Law Enforcement Bulletin, Issue #14 Winter 1995
A periodic update from the Anti-Defamation League
Extremist Profile: DAVID LANE
David E. Lane, a racial agitator, anti-Jewish activist, former Ku
Llux Klansman, ex-neo-Nazi, and radical-right revolutionary, is
serving a combined 190-year sentence for racketeering and
conspiracy, and for violating the civil rights of Denver radio
personality Alan Berg, who was murdered outside his home in 1984.
Although he is incarcerated in the federal prison in Florence,
Colorado, with no hope of eligibility for parole until 2037, Lane
remains a voice that is heard in the hate movement; his writings are
published in several leading extremist periodicals.
Now 55, Lane was one of 10 members of the Far Right revolutionary
gang known as The Order who were convicted of racketeering and
conspiracy in 1985; their goal was to launch a race war against
blacks and Jews and to establish a separate white nation in the
western U.S. Since going to prison, Lane's writings have appeared in
extremist publications such as the neo-Nazi tabloid "The New Order,"
in "WAR", organ of the California-based White Aryan Resistance, and
in "The Klansman", published by The Invisible Empire Ku Klux Klan
(see also story below)<*>, founded in 1975 by David Duke.
An "Aryan" Leader
In late 1981, Lane became Colorado State Organizer of Aryan Nations,
a violence-prone hate group headquartered in Hayden Lake, Idaho. The
group's insignia resembles a swastika, and it has called upon "Aryan
Warriors" to oppose "the lying murdering Jews."
In 1982, Lane left Denver to live in the Hayden Lake compound, where
he served as the Aryan Nations "propaganda minister." In 1983, Lane
returned to Colorado to take charge of the Colorado "headquarters"
of the White American Political Association, or WAPA, a
California-based white supremacist group founded by Tom Metzger and
now known as WAR.
It was at this time that Lane joined extremist leader Robert Mathews
in The Order. Subsequently, Lane reportedly operated a covert
message center in Boise, Idaho, for participants in a July 1984
Brinks armored-car robbery in Ukiah, California, which netted The
Order $3.6 million.
Caught and Convicted
Lane was apprehended by the FBI on March 30, 1985 in North Carolina.
In a trial held in Seattle, Lane was convicted on December 30, 1985,
with nine other members of The Order, for racketeering. He received
a 40-year sentence.
In October 1986, Lane was moved from a medium security federal
prison in Indiana, to a maximum security penitentiary in Illinois,
because of his continued extremist activities behind bards. In 1991,
Lane was relocated to the prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, and in 1994
to the prison in Florence, Colorado.
In April 1987, Lane was indicted with three others on charges of
violating Alan Berg's civil rights resulting from the June 18, 1984,
machine-gun slaying; Lane was accused of driving the getaway car.
Found guilty in November 1987, Lane was sentenced the following
month to a 150-year prison term with no parole eligibility until the
first 50 years have been served.
Philosopher of Hate
Lane's racist activities have continued in jail. Many of Lane's
writings conclude with what he terms "the 14 words." The are: "We
must secure the existence of our people and a future for white
In a 1992 interview in "WAR," Lane stated: [W]e must use all our
abilities and resources in a calculated and ever ruthless manner.
Whether you choose literature distribution, armed resistance,
financially supporting others, or some other method of struggle, do
it with wisdom, determination and perseverance.
Asked for his advice to others, he replied, "Disciplined
Clearly, Lane's incendiary rhetoric of hate carries the potential
for inspiring violence far beyond the confines of his cell.
<*> See pub/orgs/american/kkk/adl-klan-disarray