“You don’t know how bad things really are.” Edgar Steele
In June 2003,The TBR/AFP Fourth International Conference onAuthentic History, Real News and
the FirstAmendment hosted attorney Edgar Steele, who discussed the corruption and decline of the
judicial system inAmerica. For years, Steele has risked his life defending clients the media deems “politically
unacceptable.”While the government wanted them railroaded into prison, Steele felt they deserved
fair treatment in accordance with the Constitution. Steele’s words were then—and still are—an
inspiration for all who want to take action to setAmerica on a proper path once again. Known as “the
Attorney for the Damned,” Steele now faces life in prison for what many experts feel are bogus charges
of attempted murder.What follows is a slightly edited version of that speech bringing it up to date.
I have become known for taking hopeless cases involving the
politically incorrect. It used to be there weren’t that many, but it
has turned into a flood today. I can’t even keep track of all of the
controversial individuals who crop up these days.These cases bode
ill for every single person in this room, indeed, everybody
throughout America today, particularly for our ability to speak out as
we are doing in this conference.
For example, back in Idaho recently I tried a case I have dubbed
“Say the ‘N’ word, Go to Jail,” wherein a black man who assaulted
and physically injured a white woman in the presence of her
husband was never charged with anything.
But the white woman’s husband was. He faced five years in prison
under a hate crime charge because he hurled the “N” word at the
back of the black man as he fled. Convicted of a lesser offense, the
husband was sentenced to a week in jail.We are appealing that right
now. The jury convicted him because the white couple was
politically incorrect: Poor, white and on the wrong side of a racial
Another case I tried just this past year involved a young couple
whose children were taken from their mother by an anonymous tip
to Child Protective Services [CPS] while the family was visiting
Oregon, allegedly due to criminal mistreatment. The kids were
skinny, you see—the family was vegetarian—and one girl had a small
cut on her forehead.They refused to cooperate for several months,
because they felt they had done nothing wrong, so CPS said it would
adopt out the kids.
Now, these folks were home-schooling Christians. At trial, the state
made a big point of having found a copy of the Declaration of
independence taped to the inside wall of the converted bus that
served as the family’s home. State officials claimed that this was
evidence of the parents being anti-government.
The parents took their children back from the state at gunpoint and fled the state.
Tried for kidnapping, robbery and lesser charges, the wife received
seven years and her husband 12 years. Under state law, those are
minimums—without any sort of early release possible.
A similar case with which I was briefly involved two years ago saw an Idaho
widow jailed, allegedly for mistreating her children. Again, the kids
were home-schooled and skinny—again, the family was vegetarian.
The children and the family dogs were in a highly publicized one-
week standoff with sheriff’s deputies in the county where I live in
Idaho, after they witnessed their mother’s arrest. She lost her kids
and her home. She was politically incorrect, of course: Poor, white,
vegetarian, home schooling and distrustful of the government.
Now I see a move to try to declare homes unfit if children are being
home-schooled. Next you will see children being taken because the
families are Christians. Indeed, that was one of the justifications
for Waco, you know.
Attorney Warns of Courtroom Corruption
Two years ago, I tried a case for Richard Butler, founder and head of
the Aryan Nations in Hayden, Idaho. In that case, three borderline
derelicts that Butler allowed to stay on his property in exchange for
yard work went racing off late one night, chasing after two people
they believed had just taken a shot at the compound buildings in the
dark.These fellows shot out a rear tire of the car they were
pursuing, running it into a ditch. Morris Dees and the Southern
Poverty Law Center came to town for what the judge insisted was
“just another personal injury case.” Nothing could have been further
from the truth. This was a free speech case—they were out to
silence Butler, pure and simple.
You simply don’t get more politically incorrect than Butler, of
course. And, even though the two occupants of the car that was run
into the ditch had nomedical bills, because of the nature of the
case, the jury awarded $6.5 million against Butler, forcing him into
bankruptcy and taking his home away from him.
Several years ago, the Supreme Court dealt free speech another
mortal blow when it ruled, in Virginia vs. Black, that states may
outlaw cross burning. The Council of Conservative Citizens asked me
to submit an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court, arguing
against the position now adopted. I was happy to oblige. The
court’s ruling flies directly in the face of a long line of flag
desecration rulings, which hold that flag burning is symbolic speech,
thus deserving of First Amendment protection.
