White supremacist publishing company moving to N.J.

Bergen Record/November 19, 2001

Coeur D'Alene, Idaho -- A white supremacist publishing and Internet operation based in northern Idaho that advocates the overthrow of the U.S. government has moved to New Jersey.

Katja Lane began operating 14 Word Press in 1995 at a remote chalet-style home she built on 50 acres outside St. Maries.

She declined to talk about why she moved the publication or her current relationship with David Lane, an imprisoned terrorist and assassin.

The 14 Word Press publication and Internet site have allowed David Lane to propagandize and recruit new racists while behind bars for life in the nation's most secure federal penitentiary, authorities said.

"Through 14 Word Press, David Lane has created a forum to intervene in the development of the racist movement's paramilitary strategies," according to the Coalition for Human Dignity, a Seattle-based civil rights organization.

Katja Lane began looking for a new distributor of 14 Word Press publications in October after ending a relationship with business partner Ron McVan, according to Internet postings and law enforcement officials.

"Right now I am working alone and cannot handle the heavy workload," she wrote in an Internet message posted in early October.

A week later, Lane said she was turning over the operation to Steve Wiegand in Maple Shade, N.J.

"He was chosen for many reasons," she wrote. "He has been a personal friend and supporter for many years, as well as successfully running his own music distribution company."

Wiegand, 30, operates a mail order neo-Nazi skinhead music company called Micetrap Distribution.

"The team of Micetrap and 14 Word Press unites one of the most prolific producers of white supremacist literature and a reliable distributor of white power music," hate-group analyst Justin Massa said.

Micetrap is among the top 10 distributors of hate music, which frequently attracts young recruits to the racist movement, said Massa, who is at the Center for New Community in Chicago.

David Lane, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, started attending the Aryan Nations in northern Idaho in the early 1980s.

He is serving 150 years for racketeering and other crimes associated with The Order, a 1980s spin-off of the white supremacist movement.

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