Exploiting bloodshed in an effort to kill free speech

Source: Paul Joseph Watson

The ADL is attempting to insinuate that Alex Jones was the inspiration behind last week’s murder of two Louisiana police officers by hyping the fact that one of the accused killers, Terry Lyn Smith, listed Jones as a “hero” on his MySpace profile page.

As Kurt Nimmo documented earlier, authorities and the establishment media have been desperate to characterize the men accused of carrying out the murders as political extremists linked with the Sovereign Citizen movement when in fact the overwhelming evidence suggests that the suspects are criminals linked to drugs and theft.

While the Anti Defamation League concedes that “no information has emerged to clearly confirm the allegations of sovereign citizen connections,” the organization did manage to imply that Austin-based talk show host Alex Jones was somehow culpable for inspiring the murders because one of the suspects supposedly listed Jones on his MySpace page.

“One of the suspects, Terry Lyn Smith, has indicators of anti-government extremist leanings on his various social networking profiles. In particular, on a Myspace profile Smith lists, as either “heroes” or people he’d “like to meet,” Alex Jones, the Texas-based conspiracy-oriented and anti-government radio talk show host; Randy Weaver, the white supremacist at the center of the 1992 Ruby Ridge, Idaho, stand­off; and David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidians during the 1993 Waco, Texas, stand­off,” states the ADL blog.

This is by no means the first time that agenda-driven political outfits who pose as watchdogs have tried to exploit bloodshed to demonize their ideological adversaries.

Following the April 2009 incident in which Richard Poplawski shot dead three Pittsburgh police officers, ADL sister organization the Southern Poverty Law Center attempted to tie Jones to the murders by claiming Poplawski was a huge fan, when in reality he had publicly attacked Jones and openly disagreed with his peaceful message. Despite the fact that several large media outlets had to issue retractions of the smear, the SPLC never withdrew the erroneous claim.

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As we saw from recently released FOIA documents, the federal government – in alliance with groups like the ADL and the SPLC – is desperate to characterize Alex Jones and Infowars as extremists who inspire violence as a pretext to shut down free speech.

While the police and the feds carry out acts of violence and brutality against the American people on a daily basis, and as predator drones rain down death in foreign countries, the U.S. government is busy pointing the finger at the American people as the most pressing violent threat.

In reality, as the New York Times even reported, the FBI itself has been responsible for cooking up virtually all of the major domestic terror plots in the United States over the past decade.

The ADL routinely mixes in non-violent activist movements with white supremacists and genuinely violent and distasteful groups to demonize big government critics, constitutionalists and libertarians as domestic extremists. The organization is obsessed with eviscerating the free speech of its political adversaries.

Groups like the ADL and the Southern Poverty Law Center have created a cottage industry out of promoting fear of domestic extremism, a business model that continues to net such organizations millions in funding every year.

The ADL poses as a civil rights agency yet acts as a political lobbying group representing the interests of the US establishment and Israel. In his book Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Jewish author Norman G. Finkelstein documents how the ADL uses the labels of anti-Semitism and extremism to silence people who expose misdeeds and atrocities committed by the Israeli government.

As Sourcewatch documents, “The ADL also has a history of espionage against US citizens who are critical of Israel.”

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership have vehemently criticized the ADL for lobbying for “Nazi-based” gun laws that eviscerate the second amendment, illustrating how the organization exploits fears over anti-Semitism to push for gun control measures that actually disenfranchise Jewish-Americans.