Guest Post: A Message To The SPLC From A Montana "Extremist"

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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market

A Message To The SPLC From A Montana "Extremist"

I’ll be the first to admit, people who refuse to compromise their principles under any circumstances can be utterly terrifying. Defiance, in its purest form, requires fearlessness; a brand of fearlessness we have little experience of today. For many in our society, fearlessness in the face of immeasurable opposition is unthinkable, and (unjustly) considered a sign of “madness”, or of “extremism”. To go against the tides of a culture, a collective, and point out its crimes and inconsistencies, is so counter to what they have been conditioned to expect, any sign of dissent triggers in them feelings of confusion and fury.

The Liberty Movement, and all it’s more specific and specialized branches, represents a resurgence of the immovable ideal. We refuse to set aside the truth. We refuse to relinquish our freedoms. We refuse to be silent. We refuse to negotiate. Regardless of the consequences, and despite contrary impositions of so called “national security”, we simply will not go away. This kind of philosophy is a serious obstacle for any establishment system which seeks to maintain or even expand its base of power. If you cannot buy off a person, if you cannot co-opt a person, and if you cannot frighten him into compliance, then all that is left to do is to demonize his public character, lock him up, or kill him. Men of conscience force the agents of centralization to expose their inherent tyranny before they are ready for the citizenry to know who they really are. Frankly, the Liberty Movement is a considerable pain in the neck for those who would see the American dynamic distorted to the benefit of a select few.

We wear this distinction like a badge of honor. If we were not a threat to the globalist corporatist strategy, then they would not consistently go out of their way to attack us. They attack us, because we are doing something right.

Only days ago the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the most prevalent propaganda think tank tied to the wretched tentacles of the Department Of Homeland Security (DHS), released yet another hit piece article slandering not just the Liberty Movement in general, or specific spokesmen like Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers, Chuck Baldwin of Liberty Fellowship, or James Rawles of Survivorblog fame, but also a specific action the movement has taken, namely, the relocation projects now gaining steam in the northwest Rocky Mountain regions of the U.S. You can read that disparaging editorial, called “A Gathering Of Eagles: Extremists Look To Montana”, here:

The hit piece was of course perfectly timed with the announcement of Bob Fanning and Chuck Baldwin’s run for Governor and Lt. Governor of Montana in 2012. However, beyond the obvious attempt to preemptively derail a campaign that would bring back 10th Amendment awareness to Montana and effectively restrict overt Federal involvement in state politics, there is a distinctive tone of dismay from the SPLC over Liberty Movement projects that involve active organization and community building.

From Liberty Fellowship’s relocation program, to James Rawles’ American Redoubt, Stewart Rhodes’ Operation Sleeping Giant, and my own Safe Haven Project through, the powers-that-be are noticeably perturbed at the very idea of Americans walking away from their computers, leaving their homes, talking to each other face-to-face, and forming mutual aid groups. God forbid…

Mark Potok, the frontman for the SPLC, has remained an entertainingly impotent figure, and I’ve always seen his bumbling media statements and actions as more helpful to the movement than hurtful, but there comes a point in any nation teetering on the brink of oligarchy when the propagandists start to gain more power and more sway in the way activist groups are treated.

For now, the SPLC’s job is essentially to make average people with little background information believe that what we are doing here in the Northwest is first, a fringe activity with little support or reach beyond the boundaries of the Rocky Mountains. Second, that it is a movement based on inherent violence and a threat to the safety of average citizens. And third, that it is organized around racist methodologies, or any other socially detestable lifestyles they can come up with off the tops of their heads. The SPLC engages in this propaganda using the ever popular fallback strategies outlined by Saul Alinsky, a mentor to Hillary Clinton who believed that in social debate, there are no rules of engagement, and that those who play honorably, play to lose. For Alinsky, being right or factual in how you argue your position was unimportant. Instead, the point was to win, at any cost, even if you know you are entirely wrong.

Alinsky tactics relied heavily on character assassination. If you cannot effectively counter the arguments of your opponent, he believed, then you must attack his personal integrity, so that no one will listen to his ideas.

In his book “Rules For Radicals”, Alinsky also claims that effective action requires the “passport” of morality, meaning, the appearance of moral compass, but not necessarily honest intent. He goes on to say:

“…You do what you can with what you have and clothe it in moral arguments…Moral rationalization is indispensable at all times of action whether to justify the selection or use of ends or means.”

He elaborates further:

“…The practical revolutionary will understand Goethe’s conscience is the virtue of observers and not of agents of action; in action, one does not always enjoy a decision that is consistent both with one’s individual conscience and the good of mankind.”

