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July 03, 1987 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-07-03

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Exploiting Hatred

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white racist sympathizers to
communicate with each
other. He has also offered ad-
vice on getting racist
material past possible
censors.
One of Miles' prison mail-
ings was a tract called "The
Secret Army," which the ADL
described as a "thinly
disguised account of the
Order," the violent offshoot of
the Aryan Nations. The FBI
has been tracking the group,
particularly since the 1984
death of its founder, Robert
Jay Mathews, in a dramatic
gunbattle with the law on an
island in Puget Sound.
Reportedly following a blue-
print for revolution provided
by The Turner Diaries, a
novel by neo-Nazi William
Pierce, the Order has blazed
a trail of violent crimes in-
cluding those which led to the
April indictments. Four of its
members, already in prison,
were indicted for sedition at
the same time as Miles.
Miles has denied involve-
ment in terrorist activities,
jokingly dismissing reporters'
inquiries before his indict-
ment, claiming to be violent
only in his passion for the
cause, and publicly ad-
vocating the power of the pen
rather than the sword. Like
other movement leaders, he
has stressed the importance
of indoctrinating the young
and has encouraged members
to marry and have children,
performing multiple mar-
riage ceremonies at his
Cohoctah church.
Federal
authorities,
however, claim that he is im-
plicated in a number of con-
spiracies to commit crimes in-
cluding armored car robbery.
The loot was to be used in a
campaign to overthrow the
government.
ADL spokesmen have ap-
plauded the indictments.
Government determination to

tackle hate group terrorism
aggressively and state legisla-
tion to prohibit para-military
training have, they believe,
done much to limit white-
power effectiveness. The
threat of violence still re-
mains, they warn. Hate
groups, already able in some
states, (though not in
Michigan) to communicate by
home computer, are making
increasing use of modern
technology and weaponry,
which gives them an effec-
tiveness off-setting their
small numbers. But
charismatic leadership, they
point out, is possibly the
greatest weapon of all, mak-
ing the arrests, particularly of
Miles, Butler and Beam, a
major setback for the
movement.
Miles has been released
from Fort Smith, Arkansas on
$50,000 bond. His trial, in
Arkansas, is currently set-for
July 6, but will probably be
postponed, his wife reports, to
allow more time for prepara-
tion of his defense. Mean-
while, she says, they plan to
enjoy a summer on the
farm. ❑

B'NAI B'RITH

Zeiger Lodge
Marks Its 35th

Maurice C. Zeiger Lodge is
looking for charter members
of its former component
groups, Oak-Woods and Motor
City Lodges, for its 35th an-
niversary celebration to be
held Sept. 13 at the Furniture
Club.
Charter members, past
presidents and their wives
will be honored.
Members who have not
been contacted should call
President Martin Kohn,
398-6178.

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