APmi 06/08 2117 Robert Miles By MICHAEL BENCSIK The Oakland Press COHOCTAH, Mich. (AP) --
APmi 06/08 2117 Robert Miles
By MICHAEL BENCSIK The Oakland Press
COHOCTAH, Mich. (AP) -- Perhaps it is just the conservatism
that comes with the years or perhaps it is the fear of a return
to one of the nation's worst prisons, but Robert Miles looks and
After weeks of being locked inside jails, the former grand
dragon of the Michigan Ku Klux Klan recently was released on bond
while awaiting trial on a federal sedition indictment.
Back home on his 70-acre farm, the man accused of plotting the
overthrow of the U.S. government expresses none of the hatred
that has marked his life and his white-power movement.
Miles doesn't talk like a man convicted of tarring and
feathering a black Willow Run school official or conspiring to
blow up school buses to stall court-ordered desegregation in
It is as if he has made up his mind not to appear an angry
man, a man of evil, a leader of a band of militants.
Above all, Miles doesn't want to look like someone intent on
overthrowing the federal government or plotting its destruction.
"What kind of threat can I be out here with a typewriter and a
newsletter?" he asked. "Three cows isn't much of an invasion
During a two-hour interview on his views of blacks and Jews in
society, he vacillates from expected condemnation to,
surprisingly, something close to acceptance.
"I'm not anti-Jewish, I'm anti-Zionist," he said. "The
anti-black is more in response to our government's favoritism to
them at the expense of lower-income whites."
But this is from a man who wrote in his newsletter about
"African murderers" and "Jewspapers" -- a white supremacist's
synonym for newspapers.
With his white beard and silver hair, Miles looks like a
grandfather inside his farmhouse. He looks comfortably retired
with his baggy shorts, black socks and sandals. He says that's
all he wants to be.
But with a 12-foot-high burnt cross in his back yard, there is
no mistaking what Robert Edward Miles represents to white
His farm has been a central meeting site for neo-Nazis, Klan
members and other extreme right-wing believers. Behind his home
is the infamous Hall of Giants, a Quonset hut that serves as one
of the main podiums for the nation's leading white racist
Miles is a leader among those leaders. With two felony
convictions, he is a decorated veteran of the war for the white
When a visitor arrived at his home recently, the man who
refers to the "Jews media" as the same as the news media, was
sitting at a dining room table reading The Wall Street Journal.
Miles is an intellectual in a movement short on creative
thought. In a twisted sort of way, Miles was the first to see
the bigger picture.
According to a federal indictment in Fort Smith, Ark., Miles
and 13 other white supremacists met in recent years and agreed to
form a separate Aryan nation by overthrowing the United States by
The indictment alleges that the group would finance the
movement through robberies and counterfeiting and would
assassinate federal officials and members of the Jewish faith.
The indictment lists 119 overt acts by the alleged
conspirators. Miles' name only appears in connection with six
incidents. Each involves alleged meetings he took part in as
compared with the actual commission of a violent act.
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