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originally posted by dr_strangecraft: " At least this way, civilians can get an idea of who are current "persons of interest." IF the list becomes known, then secret groups automatically have less power, if landlords and store clerks or neighbors can give relevant info to the authorities. It also keeps people from joining the group by mistake, without realizing what the group really stands for."
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
Both, in my line of thinking. Criminal conspiracies thrive on secrecy. One of the ways you limit their power is by labeling them, letting people know what they really stand for.
Before the Aryan Nations became widely known, the frequently recruited among survivalists, while downplaying their active racism. Once they became known by that name, the rural communities where they sought to hide out often helped the authorities in locating them and bringing them to justice.
Afterward, they splintered, and took on new names, so that new recruits, and especially outsiders, wouldn't realize their true aims.
Wikipedia article on Aryan Nations