Anti-Defamation League - What are they up to?

The ADL gets lots of press. What is this organization up to? There was the 1993 "spy story" reported in the papers. There are accusations that the ADL Helped HUAC In 1947 Witch-Hunts. I personally have not been able to get a reply to several emails to the ADL (see below). What gives? Is this organization committed to free speech or to suppressing speech they do not like? The American news media has published numerous stories by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, all purported to be in-depth studies of the American Militia Movement by their so-called "investigative reporters".

New York, NY, April 16, 1998…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended law enforcement for their stepped up vigilance as April 19, the anniversary date of the Oklahoma City bombing and deadly fire at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, approaches. While recognizing the diligent, ongoing efforts of Federal law enforcement agencies in tracking the criminal activities of violence-prone hate groups and anti-government militias and bringing them to justice, ADL urged the Justice Department and the FBI to expand the mandate of anti-terrorism task forces.

ADL urged the Justice Department and the FBI to use the model of the Hate Crime working groups, now established in every U.S. Attorney’s office, to expand the mandate of Federal, state and local Anti-Terrorism Task Forces to work along with civic groups to help educate and raise public awareness to the threat of domestic terrorism. --ADL Press Release

The ADL "spy" story ...

More recently, the Jerusalem Post (Rodan, Steve, Anti-Defamation League 'spy suit' finally settled., 09-06-1996, pp 08) and other publications have reported that the ADL is settling its spy suit filed by a coalition of minority groups, including Arab Americans, African Americans and Native Americans. Reports indicate that the groups had filed a federal civil suit when it was uncovered that the ADL had been spying in an illegal undercover operation against a wide variety of organizations and thousands of U.S. citizens. This was revealed as a result of a joint FBI-San Francisco Police Department inquiry, where evidence revealed that the ADL operatives had stolen classified police and other government files for its own purposes.

Reports show that the " ADL continues to deny that it did anything improper or illegal and the plaintiffs permitted the ADL to take this stance as part of the settlement. However, the ADL did agree to pay $175,000 toward the plaintiff's legal fees. The spy agency also agreed to establish a $25,000 fund to 'facilitate improved relations between and among Arab American, Jewish, African American and other minority communities in the United States.' "
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)'s Spy Suit Settled
http://soma.crl.mcmaster.ca/ukes/ukes-news/1996/oct/0077.html

"The ADL boasts of keeping its eye on extreme right-wing groups, like the Skinheads, the Klu Klux Klan, and Aryan Nations. Their role in this mess indicates they may have reached too far in search for "Anti-Semites." Police found files on the African National Congress: the ACLU: Irish Americans; the United Auto Workers; AIDS activist groups like ACT-UP; Mother Jones magazine; Pacifica News Network; Lesbian Agenda for Action; Greenpeace; Christic Institute; Rep. Roy Dellums (D-CA); the National Lawyers Guild; NAACP; CISPES; Carpenters Local 22; Jews for Jesus; and many Arab and Palestinian individuals and organizations."
Is the Anti-Defamaton League of B'nai B'rith Spying on You? - by Bill Hughes, 1993
http://home.earthlink.net/~liamhughes/thought.html

"In early 1993, an employee of the (so-called) Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith was found to be spying on Arab Americans and a large number of progressive organizations. He had collected files on over 10,000 individuals and 600 organizations - everyone from the Arab Amercian Antidiscrimination Committee and the ACLU to the African National Congress and the Centro Legal de La Raza, to the Earth Island Institute and Greenpeace, including even twenty San Francisco area labor unions and a large number of Central America solidarity organizations. Information on anti-apartheid activists was passed on to South African intelligence agents."
The Anti-Defemation League's Spy Scandal of 1993
http://salam.org/palestine/adl-index.html

Other comments relating to the Anti-Defamation League ...

" ... the operant philosophy of today's Cult Awareness Network (CAN), a group which works with the U.S. Justice Department and the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith, among others. Using standard Frankfurt School method, CAN identifies political and religious groups which are its political enemies, then re-labels them as a ``cult,''
THE NEW DARK AGE
http://www.saber.net/~walter/darkage.txt


An email sent to the webmaster at ADL

> From:  
> To: webmaster@adl.org
> Subject: questions
> Date: Monday, December 01, 1997 4:34 PM
> 
> I have a couple of questions.
> 
> 1. There are several stories online about the ADL being accused of spying
> in 1993 on 
> "African National Congress: the ACLU: Irish Americans; the United Auto
> Workers; AIDS activist groups like ACT-UP; Mother Jones magazine; Pacifica
> News Network; Lesbian Agenda for Action; Greenpeace; Christic Institute;
> Rep. Roy Dellums (D-CA); the National Lawyers Guild; NAACP; CISPES;
> Carpenters Local 22; Jews for Jesus; and many Arab and Palestinian
> individuals and organizations."   Also that " Information on anti-apartheid
> activists was passed on to South African intelligence agents."
> 
> They say the suit was settled for $175,000.  What is ADL's position on
> this?
> 
> 2.  Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been accused of ordering
> an assassination in Jordan.  What is the ADL's position on this?  How can
> you justify supporting a leader who orders assassinations?
> 
> 3. Can a person be critical of Israel and not be anti-Semitic?  It seems
> that when a person is critical of the Israeli government in it's treatments
> of the Palestinians one is accused of being anti-Semitic - yet in Israel
> many are critical of the way that the government of Israel is treating
> Palestinians.
> 
> Thank you for your reply.
> 
> rp
> zpub@sirius.com

No reply received from ADL

See also, ADL WATCH and information about the Southern Poverty Law Center

ADL's official website, adl.org


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