Pennsylvania Homeland Security Targeted Tea Parties
September 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
In November, Pennsylvania’s Homeland Security issued a bulletin stating that two Tea Party rallies against illegal immigration might attract “white nationalists.” The report was issued by the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, an Israeli company.
Israeli company said the Tea Party is comprised of “white nationalists.” Photo: Fibonacci Blue.
“I think it is one of the more bizarre things I’ve ever heard,” Karen Kiefer, a Tea Party activist from Scottdale, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Saturday. “A lot of people say they never feel safer than at a Tea Party rally. They got $103,000 in taxpayers’ money to compile these bogus lists? That is absolutely shocking.”
Appearing on the Alex Jones Show on Thursday, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen discussed the involvement of the Israeli company in an effort by Pennsylvania’s Homeland Security to spy on activists exercising their First Amendment.
On Wednesday, Infowars.com reported that Pennsylvania paid a Philadelphia-based nonprofit $125,000 to compile a list of activists as part of the state Homeland Security’s federally mandated mission to protect public infrastructure. Pittsburgh officials have refused to comment on the role ITRR played in tracking and sabotaging activist groups that planned to protest the 2009 G20 summit in their city.
On Thursday, it was reported that the company was in fact not non-profit and is based in Israel.
In July, the NAACP attempted to portray the Tea Party has racist. It adopted a resolution condemning “racist elements” in the Tea Party movement and called on the movement’s leaders to repudiate bigotry, despite a lack of evidence the movement is racist. The resolution followed accusations by the the Congressional Black Caucus that anti-Obamacare protesters had spit on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and hurled racist slurs at the Caucus.
Video of the alleged incident and remarks by Cleaver later revealed that the attack and racial epithets never occurred. Cleaver said a Tea Party protester did not spit on him intentionally. “All I’m saying is we all have to defuse it, and I think it is not in my best interest or in the best interest of this nation to stoke it,” he said on March 30 during a Fox News interview.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the so-called progressive corporate media have created a fallacious narrative claiming the Tea Party movement is racist. In a report posted earlier this year, Mark Potok of the SPLC stated that the Tea Party movement is “shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism.” The corporate media routinely uses SPLC literature and features Potok as an “expert” on the “radical right.”
Earlier this month, Infowars.com reported on an effort by the globalist George Soros to attack the Tea Party movement. Soros has created a website to track the movement.
Animosity toward the Tea Party movement is not confined to the so-called progressive left. In February, daughter of John McCain went on the View television show and said the movement is racist. Meghan McCain said young people are “turned off” by the “innate racism” of the Tea Party.
On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the DHS report issued last April is now “ancient history.” Napolitano was asked about the “right-wing extermism” report during a lunch hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
The DHS report did not specifically mention the Tea Party movement. It warned of domestic terrorism from military veterans, anti-abortion groups, Second Amendment activists, and others. The report also claims white supremacist and “lone wolves” pose the most significant domestic terrorist threat.