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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 654-95
December 12, 1995

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE STATEMENT ON MURDERS IN FAYETTVILLE

The following statement on the double murder in Fayettville, N.C., is bySecretary of Defense William J. Perry.

"Two recent murders in Fayetteville, N.C., have led to media questions aboutDepartment of Defense policy concerning the participation of military personnelin supremacist organizations. Without commenting on the facts of this case, Iwant to say that there is no place for racial hatred or extremism in the U.S.military.

"The policies of the Department of Defense and the Department of the Armyclearly prohibit racial intolerance and discrimination in any form. Equaltreatment, respect and trust are values that the men and women in the militarytake very seriously. These values are fundamental to a just society, and theyare fundamental to military effectiveness. Military training stresses theseprinciples, military conduct requires their observance.

"Every member of the Armed Forces takes an oath to `support and defend theConstitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.'The men and women in the military understand the gravity of this oath.Department of Defense policies state that military personnel may not activelyparticipate in organizations that espouse supremacist causes; attempt to createillegal discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex religion or nationalorigin; or, advocate the use of force or violence, or otherwise engage inefforts, to deprive individuals of their civil rights."

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