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The FBI is promoting the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, even though the group’s leaders have written for the Communist Party, honored a convicted cop-killer, and praised a radical anti-American terrorist who planted bombs at the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, and police stations.
The FBI’s official web site displays a page on “hate crimes” that provides a direct Internet link to the SPLC’s own web site. That’s where anti-American terror bomber Bill Ayers, leader of the ’60s-era militant Weather Underground terrorist organization that planted bombs targeting police stations, is praised as “fighting for social justice” and described as a “highly respected figure” who has “developed a rich vision.”
Ayers told the New York Times in 2011, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” Ayers is described by SPLC as a Vietnam War-era “anti-war activist,” even though Ayers, far from opposing the war, actively worked for Communist North Vietnam’s victory over the U.S. His political manifesto, “Prairie Fire” is dedicated to Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert F. Kennedy. He said he considers himself a “small c” communist.
SPLC “senior fellow” Mark Potok, director of the group’s “intelligence project,” has written for the Communist Party’s official online publication, the People’s World.
SPLC’s friendliness with Ayers is not the organization’s only association with cop-haters. SPLC board member James Rucker apparently has a soft spot for cop-killers. Rucker is founder and chairman of ColorofChange.org, which vows to honor the memory of convicted cop-killer Troy Davis who was executed by the state of Georgia for the murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah. In an email to members signed by Rucker, ColorofChange said it was “saddened to have to report that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole refused to grant clemency for Troy Davis…” Rucker’s ColorofChange said on its homepage, “Rest in peace, Troy. We honor your memory by continuing the work.”