April 2, 1996 in Nation/World

Bombings Resemble Tactic Used By The Order Racist Organization Robbed Banks To Recruit, Fund Army Of Terrorists

By The Spokesman-Review
 

The twin bombings in the Spokane Valley on Monday resemble crimes carried out in Spokane and Seattle 12 years ago by a neo-Nazi group called The Order.

On Jan. 30, 1984, two men with ties to the Aryan Nations planted what appeared to be a bomb outside the Two Swabbies, a clothing store on East Sprague.

While sheriff’s deputies and bomb squad technicians dismantled that device - only to learn it was a fake - Gary Lee Yarbrough and Bruce Pierce robbed a Washington Mutual bank on East Sprague of $3,600.

It took 12 months before the FBI realized the bank robberies and others like it were acts of domestic terrorism.

The Order, a splinter group of Aryan Nations recruits, used approximately $4 million in robbery money to recruit and pay for a secret army of terrorists who hoped to start a race war.

The Order, whose members believed in the supremacy of the white race, frequently made references to Yahweh, a Hebrew word for God.

A letter dropped off with the bomb at The Spokesman-Review office on Monday also referred to Yahweh.

Kevin Flynn, a Denver newspaper reporter who wrote a book about The Order, said Monday’s bombings in Spokane are strongly similar to acts carried out by the group in 1984.

“Obviously, using a bomb as a diversion is a tried and true tactic of these groups,” Flynn said.

The tactic is described in the fictional book, “The Turner Diaries,” which is believed to have been used as a blueprint by those who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City last April.

The Order started its reign of terror with a phony bomb threat in Spokane, Flynn said. The group also broke windows at Radio Shacks here and stole police scanners. The Order also bombed an adult bookstore in downtown Spokane.

A similar bombing was carried out in an X-rated theater in Seattle while Order members got away with $250,000 in a North Seattle armored car robbery.

“The bombing itself become a vehicle for sending a message, so it’s not just a diversion,” Flynn said.

Bombings strike “fear of people walking down the sidewalks on Main Street, America,” he said.

“They’re accomplishing two purposes - and, it’s sad,” Flynn said.

, DataTimes


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