Southern Poverty Law Center
Is the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) running
damage control for the Federal government?
In Popular Mechanics denial fashion, its Spring 2010 newsletter and
newest article are all but rejecting the widespread evidence about FEMA
camps and they are taking potshots at a new documentary that includes
information about FEMA. Considering
the plummeting approval rating of the new President and Congress, the
government must be feeling the pressure of anxiety among US citizens,
especially with the outright anger caused by last year’s “leak” of
the now-infamous MIAC (Missouri Information Analysis Center) report, the
CNN attack piece on the Oath Keepers, and the fall 2009 release of the new
film Camp FEMA, it seems likely that damage control is exactly what
is going on.
After reading the recent rhetoric by SPLC, I think
one has to ask, “What is an organization that is ‘dedicated to
fighting for civil rights and agaisnt bigotry’ doing suppressing
information about the interning of US citizens and FEMA’s roll?”
After all, “FEMA camps,” as they are endearingly referred to by
many, are for relocating US citizens from their homes in cases of
Government-declared national emergency.
Shouldn’t the “civil rights” group be advocating the rights
of free US citizens to STAY in their homes, if they so chose?
Also, how does the film, Camp FEMA, figure as a hate or
bigotry-filled film? For that
matter, how does the position of the Oath Keepers and Restore the Republic
fall into that category?
The William Lewis Films/Gary Franchi production opens
with newsreel footage from the World War II era explaining the internment
of Japanese Americans. At
that time, the facilities were not referred to as “FEMA camps” (for
those with questions, research REX 84), but were called War Relocation
communities, as there was no Federal Emergency Management Agency at the
time. What is revealed by the first two minutes of the film,
however, is that of those relocated to these “communities,” more than
two-thirds were American citizens, a fact that sets the stage for the rest
of the well-documented film.
In its March 11, 2010 offering, the SPLC also takes
aim at Denver Public Television’s KBDI for airing Camp FEMA
during its most recent fund drive. The
station’s Executive Producer, Shari Bernson, told SPLC that calls about
the controversial documentary were “overwhelmingly positive.”
Bernson and KBDI are known for presenting programming that is not
your typical public television fare. But then, shouldn’t ”public
television” be about informing the public rather than “government
approved” programming? Again,
the film is well documented.
Camp FEMA boasts a collection of interviews
with several in the forefront of revealing government corruption and sheds
light on legislation and other information about FEMA.
And, while the mainstream media would have you believe that some of
the guests are “wacko conspiracy theorists,” more than one mainstream
news talk show host has had to admit that these people have been right on
the money with some of their information.
In fact, many of these people are well ahead of mainstream news
outlets at getting important information to the public.
SPLC’s spin is less than impressive, however.
From FEMA’s inception, its mission statement, its absorption by
the Department of Homeland Security to the National Guard ad seeking
Internment Specialists (all exposed in Camp FEMA), it is really
mind-blowing how the SPLC is able to overlook the interesting array of
information readily available to the public.
SPLC also claims that William Lewis Films, Oath
Keepers, Restore the Republic and a host of other “patriot-minded”
people are militia and conspiracy minded, and, by planting the suggestion
in the minds of their readers, that they might even have their roots in
“white supremacy” (directly from SPLC:
“Though some Patriot movement beliefs have roots in white
supremacy”); yet they are nothing of the sort.
If the Center had done their proper homework they would find that
these people and groups only want the government to be held accountable
for its egregious legislation and actions AGAINST the American people and
to RETURN to a government that is aligned with our Founding Documents:
the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of
Independence. How, may I ask,
is that “militia or conspiratorial minded” or “white supremacist?”
Readers need to realize that these are the tools our government,
and apparently SPLC, is using to create doubt in the minds of people
unfamiliar with what is truly going on.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, the federal
government and anyone else who thinks liberty-loving people looking out
for their best interests are a threat need to re-read the Bill of Rights
(including paying special attention to the Second Amendment) and the
Declaration of Independence. The
Declaration of Independence clearly states:
“…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving
their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any
Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of
the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,
laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such
form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and
What these people and groups want to do is to merely
inform the public about reprehensible government activity and keeping the
government in line; making the government live up to the dreams and
desires of our Founding Fathers…Freedom…Life, Liberty and the Pursuit
of Happiness for ALL.
After the SPLC and anyone else has read that, they need to answer some questions:
Those of us who hold fast to our inherent rights to
freedom are no threat to anyone. That
is the reason this country was founded…after all, it is our right and
duty to watch our government, and to “provide new Guards for [our]
future security…” if need be.
My suggestion is that all US citizens do a little
research. READ the
Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and take a look back at
our history. Look at the list
of questions provided on the Camp FEMA website. Look at the mission
statement of the Oath Keepers, an organization that merely wants to ABIDE
by its oath to protect and defend the Constitution (something Congress and
the President STILL haven’t figured out how to do!).
Look at the information provided on the Restore the Republic
website. Ask yourself what
you would like to see on your television Public television.
All that will be left to do after that is to ask yourself why the
SPLC weighed in on this debate.
Fear of FEMA, Intelligence Report, Spring 2010, Issue
The Unlikeliest Conspiracy-Monger: Colorado Public Television
CNN Slams “Patriot Movement,” Misrepresents FEMA
Restore the Republic
The Declaration of Independence