‘Patriot Games’

By Brent Parrish

It never fails, every time there’s a shooting the left immediately goes to work trying to create a linkage to their political rivals. We’ve seen this sort of slanderous and preposterous conflations from the left before–too many times before.

For example, the Gabrielle Giffords shooting … the wingnuts of the left went berserk when they thought Jared Loughner used a conservative “target” list to shoot a liberal. What was the list? Some campaign literature from the Palin camp that displayed a target reticule symbol over the state of Arizona. Yeah, pretty damning stuff, huh? Shaking my head.

CNN’s interview with Michael Medved and Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), reveals, once again, the persistence of the left to forever link their political opponents to horrific crimes sans any evidence or facts.

Pete Williams, Andrew Blankstein and Daniel Arkinof of NBC News wrote in an article entitled “LAX suspect had ‘patriot’ movement propaganda on him“:

It was not immediately clear why Ciancia wanted to lash out at the agency, but a leading organization that tracks U.S. hate groups and extremist organizations reported Saturday that the suspect  may have been influenced by propaganda of the antigovernment “patriot” movement and fringe conspiracy theories.

As reported Friday by NBC News, the suspect was carrying anti-government literature outlining an alleged conspiracy to create a single global government, possibly prepared by a group known as the “New World Order,” when he opened fire on workers with the Transportation Safety Administration, killing one and injuring several others.

A source involved in the investigation said Ciancia carried a handwritten note, a “manifesto” in essence explaining the motive behind his assault. A blog post by Mark Potok, an expert on U.S. hate groups with the Southern Poverty Law Center, added new details about the “manifesto,” which he said included references to the Federal Reserve and “fiat currency.”

Citing a knowledgeable source with ranking law enforcement contacts, Potok said Ciancia also had a note containing derogatory comments about former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“Ciancia’s language and references seemed to put him squarely in the conspiracy-minded world of the antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement,” Potok wrote. “The New World Order refers to a longstanding conspiracy theory that today, in its most popular iteration, claims that global elites are plotting to form a socialistic ‘one-world government’ that would crush American freedoms. Often, the root of the alleged conspiracy is traced to the 1913 creation of the Federal Reserve and the adoption of fiat currency — paper money that is not backed by gold, as it was once was in the U.S.”

People associated with the patriot movement “see the DHS … as an enemy and even a collaborator in the New World Order conspiracy,” he added. The TSA is an agency of the DHS.

Potok said that the Southern Poverty Law Center has no records of Ciancia, and that he is not known to have “joined or participated in the activities of any radical groups.”

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Of course, the so-called “expert” cited in the NBC article is the Senior Fellow from the SPLC–Mark Potok. Huh. Imagine that. Go figure.

I did my best at trying to transcribe Potok’s words from the CNN interview:

“He talked about the New World Order [NWO]; he talked about fiat currency; and he talked about the Federal Reserve. In the world of the patriot groups, or what we used to call the ‘militia groups’ … uh … that those things all relate to a single conspiracy theory–the idea …. uh … that … American  freedom–well, that really, there is a plot on part of the government to create a one-world government–a socialistic, totalitarian regime to be called the ‘New World Order.’ Many people in the patriot world trace that conspiracy–that alleged conspiracy–to the formation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 … uh … and the subsequent  abolition of … uh … gold-backed money. In other words, the adoption of fiat money–meaning: paper money that is not backed by gold. So, we don’t have any evidence Ciancia was part of a group; we have nothing like that. Uh, we don’t know where he may have been in the years leading up to now. It’s simply that kind of language in the note he left. He also–we learned–had some very personal attacks on Janet Napolitano–the former DHS secretary.”

Potok claims he was not trying in any way to link the LAX shooter with the Tea Party Patriots–or any Tea Party group–at all. Potok claims, “Uh, the ‘militia movement’ does commonly refer to itself as the ‘Patriot Movement,’ or, sometimes, the ‘Christian Patriot Movement.'” Potok links the rise of so-called patriot groups to the election of America’s first black president. Funny how Potok felt the need to bring up Christianity–more linkages. Imagine that.

