APmi 06/08 2117 Robert Miles By MICHAEL BENCSIK The Oakland Press COHOCTAH, Mich. (AP) --

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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 sounds scared. 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 Pontiac. 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 force." 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 supremacists. 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 leaders. Miles is a leader among those leaders. With two felony convictions, he is a decorated veteran of the war for the white cause. 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 terrorism. 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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