As was to be expected, within days of the Southern Poverty Law Center formally lumping Tea Partiers in with neo-Nazi criminals, and then calling them all terrorists, the mainstream media has echoed and amplified this charge. The Los Angeles Times is the worst offender, as it explicitly said that white, American males are, almost by definition, terrorists.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (“SPLC”), a group closely associated with the Obama administration, sent a letter to Eric Holder and DHS head Janet Napolitano identifying alleged potential terrorist threats within the United States. At the top of the SPLC’s list? Patriot groups:
In the last four years, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of conspiracy-minded, antigovernment groups as well as in the number of domestic terrorist plots. As in the period before the Oklahoma City bombing, we now also are seeing ominous threats from those who believe that the government is poised to take their guns. Because of the looming dangers, we urge you to establish an interagency task force to assess the adequacy of the resources devoted to responding to the growing threat of non-Islamic domestic terrorism.
This latest count exceeds the high-water mark of the 1990s by more than 500. During that decade, the growth in the radical antigovernment movement was fueled in large part by anger over the passage of the Brady Bill in 1993 and the enactment of the assault weapons ban in 1994. Now that gun control is again being hotly debated, we are seeing a repeat of that anger, and it is likely to continue to swell the ranks of antigovernment groups.
Our data as well as that of independent researchers reflects that the country has seen an increase in right-wing domestic terrorism as the number of hate and antigovernment groups has increased in recent years.
The SPLC makes no distinction between criminal neo-Nazi organizations that are often involved in drugs, organized crime, and race hatred, on the one hand, and ordinary people who are concerned about stopping out-of-control spending and respecting the Constitution, on the other hand.
In SPLC-land, there was no Fort Hood shooting; there was no Portland Jihad bomber (who was arrested before he could kill hundreds, especially children, at a Christmas gathering); and all the other foiled jihadist terrorist attacks planned across the US never happened. Instead, to the SPLC, the clean-cut, mixed-race crowds at Tea Party rallies are the real face of American terror.
If an inflammatory editorial in the Los Angeles Times is anything to go by, the editors share the SPLC’s fears. Indeed, they one-up it, because they think all white people are suspect