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Free Speech - March 1996 - Volume II, Number 3

Kirk Lyons and the Cause:

At Least One Lawyer Is on Our Side

Edited by Nelson Rosit

Editor's Note: This article was adapted from a two-part interview of Kirk Lyons conducted by AMERICAN DISSIDENT VOICES host, Kevin Alfred Strom. The interview was aired on March 2 and March 9, 1996.

Kirk Lyons is a savvy, yet idealistic attorney and head of the CAUSE Foundation, a non-profit, legal-defense foundation dedicated to protecting the civil rights of dissidents and patriots. He describes his organization as "an ACLU for the rest of us."

A sixth generation Texan, Lyons received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Houston. He worked for several years in a personal injury law firm before specializing in "political crimes" and cases involving Constitutional issues.

In America today leftists and non-Whites have the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a myriad of lesser organizations to come to their aid if they feel their rights have been violated. Where can a White person turn if his rights have been trampled upon? The CAUSE Foundation. Over the last several years Attorney Lyons has represented Louis Ray Beam, Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., and Tom Metzger, among many others.

Lyons is now involved in a $330 million civil law suit against the Federal government brought on behalf of the families of the victims of the Mount Carmel (Waco) massacre. He believes we need to "slap this government hard" for the murders of citizens by Federal goons at Ruby Ridge and Mount Carmel, or such incidents will continue.

He speculates that the Clinton administration's plan to disarm Americans has already been delayed somewhat by the resistance offered by the Branch Davidians. Had the initial Mount Carmel assault been successful it is quite likely that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) would have staged other large gun-grubbing raids soon afterwards.

Is it possible for dissidents to successfully sue the Federal government? Lyons concedes it's an uphill struggle, a long shot, but he feels lucky. At this point he believes it is as much a political issue as a legal one. If the American people remain angry about what happened at Mount Carmel, if they make it clear to their elected officials that assaults such as Ruby Ridge and Waco are intolerable, if 100,000 persons would donate $1 apiece for legal representation, then justice may prevail. However, if the American people remain silent, if they do nothing and eventually forget what happened, then Federal assassination squads, misnamed Hostage Rescue Teams, will be back in action.

The stakes are high because if the CAUSE Foundation can win the Mount Carmel case against the government the monetary award will be large enough not only to compensate the families but to establish a legal defense fund that would rival that of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

If you want to contact the CAUSE Foundation their address is below. For a donation of $20 or more you will receive a subscription to The Balance, their quarterly newsletter.

The Cause Foundation
P.O. Box 1235
Black Mountain, NC 28711

National Vanguard Books
P.O. Box 330
Hillsboro, WV 24946

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