Monday, June 22, 2009
A report posted on the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet website mentions the Kentucky chapter of the Constitution Party. The 2006 report, entitled “Hate Crime and Hate Incidents in the Commonwealth,” characterizes the paleoconservative political party as a patriot group and associates it with the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations.
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The report cites “hate crime” statistics produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, organizations that have made a cottage industry out of conflating the patriot movement and racist groups.
“What remains of the Patriot scene today is generally harder core, with an increasing number of groups influenced by the racist and anti-Semitic Christian Identity theology favored by some American neo-Nazi groups. Many others have embraced another radical theology, Christian Reconstructionism,” the SPLC claimed in 2001. Patriots entertain “outlandish conspiracy theories and childish fascination with guns, as a collection of nuts, people lacking basic reasoning skills whose arguments were naïve at best.”
On February 20, 2009, the State of Missouri issued the “MIAC Strategic Report: The Modern Militia Movement.” It specifically mentions former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin as potentially dangerous “militia members.” MIAC profiled people opposing abortion, illegal immigration, the New World Order, the North American Union, income taxes, the United Nations, and other issues of concern to paleoconservatives and libertarians as possible terrorists.
The report was sent anonymously to Alex Jones and subsequently received national attention. In response to negative publicity, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder called on Governor Jay Nixon to place Department of Public Safety Director John Britt on administrative leave pending an investigation into the report.
The ADL and SPLC were instrumental in both the MIAC report and the Department of Homeland Security’s report on “rightwing extremism.” In April, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered a keynote speech at an ADL conference in Washington. She admitted the agency has received “training” on “hate” groups from the ADL.
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The Kentucky report lists the Constitution Party in a table along with Take Back Kentucky, Ranch Rescue, and the Kentucky State Militia. “Patriot groups define themselves as opposed to the ‘New World Order’ or advocate or adhere to extreme anti-government or conspiratorial doctrines,” a caveat below the table states. “Listing here does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist. This list was compiled from field reports, Patriot publications, the Internet, law enforcement officials and news reports. Source: Southern Poverty Law Center.”
If patriot groups are not racist, why are they included in a report that concentrates on “hate crimes” and the Ku Klux Klan?
As previously noted on Infowars and Prison Planet, the SPLC and the ADL are in the business of demonizing the patriot and larger paleoconservative and libertarian movement as dangerous terrorists on the radical and “extremist” fringe of the American political landscape. Including the Constitution Party — now considered a mainstream political party — in a report dwelling on the Imperial Klans of America and the neo-Nazi American National Socialist Workers’ Party is part of a concerted effort to delegitimize and stigmatize the patriot movement.
In this KTVI Fox news piece, the ADL characterizes the Constitution Party as a “fringe right-wing political party” with “extremist roots.”
The Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet needs to remove this obvious and defamatory propaganda from its website immediately (or at minimum remove mention of patriot groups from this SPLC-ADL produced report). The Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet’s office secretary may be reached at (502) 564-7554.
This article was posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 at 9:00 am