INJUSTICE FOR ALL: A Warning from former attorney Edgar J. Steele

“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.

Image courtesy of Desert Peace

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

another notch.

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.


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



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.”


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.


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

third-world countries.

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

Israel’s enmity.

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

without interference.

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

the others.

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

Lady Liberty shackled

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