ADL APPLAUDS FBI FOR PEACEFUL END TO FREEMEN STANDOFF
New York, NY, June 14, 1996...In a letter to FBI Director
Louis J. Freeh, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended the work
of Federal and Montana law enforcement agents in bringing about a peaceful
conclusion to the 81-day standoff with the heavily armed anti-government
"We applaud the FBI for its professionalism and patience throughout
this ordeal," wrote ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman in his
letter to Judge Freeh. "Now that the Freemen have surrendered, we welcome
the government's commitment to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the
law. Vigorous prosecution is necessary to send the message that the government,
in its effort to bring criminals to justice, will not be deterred by lengthy
holdouts or threats of violent resistance."
Until the standoff began on March 25, the Freemen, who advocate a blend
of lawlessness and racial and religious hatred, had promoted their ideology
and tactics to a growing multistate network of followers. An April 1996
ADL Fact Finding Report, The Freemen Network: An Assault on the Rule of
Law, cited evidence of activity linked to the Montana Freemen in at least
Editors Note: The Freemen Network is available on NEXIS, search code USNWR,
and from the ADL Media Relations Department.
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