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The Order (group)

The Order
Motto Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms; Jeremiah 51:20
Formation 1983
Type White supremacist
Purpose Paramilitary fomenting white nationalist revolution, against the Zionist Occupation Government.
Key people
Robert Jay Mathews

The Order, also known as the Brüder Schweigen (German for Brothers Keep Silent) or Silent Brotherhood, was a United States between September 1983 and December 1984. The Order received widespread attention from media and law enforcement for its role in the 1984 murder of radio talk show host Alan Berg.


  • History 1
    • Convictions 1.1
  • See also 2
  • Footnotes 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5


The Order was founded by 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 DeSilva (also known as Frank Silva), Richard Scutari, David Lane, Randy Duey, and David Tate.

The Order raised money through violent crime. This began with the robbery of a William Pierce (National Alliance) and Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. (White Patriot Party).[5]

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.[6] Berg was number two on The Order's list.[7]

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 considered a martyr by some white nationalists.[8][9]


Ten members of The Order were tried and convicted under Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr., who testified against Order members in order to have his own sentence reduced. In a separate trial, three other members of The Order were tried and convicted of violating the civil rights of Alan Berg.[10] No one has been charged in the murder of Berg. David Lane, the getaway driver for Berg's assailants, was sentenced to 190 consecutive years on the charges of racketeering, conspiracy, and violating Berg's civil rights. He died in prison in 2007.[11] Order member Bruce Pierce was sentenced to 252 years in prison for his involvement in the Berg murder, and died of natural causes at the Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex on August 16, 2010 at the age of 56.[12] Like Mathews, Lane and Pierce are regarded by many white supremacists as heroes, political prisoners and martyrs. In another trial, 14 men were charged with sedition, conspiracy and civil rights violations.[11] Thirteen of them were acquitted, and the judge dismissed the charges against the fourteenth man for lack of evidence.[11] Over 75 men and women were tried and convicted of various charges connected to The Order.

A 2011 NPR report claimed that some of the people associated with this group were imprisoned in a highly restrictive Communication Management Unit.[13] Richard Scutari, a member of the Order, was sentenced to a 60-year prison term in 1986,[14] and was removed to USP Marion CMU in July 2008.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ New York Times - 2 Linked to Aryan groups plead guilty in plot
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ Morris Dees and Steve Fiffer. Hate on Trial: The Case Against America's Most Dangerous Neo-Nazi. Villard Books, 1993. page xiiv
  8. ^
  9. ^ National Vanguard
  10. ^
  11. ^ a b c
  12. ^ The Denver Post, "Neo-Nazi gunman in Alan Berg's murder dies in prison," by Howard Pankratz (August 17th, 2010 - retrieved on August 17th, 2010).
  13. ^ DATA & GRAPHICS: Population Of The Communications Management Units, Margot Williams and Alyson Hurt, NPR, 3-3-11, retrieved 2011 03 04 from
  14. ^

Further reading

  • Dees, Morris. Gathering Storm: America's Militia Threat. Harper Perennial, 1997. ISBN 0-06-092789-5
  • Flynn, Kevin; Gerhardt, Gary. The Silent Brotherhood. Signet, 1990. ISBN 978-0-451-16786-6.
  • Söderman, Magnus; Holappa, Henrik. Unbroken Warrior: The Richard Scutari Letters. Nationellt Motstånd Förlag, 2011. ISBN 978-91-85737-04-8

External links

  • Paranoia as Patriotism
  • FBI file on the Order
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