APn 02/29 2143 Sedition Trial FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- A violent white supremacist group t
APn 02/29 2143 Sedition Trial
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- A violent white supremacist group
targeted several prominent people for assassination, including
Henry Kissinger and top television executives, a witness
testified Monday in a federal sedition trial.
Denver Parmenter, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence
after pleading guilty in 1985 to racketeering, testified that
members of The Order planned robberies, guerrilla warfare and
murders to further their goal.
"Our purpose was to kill important people in government or
other important institutions in this country to create havoc,
disorder, destruction," Parmenter said. Order members took an
oath which included the words, "I have no fear of death."
Ten of the 14 men on trial are accused of sedition, or
plotting to overthrow the government by illegal means; two are
charged with interstate transportation of stolen money; and five
are charged with conspiring to kill a federal judge and an FBI
agent. Neither the judge, the FBI agent nor any of the
celebrities mentioned in the trial Monday were harmed.
Parmenter said he was a former member of the Church of Jesus
Christ Christian (Aryan Nations) at Hayden Lake, Idaho, which is
run by defendant Richard Butler.
Parmenter said Butler frequently spoke of his racial and
political viewpoints in sermons. He said Butler said the U.S.
government was "basically a government that wasn't supporting its
Parmenter said he and eight others, including defendants David
Lane and Bruce Pierce, formed The Order in September 1983 in
Metalline Falls, Wash., home of the late Robert Mathews.
Mathews outlined six goals for Order members, including
developing a war chest through illegal means such as robbery and
counterfeiting, Parmenter said. Each member was given a target
to kill, Parmenter said, including David Rockefeller, television
producer Norman Lear, Kissinger and the three major network TV
Parmenter previously outlined the assassination plots during
the 1985 trial of Order members in Seattle.
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