We’ve reported numerous times in the past on the campaign by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) targeting “hate” groups in the USA, with an eye towards shutting them down. Even though the SPLC is a private organization, and absolutely opaque in its methodology, it is widely cited in the media and used by various governmental agencies at both federal and state levels.
The SPLC’s list of hate groups was prominently featured by CNN after the violence in Charlottesville, and various organizations are now feeling the heat as a result. Our D.C. correspondent Frontinus sends the following brief overview of what’s happening, including proposed action by Congress.
Using the SPLC and private corporations to crack down on “Hate”
The efforts of the SPLC are bearing fruit inside the Beltway in the form of congressional action.
Note the resolution (JUST a resolution, unfunded, not a mandate but a legislature “marker”) S.Res. 118 that passed the Senate. A similar version was proposed in the House (House Resolution 257) requiring federal investigations of “hate incidents”, not just “hate crimes”. A small possibility does exist that it could pass even in the House, given the campaign being waged this summer (unlikely, but Republicans tend to be timid bunnies). There’s an article on it at Gatestone.
See also a real BILL (with House and Senate versions): HR1566 and S.662, which were reported to committee but not yet voted on; they’re not as likely to pass this session. This formulation is much stronger and more closely aligned with the SPLC/Google campaign. Quite operational in detail.
Keep an eye on this, or at least on its framing of the strategy. And combine these two (the Resolution, the Bill) to get a better idea of the two- to four-year plan to install a legal framework that would, in fact, implement UN Resolution16/18 in its most draconian interpretation.
The Charlottesville violence, as messaged by media and both Democrat and Republican leaders, will certainly help in herding a media/political consensus to pass either the Resolution or the Bill. President Trump will be pressured to sign the Bill if it passes — or if he doesn’t, he’ll be tarred as “pro-Nazi”, and candidates in 2018 will be tarred as white supremacists/pro-haters, etc. etc. etc.
One should see all these efforts as a systematic and integrated campaign. In addition to the Resolution and Bill outlined above, the campaign includes:
|1.||The directed violence enabled by the Charlottesville and Virginia State Police and the ensuing planned media and political campaign accusing Trump and his supporters as Nazis (note that mainstream Republicans are part of this campaign, and almost no one in Congress is opposing it).|
|2.||Various SPLC efforts with Google and Guidestar, to use the SPLC list for discouraging donors (Guidestar) and lowering the search rankings (Google) for organizations;|
|3.||The SPLC effort with Google and ProPublica (and many others, including AJ+, Al Jazeera) on “hate incidents”, data-mining from anecdotal data (not just “hate crimes”);|
|4.||The SPLC effort with ProPublica to go after vendors (IT hosts, DNS, as well as transaction processing such as PayPal and credit card companies) doing business with SPLC-listed groups.|
|5.||Other stuff I’ve either forgotten or haven’t found. Readers should add more items to the campaign tactics list if they know of them.
This is a fight for territory in the information warfare battlespace. The Left understands they can’t win in the political battlespace in the USA, and they realize that his use of social media helped Trump in 2016. So the Left needs to control the information warfare battlespace, which is run by private companies — who can decide the applicability of terms of service in whatever manner they choose, under our First Amendment, to banish any organization or citizen from their companies on the internet.
It’s a smart plan. As usual, conservatives and libertarians still don’t know what’s hitting them, much less what lies ahead.
APPENDIX — The core text of HR1566:
To provide incentives for hate crime reporting, grants for State-run hate crime hotlines, a Federal private right of action for victims of hate crimes, and additional penalties for individuals convicted under the Matthew Shephard [sic] and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1.
This Act may be cited as the “National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act of 2017” or “NO HATE Act”.
Congress finds the following:
(1) The incidence of violence motivated by the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim, known as hate crimes or crimes motivated by bias, poses a serious national problem. (2) Such violence disrupts the tranquility and safety of communities and is deeply divisive. (3) A prominent characteristic of a violent crime motivated by bias is that it not only devastates the actual victim and the family and friends of the victim, but also frequently ravages the community sharing the traits that caused the victim to be selected. (4) According to data obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the incidence of such violence increased in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, in comparison to prior years. (5) The Hate Crimes Statistics Act (Public Law 101—275; 28 U.S.C. 534 note) and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (division E of Public Law 111—84; 123 Stat. 2835) have enabled Federal authorities to understand and, where appropriate, investigate and prosecute hate crimes. (6) However, a complete understanding of the national problem posed by hate crimes is hindered by incomplete data from Federal, State, and local jurisdictions obtained through the Uniform Crime Reports program authorized under section 534 of title 28, United States Code, and administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (7) Increased implementation of the National Incident-Based Reporting System will enable the Federal Bureau of Investigation to obtain more detailed and accurate information on many crimes, including violence motivated by the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim. (8) State-run hotlines that direct victims or witnesses of hate crimes to law enforcement or local support services will allow State and local law enforcement agencies, as well as local community-based service providers, to understand hate crimes more fully and to act accordingly. (9) A Federal private right of action provides an additional option of recourse for individuals who are targeted for violence based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. (10) Many perpetrators of crimes motivated by bias may benefit from educational programming or volunteer service conducted in conjunction with, under the guidance of, or with the input of the community targeted by the hate crime. (11) Federal financial assistance with regard to certain violent crimes motivated by bias enables Federal, State, and local authorities to work together as partners in the investigation and prosecution of such crimes. (12) The problem of crimes motivated by bias is sufficiently serious, widespread, and interstate in nature as to warrant Federal financial assistance to States and local jurisdictions.