"An outraged community is a powerful tool." Wayne Inman, former Billings Police Chief
On May 21st the Los Angeles based Simon Weisenthal Center hosted a symposium at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. The theme was "The Changing Face of Hate." Presented in collaboration with the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment and Gonzaga University's Institute for Action Against Hate, the plenary sessions focused primarily on "hate crimes" and how law enforcement should deal with them. As the speakers probed the murky domain of "hate" and the law, some in attendance may have wondered if the symposium would have been better entitled, "The Changing Definition of Hate."
It was 9:15 a.m. at the Jepson Center at Gonzaga University and attendees were beginning to file into the auditorium. In front, a large screen displayed a live television projection of the "Today" show on MSNBC. Suddenly, a news anchor cuts in with a special report on the shooting at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon. The woman anchor gravely interrogated a Springfield official by phone, asking if his town had "a gun culture" where guns would be available to youngsters. Gun culture? Another buzzword for the newspeak lexicon and that morning's session had not even begun.
The first speaker was Wayne Inman, former Assistant Police Chief from Portland, Oregon and former Chief of Police in Billings, Montana. Inman is the portrait of a police administrator and his bland and uncharismatic speaking style leaves his listeners unprepared for the significance of his message. He began with the usual platitudes about the need for police to "partnership with the community" to defeat "hate" but, as he moved on, he described a profound and fundamental change in police doctrine that holds great significance.
"Hate is most destructive, terribly negative," said Inman, and police are "part of the problem" by using traditional methods in handling "hate groups." "Police are traditionalists, resistant to change," he said, emphasizing that "police must step out of traditional roles." First, police must learn how to "educate, train, [and] get the message out to schools and the community" about hate groups. "Apathy and denial [in the community] is almost impossible to overcome. It is seventy-five percent of the battle," he lamented, and, until recently, "police have not forced the community to act in a proper manner" in regards to "hate". But once the public is sufficiently "educated", they are in a state of "outrage", and "an outraged community is a powerful tool," said Inman.
This strategy of agitation was later echoed by Bill Morlin, reporter for the Spokesman Review, the major newspaper in the inland northwest. Morlin defended his practice of giving northern Idaho a bad reputation as a haven for racists and extremists of all types. "We write about issues to incite the public to act against the [hate] movement," Morlin said. "[We] turn on the lights so people like you will get upset out there and do something."
Wayne Inman told of his success in educating the community of Billings, Montana when he became police chief in 1993. He recalled seeing some "white power graffiti" and feeling a sense of moral outrage about the presence of "hate" in Billings. He called a community meeting on the matter and five people showed up, three of whom were news media. The Billings Gazette ran a sensational "Chief Declares War on Hate" type of story the next day.
Inman related how the city fathers were suspicious of his crusade. "You're not the thought police," one official told him insightfully. Wayne Inman continued to "educate" Billings and the size of his meetings grew. At one point the Ku Klux Klan started distributing flyers around town, some of which attacked Inman personally. It wasn't long before a cinder block was thrown through a bedroom window of a Jewish family's home where a Menorah was displayed. No one was in the room at the time.
It was this act of vandalism that Wayne Inman describes as the "high water mark" of his crusade in Billings. He called his "allies in the press" and held a news conference where he "put a face on the victim." The Billings Gazette "did a positive article ... and the community was outraged.... The community was finally prepared to respond," said Inman. The "hate groups" in question supposedly left town, and now Billings has a "national reputation as being tough on hate."
Inman's testimony clearly revealed how the "incidents" such as the flyers and vandalism came after he began his crusade against "hate", climaxing with the vandalism of the Jewish home, an act which he describes as the "high water mark" for his cause. Bill Douglas, Prosecuting Attorney in Kootenai County, Idaho, reaffirmed the usefulness of such incidents to mobilize public opinion. He credited the firebombing of a Jewish restaurant in Coeur d'Alene for Idaho's current "hate crime" statute. Douglas said, "We need to shake up attitudes. We need to force change. It takes a catastrophic event to confront and awaken [the community].... Sometimes it takes a catastrophic event to bring change." Bill Douglas was immediately reminded by a member of a Kootenai County human rights organization in the audience that the mid 1980's incident was a spray-painted swastika, not a firebombing. Evidently, whether it was a bombing or a spray painting was not important to Bill Douglas. It was a sufficient catalyst for "public outrage" and social reconstruction, and that was the important thing.
