In a report on its web site dated April 2010, entitled "Meet The Patriots," the Southern Poverty Law Center ($PLC) profiled "36 individuals at the heart of the resurgent [patriot] movement." (In reading the list, I counted only 35 "patriots" and 5 "enablers" for a total of 40. I'm not really sure how the SPLC came up with "36." Perhaps their ability to count is commensurate with their ability to appreciate patriotism and liberty.)
The SPLC (founded by Morris Dees) sees itself as America's guardian against "right wing militias" and loves to label conservatives and libertarians that it doesn't like as "extremists." The SPLC is one of the most ultra-liberal organizations in the country and should be dismissed as a group of paranoid leftists, not worthy of thought or mention.
The sad truth is, however, 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. One could even question whether the SPLC is merely a front organization for Big Brother.
Therefore, it is highly likely that the report negatively profiling 40 American patriots will find its way into Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fusion centers and be distributed to police agencies all across the country.
So, should the 40 people who find themselves targeted by SPLC expect some kind of government/police attention? Are we really that close to Nazi-style persecution in America? If the SPLC has its way, the answer seems to be a definite yes.
I remind readers that in the book, Nazi Justiz: Law of the Holocaust (page 3), there were five steps to Hitler's plans for the destruction of European Jews.
Step 1: Identification/registration of the targeted group as a public menace.
Step 2: Ostracism of the targeted persons.
Step 3: property confiscation.
Step 4: Concentration of members into geographical locations.
Step 5: Annihilation.
In this latest report, SPLC seems quite willing to accomplish steps 1 and 2.
Here are the 40 names that are targeted in the SPLC report (and guess who is listed at the very top? Yours truly):
Chuck Baldwin, Pastor, Radio Broadcaster, Syndicated Columnist, 2008 Constitution Party Presidential nominee.
Joe Banister, former IRS special agent, tax protester.
Martin "Red" Beckman, tax protester
Catherine Bleish, head of the Liberty Restoration Project.
Chris Broughton, Second Amendment advocate, member of "We The People" group.
Bob Campbell, head of American Grand Jury.
Robert Crooks, Army veteran, retired commercial fisherman, anti-illegal immigration proponent.
Joseph Farah, CEO of World Net Daily
Gary Franchi, producer of "Camp FEMA: American Lockdown," national director of RestoreTheRepublic.com.
Al Garza, head of the Patriot's Coalition, an anti-illegal immigration group.
Ted Gunderson, retired FBI agent.
John Hassey, "The public face of Alabama's militia movement in the late 1990s," says SPLC.
Alex Jones, Radio Talk Show host.
Devvy Kidd, "prolific columnist, blogger, and public speaker."
Larry Kilgore, telecommunications consultant, former US Senate candidate from Texas, pro-secession advocate.
Cliff Kincaid, syndicated columnist and author, editor of AIM Report (Accuracy in Media's publication), founder and president of America's Survival, Inc., a UN watchdog group.
Mark Koernke, associated with the now-defunct Michigan Militia.
Richard Mack, former Graham County, Arizona, Sheriff, author, and public speaker.
Jack McLamb, former Phoenix, Arizona, police officer, author, and public speaker.
John McManus, former member of the US Marine Corps, president of the John Birch Society.
Daniel New, father of Michael New (the Army medic who refused to wear a UN uniform), author, public speaker.
Norm Olson, founder of the now-defunct Michigan Militia.
Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.
Stewart Rhodes, Army veteran and Yale Law School graduate, founder of Oath Keepers.
Jon Roland, computer specialist, founder of the Constitution Society.
Luke Rudkowski, founder We Are Change.
Robert "Bob" Schultz, founder of We The People.
Joel Skousen, editor, World Affairs Brief.
Jim Stachowiak, Radio Talk Show host, "Longtime militia organizer," claims SPLC.
John Stadtmiller, founder, Republic Broadcasting Network.
Orly Taitz, California attorney, a leader in the push to make President Obama disclose his US birth certificate.
Amanda Teegarden, executive director of Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise.
Mike Vanderboegh, anti-Obama health care activist.
Paul Venable, former candidate for the Idaho House of Representatives.
Edwin Vieira, Jr., attorney, author, proponent of constitutional State militias, lecturer.
Michele Bachmann, US Representative from Minnesota.
Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel TV host.
Paul Broun, medical doctor, US Representative from Georgia.
Andrew Napolitano, attorney, former State judge in New Jersey, Fox News Channel legal analyst, lecturer.
Ron Paul, former member of the US Air Force, medical doctor, US Representative from Texas, 2008 Republican candidate for President.
See the SPLC report here. [VDARE.com note: VDARE.com itself doesn't appear on this list—this is the "patriot" list and the SPLC has us on the "racist" list, although we really are very patriotic. However, the SPLC comment on Dr. Baldwin includes the fact that "his columns also are archived on VDARE.com, a racist website that regularly bashes immigrants." This is what we've called "Guilt By Syndication".]
The SPLC, no doubt, sees each person on the above list as being a leader of the "radical right," a "conspiracist," and "antigovernment."
