Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson ran an important expose on his show this week, revealing that despite everything we now know about the Southern Poverty Law Center and their biased, left-wing interpretation of “extremists,” the FBI continues to use them as an important source in their investigation of American hate groups.
This is an organization – the SPLC – that recently lost millions to a lawsuit from Majid Naawaz, who was unfairly labeled an anti-Islam bigot for his work in reforming the Muslim community. This is the organization that once labeled Ben Carson an “extremist” because of his Christian faith and his quite-reasonable position that Muslims should not hold the office of the presidency. This is an organization that has been shown, time and again, to attack Christians and “right-wing” groups with ten times the fervor that they use to go against actual, dangerous Islamist groups and left-wing collectives like Antifa.
But sure, why wouldn’t the FBI work hand in hand with this organization. This is the same FBI that thought Clinton-purchased opposition research was the perfect platform off of which to launch an investigation into an American political campaign. One can almost detect a pattern.
“Well as you already know if you’ve been paying any attention at all, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a fraudulent enterprise,” said Carlson on his show. “It’s a left-wing political group that uses ‘hate crime’ designations to target its ideological enemies and to crush people. The SPLC has repeatedly been allowed to brief the FBI on alleged domestic terrorist threats to this country. Disturbingly though, the relationship is ongoing, if you can believe it.”
Instead of responding seriously to the concerns Carlson raised, the FBI released a vague statement that didn’t even mention the SPLC specifically.
“For many years, the FBI has engaged with various organizations, both formally and informally,” an FBI spokesperson said. “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.”
Thankfully, the Department of Justice was a bit more forthcoming and appeared to take Carlson’s story a little more seriously.
“The Attorney General has directed the FBI to reevaluate their relationships with groups like this to ensure the FBI does not partner with any group that discriminates,” said DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.
If the shoe were on the other foot – if the FBI were teaming up with, say, Pamela Geller or Jihad Watch – the left would be marching in the streets. Well, this is no different. The SPLC does not have the least legitimacy, and their prominence in American political and legal circles needs to come to an unceremonious end.