Whether they are aware of it or not, Inman and Douglas were advocating tactics described in the book Rules for Radicals, written by Socialist Saul Alinsky in 1971 where he stated that the radical organizer who is "dedicated to changing the life of a particular community must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues. ... An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.... He knows that all values are relative ... truth to him is relative and changing."
When Wayne Inman said that "police are traditionalists, resistant to change," he was speaking of the linear concepts of law that have traditionally guided law enforcement policy. "Not everything that is wrong is a violation of the law," he said, and "police are insensitive" because they use law to determine if a crime has occurred, not the feelings of one person or the suspected motives of another. "If police aren't trained in hate crimes, it will be overlooked," Inman said. In other words, truth, or the law, to police must be "relative and changing." Police must "step out of their traditional roles" as enforcers of the law and become "change agents", educating the community against unpopular thought, agitating against unapproved sects and implementing social reconstruction. In short, police must now perform a political function.
Said Inman, "The objective of policing and government is to make the community more livable, not enforcing the laws," so, in other words, the rule of law must be secondary to the subjective "livability standard" of those in power. Later in the day New York law professor James Jacobs, author of the book Hate Crimes, Criminal Law and Identity Politics enforced the concept of "legal relativism." Said Jacobs, "Hate crime is a new way of thinking about crime. It is an evolution of a new jurisprudence." Professor George Critchlow, Interim Director of Gonzaga's Institute for Action Against Hate, agreed. He said police should be "expanding the focus of crime to focus on hate."
Robert Ramsey, a deputy sheriff from Ferry County, Washington, concurred. "We haven't been talking with victims of hate crimes effectively," he said. "We have entered a new era [in which] law enforcement is guilty of the old school mentality... [there are still] good ol' boys...." Deputy Ramsey mentioned that although there is no "obvious" hate crime in Ferry County, there is a subtler form of "malicious harassment" emanating from a growing militia movement.
Wayne Inman made an analogous comparison of a community to a human body. He said it was the duty of police to "inoculate" communities by actively educating and training against "hate". "You may tell a sick community by the presence of a hate group", he said, inferring that everyone in that community is "sick" because they are tolerant of those holding unpopular beliefs. "Silence is acceptance," Inman declared, warning that "hate groups do not go away. They are committed to purifying the community. If we don't reach out and exercise some discipline, they will continue to be a problem."
For some reason Wayne Inman does not see any danger in his own commitment to social purification. After his "thirty minutes of hate" Inman managed to shed his "Sergeant Joe Friday, 'just the facts, ma'am'" first impression and reveal how a radical extremist can wear a suit and tie and be applauded by the cream of academia, journalism and pillars of the community.
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center warned that "the various hate groups are coming together in theory or rhetoric." He gave a brief overview of fringe groups spanning the past two decades beginning with the Ku Klux Klan and Posse Comitatus and ending with the current Patriot movement. He claims that the Patriot movement is the new haven for racists and anti-Semites of every ilk, united in their hatred of Z.O.G. (Zionist Occupational Government). Potok denounced as "bull...." the "conspiracy theories" that claim "there are a group of Jews controlling finance." In practically the same breath he purported that "anti-abortion extremism" will be the next wave of hate to contend with, citing the bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic and the FBI's failure to capture suspect Eric Rudolph. "There must be safe houses that are hiding him" speculated Potok, revealing that you don't have to belong to a militia to indulge in "conspiracy theories."
"Hate" is a buzzword that was thrown around quite freely at this symposium, as it is in the media and elsewhere in officialdom. Coupling this word with others extends its usefulness in the newspeak vocabulary. Presidential spokesman Mike McCurry set this example when he described conservative talk radio as "hate radio." The word "hate" is subjective and yet carries a powerful stigma that effectively assassinates reputations and marginalizes the opposition. Hate groups, hate crime, hate speech, hate thought -- this four-letter word seems to carry with it unlimited propaganda potential.
