ADL SUBMITS RECOMMENDATIONS ON HATE GROUPS IN THE MILITARY
TO HOUSE COMMITTEE
New York, NY, June 25, 1996...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
today submitted several recommendations to the House National Security Committee
in conjunction with the Committee's hearing on hate groups and extremism
in the military.
"The League is encouraged by and supports the efforts of the armed
services to respond vigilantly to extremist group recruiting of military
personnel and extremist group activity in the military," said ADL National
Director Abraham H. Foxman. ADL urged the Committee to continue to view
this issue as a priority, and submitted the following recommendations:
·The military should expand its resources for collecting data and information
on extremist groups.
·Anti-bias training should be included as a component of basic training.
·The National Security Committee and appropriate military tribunals
should regularly monitor and evaluate compliance with the military's guidelines
The League's concern about extremist activity in the military has previously
been the subject of correspondence with the Secretary of Defense, William
Perry, and his predecessors. The ADL statement to Congress documented numerous
examples from as long ago as 1976 to as recently as the murder late last
year of two African-Americans in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Two white
soldiers from Fort Bragg, NC, who were involved in the neo-Nazi skinhead
movement, are suspects in the Fayetteville incident.
This past March, ADL welcomed the release of a report prepared by the Task
Force on Extremism which called for clarification on the guidelines concerning
extremism in the military. The League stated in its testimony that "the
other services should follow the Army's lead and develop a coordinated response
to extremism and hate."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.