Most of us are well aware of how intertwined gun control advocacy is with organizations being funded by the same groups that fund the reports they cite.
What isn't quite as clear is how close the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have become in the recent spate of reports that have surfaced this year.
First off we have the (now retracted) "Strategic Report on the Modern Militia" from the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) that was leaked to the public. MIAC is a 'Fusion Center' of the DHS. This was the report that specifically named Ron Paul and Bob Barr supporters as potential terrorists. It cites information from the SPLC.
Then we had the "Domestic Extremism Lexicon" from the DHS that named bloggers who disagree with the mainstream media as extremists.
Then the DHS released the "Rightwing Extremism" paper that, while supposedly a companion peice to the 'Leftwing Extremism' paper, was so broad as to include pretty much anyone who considered themselves 'conservative' or 'rightwing'. It also directly quoted a SPLC report from 2006 (without naming them) pointing 'domestic terrorist' fingers at military personnel. At least one other mention of a 'prominent civil rights organization' is a reference to another SPLC report. According to blogger BVBL, a FOIA request to the DHS on the report was responded to w/ numerous links to the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL, who also heavily influenced the MIAC paper).
Just recently the SPLC released their own report, "The Second Wave", that cites the DHS paper stating "that suggested a resurgence of radical right-wing activity was under way." among numerous other references. It also numerous 'Lexicon' terminologies in the same format.
Hmm. Where could they possibly have gotten that idea from?