So, too, is cross burning a form of symbolic speech, of course.Thus
the court advances the frontier ofAmerican thought crime yet
Ask yourself: If you don’t “hate,” can you still burn a cross? How does
one divine your secret intent to intimidate others while you perform
your symbolic speech of cross burning in your own back yard? Is this
like saying the “N” word, which is okay if you’re black, but now
a hate crime if you’re white? Can the new law properly be called
“Burning While White”?Talk about racial profiling.
Since what is being punished ostensibly is one’s evil intent, what if I
harbor the evilest of intents and burn, say, a lawn chair? Do I still go
to jail? Few will dispute that cross burning is ugly behavior. But it is
just the sort of ugliness in which true beauty resides—the beauty of
free speech. Too bad that, as a society, we have yet to mature to
the point where we see real beauty regardless of the context.
And there are lots of other cases, just like these that I have
mentioned, going on inAmerica right now—thousands and thousands
of them. Some involve known public figures, always politically
incorrect. Though it isn’t being reported as such in the media, there
is a roundup taking place of those who dare to speak out against the
current administration, usually on bogus charges.
Another example was that of Matt Hale, head of the World Church of
the Creator, who was taken down on what appears to be
manufactured charges of soliciting the murder of a judge sitting on a
copyright case in which his organization had been involved.
Hardly anybody agrees with or approves of Hale. Most dismiss his
church as being not a church at all, but merely an excuse to vent
racial hatred. That is not the point. Hale disagrees with and
criticizes the policies of theAmerican government, and that is the
point. Hale was held in solitary confinement. Nobody, including his
father and lawyers, was allowed to see him. All letters to him were
returned. They treated Hale as a domestic terrorist under the
And then there was Ernst Zundel, a Canadian expatriate who had
been living in Tennessee with hisAmerican wife. Zundel was central
to a notable hate speech trial in Canada years ago, which he lost
when the court ruled that he was a “Holocaust denier,” merely
because he took issue, in writing, with many of the claims made
concerning the Holocaust. It didn’t matter if Zundel could prove his
points to be correct. What mattered was that Zundel disagreed with
the Canadian government. What matters also is that he disagreed
with the American government regarding many things. His crime? He
missed a visa hearing of which he swears he never received notice.
We all should have the right to be wrong. Society needs people who
dispute the historical record.After all, some of these peoplemay be
right. If spreading false information is a crime, as Zundel is accused
of doing, shouldn’t we also lock up the administration officials who
lied to us about Iraq’s weapons ofmass destruction?
A lady running something called the Aryan Baby Drive, which
collected children’s clothing for free distribution solely to needy
white people, was arrested in southern California. Government
agents found a couple of things—things that probably are in your
garage right now—things they said could be used in themanufacture
of a bomb.What were these people doing in her garage in the first
place? Well, she had been openly critical of the government. Worse,
she blatantly discriminated in favor of the white race.
David Duke worked out a plea bargain whereby he served a year’s
worth of hard time, allegedly for embezzling contributions. The
facts do not hold water in his case, but he didn’t dare go before a
jury on any charge, because a conviction was certain simply because
of who he is.
Chester Doles is a state-level organizer for the National Alliance,
founded by the late Dr.William Pierce. Doles was charged with
being a “felon in possession of a firearm” though he owned no
firearms and though he is not a felon. It’s because of an old
misdemeanor conviction—and because one of his familymembers
owned guns—that the Joint Terrorism Task Force charged Doles. He
was arrested because of his politically incorrect beliefs, of course.
PREJUDICE OF JUDGES
I had never lost a case at trial until I got involved with politically
incorrect cases like these—they have opened my eyes to the
prejudice of judges and juries. The bottom line is that the
politically incorrect are going to jail in record numbers, often for
trivial or trumped-up charges, and they quite simply can’t get justice
inAmerica today.And they can’t afford lawyers, either, which is why
I have had to handle the vast majority of mine pro bono, because I
believe in the issues involved.
In the weeks leading up to the trial in the Aryan Nations case, my
children received death threats from a woman who I believe is
Jewish. I personally received many death threats, among them one
from Mark Wiles, lead henchman for Irv Rubin’s Jewish Defense
League. I sent my family away for several weeks prior to that
trial and slept with a .45 semiautomatic, which I carried with me at
all times I wasn’t in court.
