From the ADL web-site:
Right-wing extremist conference focusing on government conspiracies. Among invited speakers are Joe Banister, Tommy Cryer, Pat Shannan, Dave Von
Kleist, Jack McLamb, Greg Dixon, Ted Gunderson, and Michael Badnarik
The group consists of a former FBI agent, a former IRS agent, a retired police officer, a former Libertarian Party Presidential candidate, an
investigative journalist, a truther radio talk show host and a Professor Emeritus of Baptist theology. Their biographies:
Certainly the ADL performs a valuable service by rooting out anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry as well as bringing hate groups into the light
of public discourse and ultimately prosecution when crimes are committed. However, this current action of labeling legal dissent against government as
“extremism” is just too much.
Here is their original mission:
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”
Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and
protects civil rights for all.
Here is their expanded mission:
ADL fights hatred, extremism and terrorism. Our goal: to make the world a safer place. Over the past few years, we have expanded our expertise and
capabilities to confront a more dangerous world.
Our three priorities are to:
• Gather, analyze and disseminate intelligence on extremism and hate activity
• Enhance law enforcement’s ability to combat serious threats
• Provide assistance, support and resources on security to the Jewish community
ADL is meeting the CHALLENGE: we have a nationwide fact-finding infrastructure. We take ACTION: bringing law enforcement agencies together,
implementing strategies to promote security awareness, systemically monitoring hate sites on the Internet, providing training on extremist ideologies
and building bridges between Jewish institutions and law enforcement. In ways large and small, measurable and not, ADL gets RESULTS. We are making
this nation a safer place.
The vast majority of that I have no problem with. But this: “providing training on extremist ideologies” concerns me - a private, citizen based
organization acting in conjunction with law enforcement to define/identify “extremism” and “terror.”
By whose standards?
As best as I can discern the individuals listed as speakers are pro-Constitution Libertarians who speak out against the tyranny of big government and
excessive taxation as well as possible conspiracies to subvert the stability of our Republic as it was originally conceived. Mostly they are anti-tax,
anti-NAU and 9/11 Truthers. Now if the Government wanted to keep an eye on them that would at least be somewhat understandable as they feel the
Government is colluding to some end with some third party. However, even the Government allows the speakers the right to peacefully assemble and speak
as long as it is not seditious. Furthermore, the speakers seem to be dedicated only to the cause of defending our Constitution and exposing the truth.
The conference overview:
We are presently engaged in a life and death struggle for the survival of the nation our founding fathers sacrificially bequeathed to us. There is
no time to waste in this epic crusade for truth and justice...
[edit on 15-3-2009 by Sergeant Stiletto]