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FBI Has an Ongoing Relationship with Discredited Left-Wing Smear Group Tied to Terror Attack

Peter Strzok walks to gives a deposition before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The same FBI that continues to employ notorious anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok still has an ongoing relationship with a discredited left-wing smear factory whose "hate group" labeling inspired a terrorist attack in 2012. Yes, the FBI continues to maintain a relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to  Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

"In 2009, [the FBI] called the SPLC a 'well-known, established, and credible organization that monitors domestic terrorism in the U.S.,'" Carlson noted on Friday. "The SPLC repeatedly has been allowed to brief FBI personnel on terror threats to this country. Disturbingly, this relationship is ongoing."

"Despite multiple requests from this program, the FBI has refused to describe the extent of its collaboration," Carlson added. "We've asked repeatedly for it to explain why it continues to work with a group like that."

The Fox News host recalled receiving "mindless boilerplate statements" like this one: "The FBI has engaged with various organizations. Such outreach is a critical component of the FBI information, and we welcome — we evaluate our relationships to ensure appropriateness of any interaction."

Uh huh...

Then why didn't the FBI confirm the contents of the Steele dossier before requesting a FISA application to surveil Trump campaign staff? Why did the FBI keep the investigation into Russian infiltration of the uranium industry a secret while Hillary Clinton approved the Uranium One deal? Why did FBI agent Peter Strzok let slip that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew Hillary Clinton would not face charges in the email scandal?

Tucker Carlson may well be forgiven for doubting the word of the FBI when it comes to organizations like the SPLC, which mainstreams liberal bias in the name of fighting "hate groups."

Carlson also reported good news, however. He noted that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) sent a letter asking the FBI to explain the relationship. He also reported on a Department of Justice (DOJ) statement: "The Attorney General has directed the FBI to reevaluate their relationships with groups like this to ensure the FBI doesn't partner with any group that discriminates, as the SPLC certainly does."

What does Carlson mean by the SPLC discriminating? The left-wing organization maintains a list of "hate groups" that places prominent conservative and Christian organizations alongside the Ku Klux Klan. The list includes Christian groups like D. James Kennedy Ministries, the Family Research Council (FRC), Liberty Counsel, the American Family Association (AFA), Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the Ruth Institute, and more. It also includes conservative groups like the American College of Pediatricians and the Center for Immigration Studies.

The SPLC has also marked as an "extremist" Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz, former Muslim women's rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Christian neurosurgeon (now Secretary of Housing and Urban Development) Ben Carson, and academic Charles Murray.