ADL COMMENDS DEFENSE DEPARTMENT'S ACTION
ON EXTREMIST ACTIVITY IN THE MILITARY
New York, NY, February 12, 1996...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended
action taken by the Department of Defense aimed at eliminating the participation
of military personnel in extremist group activity.
Following the allegedly racially-motivated murders of two African Americans
by soldiers from Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, NC, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL
National Director, urged Defense Secretary William Perry to implement measures
to address the problem of extremist activity by military personnel.
Citing reports that one of the soldiers openly displayed a swastika flag
in his barracks and wore Skinhead garb, Mr. Foxman questioned the efficacy
and clarity of Department guidelines that failed to call for an investigation
into such "signals of hate activity."
In a letter to Mr. Foxman, William E. Leftwich III, Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Defense, said, "following the Fayetteville incident, we developed
prevention strategies through consultation with former DOD officials and
outside authorities, and Secretary Perry issued a statement publicly re-emphasizing
DOD policy on active participation in supremacist groups."
Mr. Leftwich said, the DOD has developed a task group to review current
policies, conduct training concerning involvement in extremist organizations,
and implement a system for reporting race based and gender based incidents."
Mr. Foxman said, "this action affirms the DOD's serious commitment
to vigorously and responsibly combating hate group activities in the military."
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