Attendees at this symposium were each given a large pocketed folder containing several professionally produced booklets, pamphlets and tabloid style newspapers. A computer compact disc was also included in the packaging that portrayed a scary human skull with a snake coming out of its mouth. Celtic style lettering spelled out "Racism, Mayhem, and Terrorism." It set the mood for the user who would insert it into his computer to review the "hate material" gathered from certain Internet web sites.
The Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles produced the CD, as well as some of the printed material in the folder. Other material was produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League and the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment. Some of the material is emblazoned with Nazi or skinhead imagery, evoking a sense of fear of the monsters who are taking over the world. As one peruses the material, searching for a better understanding of the definition of "hate" and "hate groups", one finds that the definition is much broader than "neo-Nazis" and such.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) provides a booklet enclosed in the folder entitled, False Patriots - The Threat of Antigovernment Extremists. On the cover are photographs of a child with a Confederate flag saluting Nazi style, two white males toting rifles and a white male holding up a copy of the U.S. Constitution. Beginning with page six in this book one may find the following statements:
The Patriot movement [the SPLC is portraying as "false"] is a potpourri of the American right, from members of the Christian Coalition to the Ku Klux Klan - people united by their hatred of the federal government.
At this juncture it becomes clear that "hate groups" also include the adversaries of the U.S. government. The SPLC subtly throws everyone from Klansmen to the Christian Coalition into one grand Patriot stew.
Patriots come from all regions of the country and all walks of life. Among them are real estate agents, preachers, commodities traders, elk ranchers, electricians, and retired military officers. They include tax protesters, millennialists, survivalists, Populists, Freemen, constitutionalists, neo-Nazis, skinheads, Klansmen, Identity believers, Christian reconstructionists, secessionists, militant abortion foes, radical anti-environmantalists, and gun enthusiasts.
They all share a few characteristics: they are overwhelmingly white, almost entirely self-described Christians, and predominately male. And they are bitterly disappointed in what America has become.
At this point a larger sector of American society becomes suspect. White Christian men who are "bitterly disappointed" in their country, who possess firearms, practice "survival skills" or are against abortion, can now be included in the "relative and changing" definition of "hate". The SPLC reports a twenty percent rise in "hate groups" in 1997. Could this be because their definition is constantly expanding to include a larger segment of the U.S. population?
The broad brush these "human rights" folks paint with is dripping with dark Orwellian colors. Before long, anyone will be vulnerable to the accusation of "hate", or "thought crime." As Rafael Gray, a black corrections officer put it during the symposium, "Skinheads don't look like they used to. Now, they look like everyone else."
False Patriots continues:
They express their disappointment in a variety of ways. They might study the Articles of Confederation, practice wilderness survival skills, school their children at home, refuse to pay income taxes, collect weapons, or practice guerrilla warfare. They are voracious readers who use mail-ordered books and Internet discussions to immerse themselves in arcane theology, conspiracy theories, explosives chemistry or common law.
Home schoolers, gun collectors, voracious readers of mail-ordered books, Internet users, students of the common law and defenders of the U.S. Constitution, believers in the second coming of Christ, in other words, independent thinkers who are bucking the system of mind control that is establishing itself in the United States--these are the new hate groups as defined by the new society.
After observing the broad and ever expanding definition of "hate", it becomes apparent that all the skinhead iconography is just window dressing. Skinheads, the Ku Klux Klan, et cetera, are poster children for the "tolerance" agenda. During the symposium the Weisenthal Center trotted out T.J. Lyden, a burly, erstwhile skinhead who is now their consultant. Lyden took the microphone and spewed forth a stream of skinhead rhetoric and vulgarities. His machine-gun style delivery was impressive, as were the racist tattoos on his arms. He suddenly pulled back the left sleeve of his shirt, revealing tattooed swastikas and the like and achieving maximum shock effect. After viewing the T.J. Lyden freak show, this question should be asked -- if the skinheads and the Klan all threatened to quit tomorrow, would the SPLC and the Simon Weisenthal Center pay them to stay in business?
