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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-02-08

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

53

Friday, February 8, 1985

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Computer Latest Weapon
For Hate Groups In U.S.

New York (JTA) — Right-wing
extremist groups have adopted
modern computer technology to
aid in spreading their radical
forms of racial and religious
bigotry, according to the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith (ADL). The ADL reported
that two such computer systems
are currently operating in the
United States with access ob-
tained through home computers
-'' and a modem, or phone link up.
Justin Finger, director of the
ADL's civil rights division,
warned that the danger from
computerized dissemination of
hate material "lies not only in
facilitating the spread of bigotry
b
and anti-democratic
propaganda,
but in its potential impact on im-
pressionable young people many
of whom today are computer us-
ers."
Finger, however, added that
"although purveyors of hate
material are seeking to adapt to
the computer age, we see little
evidence to suggest a great leap
forward in the spread of anti-
Semitic and racist propaganda."
Nonetheless, the use of computer
technology by extremist groups,
according to Finger, "is a de-
1 \_ velopment which merits contin-
(-' , ued monitoring."
The ADL, in a six-page report,
"Computerized Networks of
Hate," contended that the more
widely publicized of the two com-
puter networks is operated by the
Aryan Nations, an Idaho-based
`- group that disseminates racist
/– and anti-Semitic propaganda and
which seek to set up a "nationalist
\-' racist state."
Known as the "Aryan National
Liberty Net," the computer net-
work was established and is run
by Louis Beam, a leader of the
Aryan Nations and a grand dra-
gon of the Texas state unit of the
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The
/-/ ADL noted in its report that some
\ members of the Aryan Nations
I 2 splinter group have been impli-
• cated in a series of armed rob-
' beries and shootouts with law
enforcement officials.
N The other computerized hate
network, "Info International," is
/ operated out of West Virginia by
George Dietz, a farm broker who
runs Liberty Bell Publications,
one of the largest outlets for neo-
Nazi literature in the U.S., ac-
cording to the ADL. Dietz emi-
\_, grated to the U.S. in 1957 from
/- / Germany, where he had earlier
been a member of the Hitler
Youth Organization, the ADL re-
port said.
His "Info International" is simi-
lar in content to the Aryan Na-
tions' network and also purveys
anti-Semitism, including
/ Holocaust revisionism that ques-
tions the reality of the Nazi mas-
sacre of Jews. The hate messages
on both networks include anti-
Israel and anti-Zionist prop-
aganda.
The ADL report gave the fol-
\-) lowing account of how the com-
puter network is used: Access to
the Aryan Nations Liberty Net is
made by dialing specified phone
numbers in Idaho, Texas or North
Carolina. Once the connection is
made, the caller follows a few
simple commands to receive a

variety of hate messages.
Authorized users of the system
are encouraged to deposit their
own hate messages.
For example, the ADL reported,
a network message left by Mid-
west Aryan Nations' leader
Robert Miles — under his code
name of "Fafnir" — predicts that
the violent tactics of the Irish Re-
publican Army "will be seen
across this land" and goes on to
state that the younger members of
hate groups such as his "have no
time for pamphlets, for speeches,
for gatherings. They know their
role . . . They are the armed
party."
In addition to hate propaganda,
the ADL said the Aryan Nations'
network supplies under the head-
ing of "enemies" a listing of the
addresses and phone numbers of
the ADL's national and regional
offices. In the same category are
listed what the Aryan Nations
refer to as "informers" for the
"Zionist Occupational Govern-
ment," its name for the U.S. gov-
ernment. Another group of
"enemies" is labeled "race
traitors" and is accessible, the
network claims, only to callers
with special clearance.
Also provided are the names
and address of so-called patriotic
organizations including a variety
of neo-Nazi, Klan and armed ra-
cist groups such as the Christian
Patriots Defense League and the
Covenant, the Sword and the Arm
of the Lord. The computer
supplies dates and locations of
their meetings, according to the
ADL report, prepared by the fact
finding department of its civil
rights division.

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Terror Squads

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tary Leon Brittan faces question-
ing in Parliament this week over
_ why the authorities failed to ar-
rest and hold two Syrian-backed
terrorist hit squads sent to Lon-
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Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion.
One group of four departed
Britain last Sunday without
being questioned. Four other
members of the hit team were de-
tained last week for interroga-
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tive custody and then allowed to
leave.
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sein, the Tunis-based PLO trea-
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Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine-General Command,
headed by Ahmed Jibril who
takes his orders from Damascus.

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