WASHINGTON, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) applauds the work of the Washington, DC Joint Terrorism Task Force for the investigation into and the arrest of white supremacist Douglas Story.
According to the FBI, law enforcement became aware of Story through a posting he had made on an Aryan Nations website. Story had purportedly indicated that he was preparing to buy an AK-47 with the intention of having the weapon altered to become fully automatic. Story allegedly stated that he "[was] planning on ambushing and murdering any law enforcement officer that stops him on the street if and when martial law is enacted in the United States."
Story has often been active on white supremacy online forums, where he has expressed his hatred toward minority populations and his wish that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder be "removed from office 'with a 30.06.'"
David C. Friedman, ADL's Washington, DC Regional Director, issued the following statement:
We applaud the work of the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service for their diligence throughout this investigation and their professionalism in carrying out Story's arrest. A strong message has been sent that our law enforcement agencies are committed to fighting domestic terrorism.
Experts at ADL's Center on Extremism were already familiar with Story at the time of his arrest. In fact, in April 2010 the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles rescinded his custom license plate number: "14CV88." The numeric symbols 14 and 88, used separately or in combination, are among the most commonly used white supremacist symbols. The number 88 stands for "Heil Hitler," as "H" is the eighth letter of the alphabet, while the number 14 is shorthand for the racist "Fourteen Words" slogan: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." At the time, Story's vehicle also displayed a photograph of the burning World Trade Center towers along with the words, "Everything I ever needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
SOURCE Anti-Defamation League