(NaturalNews) You may know him as an anchor on the 24/7 broadcast channel Next News Network, but the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the self-appointed domestic terrorist "watchdog," has labeled him the country's No. 9 patriot movement leader. And no, the SPLC does not use patriot as a term of endearment.
He's Gary Franchi, and he is the driving force behind a revolutionary online event known as the Global Freedom Summit 2014.
According to a biography of Franchi, it seems as though the SPLC did not care much for his production of video documentaries that exposed threats to civil liberties (the SPLC is a famously left-wing group) or his uncanny ability to organize grassroots activism on behalf of the "radical" Constitution and "dangerous" ideals like freedom and liberty for all. To the SPLC, "patriot groups" are no better than, nor any different from, terrorist organizations.
The SPLC did finally -- albeit grudgingly -- have to admit that Franchi, who has a Level 4 national security clearance, does actually promote the role of law and equal treatment for all citizens. Nevertheless, the organization still characterized him as a threatening "extremist." Then again, he says that description is accurate in the same way that our founding fathers were also considered "radical" "extremists" at the time of the American Revolution. And thank goodness that they were; otherwise, America might never have come to be. Franchi's "extremist" goal is to expose unaccountable power and constitutional violations of the rule of law by those who seek to rule over us.
When you consider his upbringing, you begin to understand that being a patriot -- in the traditional, positive sense of the word -- was inevitable for Franchi. He grew up in, and still lives in, scenic Northbrook, Ill., the picturesque city that is familiar to many moviegoers who've seen classic films like Home Alone, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
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Franchi made his move into political activism as an association of the late filmmaker and noted liberty activist Aaron Russo, who was the writer and director of the acclaimed documentary America: Freedom to Fascism. Though he had previously produced hit films like Trading Places, The Rose, Wise Guys and Teachers, he used the documentary as a platform to showcase fraudulent origins and criminal activities surrounding the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service.
Russo died in August 2007 after a long struggle against abdominal cancer. When he did, Franchi picked up his banner and carried on his struggle for freedom.
Of his event, Franchi says it will be "the single greatest freedom-loving event of the year."
He notes that the valuable information to be conveyed by nearly two-dozen presenters will be of the utmost importance to anyone who cares about liberty and freedom -- concepts that cut deeply across parties' traditional right-left political lines. In particular, speakers will touch on a broad range of topics dealing with the restoration of personal liberties, rights and freedoms as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.
"Are you tired of the lies, deceit, and dishonesty streaming out of Washington, D.C.?" asks the site. "Are you exhausted with the corrupt policies implemented by the federal government? Are you interested in learning how to legally regain your rights, liberties, and freedoms? Have you answered 'yes' to any, and/or all of these questions? Then the Global Freedom Summit 2014 is the one event you cannot afford to miss!"
The global state of affairs is in flux. There are wars and rumors of wars, as the saying goes; there is the omnipresent threat of financial collapse; greed and corporatism have created a power, moneyed elite who move every day to consolidate power at the expense of the working class. And everywhere, it seems, freedom is in retreat, not on the advance.
In the United States, taxes, regulations and corrupt bureaucracies combine to steal liberty and rob tens of millions of Americans of the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their families. Elected officials seem to care only about getting elected -- and then remaining in office for as long as possible. They seem incapable of reasoned thought, of looking past next week in terms of determining sound public policy, and of stopping perhaps the most imperial president in the history of the country.
"Millions of American citizens have growing concerns about the direction the United States is heading in, both nationally, as well as internationally," says the summit website. There is little doubt that that is true.
Click here to register for the Global Freedom Summit 2014