Regarding the following text from ìThe Heritage front Affair
- A Report to the Solicitor General of Canada from the Security Intelligence
Review Committee, Dec 9, 1994.î
AFFIDAVIT OF GERRY LINCOLN
I, Gerry C. Lincoln of City of Toronto, ON. make oath and say as follows:
1.) That I am the person referred to in the following text and as such
have knowledge of the matters stated herein.
2.) That I know the following text to be a false, erroneous, or misleading
But within the covert side would be still another level, an inner
clique to be known to a select few as the "Brethren". It would
be this group which would actually "control all aspects of the WHF."
This clique was to be unknown to regular WHF members. Two other defecting
members of the Nationalist Party of Canada, Gerald Lincoln and Grant Bristow
were being considered by Droege for positions in this group.
First, there was never any serious consideration given to the idea
of calling the new organization WHF (White Heritage Foundation). It was
immediately recognized that the American group, the Heritage Foundation
would probably regard WHF as copyright infringement. As well, we considered
incorporating the word ìwhiteî would make the group
sound too ìklannishî ó a pitfall we wished to
Second, the term ìbrethrenî was never used to describe
the top echelon of the proposed organization. That term is used mostly by
the Identity Christian types and in a novel, The Turner Diaries. For this
reason, as the new organization was to be completely secular in nature,
the term ìbrethrenî would not have been considered.
As well, Wolfgang Droege has trouble pronouncing the word ìbrethren.î
When he read this section of the report aloud, he tripped over this word
every time, to the amusement of those present.
The NPC group flew from Rome to Malta. There they were placed on
a boat later described by the group as a "converted prison ship"
which went from Malta to Libya. Gerry Lincoln, James Dawson, Wolfgang Droege,
and Grant Bristow roomed together in what was called a "bottom-dungeon".
The right wing racists had to be separated from the left wing anti-fascists
for the former's protection. After the ship docked, the NPC group were not
allowed to disembark and only after several days of complaining were they
allowed to reside in Camp Kadhafi some miles from Tripoli.
While this may appear trivial, it points out a certain amount of sloppiness
that managed to infect this report. ìCamp Kadhafiî in the report,
is neither in quotations nor italicized, and so, gives the false impression
that this was indeed the name of the camp. We were never told the proper
name of this desert retreat used by the Libyans, mostly for visiting trade
delegations, so I nicknamed it ìCamp Kadhafi.î
Droege wanted to stay on the plane and fly back to Rome, but the
aircraft Captain told him either to get off or be charged with piracy. The
NPC members were arrested and some received threats from US officers. They
were strip-searched and had their body cavities probed for contraband.
With the exception of Wolfgang Droege, no one was arrested. Grant Bristow
was the only one who at any time even mentioned being strip-searched. Others,
in fact joked that perhaps that was a fantasy he enjoyed.
On September 25, 1989 the Heritage Front was formed by Wolfgang Droege
at a meeting attended by Gerald Lincoln, Grant Bristow and James Dawson.
These people were foils to Droege, according to the sources we contacted.
Gerry Lincoln would be the president while Droege and Bristow would work
"behind the scenes as 'silent' executives."
Grant Bristow was the only one of the three of us who expressed a strong
desire to work ìbehind the scenesî ó because
of the sensitive nature of his employment as a security investigator at
a major international firm in Brampton.
Droege had previously been a high-profile person and had no qualms about
being in the spotlight again, as quickly happened as the Heritage Front
received media exposure. In fact, most who know him would say Droege thrives
on media attention.
It was over two years later when, after a certain amount of reflection,
I affixed my name to the editorial page of the new HF magazine, Up Front.
In the interim, Droege had given numerous media interviews, the first of
which appeared in Rosie DiMannoís Toronto Star column on June 19,
James Dawson registered the Heritage Front on October 2, 1989. During
that week, Droege held a meeting with Lincoln, Jim Dawson and Bristow where
he said the HF will have a "Kosher-Conservative" line publicly
but will use the group to "clandestinely forward the white supremacist
movement." Lincoln said there was no clandestine agenda.
