Nazi Compound To Be Reborn As Rights Center

Hate and the Law

Greg Carr thought about burning the Aryan Nations compound to the ground, along with all its swastikas and copies of Mein Kampf.

Instead Carr, who made millions founding the Internet service Prodigy and who recently bought the neo-Nazi group's compound for $250,000, will rededicate it as an education and conference center for human rights.

"There would be some visceral satisfaction" in burning it all down, admitted Carr. But he decided people should not "pretend it never happened. We're going to leave it there and acknowledge that this kind of hatred still exists and that we'll battle against it."

Carr bought the northern Idaho compound from Victoria and Jason Keenan, who won a $6.3 million civil judgment last September against Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler and several followers. The Keenans secured the compound from Butler after the neo-Nazi leader declared bankruptcy as a result of the lawsuit.

Butler was found grossly negligent in the suit filed for the Keenans by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The suit alleged that several Aryan Nations security guards chased, shot at and assaulted the Keenans in 1998.

The guard who fired at the Keenans during the assault, John Yeager, was released in November after 14 months in prison. In the civil case, Yeager was found liable for $500,000 in damages.