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> Tom Metzger, a 54-year-old television repairman from Fallbrook,
> California, may be America's most notorious hatemonger. His
> nearly 30-year career in the radical right has included
> affiliation with the John Birch Society in the 1960s, the
> Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, and his own organization, White
> Aryan Resistance (WAR), during the 80s and 90s. On October 23,

He's also "affiliated" with the Nation of Islam.

> 1990, an Oregon jury rendered a $12.5 million judgment against
> Metzger and his son, John, for their role in inciting neo-Nazi
> skinheads to murder Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant,
> in Portland two years earlier.

Yet, they were never even charged with a crime, they were
"convicted" by a purely civil court by reason of "provocation."

> On the night of November 12, 1988, a neo-Nazi skinhead gang
> in Portland called the East Side White Pride attacked three
> Ethiopian immigrants with a baseball bat and steel-toed boots;
> Seraw was killed. Investigation into the murder revealed links
> between the skinheads - three of whom were convicted of murder -
> and Metzger's White Aryan Resistance.
> Crucial among these links was a letter to the skinheads signed
> by Metzger, which stated in part: "Soon you will meet Dave
> Mazzella, our national vice-president, who will be in Portland
> to teach you how we operate and to help you understand more
> about WAR...." Among the operations Mazella taught the Portland
> gang was attacking people of color. Mazzella later explained:
> "Tom Metzger said the only way to get respect from skinheads is
> to teach them how to commit violence against Blacks, against
> Jews, Hispanics, any minority. The word will spread and they'll
> know our group is one you can respect."
> Mazzella, who was not charged in connection with the murder,

Neither were the Metzgers.  Do you even know the difference
between a civil and criminal trial, the different standards
of proof required by the court?

Mazzella wasn't sued because he offered to be a stukach for
the plaintiffs; if it had been a criminal trial Mazzella
would have most certainly been charged as he was more guilty
of provocation than the Metzgers.

The Metzgers trial is an ill omen for the militia movement;
nothing that the Metzgers did was in any way legally different
than what militias do.


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