First, no one at the executive level of The Heritage Front has ever defined
himself as a ìwhite supremacist.î The terms we use have
always been ìracialistî or ìwhite separatist.î
As the phrase ìclandestinely forward the white supremacist movementî
is in quotation marks, it implies that someone actually said those words.
This is not factual, as our agenda has always been publically-stated, though
often misrepresented in the media.
The original concept for the Front, as defined by Droege, was that
there would be two "wings": a political wing and a military or
direct action wing. The political wing would be made up of people who were
not suitable for activist work; that is to say, they would engage in political
propaganda work. The people in the military wing would work at demonstrations
and they would distribute leaflets. We learned that Droege also formed the
October 2nd Committee, "an active measures commando unit to be run
by him and to use selected skinheads."
The only time ìOctober 2nd Committeeî ever came up in
conversation, was when Grant Bristow mentioned how left-wing organizations,
particularly Communists, use dates to name their groups. Such a name was
never even suggested for an HF wing.
Ironically, it was James Dawson who suggested a more militant wing be formed.
Dawson, who has always seen himself as some sort of sergeant-at-arms, proposed
this wing be called the ARA (Aryan Resistance Army). Droege was not present
at this discussion which was held at the old Parkway Tavern, and the proposal
was never given serious consideration.
Droege wanted the Heritage Front to be a more focused version of
The Order in the United States. The group would attack armoured cars and
black drug dealers for funds. The Front, according to the Source, would
not target minorities but rather, it would use selective violence against
"race-traitors": those Christian whites who disagreed with white
This paragraph is sheer fantasy. While I still consider Grant Bristow a
friend ó even now ó I can only conclude that ìthe
Sourceî fabricated this statement entirely, after reading the
Andrew Macdonald novel, The Turner Diaries.
Droege needed people to take action on his ideas and someone to put
these ideas on paper: he used Lincoln for that purpose. By October 2, 1989,
Gerry Lincoln was writing all the materials and all the propaganda. In addition
to propaganda, the Source reported that Lincoln later gave large amounts
of his money to pay for the publication of Up Front Magazine, the Heritage
Front's major propaganda outlet and, eventually, "cash cow". Lincoln
said he did not provide a great deal of money for the magazine.
To simply state that ìLincoln said he did not provide a great
deal of money for the magazineî seems to imply a simple denial
of a statement. In a telephone interview with someone from SIRC, I offered
a more-detailed explanation. While I do not recall exactly how much money
I contributed, I remember that it was no more than my fair share, as previously
agreed upon by Grant Bristow, Wolfgang Droege and myself. At no time, did
I ever pay more than one-third of any expense. After the second issue of
the magazine was published, it essentially became self-sustaining, or a
Droege generated some ideas for making money to pay for the Heritage
Front. Among them were "taking down" drug dealers to get the money.
The Source raised the problem of their having guns, and used other arguments
to try to dissuade Droege from pursuing this and like ideas.
I can only conclude that my friend Grant Bristow initiated this account
of ìtaking down drug dealersî to cement his own position
on the CSIS payroll. Droege has always stressed to skinheads and others
that they should remain law-abiding, pointing out that they are of little
use to themselves or anyone else if they are in jail.
4.1 Page 1
We learned that, on March 18, 1990, Droege, Bristow, Lincoln, Donna
Elliot and others were responsible for disrupting a television broadcast.
The program was aired on TV Ontario and dealt with racism issues. During
the telephone-in portion of the program, the Heritage Front group was able
to partially tie up the telephone lines, and they "were also able to
start a number of arguments with the guest panel and state their white supremacist
At no time was there ever any attempt to ìdisruptî any
television show. Frequently, during television shows of topical interest
with a call-in portion, we would telephone a number of people who could
present rational views, and suggest that they phone the station and air
their views. There was never a deliberate attempt to ìtie up telephone
lines.î As the host of the show invited callers, one can rationally
expect people to call in with opposing viewpoints. As for stating ìtheir
white supremacist views,î that is a purely subjective statement,
5.2 Page 2
Droege is not a computer person, Lincoln was the computer expert.
