Sunday, May 07, 2006
SPLC Claims Another Victim; Former Klan Leader Jeff Berry Forced To Sell Personal Home To Pay SPLC Judgment
On May 5th, 2006, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced that it had successfully forced former Klan leader Jeff Berry (pictured at left) to sell his home to pay a $120,000 judgment the SPLC had won for their clients in civil court. Of this judgment, their clients will get a mere $13,000, though. No word, though, on the disposition of the remaining $107,000. Read the SPLC's account here.
The judgment stemmed from an incident in November 1999 when two reporters confronted him at his home. The journalists, George Sells IV and Heidi Thiel, were covering Klan activity for Louisville television station WHAS when they went to Berry's home in Butler, Ind., to interview him about an upcoming rally. Berry became enraged during the interview, and several followers forcibly detained the journalists and brandished a shotgun until they surrendered their videotapes.
Berry was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and threatening the two journalists. He agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, in exchange for all other charges being dropped. However, he served time in an Indiana prison. By all accounts, the punishment appears justified.
However, this was not enough for the predators at the SPLC (Morris Dees pictured at left). They pursued a civil case on behalf of the reporters and won a civil judgment. The SPLC forced Berry to sell his home to satisfy the judgment. In the SPLC's own words, "the Center pursued all avenues for collecting the judgment to ensure he would feel its full sting". This despite the fact that the litigation effectively put Berry's American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan out of business, which is the stated goal of the SPLC. But the SPLC are a bunch of bullies and thugs who kick people once they get them down.
However, the destruction of Jeff Berry is just the latest in a series of outrages perpretrated by the SPLC. Here are some more:
1). The pursuit and entrapment of former Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (CKKKK) leader Glenn Miller (pictured with his family at left). To summarize, after a 15-month investigation and civil suit by the SPLC, Morris Dees offered to drop the suit if Miller would sign an agreement. The specific wording was "I, Glenn Miller, as leader of...". The phrase "as leader of" was the trap placed by Dees to nail Miller later, because that phrase was used against him to hold him legally responsible for all the activities of CKKKK members, even though he had no control over them. Later on, Dees was able to dump a contempt of court charge on Miller for "violating the agreement" and "running a paramilitary organization." Read the full account of these proceedings in Glenn Miller's book, "A White Man Speaks Out", Chapter 10. Glenn Miller is currently the Vanguard News Network's distribution manager for their two newspapers, The Aryan Alternative and The White Patriot Leader, and is also a candidate for U.S. House from Missouri's 7th Congressional District.
2.) The attempted slander of Larry Darby. Larry Darby (pictured at left) is a candidate for Attorney General of Alabama. Last year, in response to his hosting David Irving, the SPLC slandered him on their Fall 2005 Intelligence Report. However, instead of groveling like Trent Lott, Darby fired back and has made the SPLC's conduct a major campaign issue, repeatedly posting information about them on Phxnews.com. This concerns the SPLC because their headquarters are located in Montgomery, AL. If he's elected Attorney General, he could unleash the entire investigatory power of the state of Alabama on these ruffians.
3). To discredit the immigration reform movement, the SPLC may be constructing and sending false e-mails to make it look like that mainstream immigration reform groups have formal ties with "neo-Nazi" organizations. Bill White, the editor of Libertarian Socialist News (LSN) and an authorized spokesman for the National Socialist Movement (NSM), claims in this report that a purported e-mail sent by Border Guardians official Laine Lawless to NSM leader Mark Martin was faked. Both Lawless and Martin also claim it was faked.
4). The SPLC's possible complicity in the Oklahoma City bombing. Bill White of LSN reports that on March 30th, 2006, U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball ruled that Tim McVeigh had help from inside the militia movement and ordered that several people and organizations, including the SPLC, be investigated for possible complicity in the attack. NOTE: This is not to imply that they wanted it to happen, but that they may have had critical information and failed to report it to appropriate authorities.
5). Misinformation published by the SPLC led to a fruitless and wasteful investigation of Reverend Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) by the FBI. The SPLC promised to remove the information from their website and publish a retraction, but have failed to do so. Consequently, Rev. Phelps has posted a detailed multi-page expose of Morris Dees and the SPLC on the WBC website.
6). The SPLC won a civil judgment against Texas rancher Casey Nethercott, then took Nethercott's ranch to satisfy the $850,000 judgment. They then turned the ranch over to Nethercott's purported "victims", who were illegal aliens. They claimed they were "mistreated" by Nethercott. The SPLC even stooped so low as to try and get Nethercott's bail money transferred to Nethercott's "victims". Read how the SPLC brags about it here.
The list of outrages continues. Morris Dees also won multi-million dollar civil judgments against Tom Metzger and the late Pastor Richard Butler, then took property from both of them to settle the judgment. Dees claims he's trying to put "racist" organizations out of business. What he's really doing is using the civil justice system to wage political warfare, and he goes far beyond merely breaking up organizations. He is deliberately and systematically destroying people economically. The Southern Poverty Law Center is just as much an enemy of this country as al-Qaeda and it needs to be taken down. I look forward to the day when Morris Dees is in a prison dormitory, preferably one filled with the blacks and Mestizos he professes to care so much about. Let's see how long he lasts there.