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Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of leftist.

 

The Center for Immigration Studies, a leading think tank focused on the costs and consequences of mass immigration, filed suit today against two top officials at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

SPLC President Richard Cohen and Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich, the lawsuit alleges, “have have been engaged in an ongoing conspiracy to harm CIS by falsely designating it a hate group.”

That conspiratorial defamation, the lawsuit claims, violates the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

The Lawsuit
Amusingly, the lawsuit alleges, SPLC’s own definition of “hate group” undermines its application of that label to CIS.

Noting that Cohen has said he is “trying to wreck the groups ... and destroy them,” and that Beirich and Cohen collaborate in designating “hate groups,” the lawsuit explains that “SPLC defines a ‘hate group’ as ‘an organization that — based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities — has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.’”

But, the lawsuit continues, the U.S. Supreme Court has said “being an illegal, unauthorized, or undocumented immigrant is not an ‘immutable characteristic’ since ‘it is the product of a conscious, indeed unlawful, action.’ And being a legal immigrant is similarly the result of a personal choice.”

“Thus,” the lawsuit continues, “SPLC has not even articulated a basis for designating CIS or any organization a hate group based upon its views on immigration policy.”

Then the lawsuit zeroes in on another problem with SPLC’s definition: It doesn’t apply to CIS because the “‘official statement or principles’ of CIS do not indicate ‘beliefs or practices’ that ‘attack or malign’ immigrants as a ‘class.’”

In fact, the CIS website says, its mission is “providing immigration policy makers, the academic community, news media, and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.”

As well, “SPLC has produced no evidence that the ‘statements’ of CIS ‘leaders’ or ‘activities’ of CIS reveal ‘beliefs or practices’ that ‘malign or attack’ immigrants as a class. The information that is provided by CIS on the consequences of immigration is ordinarily based on official federal government statistics. To the extent information provided by CIS supports reductions in legal or illegal immigration, such reductions are consistent with the recommendations of the bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform appointed by President Bill Clinton and headed by civil rights leader and former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Nobody has accused the Commission of being a hate Group.”

 

https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/31207-cis-sues-splc-alleges-wire-fraud-rico-conspiracy


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8 minutes ago, Bill & Katya said:

Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of leftist.

 

The Center for Immigration Studies, a leading think tank focused on the costs and consequences of mass immigration, filed suit today against two top officials at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

SPLC President Richard Cohen and Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich, the lawsuit alleges, “have have been engaged in an ongoing conspiracy to harm CIS by falsely designating it a hate group.”

That conspiratorial defamation, the lawsuit claims, violates the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

The Lawsuit
Amusingly, the lawsuit alleges, SPLC’s own definition of “hate group” undermines its application of that label to CIS.

Noting that Cohen has said he is “trying to wreck the groups ... and destroy them,” and that Beirich and Cohen collaborate in designating “hate groups,” the lawsuit explains that “SPLC defines a ‘hate group’ as ‘an organization that — based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities — has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.’”

But, the lawsuit continues, the U.S. Supreme Court has said “being an illegal, unauthorized, or undocumented immigrant is not an ‘immutable characteristic’ since ‘it is the product of a conscious, indeed unlawful, action.’ And being a legal immigrant is similarly the result of a personal choice.”

“Thus,” the lawsuit continues, “SPLC has not even articulated a basis for designating CIS or any organization a hate group based upon its views on immigration policy.”

Then the lawsuit zeroes in on another problem with SPLC’s definition: It doesn’t apply to CIS because the “‘official statement or principles’ of CIS do not indicate ‘beliefs or practices’ that ‘attack or malign’ immigrants as a ‘class.’”

In fact, the CIS website says, its mission is “providing immigration policy makers, the academic community, news media, and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.”

As well, “SPLC has produced no evidence that the ‘statements’ of CIS ‘leaders’ or ‘activities’ of CIS reveal ‘beliefs or practices’ that ‘malign or attack’ immigrants as a class. The information that is provided by CIS on the consequences of immigration is ordinarily based on official federal government statistics. To the extent information provided by CIS supports reductions in legal or illegal immigration, such reductions are consistent with the recommendations of the bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform appointed by President Bill Clinton and headed by civil rights leader and former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Nobody has accused the Commission of being a hate Group.”

 

https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/31207-cis-sues-splc-alleges-wire-fraud-rico-conspiracy

A new tactic by hate groups, suing under RICO. Good luck.



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56 minutes ago, refugee said:

A new tactic by hate groups, suing under RICO. Good luck.

Did you read the article?  CIS doesn't even fit the SPLC's definition of a hate group, but I suppose any group that isn't ultra-leftist is considered hateful by this once prestigious organization.  Btw, I believe the SPLC had to backtrack multiple times on some of their bullying labels.


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2 hours ago, Bill & Katya said:

Did you read the article?  CIS doesn't even fit the SPLC's definition of a hate group, but I suppose any group that isn't ultra-leftist is considered hateful by this once prestigious organization.  Btw, I believe the SPLC had to backtrack multiple times on some of their bullying labels.

The foundation of the CIS was a proponent of eugenics who wanted to spread disinformation supporting his nativist cause.

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3 minutes ago, refugee said:

The foundation of the CIS was a proponent of eugenics who wanted to spread disinformation supporting his nativist cause.

So was the foundation of Planned Parenthood.  What is your point? 

 

So you are saying that the SPLC's own definition doesn't mean anything, they just label whoever they want a hate group which lately seems to be any group that does not agree with the SPLC managers political views.


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Does anyone actually take the SPLC seriously? I know the FBI no longer does. Looks like the SPLC might have to give up some of the hundreds of millions of dollars they have stashed in offshore bank accounts if they lose this lawsuit.


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1 hour ago, jg121783 said:

Does anyone actually take the SPLC seriously? I know the FBI no longer does. Looks like the SPLC might have to give up some of the hundreds of millions of dollars they have stashed in offshore bank accounts if they lose this lawsuit.

Yes, they do.  Right here in CEHST we have seen staunch supporters of SPLC.  Some of the biggest ones haven't posted in some time, but they are certainly out there.

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1 hour ago, jg121783 said:

Does anyone actually take the SPLC seriously? I know the FBI no longer does. Looks like the SPLC might have to give up some of the hundreds of millions of dollars they have stashed in offshore bank accounts if they lose this lawsuit.

I am not going to lie I really used to take them seriously back in the day(early 2000's) now they are a Left leaning piece of junk. They will label groups and churches "Hate groups" for literally only preaching things that they don't agree with. 

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5 hours ago, ALFKAD said:

Yes, they do.  Right here in CEHST we have seen staunch supporters of SPLC.  Some of the biggest ones haven't posted in some time, but they are certainly out there.

SPLC is pretty much a radclized hate group 

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Funny a group that got its start defending white supremacists in court holds its self as the authority on hate groups. Seems that they figured out virtue signaling to the left is more profitable than defending a bunch of toothless racists.


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1 hour ago, Nature Boy 2.0 said:

radclize

Isn't this the prestigious women's college?


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1 hour ago, Nature Boy 2.0 said:

I was thinking of faber college 

 


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