ADL Exposes Blueprint for Terrorism on the Internet; Site Encourages "Lone Wolf" Activism
New York, NY, October 26, 2000 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has identified a blueprint for terrorism on the Internet created and maintained by Alex Curtis, a San Diego racist who is gaining prominence among some of the nation’s most virulent extremist groups.
Curtis advises white supremacists and other extremists on how to effectively attack Jews, Blacks and other minorities. His Web site tells racists who commit acts of violence how to minimize the punishment they receive for their crimes, according to the new ADL report, Alex Curtis: Lone Wolf of Hate Prowls the Internet.
The League’s report describes how Curtis, a once little-known racist, now ranks as one of the most vocal proponents of "lone wolf" activism, thanks largely to the power of the Internet. Using his "White Racist" Web site as a means of distributing anti-Semitic and racist literature, Curtis, 25, of San Diego, encourages fellow racists to act alone in committing violent acts so their cohorts will not be held legally responsible for their crimes. Mixed with his virulent attacks against minorities, his model of "lone wolf" activism has captured the imagination of some of the hate movement’s most visible and notorious figures.
"Here is an individual who not only advocates individual acts of terrorism, but goes so far as to provide advice on how to carry them out," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Alex Curtis personifies a new kind of hater, a person who casts himself as an ideologue and agitates for violent underground campaigns against the government. The real danger in his message is that it seems to be having an effect, at least among other racists and bigots who are communicating with him."
Urges Followers to Remain Anonymous
Unlike other racists who use the World Wide Web to recruit new members and raise funds for organizational activities, Curtis encourages serious racists to distance themselves from the group mentality. Meanwhile, much of his Web site is devoted to excessively violent proposals. One section promotes biological warfare as a means for achieving terroristic aims.
Curtis writes of a violent revolution that will topple the United States government – which he considers a "Jew-occupied government" – and replace it with a "race-centered" government with citizenship and residency restricted to those "of pure White ancestry." In one reference to Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, Curtis writes: "A thousand McVeighs … would end any semblance of stability in this racially corrupt society." He considers integration and intermarriage the components of a Jewish plot to commit "genocide" against the "white race."
Growing Influence on the Internet
Once a relatively obscure figure, Curtis has raised his profile among active bigots by using the Internet to his benefit. Among those veteran extremists who have applauded his "lone wolf" activism are Tom Metzger, leader of the White Aryan Resistance; Matt Hale, leader of the virulently anti-Semitic and racist World Church of the Creator; and Richard Butler, the high-profile leader of Aryan Nations.
Curtis regularly corresponds with various white supremacists serving prison time and publishes their responses on his Web site. Curtis boasts that he maintains a list of more than 800 individuals who subscribe to his e-mail updates. He claims to "reach 100s – 1000s of the most radical racists in the world each week." These extremists can explore his Web site, sign up for his E-mail mailing list, or call his telephone lines to listen to recorded messages. Don Black’s Stormfront, as well as many other extremist Internet sites, offer links to Curtis’ Web site, giving sympathetic followers the ability to tap into his rhetoric with the click of a mouse.
There is no indication that anyone has yet followed the instructions found on the "White Racist" Web site, according to the ADL report. However, two men charged in the firebomings of three synagogues and the murder of a gay couple allegedly placed calls from their home near Sacramento, Calif., to one of Curtis’ telephone lines before committing those crimes, according to police records.
EDITORS NOTE: For more information on Alex Curtis or to arrange interview with ADL experts, contact the Media Relations Department at (212) 885-7749. The report is available Alex Curtis: Lone Wolf of Hate Prowls the Internet on this site.
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