Report: FBI has ‘ongoing’ relationship with Southern Poverty Law Center

by WorldTribune Staff, July 29, 2018

The FBI admitted it has an “ongoing” relationship with the South Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the leftist organization which often places conservatives on its list of “hate groups,” a report said.

“The SPLC has repeatedly been allowed to brief the FBI on alleged domestic terrorist threats to this country,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported on July 27. “Disturbingly though, the relationship is ongoing, if you can believe it.”

Carlson said that “if you’ve been paying any attention at all, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a fraudulent enterprise. It’s a left-wing political group that uses ‘hate crime’ designations to target its ideological enemies and to crush people.”

FBI spokeswoman Jacqueline Maguire said in a statement to Carlson’s show: “For many years, the FBI has engaged with various organizations, both formally and informally. Such outreach is a critical component of the FBI’s mission, and we welcome information from these organizations on any possible violations of civil rights, hate crimes, or other potential crimes or threats.”

The SPLC also has working partnerships with Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and Google in which the tech companies consult the SPLC in policing their platforms for “hate speech” or “hate groups.”

The Daily Caller noted that the SPLC’s lists of “extremists” and “hate groups” have “consistently courted controversy and the nonprofit’s work has been plagued by inaccuracies.”

Examples cited by the Daily Caller include:

  • Floyd Lee Corkins, who opened fire at the Family Research Center (FRC) in 2012, said he chose the FRC for his act of violence because the SPLC listed them as a “hate group.”
  • In February 2015, the SPLC placed Dr. Ben Carson on an “extremist watch list,” citing as proof of Carson’s “extremism” a quote in which he said: “Marriage is between a man and a woman; it’s a well-established pillar of society.”
  • The SPLC deleted three Russia-related articles this March after challenges to their accuracy followed by legal threats.
  • The SPLC removed a controversial “anti-Muslim extremist” list in April, after British Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz announced plans to sue the SPLC for defamation. The left-wing group ended up paying Nawaz a $3.375-million settlement.
  • Somali-born women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali was also on the list. Ali, a victim of female genital mutilation who now advocates against the practice, is an award-winning human rights activist. According to the SPLC’s since-deleted list, Ali is an “anti-Muslim extremist.” The SPLC has yet to apologize or officially retract its “extremist” label for Ali.

In August 2017, Ali criticized Apple CEO Tim Cook for donating to the SPLC, which she described as “an organization that has lost its way, smearing people who are fighting for liberty and turning a blind eye to an ideology and political movement that has much in common with Nazism.”

Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told Fox News that “The Attorney General has directed the FBI to re-evaluate their relationships with groups like this to ensure the FBI does not partner with any group that discriminates.”

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