The Southern Poverty Law Center is especially concerned about the private ownership of firearms. In False Patriots it quotes the Second Amendment and then says, "Patriots commonly believe that their right to use combat weapons and form private armies is guaranteed by these words. ... But court rulings and legal authorities disagree. ... The Second Amendment was never intended to permit private armies or guarantee gun ownership rights." (emphasis supplied). What begins as an argument against "private armies" ends as a smooth attack on private gun ownership rights. Therefore, those that cling to their guns and the Second Amendment may also consider themselves registered on the Southern Poverty Law Center's growing "roster of hate."
The Southern Poverty Law Center is engaged in the persecution and marginalization of religious groups, generally referred to in its publications as "Christian Identity." In False Patriots a vitriolic assessment is made of this belief where it says:
Underlying much of the racist movement are white supremacist, millennial religions like Christian Identity.... The engine driving ever widening sections of America's extreme right, the Biblical fuel that fire many of the nation's most frightening terrorists, is a religion with roots that cross the Atlantic Ocean and go back more than 150 years.... An explosive concoction of race hate and delusional end-times paranoia."
The SPLC also notes in its quarterly "Intelligence Report" that "the real threat of violence in the United States still stems from Identity teachings. Identity says the war has already started. And you insert those kinds of beliefs into the Patriot movement and you make it 100 times more violent." Here, again, the SPLC's broad brush is applied. Not all Identity believers believe the same thing, or have the same views on race, although race is a common denominator.
Regardless of these differences, the above SPLC pronouncements reflect an entirely one-sided view, as they fail to recognize certain Jewish supremacist verses in the Talmud. The well-financed SPLC has launched a jihad against Identity believers because, among other reasons, Identity teaches that the White race is "the chosen people." Being God's chosen people is something also claimed by Jews regarding themselves. The primary reason for SPLC's jihad is the fact that Christian Identity is apocalyptic. Identity teaches that the Battle of Armageddon, which many believe to be a literal battle, is now being fought by God's chosen people against the powers of darkness, now manifest in a corrupt governing regime. The U.S. government's attack and annihilation of the Branch Davidian church, another apocalyptic faith, did much to strengthen that belief. It stands to reason that there will be more fiery Waco holocausts as the SPLC intensifies its pogrom against Identity and other unapproved sects, and these sects resist in fulfillment of their interpretation of the Divine plan.
In surveying the crowded Jepson Center at Gonzaga University that May 21st, it was evident that most present had good intentions in supporting "human rights." The speakers represented the finest in academia and government. There were many law enforcement officers and school teachers in attendance, and all seemed supportive of eliminating "hate" from our communities. The symposium seemed to bring with it that refined sense of self-righteous satisfaction that comes from marginalizing others while exalting one's own goodness. How easily we are made accomplices to the crimes of the State.
The forces reshaping society today have launched a pincered attack. From above we have a large Federal bureaucracy that is beholden to the money interests, forcing downward a socialist agenda that aims to harness the mind, body, and soul of every person to the service of the State. From below we have a grass roots campaign, liberally financed and sanctioned by the cultural elite to create a global culture where the State is viewed as God, and where any type of dissent is viewed as "hate". This is the agenda of Wayne Inman who urges us to "educate America school by school, community by community," imposing a new system of morality and legal relativism while desecrating a time-honored legal tradition and Christian moral values. Such is the agenda of Karl Marx in his Communist Manifesto.
The keynote speaker of this event was Deputy Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez. Of all the speakers, this man had absolutely nothing of value to say. After blathering on worthlessly about his own achievements as a civil rights prosecutor for about thirty minutes, he did end up making one poignant observation. He said, "The civilization that loses its sense of moral outrage is doomed to extinction." His statement is ironic in the sense that he, Wayne Inman, and others like them are promoting outrage without true morals, which is nothing more than a mob mentality which ends up perpetuating hate and destroying freedom, true human rights and human dignity. To see how educated professionals and the moneyed class have rushed lemming-like into this counterfeit is to see just how doomed this civilization is.
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