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Source: Kansas City Star, Mar. 5, 2005

Man at center of neo-Nazi move quits organization

By JUDY L. THOMAS The Kansas City Star


The man who recently relocated the national headquarters of the 
Aryan Nations to Kansas City, Kan., says that he is quitting the neo-
Nazi organization.

Charles John Juba, who was national director of the white 
supremacist group, posted the announcement on the Aryan Nations' Web 
site early Friday.

"My decision is of a personal nature, as I will no longer hold 
office, represent or be a member of Aryan Nations," Juba said.
"For those kinsmen who know me at a personal level, understand my 
reasoning for this abrupt move, and I thank them for their
support."

Juba said he was appointing the group's high counsel, August B. 
Kreis III, of Sebring, Fla., as his successor.

"As it was with me, the new headquarters will reside with where the 
national director resides," Juba said. "The Kansas address is no 
longer valid, and all reading this should disregard it from this 
point forward."

Local officials and civil rights leaders were delighted at the news.

"Obviously, we don't have a welcome mat out for this type of 
individual," said Don Denney, spokesman for the Unified Board of 
Commissioners of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan. "I was very 
proud of the way the community banded together with the Unified 
Government to send the message to these people that this type of 
activity won't be tolerated."

The announcement that Juba was leaving the organization came hours 
after he had resigned as national director of the Aryan Nations and 
a day after The Kansas City Star reported that he had recently moved 
to the Kansas City area to rebuild the organization. The group 
preaches that Jews are the offspring of Satan and that nonwhites are 
inferior.

Juba has not responded to repeated requests for comment. Information 
has come from Kreis, who told The Star on Friday that Juba was 
leaving the organization at the insistence of his wife.

"He capitulated to his wife," Kreis said. "She gave him an 
ultimatum. I didn't think he would do it. But he not only stepped 
down, he quit."

Kreis appointed Wulfran Hall as the group's next high counsel. In an 
e-mail to The Star on Friday, Hall said he was not concerned about 
the Aryan Nations' deserting Kansas City.

"Regarding the abandonment of Kansas City as a base of locations: I 
reference you to al-Qaeda (The Base of Jihad) ?" whether they are 
operating out of a cave in Tora Bora or a training camp in the Sudan 
? the end result is the same," Hall wrote.

Those who monitor the extremist movement said the community should 
not let its guard down at the news of Juba's resignation.

"It should be noted that in Juba's resignation letter, he does not 
distance himself from racism and anti-Semitism and the group's core 
ideas," said Leonard Zeskind, president of the Institute for 
Research and Education on Human Rights. "What it looks like to me
is a temporary retreat in the face of massive public opinion.

"And all of us in the metropolitan area need to remember that the 
problem of organized bigotry has not reached a solution," he
added.

When Ed Chasteen heard that Aryan Nations was leaving, he sent an e-
mail to supporters of HateBusters, of which he is president.

"Praise God," he wrote. "We have been spared a national 
embarrassment. The nation will know that we love and care for one 
another."

Rather than cancel a protest rally he had scheduled for noon on 
Monday, Chasteen decided to transform the gathering into a victory 
rally. He said the public was invited to attend the rally at Central 
Baptist Theological Seminary, 31st Street and Minnesota Avenue. A 
caravan down Minnesota Avenue will follow.

Organizers on Friday canceled a community forum that had been 
scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jack Reardon Civic Center. The 
forum probably will be rescheduled.

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