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To settle a $6.3 million judgement against it, the Aryan Nations has deeded over title to its Hayden Lake, Idaho compound to Victoria and Jason Keenan, who were attacked while protesting outside the sect's compound in 1998. The group also agreed to no longer use the name Aryan Nations. Good riddens.
-- Ken S. in WC TN (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 26, 2000
Congrats to the Southern Poverty Law Center for leading the charge on this one. Despite some questions about ethics, it seems that at long last, the best weapon against similar groups will be financial. When all else fails, sue 'em into oblivion.
Unfortunately, the ACLU uses the same threat of financial ruin when it goes after school boards and other groups that run afoul of its agenda. There is a fine line between justice through a court of law and "vigilante" justice using threats and intimidation. In this case, the courts prevailed.
-- Craig Miller (CMiller@ssd.com), September 26, 2000.
One interesting point was made by this group. It was said that at least everyone knew where they were all the time. (Not sure I agree with that). However, by splitting up the group and driving it underground, you make it easier for them to become more secretive. (Not sure I agree with that either, but the cadre concept comes to mind..keep the cells small.)
The folks in N. Idaho are rejoicing! Ps/Victoria and Jason were driving up the road looking for (I forget what, something lost, like a wallet). Their car backfired, and they were followed and attacked by security forces from the compound (they said it sounded like gunfire). One security "guard" was drunk, and the other was just plain mean, I guess. I think I have the facts straight. Doris, or you other folk over there, can you help out? THanks!
-- sheepish (email@example.com), September 26, 2000.
OK, so I guess the $64,000 question is: what name are they going to use now? 'Cause you know they're not gone! dh in nm
-- debra in nm (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 26, 2000.
Betcha you are right Debra---madder than all get out, and wanting to get back at the system that did them in. If you REALLY believe in something (be it right or wrong), then you will just go underground.
-- Leann Banta (email@example.com), September 26, 2000.
I'm not endorsing them at all ! However, the suit was ludicrous and illegal by the Constitution ! No, they are far from gone--try " The Brotherhood"
-- Joel Rosen (Joel681@webtv.net), September 26, 2000.
You might also try doing a little investigation into the Southern Poverty Law Center and their crown jewel, Mr. Morris Dees.
-- (Constitution@excite.com), September 28, 2000.