When I was in school, they taught us to be on the look out for Communists, and they told us that one of the Communist tools was to use “front organizations.” The Wikipedia defines the term:
A front organization is any entity set up by and controlled by another organization, such as intelligence agencies, organized crime groups, banned organizations, religious or political groups, advocacy groups, or corporations. Front organizations can act for the parent group without the actions being attributed to the parent group thereby allowing them to hide from public view.
I’m extending my definition of front organization to include an individual trying to appear to be a group (see astroturfing).
I was just deleting 10 messages from my answering machine that were recorded while I was out this past Friday. Several of them were from organizations I never heard of, probably fronts for something or another. This article, however, was prompted by the web site of an organization called the North American Law Center. It’s an impressive sounding name that sounds like an offshoot of a bar association or a consortium of law schools. It’s not.
Both the web page, and the domain registration shows us that the North American Law Center is the creation of well-known birther JB Williams, and another front organization: US Patriots Union. I got bogged down pretty quickly trying to sort all of the variations of the US Patriots Union theme on the web, although I found JB Williams at this one.
It seems that the North American Law Center is concerned with a single issue: impeaching Barack Obama. The notable conspiracist radio program InfoWars picked up on a story that a resolution of impeachment drafted by the North American Law Center would be considered at the January 13th meeting of the Republican National Committee. (A more comprehensive treatment of the RNC story can be found at Mlive.com.) The Michigan Republican Committee member who promised to introduce the NALC resolution is Dave Agema, whose web site touts the impeachment articles. Most of the reporting on this resolution appears on web sites which themselves look like fronts.
So what are the articles of impeachment against Obama? The number one article is: “false personation and identity theft.” Yup, it’s forged birth certificate and stolen social-security number all over again. The other two articles contain a mix of real and imagined actions by President Obama, a few of which are legitimate issues that a reasonable person might argue warrant impeachment.
The impeachment resolution was killed by a unanimous vote of the Resolutions Committee at the RNC meeting in Charleston, SC.