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I had a very favorable opinion of former U.S. Army Special Forces Col. James Gordon “Bo” Gritz at Ruby Ridge until he gave a couple of Nazi salutes at the roadblock to some admiring skinheads, who had traveled from California, probably with the hopes of getting in on the action.

When the standoff was over, Gritz founded a church community near Northport, in Stevens County, of like-minded individuals, and possibly a new home base. Fortunately, the Upper Columbia Human Rights Coalition and our local Colville newspaper published an excellent article on what Bo’s core Identity beliefs were. Bo decided not to move here, and set up his shop near Kamiah, Idaho, instead.

Our area was better off without another true Identity believer and organizer.

James Perkins



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