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April 16, 1993 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-04-16

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ADL Could Face
Felony Charges

Los Angeles (JTA) — The
Anti-Defamation League,
the major national Jewish
organization committed to
fighting racism and anti-
Semitism, could face multi-
ple felony charges for
eavesdropping and other il-
legal activities carried out as
part of an alleged nation-
wide intelligence network.
San Francisco District At-
torney Arlo Smith said last
week that ADL employees
involved in intelligence
gathering could face felony
counts for eavesdropping,
tax violations, conspiracy
and receiving confidential
files, the Los Angeles Times
reported.
ADL is suspected of keep-
ing tabs on more than 950
organizations and as many
as 12,000 individuals, many
of them involved in right-
wing, white supremacist or
Arab-American activities,
according to a police af-
fidavit released publicly.
Investigators from the San
Francisco police and District
Attorney's Office are sifting
through hundreds of docu-
ments seized in extensive
searches of ADL offices in
San Francisco and Los
Angeles conducted April 8.
The raids sought evidence
that ADL has been using
law enforcement informa-
tion, supposedly obtained il-
legally, in its alleged intel-
ligence network.
ADL officials have declin-
ed to comment specifically
on the investigation. But
David Lehrer, the agency's
regional director in Los
Angeles, said ADL had not
broken any laws.
- "There is nothing
nefarious about how we
operate or what we have
done. Our record (in combat-
ting bigotry) speaks for
itself," he said.
ADL National Director
Abraham Foxman said in a
statement that because of
the confidential and sen-
sitive nature of the in-
vestigation, "further com-
ment would be inappropriate
at this time."
He said ADL would con-•
tinue to cooperate with law
enforcement officials, as it
had in the past. But he said
the organization would pro-
tect the confidentiality and
safety of its sources and
would refuse to identify
them.
San Francisco District At-
torney Smith released

documents claiming that an
ADL "spy network" surrep-
titiously paid off undercover
operatives to gather political
intelligence in at least seven
American cities and in-
filtrated Arab-American, ."4
right- wing and so-called
"pinko" groups.
The Los Angeles Times
report said Mr. Smith sug-
gested that if ADL shut
down its "spy operation,"
prosecutors would take such
action into account in
deciding what charges to
file.
San Francisco Police In-
spector Ron Roth, who
signed the affidavit required
to obtain the warrants for
last week's searches, stated
they were necessary because
ADL officials did not turn .4
over pertinent files as prom-
ised and that some "ADL
employees were apparently
less than truthful."
As reported on front pages
of California's major news-
papers, the 400-page police
affidavit and related docu-

Hundreds of
documents were
seized in
searches.

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ments included these further
allegations:
• The ADL intelligence
network maintained files on "4
such diverse groups as the
white supremacist Ku Klux 4
Klan and White Aryan
Resistance, American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Com-
mittee, National Association
for the Advancement of
Colored People, Greenpeace,
United Farm Workers, Mills 4
College and the militant
Jewish Defense League.
In addition, files were kept
on such individuals as jailed
political extremist Lyndon
LaRouche and Scott Kraft,
the Los Angeles Times cor-
respondent in South Africa.
• ADL used undercover
operatives to collect infor-
mation in Los Angeles, San
Francisco, New York, Wash-
ington, Chicago, St. Louis
and Atlanta.
• ADL employed Roy
Bullock, a San Francisco art
dealer, as its "spymaster"
for nearly 40 years and fun-
neled money gto him through
Bruce Hochman, a promi-
nent Beverly Hills tax at-
torney and former president

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