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[ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 3/12/03 ]
FBI agent: Lawmen may belong to supremacist group
By BILL TORPY
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer
Several members of law enforcement agencies in Georgia may belong to a "dangerous" white supremacist group, an FBI agent testified today.
The testimony came today at a bond hearing for the group's state leader who is being held on gun charges.
A federal magistrate denied bond to Chester James Doles, 42, a Dalonega man who authorities say was the Georgia organizer of the National Alliance and a longtime Ku Klux Klan activist.
Doles was charged with being a felon who illegally possessed a number of rifles and handguns.
FBI Special agent Joseph Thompson, a member of the joint terrorism task force that investigated Doles since July, 2001, said "Mr. Doles is a very active member of a group the FBI considers a terrorist group. That group is known commonly in law enforcement as the most dangerous group in the United States."
Thompson also testified that a confidential informant who met with Doles since 2001told authorities about the law enforcement ties to the group. No names were mentioned in court.
"That shows that Mr. Doles has a support network including law enforcement" members, said Thompson. "You vastly increase the capacity of the network," by having authorities as members. They "can look the other way."
U.S. Magistrate Linda Walker also mentioned the alleged law enforcement connections when denying bond.
"Who better to help you flee or get around law enforcement than law enforcement?" asked Walker.
The judge discounted defense contentions that Doles was being prosecuted for his involvement with the white supremist group. She pointed to a 1993 Maryland assault conviction for an attack on a interracial couple and a 1997 burglary conviction where Doles beat a homeowner.
"It doesn't matter if he's a member of the National Alliance or the National Peacekeeping Association," she said.
Thompson testified that Doles often met with white supremacist leader William Pierce, whose book ''The Turner Diaries'' is believed to have inspired Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Upon leaving the courtroom, Doles asked to hug his wife, Theresa. He was denied.
Walking out, he looked at his two teenage sons, saying "You know what's on trial here. Step up to the plate. You boys got to."
His wife responded, "They will."
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