Louis Beam was said to be the brains behind the United States Aryan Computer
Network, which the Canadian supremacists were trying to emulate.
This section implies that I had links with the ìUnited States
Aryan Computer Network.î In actual fact, the only person who maintained
a computer connection via his modem with Aryan Nations, Terry Long, Louis
Beam, etc. was Grant Bristow. I had neither the time nor inclination to
get involved in such an activity. This was before the days of the Internet,
and establishing such a two-way link meant incurring long distance charges
for something that could be done more cheaply with a ìvoice call.î
Again, ëDay of the Ropeí and ëRace Warí are straight
out of The Turner Diaries, a book that Bristow could and did quote from
extensively ó because he liked it!
In July 1991, the Source obtained and provided to CSIS a listing of personal
information which Droege received from Terry Long. The list was passed promptly
to the RCMP. "The list was presented as an intelligence file in which
the recipients are to contribute material when required".
Droege told the Source that the list was created so that the movement has
the required intelligence on targets when the 'Day of the Rope' arrives.
The Source believes that Droege was referring to a target 'hit list' which
would be used when the 'Race War' begins.
5.3 Page 3
The Hate Line
First, I object to the arbitrary use of the term ìhate lineî
to describe a hotline. No one was ever charged or convicted of ìpromoting
hatred.î This is a quote from an extremely biased source. Second,
Droege did not pre-approve messages, at least not the ones that I dictated,
approved or vetted. Generally, his role was to occasionally suggest a topic
for an upcoming message.
The Heritage Front's telephone Hate Line was established in the Summer
of 1991. It was to be the target of a number of legal actions by the Jewish
and Native communities, and was to be stopped, and then restarted seven
times over the next three years.
Through the Summer and Fall of 1991, work continued on the hate line. We
learned that Lincoln dictated the message, as approved by Droege, on the
answering machine. Eventually, the hotline was mainly Gary Schipper's project,
and certainly the voice was his.
Later, said the Source, they all went to Zundel's house. Droege
wanted a beer, but Zundel did not approve and said that everyone should
go home. Droege was upset, but Zundel was not; it was not his house that
had been trashed. George Burdi (Church of the Creator) was present and said
that they should take a group and lose the police.
No one who knows Wolfgang Droege could agree with the statement that ìDroege
wanted a beer...î While occasionally he can be persuaded to drink
one or two (at most) beers, his beverage of choice is always ìtea
with lemon.î He has never, since Iíve known him, suggested
going out for a beer.
The Source did not provide Droege with the names of the demonstrators,
but people identified some of them using videos of news accounts. Lincoln
took still photos from the videos and they were handed out to Heritage Front
members. Ernst Zundel's expensive equipment was used for this purpose.
This account implies that I handed out photos of demonstrators to Heritage
Front members, which is not the case. At Grant Bristowís request,
I made single copies of numerous left-wing types using Ernst Zundelís
video printer. I do not know if in fact Grant made extra copies to pass
to others or not, but certainly, to my knowledge, no one else had access
to these photos.
Droege's aim was to get back at the Jews through political lobbying.
Others in the movement, however, did not understand his strategy. The Aryan
Nations believed, for example, that they were the last tribe of the real
Jews and they pushed Droege to take physical action. Gerry Lincoln, closely
associated with Ernst Zundel, would constantly defend the message of Holocaust
I take exception to the last sentence in this paragraph. First, it seems
out of place and has nothing to do with anything previously mentioned.
Second, I have never defended ìthe message of Holocaust denial.î
Of course, like any sane person, I believe that every historical subject
should be open to debate and revision where necessary, and this is what
I tried to explain to the SIRC people in a telephone interview.
I think a more accurate statement would be that I constantly defend Ernst
Zundelís right to question any aspect of history that he so chooses.
