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(en) The Internet Anti-Fascist: Tuesday, 2 Feb 99 -- 3:10 (#217)

From Paul Kneisel <tallpaul@nyct.net>
Date Tue, 02 Feb 1999 11:27:37 -0500

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E


           The Internet Anti-Fascist: Tuesday, 2 February 99
                       Vol. 3, Number 10 (#217)

            Lawyer Morris Dees, who won a record judgment 
   in the murder of Mulugeta Seraw, now seeks damages in an assault

One of the nation's leading civil rights lawyers has filed a lawsuit
against the most notorious neo-Nazi in the West in hopes of bankrupting

Morris Dees, lead trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center,
filed a suit Monday in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, against Aryan Nations
founder Richard G. Butler. Dees and Idaho attorney Norman L. Gissel
represent a woman and her teen-age son who were shot at and assaulted
last July, allegedly by Butler's security troops. 

The lawsuit is similar to the landmark 1990 legal battle in which Dees
won a record judgment against white supremacist Tom Metzger and his
White Aryan Resistance in Portland. In the past 20 years, the Alabama
barrister has hobbled WAR and four other racist organizations in
similar fashion. 

"At this time, we have no comment," said Pastor Mike Teague, a leader
of Aryan Nations and its Church of Jesus Christ Christian. 

The Idaho lawsuit seeks damages for Victoria Keenan and her son, Jason,
19, who were assaulted July 1 when their car backfired on the road that
passes the Aryan Nations compound. 

The suit alleges that Butler's security forces, working as agents of
Aryan Nations, piled into a pickup, chased the Keenans more than two
miles and shot at them with an SKS military rifle and other firearms.
The Keenans' car, struck several times with bullets, then veered into a
ditch, according to the suit. 

Several neo-Nazis surrounded the Keenans, grabbing Victoria Keenan's
hair, striking her in the arm and hitting her son in the back with a
hard object before detaining them at gunpoint, the suit claims. 

The former head of security for Aryan Nations, 43-year-old Jesse
Warfield, stands as the only person charged criminally in the assault.
He was charged with aggravated assault and is being held in the
Kootenai County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. 

The suit names as defendants Butler, Aryan Nations, Saphire Inc. (a
corporation that controls Butler's 19-acre compound), Warfield, John S.
Yeager, Shane Wright and three unidentified men. 

Dees and Gissel hope to cripple Butler's organization by proving that
he was responsible for the attack on the Keenans because his troops
were acting as the agents of his organization. 

In 1989, Dees and Portland attorney Elden Rosenthal filed a similar
case in Multnomah County Circuit Court. A year later, they proved that
Metzger and WAR had incited three Portland neo-Nazi Skinheads to beat
to death an Ethiopian immigrant named Mulugeta Seraw. The jury hit WAR
for $12.5 million, then the largest such judgment for a racism case in
U.S. history.

  --  Bryan Denson (The Oregonian) 
      27 Jan 99

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                     ARYAN NATIONS RESPONDS [sic]

Morris the Sleeze Dees seeks to Bankrupt The Church of Jesus Christ
Christian/Aryan Nations 

All communist fellow travelers with their Judeo/anti-Christ Preachers
are praising their Baal god! Thinking the way will be cleared to
mogrelize the last White enclave. Man oh Man how they HATE the White
man and Jesus Christ!

  --  Pastor Richard G. Butler


                         WEB SITES OF INTEREST
                       CIABASE of Ralph McGehee

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It is the covert action arm of the president's foreign policy advisers.
In that capacity it overthrows or supports foreign governments while
reporting "intelligence" justifying those activities. It shapes its
intelligence, even in such critical areas as Soviet nuclear weapon
capability, to support presidential policy. Disinformation is a large
part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are
the primary target audience of its lies."  -Ralph McGehee

   "CIABASE remains a one-of-a-kind, extraordinary resource for serious
   scholars, journalists, and researchers, regardless of their
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     --  John Macartney, American University 

   CIABASE , "An encyclopedia of CIA actions." 
     -- San Francisco Chronicle



                         WHAT'S WORTH CHECKING
  stories via <ftp://ftp.nyct.net/pub/users/tallpaul/publish/story3/>

John Vidal ([London] Guardian), "E-mail and the Net are revolutionising
the way environment, human rights and social justice groups work," 13
Jan 98 <story680.txt>

Harry Kelber (Living Wage Campaign), "LaborTalk: 'Living Wage'
Campaigns," 16 Jan 99 <story681.txt>

Dave Silver (Letter to the New York Times), "The Importance of the
Holocaust Memorial," 18 Jan 99 <story682.txt>

Council on American-Islamic Relations, "Muslims File Complaint Against
Denny's," 18 Jan 99 <story683.txt>

Wolfgang Saxon (New York Times), "Dr. Judith S. Kestenberg, 88; Studied
Survivors of Holocaust," 21 Jan 99 <story684.txt>

Associated Press (no author), "Germany To Compensate U.S. Victims," 15
Jan 99 <story685.txt>

Associated Press (no author),"UN Starts Bigotry Education Program," 14
Jan 99 <story686.txt>

Ron Harrist (Associated Press), "Lott Distances Self From Group," 15
Jan 99 <story687.txt>

Colbert I. King (Washington Post), "Trent Lott's Second Chance," 16 Jan
99 <story688.txt>

Associated Press (no author), "Monument to Russia's Last Czar," 16 Jan
99 <story689.txt>

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