has chosen, “There is a dead end, and the threat of mass killing awaits.”
The commentary recalled the doctrine of the founder of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini: “If they stand against our religion, we will stand against their world. If all this bloodshed is to provide a better future for Israel, we will destroy their world.”
The lengthy analysis claimed that several forces are involved on both the diplomatic and military fronts to break the Syrian “resistance front.”
It cited Turkish forces on Syria’s border with that NATO country but also claimed there are American forces along the Golan Heights and in Jordan, and Saudi, Qatar and French forces at the Syrian border with Lebanon.
“Their defeat from the fronts within [Syria] and the movement of their forces on the borders are signs that the world’s Zionists have lost hope on the capability of [anti-Assad] terrorists against Syrian forces and now are looking for an opportunity to get the armed forces of others involved,” the commentary said.
A strategic look at the situation in Syria, it said, shows that in order to safeguard Damascus and Bashar Assad’s regime, it is necessary to destroy “the center responsible for these destructions, which will force the enemy to retreat.” To that end, Iran will break “the security of Israel by targeting Tel Aviv.”
The commentary, citing the weak economies in America and Europe, said that in an all-out confrontation between the “resistance front” and Israel, the West will stay out of it, not wanting to fight Syria with a military of 220,000 military personnel and 240,000 reserves, Iran’s massive forces and Hezbollah.
Should Israel and its allies succeed in unraveling Syria so the legitimate Assad regime loses control, the commentary said, there are but two scenarios:
“Groups armed with weapons of mass destruction (chemical, microbial and nuclear bombs), which have been obtained on the black market, will surely target Tel Aviv.
“Other countries with different motivations from revenge to a change in the balance of power in the region looking for the elimination of Israel from the world’s map will use the chaos created without accepting any responsibility.” (Right below this point, Mashregh put up a picture of an atomic blast.)
As London prepared for the Olympics, the most that my friends there hoped was that they would not suffer inconvenience, at least not beyond the increased taxation that will no doubt soon be exacted in order to pay for the games. The worst report I have heard so far about the games’ impact on daily life is of the severe overcrowding at the Underground station at Earls Court, frantically busy at the best of times. But in the matter of the games, Gibbon’s Decline and Fall has some lessons. Writing of the Emperor Philip, “the minister of a violent government, elected for the private benefit of the soldiers,” he observes: “On his return from the East to Rome, Philip, desirous of obliterating the memory of his crimes, and of captivating the affections of the people, solemnized the secular games with infinite pomp and magnificence.”
History does not repeat itself except by analogy—and here, it is hard not to see an analogy between Philip and former prime minister Anthony Blair. Of course, we live, as Gibbon might have put it, in a politer age, when crimes have to be muted, untruths disguised by rhetoric, and the ruination of states performed by stealth rather than by personal extravagance and outright defalcation. Still, Blair’s regime benefited only those who worked for it, and the Olympics, for which he lobbied hard, were his parting gift to the nation he had betrayed, a fitting memorial to a man with a soul of tinsel. In this connection, one cannot help but note Gibbon’s account of the Emperor Caracalla’s legacy: “The prodigality of Caracalla had left behind it a long train of ruin and disorder; and if that worthless tyrant had been capable of reflecting on the sure consequences of his own conduct, he would perhaps have enjoyed the dark prospect of the distress and calamities which he bequeathed to his successors.” Caracalla, of course, was killed; ours being an altogether gentler age, Blair is thinking of making a comeback.
Historical analogies do break down eventually. The barbarians were external to Rome, but they are internal to Britain. Still, could any seven words better describe the soul of the London rioters than those with which Gibbon described the rude Germanic tribes: “They delight in sloth, they detest tranquillity”? For that matter, Gibbon’s description of the summons to arms that brought the German barbarian to Rome also calls to mind the London rioter: “It roused him from his uncomfortable lethargy, gave him an active pursuit, and, by strong exercise of the body, and violent emotions of the mind, restored him to a more lively sense of his existence. In the dull intervals of peace these barbarians were immoderately addicted to deep gaming and excessive drinking; both of which, by different means, the one by inflaming their passions, the other by extinguishing their reason, alike relieved them from the pain of thinking.” Exchange trafficking for gaming, and drugs for drink, and the analogy is nearly perfect.
But let us return to the games. A little later in the fall of the Roman Empire, we read, uncomfortably for us: “The only merit of the administration of Carinus that history could record or poetry celebrate was the uncommon splendour with which, in his own and his brother’s name, he exhibited the Roman games of the theatre, the circus, and the amphitheatre. . . . But this vain prodigality, which the prudence of Diocletian might justly despise, was enjoyed with surprise and transport by the Roman people.” As I said, no analogy is perfect. The uniqueness of the merit, yes; the prodigality, yes; but the surprise and transport, no—at least not if my straw poll and the empty seats in the stadia are any guide.
