ADL CONCERNED ABOUT HATE GROUP ACTIVITY IN THE MILITARY
CALLS ON DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO IMMEDIATELY ADDRESS SITUATION
New York, NY, December 12, 1995...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called
on Defense Secretary William Perry to implement measures to address the
problem of extremist activity by military personnel, in the aftermath of
the allegedly racist-motivated murder of two African Americans by soldiers
from Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, NC.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, noting that in the past "the
military has responded swiftly and responsibly to curb these [hate groups']
activities," raised concern about Defense Department policies regarding
extremist activity by military personnel.
"Aspects of the murder case near Fort Bragg raise some questions...about
the efficacy of the Department's guidelines," Mr. Foxman wrote to Secretary
Perry. Citing reports that one of the soldiers openly displayed a swastika
flag in his barracks and donned Skinhead garb, Mr. Foxman
said , "If such signals of hate activity at Fort Bragg failed to trigger
an investigation, then the current regulations may require clarification
or more effective enforcement."
The League offered its assistance to the Department of Defense: to share
its expertise on extremist groups and provide anti-bias training through
its A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE INSTITUTE.
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.