APmo 05/10 1824 White Supremacists SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Clandestine training for domesti
APmo 05/10 1824 White Supremacists
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Clandestine training for domestic
terrorism by white supremacists continues, despite the arrests of
dozens of neo-Nazis and Aryan Nations members over the last few
years, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Some of the trainers may be employed by law-enforcement
agencies, The Spokesman-Review and Spokane Chronicle said in a
A confidential memo circulated to law officers throughout the
West details one paramilitary training session in northern Idaho
late last year, during which about 25 participants were told how
to use robbery and murder to further their cause, the paper said.
The memo was based on information from a government informant
and written by a sheriff's detective in a state other than
Washington and Idaho, the paper said.
The masked instructor at the December session was believed to
be a current or former law officer and participants bragged that
they "had a couple of policemen from the Denver area working for
us," the memo said.
The December training allegedly took place in a remote area of
Bonner County, which is just north of Kootenai County, home of
the Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations).
Bonner County Sheriff Don Nelson said he doesn't believe a
training session occurred in his county. He wasn't informed
about the supposed session until March, he said.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's unfounded," Nelson said. "The
intelligence report all sounds good, but I don't have a clue that
the activity actually happened."
But Kootenai County Undersheriff Larry Broadbent, known as an
expert on white-supremacist activities, said he had "no reason to
discount" information in the intelligence flyer.
"We have heard persistent rumors that such training has
occurred near the Kootenai-Bonner county border, but it is not a
frequent occurrence," Broadbent said.
The newspaper said those who attended the training session
were urged to obtain citizens' band radios and programmable
police scanners and to arm themselves with LAW rockets. Light
Antitank Weapons are used by the U.S. Army.
"Start a large fire at one end of town," and blow up the first
responding fire truck with a LAW rocket to create a diversion for
a bank robbery, the trainer told the group in December, the memo
said. "You will have every cop and fireman tied up."
Participants were encouraged to always travel in at least two
vehicles during operations, according to the newspaper. One
vehicle would contain a robbery team, and the second would be a
"family-style" vehicle containing "mom, dad and a kid," according
to the memo.
If the first vehicle is stopped by police, the family car
should pull alongside, ostensibly to offer assistance. The memo
said police then would be shot point-blank by occupants of the
family-style vehicle, according to the newspaper.
After the robbery, money should be transferred to the family
car and occupants of that vehicle should go to a motel, shed
disguises and change into business suits, the memo said.
Law enforcement officials in the Pacific Northwest said there
have been no recent thefts of LAW rockets, which are available at
Army bases and at reserve units.
Crime reports in Spokane, 40 miles from the Aryan Nations
church, show 16 Radio Shack burglaries since last July 1. Three
stores in Spokane were burglarized the night of April 25, one day
after 16 people nationwide were indicted for sedition and
civil-rights violations that include murder.
One of those indicted for sedition, or plotting to overthrow
the government, was the Rev. Richard Butler, head of the Aryan
He was stricken with coronary problems after his arrest and
has undergone surgery twice at a Spokane hospital. He was listed
in stable condition Sunday.
Aryan Nations spokeswoman Betty Tate said Saturday the church
was not involved in any training session.
"This is absolutely false, false information," Mrs. Tate
said. "I am amazed at what's going to come up next."
Another topic at the training session, the memo said, was the
impact of arrests last year oif six members of the Arizona
Patriots, a survivalist sect that allegedly planned to use money
from an armored car robbery to buy a large paramilitary training
camp in Arizona.
A new camp is needed because of the 1985 raid at a similar
encampment on the Arkansas-Missouri border that was operated by
the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord, the memo said.
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