Posted: January 15, 2004
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomes the guilty plea of Chester Doles, leader of the Georgia chapter of the National Alliance and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, to six felony charges of firearms possession.
"Doles has been a leading voice of hatred, bigotry and intolerance in the North Georgia region for years," said Deborah Lauter, ADL Southeast Regional Director. "We have been very concerned about his activities and hope that this guilty plea, along with his agreement to close his "Free Chester Doles" website, will put an end to his and his followers' activities in our area. We believe this plea serves the interests of justice, and commend law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney's office for their diligent and successful prosecution of this case. We urge Judge Story to sentence Doles to the maximum penalty allowed."
Doles is known to be one of six people allowed to speak on behalf of the National Alliance, one of the largest and most active neo-Nazi organizations in the nation. Over the last several years, dozens of violent crimes, including murders, bombings and robberies, have been traced to National Alliance members or appear to have been inspired by the group's propaganda.
The National Alliance's stated aim is "to build a better world and a better race…and create a new government...answerable to White people only." In the last decade, the NA has enjoyed significant growth and has focused its attention on recruiting young racists through white power music and hate-filled video games. At the same time, the NA has tried to attract middle-class professionals willing to be part of a dedicated cadre that carries out the group's goals.
Doles attracted attention for organizing anti-immigration rallies in Gainesville, GA, over the past two years. This will not be Mr. Doles' first time serving a jail sentence. In 1993, he was sentenced to seven years for assaulting an African-American man.
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