Critics are concerned that the collection of data could be weaponized to shut down conservatives and other groups who oppose abortion, gay marriage and immigration. Nessel said she would focus her surveillance on 31 Michigan organizations that appear on the Southern Poverty Legal Center’s (SPLC) list of hate groups.
Talk Show host, Gavin McInnes, is suing the SPLC for designated his former organization, the Proud Boys, as a violent hate group. McInnes says that SPLC lies about its political opponents to “destroy” them and to attract donations from the left. The SPLC has received hundreds of millions of dollars for this purpose.
The Center of Immigration Studies also is suing SPLC President Richard Cohen and Heidi Beirich, who runs the group’s so-called Hatewatch blog. The CIS asserts it does not meet the SPLC’sown definition of a hate group. CIS says the SPLC’s true agenda is to stifle debate on important issues and to silence opposition to the leftist agenda.
This week the SPLC persuaded Visa and MasterCard to block credit-card donations to David Horowitz’ Freedom Center. Horowitz is the founder of the Freedom Center, he publishes Frontpage Magazine, and is the director of Discover the Networks, a website that tracks leftists – so, naturally the leftist SPLC want him shut down.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) claims to combat hate, racism, and bigotry, but it has a history of listing groups that it disagrees with as ‘hate’ groups. The SPLC agreed to apologize and pay $3.75 million after it accused Maajid Nawaz and his group that counters extremism, Quilliam, of being anti-Muslim. Nawaz has dropped his threatened lawsuit alleging defamation by the SPLC. The SPLC has gained unprecedented power over censorship since it partnered with Google, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.