In other words, Alinsky taught that taking on a false position of moral righteousness was important in influencing popular support, and, in convincing people to accept criminal methods as long as the end result met some arbitrarily assigned “greater good”. For Alinsky, lying is acceptable, hurting the innocent is acceptable, creating chaos and crisis is acceptable, if his concept of a “better world” is ultimately achieved in the process. If this doesn’t describe the underlying corrupt nature of the SPLC perching on their fabricated moral high horse while casting down judgments designed to manipulate rather than inform, I don’t know what does.

“The Nesting Of Eagles” uses subversion, false association, fear mongering, and blatantly disingenuous accusations in a fashion classic to Alinsky’s strategies. However, its poor composition and remedial narrative give it the tone of a frustrated pre-teen lashing out at what he doesn’t understand. I suppose we can be thankful that the SPLC still refuses to hire any competent writers, otherwise, the Liberty Movement might be in trouble.

Below, let’s outline the generalizations made in the article, as well as the insinuations they construct. Here is what the SPLC is trying to imply about the relocation and organizational projects of the Northwest, and the people who were brave enough to start them:

We’re All Racists

The only real trick the SPLC seems to have up its sleeve is to constantly associate, directly or indirectly, every group that opposes corrupt state power as being racist or terrorist. They especially strive to make readers believe that Montana itself is some kind of breeding ground for neo-nazis. I have to say that in the course of my relocation and establishment here in the Flathead Valley, I have only met ONE dyed in the wool racist. In the first few months I lived in Pittsburgh, PA, I met dozens.

Does this mean that Montana is free of hate? No. But according to the SPLC’s very own “Hate Map” (…oh boy), our state actually ranks very low on the list:

States like Idaho and Wyoming rank equally or even lower, and yet we hear endless diatribes from the SPLC on how White Supremacists hide behind every rock and tree in these areas. Could it be that racism actually has nothing to do with their obsessive focus on our efforts? Oh, I think so…

The white supremacist that is consistently mentioned in the article is April Gaeda. I have never run into this woman during my time here. I have never seen her at any of the many meet-up groups or preparedness classes that take place here. I have never seen her at Chuck Baldwin’s services. As far as I can tell, no one in the movement here cares to know her at all. But, because she happens to live in the same area as us, our organizations are all made guilty by proximity?!

By this logic, the SPLC, whose headquarters is in Montgomery, Alabama, must be loaded with racists, and Mark Potok must dance daily around a burning cross. I mean, the League Of The South hangs out right down the road from them. Surely, there is room on the Hate Map for the likes of the SPLC, being that they are smack in the middle of so much bigotry…

We’re All Extremists

The word “extremism” is thrown around quite liberally by the SPLC and its representatives, but I have yet to hear them actually openly define what they mean by it. What makes someone an “extremist”? What definition does the SPLC or the DHS apply when they accuse movements like ours as being extremist entities? Is an extremist merely anyone who protests the abuse of governmental power? As a matter of fact, yes…

The truth was exposed clearly in the leaked and now highly publicized MIAC Report and the Virginia Fusion Center Threat Assessment, which used such broad profiles of extremist behavior that literally anyone who does not agree with current government polocy could be labeled a danger, including veterans, and those who have Ron Paul bumper stickers on their vehicles:

Whether or not the SPLC was wholly responsible for the creation of the MIAC rhetoric handed out to police officers encouraging them to politically profile people is unclear, but what is clear is that the SPLC fully supported the assertions in the document back in 2009 despite massive legitimate criticism and is now pressing for its guidelines to be reinstituted:

What is the risk in allowing a purely establishment motivated construct like the SPLC to dictate the definitions of extremism as well as being given license to train law enforcement personnel? Eventually, we will see multiple activist groups harassed without probable cause due to their cultural and ideological concerns, and nothing more.

Honestly, I couldn’t care less what the SPLC or the DHS thinks of the Montana Safe Haven or the people who reside here. Their opinions are not important. Their actions, on the other hand, are. Any implementation of unconstitutional legislation or executive power which impedes the lives and freedoms of any American, not just those in the Liberty Movement, should be met with unerring resistance. I and many others will NOT allow this particular path to gain favor. Government should always serve at the behest of the people. When it refuses to do so, it is no longer lawful. If this view makes me an “extremist”, then so be it…

We're All Kooky Conspiracy Theorists

If the racist label won’t stick, then the “conspiracy theorist” label is usually next in the SPLC’s toolbox. “Conspiracy theorist” is thinly veiled code for “crazy person”, let’s be honest. It is not uncommon throughout history for elites in power to accuse their opponents of insanity rather than face their factual arguments on their own merit. Insanity is like leprosy; no one wants to look at you, let alone listen to what you have to say. It is certainly an effective method to defuse a potential dissenting movement.

