LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA; MONDAY, MAY 21, 1984; 1:33 P.M.1
THE COURT: All right. We are back in session.
Mr. Armstrong, would you retake the stand.
having been previously duly sworn, resumed the stand and testified further as follows:
THE COURT: Just state your name again for the record, sir. You are still under oath.
THE WITNESS: Gerald Armstrong.
THE COURT: You may continue, Counsel.
MR. HARRIS: Thank you, Your Honor.
Q Mr. Armstrong, at the time that you left the organization did you have in mind that you were not going to be declared a suppressive person? Yes or no.
A Did I have in mind that I was not going to be?
Q That is correct.
A I think I have explained that I —
Q Yes or no, Mr. Armstrong?
A I hoped that I would not be.
Q You hoped that you would not be, but you didn’t know?
A I still don’t know what the organization will do.
Q And your photo incident is what convinced you that this secret definition of enemy was being applied to you; is that correct?
A That was a big piece of it.
Q It wasn’t the declare alone that caused you to believe this; correct?
A I knew that I was under investigation by a B-1 operative by the name of Brad Ballentine [Balentine].
I knew that the organization had, first of all, declared me; that the declare itself was Black Propaganda.
Once the photos were taken, I made a demand for their return. They refused.
At that point I felt indebted to the people whose photos had been stolen.
I was scared for my life. I was scared for my wife’s life. I knew what the organization was capable of.
I saw that they viewed me as an enemy and that the weight of the intelligence machinery of the organization would be brought against my wife and myself.
- Excerpted from http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50k/legal/a1/5130.php ↩