A terror cell including alleged British jihadists Samantha Lewthwaite and Jermaine Grant was "in the last stages" of preparing an attack in Kenya when Grant was arrested before Christmas last year.
Anti-terror officers, boosted by reinforcements drafted in around the country, moved on Grant and his Kenyan housemate after five days of covert surveillance in the coastal city of Mombasa.
A search of the men's two-bedroom flat later unearthed chemicals identical to those used by Lewthwaite's husband, Jermaine Linsday, to kill 26 people on the Piccadilly Line under Kings Cross on July 7, 2005.
Lewthwaite, who converted to Islam as a teenager, is believed to have been working with Grant and others to carry out a terror attack on a hotel in Mombasa or shopping mall in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. Grant, 29, from Newham, London, his housemate, Fouad Abubakar Manswab, and his Kenyan wife, Warda Breik Islam, 19, face two counts of possessing explosives and plotting to make a bomb.
All three deny the charges. Lewthwaite, 28, charged separately but facing the same allegations, slipped Kenyan police clutches in December and has been on the run with her four children since. Although Samantha Lewthwaite's name was not mentioned in court yesterday, prosecution sources said it was "quite clear" that Sergeant Muli was referring to the mother-of-four from Aylesbury, Bucks.
Six Scotland Yard detectives are still to testify in the case, which is expected to last well into next year.
British convert to Islam vows to fight to the death on Syrian rebel front line
A British Muslim convert from east London is fighting on the front line of the battle for Aleppo after joining rebels in their struggle against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The jihadist, who lived in Walthamstow, has joined an Islamist brigade as it fights for control of Syria’s second city.
While he refused to give his real name, he agreed to speak to The Daily Telegraph in a field hospital behind the front line in the contested Aleppo suburb of Salaheddin. The Londoner, who called himself “Abu Yacoub” — father of Jacob — is the first proven case of a Briton being where the fighting is fiercest in Syria. He was with an Iraqi friend, Hassan, who had received a minor bullet wound in the leg, and was taking him to the field hospital for treatment.
He disclosed that he had converted to Islam five years ago and had arrived in Syria earlier this year to join the revolutionary forces seeking to overthrow President Assad. “I will stay here until I die,” he said. “I want to die in Syria. We must all taste paradise, and when that happens is decided already.”
Clearly nervous at being discovered by a reporter, he spoke in an accent that was a mixture of East London and a jokey version of gangster rap and said he came from Walthamstow. “The name I give might be a lie,” he said, when calling himself Abu Yacoub. “Everything I say might be a lie.”
He mixed humour with smiling threats, feigning joy at meeting a fellow Londoner with attempts to have reporters thrown out of the clinic. He began to chat about Hackney and Walthamstow, but then suddenly stopped. He appeared uninterested in the Olympics.
Abu Yacoub said he arrived in Syria four months ago. “I came to help the people here,” he said.
“Allah knows,” he said, when asked whether he was married, and other details of his personal life. But he said that his mother, although she was Christian, knew where he was and what he was doing and was “cool” with it. “She is a good woman,” he said.
The Daily Telegraph has since learnt that he was born in Tanzania but came to Britain as a child. He refused to allow himself to be photographed, adding with a laugh: “If you take a photograph maybe it’s very bad for your reputation. Maybe you will die tomorrow.”
John Cantlie, a freelance journalist who was kidnapped briefly by a group of international jihadists who seized the Bab al-Hawa border crossing last month, said some of his captors had British accents.
The role of foreign fighters is hotly disputed in rebel ranks. One story — possibly apocryphal — is that two Indian Muslim jihadists who arrived in Homs saying they wanted to die for Allah were immediately sent by secular FSA leaders to attack one of the toughest checkpoints in the city. The checkpoint was destroyed and the two men were killed, which meant, said the secular activist who told the story, that everyone was happy.
Watching “Abu Yacoub” and Hassan return laughing to the front, one Syrian fighter at the hospital snarled. “Why have they come here?” he said. “We don’t need them. They come for jihad but some of them are extremists and here in Syria we are not extremists.”
In our post about last night's MPAC teleconference call , we drew attention to the significant fund raising by both the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Soros-backed Center for American Progress (CAP). According to Guidestar that tracks non-profit IRS Form 990s, SPLC and CAP in 2011 raised over $81.1 million combined, vastly surpassing the alleged $40 million that several foundations provided several counter-jihad groups criticized in last night's conference call by MPAC, SPLC and CAP. SPLC has invested assets in its endowment of more than $224 million.
