Meet Southern Poverty Law Center's Lackey at Main Justice (and the federal bureaucrat who has the greatest likelihood of committing another Waco and touching off the next American civil war): Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin.
This is the announcement that roused me from my three-day siege of chemotherapy indolence and got me back to the keyboard: "Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin Delivers Remarks on Domestic Terrorism at an Event Co-Sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security’s Program on Extremism." It begins:
It is an honor to be at this event, co-hosted by the George Washington University’s new Program on Extremism and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The partnership between SPLC and GW serves as a reminder that violent extremism is neither a new phenomenon, nor one that is limited to any single population, region or ideology. Since its creation in 1971, SPLC has been an important voice on the wide range of extremist groups throughout this country.
Now let's stop right there for a moment. Anyone who actually believes what Carlin said is either completely out of touch with the serial lying and factual conflation that SPLC has practiced over the years (see the many liberal critiques of their operations as well as the academic deconstruction of SPLC's "Brown Scare" of the 1990s presented in Professor Robert Churchill's To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face: Libertarian Political Violence and the Origins of the Militia Movement) or a dangerous political hack who ignores the facts in order to accomplish an anti-constitutional agenda.
As long as it merely uses its lies to pimp donations from the credulous, SPLC's conflations are, if not innocuous, then at least not likely to turn deadly. When they are embraced by the so-called "Justice" Department with hordes of paramilitary secret political policemen at their beck and call, well, that's what Wacos and civil wars are made of. Carlin's big sloppy French kiss to SPLC in this speech comes with an iron boot for the rest of us, in the form of the resurrection of the Frankenstein monster of the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee. Carlin:
The DTEC was originally launched by Attorney General Janet Reno in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing with the goal of ensuring that those combating domestic terrorist activity had a forum to share information and coordinate efforts. It met regularly and it was scheduled to meet on Sept. 11, 2001, but due to the events of that day, that meeting never took place.Fortunately, in recognition of the importance of combating domestic terrorism, the department re-established the DTEC last June. Today, the DTEC consists of senior officials from NSD, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney community, the Civil Rights Division and the Tax Division, among others, as well as other federal law enforcement agencies who work on domestic terrorism matters. As it did many years ago, it provides a national-level forum for information sharing at the department’s leadership level and within the federal law enforcement community.The DTEC helps to ensure national-level coordination. But our local U.S. Attorney’s offices, FBI field offices and Joint Terrorism Task Forces, working closely with our nation’s police officers, district attorneys and local community officials, are the country’s eyes on the ground.At NSD, in order to ensure that we are gaining the benefits of the information and input from those eyes on the ground from around the country, and in recognition of a growing number of potential domestic terrorism matters around the United Sates, we have created a new position to assist with our important work in combatting (sic) domestic terrorism. Just this week, we appointed a new Domestic Terrorism Counsel to serve as our main point of contact for U.S. Attorneys working on domestic terrorism matters. The new DT Counsel will not only help ensure that DT cases are properly coordinated, but will also play a key role in our headquarters-level efforts to identify trends to help shape our strategy, and to analyze legal gaps or enhancements required to ensure we can combat these threats. The new counsel will also play an important role with the DTEC by providing its members with insights from cases and trends from around the country.
A couple of things leap out from re-reading the entire statement and then making reasonable interpretations of what's behind the specific phrases. First, it is obvious that Carlin wants to expand the laws regarding "material support of terrorism" to domestic "radicals," although how he's going to get around the First Amendment for that is also not explicitly addressed. Second Carlin makes much of so-called "white supremacists" but doesn't mention "Black Lives Matter" activists who have killed cops. I suppose the fact that they get invited to the White House to get their marching orders from Valerie Jarrett excludes them from consideration.
Following the SPLC meme, Carlin considers "domestic extremists" even more dangerous than ISIS and Al Qaeda, even going to the leap of logic to assign to Tim McVeigh the moral responsibility for Jihadi attacks because he thought up a truck bomb (which by the way comes straight out of The Turner Diaries):
The full spectrum of violent extremism shares a number of common elements, and our approach to disrupting them must recognize these connections. As just one example, earlier this year, two women were charged in New York with conspiring to build a bomb to conduct an attack in the United States. While these women were motivated by Islamic extremist ideology, they allegedly conducted research into the type of bomb used in the Oklahoma City bombing, demonstrating the continuing resonance of that attack.
Of course the FBI would know how much of a threat NeoNazi and Klan groups pose, I suppose, since they have fully infiltrated almost all of them right up to the command level. The swastikas and sheetheads are as much convenient cat's paws for the militarized federal police as anything else.
In short, if there is another Waco leading to civil war, you can put Carlin's face on the puppet that starts it. But behind Carlin are the puppetmasters of the Southern Preposterous Lie Center. Something for the victorious survivors of the fratricide to recall when it comes time for the war crimes trials of 2018.