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Subject: America First fliers find their way to homes
Date: Fri,  5 Oct 2001 08:38:50 +0200 (CEST)
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The fliers state that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks happened because
of "an alliance with Israel.''

ST. PETERSBURG -- Some St. Petersburg residents, including a former
city mayor, woke up Monday to find fliers from a neo-Nazi group on
their lawns, in mailboxes or doors.
The fliers from the National Alliance, one of which states "the Jewish
cause is not the American cause" and attributes the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks to "an alliance with Israel," were discovered encased in clear
plastic bags predominantly at homes in the Old Northeast area of the
The second page exhorts people to "take back our country" from "corrupt
politicians, and minority special-interest groups" in order to secure
the future for white children.
Residents in the North Shore area said it was unclear why some
neighbors received the pages, which appeared in the early morning
hours, while others did not.
"How did they know I wasn't Arabic or Jewish?" questioned Leigh
Wallace, who found the propaganda on her mailbox where she said it must
have been left between 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday.
Random distribution of such writings is typical of the National
Alliance, said an antihate group spokesman who noted the organization
is one of the most active in the United States and has a history of
violence. Its leader authored The Turner Diaries, said to be a favorite
of Timothy McVeigh before the Oklahoma City bombing.
The National Alliance has "somewhat increased their membership and
activity in the Tampa Bay area in the last couple of years," said Art
Teitelbaum, southern area director for the Anti-Defamation League. He
added that circulating fliers is "a crude effort to gain publicity and
sway public opinion toward their views."
Police said Monday afternoon they were unaware of the fliers and
received no calls about them.
Congregation B'nai Israel said at least one of its members faxed the
synagogue a copy when it was discovered.
Former Mayor Bob Ulrich said the missives, which showed up on his door
stating "it's time to ... stay out of Middle Eastern affairs" is akin
to an ostrich hiding its head in the sand.
"I wouldn't give it any credibility whatsoever," he said.
Calls to a phone number listed on one of the fliers are routed to a two-
minute, recorded message by the organization's leader. Callers are
instructed to leave their name and address so that members from a local
affiliate can contact them.
Teitelbaum said the neo-Nazi group has long been monitored by
authorities. He added, "I don't think people should be panicked in any
way, but they should be prudent."

By MELIA BOWIE  St. Petersburg Times, published October 2, 2001

       - Buck Turgidson          turgidson AT nym DOT alias DOT net

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