The CNN anchor immediately brings up the Tea Party and conservative groups following Potok’s response, claiming they might be encouraging “these more radicals.” Medved countered, “It is unfair to conflate the so-called ‘militia groups’ with groups that describe themselves as patriots … patriot is not a bad word … there is a very main-stream group that has millions of members called the Tea Party Patriots.”

What I find infuriating about all this conflation is the fact that Potok insists he’s making no connection between the Tea Party to the so-called fringe radical groups of the so-called “Patriot Movement.” Technically, Potok didn’t make a direct linkage to the Tea Party in his above statement, but the CNN anchor did.

It’s all about perception with the left; and they’re trying to create the perception that a so-called “Patriot Movement” is full of potential right-wing fringe fanatics that just might go on a random shooting spree at any moment because they allegedly “hate the government.” The inference is obvious–a red flag should go up when anybody talks about the Federal Reserve or socialism in a negative light.

Timing is everything when it comes to creating a faux linkage–a false perception. Following Potok’s response, CNN flashes to the graphic below, while the CNN anchor brings up the Tea Party and conservative groups–asking if they could be “encouraging  more radicals.”

So, I think I clearly see the leftist strategy here: try and create a perception in the mind of the American populace that the so-called “Patriot Movement” is really a collection of radical extremists who hate the U.S. government and just might go off half-cocked at any moment. CNN asks, could the Tea Party or conservative groups be inciting these radicals?

Well let’s just get a few things straight here, shall we? First off, consider the source–Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Some on the right might describe the SPLC as a “hate group” in and of itself.

I wonder why the CNN host didn’t ask Potok if the SPLC’s “hate group” lists could encourage “more radicals?” It’s not like it hasn’t happened before. Anybody remember Floyd Lee Corkins?

Twitchy reported (emphasis mine):

In February, Floyd Lee Corkins, 29, pleaded guilty to shooting and wounding a security guard at the Family Research Center’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Early reports that Corkins was carrying a bag full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches turned out to be true; he told an FBI agent that he wanted to “kill as many as possible” to “make a statement against the people who work in that building … and with their stance against gay rights and Chick-fil-A.” He’d do that by shooting them and then smearing the sandwiches on the faces of his victims.


Corkins was found with a list of four conservative organizations taken directly from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s own “hate map.” WUSA9 reports that Corkin was also found with two fully loaded “magazine clips” and a box of 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

By the way, did anybody hear the left go after the NRA following Corkins’ rampage? I didn’t either. But I digress.

Oh, and just who are these so-called extreme, radical groups of the so-called “Patriot Movement” that CNN and Potok are referring to? Well, according to the SPLC, some of these dangerous “active patriot groups” include Catholics, John Birch Society, Oath Keepers, Tenth Amendment Center, The Post & Email, WorldNetDaily, Infowars.com, Atlas Shrugs (a blog by Pamela Geller), Sultan Knish (a blog by Daniel Greenfield), Bare Naked Islam, Tea Party Nation (TPN), Family Research Council (FRC), Jihad Watch–just to name a few.

What one sees is clear when reading the “hate group” lists compiled by the SPLC–any group actively opposed to the progressive liberal agenda is considered a “hate group.” What I find particularly perfidious and loathsome about the SPLC “hate group” lists are the incessant attempts to create a perception the Tea Party, or any patriotic group, is no different than the Taliban or the KKK.

Like Michael Medved, I’m not willing to give up the word “patriot” because the SPLC et al. have giant chips on their collective shoulders for anybody who does not agree with their leftist view of the world. Granted, there are groups on the SPLC “hate group” lists that are truly despicable–like the Westboro Baptist Church or the Aryan Nation. But trying to link such groups to the Tea Party and other conservative groups is beyond pathetic. I’m with Medved; I believe what Potok, CNN, the SPLC and their ilk are doing is very dangerous and conspiratorial; it’s utterly irresponsible. But these ridiculous linkages are always put forth by the progressive left every time a shooting occurs. Well,  the radicals of the left just might want to do us all a huge favor and take a long, good look in the mirror:

About Brent Parrish

Author, blogger, editor, researcher, graphic artist, software engineer, carpenter, woodworker, guitar shredder and a strict constitutionalist. Member of the Watcher's Council and the Qatar Awareness Campaign. I believe in individual rights, limited government, fiscal responsibility and a strong defense. ONE WORD: FREEDOM!
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