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FBI delinks SPLC, Anti-Defamation League; ADL not at all happy

On their hate crimes page [1], the FBI previously [2] linked to two supposed anti-hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti Defamation League as "Resources". Some time recently, the FBI silently removed those two organizations from the set of links in that Resources section.

According to [3], the FBI says of this change:

"Upon review, the Civil Rights program only provides links to resources within the federal government... While we appreciate the tremendous support we receive from a variety of organizations, we have elected not to identify those groups on the civil rights page."

The ADL is none to happy, with their national director Abe Foxman saying:

"We are shocked, surprised and disappointed that this would be done without any consultation with groups such as ours who have been working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on issues of hate crime. We look forward to having further conversations with them on this issue."

It's important not to read too much into this: we're just talking about web links. The FBI might have felt pressure from other groups to be added to the Resources section and decided to just disallow all non-governmental groups. Or, they might have decided to downplay their involvement with controversial far-left groups. The title of the Daily Caller post is "FBI severs ties with liberal, domestic terrorism-inspiring Southern Poverty Law Center", and that's probably wildly inaccurate.

The Daily Caller piece and even lesser blog posts concentrate on how the SPLC might have inspired a potential mass shooting at the Family Research Council and in fact the lobbying of FRC and others might have been involved in the change. FRC's Tony Perkins says [4]:

"We commend the FBI for removing website links to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that not only dispenses erroneous data but has been linked to domestic terrorism in federal court. We hope this means the FBI leadership will avoid any kind of partnership with the SPLC."

The underlying reason some rightwing bloggers (the ones who aren't just social conservatives) oppose the SPLC is due to the SPLC's reports opposing the Tea Parties movement. That movement could pay big dividends for the Koch family and others, thus you find those who'd never even heard of or who had ignored the SPLC three years ago fiercely opposing them now.

See the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti Defamation League pages for past coverage - almost all of it focusing on those groups' support for illegal immigration - going back over the past decade.

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[1] fbi . gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/hate_crimes
[2] web.archive . org/web/20140226084157/http://www.fbi . gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/hate_crimes
[3] dailycaller . com/2014/03/26/
fbi-severs-ties-with-liberal-domestic-terrorism-
inspiring-southern-poverty-law-center
[4] washingtonexaminer . com/shocker-fbi-dumps-southern-poverty-law-center-
as-hate-crime-watchdog-partner/article/2546305

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:05 · Importance: 4