Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 1:08 pmFeature Article • Global Edition
Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock
Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock Morning March 3rd 2010
Heidi Bierich, Director of Special Projects for the Southern Poverty Law Center joins Ernest to discuss her article "Midwifing the Militias" and why Ernest can't make her 'Watch lists'
In 1910, prominent bankers and government officials convened a secret meeting on a stunning South Georgia key known as Jekyll Island. Gathering at a place that was once a haven for French privateers and, later, a playground for the rich of the Gilded Age, the group devised the plans that would result, three years later, in the creation of the Federal Reserve System, America's central bank.
Almost exactly a century later, in May 2009, some 30 "freedom keepers" — men who, like most members of the radical right, despise the Fed and see it as part of a plot to exploit American citizens — came together at the scene of the "crime" to wash away its sins. Meeting in the Federal Reserve Room of the luxurious Jekyll Island Club, they held an elaborate ceremony meant to symbolically "supplant the secretive deliberations" of 1910. Hoisted over the club as they met was the Gadsden Flag, with its coiled snake and cantankerous slogan, "Don't Tread on Me."