Judicial Watch reports,
Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained educational materials from the Department of Defense (DOD) depicting conservative organizations as “hate groups” and advising students to be aware that “many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.” The documents repeatedly cite the leftwing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a resource for identifying “hate groups.”
Judicial Watch obtained the documents in a response to a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) filed on April 8, 2013. The FOIA requested “Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to the preparation and presentation of training materials on hate groups or hate crimes distributed or used by the Air Force.” Included in the 133 pages of lesson plans and PowerPoint slides provided by the Air Force is a January 2013 Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute “student guide” entitled “Extremism.” The document says that it is “for training purposes only” and “do not use on the job.” Highlights include:
The document defines extremists as “a person who advocates the use of force or violence; advocates supremacist causes based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin; or otherwise engages to illegally deprive individuals or groups of their civil rights.”
A statement that “Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”
“[W]hile not all extremist groups are hate groups, all hate groups are extremist groups.”
Under a section labeled “Extremist Ideologies” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”
In this same section, the document lists the 9/11 attack under a category of “Historical events.”
“[A]ctive participation…with regard to extremist organizations is incompatible with military service and, is therefore prohibited.” [Emphasis in original]
The document details the “seven stages of hate” and sixteen “extremists’ traits.”
The SPLC is listed as a resource for information on hate groups and referenced several times throughout the guide.
Of the five organizations besides the SPLC listed as resources, one is an SPLC project (Teaching Tolerance) and one considers any politically or socially conservative movement to be a potential hate group (Political Research Associates).
Other than a mention of 9/11 and the Sudan, there is no discussion of Islamic extremism.
In April 2013, following a terrorist shooting at the Family Research Council (FRC) headquarters that occurred in August 2012, Judicial Watch filed multiple FOIA requests to determine what, if any, influence SPLC’s branding of hate groups had on government agencies. On its website, the SPLC has depicted FRC as a “hate group,” along with other such mainstream conservative organizations as the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, and Coral Ridge Ministries. At the time of the shooting, FRC president Tony Perkins accused the SPLC of sparking the shooting, saying the shooter “was given a license to shoot … by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
Though the document released today by Judicial Watch was obtained from the Air Force, it originated in a DOD office and is, therefore. thought likely to be used in other agency components.
“The Obama administration has a nasty habit of equating basic conservative values with terrorism. And now, in a document full of claptrap, its Defense Department suggests that the Founding Fathers, and many conservative Americans, would not be welcome in today’s military,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. “And it is striking that some the language in this new document echoes the IRS targeting language of conservative and Tea Party investigations. After reviewing this document, one can’t help but worry for the future and morale of our nation’s armed forces.”
On Friday, Inside Music Media reported the inside story behind Sean Hannity’s split with Cumulus Media, owned by the Dickeys:
Sean Hannity, the popular conservative radio and TV talk show host, turns down a recent Cumulus offer to renew his contract to continue airing his show on 40 of their stations….Cumulus tried as recently as the past few weeks to re-up the show but it was Hannity who rejected it. And you know what happens when you reject a Dickey. Hannity and his syndicator Clear Channel-owned Premiere asked Cumulus for a release so they can negotiate a new deal but to date Cumulus has failed to respond. By contract, Hannity can’t renew his syndication deal with Clear Channel until late October even though Cumulus knows that renewal will be completed in a New York minute….Hannity and Rush Limbaugh will leave Cumulus-owned WABC for Clear Channel’s WOR January 1, thus eviscerating whatever ratings WABC had left.
According to the report, recognizing the fact that Hannity had turned them down, the Dickeys decided to unleash oft-boycotted talks how host Michael Savage, who announced via Mediaite that he would be replacing Hannity in the 3-6 PM EDT time slot. “I predict, right here, right now, that I Michael Savage and the Savage Nation is going to take over The Sean Hannity Show time slot by the end of the year,” Savage said.
As Inside Music Media points out, Lew Dickey told investors that Cumulus’ revenue drop was due to Rush Limbaugh and conservative talk radio skewing older. But Savage is 71 years old and has been boycotted for, among other things, suggesting that virtually every child with autism was “a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out.” He also lost a show on MSNBC after suggesting that a caller was a “sodomite” who should “get AIDS and die.”
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Frustrated Republican leaders in Congress levied harsh criticisms against the IRS and the White House for obstructing their investigation into targeting of conservative groups and issued a sweeping subpoena Friday to compel the administration to deliver emails about the scandal.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a broad subpoena Friday to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that demands all e-mail communications between the IRS and the White House from February 2010 to the present.
“During the past two weeks, President Obama and you have repeatedly labeled the IRS’s strategy of targeting Americans for their political beliefs as a ‘phony’ scandal,” Oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a letter to Lew. “While the Obama Administration has so publicly deflected responsibility for the targeting, it simultaneously has attempted to thwart congressional oversight into the matter.”
Issa continued, saying the IRS “has engaged in a systematic effort to delay, frustrate, impede, and obstruct the Committee’s investigation.”
The committee has subpoenaed “all communications sent by IRS employees to an e-mail address with the domain ‘who.eop.gov’ from February 1, 2010 to August 2, 2013.” That is the domain for employees of the White House Executive Office of the President. Further, the committee is compelling the release of “All communications received by IRS employees from an e-mail address with the domain name ‘who.eop.gov’” for the same period.
The committee is further compelling the Treasury Department to produce all communications to and from Lois Lerner, the former IRS Exempt Organizations chief now on paid leave, from Jan. 1, 2009 through Aug. 2, 2013. Lerner announced that targeting had occurred in May, preempting the release of an inspector general’s report. But Lerner blamed it on “rogue employees” in the Cincinnati IRS office.
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Shane and Sia Barbi, both 50, became familiar faces after posing for Playboy Magazine in 1991. Their meteoric rise tossed them into the Hollywood limelight, as they were regularly seen with A-list actors and were among the most famous models of the 1990s. But where are they now?
In an interview with TheBlaze, the twin sisters opened up, sharing their past struggles with bulimia and self-image and, perhaps most shockingly, they detailed their views on the Christian faith and the nation’s political schema. While they were once pop culture icons, they are now involved, to varying degrees, in animal activism and current affairs.
Despite gaining monumental fame, the sisters were never your typical Hollywood elite. In fact, Shane, like her husband, actor Ken Wahl, favors traditional values and has never really been too intrigued by the Tinseltown lifestyle. This is certainly surprising, considering her past role as a Playboy model and the level of notoriety both she and Sia have enjoyed.
One can’t help but wonder how the twins ended up being the two most famous Playboy pinups in the magazine’s history. As the story goes, insecurity and life difficulties led them, in many ways, toward that success.
Shane told TheBlaze that the twins began modeling at an early age. While they first appeared in a Sears mail-order catalog at the age of seven, they later began taking pictures for mainstream outlets. The Barbis had consistent work and came from a family rooted in show business, but, as they grew up, they sought out higher education and so-called “normal” careers.
Their lives, of course, have been anything but normal.
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