Note that these cases always involve political conservatives, usually
Christians, often home-schoolers, always poor, always white, often
outspoken regarding race or the shortcomings of the current
THE POLITICS OF SPEECH
Freedomof speech and religion are both on their way out, make no
mistake. George Orwell’s fantasy has become the media’s reality.
Whites are depicted as stupid and racist, while blacks are both noble
and witty. Christians are narrowminded bigots, and patriots are
Orwell was right, you know. It was just his timing that was off.
Orwell said, “War is peace.”Today, we have perpetual war to “keep
the peace.” Orwell said, “Freedom is slavery.” Today, we yield our
civil liberties in the name of domestic security. Freedom is slavery
now. Orwell said, “Ignorance is strength.”Today, we accuse those
who merely ask questions of being unpatriotic. Ignorance is strength
now. Orwell’s “Ministry of Peace” waged war. Our Defense
Department conducts non stop wars that “we” start.And we have
gone beyond even Orwell with our language of Newspeak.
There is nothing conservative these days about conservatives.
Now, conservativemeans bigger government andmore control—not
less, the classic definition of conservative. Since the Republicans
took power in Congress nearly 10 years ago, federal spending has
gone up 60 percent.
And there is nothing liberal about liberals anymore—who fall over
one another to surrender personal freedom. Many today do not
realize that liberal used to mean favoring personal freedom and
Racial diversity requires that everyone think the same.We destroy
countries in order to save them—as in Afghanistan.We kill foreign
civilians in order to liberate them—as in Iraq.We allow the Homeland
Security Department to arrest our fellow citizens so that we might
feel safe and secure. It is our Child Protective Services that
facilitate wholesale child kidnapping, abuse, rape and murder.
We support and create totalitarianism, then call it democracy, both
at home and abroad. Anti-Semites, in truth, have become simply
those of us who are hated by Zionists.Agreatmany Christians have
become singularly unchristian toward those with whom they
disagree.There are none so intolerant as those who preach
It used to be that dad worked and mom was home with the 2.7 kids.
Today, they both work, are usually divorced anyway, and their one
child sits home alone, watching television for hours on end every
It used to be that everyone read and wrote well. Today, even
teachers can’t spell. Today, it’s the entitlement mentality of
socialism, with the centralized control of everything and everybody.
Today, it’s the overriding control freak outlook of fascism.
A coup has taken place—and right under our noses. The Patriot Bill
was passed by Congress without even being read by most legislators.
Meanwhile, laws are already on the books—as part of the first Patriot
Act—that allow the government to visit our local libraries and
bookstores to examine our reading habits. Neighborhood watch
programs encourage neighbors to spy upon one another.
Freedom of Information Act changes implemented by Bush have put
most public documents out of reach. Very recent executive orders
put still more public data out of reach, marked as “sensitive, but
unclassified.” Provisions in Patriot Act II will allow secret arrests,
warrantless searches, broad asset forfeiture and, believe it or not,
the stripping of citizenship from Americans. Once so disfranchised,
we can be deported for “further processing.”
GUILTY TILL PROVEN INNOCENT
While we debate the merits of military tribunals, far worse takes
place as family after family is ripped apart by courts sitting without
juries, closed to the public and with sealed records—no right to
cross-examine or even confront accusers, no right to present
evidence other than that offered by the state—where you are guilty
until proven innocent, but there is no way to prove your innocence.
Tomorrow, thought control will look like today’s hate crime laws.
The charge of hate is used selectively, of course. For example, some
lesbians spread their hatred of men but are never charged, while
some militant feminists teach young girls that all men are potential
rapists. Blacks taunt whites with names like “honky” or “cracker,”
without recrimination. Some people say Jewish written scriptures
overflow with hatred of Christ and Christians. Say the “N” word
while white and go to jail. Burn a cross while white and go to jail.
Challenge Holocaust statistics with the truth while white and go to
Tomorrow’s police state already has been established—just go down
to your local airport to see it in action. Tomorrow’s property rights
will go the way of today’s rural cleansing—especially with federal
As a lawyer, I’m inside the system.You don’t know how bad things
really are. I take the cases that I do in order to make a statement.
No way can I change things. I can take on only a tiny fraction of the
cases that come to me.