Lori Lowenthal Marcus, author of the Jewish Press article on the MPAC teleconference excerpted in our post urged us to publish this excerpt from Kammer's , background article:
Duping Donors, Cashing In
The deceptions that the Montgomery Advertiser described have been a consistent part of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s strategy to build its reserve fund. It received $32,395,733 in contributions in 2008, an average of $88,755 per day. At the end of the 2008 fiscal year, during which its investments lost more than $48 million, the fund had $174,200,000.92
While Dees was raised a Southern Baptist, he suggested to some donors that he had a more diverse background. For example, in a 1985 fundraising pitch for funds to protect SPLC staff from threats of Klan violence, Dees made conspicuous use of his middle name — Seligman, which he received in honor of a family friend. A former SPLC attorney told The Progressive magazine that Dees signed letters with his middle name in mailings to zip codes that had many Jewish residents.93 The article was titled “How Morris Dees Got Rich Fighting the Klan.” A former SPLC employee told theMontgomery Advertiser that the donor base was “anchored by wealthy Jewish contributors on the East and West coasts.”94
Attorney Tom Turnipseed, a former Dees associate, told Cox News Service, “Morris loves to raise money. Some of his gimmicks are just so transparent, but they’re good.”995
Turnipseed described a fundraising letter whose return envelope carried “about six different stamps.” The purpose of the ruse was to present the appearance of an organization struggling to keep going. As Turnipseed noted: “It was like they had to cobble them all together to come up with 35 cents.”
Writing in Harper’s magazine in 2000, investigative reporter Ken Silverstein reported that the SPLC was “the wealthiest civil rights group in America.” He also noted that Dees had broken a series of promises to end fundraising and live off its endowment once it had reached a threshold level.96
Wrote Silverstein: “Morris Dees doesn’t need your financial support. The SPLC is already the wealthiest civil rights group in America … . The American Institute of Philanthropy gives the SPLC one of the worst ratings of any group it monitors.”
Silverstein noted that Dees’ salary was tens of thousands of dollars more than the salary paid to directors of organizations like the ACLU and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. It amounted to a quarter of the annual budget of Atlanta’s Southern Center for Human Rights, whose annual caseload included dozens of death-penalty cases.
Dees may believe his tactics are harmless embellishments, minor manipulations justified by his altruistic mission to challenge hate and “teach tolerance” through a program that sends educational materials to schools across the country. He might apply the same rationalization to a deception cited by USA Today in 1996 as an example of his exaggeration of the threat of hate groups. The paper reported that “in a recent report on arsons at black churches in the South, his Klanwatch newsletter included five 1990 fires in Kentucky. But Klanwatch omitted a significant fact: the fires were set by a black man.”97
Taking Account of Morris Dees
A few journalists, mostly writing in liberal publications, have described a long history of hustling, hypocrisy, and hucksterism at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“No one has been more assiduous in inflating the profile of [hate] groups than the millionaire huckster, Morris Dees,” wrote JoAnn Wypijewski of The Nation magazine in 2001.98
Ripping the SPLC as “puffed up crusaders,” Wypijewski wrote: “Hate sells; poor people don’t, which is why readers who go to the SPLC’s website will find only a handful of cases on such non-lucrative causes as fair housing, worker safety, or healthcare, many of those from the 1970s and 1980s. Why the organization continues to keep ‘Poverty’ (or even ‘Law’) in its name can be ascribed only to nostalgia or a cynical understanding of the marketing possibilities in class guilt.”
In 2009, liberal journalist Alexander Cockburn called Dees the “arch-salesman of hate-mongering.” Under a headline that labeled Dees the “King of the Hate Business,” he said Dees thrived by “selling the notion there’s a right resurgence out there in the hinterland with massed legions of haters, ready to march down Main Street draped in Klan robes, a copy of ‘Mein Kampf’ tucked under one arm and a Bible under the other … . Ever since 1971, U.S. Postal Service mailbags have bulged with his fundraising letters, scaring dollars out of the pockets of trembling liberals aghast at his lurid depictions of hate-sodden America.”99
Jesuit humanities professor Raymond A. Schroth, writing in the National Catholic Reporter, described Dees’ manipulation this way: “He focuses on a real problem and packages it to suit his purposes. If the problem is nuanced, complicated … he provides a prism, based partly on fear, through which we can view the issue: The Internet is out of control; hate groups are poisoning the World Wide Web. His Southern Poverty Law Center, with your help, will save you.”100
A reviewer left this comment on the Guidestar entry for SPLC: "it's a great group to donate to if you're an intellectually bankrupt leftist hack." To which we would add, dhimmi, too.