History is not an exact science like geometry or physics, and is subject
to constant revision as new facts come to light.
B'nai Brith. The Source said that he had no knowledge of the telephone
harassment campaign against Karen Mock which took place after the May 1993
Harbourfront Symposium. He said that Schipper was the one who initiated,
wrote, and dictated most of the messages on the hotline. The actual message
concerning Mock and the B'nai Brith used on the hate line was written by
Schipper, but the Source did not know who instructed him to do so. Droege,
and to a lesser extent, Lincoln, were the main influences on Gary Schipper.
The statement in footnote 13 requires a bit of explanation; otherwise it
appears to be a denial of someone elseís statement. I told the SIRC
interviewer that I didnít really know anything about Karen Mock,
but I probably suggested Gary Schipper should use the term ìBínai
Brith bigwigî to describe her ó because of her ëbig
hairí in a recent televised news conference.Both Schipper and
I agreed that it is important to inject humor into a message to get the
point across effectively, and ìDoctorî Karen Mockís
hair presented the perfect opportunity to introduce a bit of levity, without
Once again, I object to the arbitrary use of the term ìhate lineî
without quotation marks. This points to a certain amount of bias in the
The Source was asked if he ever provided information on members of
the Jewish community to White Supremacists in the United States. He said
that he absolutely did not pass information on members of the Jewish community
to white supremacists in the United States; and, specifically, that he absolutely
did not provide information on any Heritage Front target groups or individuals
to Tom Metzger. He added that Gerry Lincoln sometimes gave information to
Tom Metzger about Canadian Jews but as far as he knew, they usually received
such information from Zundel. He added that Grant Bristow never provided
information to White Supremacists in the United States. Lincoln denied ever
giving information about Canadian Jews to the Metzgers.
Perhaps ìthe Sourceî should have been more explicit,
and said he thought Gerry Lincoln sometimes gave information to Tom Metzger
about Canadian Jews.
Tom Metzger never asked me for information about Jews in this country. The
only request he ever made was for a list of Canadian companies doing business
in the U.S., but I never did get around to compiling one for him, and suggested
that Tony MacAleer might be in a better position to assist him.
Metzger intended to arrange a boycott of Canadian companies to oppose Canadaís
restrictive laws against freedom of speech.
The Source reported Droege as having said that the White Supremacist
Movement wanted to discredit Preston Manning and the Reform Party before
the general election in 1993. This idea would be accomplished by the Movement
publicly identifying itself and its security relationship with the Reform
Party's senior executive level. Among those who allegedly knew of the Droege
plan were Gerry Lincoln, James Dawson, Ernst Zundel, Terry Long, Jurgen
Neumann, Peter Mitrevski, and Grant Bristow. Zundel and Lincoln denied knowledge
of any plot.
I would have been in favor of any ìplotî to embarrass
Preston Manning, had I been aware of it, but I wasnít. My understanding
of the Reform situation was simply that we would try to infiltrate our people
into the decision-making process by having them elected to positions in
My ill-concealed disdain for Preston Manning and Company kept me on the
periphery of discussions concerning the Reform Party. I simply was not interested
in Manningís hypocrisy.
Canada's Immigration Branch had a country-wide alert out to stop
the Metzgers at the Border. CSIS knew that the Metzgers were coming, but
they did not have the travel details. We have learned that three days before
the Metzgers' arrival, CSIS attempted to learn the travel details of Droege's
guest, the Metzgers. Droege, however, was holding the specific details close
to his chest. CSIS was aware of discussions about the Metzger's arrival,
but they were not sure of the meeting place. Droege disclosed that someone
would be there (to bring them across the border), location unspecified.
CSIS commented that it was possible that it was Drew Maynard who was meeting
the Metzgers to bring them across the Canada-US border. The time and meeting
place were still unknown.
For reasons best known to ìthe Sourceî himself, he has
denied knowing of the travel plans of the Metzgers in advance. However,
this is simply not true.
