SPLC asks Congress to investigate racism in military

WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the country's main monitors of hate groups is asking Congress to investigate possible racial extremism in the military, after finding service members on a social networking Web site advertised as being for whites only.

Morris Dees, the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, says researchers have identified 40 personal profiles of people who list the military as their occupation on the Web site New Saxon.

The site is run by the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement and describes itself as an "online community for whites by whites." Its leader, Jeff Schoep, says site operators remove any violent comments they find.

Dees sent a letter to four congressional committee chairs asking for an investigation.

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