Meanwhile, the greatmasses of our countrymen who have not yet
become tyrannized are living on borrowed time. They are the ones
to whom I am shouting. We have suffered affirmative action due to
a false sense of guilt about the treatment of blacks we never knew
by whites with whomwe have nothing in common except skin
color.We didn’t realize we weremerely trading places with those
who had been discriminated against in the past.We have endured
the spectacle of renaming schools, streets, buildings and parks after
blacks, replacing the memory of our Founding Fathers with those
whose primary contribution toAmerican society is their skin color.
Not one of the Founding Fathers has a holiday named solely for
himself. Martin Luther King Jr. does, though.
We have witnessed the Confederate flag stricken from public
venues. Now we see the beginnings of the Stars and Stripes being
labeled a mark of oppression. Schools teach to the bottom of the
classes then keep lowering the standards so that students appear as
smart as ever.We know why. Nobody left behind means nobody
out in front. We have sacrificed our children to a false sense of
guilt in pursuit of intellectual equality that never will be achieved.
POLITICS OF CRIME REPORTING
We suffer massive levels of crime that did not exist even 30 years
ago, overwhelmingly at the hands of “people of color.” Though our
media and government do everything possible to skew the statistics,
we know who is to blame.
Blacks commit seven timesmore violent crimes than do whites but
are only one-seventh of the total population. Do the math: Blacks
are 50 times more likely to commit violent crime than the average
In the last 30 years, 45,000 Americans have been killed in interracial
murders, overwhelmingly black on white.Almost as many as the
number ofAmericans lost in Vietnam and much more than the 34,000
killed in Korea.
There is a very real war—a race war—being waged in the streets of
America. School shootings. We know why.Victim mentality.We are
tired of the whining. Our financial system is being destroyed.
The Fed runs its presses around the clock, with each dollar printed
cheapening further those already in circulation. The dollar has
declined 25 percent in a little more than a year, and its fall has only
just begun. In 1929, our money was backed with gold and silver.
Today, nothing backs it.
The coming economic crash will lead to a change in our calling the
Depression of the early Thirties the “Great” Depression, just as
World War II caused “the GreatWar” to be renamedWorldWar I. The
coming crash will be spectacular, combining hyperinflation with the
simultaneous devaluation of primary assets—ideal conditions for a
totalitarian police state. Stupefying government deficits. Unpayable
levels of corporate and personal debt. Factory overproduction
in America now approaches Depression-era levels.Yet, American
corporations continue to ship our manufacturing and service jobs to
No longer a major producer nation, we have become a country of
consumers. There remains continuing corruption in the corporate
world and no effort on anybody’s part to fix things.
We have a financial system on the verge of collapse and all we hear
are lies from our government, Wall Street, corporateAmerica and
themedia. Social Security benefits are being cut while new age
limits undercut younger workers. Expect benefits to be cut further
for those who enter retirement with even modest means.
Cost of living adjustments are a joke and based on false calculations
of the consumer price index [an indicator of inflation, published
monthly, that measures the change in the cost of goods and
Soon, this fraud will be joined by a 50-percent loss in private
pension payments, already existing, but not yet booked by the funds.
Further stock market declines will only make things worse.
The Bush administration wanted to give nearly a half-billion dollars in
Social Security funds to Mexican citizens who have worked in the
United States, even illegally, including those now living in other
Under what is being called “totalization,” a foreigner can add the
years worked in a foreign country to the years worked in the U.S.,
to qualify for lifetime benefits, even if he is no longer living in the
U.S. and even if he worked here illegally. In other words, they can
get a full pension without having paid one penny into the system.
Unemployment is a national disaster. Over a half million jobs were
lost in three months [during the Bush administration], yet the
government says unemployment hovers around 6 percent.Yeah,
right. In two years, millions of jobs have vanished fromAmerica,
mostly to the third world, and there are now 4.8 million people
working part time, people who used to work full time.We’re just
limping along, while consumers hemorrhage money received from
refinancing their homes.And millions of American homes have been
lost to foreclosure. Record numbers of individuals and businesses
have declared bankruptcy.
A recovery requires investment in capital by business, together with
savings all across the board. Neither is happening in America today.
Massive immigration without assimilation. America no longer is the
melting pot. Now it’s the potluck free lunch.
