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  •  What is meant by "The Order"?/nt (0+ / 0-)

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    by mimi on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 05:50:23 AM PST

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    •  Here's the... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...Wikipedia version:

      The Order was founded by Robert Jay Mathews in late September 1983 at Mathews' farm near Metaline Falls, Washington.[1] Matthews was baptized by the Mormon faith as a high schooler. He formed the "Sons of Liberty", an anti-communist militia mostly made up of Mormon survivalists. A fundamental goal of The Order was revolution against the American government, which its members, and those of other white supremacist groups, believed to be controlled by a cabal of prominent Jews. The Order was named after, and partly modeled on, a fictional group in William Luther Pierce's novel The Turner Diaries.[2] The Order's goals included the establishment of a homeland (now the Northwest Territorial Imperative) from which Jews and non-whites would be barred. They often referred to the United States federal government as ZOG, an acronym for Zionist Occupied Government. Members of the Order included Randy Evans, Gary Yarborough, Bruce Pierce, Denver Parmenter, Frank Silva, Richard Scutari, David Lane, Randy Duey, and David Tate.

      To fund their goals, the Order committed a series of violent crimes. First the robbery of a sex shop, which netted them less than USD $400. Afterwards, the Order's attacks were more effective, committing several lucrative bank robberies, as well as bombing a theater and a synagogue. The Order ran a large[3] counterfeiting operation, and executed a series[citation needed] of armored car robberies, including one near Ukiah, California that netted $3.8 million.[4]

      The Order drew up a hit list of enemies, and on June 18, 1984 radio talk show host Alan Berg was murdered in front of his home by Bruce Pierce, assisted by other members of The Order.[5] Berg was number two on The Order's list.[6] Berg's murder and the subsequent trial formed the basis of Steven Dietz's 1988 play God's Country, and also loosely inspired Eric Bogosian's play Talk Radio (later adapted into a film by Oliver Stone) and the film Betrayed. A fictional version of the story was also the subject of the movie Brotherhood of Murder.

      In December 1984, authorities were able to track Mathews down to a house on Whidbey Island where he refused to surrender.[2] During a shootout, the house was ignited by incendiary flares, became engulfed in flames and Mathews was killed.[2] Mathews is held in high esteem by some within the white nationalist subculture.[7][8]

      Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:19:55 AM PST

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      •  I am ashamed to have asked (0+ / 0-)

        I am reading so much stuff right now that I "forgot" I should have done the research myself. Thank you, MB, you are very patient and generous.

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        by mimi on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 10:54:19 AM PST

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        •  No problem. Wikipedia isn't the last... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...word on this by a long shot, but it gives you the basics.

          Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 10:57:03 AM PST

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          •  I was already in the United States when that (0+ / 0-)

            happened and I am amazed (not completely) that I haven't any recollection of it happening or having heard about it. Could also be that I just have not understood it. Thank you again. I will try to read up on it. The SPLC must have material about it, I imagine.

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            by mimi on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 11:02:55 AM PST

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