Tacky: Morris Dees & SPLC Reveal a Kind Note from Brad Reynolds

The Judicial Watch FOIA's today of communications between Morris Dees and DOJ reveal something rather tacky - the SPLC forwarding a note sent privately from former DOJ Assistant Attorney General (during the Reagan administration) Brad Reynolds.

Judy Bruno at SPLC writes DOJ attorney Barry Kowalski "thought you would want to see the attached note from Brad Reynolds."  The subject line reads "From Morris" so either Morris wanted Kowalski to see the private note, or SPLC staffer Bruno did.  Because Morris possessed the note, odds are it was the former. 

The question is ... why?  Why would someone turn over to a rabid left-wing DOJ lawyer a note from Reagan era AAG Reynolds?  Kowalski was notorious for loudly vocalizing left wing philosophy at the DOJ workplace to such an extreme that it became disruptive.  At best, Dees giving DOJ the note is tacky, to turn over a private note to the DOJ, and ultimately thanks to Judicial Watch, to the world.  At worst, it shows a duplicitous side to Dees that other friends and acquaintances should consider.

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  • January 30, 2013 ed b wrote:
    LOL - so when did anyone ever accuse Morris Dees of being an upstanding citizen with a shred of integrity?
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  • January 30, 2013 Cracker wrote:
    Seriously? Good thing we have Sherlock Holmes on the case. This is most assuredly THE most important investment of journalistic research y'all have done to date. Keep up the work because you may get lucky and write about something that will mean something one day. At this rate your going from a public perception rating of laughable to utter waste of digital space. Who gives a rip about a series of emails scheduling a speaking engagement with Morris Dees at the DOJ back in 2012? Most important who cares about a supposed letter written by Barry Kowalski to Dees, which you are not sure how, who or why it was handed over or leaked to the DOJ. To top it off you want to pose this as a public service announcement to warn people not to write Dees a personal letter on their stationary by striking fear in them that someone will publish it somewhere. I'm sure that those that support Dees will take your warning to heart before they think about sending him a personal written letter. I am very interested to know, how many hours of research and filing FOI request did you spend to create this Pulitzer Prize winning piece? Seriously are things that bad?
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    1. February 7, 2013 Christian Adams wrote:
      A couple of responses "Cracker."  Firstly, Judicial Watch and Judicial Watch alone has filed an FOIA. They published the results of that FOIA in numerous publications.  I don't think in any of those publications they implied it was the "most important investment of journalistic research done to date."  Sorry if your standard of "most important" isn't satisfied before one may comment on it.  Nor did someone claim it was worthy of  a Pulitizer.  So what you mean by "things are that bad" isn't very clear.

      Nor was the information "leaked."  It was provided in response to a FOIA that Judicial Watch filed with the Department of Justice.  Perhaps you might read the story more carefully before you write comments.

      And if you don't think that it is tacky to forward to government officials a kind note of the sort posted, then I suppose you are at odds with the values of many Americans who would consider it so.  Usually, when you send someone a private note like that, you don't expect it to be forwarded to an office with considerable contempt for the author.  Perhaps that assumption was not clear to you. Now it is.

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  • February 25, 2013 dave wrote:
    Morris Dees and company has been in bed with the so-called justice department since 1979 when the splc sued the Klan in Alabama. In that case, Judge William Acker attempted to make the splc and the dept of justice comply with the law, but the eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed every ruling made by Judge Acker.

    So many people have left the splc because it is so corrupt and evil. A few have divulged the tactics of the splc but the courts, for whatever reason, simply look the other way.

    However, I commend JW for revealing these memos; it is enlightening. Hopefully, one day the legal system will prevail and the splc will be exposed for what it really is.
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