‘Not Intimidated,’ Say Two Named On Alleged Hit List
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) _ An expert on neo-Nazis says his inclusion on a white supremacist group’s ″hit list″ won’t deter him from his duties as a northern Idaho sheriff’s official.
″I’m not going to be intimidated by these factors,″ Kootenai County Undersheriff Larry Broadbent said Thursday after learning he’d been marked for assassination. ″I don’t think anyone would want to be intimidated.″
Broadbent was targeted by the militant group that calls itself ″Bruderschwei gen Strike Force II,″ said FBI Special Agent David Jernigan, who testified at a bond hearing for three members of the group.
″Bruderschweigen″ is German for ″Silent Brotherhood,″ which was one of the names used by The Order, a white supremacist group smashed last year by the federal racketeering convictions of 22 of its members.
The existence of the hit list indicates the attitude of the white supremacist groups, Broadbent said.
″If you take the history of the types or occupations of the people that have been killed, in the past they have basically been law enforcement officials or agents,″ he said.
Officials haven’t determined who else was on the Bruderschweigen hit list, but believe it included federal judges, FBI agents, prosecutors and members of a Kootenai County human rights group, Jernigan testified Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney John Lamp said officials are unsure whether a written list existed, or whether the list was merely discussed by group members.
Jernigan said he determined Broadbent and others were on the hit list through interviews with Bruderschweigen member Robert Pires, a Silver Spring, Md., resident who was arrested on Idaho bombing charges Monday.
At Wednesday’s hearing, U.S. Magistrate Smithmoore Myers denied bond for David Dorr, Edward Hawley and his wife, Olive Hawley, who face federal charges stemming from bombings in the resort town of Coeur d’Alene last month.
Jernigan said the other group members are Dorr’s wife, Debbie, who is not in custody, and Pires, who has volunteered to help authorities in the case.
One of the victims, the Rev. Bill Wassmuth, said a pipe bomb that exploded outside his home Sept. 15 would not stop his work with the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, which has worked to counter the Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations), based five miles north of Coeur d’Alene.
The Aryan Nations was the springboard for The Order, whose members were accused of bank and armored car robberies, murders, bombings and counterfeiting in late 1983 and 1984. Ten Order members were convicted last year in Seattle of federal racketeering charges and 12 others pleaded guilty.
All five members of the Bruderschweigen Strike Force II are linked to the Aryan Nations, headed by the Rev. Richard Butler.