In the “Nesting Of Eagles” article, the SPLC makes a point to immediately pigeonhole Stewart Rhodes as being a “conspiracy theorist”, and Oath Keepers as being conspiracy oriented, without explaining exactly what Oath Keepers is. The bottom line? Oath Keepers encourages current serving or retired military and police to uphold their oaths to the Constitution. Gee, I didn’t realize that Constitutional law was so conspiratorial, or theoretical. I rarely if ever come across an SPLC article or interview which does not automatically mention Timothy McVeigh, white supremacists, or conspiracy theory in the same sentence when talking about Oath Keepers. This is not an accident.

Stewart Rhodes is a very good friend of mine, and a tireless champion for Constitutional freedom. Being a practicing lawyer, he could just as easily take on multiple wrongful arrest lawsuits (there are a lot of those nowadays) and make a tidy income for himself and his family. Instead, he struggles daily to ensure that police and military men and women know that following unconstitutional orders is not an option. He does this as much to protect them, as he does it to protect the citizenry. To see him lumped in with neo-nazis by the SPLC is more than disconcerting.

If our positions as a movement bear resemblance to falsehood or exaggeration, then I welcome the SPLC to confront those positions up front and in detail, rather than hiding behind words like “racist” and “conspiracy theorist”. Not only is it cowardly, but it is destructive of legitimate public discourse, because it prevents any honest debate from taking place. If Mark Potok wants to argue over the existing threats to Constitutional Law with Stewart Rhodes, the existing threats to freedom of speech and of religion with Chuck Baldwin, or the existing threats to the U.S. economy with myself, then let’s pick an unbiased forum to do so. Let us see how well the SPLC fares without the comfortable protections of the corporate mainstream media playground, shall we...

Always Pursue What They Fear

For the most part, SPLC and DHS attacks on our movement are a fantastic thing. Rarely if ever do they actually hurt the growth of our organizations. Instead, they draw more attention to our cause, and, they expose what the establishment fears most. Whatever strategies they try to persuade us from following, those are the strategies we should be exercising. If we aren’t making Mark Potok or Janet Napolitano progressively nervous on a regular basis, then we aren’t doing our jobs correctly.

Without a doubt, the relocation programs being instituted in the Northwest have struck a nerve. Large numbers of freedom oriented, intelligent, and talented individuals coming together to end participation in the rigged system and build something new? Of course they hate us! If we can set an example here, then millions of Liberty Movement participants around the country today might just follow it, or even improve upon it. Community without complacency has always been a threat to tyranny. Governments would much rather we stay idle in our homes in front of our TV’s and computer screens, and far away from each other. This is not how we do things in Montana, and I believe, it is not how most Americans will be doing things across the country very soon.

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bank guy in Brussels's picture

Portraying back when America had a bright future ... Brilliant 45 seconds, from the TV show « Mad Men » -

Don Draper on a plane crossing the USA, lighting up a cigarette, the sunshine through the window slowly coming onto his face, to the music of the 1962 'space age' hit « Telstar » by the Tornados -

A moment of television genius, perfectly capturing what once was 'America':

trav7777's picture

anybody want to guess what group runs the SPLC and pays for its existence?

High Plains Drifter's picture

hmmmm.....let's see.......hmmmm...........ah............yids? 

High Plains Drifter's picture

they are practicing with the use of those drones on the arabs and the afghans. but guess what?  when they get real good at it,  where will they be deployed next?  and so these american idiots , in nevada or wherever will fly these things in amerika searching for those who refuse to bow the knee .......yep its true and coming to a theatre near you.......soon.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

The SPLC is doing good work exposing right wing extremists and conspiracy theorists. There is some extremely dangerous rhetoric arising from these fringe groups such as criticism of the Federal Reserve System, and verbal abuse directed at highly respected and reputable politicians. This is a time when we need our leaders more than ever to guide us through this economic turmoil, and these extreme groups are doing us no good at all.

o_rly's picture

I know you're doing satire, but a lot of people might not realize that...

i-dog's picture

Then they're too thick to be participating here.

Harlequin001's picture

'Frankly, the Liberty Movement is a considerable pain in the neck for those who would see the American dynamic distorted to the benefit of a select few.'

I guess they just plain failed. Nobody seems to have noticed or to really give a shit.

Carlyle Groupie's picture

"Then they're too thick to be participating here."

SPLC is sponsored and fully funded by The Vatican.

I wuv you lil iDog!