According to CSIS information, the Source played absolutely no role in bringing
the Metzgers to Canada in June 1992. The Source knew they were coming up
but he had no idea of how they were to come, and he backed off from the
project for fear of arrest.
Two or three days before their arrival in Canada, John Metzger had faxed
me a copy of their itinerary on the travel agencyís letterhead. I
immediately notified both Wolfgang Droege and Grant Bristow verbally.
While it is true that ìthe Sourceî played no role in
bringing the Metzgers to Canada, he was certainly aware of how and when
they were coming.
Originally, Drew Maynard and his then-girlfriend were to go to Buffalo to
act as a backup only. A Buffalo resident, Robert Frens had offered to bring
the Metzgers to Canada, but became petulant when he learned that others
were to be involved, and backed out.
If CSIS was unaware of these details, it was only because ìthe Sourceî
forgot, or chose not to inform them.
Media allegations were that Bristow visited the Metzgers in California.
He told us that he had never been to California, but his wallet, which had
been lost or stolen, had ended up there in the 1970s; Bristow learned this
when he was detained in Chicago on the return flight from Libya in 1989.
Bristow said that Tom Metzger had not asked him for a list of Canadian companies
in California, but Gerald Lincoln had sent one down, possibly provided by
British Columbia racist, Tony McAleer. Lincoln said he never provided any
information to the Metzgers.
I have previously responded to this allegation (see 5.10.6). It seems that
Bristow jumped to conclusions in assuming that I had sent Metzger a list.
I had told him that indeed Metzger had asked for one, and although I donít
recall for sure, it is logical that I would have told Bristow that MacAleer
would be better suited to the task, as I didnít have time for such
a project. I suspect that I probably asked Bristow if he wanted the task,
as I know he had access to all kinds of databases, such as Infoglobe
There is some direct or indirect criticism in this report about elements
of the Heritage Front Affair, but there is one aspect of the operation that
deserves praise. That is the work of the Source in close cooperation with
the Toronto Investigator who was his contact with CSIS.
The work of sources is important and sometimes vital to the well being of
Canadian Society. We are satisfied that both the Source and his handlers
in this "affair" discharged their duties in a competent and responsible
Both men, throughout this period, believed that they were doing valuable
work helping to protect Canadian society from a cancer growing within. They
deserve our thanks.
Finally, we would like to put on the record our unshakeable conviction that
the Government of Canada, through all means at its disposal, should continue
to ensure that it is always aware of what is going on within extreme right
wing racist and Neo-Nazi groups. Canadians should never again repeat the
mistakes of the past by underestimating the potential for harm embodied
in hate-driven organizations.
To say that those connected with the Heritage Front Affair ìdeserve
our thanksî is to destroy the credibility of the SIRC Report in
a single sentence. While I might agree that Grant Bristow deserves our thanks,
it is not for the same reasons as the authors of this report might have
implied. Although most of my associates would disagree, I still feel that
Bristowís contributions far outweighed any perceived harm he might
have done to the Heritage Front.
At the risk of destroying personal friendships, I have steadfastly defended
Grant Bristowís activities, when he has been verbally attacked by
former colleagues. I have done this publicly, in media interviews, and privately,
in conversations with individuals, so I wish to stress that it is not with
animosity that I offer criticism of someone I still consider a good friend.
Having said that, I feel I must point out that Grant Bristow was fortunate
enough to get paid for doing something he enjoyed and believed in. I believe
that he was quite sincere in fighting along with the rest of us for ìequal
rights for whites.î I really doubt that Mr. Bristow saw himself
as ìhelping to protect Canadian society from a cancer growing
within.î I imagine heís laughing all the way to the bank
In truth, as former associates at Kuehne & Nagel, who knew him well
before he ever became involved with the so-called ìracist rightî
have stated in the Toronto Star, he clearly recognized the true enemy ó
the real threat to the Canadian way of life ó as the ìleft-wing
. . . His words, not mine.
Gerry C. Lincoln
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