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Edgar J. Steele

Steele is a trial lawyer best known for his role in defending Richard Butler and Aryan Nations in a major case brought against them in 2000. After losing the Aryan Nations case, Steele began publicly expressing his anti-Semitic and racist opinions both verbally and in writing over the Internet. He has become well-respected among white supremacists. In June 2010, authorities arrested Steele at his home in Sagle, Idaho, for allegedly plotting to kill his wife. His trial is scheduled to take place in Boise, Idaho in April 2011.

Ernst Zundel
Born: 1945
Residence: Sagle, Idaho
Education: B.A., 1967, University of Washington M.B.A., 1973, University of California at Berkeley J.D., 1982, UCLA School of Law
Occupation: Attorney
Bar Affiliations: Admitted to the bar in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California
Ideology: Anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, white supremacism
Famous case: Aryan Nations v. SPLC 2000
Notable representations: Lynx and Lamb Gaede, 2005; Brian and Ruth Christine, 2002; Lonnie Rae, 2002; Joann McGuckin, 2001
Works: Defensive Racism "In Defense of Terrorism", "In Defense of Anti-Semitism", "The Synagogue of Satan"

Personal Background

Edgar J. Steele, 65, is an anti-Semitic lawyer based in Sandpoint, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in 1967; then served four years in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam era. Steele earned an MBA in 1973 in accounting at the University of California at Berkeley; and obtained his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1982. He is admitted to the bar in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California. In recent years, his trial law practice has included several cases featuring “politically incorrect” clients.

He is perhaps best known for defending Richard Butler and Aryan Nations in a case brought against them in 2000 by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of a woman and her son who were attacked by Aryan Nations guards. Steele lost the case, and Aryan Nations was forced to pay damages of $6.3 million. Despite the loss, Steele has acquired a certain cachet in the right-wing extremist community for having represented such controversial figures as Joann McGuckin, Lonnie Rae and Brian and Ruth Christine, in their dealings with the legal system and the media.

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Ideology

Anti-Semitism and White Supremacism

After losing the Aryan Nations case, Steele began openly acknowledging his own anti-Semitic and white supremacist views. He has at various times accused Jews of owning the Federal Reserve Bank, running organized crime “throughout America,” and orchestrating the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In his writings on race Steele asks, “What color are Jews?” He answers, “Jews are the color of avarice and greed. Jews are the color of deception, manipulation and the lust for power. Jews are the color of dishonesty, selfishness and heartlessness.”

Steele also regularly attacks blacks in his books, columns and speeches. He alleges the existence of a “Black-on-White race war” in the U.S., and claims that blacks have “inherited” a distinctly “African” culture of “rape…murder…violence…[and] single-parent families.” He has also called for organized opposition to African Americans in the entertainment industry, asking his readers to join him in boycotting “products advertised with black actors and models,” and “TV shows and movies with black actors.”

Before his arrest in June 2010, Steele published a weekly commentary on his Web site, and his writings were also distributed widely through E-mail lists. Steele’s open association with white supremacists has become well-known, and he has been a sought-after speaker at conferences of right-wing extremists, including those conducted by the National Alliance, Volksfront, and the Institute for Historical Review. He made public anti-Semitic statements at the Holocaust-denying Barnes Review/American Free Press conference in June 2003, in Washington, D.C.

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Recent Activity

Steele Found Guilty in Murder Plot

On May 5, 2011, a Boise, Idaho jury found Edgar Steele guilty of four felony charges related to allegations that he hired a man named Larry Fairfax to kill his wife, Cyndi Steele, and his mother-in-law. Neither woman was actually harmed as a result of the plot. Steele was convicted of using interstate facilities for murder-for-hire, the use of explosive material to commit a federal felony, tampering with a victim, and possession of a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence. The conviction carries at least a 30-year prison sentence. Steele is scheduled to be sentenced in August, 2011.

Steele had been arrested for the murder plot on June 11, 2010. The case began two days before Steele’s arrest when Fairfax contacted the FBI about the plot. According to taped conversations between Steele and Fairfax, the alleged plan was for Fairfax to build two pipe bombs, plant one bomb under Cyndi Steele’s SUV, and then plant the other bomb under Edgar Steele’s car. Edgar Steele would then claim that both he and his wife were targeted for murder. Authorities arrested Steele after hearing the tapes. 

On the same day as Edgar Steele’s first court appearance on June 15, 2010, mechanics found a large pipe bomb attached to the undercarriage of Cyndi Steele’s SUV during a routine oil change. After the bomb was found, authorities charged Fairfax with one count of building a firearm in violation of the National Firearms Act and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm. Fairfax reportedly did not inform the FBI about the existence of the bomb prior to its discovery. Fairfax’s attorney later claimed that Fairfax intentionally built the pipe bomb to malfunction and intended to take money for the murder without carrying it out. Fairfax ultimately participated in a plea bargain with authorities, and pleaded guilty to both felony counts in October of 2010. Each of these charges carries a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison.