High Plains Drifter's picture

sounds like something jorge bush would say.....:)

WarriorClass's picture

PATCON - Patriot Conspiracy, an FBI program that spanned many years, including the years that Ruby Ridge, Waco and the Oklahoma CityBombing happened. PATCON is shorthand for "Patriot Conspiracy."

And this report that came out in 2009 by the MIAC:

High Plains Drifter's picture

imho, the militia movement if you will, was nothing more than the fbi cointel program, searching for true believers to help the government achieve neferious aims while using useful idiots or dupes to do their dirty business and when the job is completed, they swoop in and arrest these evil useful idiot true believers and say, look, these evil militia people are dangerous to your liberties and your freedoms and so............this is what happened ........and it continues on till this day. the same thing goes on the american nazi party and the american national socialist and the the KKK, is all government operated and government controlled and it is use for a purpose.......



whstlblwr's picture


High Plains Drifter's picture

meat blower, will you stop it , please?   good grief.....

whstlblwr's picture


Nigh Eve's picture

Is this now the Koch brothers new venture?

High Plains Drifter's picture

what was it one of the koch brothers said one time?   oh, that the day this company goes public  is over my dead body?   the koch's do not like the light to be shined on their operations. 

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

MillionDollarBonus... All I can say is hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha... ROFLOFL

lincolnsteffens's picture

"highly respected and reputable politicians."

LOL  How many can you name? More than the fingers on one hand??

RazorForex's picture

"Highly respected and reputable politicians"? Are you shitting me? Care to name who these respected and reputable politicians?

JungleJim's picture

MDB, perhaps you could "enlighten" us with a short list of "highly respected and reputable politicians". 25 or 30 of you chosen would do.



JimBowie1958's picture

There is some extremely dangerous rhetoric arising from these fringe groups such as criticism of the Federal Reserve System,

Since when is criticism of the Fed 'dangerous rhetoric'?

I'd bet the bastards will be shut down in the near future; is that 'dangerous rhetoric' too?


If you are being sarcastic or lampooning some libtard, you must realize there is a reason people say such is impossible; there is nothing too stupid or repulsive for a libtard to say if he thinks he can get away with it and profit from it.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Criticism of the Federal Reserve System (or the 'Fed' as you would refer to it) is very dangerous indeed. According to top Ivy League Economists and experienced politicians, the Federal Reserve is essential to American prosperity, freedom and liberty. Before the formation of the Federal Reserve, recessions were far more frequent and long-lasting - just ask any top Ivy League historian. There is never unanimous agreement among the population on every issue, but there is certainly a consensus among the experts on the necessity Federal Reserve.

akak's picture

Why in the fuck would five separate asshole sheep give you a green arrow for this rabidly pro-Establishment swill? 

Oops, I just answered my own question.

I don't give a damn if you are posting all this crap as satire or not --- it is still vile, disingenuous, malevolent propaganda and lies, and as this dishonest, malicious and explicit "surrender to authority" message is the consistent and sole tack of all of your posts here, please take it all and shove it up your ass (once you remove Bernanke's wizened member and the TSA's groping hands from it).'s picture

He just bores me. He obviously has the ability to write well and would likely be far more entertaining if he just played it straight. Lots of real sparing partners at fight club, no need for studio wrestlers.

Cathartes Aura's picture

ZH seems to have stepped in a few new posting trolls lately, which is a shame as they tend to derail the thread for dozens of "response" posts (tho' scrolling past makes the threads go quickly, as the majority of response posts are just entertaining themselves like a chat room).

in another thread a rarely seen "old time poster" even admitted to posting more often under another account, guess the lulz are taking hold.

Libertarian777's picture

i thought we should prepare for an alien invasion though. Now you're saying we should prepare for Montana terrorists?

Isn't it more efficient to prepare for the larger risk (martian invasions)? Or is maximum inefficiency the key to 'making work'?

Just think if we could hire 14 million DHS and TSA staff to patrol the streets and cities and farms searching for terrorists. Unemployment would be 0%!

doggings's picture

how long do you until the first Americans are targeted by "Sentinels" on US soil ?

from lunatic conspiracy theory to fact in....... months / years? 

agNau's picture

If you want a peek at the future USA, look at the UK.
Cameras and drones on every corner....."for your protection".
Tyranny is subtle. The gloves are now off, as the size of the oppressor and his drones have moved us to the tipping point. This is the most important moment in our history. Do we turn back, or allow them to "protect" us? I turn away and fight.
There are far more like me out there than them!

DogSlime's picture

I suspect that's not the future of the USA, more like the present.

We have RIPA etc.  You have PATRIOT etc.

