The following is an excerpt of a letter from Chip Berlet (who by no stretch of the imagination can be called an anti-Semite or neo-Nazi!) in response to a letter by Abraham Foxman. I'll see if I can dig up the December '95 issue which had the article which sparked the exchange - I meant to type it in but never got around to it. This should be added to the orgs/american/adl/press archive.
[...] I consider the ADL's relationship with law enforcement and intelligence agencies unethical, and have so stated publicly for more than ten years; my concern did not originate with the revelations of the ADL's significant role in a political spying network in San Francisco. For years, ADL has worked with a network of rightwing spies who have illegally obtained data on leftists from law enforcement, pilfered information from the offices of progressives, and then shared the information with public and private agencies. Sara Diamond reveals in her recent book, _Roads to Dominion_, that during the Reagan years, the ADL joined with conservative and Christian right groups and government intelligence agencies to covertly plan a propaganda campaign designed to bolster public support for Reagan's Central American policies. The ADL does not maintain a single archival research library or "repository of information" open to the general public. Progressives are routinely denied access to the same private ADL archives opened to conservatives and government agents. Some critics of the ADL are indeed cranks and anti-Semites, but Foxman's use of this fact as a shield against criticism is shameful. Chip Berlet Cambridge, Massachusetts Source: _the Progressive_, March 1996, pp. 6-7.
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