Billions of dollars for welfare, food stamps, school and medical care
for illegals, paid for by us, though many of us can no longer afford to
feed our own kids properly. Some of us haven’t seen a doctor in
years because we haven’t the money. Some of us qualify for
welfare, but we are too proud. We can’t afford to send our kids to
college, the same college that provides free tuition and living
expenses to those whose sole qualification is their skin color. We
spend trillions to hold countries that hate us in check, while many of
our own people live in poverty.We can’t watch TV or read
newspapers and magazines without having “hate whitey”—also
known as “diversity”—thrown in our face at every turn. Of course,
fewer and fewer of us read as a result of the illiteracy engendered
by the failing social experiment that America has become.
We endure the dismantling of Christianity and its removal from
every public edifice. We see our pastors stand idly by, often lending
a hand to those who would replace Christianity with other
religions.We prohibit the mention of Christ in our schools, yet our
children are instructed in Islam and homosexuality.
The American population consists of 2.5 percent Jews versus 70
percent Caucasians. It used to be 95 percent, not too long ago.Yet
they have a strong say in setting the agenda in the Middle East. Why
else do you think we are even there?The oil is just the excuse that
allows us cynically to stop and look no deeper for reasons.
Notice the extreme difference between U.S. policy in the Mideast
versus elsewhere. [First,we eliminated Osama bin Laden], the chief
threat to Arab client states of the U.S. and a prime enemy of Israel.
Then we invaded and destroyed Iraq, a country with nothing except
Now government statements are beginning to emerge concerning a
supposed nuclear bomb program in Iran, another blood enemy of
Israel. They have a familiar ring, don’t they?
Meanwhile, we give a pass to North Korea, a country which has
threatened to nuke LosAngeles.
American borders are kept wide open to a flood of illegal immigrants
apparently to dilute the population, thereby making us more easily
controlled.Yet, there is a furious struggle to jail those who criticize
Israel and the Holocaust.
Contrast this policy imposed uponAmerica with the extremely closed
society of Israel, which is reserved solely for Jewish immigrants.
And consider the money that Israel has cost us. It is nothing short of
Economist Dr. Thomas R. Stauffer estimates the cost of our Middle
Eastern policies at over $2.5 trillion, more than the cost of the
Vietnam War. Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?
Let’s see now,America has a population of 355 million and about 80
million households, so that amounts to $31,250 from your family to
Israel.And that doesn’t include some other items which easily could
double that figure, says Dr. Stauffer.
That brings us to the $64,000 question, which is approximately
double the $31,250 figure just cited: Is Israel worth it to you? Or
could your family have put that $62,500 to better use?
What is particularly ironic is how much of that money came back
from Israel for the purpose of lobbying America’s elected
representatives. Movies and TV depict an America that doesn’t exist,
that never existed, except in the wishful thinking of warped leftists,
sexual deviants, cultural communists, globalists, neo-conservatives
and other assorted control freaks.
There have been terrorist attacks and will be more to come, yet we
pretend not to know why. The answer is because we continue to be
the world’s bully and because America does the bidding of others.
We have betrayed our grandparents and theirs before them.We
have squandered our birthright and our heritage. We sacrifice our
children upon the altar of political correctness.
This is not the country we grew up in.This is not the society that
formed us. This is not the future we were promised. Life comes in
one size now, dispensed largely through the TV set.We deserve
better.We demand better. We deserve to be left alone, to live
We deserve to be different fromothers.We deserve not to be taxed
to advance the agenda of others, an agenda which has nothing to do
with our best interests and which actually seeks our destruction.
It is time to stop being strangers in our own land. Is it hopeless? Not
entirely. There are too many lemmings and too few real patriots for
a revolution, anyway.What I advocate is being prepared and
awakening others to what is coming.
What is coming? Not worldwide empire,Americanstyle, despite the
best efforts of the inner party and international banking interests.
What’s coming is America’s come-uppance; in fact, that is likely
planned as part of the attempt at empire. I think it likely that it will
go badly for the NWO crowd and, consequently, for America. But
that will create an opportunity we don’t currently possess—an
opportunity to start over.
America worked once as a constitutional republic. It can work again.
It will be up to us to pick up the pieces. For now, we must awaken
A new America—an idea whose time has come. God help us all in the
troubled times that lie just ahead.
What Would the Founding Fathers Do Today?
“I can’t advocate a violent revolution or I would be disbarred. But,
that’s exactly what Jefferson, Washington and other Founding
Fathers would do today if they were still among us.” Edgar J. Steele