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Anti-semitic Agitator Takes Fifth Amendment As Klan Hearings End

The House Committee on Un-American Activities today terminated its public hearings on the Ku Klux Klan with questioning of an anti-Semitic agitator, J.B. Stoner, of Augusta, Ga., former Klan organizer and leader of various anti-Jewish extremist groups.

When Stoner took the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer questions, Rep. Joe Pool, Texas Democrat, who served as acting chairman, said the Klan’s tactics ‘let the American people know what kind of dirty rats you are. ” Rep. Pool said the next step is to draft laws to deal with hate groups and Klan-like activities.

The hearings, which lasted 35 days, disclosed a sordid picture of Klan bigotry, burnings, floggings, and other violence.