But understand—the SPLC makes its living off of big-government, leftist ideology. To say it is a shill for Big Government Liberalism is an understatement. The SPLC is so radical it makes the ACLU look conservative!
Again, this SPLC report would not even merit a mention (much less an entire column) except for the fact that the SPLC has become a source of information fuelling anti-freedom hysteria for countless bureaucrats at the DHS. Add this to the previously exposed MIAC and DHS reports, and the Army major's report blaming "millennialist" Christians for much of the ills of the world, and a disturbing trend is quickly developing: so-called right-wing ANYTHING is being targeted and demonized as a "public menace."
But the lists that you and I are not seeing are even more disturbing.
Joel Skousen quotes (Radar Magazine's) Christopher Ketcham's The Last Roundup [PDF] as asking if the federal government is "compiling a secret enemies list of citizens who could face detention?"
He goes on to say:
"A number of former government employees and intelligence sources with independent knowledge of domestic surveillance operations claim the program that caused the flap between [former assistant attorney general under John Ashcroft, James] Comey and the White House was related to a database of Americans who might be considered potential threats in the event of a national emergency. Sources familiar with the program say that the government's data gathering has been overzealous and probably conducted in violation of federal law and the protection from unreasonable search and seizure guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.
"A veteran CIA intelligence analyst who maintains active high-level clearances and serves as an advisor to the Department of Defense in the field of emerging technology tells Radar that during the 2004 hospital room drama [between former Chief of Staff Andrew Card and Attorney General Ashcroft, in an attempt by Card to coerce a very ill Ashcroft to authorize President Bush's secretive domestic spying programs as his assistant—and acting—attorney general had refused to do so], James Comey expressed concern over how this secret database was being used 'to accumulate otherwise private data on non-targeted U.S. citizens for use at a future time.'"
The report further states:
"According to a senior government official who served with high-level security clearances in five administrations, 'There exists a database of Americans, who, often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived "enemies of the state" almost instantaneously.'"
At this point, Skousen noted, "And that is precisely why the census bureau took a GPS coordinate on every front door in America, secretly linking this to dissidents and their known addresses."
This database of Americans who are perceived to be potential "enemies of the state" goes by the code name "Main Core." And according to the report,
"One knowledgeable source claims that 8 million Americans are now listed in Main Core as potentially suspect. In the event of a national emergency, these people could be subject to everything from heightened surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and possibly even detention.
"Officials at the Department of Homeland Security begin actively scrutinizing people who—for a tremendously broad set of reasons—have been flagged in Main Core as potential domestic threats [sound familiar?]. Some of these individuals might receive a letter or a phone call, others a request to register with local authorities. Still others might hear a knock on the door and find police or armed soldiers outside. In some instances, the authorities might just ask a few questions. Other suspects might be arrested and escorted to federal holding facilities, where they could be detained without counsel until the state of emergency is no longer in effect."
The report also noted that former Assistant Attorney General James Comey
"had concluded that the use of that 'Main Core' database compromised the legality of the overall NSA domestic surveillance project. 'If Main Core does exist,' says Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counterterrorism officer and an outspoken critic of the agency, 'the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its likely home. If a master list is being compiled, it would have to be in a place where there are no legal issues—the CIA and FBI would be restricted by oversight and accountability laws—so I suspect it is at DHS, which as far as I know operates with no such restraints.' Giraldi notes that DHS already maintains a central list of suspected terrorists and has been freely adding people who pose no reasonable threat to domestic security."
So, is there a secret list of 8 million "unfriendly" Americans kept by DHS (if there is, dear reader, you are probably on it!)?
Does anyone reading this column doubt that our federal government is more than willing and capable of doing such a thing?
All of us are quite familiar with the government's "no fly" or "flagged" airline passenger list. I can personally attest to the authenticity of this list, as airport officials in San Antonio, Texas, told me that I'm on it.
I also made it to the "list of three" that were named in the MIAC report (the other two were Ron Paul and Bob Barr).
And now I am on the SPLC list of "patriots" (not a compliment in the SPLC lexicon). Wow! I never realize how popular I was! (With the exception of Ron Paul, I'm probably on more lists than anyone in America.)
Who would ever have thought that the day would come in America when to speak up for freedom, constitutional government, and the principles expressed by our Founding Fathers would land one on a government watch list?
Well, that day is here, my friend!
No doubt, the major media and federal government—in order to further ostracize patriotic, God-fearing Americans—will use the SPLC patriot hit list as a vehicle to carry our country further down the road of oppression.
But what the radical left fearmongers at the Southern Poverty Law Center fail to realize is that the more they try to marginalize and ostracize American patriots such as you and me, the more they isolate themselves from America's future, because millions and millions of hard-working, God-fearing, liberty-loving Americans are not going to sit back and let Morris Dees and his cabal of Big Government elitists destroy the principles of freedom in our land.
So, people such as Morris Dees can put us on as many lists as they like; we will never let liberty die! And the more they try to demonize us, the more people will want to join with us. You see, freedom burns deep and strong in the hearts of real Americans.
And that's something the SPLC can't extinguish—no matter how many lists it makes!
Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. He hosts a weekly radio show. His website is here.