National Alliance leaves calling card



National Alliance leaves calling card

By Matt Phillion / Mphillio@Cnc.Com
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

White supremacist group drops leaflets overnight

Georgetown last week joined a number of area communities that have received flyer drops from the National Alliance, a West Virginia-based white supremacist organization. Flyers were simultaneously dropped in Newburyport and Rowley.

The group has also conducted flyer drops in other nearby cities and towns in the past year, including Swampscott, Danvers, and Hamilton.

A patrolman spotted the flyers early in the morning, and Chief James Mulligan said he and his officers collected them as qui
kly as possible.

Mulligan said he reviewed the flyers for content and found them to be non-threatening, providing only strong political viewpoints.

"We cleaned them all up. My view of it,

I was trying to take a middle-of-the-r
oad view, is that they presented no threat to any class of people," said Mulligan. "They were very tame, very innocuous."

Mulligan said he determined the flyers fell under free speech and the dissemination of the materials was not criminal.
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White supremacist literature found on residents' lawns

Toward the end of her State of the Town address, Board of Selectman Chairman Clarissa Rowe held up a packet of papers that had been left in front of someone's home.

"This kind of hate is unacceptable in our town," Rowe said.

A number of Arlington residents wound up with unsolicited white supremacist literature in front of their homes last weekend.

The pamphlets were from National Alliance, a group that has been in flux since its founder, William Pierce, died in 2003, according to Police Chief Fred Ryan.

Varying in size from two to three pages, the packets were wrapped in plastic bags filled with rocks, probably to weigh them down as they were tossed from a moving car, said Ryan.

"It's almost impossible to respond to leaflets thrown on the ground," said Bill Shea, a Human Rights Commissioner.

It was not the first time something like that happened in Arlington.

Since 2001, similar literature has been dropped around town three or four other times, Ryan said.

Shea, who has served on the Human Rights Commission since it was started about 25 years ago, said he has seen the pamphlets a number of times.

Usually, there will be one area with a lot of pamphlets and then a scattering around town, Shea said.

This time, an East Arlington neighborhood appeared to be targeted, with the first report of the unwanted delivery coming in late Saturday night, Shea said.

Three or four years ago, Shea found one on his front lawn after returning home from Town Meeting, where he had given a report on the Human Rights Commission.

Shea believes someone in town has been distributing the flyers and that he was targeted for speaking about human rights during Town Meeting.

Police will pick up pamphlets found in public areas, but not off people's yards, because no matter what he thinks of it personally, the literature does not violate any laws, Ryan said.

"It's certainly extremely offensive," Ryan said.