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 Posted Wednesday, March 22, 2000


Merchants of Hatred

Other People's Mail, p. 59 - 62  


August 16, 1999 (as published).


Monitoring Extremist Groups

Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, says the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department have been "hamstrung" and "can't act aggressively" in monitoring extremist groups but fails to note the ADL's role in the imposition of these guidelines (Op-ed, Aug. 12).

In 1993 the ADL was accused of illegally obtaining California police and government records on a wide array of political groups. The league escaped criminal prosecution in return for paying $75,000 to groups that fight hate crimes in San Francisco.

Mr. Foxman says "if law enforcement agencies should overstep the line, we should very swiftly take the authority away." Law enforcement, with the ADL's help, indeed crossed the line, resulting in the restrictions that Mr. Foxman now laments.

Mitja C. Baumhackl,
Brooklyn, NY

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