In late June 2010, Steele made phone calls from jail to his wife and his son in which he claimed that the charges against him were part of a “mission impossible level plot” by the government in an effort to silence him and that the FBI tapes of conversations between himself and Fairfax were not authentic. Steele then instructed his wife and son to deny that it was his voice on the FBI tapes.  A judge later determined the calls to be a form of intimidation.  The recordings were used by the prosecution to hold Steele in jail without bail until his trial. Since September 2010, Cyndi Steele has openly proclaimed her husband’s innocence.

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In His Own Words

Many know that I have several books outlined and some of them partially written.  I am debating which will be next, but feel the need to get back to work now…Or should I finish Beneath Every Rock, Behind Every Tree (about Jews and their role in the destruction of Western civilization, the spectacle of which now is on view throughout the world)? 
May 21, 2010


Let me illustrate my lack of sensitivity for you:  Have you noticed the similarity between the aftermaths of the Katrina hurricane and the Haiti earthquake?  TV films show hordes of Blacks just standing around or looting and hurting each other, doing nothing except complaining about the lack of aid forthcoming from the rest of us.”
January 15, 2010


Today is the new Amerikwan holiday:  Cinquo de Mayo…No Big Deal? It will be, before long, as we get pushed aside by the burgeoning hordes from down South, "just here to do the jobs that we won't," such as raping, killing, stealing and usurping welfare and medical benefits that we and our parents sweated so many years to build up.”
May 5, 2008


Personally, give me real skinheads any day of the week for loyalty, honesty and passion, versus the girly-man traitors now running America! I learned that many years ago when I had the honor of helping to defend your right to free speech by representing Richard Butler and the Aryan Nations in a trumped-up lawsuit designed to silence them.
August 15, 2005


AIPAC and its quisling US congressmen are on the verge of enacting the next stage in the evolution of what they disingenuously call their "Hate Crime" legislation. Their ultimate objective: total and complete subjugation of all Americans to the Zionist agenda. Next stop: Hate a Jew – die.
July 30, 2005


Jews, themselves, were responsible for Adolf Hitler. There is a pattern to Jewish tyranny in country after country, you know….Hitler was the response to the pre-World-War-II Jewish takeover and pillaging of Germany, similar to how Jewish robber barons recently gutted Russia.
May 15, 2005


Jews are right about anti-Semitism being a disease, you know, just as fourteenth-century Europeans were right about the nature of bubonic plague. However, just as with bubonic plague, American Jews seem not to have identified the Jewish Plague’s real carriers. But you and I know who they are. Anti-Semitism is a disease. You catch it from Jews.
May 15, 2005


Wherever blacks are congregated in America, one observes the manifestation of their inherited behavioral response patterns, directly traceable to the behavior to be observed in African blacks. Realizing that America's black problems are rooted in African culture goes a long way toward explaining the black-on-white race war being waged in the streets of America, the rapes, the murders, the violence, the short-term outlook, the single-parent families and so on.
May 7, 2005


So, what color are Jews? Jews are the color of avarice and greed. Jews are the color of deception, manipulation and the lust for power. Jews are the color of dishonesty, selfishness and heartlessness.
May 7, 2005


Join me, won't you? Boycott products advertised with black actors and models. Make a statement: If you see black, don't go back. Boycott TV shows and movies with black actors. Send the message that we are fed up: If we see black, we don't go back. Cancel your subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that push black articles, columnists and advertisements into your face. There are plenty available that don't. Not coincidentally, those that don't promote blacks are the same ones that actually tell the truth about other things, too. Tell them when you cancel: If we see black, we don't go back.
Feb. 27, 2005

Did you know that WWII wasn't the first time that Jews claimed that six million of their number were eradicated in a genocidal frenzy? ….[During] WWI…they made the exact, same claim, but they would like us to forget about that now. And that wasn't the first time either. You might ask what is so magic about the 6 million figure -- well, it derives from their Talmud, which teaches that their Messiah will not come until 6 million Jews are slaughtered."
January 27, 2005


Jews really do run most of the world….All the power positions in government, both here and abroad, are occupied by Jews, generally with only the head of state not being a Jew….The media, virtually every last little scrap of it, is owned and managed by Jews….Most of business is owned and/or controlled by Jews…. These, and more, are facts. Cold, hard, unassailable facts. But they are facts that are unprintable, because they involve Jews.
February 15, 2004


It wasn't Arabs who sued to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance -- it was Jews.
It wasn't Arabs who sued to remove the Ten Commandments from that Alabama courthouse, had Judge Moore removed from the bench and now seek to disbar him -- it is Jews.
It isn't Arabs who sue to remove nativity scenes from public venues -- it is Jews.
It isn't Arabs who erect menorahs in public venues in place of crosses -- it is Jews.
It wasn't Arabs who sued to remove group prayer from public schools -- it was Jews.
It wasn't Arabs suing to remove decorative lights from schools at Christmas -- it was Jews.
It isn't Arabs who refuse to allow children to say grace over their school lunches -- it is Jews.
Nov. 18, 2003


Truly the Masters of Disaster on a national scale, Jews have been ejected from society after society, down through the ages -- always for the same reasons and always claiming to be the victims of unjustified persecution. Today, however, they are engineering a disaster global in its reach -- their "final solution," if you will: the New World Order. And America is their intended vehicle. America's founders were well aware of the dangers presented by the Jewish race.
August 25, 2003


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