Look at what happens to the Occupy protesters in the US.  You can be arrested for dancing in a public place.

Is the UK really so much worse than the US in that respect?


i-dog's picture

Yes ... because the UK has already been successfully disarmed. TPTB still have to face that hurdle in the US.

And it's a fucking joke that the taxpayers are happily paying for their own prison system while thinking it's for their protection against cave-dwelling goat herders!

Shoot out a security camera today!!

Clampit's picture

Shooting is so midevil, as Tesla (and his beloved coil) might point out; they're all connected.

doggings's picture

it worked pretty well on the original speed cameras for a while, they used to cost thousands, one quick blat with a 12 gauge (£2.15) and it was months before they were fixed again, rinse, repeat. 

ah, the good old days..

Libertarian777's picture

well not sure if it makes it better or worse, but the UK doesn't have the same constitutional bill of rights that the USA has, so nothing in the UK says the government can't monitor you or restrict your speech. Remember the queen can still dissolve parliament at a whim.

Then again even though we have these supposed 'protections' in the constitution here, execution thereof is severly lacking.

Cathartes Aura's picture

don't mess with Texas, hm.

The helicopter cost over $500,000 and was purchased with a grant from the federal government.

imagine that.

Nikao7's picture

Forget about ethnic backgrounds.  Just start making a list of "names".  Add the name of every scumbag who has a hand in the disgusting injustices we see unfold in front of us with not a trace of impunity.  I.D. them by their names and forget the fucking ethnic background.  Tie the hands of those who scream racism in place of a valid rebutal to the blatant guilt of their disgusting crimes against humanity.


Love reading your comments High Plains Drifter :)

Rock on brother

General Decline's picture

Judaism isn't really an ethnic group, though, is it? Isn't it really a religion, kinda like Islam? It's politically correct to point out when a Muslim does something bad, isn't it? Just sayin.

o_rly's picture

Great article and here's to hoping Montana shows us the way. Don't bow your heads to these smears. Fight on.

And yes, the SPLC is heavily funded by Jews and the board is almost entirely made up of Jews as well. I wonder why that is...

High Plains Drifter's picture

well i am not going to call them jews or at least i try to stop using that term since none of them can trace their lineage to ancient israel and the tribe of i call them yids ............or as the russians used to say, zhids.............but it is interesting how these yids want to try and "help" blacks by creating all of these organizations when in fact , they hate blacks just as much as they hate any white why would they do such things? hmmmm???  

JW n FL's picture



the fact that they get away with it.. should "BE" the issue..

as why are the WASP's letting them? why are the Blue Bloods letting the Yids take all the credit?

we both know the Yids dont do Sunday Brunch with the right people..

The Powers That Be are Not Yids.. but the Yids are getting all the Credit.. ala' Goldman Sachs is to blame for the World.. mean while JP Morgan get 5% of the news coverage and does 1,000,000 times more damage than Goldman..

Goldman is a shield just like the Yids are a shield.


I am not saying they are not part of the Problem.. I am saying who let them be a problem is the problem.

and! once again!! why?????? what is the end result of social un-rest here in America??????

Death! and lots of it!

SO! the real question is and always has been why? why do The Powers That Be WANT! Social Un-Rest and the Result of Social Un-Rest??

The end result will be lots of good people dead.. America is the most well armed Country in the History of ManKind! so, why do they want us Dead?

Energy Conservation?

Global Population Growth?

I could re-post TED (Gates / Microsoft) and Rockeflers.. but if you have not picked it up by now.. with them dumbing it down for you.. then there is nothing I can do to fix your stupidity!

(understsand High Plains that the last bit was not directed at you as much as everyone else reading.)

lincolnsteffens's picture

I gave you a + for that.  The Jews have been the scape goat used by oppressors to deflect their own tyranny. Modern examples for this can be seen in the Arabic speaking countries to get their citizens blaming Jews/Israelis for their miserable state instead of blaming the ruling class which cares little for their own countrymen. I'd like to know if in recorded history  there has ever been a governing state or powerful regional group of Jews that beheaded or roasted at the steak people that refused to convert to Judaism or suspected of heresy against the "Jewish" God. Do travelers or citizens of Israel fear for their safety if they have in their possession a Koran, the King James Bible or any religions holy book?

lunaticfringe's picture

The proper plural term is "juice." FIFY

whstlblwr's picture

And the ZH wack jobs come out.

You do more to discredit liberty movement by this racist bullshit ...maybe that's point. See how discussion turned from liberty to hate of Jews. Don't focus on liberty, instead focus on your hate of Jew, its problem of everything. Trav fuckhead is obvious plant.